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McDonagh’s meter is running at Irish Rep

John McDonagh is on route to a series of Irish Rep. performances


No less than the world premiere of “Off The Meter, On The Record: Driving New York City Crazy For 35 Years” - written and performed by New York City cab driver and Irish activist John McDonagh - is set for the Irish Repertory Theatre starting this weel.

Previews start Friday, October 6, with opening night set for Tuesday, October 17.

What is being described as a strictly limited engagement will run through Sunday, November 5, on the W. Scott McLucas Studio Stage at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street in Manhattan.

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“Off The Meter” is described in a release as a comedic glimpse into 35 years behind the wheel of a New York City yellow taxi, a pithy social commentary about life spent behind the wheel.

“John McDonagh, veteran WBAI Radio host, has condensed thirty plus years of activism, reality show antics and observation into a love song to the city that never sleeps.

“From the plight of the NYC homeless to the crazy demands of Upper East Side matrons, McDonagh brings the audience from laughter to tears and back again faster than the apparition of umbrella dealers on a rainy day.

“Throw in his tales of brushes with the rich and famous such as driving Stephen Fry to a Queens social club and teaching “Top Gear’s” Richard Hammond how to drive a cab, and you have Irish storytelling at its best.”

The production will feature scenic design by Charlie Corcoran (The Emperor Jones), lighting design by Michael O’Connor (The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal), and sound design by M. Florian Staab (Curvy Widow).

To reserve tickets go to or contact the box office at (212)727-2737.