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The Outer Space: Space Depression Far Far Away in Joe’s Pub

The Outer Space: Space Depression Far Far Away in Joe’s Pub

The Outer Space

The Outer Space is a unique and surprising science fiction musical performed by a fantastic four person band. The three musicians (the immensely talented Saxophone/Keyboard/Vocals: Vito Dieterle; Guitar/Keyboards/Beats/Vocals: Eben Levy; Bass/Keyboards/Vocals Ian M. Riggs) along with the narrator and lead vocal performer, Ethan Lipton (Book & Lyrics) have composed such a simple and absolutely charming tale.  It tells the story of a couple who have some serious personality differences, try to make a new life for themselves in a newly purchased used spaceship.  They fly the days away living on their spacecraft, doing chores, and spending time visiting with the neighbors who are flying along side them in a traveling colony far far away from planet Earth.

The Outer Space

Directed by Leigh Silverman, this trippy captivating piece is drenched with humor and a folky charm. Lipton leads us down the most charming path through discovery and exploration with his beautiful voice and fun eccentric style. It is most certainly a “Big Adventure in the Sky“, as these two very polar opposite souls deal with the concept of getting away from it all.  The writing is wonderfully witty, abstract, and smart.  The non-sensical imagery that Lipton creates with his wacky hilarious delivery and wonderful honky tonk sound is a joyous experience to behold.  Jump on board for this original existential crisis in space.  Although, I must say, the lyrics for the dog song needs some work, OK?

The Outer Space at Joe’s Pub, Public Theater.

Book and Lyrics: Ethan Lipton; Music composed and performed by Ethan Lipton, Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy, Ian M. Riggs; Directed by Leigh Silverman; Scenic and Costume Design: David Zinn; Lighting Design: Ben Stanton; Sound Design: Nicholas Pope; Production Stage Manager: Shelley Miles.

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Here’s a sample of Ethan Lipton singing a song from No Place to Go:



My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to

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