Driving New York City Crazy for 35 Years
in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
written and performed by John McDonagh
directed by Ciaran O’Reilly
Extended through November 18, 2017
A comedic glimpse into 35 years behind the wheel of a New York City yellow taxi, Off The Meter is a pithy social commentary from New York’s most recognizable cab driver about life spent behind the wheel. John McDonagh, veteran 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, and you have Irish storytelling at its best.
“he’s an unfailingly affable raconteur… It’s all fascinating stuff” -The New Yorker
“uproarious and moving” –TheaterScene
“Hilarious…It’s hard to think of anyone who could who could do justice to the New York cabby’s life better than John McDonagh” –Theatre’s Leiter Side
“it’s a gem” –Curtain Up
“a pleasant way to remember the past, while laughing away the future” –Times Square Chronicles
“An absorbing portrait of a city and society in continual flux, as told by someone who has lived through it, Off the Meter, on the Record makes for an extremely satisfying journey.” –The Epoch Times
“a smooth, entertaining ride” –Lighting & Sound America
“Had Mark Twain driven a yellow cab instead of a riverboat, his stories might’ve been like those of populist raconteur John McDonagh” –Woman Around Town
John McDonagh is a playwright, cab driver, comic and political activist. Off The Meter represents the culmination of a thirty-five year career of driving a yellow cab while trying to make a difference in the world. He is currently producer and host of Radio Free Eireann and Talk Mac, We and Thee with Malachy McCourt and Corey Kilgannon, weekly radio shows heard on Pacifica station WBAI, New York. John began his career as a NYC Yellow cab driver after serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He has been writing and performing at Caroline’s, the Comic Strip, the Huntington Cinema Arts Center, NY Society for Ethical Culture, the Puffin Room SOHO, and Rocky Sullivan’s pub among others. John is an active member of Irish American Writers and Artists. As a political activist, John was a monitor in the Nicaraguan elections in 1990, organized “Cabbies Against Bush” campaign in NYC during the 2004 republican convention, was editor of the Irish People newspaper, hosted an Irish radio show in Perth, Australia, works with Veterans for peace, and is the go-to voice of Irish American activism. John was featured in the BBC program Steven Fry in America.