Last spring at Dunn Gaherins Pub, after the final performance of a Newton Nomadic Theater play, a guy named John McDonagh came up to me in the crowd to say how much he enjoyed it.

We got talking and I learned that his wife was from Upper Falls, that he has been a cab driver for the last 40 years in New York City, and that he had written and performed a one man show called The Cabtivist.

We brought his show to Newton for three sold out nights last spring and the audience loved it.

Since then John has been on a roll.  A reworked version of show just had a two month sold out run in New York City and was named as one of the “Top 10 Off Broadway Shows of 2017”.  Meanwhile he’s taped a segment of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah that should air soon.

John is immensely grateful to both Dunn Gaherins where this all started rolling and to the Newton audience that got him up and going.  John’s coming back on Sunday Jan 14 to do a single performance at Dunn Gaherins, as a benefit for the Newton Food Pantry.

If you didn’t see him last spring, be sure you don’t miss it this time around – ask anyone who was there.  The new show is called “Off the Meter”.  It’s 3/4 the same material as The Cabtivist but with some great new and reworked stories.  The show weaves together a life time’s worth of outrageous stories from behind the wheel of a cab, blended with an amazing series of video clips that show you that these crazy tales are all 100% true.

Tickets are $20, plus a donation of food or supplies for the Newton Food Pantry.  Tickets and more info available here.

Cabbie John McDonagh takes passengers and theatergoers on a hell of a ride – Ginger Adam Otis, New York Daily News

It is New York folklore at its best … so funny and inventive … should be seen by everyone– David Rotherberg, Fortune Society

My fellow cabbie .. the best and most articulate guide I ever had” – Stephen Fry

This man is a superb story teller, never lacking in humor” – Malachy McCourt, actor, author, activist

Uproarious and moving, a terrifically mounted one-man show about a veteran New York City taxi driver”.  – Theater Scene

John McDonagh is not a polished performer, but, in delivering this matter-of-fact memoir of his thirty-five years chasing fares, he’s an unfailingly affable raconteur. – The New Yorker

Get your tickets now.  Don’t let history repeat itself.  Here were a few messages to the people of Newton after John’s last shows in Newton sold out:

Actor, author and Green Party candidate for New York governor Malachy McCourt, had this to say.
Cabbie Seth Goldman has this to say

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