It’s a new year, so why not try something new? The five performance festivals opening this month in New York will help adventurous theatergoers do just that. These showcases tend to highlight the experimental and the offbeat. Some firsts this year will also be lasts. On Jan. 10, the Coil festival will inaugurate the renovated home of Performance Space 122 in the East Village, but this will be the festival’s final installment. It will be replaced by year-round programming.
UNDER THE RADAR, Jan. 4-14; publictheater.org
EXPONENTIAL, Jan. 4-31; theexponentialfestival.org
COIL, Jan. 10-Feb. 4; ps122.org/coil-2018/
PROTOTYPE, Jan. 7-20; prototypefestival.org
AMERICAN REALNESS, Jan. 9-15; americanrealness.com