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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | FACEBOYZ FOLLIEZ It’s installment #3 of “Faceboyz Folliez” — and your darling host Faceboy only has 12 years and nine months to go if “Folliez” is to match “Faceboyz Open Mike” in terms of Downtown variety show longevity. But why speculate? At this point, 2024 seems as distant as the chance of finding true love before that cruel annual holiday created by card companies to remind bitter singles of how, well, bitter and single they are. Best to just show up at Bowery Poetry Club, kick back a cold one and lick your wounds (and anything else you can reach) — as you enjoy this special Valentines Day edition of the “Folliez.” Daring burlesque, live music, creepy films and stellar talent will help you forget that at the end of the day, we’re all so very, very alone. The cast includes: St. Rev. Jen Miller, Velocity Chyaldd, Stormy Leather, Amanda Whip and Payje Flash They’ll be short films by ASS Studios, and special guests Zoe Hansen and Ammo O’Day. The musical guest is Sean T. Hanratty, and we’re also assured there will be “sexy surprises’ galore…or maybe some hot chick or drag queen who goes by the stage name “Sexy Surprises Galore.” Does it really matter which way the pendulum swings on that one?
Sun., Feb. 5, at 10pm. At Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, btw. Bleecker & Houston). Admission is $10. For tickets and info, call 212-614-0505 or visit bowerypoetry.com. Also visit facebook.com/FaceboyzFolliez.
TEATRO SEA PRESENTS “CENICIENTA/CINDERELLA” Latino children’s theatre Teatro SEA is putting a bilingual, tango-infused musical spin on the Cinderella tale. All the classic characters are here: Cinderella still falls in love with the Prince, and she’s still overworked by an evil stepmother and a few jealous stepsisters — but “Cenicienta.” Teatro SEA parts ways with tradition, though, when it comes to the Fairy Godmother. In this version, she’s sick and a surprise character replaces her. Sat., Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25 — at 3pm. At Teatro SEA, New York’s Latino Children’s Theatre (Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St.). For tickets ($18; $15 for children), call 212-529-1545. For info, visit teatrosea.org.
THE LOSERS LOUNGE: BATTLE OF THE BANDS Like comedians who only lampoon the stuff they love, singer Nick Danger and session keyboardist Joe McGinty’s “Losers Lounge” pays tribute to “guilty pleasure” songs that — for the most part — deserve respect but are often ridiculed. Now an iconic piece of pop culture in its own right, “Lounge” has logged over 300 shows since its 1993 debut. Famous warblers often stop by to sing — and recipients of the semi-satirical wrath have been known to attend their own tribute nights (Lee Hazlewood, Paul Williams and Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas all showed up to revel in their own brilliance and absurdity). This time around, the Losers stage a Battle of The Bands. So who’s better, Steely Dan or The Doobie Brothers? When the dust settles and the best of the Dan/Doobie cannon has been, well, canonized, an audience vote will determine the winner. If it’s not Steely Dan, and we’re in attendance, they’d better have the riot police on speed dial.
Thurs., Feb. 2 at 6pm; Fri., Feb. 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm; Sat., Feb. 4 at 6:30pm & 9pm. At Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St., btw. Astor Place & E. 4th St.). For info, visit loserslounge.com.WHAT’S YOUR STORY There’s at least one good book in every human being — but it’s the rare individual who has the time or inclination to write that book. Storytelling is another matter. Who among us hasn’t unleashed a monologue (or a manifesto) in response to a kindhearted question about how our day is going? Your host, Kambri Crews, isn’t shy about asking that question or listening to the answer. “What’s Your Story?” is a monthly show where comedians, authors and other fun folks (including a person plucked from the audience) tells tall, but true, stories. Plus, Crews teaches you the Deaf party game “Elephant” — which she possibly learned while growing up in a tin shack with her deaf family. Ask her to tell that story, or just read her book (“Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir”). The February installment of “What’s Your Story?” features naughty balloon twister Kenywn Dapo, Used New York writer Jennifer Glick, Dan Wilbur (of the Luca Lounge show, “Lasers in the Jungle”), Huffington Post Comedy Editor Katla McGlynn and Eric Vetter (of the very funny about-town comedy showcase, “No Name and a Bag O’ Chips”). Oh, did we mention Kambri’s “Southern Fried Friend” Justin Gray will be there? He will!
Thurs., Feb. 9, 7pm. At Luca Lounge (222 Ave. B, btw. E. 13th & 14th Sts.). Free admission, no drink minimum. For info, visit kambricrews.com.
PSYCHO THERAPY Frank Strausser’s new comedy mines the power of three — as in, three on a couch. When Phillip (who’s engaged to Lily) shrugs off their couples therapy appointment, Lily jumps into the capable, familiar arms of Dorian — her old boyfriend. Before long, the complicated trio ends up in the capable hands of therapist Nancy Winston. Angelica Page (daughter of Geraldine Page and Rip Torn, and a Helen Hayes Award winner for “Sideman”) stars, alongside Jeffrey Carlson (not seen on the NYC stage for nearly four years), Obie winner Jan Leslie Harding and TV soap veteran Laurence Lau.
Through Feb. 25. On Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. at 8pm; Sat. at 3pm/8pm; Sun. at 3pm/7pm. At The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St., off Seventh Ave.). For tickets ($66), call 212-352-3101 or visit psychotherapytheplay.com ($20 student rush tickets available at the theatre, prior to each performance).