Volume 75, Number 14 | August 24 - 30, 2005

Theater / Performances

ONE-RING CIRCUS STRAIGHT FROM SEATTLE Circus Contraption’s Grand American Traveling Dime Museum features live aerial acts, acrobatics, juggling, dance, physical comedy and original circus music. Pictured above, Bunny LaMonte leads a bicycle race around the world. Shows contain mature content and may be unsuitable for children under 12. Sept. 1 – Oct. 1, Wed. – Sun. Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. $20. 212-352-3101 or www.TheaterMania.com. Photo by David Adam Edelstein

A POWERFUL POLITICAL DRAMA “Homeland” by Gene Ruffini focuses on a middle-class family caught in the machinery of a government that demands conformity and shreds the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Pictured above are Rachel McAlinn, left and Will McDonald in the uniforms of the paramilitary Home Guard. Sept. 8-25, Thurs. – Sat. at 8:30pm and Sun. at 3pm. The first week of the performance, teachers, librarians and members of the ACLU admitted free. Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. $10. 212-254-1109.

Alphabet city...iii, the third in a series of a popular festival of monologues based on interviews with neighborhood residents, METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, 220 E. Fourth St., Thru Aug. 29, call for specific times and tickets, $5-$19, 212-995-5302.
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Circus Contraption, features live aerial acts, acrobatics, juggling, dance, physical comedy and original circus music. Shows contain mature content and may be unsuitable for children under 12. Sept. 1 - Oct. 1, Wed. - Sun. Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. $20. 212-352-3101 or www.TheaterMania.com.

Colder Than Here, a comic drama about an ever perfect home-maker who turns her full attention to the task of her lifetime, organizing her own impending funeral. LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE, 121 Christopher St., bet Bleecker & Hudson Sts. Sept. 7 - Oct. 15. 212-279-4200.

THE NEW AMERICAN FAMILY The constant redefinition of the American family is at the core of The Lightning Field’s story. Sam and Andy, a gay New York couple, travel to Walter De Maria’s famous art installation and realize their relationship mirrors that of their divorced parents. A storm of raw explosion results. Pictured above are Cory Grant, left, and Bekka Lindström. Aug. 17 at 8pm; 19 at 3:30pm; 21 at 12:20pm; 24 at 7:15pm; and 28 at 12:15pm. The Flea Theatre, 41 White St., bet Broadway & Church Sts. www.FringeNYC.org. 212-279-4488.

ONE WOMAN COMEDY SHOW “My Pony’s in the Garage” features acclaimed comedian Eileen Kelly in a darkly funny reflection on childhood and parenting using monologues, music and snapshots. Part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Collective Unconscious, 279 Church St., bet White & Franklin Sts. Aug. 20 at 3:45pm, 22 at 3:30pm, 23 at 5pm, 25 at 11:15pm & 26 at 7:15pm. 212-279-4488. www.fringenyc.org.

A POLITICAL COMEDY In “The Mayor Who Would be Sondheim,” a singing mayor who idolizes Broadway lyricists fights to get elected in a city plagued by crime, corruption and a sanitation strike. Pictured above are Scott Giguere, left, Stu Richel and Mitch Poulos. Sat., Aug. 13 at 6:15pm; Sun., Aug. 14 at 3:45pm; Sun., Aug. 21 at 2:30pm; Wed., Aug. 24 at 8:00pm; and Sun., Aug. 28 at Noon. Mazer Theatre, 197 E. Broadway, bet. Clinton and Jefferson Sts. $15. 212-279-4488 or www.fringenyc.org. Photo courtesy of Dixie Sheridan 2005.

alphabet city...iii, the third in a series of a popular festival of monologues based on interviews with neighborhood residents, METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, 220 E. Fourth St., Aug. 17-29, call for specific times and tickets, $5-$19, 212-995-5302.

the american living room festival, 16th annual arts festival supporting the developement of new, multidisciplinary works & artists in a setting that strives to make theater as much a part of everyday life as watching TV, this year there are 30 projects, a full schedule can be found on here.org or by calling, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., through Aug. 21, $10-$15, 212-868-4444.

the dirty talk, what happen when two melancholy strangers try to turn fantasy into reality? This hilarious comedy about desparation, pain and loneliness is written and driected by members of LAByrinth Theater Company and is part of the New York International Fringe Festival, THE FLEA THEATER, 41 White St., Aug. 24, 5:15 p.m., Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Aug. 26, 4 p.m., Aug. 27, 7:15 p.m., Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m., $15, 212-279-4488.

fatal attraction: a greek tragedy, a new comedy that lovingly, liberally and loosely parodies the well known thriller film from 1987. A big-time corporate lawyer has a one-night stand with a no-nonsense business woman while his wife is away, all hell breaks loose when the corporate hag forgets her place, THE EAST 13TH STREET THEATER, 136 E. 13th St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat., 10:30 p.m., Sun., 6 p.m., through Aug. 27, $40-$49.50, 212-279-4200.

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