Volume 75, Number 31 | December 21 - 27, 2005

Theater / Performances

SHAW MEETS KABUKI IN MAJOR BARBARA What happens when George Bernard Shaw, theater’s old-time renegade, meets Japanese Kabuki? Will it be a fight to the death or can these two disparate theatrical forms peacefully and productively co-exist in Major Barbara? Pictured above are Mike Mikos, left, Tom Lipinski, Bob Jaffe, Tina Shepard and Heidi Schreck. Jan. 12-29, Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2:30 & 7:30pm. La MaMa E.T.C., Annex Theater, 74A E. 4th St. $15. 212-475-7710. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

UNAUTHORIZED CHARLIE BROWN PARODY Set 10 years after the beloved comic strip, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” follows Charlie Brown, all grown up, in a modern tale of teenage angst. There is a pyromaniac ex-girlfriend, a homophobic quarterback and Snoopy has terminal rabies. Pictured above are Logan Marshall-Green and Ian Somerhalder. Century Center for the Performing Arts, 111 E. 15th St. Mon. Wed., & Thurs. at 8pm, Fri. at 7 & 10pm, Sat. at 4 & 8pm and Sun. at 7pm. $65, except for Fridays at 10pm are $25. 212-239-6200.

TWO WORKS BY NOBEL PRIZE WINNER Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, and his most recent work, Celebration, complement each other in this riveting double-bill. Celebration opens on a wedding anniversary in an ultra-trendy restaurant, while The Room reveals a shabby one-room London flat and descends into a nightmare world of insecurity and uncertainty. Written 40 years apart, both plays touch on the human desperation to find safe haven in a threatening world. Tues. – Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 2 & 8pm, Sun. at 3pm. Thru Jan. 8. Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th St. 212-645-8015. $50.

KING KONG LIVE ON STAGE Come on an ocean voyage to foggy, primeval Skull Island and meet the giant ape that rules his domain battling dinosaurs and native tribes. He falls in love with the beauty that helps to subdue him and finally duels to the death with the 20th century as airplanes attack him atop the Empire State Building. The only authorized stage production in existence. Dec. 7, 13, 14 & 21 at 8pm and Dec. 11 & 18 at 2pm. Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St., bet 2nd Ave & Bowery. $18. 212-868-4444.

A UNIQUE BI-CULTURAL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE Otodama, translated as ‘Sound and Spirits,’ presents a unique fusion of traditional Japanese drumming and American funk tap dance using Japanese Taiko drums, African Djimbe drums, hand-held wooden clappers, thick wooden drumsticks and a samisen or Japanese banjo. It is a visual and musical thrill for audiences of all ages directed by STOMP five-year veteran Yako Miyamoto. Dec. 2-11, Mon. – Fri. at 8pm, Sat. at 3pm & 8pm and Sun. at 3pm & 7pm. CSV Cultural Center, Flamboyan Theater, 107 Suffolk St. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 212-352-3101.

Theater Against AIDS “In the Continuum” is a timely dramatization of the problem of AIDS among African and African-American women. Living worlds apart in South Central, Los Angeles and Harare, Zimbabwe, two young women experience a kaleidoscope weekend of darkly comic, life-changing revelations. With the two playwright/actors playing dozens of roles, the play takes the audience on a journey of parallel denials and self-discoveries. The show is currently in previews and will open officially on World AIDS day, Thursday, December 1. Performances will continue through Saturday, January 14. Show times are Monday through Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Saturday afternoons at 3:00pm. Until December 3, tickets are $45, afterwards tickets are $60 and may be purchased by calling 212-868-4444 or visiting www.SmartTix.com. Performances will take place at The Perry Street Theater, 31 Perry Street, just west of 7th Avenue. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to a charity involved in the fight against AIDS.

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