Volume 76, Number 12 | August 9 - 15, 2006

Theater

THE SAM SHEPARD FESTIVAL The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company presents three sets of performances dedicated to the works of contemporary American playwright Sam Shepard. Performances will take place now thru Aug. 31 featuring Forensic and the Navigators, States of Shock, Savage/Love, 4-H Club, Rock Garden and Seduced. The Big Little Theatre, 141 Ridge St., one block south of Houston. $18. 212-868-4444. www.SmartTix.com. www.chekhovtheatre.com/shepfest. Pictured above is a scene from States of Shock, a brilliant exploration through the landscape of the tortured minds of two army veterans. Shows Mon. – Tues., thru Aug. 29 at 8pm.

ENJOY ART FROM A COMFY COUCH Here Arts Center presents “The American Living Room Festival,” thirty-one days of dance, installations, theater, puppetry, music and solo performances in a comfortable living room environment. July 28 - Aug. 30 at 8:30pm. 3 Legged Dog’s Arts & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St., just below Rector St. $15. www.SmartTix.com. 212-868-4444. Visit www.here.org for more information. Pictured above is a scene from one of the featured performances, “29 Friends,” showing Fri. & Sat., July 28 & 29. It celebrates the dances of every day New Yorkers by investigating exactly what we do when we move to our favorite tunes.

AN ENCHANTED LOVE STORY “Cloud Tectonics,” by Out of Line Productions, takes place in a world where years can pass in a single night. On a stormy night in Los Angeles, a lonely man picks up Celestina, a pregnant hitchhiker, and welcomes her into his home. She claims she is 54-years-old and has been pregnant for two years. Clocks stop, visitors materialize and love ticks toward its inevitable climax. Continues thru Aug. 5. The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker St., corner of Lafayette St. Mon.-Sat. at 8pm. $25. 212-868-4444. www.SmartTix.com. www.cloudtectonics.com. Pictured above are Frederique Nahmani, left, as Celestina and Julio Rivera as Nelson.

FRANKENSTEIN REIMAGINED “Frankenstein, The Musical” features a young scientist who works feverishly to create the Creature, but then abandons him because of his own fear and irresponsibility. The Creature is forced to fend for himself in his new hostile world. Mon. & Wed.- Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 3:30pm. The Wings Theater, 154 Christopher St. $20, $16 students & seniors. 212-627-2961. Pictured above are Cadden Jones, left, as Elizabeth and Timothy Warmen as the Creature.

30TH ANNUAL STREET PERFORMANCE TOUR Theater for the New City’s “Tap Dance” is an opera for the street performed by 27 dancers. It is inspired by the Patriot Act that is taking away the freedom to protect American liberties. Performance features trap doors, giant puppets, smoke machines, masks and more. It will take place in NYC streets, parks and playgrounds in all 5 boroughs. Sat., Aug. 5, Theater for the New City, E. 10th St. at 1st Ave. Sat., Aug. 12, St. Marks Church, E. 10th St. at 2nd Ave. Sat., Sept. 16 at 2pm, Tompkins Square Park, E. 7th St & Ave. A. Sun., Sept. 17, Washington Square Park. Shows are at 2pm. Free. 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Pictured above are Michael David Gordon, left, Lilly Burd, in the Bush mask, and Primy Rivera.

NEW YORK LONGING FOR NEW JERSEY “Food for Fish,” by Adam Szymkowicz, focuses on young Bobbie who drops another of life’s pages into the Hudson. He kisses random strangers on the street. He tells a story that’s increasingly real each time we look, once there was a world where men became women, and women became men. Three sisters mourned their father and faced the facts of life. Wed. – Sat., July 12-15, 19-22 and 27-29 at 8pm. Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. $17, $10 students. Ages 17+. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com.

ONE OF SHAKESPEARE’S GREATEST TRAGEDIES “King Lear” is based on the legend of King Leir, a king of pre-Roman Britain. This revival, by The Actors' Shakespeare Project of Boston, offers a stripped-down, intimate look into the work focusing on the actor and the text to give audiences a sense of the play's timeless relevance. Thru July 2, Mon. & Wed. – Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2pm. La MaMa ETC, 74A E. 4th St. $35. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org. Pictured above is Alvin Epstein, center, as King Lear.

CLASSIC AMERICAN FARCE John Murray and Allen Boretz's "Room Service” is considered to be one of the funniest American plays of the 1930s. It centers on a theatrical producer trying to find support for his new show. He convinces the playwright to fake his own death and one of the country's wealthiest businessmen turns up with money to invest, until he discovers the hotel doctor bound and gagged in the bathroom. Previews begin July 6. Continues July 10 - Aug. 5, Thurs. – Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St., bet Washington and West Sts. $20. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com. Pictured above are Sterling Coyne, top, David Edwards, and Scott Evans.

THEATRICAL CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE STORY The comic sex farce, Bite, is the tale of two competing dentists, two dominatrixes and a Southern belle with the audience in control of the action all the way. Opens June 21 at 8pm. Continues thru Aug. 25, every Friday at 10:30pm. The Red Room, 85 E. 4th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. 212-868-4444. www.HorseTRADE.info. $20, $15 students and seniors.

THEATRICAL CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-ADVENTURE STORY The comic sex farce, Bite, is the tale of two competing dentists, two dominatrixes and a Southern belle with the audience in control of the action all the way. Opens June 21 at 8pm. Continues thru Aug. 25, every Friday at 10:30pm. The Red Room, 85 E. 4th St., bet 2nd & 3rd Aves. 212-868-4444. www.HorseTRADE.info. $20, $15 students and seniors.

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