THE HISTORY OF COMEDY The Funniest Show in the World about the History of Comedy Performed by Two Brothers in Less Than Two Hours for Under Twenty Bucks incorporates slapstick, farce and original songs as the Bacher brothers reveal little-known facts about comedy. Sept. 7 Oct. 1, Thurs. Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. $19. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com. Pictured above are Danny Bacher, left, and Josh Bacher.
EXAMINING SILENCE It Goes Without Saying is a solo piece by acclaimed actor and mime Bill Bowers, above. Bill shares funny, heart-breaking and unbelievable true stories from his career and his lifelong exploration of the role silence plays in our lives. Previews begin Wed., Aug. 30. Opens Thurs., Sept. 7. Continues thru Oct. 8. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, bet W. 11th & Perry Sts. $37.50. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.