FOUR SHORT PLAYS “Beckett Below” is an evening of four short plays by Samuel Beckett. View “Act Without Words II,” “Footfalls,” “Play” and “That Time.” Each play offers a portrait of souls fighting to find enlightenment and peace. Nov. 9-18; Thurs. Sat. at 8pm. Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Place, bet 1st Ave. and Ave. A. $18, $15 students & seniors. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com. Pictured above is a scene from “Play.”
Back Bog Beast Bait, Play by Sam Shepard that examines the dangers of ignorance, the power of superstition and the tendency of the educated to exploit the uneducated. Nov. 26 - Dec. 18; Sun. & Mon. at 8pm. THE BIG LITTLE THEATRE, 141 Ridge St., bet Houston & Stanton. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.
BAiT (Buenos Aires in Translation), A festival of 4 English language world premieres: “A Kingdom, a Country or a Wasteland, in the Snow,” “Ex Antwone,” “Panic” and “Women Dreamt Horses.” Thru Nov. 19. PS 122, 150 1st Ave. at E. 9th St. $20, $15 students & seniors. See all 4 shows for $60, 3 for $45 and 2 for $30. www.theatermania.com. www.ps122.com.
The Battle of the Terrorists and the Horrorists, Show has excerpts from the Mayan Council Book with several no-no-no dances. For adults. Nov. 30 - Dec. 17; Opening week performances are Thurs. - Sun. at 8pm; following weeks are Wed. - Sun. at 8pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, Johnson Theater, 155 1st Ave. at E. 10th St. $12. 212-254-1109.
Black Snow, Follows the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov in which a writer’s dream of becoming a famous novelist turns into a nightmare. Nov. 16-18; Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm and Sat. at 3pm. THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DRAMA THEATER, 151 Bank St. $10. 212-279-4200. www.ticketcentral.com.
BUSH WARS, Features current events told through 16 musical parodies and many costume changes. It takes a funny yet insightful look at America’s current government and how they have dealt with religious freedom, the courts, the brain dead, democracy and more. Performances are Fri. & Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 3 & 7pm. Actor’s Playhouse, 100 7th Ave. South at 4th St. $55, $37.50 for 7pm shows on Sun. 212-239-6200.
Count Down, A teaching artist attempts to break down the barriers of a group of neglected young women in an all-girls residential facility using the creative process. Thru Nov. 19, Tues. - Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. BANK STREET THEATRE, 155 Bank St., bet Washington & West Sts. $18. 212-868-4444.
Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment, A dance work inspired by a Scientific American article about overpopulation in rats. Thru Nov. 13; Thurs. - Sun. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2:30pm. LA MAMA E.T.C, Annex Theater, 74A E. 4th St. $20. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org.
The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street, The history of this building is filled with murders and horrible deaths, which began even before the present building was built one hundred years ago. Uncover the gruesome past. Nov. 30 - Dec. 23; Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm. RED ROOM THEATER, 85 E. 4th St, bet 2nd Ave. & Bowery. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com. www.radiotheatrenyc.com.
Home Front, A realistic drama about how violence of distant war affects America. Nov. 9-26, Thurs. - Sun. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2:30pm. LA MAMA E.T.C., 74 A E. 4th St., 1st floor. $18. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org.
The Internationalist, A young American businessman is met at the airport by a beautiful female colleague setting off a series of unforgettable experiences. Thru Nov. 26, Tues. - Sat. at 8pm and Sat. & Sun. at 3pm. $55. 212-353-0303.
The Marriage Bed, The Love story of Jeni and Val who have been living together for 7 wonderful years when Great Britain passes a Parliamentary Bill legalizing same-sex Civil Unions. Now the two must decide if they should marry, or not. Continues thru Nov. 19, Wed. - Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 5pm. SANFORD MEISNER THEATER, 164 11th Ave., bet 22nd & 23rd Sts. $30. 212-352-3101. www.TheaterMania.com.
The Milliner, A tale of passion, fashion and music drawn in part from the author’s own family experience. Thru Dec. 17; Tues - Fri. at 8pm; Sat., at 2 & 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. EAST 13TH STREET THEATRE, 136 E. 13th St. 212-352-3101. www.TheaterMania.com.
Night, Mother, Writer Marsha Norman brings understanding and dignity to forgotten American lives. Mon. & Tues., thru Nov. 14. THE BIG LITTLE THEATRE, 141 Ridge St., bet Houston & Stanton. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.
Post Mortem, Alice, a lecturer at a faith-based state university in the Midwest, and Dexter, an enthusiastic student more interested in his teacher than the theater, must piece together a play after the authorities have destroyed the script. Thru Dec. 9; Wed. - Fri. at 7pm & Sat. at 3 & 7pm. THE FLEA THEATER, 41 White St., bet Broadway & Church Sts. $18-45. 212-352-3101. www.TheaterMania.com.
Seduced, An entertaining and thought provoking allegory featuring Henry Hackamore as the tragic-comic lead. Part of the Sam Shepard Festival. Sun., Nov. 12 & 19 at 8pm. THE BIG LITTLE THEATRE, 141 Ridge St., bet Houston & Stanton. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.
The Sneeze, Idiomatic translations of Anton Chekov’s short plays. Thru Nov. 14; Sat. at 3pm; Sun. at 3 & 7pm and Tues. at 7pm. ACE OF CLUBS, Great Jones St. at Lafayette St. $35, includes 2 drinks. 212-352-3101.
Stanley, A multimedia performance featuring a man who believes he is Stanley Kowalski from “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Thru Nov. 18. HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave., one block below Spring St. $20. www.here.org. 212-352-3101.
TJ & Dave, TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi are improv artists from Chicago who will be bringing their long-form improvisation to New York City audiences. On the first week of every month, they will create a full-length play from scratch without audience suggestions. Thurs. at 10pm, Fri. & Sat. at 11pm and Sun. at 9pm. THE BARROW STREET THEATRE, 27 Barrow St. at 7th Ave. $25. 212-239-6200. www.telecharge.com.
True West, 1980s dark comedy by Sam Shepard that is an explosive exploration of family disfunction and sibling rivalry. Nov. 22 - Jan. 5; Wed., Thurs. & Fri at 8pm. THE BIG LITTLE THEATRE, 141 Ridge St., bet Houston & Stanton. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.
The Voyage of the Carcass, When their Polar expedition goes awry, only three members of the doomed SS Carcass remain. After 7 years trapped in the ice, will they make it home alive? Thru Nov. 12; Mon., Wed. - Fri. at 8pm; Sat. at 2 & 8pm; and Sun. at 3pm. SOHO PLAYHOUSE, 15 Vandam St., bet 6th & Varick. $40 on Mon., Wed. & Thurs. $50 on Fri. - Sun. 212-691-1555.