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LIFE’S BUT A WALKING SHADOW “MacBeth: A Walking Shadow” is a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. It opens on the battlefield and is told through flashbacks with Macbeth revisiting the events that led to his eventual showdown with Macduff. Jan. 4-27; Wed. - Sat. at 8pm. MANHATTAN THEATRE SOURCE, 177 MacDougal St., bet Waverly & W. 8th St. $18. www.TheaterMania.com. 212-352-3101. Pictured above are Celia Schaefer, left, as Lady Macbeth and Ato Essandoh as Macbeth.
PSYCHOLOGY OF URBAN GODDESSES “Angry Young Women in Low-Rise Jeans with High-Class Issues” is a light-to-serious look at what makes women tick. Creator Matt Morillo began the piece as a series of character studies based on simple listening. Jan. 4 - Feb. 11; Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, Cino Theater, 155 1st Ave. at E. 10th St. $20. Sundays are pay what you can. 212-868-4444. www.SmartTix.com.
CORPORATE GREED What happens when you’re fired from a company you’ve worked with for 25 years, leaving you with no pension and few prospects? “Woden” is a hard-hitting drama by Gene Ruffini about the failure of corporate America and the corruption of basic societal values. Continues thru Dec. 30; Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at 3pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. $10. 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Pictured above are Deborah Johnstone, left, and William Greville.
LIFE AS AN IMMIGRANT “Open Door” features original music, dancers, stick puppets, masks and larger than life marionettes. The production explores the paranoid perceptions, longings to belong and feelings of alienation among immigrants and second generation Americans. Continues thru Dec. 17; Thurs. - Sat. at 7:30pm and Sun. at 2:30 & 7:30pm. LA MAMA E.T.C., Annex Theater, 74A E. 4th St. $20. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org. Pictured above are Dan Seda, left, Allison Hiroto, Federico Restrepo and Denise Greber.
Shoving, A collection of exciting and unexpected short works by HIJACK and Scotty Heron. Dec. 14-18; Thurs. - Sun. at 8pm and Sat. & Sun. at 5pm. PS 122, 150 1st Ave. at E. 9th St. $20, $15 students & seniors. www.ps122.org.
Antigone, An adaptation of Sophocles’ classic with a young girl who defies a king in order to honor burial rights for her brother. Thru Jan. 2. THE CONNELLY THEATER, 220 E. 4th St. $20. 212-982-2287.
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. Thru Dec. 18; Sun. & Mon. at 8pm. THE BIG LITTLE THEATRE, 141 Ridge St., bet Houston & Stanton. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.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. Thru 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.
Carrie, A theatrical staging of Stephen King’s classic tale of high school horror presented by Theatre Couture. Dec. 6-30, Wed. - Sun. at 8:30pm. PS 122, 150 1st Ave. at E. 9th St. $20, $15 students & seniors. www.ps122.org.
Dark Matters, In a house at the end of a cornfield, something is happening to the Cleary family that is threatening to destroy a family already about to fall apart. Currently in previews. Thru Dec. 22. Performances are Wed. - Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 3pm. RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER, 224 Waverly Pl, bet W. 11th & Perry Sts. $40. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.
The Fortune Teller, A marionette play with 7 unusual characters who are invited to the estate of a late millionaire and informed that they have been included in his will. Thru Dec. 23; Wed. - Fri. at 8:30pm, Sat. at 4 & 8:30pm and Sun. at 4 & 8:30pm. HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave., one block below Spring St. $20. 212-352-3101. www.here.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. Thru 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.
Heresy/Progress, Heresy tells the story of the Inquisition in 16th century Mexico and its influence on a wealthy “converso” Jewish family who lived as Christians. Progress is about the aftereffects of the 1990s civil war in the Balkans seen through the return of one refugee family to their ruined home. Dec. 7-17. The two plays will alternate evenings. HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave., bet Spring & Broome Sts. $18. 212-352-3101. www.here.org.
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.
Open Door, Utilizing original music, dancers, stick puppets, masks and larger than life marionettes, the piece explores the paranoid perceptions, longings to belong and feelings of alienation among immigrants and 2nd generation Americans. Thru Dec. 17; Thurs. - Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2:30 & 7:30pm. LA MAMA E.T.C., Annex Theater, 74A E. 4th St. $20. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org.
Le Petit Mort/Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye, World Premiere work inspired by the photography of Joel-Peter Witkin. Solos, duets and group dance sequences express loss, letting go and the resiliency of collecting ourselves in everyday life again and again. Dec. 7-10; Thurs. - Sun. at 8pm and Sat. & Sun. at 5pm. PS 122, 150 1st Ave. at E. 9th St. $20, $15 students & seniors. www.ps122.org.
An Optimistic Picture, Two one-act plays by Walter Corwin set in New York City during the present time and shortly after. Individual stories unfold as people try frantically to connect and energize the lethargic and uncaring world that surrounds them. Dec. 7-23; Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 1st Ave., bet 9th & 10th Sts. $10. 212-254-1109.
The Sinister Urge, A comic play by Frank Cwiklik adapted from the screenplay by Edward D. Wood Jr. There is a knife-wielding maniac, a multi-million dollar porn racket and more in this comedy/burlesque/musical/thriller. Thru Dec. 19; Sun., Mon. and Tues. at 8pm. THE RED ROOM, 85 E. 4th St., 3rd floor. $20, $12 students & seniors. 212-868-4444. www.HORSEtrade.info.
Some Historic/Some Hysteric, A multimedia theater piece exploring Dr. Jean Martin Charcot’s contributions to vaudeville and art. Continues thru Dec. 10. CLEMENTE SOTO VELEZ, 107 Suffolk St., bet Rivington & Delancey. www.newstagetheatre.org.
The Sublet Experiment, A romantic comedy where a serial sublettor, a reality show reject and the worst bank robbers in history collide. Open run, Thurs. & Fri. at 8pm and Sat. & Sun. at 7pm. Takes place in a different NYC apartment each week. Check www.subletexperiment.com for current location. $20. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com.
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. Thru Jan. 5; Wed., Thurs. & Fri at 8pm. THE BIG LITTLE THEATRE, 141 Ridge St., bet Houston & Stanton. $18. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com.