VILLAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL An evening of nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing. Also watch as stilt dancers, jugglers, fire-eaters and burlesque performers entertain. Wed., Oct. 31. Free outdoor entertainment begins at 4pm; doors open at 7:30pm. THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 1st Ave. at E. 10th St. and the block of E. 10th St. bet 1st & 2nd Aves. 212-254-1109. www.theaterforthenewcity.net. $20; costume or formal wear required. Pictured above are Susan Gittins, left, Gabriela Nunic and Dan Drogenes.
The Beebo Brinker ChroniclesA stage adaptation of Ann Bannons lesbian pulp novels set in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village celebrating the era when the love that dare not speak its name began breaking the old rules. Thru Oct. 20; Thurs. Sat. at 7pm, Sun. at 5pm and Mon. at 7pm. THE FOURTH STREET THEATRE, 83 E. 4th St., bet Bowery & 2nd Ave. 212-352-3101. www.beebobrinker.com. $20.
Caravaggio ChiaroscuroA new, experimental, one-act opera which presents Caravaggios Roman life and his struggles as a young artist. Caravaggio was one of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance. He painted saints and holy subjects, but used marginal and common people as models and so his paintings were censored. Thru Oct 14; Thurs. Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 2:30 & 8pm. LA MAMA E.T.C., First floor theater, 74A E. 4th St. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org. $18, $13 students.
The Children of VonderlyTheres never a dull moment in the Vonderly household. Led by Norma, a headstrong Jewish matriarch, this unconventional multi-ethnic family of adopted and disabled children bands together after a crisis threatens to rip them apart. Thru Oct. 21; Mon. & Wed.-Sat. at 8pm; Sat. & Sun. at 3pm. Opening Night is Thurs., Oct. 4 at 7pm. THE EAST 13TH STREET THEATRE, 136 E. 13th St. 212-352-3101. www.theatermania.com. $20 during previews; $38 after Oct. 3; students $20/$20; seniors $20/$34.
Dead Letter OfficeA theater & dance piece that investigates the human need for contact packaged in the metaphor of the USPS Mail Recovery Centers that process misdirected mail. Oct. 11 Oct. 21. HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 6th Ave. 212-352-3101. $12.
Experimenta!Celebrate the 10th anniversary of La MaMas Experiments Playreading Series with a sampling of the work in full productions. Oct. 18 Nov. 4; Thurs. Sun. at 7:30pm; Sat. & Sun. at 2pm; Wed., Oct. 31 at 7:30pm. Panel discussions follow the Sunday matinees. LA MAMA E.T.C., First Floor Theater, 74A E. 4th St. 212-475-7710. www.lamama.org. $18, $13 students and seniors. Festival pass is $50 and includes all 4 shows plus panel discussions.
FuerzabrutaShow focuses on movement and includes a man running through a series of moving walls, individuals racing to connect from opposite sides of a whirling sail, and performers interacting in a watery world suspended just above the audience. Oct. 11 Feb. 17. THE DARYL ROTH THEATRE, 20 Union Square East. 212-352-3101. $35-$70.
A Good FarmerTwo women, a farm owner and her unlikely best friend, an illegal Mexican immigrant, fight to survive in a small Upstate New York town divided by Americas immigration battle. Thru Oct. 20; Thurs. Sat. at 8pm & Sun. at 3pm. BANK STREET THEATER, 155 Bank St. bet Washington & West Sts. 212-279-4200. www.ticketcentral.com. $20.
Good HeifLad is astonished by the arrival of his manhood. He wonders if the devil got into him or is it just the lure of whats over thar? Continues thru Oct. 27; Wed.- Mon. at 8pm. OHIO THEATRE, 66 Wooster St., bet. Spring & Broome Sts. For tickets, contact 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com. $20, $15 students & seniors. Monday night performances are pay-what-you-will at the door only.
I Used to Write on WallsDiane, Georgia and Joanne are 3 modern women living very different lives. Unknowingly, their romantic infatuations center on one individual, Trevor, a sexy, stoned surfer. Thru Oct 27; Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm. GENE FRANKEL THEATRE UNDERGROUND, 24 Bond St., bet Lafayette & Bowery. 212-868-4444 www.smarttix.com. $15.
KinderspielThe story of how a burnt-out expressionistic dancer, a jaded Jew, a trendsetting lesbian journalist, a conservative widow and a utopian communist turn a curious fetish into a revolutionary theater movement. Thru Oct. 27; Thurs. - Sat. at 7:30pm. UNDER SAINT MARKS, 94 St. Marks Place, bet 1st Ave & Ave. A. 212-868-4444. www.HorseTrade.info. $18.
The Life of GalileoWritten in the 1940s and portraying people and events in the early 17th century, this play remains a relevant interpretation of science perverted for political advantage rather than the benefit of humanity. Wed. Fri., Oct. 17-19 at 8pm; Sat., Oct. 20 at 3 & 8pm. SKIRBALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 566 LaGuardia Pl. 212-279-4200. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu. $18, $10 students & seniors.
The M GameIn this production, Lady Macbeth is imagined as five different women who each represent different aspects of the characters personality. Thurs.- Sun., Oct. 11-14 at 8pm, Wed. Sat., Oct. 17-20 at 8pm; Sun., Oct. 14 & Sat., Oct. 20 at 2pm. 14TH STREET Y THEATRE, 344 E. 14th St., bet 1st & 2nd Aves. 212-868-4444. www.smarttix.com. $15.
Margaret FlemingThe 1890 play by James A. Herne that led the rise of realism in American drama. A proper young mother and the devoted wife of a mill towns leading citizen sees her world overturned when she faces the living proof of her husbands infidelity: his illegitimate child with a working class girl. Thru Oct. 21. METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, 220 E. 4th St. 212-995-5302. www.metropolitanplayhouse.org. $20, $15 seniors, $12 students, $10 kids under 12.
Mercy ThievesA dark comedy about two hit-men who shoot and stab their way through the Australian countryside in search of an elusive target. KRAINE THEATRE, 85 E. 4th St. Thru Oct. 27; Wed - Sat at 8pm. 212-868-4444. $20.
Minimum WageAn acappella musical in which five staffers of a Big Brother-type fast food chain attempt to initiate new trainees into the wonders of Hamburgerology. Open run. THE THEATRES AT 45 BLEECKER STREET, The Green Room, 45 Bleecker St., bet Lafayette & Mott Sts. 212-239-6200. $45.
Project ShawView one play by George Bernard Shaw each month. Mondays at 7pm. Oct. 22: Press Cuttings & Passion, Poison and Petrifaction. Nov. 19: Widowers Houses. Dec. 17: Pygmalion. THE PLAYERS, 16 Gramercy Park South. 212-352-3101. www.projectshaw.com. $15.
SpainReeling from a divorce, Barbara finds solace in her overactive imagination. After conjuring her dream lover, the two embark on a fantastical journey, which prompts her to give in to her darkest desires. Thru Nov. 14. LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE, 121 Christopher St. 212-279-4200. $60.
Wake UpAn evening of two thematically related companion pieces: The Dreams of Laura Bush and The Passion of Terri Schiavo. Thru Nov. 18; Sundays at 7pm. THE GREEN ROOM, 45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette St. 212-239-6200. www.TeleCharge.com. $22.
The Wooster Groups HamletPiece reconstructs a hypothetical theater piece based on the edited film from Richard Burtons legendary 1964 Hamlet. Thru Oct. 18. THE PUBLIC THEATER, 425 Lafayette St. 212-967-7555. $50 - $60, $25 students.
Your Basic American MondayThirty-three interwoven monologues offer an enlightening view of contemporary America as told by a Waitress, Hustler, Business Woman, Working Woman, Vagrant, College Girl, Teenager and Soccer Mom. Thru Oct. 16; Sat. at 2pm & Sun. Tues. at 7pm. BANK ST. THEATER, 155 Bank St. bet Washington & West Sts. 212-279-4200. www.ticketcentral.com. $15.