GIVE US YOUR CHILDREN at the Flea Theater. The Flea Family Festival of Theater, Music, Dance and Stories. Pictured above is a dancer from the The Orchid Show, a whimsical swamp where beings and insects come to life alongside people. Festival runs Jan. 21-Feb. 22. 41 White St. Tickets: $10-20; 212-352-3101 www.theatermania.com
MAO ON LINE ONE A play that examines how to find the air pockets in the never ending torrent of our everyday lives. Presented by DownTown Theatre Company, at CenterStage, 48 West 21st St., 4th Floor. Jan 16-Feb. 1; 212-696-6655, $15, $12. 212-696-6655.
SWEDENS EUGENE ONEILL Last Supper, a play by Lars Noren is the story of two brothers crumbling marriages on the evening after their mothers funeral. The play opened in 1985 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm for a successful run. It will be the debut production of Actors without Borders a new resident company of La Ma Ma. Pictured left to right, Raina von Waldenburg, Olle Agelii, Tullan Holmqvist, Dan Illian. La MaMa, 74A East Fourth Street. Jan. 22-Feb. 1, Th-Sat. at 10 pm, Sun, 5:30. $15 212-475-7710 or www.lamama.org
THE MESMERIST A re-edited film by director Bill Morrison from a deteriorated nitrate print of James Youngs The Bells (1926). Features Lionel Barrymore who, in a dream, is exposed as a murderer by the Mesmerist played by Boris Karloff. Part of World Financial Centers Silent Film Series. The Bill Frisell Trio will perform an original score to accompany the film. Winter Garden. One of three films to be shown, Wed. Jan. 14 & Thurs. Jan.15 beginning at 7.
A STOOP ON ORCHARD STREET at the Mazer Theater. Inspired by the playwrights visit to the Tenement Museum, this musical brings to life the colorful and trying world of the Lower East Side circa 1910. 197 East Broadway. Tues-Sat, 8; Wed., Thurs, Sat. at 2; Sun, 1 & 5. 212-239-6200. $45 adults, $25 kids 12 and under.
THESE VERY SERIOUS JOKES, an adaptation of Goethes Faust (part 1) by Target Margin. Pictured above are David Greenspan (foreground) and Will Badgett, (in background) who costar. Here Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. Tues thru Fri at 7; Sat 2, 7; Sun 7. Tickets: $15 - Jan 4-8; $20 - Jan 9-24. 212-868-4444; www.smarttix.com
YOURE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN at the Lucille Lortel Theater. Inside Broadway, one of NYCs leading educational theater companies for children and families, will present this musical as part of their weekend family series. Show is 50 minutes and appropriate for all ages.
121 Christopher St., 212-239-6200, Sat.& Sun, Jan. 10, 11; Jan 17, 18; Jan 31, Feb. 1 at 10:45 am. $15
GIVE US YOUR CHILDREN The play, The Parrot is the centerpiece of the Flea Theaters winter festival Give Us Your Children. With books and lyrics by Paul Zimet (pictured above) the new musical is inspired by an old Italian folktale. The play centers on a teenage girl who falls under the spell of the Parrot, who turns her world into something magic. With hand held puppets and headdresses. The Flea, 41 White St., 212-226-0051. Opens Jan. 21, $15.
POLISH PLAYWRIGHT AT La MaMa Two one-act plays by Slawomir Mrozek, Out At Sea and Striptease provide hilarious and thought-provoking looks at power and corruption, politics, patriotism and freedom. La MaMa, 74A E. 4th St., 212-475-7710. Jan. 2-18. Pictured above are Troy Lavelle, left, and Cornel Gebara in Striptease.
Bernadette & the butcher of broadway, professional rivalry turns very ugly when a bet between a gossip columnist and a theater critic degenerates into a no-holds barred war for control over public opinion, THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATER, 61 Christopher St., 2nd fl., Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7 p.m., $10, 2 drink min., 212-255-5438.
BlUE MAN GROUP: TUBES, a multi-faceted and unique performance by silent and blue-faced iconoclasts and actors/ dancers/musicians, ASTOR PL. THEATER, 434 Lafayette St., open-ended run, Tue.-Thur., 8 p.m., Fri., 7 & 10 p.m., Sat., 4, 7 & 10 p.m., Sun., 2, 5 & 8 p.m., $55-$65, 254-4370.