SPOTLIGHTING LATINO PLAYWRIGTS at the Clement Soto Velez Cultural Center. The annual Songs From Coconut Hill festival highlights the work of celebrated and promising playwrights. Pictured above is the cast of the play, Chained Dog by Robert Santana. L to R: Anthony Ruiz, Lisette Espaillat, Jaime Velez, Lorraine Rodriguez. Teatro La Tea, 107 Suffolk St, 2nd floor. 212-868-4444/www.SmartTix.com. Thru April 4.
MRS. FARNSWORTH in Tribeca Sigourney Weaver and John Lithgow star in A.R. Gurneys play about contemporary politics at the Flea Theater. Previews begin March 18. 41 White St., 212-226-2407/www.theflea.org.
LIFE OF ISRAELI ARMY RESISTER is examined in a play, The Fist, by Misha Shulman at Theater for the New City. Drama is set in an Israeli household the night before the son, a decorated soldier who opposes the continued occupation of the West Bank, must stand trial for refusing to report for duty. 155 First Ave, 212-254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Above and beyond the valley of the ultra showgirls, an over the-top dark musical comedy inspired by and shamlessly plagiarized from Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, & Showgirls, PYRAMID CLUB THEATER, 101 Ave. A., Fri., 7:30 p.m., open ended, $12, 212-505-1700, x14.
Anchor pectoris, the first performance piece by Gerald Thomas, one without a spoke word onstage, that aims to play with the fiction of living in the 21st Century, LA MAMA E.T.C., 74A E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sun., 7:30 p.m., through Mar. 21, $20, 212-475-7710.
Bee-luther-hatchee, an up and coming African-American book editr publishes the memoirs of an elderly Southern black woman only to discover the author is not exactly who she seems, BLUE HERON ARTS CENTER, 123 E. 24th St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through April 4, $12-$15, 212-868-4444.
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.
Bug, a dark comedy exploring themes of isolation and delusion involving a drug-addled woman laying low in an Oklahoma City motel to avoid her ex-husband out on early release from prison, BARROW STREET THEATER, 27 Barrow St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., Sun., 7:30 p.m., through Mar., $40-$50, 212-239-6200.
Bump, an urban poem about six New Yorkers who cross paths on the L line of the MTA, when a womans orgasm on a subway car awakens their desire to confront the past and face the future without the fear of being exposed, HENRY STREET SETTLEMENT, 466 Grand St., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., through April 4, $10-$15, 212-340-4604.
Cause celeb!, a highly theatrical autobiography reading series that centers around a different theme each week, FEZ, Time Cafe, 380 Lafayette St., Mon. 7:30 p.m., $10, 212-533-2680.
Cookin, a hilarious non-verbalshow featuring crazy Korean chefs who are working against the clock to prepare a complete wedding banquet, using the traditional rhythms of Samulnori, a form of Korean music, MINETTA LANE THEATER, 18 Minetta Lane, Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Sat., 6 & 9 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., through Mar., $40-$65, 212-420-8000.
Cooking with lard, in a small Texas town the local ladies gather in the social center of the community, Addies Diner, where among other things they casually discuss a recent murder, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., Mon., Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m., through April 3, $15, 212-354-4660.
De la guarda, the off Broadway, death defying sensation where gravity is not an option continues its succesful run, DARYL ROTH THEATER, 20 Union Square East, at 15th St., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Fri., 10:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 7 p.m., Sat., 10 p.m., open ended, $20-$55, 212-239-6200.
Double infidelity, the tale of a beautiful country girl in love with a cheeful commoner who adores her in return. All is thrown into turmoil when a fair Prince sees the girl and decides he must have her for his own, THE PEARL THEATER, 80 St. Marks Place, call for specific schedule information, through Mar. 21, $30-$40, 212-598-9802.
Ears on a beatle, about two FBI agents whose undercover assignment is to conduct surveillance on John Lennon, a thought-provoking look at life & liberty in the 70s, DR2 THEATER, 103 E. 15th St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., through April, $40, 212-239-6200.
An evening by the bijou, a satirical gay cabaret funk band, the Isotoners, who have an adorably slovenly sense thats more Bay Ridge realness than pret-a-Chelsea, LA MAMA E.T.C., 74A E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m., 5:30 p.m., Sun., $12-$15, 212-475-7710.
Food for though, Spring season of staged lunch hour readings including sic early & unpiblished scenes from Streetcar Named Desire, & the Henry Miller one-act Bridge, THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB, 15 Gramercy Park South, Mon., Wed.-Fri., 12:30-2 p.m., call for schedule information, thorugh May. 28, $45 including lunch, 212-362-2560.
Gay divorce, the story of a society girl who concocts a fake adultery and then falls in love with a man who she believes is the one hired to play the role of her paramour, with a score by the great Cole Porter, 14th STREET YMHA, Main Stage, 344 E. 14th St., Tue.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Wed., Sat.-Sun., 2:30 p.m., through Mar. 28, $19, 212-868-4444.
Great men of gospel, follows the evolution of gospel music in America celebrating those foundations of music in the world today, features a repertoire of gospel classics & old-time favorites, HENRY ST. SETTLEMENT, Harry de Jur Playhouse, 466 Grand St., Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., through April 11, $30, 212-279-4200.
Hannah & martin, a new work about Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt and the man she cannot get out of her mind; her mentor & lover Martin Heidegger, the renowned philosopher who used his fame and brilliance to help further the goals of the Nazi party, MANHATTAN ENSEMBLE THEATER, 55 Mercer St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., Mar. 20-April 18, $40, 212-279-4200.
In the belly of the beast revisited, a portayal of the notorious convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott, whose jailhouse correspondence with Norman Mailer helped tunr him into a best-selling author and, for six weeks, the toast of New Yorks literati until he killed again, 29TH STREET