OSCAR WILDE AT MANHATTAN CHLDRENS The Manhattan Childrens Theater in Tribeca presents its final production of the season, The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde. A cranky, lonesome giant finds his way back to love with the help of a young girl. 380 Broadway, two blocks south of Canal. 4th floor. 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com Opens April 10.
SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL a play by Richard Brinsely Sheridan, an 18th Century playwright at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. With an all female cast. 212-868-4444 or smarttix.com opens Apr. 24
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.
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.
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.
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.
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