WOMENS VIEW OF WAR The play, Valiant, illustrates that war seen through womens eyes makes a different kind of story. Greenwich Street Theatre, 547 Greenwich St, between Charlton and Vandam. Opens Aug 20. Part of the New York Fringe Festival. Showtimes: Fri, Aug 20 at 3; Sat Aug 21 at 4:45; Tue Aug 24 at 9:45; Wed Aug 25 at 5:15; Sat Aug 28 at 8:45. www.FringeNYC.org
SHACKLETON EXTRAVAGANZA A musical about the explorer who was stranded in Antarctica for two years, bringing his 27 man-crew home safely. Drama centers on a love triangle Shackleton suspects a crew member of being in love with his wife. Scenes and songs from the play will be performed at the Bowery Poetry Club on Aug. 11, 7-9 pm. 308 Bowery at Bleecker St. 212-614-0505. Play opens Sept. 9 at Sande Shurin Theatre, 311 West 43rd St, near 8th Ave. For tickets: 212-868-4444. $20.
QUEST FOR THE PERFECT MAN Janine Squillari in I Need a Guy Who Blinks, a one woman show takes audiences on a wild and wacky journey searching for Mr. Right. A boisterous send up of dating, relationships and what creates a perfect man. Paradise Theater, 64 E. 4th St, bet Bowery and Second Ave., Tickets $15, $12 students. 212-352-3101. Wed Sat, at 8. Closes July 31.
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
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.
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.
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.
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