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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: June 13, 2011-June 19, 2011

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Benito Cereno - Based on Herman Melville’s novel of the same name, this rarely-see play by Robert Lowell is set in 1770 and depicts the mysterious events that occur when an American merchant vessel comes upon a battered Spanish ship with its nearly all-black crew and a white captain, Benito Cereno.

The Eyes of Babylon - U.S. Marine Jeff Key transforms his Iraq journal into a gritty, humorous and poetic solo-performance about going to war as a 34-year-old gay man at the heady start of the Iraq invasion.

The Greenwich Village Follies - Described as “Schoolhouse Rock meets the Ziegfeld Follies,” this new musical is high-spirited and deliciously raunchy, offering an overview of the Village’s history in the form of an old-school musical revue. Through vignettes, songs and scenes, it chronicles the area’s evolution from the Lenape tribe through the current day paying tribute to the famous artists – including Edgar Allan Poe, Eugene O’Neill, Jackson Pollock and Peter, Paul & Mary -- who made Greenwich Village so iconic.

I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road and Still Getting My Act Together - Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford’s late-‘70s hit Off-Broadway musical will play in repertory with the world premiere of it’s sequel. I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road one of the most enduring and empowering Off-Broadway musicals of all time. The story follows a fictional cabaret singer, Heather Jones, as she evolves her traditional act of romantic pop tunes to a bold new act full of emancipating, feminist pieces. As she performs the new show, song by song, Heather fights to achieve an artistic metamorphosis while her dominating manager, Joe, tries to keep her act in the past.

Locuras en Wichita (Wild in Wichita) - She is a serious lady... and he is an irreverent man. But love knows no rules and makes it possible for this couple to rediscover the thrill of finding one’s soulmate. An endearing romantic comedy.?Because it’s never too late to fall wildly in love!

The Magdalene - An innovative new musical reminiscent of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar. A modern-retelling of the Gnostic Gospels where The Magdalene is a pivotal figure in shaping Jesus's life, teachings, and eventual downfall.

The Play About My Dad - Written by Boo Killebrew, this play is a look at her father, Larry: his words, his family, his job as an emergency room surgeon, his community of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Hurricane Katrina, which almost turned Gulfport into a coral reef.

The Rap Guide to Evolution - Canadian Baba Brinkman creates an entire hip-hop show about evolution, combining the wit, poetry and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigor of a scientific expert. Along the way, The Rap Guide also manages to illuminate the origins and complexities of hip-hop culture with Darwin as his inspiration.

Unnatural Acts - This new play created by members of the Plastic Theatre and conceived and directed by Tony Speciale, was inspired by the true events that occurred at Harvard University in the spring of 1920, when a student's suicide sparked a campus-wide investigation by a secret court of administrators aimed at purging the university of a group of homosexual students. Both intimate and epic, the work explores themes of fear and societal intolerance that are as relevant today as they were 91 years ago.

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