This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: June 27, 2011-July 3, 2011
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All New People - It's the dead of winter and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie is 35, heartbroken and just wants some time away from the rest of the world. The island ghost town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, the townie fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.
The Judy Show - Written by funny woman Judy Gold and Kate Moira Ryan (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) and starring Ms. Gold, this new comedy focuses in on her life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. With multimedia, original music, laughter, and love, Judy shows us how she balances family and ambition with a little help from our favorite TV shows of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
MoLoRa - Set after the fall of apartheid, South African playwright and director Yael Farber's MoLoRa reimagines the ancient Greek Oresteia to tell the story of her own country's painful and extraordinary transition to democracy. As Klytemnestra and Elektra--mother and daughter, perpetrator and victim--sit to face each other in an open hearing, MoLoRa reenacts a watershed moment in world history, illuminating the universal and excruciating choice for any victim: to seek revenge or choose forgiveness.
The Ohmies: Morning Wish Garden - Kids dance, stretch and giggle during this delightful interactive musical in which Bella Butterfly and her kid brother Carlin Caterpillar – lead them on a fun journey to wake up Mr. Sun and see their wish garden bloom. Along the way The Ohmies lead the audience in a series of yoga-inspired dance exercises as they make new friends and shake off their worries. With a large area of the theater dedicated to a humongous antimicrobial fitness mat, kids from three to eight not only sing along to original music, they also get to hop like a grasshopper, slither like a snake, fly like a butterfly and more. (Seating is available for those who can't sit on mats.) Loose-fitting clothing - and colorful socks - are recommended for everyone.
Tryst - Part romance, part psychological thriller, Tryst tells the story of handsome con-man George Love, who preys on well-off women, wooing them, marrying them, and leaving them penniless and husband-less the day after the honeymoon... that is, until he meets his match in lonely milliner Adelaide Pinchin. Tryst is an intense and tantalizing play intended for mature audiences.