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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: March 14, 2011-March 20, 2011

March 14, 2011 - by CG News Desk

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As You Like It - Columbia M.F.A. students and alumni actors will be featured in Shakespeare's masterpiece of love, laughter and exile. Directed by James Rutherford, the play will be presented in a 90 minute abridged version specifically geared toward student and family audiences.

Bobby: the middle-aged celebrity - the nvr 2 L8 2 b famous musical - This is Bobby's journey to become famous, a brand, a household name. He has had many incarnations in this quest, almost getting to the top, then falling flat on his face. As the years fly by, the show touches on his upward and downward climbs, and with his inspiring self-help tapes, culminates with superstardom and his entree into the political arena.

Laughing Liberally: This Ain't No Tea Party - A comedy extravaganza, which mixes humor, musical numbers, video, and political satire, to spread understanding of liberal ideas and advance progressive values. Showcasing the brightest progressive comedians from The Onion, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, Huffington Post, and C-SPAN, Laughing Liberally: This Ain't No Tea Party will save democracy one laugh at a time. Original songs for Laughing Liberally: This Ain't No Tea Party are written and composed by Jamie Jackson.

Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend - In his new comedy, Mike shares a lifetime of romantic blunders and miscues that most adults would spend a lifetime trying to forget. On this painfully honest journey, Mike struggles to find reason in an area where it may be impossible to find--love.

Odysseus DOA (Died of AIDS) - Elliot has come to the hospital to die. Amongst a group of patients with advanced AIDS, his mind deteriorates, leaving fantasy and anxiety to tango. His magical and humorous story is blended with Homer's Odyssey, the story of a man determined to return home despite all the obstacles the gods dish out along the way. Elliot has become the legendary Greek hero Odysseus.

One Night with Fanny Brice - A chronicle of Fanny Brice – from her  rather humble origins to becoming an internationally popular entertainer and the highest paid American singing comedienne - a Ziegfeld star equally effective whether putting over a broadly comic number or a dramatic torch song. A strong, intuitive, street-smart woman, Fanny Brice's life story provided the inspiration for the musical Funny Girl. One Night With Fanny Brice features many of the songs Brice made famous, including "Rose of Washington Square," "My Man" and "Second Hand Rose."

Savage in Limbo - Three grade school classmates run into each other at a Bronx bar. Their lives did not turn out as they thought. Will they end up frenemies, roommates, or rivals? A touching, gutsy comedy by Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley.

Theodore & Co - Ivor Novello’s 1916 musical features five songs by Jerome Kern. The story follows the cash-poor Lord Theodore who, for a fee, he offers "personal services" to his social set. When his uncle needs guests for a fancy party Theo and his "company" sell expensive tickets to the affair and we see the high and low of 1916 London society, from Dukes and Ladies to a butler and a gigolo.

Three Men on a Horse - Hen-pecked greeting-card writer, Erwin Trowbridge, has an uncanny ability for predicting the winners in horse races. For Erwin it's just a hobby, but when his extraordinary talent is discovered by a down-and-out pack of gamblers and would-be hot-shots, Erwin suddenly finds himself very far from his safe suburban home in Ozone Heights. This dizzy and delightful Depression era comedy, by one of the American theatre's most accomplished showmen, will bring a much needed lift to your Recession-wearied spirits.

We Are - This bilingual production fuses western-style Greek chorus, Vietnamese legend and traditional theatrical techniques such as CAI LUONG (southern style of opera), mime and movement to introduce 5 powerful female characters in 5 chapters that explore the historical legacy of Vietnamese women and girls sold into marriage.

Where's Charley? - Frank Loesser's first Broadway score immediately demonstrated the master's easy command of wit and romance, sophistication and high jinks. George Abbott's adaptation of Brandon Thomas' classic college farce Charley's Aunt delivered "Once in Love With Amy," "My Darling, My Darling" and "The New Ashmolean Marching Society" to the hit parade, and launched Loesser into the songwriting stratosphere.

You've Got Hate Mail - Love "bytes" all when an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail left sitting on a desktop. The story is told entirely in e-mails from laptop computers, although the play does manage to have an unforgettable chase scene - thanks to Blackberries and iPhone.

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