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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: March 21, 2011-March 27, 2011

March 21, 2011 - by CG News Desk

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Benefactors - This poignant look at marriage and friendship follows an architect charged with building a major development and the project’s impact on his family and friends.

The Comedy of Errors - In one of Shakespeare’s most madcap comedies, when Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant arrive in Ephesus, they have no idea that it's also the home of their twin brothers. The result is chaos. Beatings and arrests ensue, followed by accusations of theft, infidelity, and madness. But in the end, comedy and happiness prevail, as mayhem gives way to love and reconciliation.

Go Back to Where You Are - In this melancholy comic romance, a forgotten chorus boy from the theatre of ancient Greece, stuck in a lonely purgatory these past 2000 years, is sent back to earth on a mission from God. He now finds himself among a vacationing family in the Hamptons, caught off-guard by his rediscovered ability to feel love.

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures - In the summer of 2007, Gus Marcantonio, a retired longshoreman, summons his children to the family's Brooklyn brownstone for a series of shocking announcements. Kushner's play explores revolution, radicalism, marriage, sex, prostitution, politics, real estate, unions of all kinds and debts both repaid and unpayable.

Marie and Bruce - Relentlessly daring playwright Wallace Shawn returns to The New Group with this comedic masterpiece?of marital strife recounting the day that Marie (Marisa Tomei) finally resolves to tell her charming and impossibly ?positive husband Bruce (Frank Whaley) that she's had enough.

The Soldier Dreams - An emotionally rich drama. David's family is gathered by his bed at home as he lies in a coma and dreams of his secret life. His two sisters, Tish and Judy, his brother-in-law, Sam, and his partner Richard wrestle with emotions --and sometimes each other--as they struggle to come to terms with losing David. What would he want? They all come up with the same answer: "If David had his way we'd all be dancing."

Summer in Sanctuary - Told through monologue, song, poetry, and multimedia, this autobiographical piece by performance poet/playwright Al Letson challenges perceptions about race and class, as he recounts his struggles to connect with the disadvantaged children of the Sanctuary in Jacksonville, Florida. Summer in Sanctuary will take you into the heart of a community, and leave you with a better understanding of the world. Rob Urbinati, who helmed Foggy Bottom and The President and Her Mistress in our 2006/7 season, is back to direct this funny, poignant, and ultimately inspiring piece of distinctly American theater.

Tomorrow Morning - A warmly sophisticated new musical about the coupling and uncoupling of relationships. Witty, moving and emotionally complex, Tomorrow Morning speaks to anyone who has ever fallen in or out of love.

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