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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: March 7, 2011-March 13, 2011

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Awesome Allie, First Kid Astronaut - Yesterday Allie was just a normal kid, but today she’s headed into outer space! With the help of her trusty talking dog Captain Chaos, and Rover the Dancing Robot from Mars, Allie's on a mission across the solar system to save Earth, and maybe learn some things about science along the way. But she'd better be home in time for dinner! Grab your space suit and get ready for an adventure that's out of this world.

Cool Blues - It is 1955. B is a black jazz musician so renowned and innovative that he only needs a single initial to identify him. He shows up, unannounced, to spend a fateful weekend in the apartment of Baroness Alexandra Isabella von Templeton (Xan), one of the world's richest women. His manner and his mood shifts are as mercurial as his music; his talent at deception and self-defense as agile as his ability to charm. Questions of loyalty, love, privilege, and friendship are probed as the ghosts of B's past and present demand answers.

Double Falsehood - This intriguing tale of love, betrayal, madness and redemption  is believed to be an adaptation of the long lost play Cardenio by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher that was rediscovered and adapted in the 18th-century by Lewis Theiobald. This marks the first professional mounting of the play in 250 years.

Gustafer Yellowgold's Infinity Sock - A must-see/must-share experience that will touch adults as it gently enthralls the little ones. This cross-over performance of live music and animated illustrations by (and co-starring) Morgan Taylor follows the story of Gustafer Yellowgold, born on the sun and currently residing in the Minnesota woods, as he looks for the toe end of the longest sock in the universe.

Incite 2011: The Power of Art - Back in New York for a third engagement, this “import” from Boston University's College of Fine Arts schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Art explores diverse artistic terrain, some uncharted, some time-honored, all presented by a multigenerational community of passionate, accomplished artists.

A Number - In this new play, playwright Caryl Churchill explores the human experience, the essence of personality, and nature versus nurture as a man confronts his father after discovering that he has several siblings - each one of his clones. Since the arrival of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned, in the late-90s, the possibility of human cloning has sparked controversy. In recent years, with advances in genetic engineering, the practical and ethical issues regarding cloning continue to make headlines and incite lively debate.

The Other Place - Just as Juliana Smithton's (Laurie Metcalf) research leads to a potential breakthrough in Alzheimer treatment drugs, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.

Play Nice - In this gothic fairy tale based on Genet’s The Maids Isabelle, Luce and Matilda live in a perfect home in the idyllic suburb of Ridgewood, New Jersey. But when the front door closes, their home is far from ideal and they spend most of their days hiding from their abusive mother in the attic. On Thanksgiving, Mother was poisoned and she’s now on her way home from the hospital. The children fear her wrath as she determines which child tried to kill her.

Room - Harvested from a lifetime of Virginia Woolf's writings, Room traces the movement of a creative spirit in exquisite crisis, an artist in a pressure cooker of articulation who seeks room to move, room to breathe, and room to imagine.

Wittenberg - At Wittenberg U. circa 1517, sparring professors Doctor Faustus and Reverend Martin Luther vie for the allegiance of their star pupil Prince Hamlet, who can’t decide on a major (go figure!). Putting a zany spin on classic characters, the professors’ debate over faith and reason devolves into comic combat for the Prince who should be King.

For more Off-Broadway shows, click here. For Off-Off Broadway, click here.

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