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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: May 9, 2011-May 15, 2011

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The Adventures of Hershele Ostropolyer - In this rollicking musical comedy, the beloved folk hero Hershele Ostropolyer battles injustice armed only with his wits. Ever resourceful, Hershele mobilizes an entire community to thwart the wicked designs of the town's leading citizen, the miserly Reb Kalmen.

The Atmosphere
- When a group of young, savvy professionals working for a prestigious Wall Street investment firm decide to embezzle millions of dollars from a "dead client's" account,they quickly begin to turn on each other as they fail to rid of the weakest link...which whom no one knows.

Cradle and All - Annie and Nate have a baby who won't sleep. Claire and Luke are losing sleep over the decision to get married and start a family. In adjacent Brooklyn Heights apartments, Daniel Goldfarb's newest and wittiest look at love, sex, commitment and parenthood unfolds and no one will rest until the truth between each of these couples is spoken.

Desperate Writers - A couple of desperate writers, with the baby clock ticking and their home about to be sold out from under them, are driven to desperate measures to get their script read, bought and made in this hilarious, fast-paced, screwball comedy, that pokes fun at the crazy film biz.

A Little Journey - Set entirely on a westbound train over the course of a four day trip, A Little Journey tells the story of Julie Rutherford, a proud but broken young woman who believes that things cannot possibly get any worse--until disaster strikes. The play showcases an eccentric and charming array of passengers: there's the auburn-topped lady from New York, excruciatingly funny in her ultra-sophistication; two young college lads, awkward, yet lovable; a sweet young girl, traveling with her deaf grandma; a self-centered plutocrat who travels in the drawing room; an unmarried mother; a the big-hearted Westerner; and, of course, Julie, the girl who finds real life after having been hedged about and bound by conventions and traditions.

Lysistrata Jones, a New Musical - The Athens University basketball team hasn't won a game in 30 years. But when spunky transfer student Lysistrata Jones dares the squad's fed-up girlfriends to stop "giving it up" to their boyfriends until they win a game, their legendary losing streak could be coming to an end. Join Lyssie and her girl-power posse court side for the New York City premiere of this boisterous new pop musical comedy.

Manipulation - Cristina outwardly appears to have everything she can desire, however, she cannot enjoy her life. Her husband torments her with flagrant displays of infidelity and her mother encourages her to have an affair with another man. When she turns to a psychoanalyst for help, he proceeds to take advantage of her. With every attempt to find herself, Cristina is manipulated back into submission until she finds a way to cut the ties that bind her to her previous existence.

Sam’s Romance - An edgy comedy about connections: people who make the wrong connection, people who don’t connect no matter how they try and people who never connect but go on living with great expectations of connecting.

The Seven Deadly Sins - A  new production of Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins by theater, dance, and film choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett. All six performances of this thrilling and theatrical dance piece will feature acclaimed stage and screen star Patti LuPone.

The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World - Set in Fremont, New Hampshire in the early '70s, The Shaggs is based on the true story of a working class dad (Peter Friedman) who has a vision of rock n' roll destiny for his three talentless daughters, convinced they're his family's one-way ticket out of hardship and obscurity. But the girls have ideas of their own - and as their father's ambition turns to obsession, the price of familial obligation becomes all too clear.

Side Effects - The story of what happened on the other end of the line. Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. Behind closed doors they're falling apart - doors they can barely keep shut. Lindy's grappling with bipolar swings, their teenage sons are acting out, and Hugh's rising political star is suddenly imperiled.

Through a Glass Darkly - Karin is the central figure in the lives of her family, not least because her own tenuous grip on reality keeps everyone in constant motion around her. On an annual vacation to a beautiful remote island, tensions flare as her husband, father and brother struggle over the best way to help her. When a legacy of denial and repression boils over, threatening the future of the entire family, Karin decides that she must take command of her own destiny.

Uncle Vanya - A special three-performance presentation of noted Russian diriector/producer Andrei Konchalovsky’s celebrated production of the Mossovet Theatre production of the Chekhov classic. Performed in Russian with English translation.

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