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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: August 9th-August 15th

August 9, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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The Capeman - A concert version of Paul Simon's musical telling the true story of a Nuyorican street gang member whose story exploded on to the front pages of the tabloids in 1959, revealing the cultural and racial tensions beneath the surface of New York in that era. Featuring a score made up of Latin music, Doo Wop and ballads. Free tickets will be distributed the day of the show in person at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at 1:00 p.m. or by registering for Virtual Ticketing online day of the performance. Virtual ticketing recipients are chosen at random, not in the order requests are received.

An Error of the Moon - A fictional portrait of the brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, the rock star actors of their day. Edwin tells his tale of a man consumed by jealousy, of bitter sibling rivalry, and the mad obsession that sparked the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The Fix-Up Show -  Unlike other dating shows over the past 30 years, this one promises civility, with no humiliation. It’s a dating show where the participants have an actual chance of finding a good date. The Fix-Up Show brings together a panel of three people -- two who know an eligible single well, and one celebrity who has never met the person -- and has them interrogate potential suitors in an effort to make a match.

Freddie the Leaf - In this original musical for audiences of all ages, new leaf Freddie sprouts in the treetop. As he and his friends grow and experience the changing seasons, human life plays out beneath the shade and protection they provide. Freddie learns that although he must ultimately drop from the tree and die, he is a vital part of an eternal cycle.

Latino Mixfest - This free reading play festival showcases playwrights from across the country with boldly adventurous new plays that join writers, directors, and actors from different cultural backgrounds while focusing on works from the new generation of Latino writers coming out of the American theater today.

Mister Jack and Don Juan's Final Night - Mister Jack is an interactive Don Juan comedy by Marvin Kayein which improvisation plays an important part. The audience is given the opportunity to ask questions about love and sex of the title character who is introduced as "the world's greatest lover." Don Juan’s Final Night is a short one-act that will be presented in the same evening as an adaptation by Marvin Kaye of Edmond Rostand's work of the same name. In the Rostand version, the Don bargains with the Devil and wins 10 more years to debauch women. When the fiend comes to collect him, he tells Don Juan he won't take him to Hell until he has thoroughly humbled his spirit -- and achieves this by bringing back the ghosts of the women the Don has slept with.

The Punishing Blow - After being arrested for drunk driving followed by an anti-Semitic rant, college professor Leslie (playwright Randy Duerr) can avoid jail time if he enters rehab, attends anger management classes, and gives a lecture on a figure from a list of The 100 Most Influential Jews of All Time. He chooses Daniel Mendoza, the 18th century British bare-knuckle boxing champion and father of "scientific boxing."

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