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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: February 28, 2011-March 6, 2011

March 1, 2011 - by City Guide News Desk
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Blood Wedding - Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic in a translation by Ted Hughes. In this unforgettable drama of fatal seduction and blood feuds, a pair of doomed lovers tries to break free from generational strife - but find themselves forever chained by the sins of their elders. Set to the sounds of Spanish guitars and flamenco rhythms.

Clifford Chase's Winkie - Godlight Theatre Company Clifford Chase's scathingly funny novel is brought to to the stage by the award-winning Godlight Theatre Company. When a mild-mannered teddy bear finds himself on the wrong side of America's war on terror, her becomes trapped inside the jawas of a society rabid with fear and paranoia. Is Winkie the evil mastermind behind dozens of terrorist attacks or an innocent scapegoat for zealots on both sides of the terror wars?

The Colors of Love - The audience is introduced to four drastically different couples at different phases in their relationships and the drastic turns that each couple faces on their respective  journeys.

Dream of the Burning Boy - Since the sudden death of one of his favorite students, high school teacher Larry Morrow has been falling asleep at his desk and dreaming. The school's guidance counselor is hanging inspirational posters designed to help everyone "process their emotions." The boy's sister and friends, disinterested in Dante, are more agitated and hormonal than usual. And as Larry's dreams intensify, a shocking secret is exposed.

The Dybbuk - This celebrated Yiddish evokes the late 19th-century Kabbalistic tradition with loving authenticity. Set amidst the intersection of age-old tradition and encroaching modernity, The Dybbuk is an engrossing story of ill-fated lovers, spiritual ascension, and ghostly reunion.

Hello Again - The passion, sex, and power of ten love affairs -- one from each decade of the 20th-century -- come to life in this musical adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's controversial 1897 play, La Ronde. This rare revival -- brought to you from the Transport Group -- features musical and lyrical styles of each decade, ranging from opera to jazz to disco.

A Kind Kind Man - When 14-year-old Flora shows up on Willard's doorstep selling toothpaste with a smile, Willard's repressed masculinity surfaces -triggering desires to drop his perfect muffin baking wife and run off with the unwilling Flora to the Virgin Island. A comedy for lonely people with intense toothpaste cravings.

The Nightingale and Other Short Fables - The centerpiece of this work is Stravinsky's ingenious take on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of an emperor's curiously songful bird. A reimagining of  the opera as an aquatic fantasy, transforming the orchestra pit into a luminescent lagoon teeming with half-submerged singers, puppet-piloted boats, and lashing dragons. All the while, impervious to the commotion, the diminutive protagonist soars.

Prayers For The Ghetto - Three women, different worlds, multiple failures, they are on a journey of recovering from what seems to be failed lives until God steps in. Journey with these women as their different worlds collide and they embrace their coexistence. The back drop of this extraordinary play showcase the effects of two historical milestones in our past history...genocide and bondage.

Siudy: Between Worlds - Between Worlds bursts through artistic and cultural boundaries, transporting audiences to a future where water has all but disappeared and desperate tribes war with each other and the elements for survival. Twenty-two performers from around the globe drum and dance in a kinetic and provocative blend of Flamenco, urban dance and percussion to create a multi-sensory theatrical experience for the whole family.

Sleep No More - A legendary hotel. Shakespeare's fallen hero. A film noir shadow of suspense. Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare's classic tragedy through the lens of a film noir movie. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, and everyone's journey is different and unique.

Spy Garbo - Fascist Francisco Franco, Communist Kim Philby and Hitler's Wilhelm Canaris are trapped together in History’s limbo -- an infinite library of scenes from their past archival newsreels, noir thrillers and Nazi home movies. The men argue, reconstruct and relive their personal exploits, challenge accepted history, rationalize and lie -- to one-up Garbo, the master secret agent, and win the starring role in History’s definitive WWII spy-adventure movie.

Thomas and Friends Live! On Stage - Join Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy, Diesel and the rest of their friends as they work together to save the Magic Lantern Festival from a big storm rolling onto the Island of Sodor. Children will enjoy their favorite trains on stage, while learning lessons of friendship and cooperation.

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