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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: January 24, 2011-January 30, 2011

January 24, 2011 - by City Guide News Desk
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Asi Que Pasen Cinco Anos - With this work, Garacia Lorca pushes through boundaries to create a story in which a young man and a woman have decided to wait five years before getting married. As the years pass the man rejects another woman who’s in love with him to be true to his fiancée. But once the five years is over, she abandons him and he seeks to recover the love of the woman he turned away.

Black Tie - Father of the groom, Curtis, simply wants to make a memorable toast. But before he is able to raise his glass, he must defend the time-honored ways of his past, including his attire. Cultures clash when a surprise guest is announced, threatening to throw convention out the window. Curtis finds that balancing the standards of his late father and the needs of his future family may prove too messy for a black tie affair.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical - This MAC award-winning show brings back the glitz and glam to the Upper West Side with New York's only unscripted theatrical awards show. Taking suggestions from the audience, the cast of  this fully improvised show hosted by Greg Treggs brings to life an actual mock awards show, complete with made-up show tunes and genuinely witty banter, followed by a performance of the evening's "Phony" Award Winning musical.

How I Fell in Love - Joel Fields' romantic comedy follows two lost souls haplessly seeking romance as they stumble into adulthood. When they accidentally find their way into each other's lives, they discover that their individual stories may be more intertwined than they could ever have imagined; and they start to question the meaning of fate, friendship, and true love.

Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Miss Nelson’s class is the worst behaved in the whole school. Spitballs flying across the room, paper airplanes sailing every which way and uncontrollable kids send the long-suffering teacher over the edge. But the students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when gentle Miss Nelson turns up mission and replaced by Viola Swamp, the scariest substitute teacher ever. In desperation the students set out to find their beloved Miss Nelson...but will they ever get her back?

Molly Sweeney - Playwright Brian Friel’s riveting contemporary drama about the terrible consequences of a medical miracle. Molly has sat in happy, capable, independent darkness since she was ten months old. When her husband, a restless, unemployed enthusiast makes her blindness his latest cause, he consults a once famous star surgeon who agrees to attempt to restore Molly's sight. When the bandages come off the play plunges deeply into the secrets and hearts of three extraordinary characters as they allow us into their very private lives.

The Road to Qatar - A new true musical comedy about two American musical theatre writers commissioned to write a larger-than-life Broadway-style musical for the Emir of Qatar. Surprises abound as the self-professed "short Jewish writers" soon find themselves traveling the globe in their own version of a madcap Bob Hope/Bing Crosby adventure.

When I Come to Die - The story of Damon Robinson, a death-row inmate who struggles to find faith and hope and understand why his life has been spared after he survives a lethal injection.

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