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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: July 12th-July 18th

July 12, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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Alice and Elizabeth's One Woman Show - Two 40-something best girlfriends finally get their acts together when life throws them a curve. Everything, including their bodies, seems to be saying "game over"- but they put up a fight by writing a show about it. Based on a true story, this play looks at the funny and moving ways that women can help each other grow into themselves.

Asian Belle - The daughter of a Vietnamese war bride aspires to be a Southern Belle in this touching and often funny tale of one girl's struggle with her own identity.

Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke? - He's handsome, he cooks, he tolerates Jane Austen. He's even Jewish. But there's Jewish and there's JEWISH.

Colored People's Time - A series of humorous and stirring events that begin with African American slaves secretly meeting to celebrate the "white man's religion", to the supreme court decision to ban segregated busing.

Conspiracy: A Love Story - Every little thing might make you think of one thing only -- conspiracy!

A Disappearing Number - Part of Lincoln Center Festival 2010, this groundbreaking work embraces the universal relevance of math, which often permeates the most unlikely of scenarios. A Disappearing Number, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play (2008), revolves around the mathematical and spiritual nature of infinity, which becomes the link between two mathematicians: one an established Cambridge professor, G.H. Hardy, the other a young, autodidactic genius from India, Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Etty - One woman's dramatic struggle to sustain humanity in the face of Nazis' brutality.

Fuhgeddaboudit! - What happens when a nice Italian boy falls in love with a sweet Jewish girl? In this romantic comedy about two college kids from Brooklyn -- Tony and Sarah-- when her mother finds out...she has a heart attack! In short, get ready for an hilarious journey with family and friends as they discover love.

The Gospel According to Josh - A 30-character one-man Josh-apalooza, centered around a small town Jersey boy, as he follows his dreams to Hollywood despite the great obstacle of his life: the tempestuous relationship with his pious father. This coming of age tale chronicles Josh's religious upbringing and escape to New York, including a look into his starring roles in not one but two reality TV shows, and ending with a final showdown between him and his father.

Gray Matters - When Sarah Gray loses the one thing she needs most as an actor, can she reboot her life to prove she still matters?

In Our Own Image - Absurdity mixes with reality in this exploration of death, religion, and responsibility.

Layla - You're nobody unless you'd fight the devil for your friends.

Lovers - This new musical features an almost addictive score, an original aggregation of rock, pop, contemporary punk and infuse jazz, musically painting a portrait of an eight-year relationship doomed from the moment the nascent spark lit the bonfire that burnt two souls into oblivion.

Midtown International Theatre Festival 2010 Season - The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) expands to The Beckett and The Clurman Theatres, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd Street, NYC, in addition to current theatres on 36th Street, for its eleventh season, to run from July 12 - August 1, 2010. The 2010 Festival will also take place at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor; the MainStage Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; the Jewel Box Theater, 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor; and Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird, 347 W. 36th Street, 13th floor, NYC.

Most Likely to: The Senior Superlative Musical - It's the Glee Club vs. The Jocks in a Senior Superlative Showdown.

Never Norman Rockwell - It's the day before the wedding and the best man is coming out.

Peking Roulette - A quirky look at the life (and love) of an aging expat in Beijing.

ResurGENTS: The Reappeance of Hope - A new millennium choreopoem from the male perspective.

Screenplay - They made him an offer he should have refused.

See Rock City & Other Destinations - A contemporary pop-rock musical road trip ventures to tourist destinations across America, mapping out stories of sightseers in search of fellow travelers: a wanderer believes his destiny is written on rooftops along the North Carolina interstate; a young man yearns to connect with intelligent life in Roswell, New Mexico; a woman at the Alamo steps out of the shadow of her past to take a chance on love; estranged sisters cruise to Glacier Bay to scatter their father's ashes; high school boys face unexpected fears in a Coney Island spook house; and a terrified bride-to-be ponders taking the leap...over Niagara Falls. See Rock City & Other Destinations creates a vivid travelogue of moving characters and connections missed and made along the way.

Shiloh by Starlight - Clifford had a boyfriend in high school. Trouble was, the boyfriend was in high school, and Clifford was his teacher.

The Shoemaker - Oscar Nominee Danny Aiello stars in this play by Susan Charlotte, directed by Antony Marsellis -- the same team that worked together on the film version Like the film, the play opens a shoemaker who is desperate to close his shop early. A woman with a broken sole is desperate for him to keep it open. A pair of shoes on a shelf await the return of its owner, who will never return for them. As the story unfolds the audience finds out why.

The Starship Astrov - The year is 3047. A diplomatic mission brings a professor, his lovely alien wife and his faithful doctor aboard The Starship Astrov, where unspoken love and misunderstandings abound between the ship's crew and guests. Asking the question, will humanity stay the same, or will the future change us?

Tango - Dancing your way back to love.

Ten Reasons I Won't Go Home With You - A funny and heartfelt musical about a girl who discovers she has to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds Prince Charming.

Teorema - Part of Lincoln Center Festival 2010. Director Ivo van Hove stages one of the most provocative stories ever written by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the avant-garde Italian novelist and filmmaker. A mysterious stranger calls upon a wealthy businessman and his family, moves in, and proceeds to seduce every person in the household, unlocking their hidden desires. But who is the stranger? His abrupt departure wreaks havoc on everyone, leaving them filled with a desire to fill their newfound void. The production is based after Pasolini's novel and film, in which dialogue is scarce but powerful. Leading the world-renowned theater troupe Toneelgroep Amsterdam, van Hove brings this experience to a non-traditional space on Governors Island, featuring music by Beethoven, Webern, and Eric Sleichim, performed live by Bl!ndman [new strings].

Three American Women: A Trilogy - Sit for a while in the Continental Garage with Odessa as she waits for her car repairs, and learn why she desperately needs to get home. Meet Rachael, a lawyer in a small New England town trying to help her brother and struggling with century's old Indian mores. And listen to Janice, a Taiwanese-American store clerk who gabs incessantly about everything from great musicals to her hopes for the future.

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