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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: July 19th-July 25th

July 19, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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3 American Woman - Odessa, waiting for her car repairs, desperately needs to get home. Rachel, a lawyer in New England, struggles with Indian mores. And Janice, a Taiwanese store clerk gabs incessantly about every thing, from great musicals to her grandmother's tragic death.

4PLAY - A unique blend of music, comedy, dance, theater, and juggling that is sure to dazzle young and old alike, 4PLAY features The Flying Karamazov Brothers, New York’s favorite multi-faceted new-vaudevillians at the apex of their ambidextrous and alliterative ability.  Come watch the Flying K’s as they prove with each performance that chaos and unexpected events in our lives are the best part of being human.

Battle of Stalingrad - Part of Lincoln Center Festival 2010. Never have marionettes been so imbued with life, so compellingly and impossibly human, than in the masterpieces of director Rezo Gabriadze. Gabriadze. This signature work vividly conveys a kaleidoscope of personal and political issues through the eyes of his characters. The Battle of Stalingrad reveals the utter devastation of the Russian city after it was besieged by the Germans during World War II. Through surreal stories of unusual characters -- horses, ants, soldiers, artists, and Stalin himself -- Gabriadze and his puppeteers portray in poetic miniature the universal emotional stresses and losses intrinsic to war. Performed in Russian with English supertitles.

East to Edingurgh 2010 - A collection of works by American theatre companies offering some of the most innovative and creative troupes an opportunity to test their wings prior to their participation in Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  The works at this annual festival are known for being provocative, outrageous, hilarious and infuriating.

Hamlet - Shakespeare’s seminal work, is a ghost story. a tale of fratricide, and a saga of moral, political and sexual corruption. This is epic tale about a young man catapulted into revenging his father’s murder, but his journey is complicated by his doubts concerning the afterlife, “the undiscovered country.”

Hunter Gatherers - A dark comedy where the line between civilized and primal man is blurred. Pam and Richard are hosting their best friends for their annual dinner get-together. An animal sacrifice kicks off the evening, followed by a little more sex, violence, deception, revelations, wrestling and dancing than previous years.

The Irish...And How They Got That Way - Frank McCourt's irreverent but affectionate history of the Irish in America that offering a tapestry of classical songs and stories. The production encapsulates the most tumultuous times of the past century with the vibrant humor and bitter irony that had become the trademark of the author of Angela's Ashes.

Literary Disruption - A college English department is forced to question their utopian world view when a new professor exposes their impressionable under belly to the ruthlessness of the con.

Love Me Tinder - An explosive drama by Martin Dove following the story of Dusty Simmons' return home after ten long years. He comes with hope but finds that sometimes...'s too late to come home. Shocking revelations and insights into the human psyche run rampant in this unconventional love triangle.

Notice Me - Playwright Blair Singer's tale of four San Fernando Valley teenagers desperate to be noticed in the morass of our contemporary 24/7 media culture. Like sound in a vacuum, their voices cry out unheard in the barren landscape of suburbia.

Tales From the Tunnel - The over-the-top true experiences that happen to all of us on the subway. From wackos and hook-ups to culture differences and that sly pinch, Tales From the Tunnel is a funny ride that tells quintessential New York stories. Experience the "did that just really happen?" situations that most New Yorkers Facebook about as soon as they get off the train - provided that they don't get stuck in the closing doors.

Tallish Tales - Music, Puppets and Gore! - Tim Burton meets Father Knows best in this stage adaptation of Victorian cautionary tales for girls. Appropriate for children over 8 and adults.

Trust - Harry is rich. Harry is married. But when Harry doesn't trust any of it is enough, he looks to find something real in the most unlikely of places. Playwright Paul Weitz's dark comedy explores the corrosive effect of power on relationships and the hope we need to make them better. Starring Tony winner Sutton Foster, Zach Braff (Scrubs), Bobby Cannavale (Will & Grace; Six Feet Under), and Ari Graynor (The Sopranos). Tues., 7; Wed.-Sat., 8; Sat., 2; Sun., 3. Call or visit website for variations in playing schedule.

Until We Find Each Other - Three psychic cousins wrestle with angels. Family, mysticism, sex, and Judaism.

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