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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: May 30, 2011-June 5, 2011

May 31, 2011 - by City Guide News Desk
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4000 Miles - After losing his best friend while they were on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother (Mary Louise Wilson) in her West Village apartment. This intriguing new play by Amy Herzog examines how these two outsiders find their way in today's world.

Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles - In this new musical, when young, American Alice follows a mime from a suburban park and into an elevator, she finds herself in a strange new world. Loosely inspired by Chagall's painting Paris Through The Window, Alice encounters a caterpillar with no legs, two little runts with very sticky fingers, and a very naughty Queen. There's a Caucus Race and a deck of characters that seem familiar and new at the same time. Alice frugs with the familiar characters to her heart's content and re-discovers the joys of being a kid.

Drawn and Quartered - This new play by Maggie Bofill follows the explosive reunion of a couple: Ana and Michael were together for four years - until the night of the big fight, when Michael left without coming back to get his stuff. After no contact for six months, Ana decides to sell the studio apartment they once shared, and on hearing Michael's down and out, hires him to do it. She leaves him instructions and upon her return two days later, finds he's thrown much more than paint on those banged up walls. What ensues is the volcanic grapple of two people still very much in… something.

Labapalooza! Mini Festival of New Puppet Theater - The annual festival in which the artists present their works, embraces a diversity of new puppetry works. Subjects this year include a crash landing on a planet made of egg, the death of Sam Cooke, the anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, and a series of murders at the Helen Keller School of Music.

My Sinatra  - Writer/author Cary Hoffman has turned his celebrated PBS Special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra -- and the perils of wanting to become somebody else. He captivates the audience with his intimate journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra’s greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman’s acclaimed authentic singing of over 20 classic Sinatra songs creates a vibrant picture of his lifelong obsession.

No Child... - An insightful, hilarious, and touching master class/tour-de-force exploration of the New York City public school system by the acclaimed actress and teaching-artist Nilaja Sun, who fearlessly transforms with into the teachers, students, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our schools and shape the future of America.

Now. Here. This. - This new collaborative effort from the creative team behind [title of show] is an original “theatri-concert” that investigates and celebrates living the present, featuring autobiographical stories, songs and multi-piece band, is described as exploring “what goes down in the space between the past and the future, andhow the universe conspires to bring people together.”

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