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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: November 1st-November 7th

November 1, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays By Harold Pinter - Two one-acts steeped in Pinter’s signature humor, mystery and psychological tension. In The Collection (1961), a 4am phone call and a surprise visitor set off a series of conversations about potential infidelities among two couples. A middle-aged woman who has been asleep in a hospital room awakens after 30 years and must reorient herself to a greatly changed world in A Kind of Alaska (1982), which was inspired by the work of Oliver Sacks’ Awakenings.

The Covenant Journey - The Covenant Journey is about a young girl who dreams of becoming a musician but whose hopes are shattered when she is faced with a series of tragic events. The musical juxtaposes the story of Biblical character Joseph with the present-day teenager Karyn, following her struggles of self-discovery and her journey back to her hopes and dreams.

Devil Boys From Beyond - Summer of 1957 is a scorcher and something strange is going on in the swamps of Lizard Lick, Florida. With rumors of missing people and giant spaceships running rampant, star NYC reporter Mattie Van Buren races down in search of her next Pulitzer, with her booze-hound ex-husband Gregory Graham in tow and her arch-enemy Lucinda Marsh hot on her heels to scoop her story.

Emergency Used Candles - A tale set in Brooklyn about the profound effect a grandfather and his granddaughter have on each other as one's life is ending while the other's is just beginning. Written and performed by Chiara Montalto, Emergency Used Candles is based on the playwright's own experience growing up as a caretaker to her grandfather.

Girl Talk: The Musical - This latest version of Girls Night is, like its predecessors, a raucous celebration of everything that is female. After 10 years, the fictional "Girl Talk" show must end and the girls are going out in style! Over the course of the final broadcast the two sparing hosts, their favorite sex therapist guest and the shows neurotic producer, learn that men and jobs can come and go, but girlfriends are forever! Featuring songs from Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson, to name a few.

Imagining Heschel - Imagining Heschel, starring Richard Dreyfuss & Rinde Eckert, explores private conversations between Cardinal Augustin Bea and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from 1962 to 1973, when Heschel was asked to aid the Vatican Council in formally exonerating the Jews for the death of Christ -- a crucial repudiation of anti-Semitism.

The Libertine - He was the most notorious rake of the Restoration Age: the 2nd Earl of Rochester (the Libertine), a complex and fascinating man who reveled in debauchery and the arts. Stephen Jeffreys’ provocative play centers on the moment his cynicism is confounded when he falls in love with an actress and his hedonistic lifestyle catches up with him.

Mistakes Were Made - Craig Wright’s new comedy is also a deeply moving character study of a man deeing redemption, but inescapably creating destruction. In it, a B-list Of-Broadway producer gets in over his head when he takes on a gargantuan epic about the French Revolution which he thinks will be his ticket to professional and personal reclamation.

Notes from Underground - A former government official who has defiantly withdrawn from a corrupt society, the Underground Man wages his own personal war on everything -- and everyone -- around him. Laugh-out-loud funny and terrifying, Notes from Underground is the passionate, obsessive and contradictory confession of a tormented soul.

Personal Enemy - A vivid depiction of the political and sexual paranoia that gripped America in the 1950s at the height of McCarthyism, when the public enemy suddenly became a lot more personal.

Pieces - Welsh writer Hywel John's play is the critically acclaimed dark fable of loss and revenge. When childhood is shattered by grief can the pieces be reassembled?

There Are No More Big Secrets - In Obie Award-winning actress and playwright Heidi Schreck’s work, expat Gabe hasn’t seen Charles and Maxine in years. When he returns to the U.S. with his Russian journalist wife and their daughter, he seeks refuge in the home of his old friends.

Venus Flytrap - Done in the snappy-patter style of the Raymond Chandler, the husband-and-wife team of Anthony Dodge and Marcia Milgrom Dodge explore a genre usually reserved for male exploits: film noir. But their detective, Butch Diamond, is a woman who likes women, and whom women like back.

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