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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: November 8th-November 14th

November 8, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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The Coward - A cowardly young gentleman named Lucidis initiates a pistol duel then finds that he can’t go through with it. So he hires a common criminal to fight in his place, only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. As duel follows duel with many shots fired, this coward finds his reputation growing beyond his wildest expectations.

Ghosts in the Cottonwoods - On the night of a terrible storm, a single mother and her younger son await the arrival of the older son, who has broken out of prison. Two others arrive before him: a stranger with a wounded leg and a girl with a suitcase. Nothing will ever be the same.

Knock Me a Kiss - A fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois' daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen. The marriage marked the height of the Harlem Renaissance and was viewed as the perfect union of Negro talent and beauty. It united the daughter of America's foremost Black intellectual, cofounder of the NAACP and publisher of Crisis Magazine, with a young poet whose work was considered to be one of the flagships for the New Negro movement. The marriage is a triumph of pomp and pageantry but fails to be a union of man and woman.

The Last Castrato - The story of Alessandro Moreschi, the last of that unique, almost forgotten group -- the castrati -- who were damaged at a young age by forces beyond their control.  The play is set at a Vatican that has been uneasily thrust into the 20th century, as Moreschi becomes the only member of his line to preserve his voice for the newly-invented phonograph. Through his personal journey, as he battles bureaucracy, homophobia, and raw political ambition, he grapples with his sexual identity and to find out who he really is.

Life Is Short Cherish Every Moment - This play deals with the impact of drug trafficking on our communities, one that deals with eviction, job loss, the absence of a parental figure and the effects it can have on an individual. Both a drama and comedy, in the end it leaves you with “carpe diem” theme the title proffers.

Lingua Franca - In its New York premiere, Lingua Franca follows an innocent, Steven Flowers, abroad during the 1950s as he travels from Southeast Asia to Florence. He soon finds himself working for a chaotically-run language school, together with a cosmopolitan muddle of six foreign misfits killing their post-war nihilism in the cafés of Florence, the cradle of Renaissance high culture.

Malfi Inc. - Bethany Larsen’s contemporary adaptation of John Webster’s 1613 classic play The Duchess of Matfi, about power, revenge and sexism in a patriarchal society. The adaptation follows NYC socialite Giovanna Malfi as she battles her power-hungry brothers for control of the family’s war-mongering industrial empire while harboring secrets that could destroy them all.

New Worlds: A Celebration of I.L. Peretz (1852-1915) - Two experimental works: A Gilgl Fun a Nigun (The Metamorphasis of a Melody), a virtuosic solo multimedia performance showing the evolution of a Yiddish melody through the ages, and Di Tsvey Brider (The Two Brothers), a multimedia exploration of a timely classic tale of greed and exploitation.

Rosmersholm - Emotionally charged and politically provocative, Ibsen’s haunting work tells of democratic ideals tested by harsh realities, friends turned enemies, and a terrible price yet to be paid.

Squirm Burpee Circus: A Vaudevillian Melodrama - This neo-vaudevillian pastiche of first-class circus skills, dance and comedy features Mike the Handsome, Dashing Dave and the Lovely Little Lolo, the beloved circus trio who must outwit the dastardly Baron Vegan Von Hamburger - a mustachioed villain committed to their demise. Will Dave ever find his true love? Will Lolo unlock Mike's heart? Or will the Baron destroy them all with his ingeniously mad gadgets and gizmos? Tune in this November for what promises to be a sensational display of zany fun.

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