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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: October 25th-October 31st

October 25, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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The Break of Noon - In Neil LaBute’s latest, David Duchovny stars as John Smith, a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. His modern day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?

The Memorandum - A spiky satire of bureaucracy gone mad. When the managing director of an enormous corporation discovers that all office communications are suddenly being written in a newly invented and indecipherable language, his attempts to get one memo translated lead him through an increasingly ridiculous maze of red tape.

Merry Wives of Windsor - Imagining that Mistress Ford and Mistress Page have each fallen for him, the fat knight Sir John Falstaff decides to seduce them both, as much for their husbands' money as for their personal charms. Wise to the old rogue's tricks, the women turn the tables on him with a series of humiliating assignations and a comically supernatural finale to a gutsy, colloquial play bustling with vivid characters.

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe - A deliciously dark dreamscape about literary sensation and master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Bizarrely beautiful and wonderfully witty, Nevermore uses haunting song, poetic storytelling and surreal imagery to explore the events that shaped Poe's career and ignited his lifelong battle with "visions dark and sinister."

Persephone - In this music theater work, Julia Stiles stars as the beautiful and doomed daughter of Zeus and Demeter who was abducted by Hades into the Underworld. Persephone’s story is explored through songs, narrative, projections and instrumental music, all performed in the style of a 19th-century theatrical production. Tony winner Warren Leight, wrote the book, while the music -- a collaboration between composer/performer Ben Neill and vocalist/songwriter Mimi Goese -- combines samples of works by 19th-century composers with contemporary rock and electronica.

Photograph 51 - In 1953’s London, scientists are on the verge of discovering what they call the secret of life: the DNA double helix. Providing the key is the driven and young physicist Rosalind Franklin. But if the double helix was the breakthrough of the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out of the history books? Photograph 51 is a play about ambition, isolation and the race for greatness.

Play Dead - Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Todd Robbins invite Death out to play in this new spirit-shaking show exploring themes of death, darkness and deception. As the guide for the evening, Todd Robbins draws audiences into an unknown haunted world full of frightful surprises and diabolical laughter. Although very much a theatrical work, it is hardly a typical "play," but rather a dramatic, unnerving thriller - here and now in an "abandoned" theater, illuminated by a single ghostlight - in which audiences test their nerves and face their fears as they are surrounded by ethereal sights, sounds and even touches of the returning dead - all achieved by wry, suspenseful storytelling and uncanny stage illusions.

That Hopey Changey Thing - That Hopey Changey Thing is set on Election Day, November 2, 2010. Uncle Benjamin's dog has died and his nieces and nephew have gathered for dinner in Rhinebeck, New York, to surprise him with a new one. While the polls close, the Apple family discusses memory, manners and politics.

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