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This Week's Off-Broadway Openings: September 6th-September 12th

September 7, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
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1st Irish, 2010 - This third edition of New York’s only all-Irish theatre festival features plays by 16 mostly contemporary, living playwrights spanning a range of theatrical genres and sensibilities. Visit websites for full details.

Absolution - Part of the 1st Irish 2010 festival, this play written and performed by Owen O’Neill offers the innermost thoughts of vicious serial killer while posing the question: is he an avenging angel on a divine mission or a mass murderer. With brutally clinical accounts of his victims, the work is a challenging, often shocking tale of a man who has taken upon himself the sins of so many and has unleashed on them a terrible vengeance.

Coco - The glamour and excitement of Coco Chanel's life and style take the stage in this intriguing look at one of the fashion world's most celebrated icons. The musical explores a period in Chanel's life that led to her legendary 1950s comeback (long before the Devil ever wore Prada.) Katherine Hepburn famously originated the title role on Broadway in 1969. Part of the Musicals in Mufti Concert Series.

The Divine Sister - This outrageous comic homage tells the story of St. Veronica’s indomitable Mother Superior (author Charles Busch), who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with a young postulant who is experiencing “visions,” sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows.

Exit/Entrance - A retired classic professor and his wife are back in the apartment they shared for their entire married lives where they reaffirm their deep affection for each other and toast their commitment. In a similar apartment, a young couple unpacks from a trip to Greece, eager to begin their new life together. Over the course of the play, to intimate evenings unfold where the lives of these two couples are irrevocably changed. Part of the 1st Irish 2010 festival.

Fallen - In this new work by Kyle Spidle money makes the world go 'round -- or does it? Rob, a former international celebrity, exiles himself from lifestyles of the rich and famous as he questions what's truly important in life. Conflicted by modern society and its often tawdry values, he takes audiences on a thought provoking journey as he contemplates love lost and life's purpose.

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical - Based on the beloved best-selling book by actress Julianne Moore, this family musicals about friendship, acceptance, and the meaning of true beauty comes with soaring music, awesome dancing and lots of laughs. With the help of her loveable schoolmates including a talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different and that's what makes everyone special!

The Little Foxes - Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove’s fresh vision of Lillian Hellman’s iconic play is a study of how women of different races and classes contend with male aggression, power, and domination. Elizabeth Marvel stars.

The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller - In this new play by Jeff Cohen based on the short story by Christopher Stokes, it’s 1961 and Michael Rockefeller, 23 years old, has  disappeared among the Asmat People of Papua, New Guinea. He was never heard from again. This is the story of what might have happened, told by the Asmat people.

Musicals in Mufti Concert Series - Script-in-hand concerts with minimal staging. Coco (9/10-12); The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd (10/1-3); I Remember Mama (10/8-10); I Love My Wife (10/22-24).

Nance O’Neil - David Foley’s work, imaginatively elaborated from a historical footnote, examines the relationship between actress Nance O’Neil and the infamous Lizzie Borden in 1900s Boston. Were they in love? Or were there other motivations?

Orlando - Sarah Ruhl adapts Virginia Woolf’s classic novel in which an Elizabethan man who wakes one day to find he has become a woman.

The Sensational Josephine Baker - The unforgettable story of the one and only Josephine Baker springs to life in this tightly woven play featuring several of Baker's signature songs. The story follows Josephine on her journey from conservative St. Louis, Missouri to the risqué cabarets of the Rue Pigalle, France, from little girl to showgirl. The show includes a raw, fearless portrayal of Ms. Baker herself in a series of defining moments, from the hilarious antics which rescued her from the obscurity of the chorus, to the humiliation of being shunned by a narrow-minded American public, to her life-long search for unconditional love... compelled throughout it all by an enduring passion to live life to the fullest.

Through the Night  - Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty performs the story of six interconnected black males ages 10-60 -- a child scientist, a young man from the projects on his way to college, an ex-convict, a corporate executive, a health food store owner, and the Bishop of a mega church. They all experience an unexpected phenomenon on the same evening that changes their lives forever and challenges them to tackle important issues.

Tigers Be Still - Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) directs this funny and moving world premiere by Kim Rosenstock, which follows the spectacular misadventures of a substitute art teacher who, in the midst of mentoring a troubled teen and dealing with a tiger on the loose, faces her biggest challenge yet: getting her sister off the couch.

The Unlikely Adventure of Race McCloud - A comic book-style adventure/comedy about the second-most clueless detective in Westside City. When his secret-agent family goes missing, it is up to Race and his 15-year-old super-genius niece Cookie to find them. Their search takes them around the world, and they soon face off against a masked vigilante, vampires, werewolves, ancient Egyptian curses, Perfect Troopers, and more as they hunt for their missing relatives.

Viewer Discretion Advised - A contemporary psychological thriller in which lives are changed by a mysterious visitor. Provoked to the limit by a stranger, how far will nice-guy Norm go for revenge against a woman’s betrayal and an unfair world?

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