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September 15, 2009

Avenue Q, which had been scheduled to close in New York City, has announced that it will reopen at Off Broadway's New World Stages on October 9, 2009. This is great news for anyone who has not already seen the show or for Q addicts who need their fix. Q is a hysterically funny, wonderfully naughty show that should not be missed by anyone who loves to laugh. And don't be put off by the fact that it is a puppet show. Actors carry the puppets onstage and the reactions between these actors and their puppets not-to-be-missed theater. AvenueQ.com


September 10, 2009

The Off Broadway 20 at 20 Promotion is back, running from now through September 20. This year's selections including Stomp (if you have not seen it, you really need to) and the fantastically campy Toxic Avenger (I laughed my a** off).

Many of the shows are at the always fun New World Stages: Toxic Avenger, Naked Boys Singing, The Gazillion Bubble Show, My First Time and Altar Boyz. New World Stages are modern and beautiful. The Time Out Bar is onsite and across 50th street from the theaters is my favorite Thai restaurant, Seeda Thai.

So get your rush on while the rushings good.


Here is a quote from the press release:


Buy tickets for only $20 – twenty minutes before show time!
September 8th – 20th only!

For two weeks only, Off-Broadway will offer tickets for only $20 twenty minutes before show time. “20at20” is now a bi-annual celebration of NY’s best shows, in the tradition of Restaurant Week! Beginning Tuesday, September 8th and continuing through Sunday, September 20th, Off-Broadway shows will offer seats still available twenty minutes before the curtain, for only $20 when purchased at the box office (cash only at some venues; some restrictions may apply) for over twenty shows. Here is your chance to catch up with shows you may have missed, get a sneak peek at the next hit, or revisit a favorite – all for only $20! And since Off-Broadway has performances to fit everyone’s schedule, you can see more than one! Where else can you see five shows in a day, for less than the price of

A full list of participating shows will be available soon at www.20at20.com.

Currently, the following shows are confirmed to participate:
Altar Boyz (New World Stages)
Toxic Avenger (New World Stages)
The Fantasticks (The Snapple Theatre)
The Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theatre)
Stomp (Orpheum Theatre)
The Gazillion Bubble Show (New World Stages)
After Luke & When I Was God (Irish Repertory Theatre)
An Evening at the Carlyle (Algonquin Theatre)
Sessions (Algonquin Theatre)
My First Time (New World Stages)
Awesome 80s Prom (Webster Hall)
In the Daylight (McGinn-Cazale Theatre)
Vigil (DR2 Theatre)
The Selfish Giant (The Players Theatre)
Naked Boys Singing (New World Stages)
Keep Your Pantheon and School (The Linda Gross Theatre)




August 9, 2009

The Fringe Festival Wants to Be-Fringe You

The 2009 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), billed as "New York's Best Staycation," is roaring into town and will run from August 14th - 30th, 2009. Theater companies from all over the world pack up their grease paint (and props, and costumes and bits of scenery etc. etc) and decamp for the Big Apple and the chance to become the next break-out play. The New York Fringe Festival was the breeding ground for plays like Urinetown (Broadway) and Off-Broadway successes like Debbie Does Dallas, Dixie's Tupperware Party and Matt & Ben (fringenyc.org/history/cguide2.asp).

Here is a quote from The Fringe press release : "The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues – that's a total of more than 1300 performances! FringeNYC generates an atmosphere of extreme excitement, and our energy is contagious!"

The Fringe's offerings may be hit-or-miss, but the energy is exhilaratingly contagious. So follow the pack of determined theater lovers as they march through the heat of August into downtown Manhattan.

Check out the Festivals website for show listings. You can also check our Off Off Broadway Listing section which is brimming with Fringeness.

Here are some shows that caught my eye as I perused our listing section (hey, I LOVE camp):

Charlotte Booker's
Bitch! A Play Based on the Autobiography of Lady Lawford
August 17 @ 10:00 PM
August 20 @ 4:45 PM
August 22 @ 7:00 PM
August 23 @ 2:30 PM
August 28 @ 7:00 PM
The Connelly Theatre

Part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival

Bitch! follows the truly outrageous life of the charming, eccentric, and utterly opinionated Lady May Lawford – mother of 60’s Rat Packer Peter Lawford. The play is adapted from the book of the same title, an autobiography penned by Lady Lawford as told to Buddy Galon. Buddy, some 50 years Lady Lawford’s junior, acts as her enigmatic “society companion” throughout the story, accompanying the thrice-married aristocrat on a bizarre journey to expose the truth behind the death of Marilyn Monroe. Yet, neither of them realize they are unwittingly about to become part of a real-life mystery themselves. Bitch! is under the direction of Melinda Buckley and is being produced by Melissa Doyle. The production features playwright Booker in the role of Lady Lawford and Joe Kinosian in the role of Buddy. The production is being held through the NYC Fringe Festival (FringeNYC).
For more information on the production, visit: www.andsoshedid.com.

Tickets $15. Tickets can be purchased at fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp, or by calling 1-866-468-7619: CHARGE ONLY. In-person tickets may only be purchased beginning July 31 at FringeCENTRAL, 54 Crosby St. (Between Spring and Broome), New York, NY.

The Connelly Theatre l 220 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009

Citizen Ruth
August 17 @7:45 pm
August 20 @ 2:45 pm
August 21 @ 1:30 pm
August 23 @ 10:30 pm
August 24 @ 7:30 pm.
Minetta Lane Theatre

Part of the 2009 Fringe Festival

Christian conservatives. Righteous feminists. Scheming politicians and shallow celebrities. They all want something from Ruth — a foul-mouthed, homeless, paint-huffing unfit mother. But what does Ruth want? Mark Leydorf (book and lyrics) and Michael Brennan (music) welcome you to the modern American musical, a dark comic satire adapted from the Miramax film by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Produced by David W. Caldwell and Christopher Allen, directed by Howard Shalwitz, and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, Citizen Ruth is having its premiere at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. The Music Director is Andrew Graham and the Production Stage Manager is Dee Wickert. The outstanding cast includes Craig Bennett, David Benoit, Zack Colonna, Janet Dickinson, Sherri L. Edelen, Tara Giordano, Annie Golden, Marya Grandy, Joel Jones, Greg Kata, Dennis Stowe, and Garrett Long as Ruth.
Mark Leydorf (book/lyrics) & Michael Brennan (music)

Tickets $15. For more information or advance purchase visit fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp.

The Minetta Lane Theatre | 18 Minetta Lane
(subway to West 4th St.)

Buddy Thomas’s
Devil Boys From Beyond
August 23 @ 9:00 PM
August 27 @ 4:15 PM
August 28 @ 7:30 PM
August 29 @ 4:00 PM
August 30 @ NOON
The Actors’ Playhouse

MadCaP Productions is proud to present DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND as part of the 13th annual New York International Fringe Festival – Fringe NYC. Flying saucers! Backstabbing bitches! Muscle hunks and men in pumps! INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS meets HIS GIRL FRIDAY in this outrageously insane comedy by Buddy Thomas, author of the smash off-Broadway hit, THE CRUMPLE ZONE. Kenneth Elliott, co-founder of Theatre-in-Limbo and director of VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, PSYCHO BEACH PARTY, THE LADY IN QUESTION, and many others, directs an all-male cast that includes Everett Quinton, of The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Andy Halliday (also from Theatre-in-Limbo); Paul Pecorino; Chris Dell’Armo; Peter Cormican; Robert Berliner; Jeff Riberdy; and Jacques Mitchell. Previous productions by MadCaP include revivals of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP and PSYCHO BEACH PARTY.

Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp or by phone (beginning July 24) at TICKETWEB, 866-468-7619.

Further information may be found at: www.devilboysfrombeyond.com

The Actors’ Playhouse l 100 Seventh Avenue South (Grove & Bleecker)

Pink Snow's
Porn Rock: The Musical
August 20 @ 10:45 PM
August 22 @ 7:00PM
August 23 @ 2:45 PM
August 25 @ 5:00 PM
August 26 @ 7:30 PM
Dixon Place

Part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival

Are you ready to rock? PORN ROCK! Announcing the WORLD debut of PORN ROCK: The Musical coming this August 2009 to the New York International Fringe Theater Festival for only 5 performances. PORN ROCK: The Musical is a theatrical erotic rock extravaganza that follows the true life story of a once under age exotic dancer and her quest to fulfill her dreams of becoming a rock star. With a live band playing original rock and roll anthems, this multimedia spectacle will transform the venue into a cross between a rock and roll concert, a burlesque theater, and a Las Vegas showgirl revue. Warning! Parental Advisory is suggested! For More Information visit pornrockthemusical.com

Admission $15. Advance Tickets go on sale Friday July 24 at midnight at fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp

Tickets will be also be available at the door ONLY 15 minutes before performance at the theater box office if still available.

Dixon Place l 161A Chrystie Street
(Rivington & Delancey)
SUBWAY: F/V to 2nd Avenue, B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Broadway


Aaron Loeb's
Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party
August 18 @ 9:30 PM
August 19 @ 4:00 PM
August 22 @ 12:00 PM
August 23 @ 3:45 PM
August 29 @ 7:15 PM
HERE Arts Center (Mainstage Theater)

Part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival

Romance! Murder! Dancing! Honest Abe's hometown puts a teacher on trial for asking "Was Lincoln gay?" in this new comedy of political "values". See the events through the eyes of the prosecution, defense or big city reporter. You decide the order! ". . . Ingenious, hilarious." - Variety.


Tickets $15. For more information or advance purchase visit fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp or call 866-468-7619.

HERE Art Center l 154 6th Avenue (between Spring and Broome)

Also, check out these shows that made long treks to come to New York and perform in The Fringe.

Photo Credit: Jon Green

Thomas Papathanassiou's
Looming the Memory
August22 @ 12 PM
August 25 @ 5 PM
August 26 @ 9:15 PM
August 28 @ 7:15 PM
August 30 @ 5 PM
Manhattan Theatre Source

Part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival

All the way from Perth, Australia. Part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival/FringeNYC. The Present Company and Thomas Papathanassiou present Looming the Memory. From her dark cellar in a small rural village, an old Greek woman whispers curiously to herself as she weaves rhythmically on her loom. Ancient words flow to the other side of the world, where her grandson is trying to understand his life, unravelling the myth and memory of family stories. Drawn back to Greece, he confronts the conficting, universal immigrant experience, of a heart inevitably split between two places. Eighteen characters including a chicken, powerful story-telling and engaging physical theatre combine in this intimate and often comic performance. "…Astounding…Grabs the audience right from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the end.” - ArtZine, Singapore.

For more information about the show go to www.loomingthememory.com.

All tickets $15 from fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp or call 866-468-7619

Manhattan Theatre Source l 177 MacDougal Street New York, NY 10011
(bet. 8th St & Waverly Pl.)
Subway: A,C,E,B,D,F,V to West 4th

Zack Adams: Awkward
August 16 @ 10:45 PM
August 20 @ 5:45 PM
August 23 @ 2 PM
August 24 @ 11 PM
August 29 @ 7 PM
CSV Cultural and Educational Center (Flamboyan)

Part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival

Songs of Outrageous Lies, Love, Family Faux Pas, Robots, Apricots, drawing on girls with permanent marker and all things AWKWARD. Australian Indie-Rock funnyman Zack Adams makes his New York debut in this "Devastatingly funny" show you won't want to miss! Completely revamping his 2008 Melbourne Comedy Festival show, Zack is taking his strange brand comedy/indie rock to the next level as he performs his latest comedy offering at Lazy Susans. This is Zack like you've never seen him before: Brand new songs, new guitar, new stories, new awkwardness and, new…er, hat. ZACK ADAMS is one of only 12 International acts (also one of only 4 Australian acts) selected to perform as part of the 2009 New York Fringe Festival, taking place in August 2009.

Tickets $15. fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp For more information please visit www.zackadams.homestead.com

CSV Cultural and Educational Center (Flamboyan)
107 Suffolk Street (Rivington & Delancey Streets)


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