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THE ADVENTURES OF MAYA THE BEE

Music & Lyrics by Nancy Harrow
Arrangements: Sir Roland Hanna
Adaptation by Rachel Klein from the book by Waldemar Bonsels
Directed by Will Pomerantz
puppets designed by Zofia Czechlewska and constructed by the Teatr Baj of Warsaw
The Culture Project
45 Bleecker Theater (at the corner of Bleecker and Lafayette Streets)
Subway Info: Take the 6 train to Bleecker Street, the F, V or S trains to Broadway/Lafayette or the N or R trains to Spring street

A jazz puppet musical based on the beloved German children's book of the same name
Maya is the story of a feisty and rebellious little bee who leaves her hive in search of adventure. In her explorations of the big wide insect world, she encounters much more than she bargained for. This story of heroism and discovery told through the beauty of song and puppetry resonates with young and old alike

Open run
Saturdays at 11am
Recommended for children ages 3 - 9
Tickets: $12.00
Reservations: 212-352-0255
Box office: 212-253-9983
Information: www.45bleecker.com

ALOHA OY!

written and performed by Jeffrey Vause
directed by Greg Bellon
Presented by Proud Image Production and the production collective
Abingdon Theatre
Stage II
312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
1st Floor

This one-man, multi-character, semi-autobiographical show is told through the eyes of a gay Hawaiian-New York transplant who has the audition of a lifetime and all he is to do is talk about himself…But, the question becomes which "self" should he be? When you haven't decided who you are, having to suddenly figure it all out can be quite a painful but ultimately enlightening journey.

January 19th – January 23rd
Wednesday & Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 7:30pm & 10 pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com

APHRODISIAC

by Rod Handel
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.)
P.S. 122
Downstairs Theatre
150 First Avenue (at 9th Street)
Subway Info: Take the L train to 1st Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

What do you do if you wake up one morning and your dad, an undistinguished member of the U.S. Congress, is suddenly famous for his sex life (something about an intern) – and under suspicion of murder. If you’re Avery and Alma Ferris – the adult children of congressman Dan Ferris currently under investigation in the disappearance of Ilona Waxman – you try role-laying. You pretend to be the congressman and the intern. You maybe even summon up the most famous intern of all time for advice

January 7th – January 30th
Thursday-Sunday at 8pm
Sunday, January 9th performances (opening night) will be at 3pm
Additional performance: Saturday, January 29th at 3pm
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-477-5288 or www.ticketweb.com

THE AXIS OF EVIL VAUDEVILLE REVUE-II

written and directed by Martin Bard
Music composed by Arthur Abrams
Theater for the New City
Cabaret Theater
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets)
Subway Info: Take the L train to 1st Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

A potpourri of vaudeville routines, burlesque sketches, music and dance. The production combines topical musical antiwar satire with scenes on serious subjects as death, kidnapping and soldiers’ responsibility for the conduct of war. Music includes original tangos, ballads, ballets, vaudeville-style songs, chorales, blues songs and takeoffs on patriotic anthems
Part of Theater for the New City’s “Community Voices” series

January 14th – January 23rd
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Tickets: $10.00
Reservations: 212-254-1109 or www.theaterfortheenewcity.net
Running time: About two hours

A BAND OF ANGELS

by Myla Churchill
based on the book by Deborah Hopkinson
directed and choreographed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj
Musical director and arranger: Linda Twine
Making Books Sing

A new musical based on the book about the real-life Jubilee Singers, and all-black choir formed by freed slaves at Fish University in 1867 and still in existence today. The show features a rousing score of spirituals to tell its tale about the triumphs and struggles of freed slaves seeking an education after the Civil War. The story is told through the experiences of a contemporary middle school student who is failing in class and finds herself transported back in time to 1871 to take the place of her great-great grandmother, encountering poverty and racism and she and her classmates embark on a historic convert tour along the Underground Railroad, sharing with the public the unforgettable music of slavery

January 31st – February 18th

Monday-Friday, January 31st- February 4th at 10:301m
Saturday, February 5th at 2pm
Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College
250 Bedford Bark Blvd.
West Bronx
Subway Info: Take the 4 or D rain to Bedford Bark Station
Information: www.lehman.edu/lehman/about.directions.html.


Thursday and Friday, February 10th and February 11th at 10:30am
Saturday, February 12th at 2pm
York College Performing Arts Center
94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, Queens
Subway Info: Take the E, J or Z trains to Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer
Information: www.york.cuny.edu/about.directons.shtml


Monday-Friday, February 14th – February 18th at 10:30am and Thursday, February 17th at 7pm
Goldstein Theatre at Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Blvd.
Brooklyn
Subway Info: Take the F train to Avenue X and transfer for the BI bus eastbound to the college
Information: www.kingsborough.edu/travel.kcctrav.htm

All tickets: $18.00
Reservations: 212-573-8791, ext. 242

BELIZE

written and directed by Paul Zimet
music by Ellen Maddow
The Talking Band
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
74A East 4th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Subway Info: Take the F or V train to 2nd Avenue

A love story shaped by history and politics and set in Central America and London at the end of the 18th Century. Based on the true story of Edward Despard, an Irish-born Colonel in the British army and Catherine Despard, and African-American woman who became his wife, the historical./hallucinatory mix includes William Blake, Lord Horatio Nelson, and choruses of Black Mummers and the white Boys of Coolrain

January 6th – January 23rd
Wednesday-Sunday at 7pm
Additional performances Sunday, January 16th and January 23rd at 2:30pm
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-475-7710 or www.lamama.org

BELOW THE BELT

The Belt Theatre
3336 West 37th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Monthly sketch comedy
Tuesday, November 9th at 8pm
Tickets: $8.00
Reservations: 212-563-0485

THE BEST SEX OF THE XX CENTURY SALE

written and developed by Lissa Moira and Richard West
Theatre for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets)
Subway Info: Take the L train to 1st Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

THE BEST SEX OF THE XX CENTURY SALE is set during an auction of memorabilia from the past 100 years. These include Gloria Stienham’s slightly singed bra, Elvis’ peanut butter, Marlon Brando’s bike from “The Wild One,” a lock of Mia Farrow’s hair, Greta Garbo’s “Grand Hotel” key, and Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Magazines. Each item comes with a comical song and colorful story about how it relates to our sexual development as a nation. Along the way, the show highlights all of the touchstones of our sexuality in the last century: The pill, women’s rights, the gay movement, phone sex, Viagra, and internet porn. The show also includes musical appearances by some of the sexual icons of the past century: Mae West, Madonna, Elvis, Monica Lewinsky and more

The show draws its musical inspiration from over 30 songs including “I Wanna Be Loved By You, Cheek to Cheek, Call Me, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Blue Suede Shows, The Lady is a Tramp” and “It’s My Party.”

Open run begins November 27th
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm
No shows December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-353-3101 or www.theatermania.com

BIZARRE SCIENCE FANTASY

Written and Directed by Jeffrey A. Lewonczyk
Piper McKenzie Productions
The Brick Theater
575 Metropolitan Avenue
Williamsburg
Brooklyn
Subway Info: Take the L train to Lorimer Street or the G train to Metropolitan Avenue

An evening billed as "three panic-inducing selections"

THE AMPHIBIANS, depicts the besotted denizens of a remote watering hole beset by a freakish plague

NORTH OF POLARIS, two comely female astronauts discover triumph and heartache in the deepest reaches of outer space

HELL'S BELLES follows the jazz/folk adventures of a hapless country boy's first foray to the Big City, with damning results

January 14th – February 5th
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm
Tickets: $10.00
Reservations; 718-907-3457

THE CABARET HANDBOOK

written and performed by Stephen Roger Kitts II
Golden Door Productions, Inc.
The Triad Theatre
158 West 72nd Street (between Columbus Avenue & Broadway
Subway Info: Take the 1, 2, 3 or 9 train to Columbus Avenue

Inspired by personal experiences and literature, The Cabaret Handbook is a comedic instructional how-to-show about the do's, the don'ts, and the why-bothers of the wonderful world of cabaret

Tuesday, January 11th at 7pm
Tickets: $15.00 with a two drink minimum
Reservations: 212-787-7921
Information: www.goldendoorproductions.com

CELLPHONES

Written & Directed by William Electric Black
Music by William Electric Black and Joel Diamond
Choreography by Matt Williams
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
The Annex Theatre74A East 4th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Subway Info: Take the F or V train to 2nd Avenue)

CELLPHONES is set in the present. With the war in Iraq continuing, and threats by terrorists keeping America on orange alert, the Department of Homeland Security is the only place that's offering a decent job.  A new recruiting booth is about to open up at 8am, Monday, in Central Park.  The night before the booth opens, eleven strangers gather and wait for the booth to open.  While they wait, they rock out about timely topics such as-- Enron, teenage white girls, pornography, the Internet, rap culture, fast foods, Michael Jackson, gay marriage, soccer moms, Starbucks, Korean Americans, Michael Moore, the war in Iraq, gun control, weapons of mass destruction, and of course—cellphones
A world premiere
When audience members arrive at the theater, they will be asked for their cellphone numbers.  If they provide them, a select few will receive a call during the performance - live from the stage.  (Of course, they will have to put the phone on vibrate)
Everyone else will be asked to turn their cellphones off

January 27th – February 13th
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: $20.00
Reservations: 212-475-7710 or www.lamama.org

CINDERELLA/CENICIENTA

Society of the Educational Arts/Sociedad Educativa de las Artes
Teatro SEA @ Los Kabayitos Puppet & Children’s Theatre
107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side
2nd Floor
Subway Info: Take the F train to Delancey Street or the J, M, or Z train to Essex Street

A bilingual musical of the classic fairytale about a humble girl who works very hard to realize her dreams. With a little bit of magic and not to mention the fact that she is the best "Tango" dancer in the kingdom, she discovers her self-esteem and Prince Charming

January 8th
January 22nd
February 5th
February 19th

Saturdays at 3pm
Tickets: $12.00, $10.00 for children
Reservations: 212-260-4860, ext.14
Information: http://www.sea-ny.org/

THE COLLARD GREEN: Contributions by Cornbread Divas

Music by Henry Afro-Bradley and Norman Small, Jr.
Adapted and directed by Indira Etwaarro, Ph.D.
The Horse Trade Theatre Group
John Montgomery Theatre
A Crack Plate Production
The Kraine Theatre
85 East 4th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
Subway Info: Take the F or V trains to 2nd Avenue

The stories of black women as told through change, spoken work, dance song and theatrical ritual
January 6th – January 8th
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-858-4444 or www.horsetrade.info

ComedySportz

New York Improv
318 West 53rd Street (off of 8th Avenue)

ComedySportz is an interactive improv experience. Two teams battle for laughter and points, all based on audience suggestions. ComedySportz features a rotating cast of NYC’s best improvisational comedians

Open Run
Sundays at 6pm, Mondays at 8pm
Tickets: $10.00 + a two-drink minimum
Running time: 75 Minutes
Reservations: 212-286-4444 or www.smarttix.com
Information: 212-388-8194 or www.ComedySportz.com

COMFY JAZZ AT THE SALON

Racca's Seaport Salon
In association with Montauk Theatre Productions
Shooting Star Theatre
South Street Seaport
40 Peck Slip (between Front & South Streets)

Featuring Joyce Grifffen, with Nat Jones & Yoko Kawaguchi

January 7th – February 6th
Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 5:30pm
Additional performance: Friday, January 7th at 7pm

Call for ticket prices
Reservations: 917-605-4014 or 718-852-7773

COMMUNION

by Aidan Mathrews
directed by M. Burke Walker
Origin Theatre Company
The Phil Bosakowski Theatre
354 West 45th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Set in a fashionable Dublin suburb, "Communion" is about two brothers, one family and the many faiths that make up modern life. 30-year-old Jordan lays in his boyhood bedroom, stoically suffering through what could be the final stages of the brain tumor that derailed his lifelong ambition of becoming a doctor. Attending to his needs (and bickering relentlessly all the while) are his charismatic younger brother Marcus, who's been in and out of psychiatric institutions, and their overly pious mother. The family is joined at various times by a chipper Methodist neighbor, a Catholic priest who's just returned from Rwanda and Marcus' free-spirited girlfriend. As Jordan's condition worsens, those close to him learn to let go, to hang on...and finally, to reach out

January 6th – January 23rd
Wednesday-Monday at 8pm
Tickets: $15.00
$15.00
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com
Information: www.origintheatre.com

CULTUREMART

HERE Arts Center
Main Street
145 6th Avenue (at Spring Street)
HERE’S annual winter festival featuring multidisciplinary works-in-progress by nine resident artists
ARTISTS AND SHOW INFORMATION

ZONG by Kim Mayhorn
ZONG navigates the depths of the Black Atlantic, an aquatic environment inhabited by bioluminescent creatures and African slaves thrown overboard bound for America.  Combining dance, costumes, and original music, ZONG tells the story of a water-breathing species whose need for each other creates a society where everything is possible

RADIO WONDERLAND by Joshua Fried
In Radio Wonderland, Joshua Fried turns bits of FM radio—grabbed live into grooves that truly DANCE. Using an FM boom box, a PowerBook computer, his famed Musical Shoes, and a computer-hacked steering wheel to slice, dice and create rhythm with the media as it flies through the air, Fried subverts the pop media and technology by using it against itself by creating a new dance of independence. The surreal touch of ordinary objects (e.g. shoes, wheel) underscores the basic, congenial nature of the aural transformations

THE LITTLEWOOD PROJECT by Mallory Catlett/Juggernaut Theatre Company
The play is a new music/theatre piece that fundamentally re-imagines Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop’s 1963 production of OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, a groundbreaking production that combined music, theater and visual projection to chronicle the enormous folly and atrocity of WWI

CLEVER HANS by FREEFALL
Clever Hans is an evening of transformative theater and dance that reimagines a humorous tale of unthinking brutality and obliviousness.  This story is about a dullard whose cluelessness unleashes a darkness he is incapable of changing or understanding

A SEEMINGLY UNIFIED SPECTACLE by Kate Brehm
A Seemingly Unified Spectacle is a treacherously beautiful journey inspired by Rosalind Krauss’s ruminations over ‘a constant pulse’ as discussed in her essay, ‘The Impulse to See’.  The piece’s glowing white fantasy and grim silver puppet devices resemble a zoetrope as they flicker and spin through constant transformations. Accompanied by electronic noise, the piece avoids narrative to viscerally affect an audience

ALICE IN WONDERLAND written by Lewis Carroll; adapted by Lake Simons & John Dyer
Come with Alice as she explores the unknown of the underground world where little cakes cause growth spurts, tea is served all day on an undulating patchwork tablecloth and a crying baby turns into a little pig. Told through puppetry, physical theatre and a live original score consisting of storytelling, song, and folly. A variety of puppets including an adapted bunraku style, shadow, and handheld bring this classic story to life

PHENOMENON by NERVE, directed by Alyse Rothman
Using drama, dance and imagery, Phenomenon tells a tragi-comic account of two simultaneous life-shattering events.  It is 1980, 5 miles away from Mount Saint Helens’ 50-megaton explosion; and it is the end of a relationship. With NERVE’s trademark fusion of drama, dance and image, Phenomenon is an extravagant rendering of the power of Human Nature juxtaposed against the power of Mother Nature

REST/LESS by Thalia Field/Jamie Jewett
CAFe ANTARSIA written by Ruth Margraff, composed by Nikos Brisco, directed by Ian Belton, dramaturgy by Donna Linderman
Cafe Antarsia is a new Mediterranean opera set in a mythic taverna on the highly prized island of Crete that has lain, fatally, for thousands of years, in the coveted passageway between the Balkans, Asia Minor and northern Africa


Call for additional program information and show times (most are at 8:30pm

January 5th – January 16th
Call for program information and show times
Tickets: $20.00
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.here.org

DISPOSABLE MEN

created and performed by James Scruggs
HERE Arts Center
directed by Kristin Marting
145 Sixth Avenue (one block below Spring Street)

Old-fashioned storytelling pairs with new media in Disposable Men. This humorous solo work presents a series of interactive monologues demonstrating the flippant irreverence with which the popular media treats the disposability of African-American men.  Scruggs plays characters as varied as a waiter at a theme restaurant that features customized lynchings, a modern day minstrel performing at kid's parties, and more.  This is all performed with an underlying motif of the shockingly close relationship that Hollywood monsters and African American men share. Especially the imaginative, over-the-top ways both are feared, killed, and ultimately, disposed of

February 4th – February 21st
Tuesday-Sunday at 8:30pm
Tickets: $20.00
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.here.org

ELECTION DAY

Book and Lyrics by Alex Goldberg
Music and Lyrics by Joel Henry Stein
Directed by Laurie Sales
Choreographed by Christine O’Grady. Joint-ed Stock Theatre Alliance
The American Theatre of Actors
214 West 54th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
Subway Info: Take the C or E train to 50th Street or the N, R or W train to 57th Street

Live and center stage, a hilarious and exciting look at a presidential election that polarizes the nation. (Any resemblance to current events is completely coincidental). In this brand new musical liberal president Elliott Goodrich runs for re-election against the charismatic but dim-witted Governor Nathan Burke of Wyoming. Follow the campaign trail with the aggressive first lady, her rebellious first son, the tempting young intern, an egotistical network anchor, and a crazed genius CEO as they scamper toward Election Day. And that's not everyone, the advice of dead presidents Warren G. Harding, James Knox Polk and William Henry Harrison will have you laughing hysterically and dancing in the aisles!

January 14th – January 20th
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Call for ticket prices
Running time: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com

THE FLID SHOW

by Richard Willett
performed by Mat Fraser
presented by New Directions Theatre
Medicine Show Theatre
549 West 52nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)
3rd Floor

British Actor Mat Fraser deformed at birth by the drug thalidomide will star in this play about a beloved, if embittered cabaret singer also deformed at birth by thalidomide
The Flid show travels in time from 1962 to the present, tracing the story of the fictional Duncan Mowbray, a charismatic nightclub singer born with shortened arms as the result of the drug thalidomide, which his mother had taken for insomnia. The haunting and humorous action of the play moves back and forth in time as Duncan lives and relives his own family’s history with thalidomide, and discovers the stories of perfect strangers

January 28th – February 26th
Friday, Saturday and Monday at 8pm
Additional performance on Sunday, January 30 (call for show time for the performance on the 30th)

Tickets: $15.00
There is a benefit performance on Thursday, February 24th – tickets: $30.00
Reservations: 212-352-3101, 866-811-4111 (toll-free) or www.theatermania.com

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

by Rich Orloff
directed by Holli Harms
WorkShop Theater Company
312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

A collection of seven short comedies, set in seven different countries, spanning 1989 (and the fall of the Berlin Wall) to the present. From a kinky tryst in Buenos Aires to a Pope who finds himself accidentally married to a showgirl, FOREIGN AFFAIRS takes an irreverent, international look at sex, religion and politics. The play includes comedies set in Berlin, Prague, Rio, Bulgaria and Antarctica

January 7th – January 29th

Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 6pm & 9pm, Sunday at 7pm
Additional performance: Monday, January 10th at 7pm
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-695-4173, ext 5 or 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com

FRANKENSTEIN

by Mary Shelly
directed by Joshua Carlebach
Music by Jacob Lawson
The Flying Machine
Soho Rep
46 Walker Street

A blend of storytelling that combines music, movement and novel stage designs, re-imagining Shelley's classic ode to the misbegotten as a gothic winter's fairy tale

December 9th – January 16th
Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm
No performances on Tuesday, December 14th or Saturday, January 1st
Tickets: $15.00
Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com
Information: www.sohorep.org

HARRY THE DIRTY DOG

adapted by Karen Abbott
From the book by Gene Zion
directed by Bruce Merrill
Manhattan Children’s Theatre
380 Broadway (two blocks south of Canal Street)
4th Floor

Harry is a white dog with black spots who like everything – except getting a bath. Miffed that his family wants to give him another bath, Harry buries the hated scrub brush in the backyard, and runs off, getting dirtier and dirtier with each adventure. He finally gets SO dirty, he is transformed from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots. But will his family recognize him and take him back when he finally comes home?
This production is suitable for kids of all ages

January 2nd – February 13th
Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 2pm
Tickets: $15.00, $10.00 for seniors and children ages 2-16
Reservations: 212-353-31-1 or www.theatermania.com
Information: 212-226-4085 or www.mctny.org

HOT PIANO! RAGTIME, BLUES & JAZZ

performed by Dr. Mark Birnbaum
Thirteenth Street Repertory Company
50 West 13 Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Mark Birnbaum’s one man show. Mark Birnbaum conducts a tour of the Ragtime-Early Jazz Tradition from the 1890’s through the roaring twenties featuring selections from his new album by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue), Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.  This toe-tapping show closes with a rip-roaring rendition of Tiger Rag not to be missed

Open run
Sundays at 7pm
Tickets: $15.00, $12.00 for students or seniors
Reservations: 212-252-3101 or www.theatermania.com
Information: www.13thStreetRep.org  or  call 212-675-6677

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