Off Broadway Shows Overview

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BLUE MAN GROUP – Three men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this long-running comic theater piece with music, audience participation, and ridiculous situations. This show is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Three performers with bald, blue heads splatter paint and use every imaginable prop in this totally fun and totally unique production. Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212)254-4370. www.blueman.com

FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY — Based on the beloved New York Times best-selling book by celebrated actress, Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry is a timeless story of friendship, acceptance, and the meaning of true beauty. With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly 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! New World Stages, 340 West 50th St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 239-6200 or 1(800) 432-7250. www.frecklefacethemusical.com

FREUD’S LAST SESSION — Legendary psychiatrist Dr. Sigmund Freud, invites a young, rising academic star, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, love, sex and the meaning of life – only two weeks before Freud chooses to take his own. The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, 5 West 63rd St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 352-3101 or 1(866) 811-4111. www.FreudsLastSession.com

FUERZA BRUTA — This show focuses on movement; it includes a man running full throttle through a series of moving walls, individuals racing to connect from opposite sides of a whirling sail, and performers frolicking and interacting in a watery world suspended just above the audience. Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Square East. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 239-6200 or 1(800) 432-7250. www.fuerzabrutanyc.com

GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW — Take the journey of a lifetime and step into the “unbubblelievable” magical kingdom of Fan Yang’s jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not to be missed. He holds (and has broken his own) Guinness World records for the biggest bubble ever blown, the largest bubble wall ever created (a staggering 156 feet!), most bubbles within a bubble, and in May 2006, was able to encapsulate 22 people inside a single soap bubble on live television in Madrid. Over the past two decades, Fan Yang has emerged with a completely new medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified and enchanted! New World Stages, 340 West 50th St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 239-6200 or 1(800) 432-7250. www.gazillionbubbleshow.com

GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE — A forgotten chorus boy from the theater of Ancient Greece, stuck in a lonely purgatory these past 2000 years, is sent back to earth on a mission from God. He now finds himself among a vacationing family in the Hamptons, caught off-guard by his re-discovered ability to feel love. Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd St. Previews Start: March 24. Show Opens: April 12. Show Closes: May 1. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 279-4200. www.playwrightshorizons.org

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE — Like the book it’s based on, this collection of vignettes and monologues by Nora and Delia Ephron, uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to. Cast members include Samantha Bee, Rhea Perlman, Lucy Devito, Kristin Chenoweth, Tyne Daly, Katie Finneran, Rosie O’Donnell, Mary Louise Wilson and Rita Wilson. A portion of the production’s proceeds will benefit Dress for Success, a charity that provides work clothing and job support for low-income women. Audience members are invited to donate their gently-used purses and other accessories in the theatre lobby. Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 239-6200 or 1(800) 432-7250. www.LoveLossOnStage.com

MURDERED BY THE MOB — Mingle with mobsters and molls; break bread and heads with Wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Rubbing elbows with goodfellas and ducking bullets over Broadway has never been this much fun. This interactive comedy mystery features a three course sit down dinner, dancing with a professional DJ, and surprises at every turn. You even have the chance to solve the case and win some fabulous prizes. Seven prizes in every performance, including a collectors item any crime solver would cherish and “Academy Awards” for the best actor & actress chosen from the audience. Friday 7:30pm / Saturday 7:00pm. Now in its eighth year at Arno Ristorante, 141 West 38th St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 352-3101. www.murdermysteryinc.com

NAKED BOYS SINGING — Eight gentlemen display more than their considerable talent in this musical revue. An original score of 16 songs is performed by an attractive cast of “costume-free” men. Witty and clever, the evening celebrates the joys of male nudity. Friday 10:30pm / Saturday 6:00pm & 10:30pm. New World Stages 340 West 50th St. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 239-6200 or 1(800) 432-7250. www.www.nakedboyssinging.com

STOMP – Rather than using conventional instruments, this eight-member ensemble uses everyday objects to create amazing sounds and celebrate rhythm. Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave, between 7th and 8th Sts. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 477-2477. www.stomponline.com

THE QUANTUM EYE – MAGIC DECEPTIONS – Sam Eaton’s entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception, where extraordinary ability and humor blend with the audience to make for a unique performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show that you’ll never forget. Saturdays 5PM, Theatre 80 Saint Marks, 80 Saint Marks Place (west of 1st Ave). Tickets by Phone: 1(347) 294-0092. www.thequantumeye.com

THE DIVINE SISTER — An outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns. It 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. SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St. Closes on April 30. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 691-1555. www.DivineSisterOnstage.com

MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE — Based on Abigail Grotke’s popular book that promises “classic advice for contemporary dilemmas.” Miss Abigail takes you back to a simpler time, before booty calls and speed-dating, back when the divorce rate wasn’t 50 percent and “Fidelity” was more than an investment firm. Sofia’s Restaurant Downstairs Theater, 221 West 46th St. Tickets by Phone: 1(877) 964-7722. www.MissAbigailsGuide.com

WITTENBERG — Trouble brews in the hallowed halls of Wittenberg U. circa 1517. Sparring professors, Doctor Faustus and Reverend Martin Luther vie for the allegiance of their star pupil Prince Hamlet, who can’t decide on a major (go figure!). While the prince ping-pongs between their contrary advice, the professors debate faith and reason in a zany spin on classic characters. Wittenberg brings the cleric who ignited the Protestant Reformation toe-to-toe with the philosopher whose lust for life just might lead him to sell his soul, in comic combat for the Prince who should be King. New York City Center – Stage II, 131 West 55th St. Closes on April 17. Tickets by Phone: 1(212) 581-1212. www.pearltheatre.org/1011/wittenberg.php



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