ARTSVAN BENEFIT PARTY On Friday, May 30, Richard Skipper, the performer renowned for his solo show, An Evening with Carol Channing, will assemble a platoon of Gotham Cabaret notables for Carols ArtsVan Benefit, a dazzling evening to benefit DowntownNYC!s ArtsVan, the new mobile hospitality center and ticketing truck, which will debut this summer. Sixteen acts are confirmed including: Risa Benson, Michelle Colleary, Cynthia Crane, John De Marco, Natalie Douglass, David Gurland, Sue Matsuki, Melissa OConnell, Rick Skye (as Liza Minelli) and Pam Tate. Musical director is John Bowen. At the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Varick and Ave. of the Americas. Doors open for cash bar and silent auction at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. $25; preferred seating $30. For tickets call Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com. Complete information on the ArtsVan is available on line at www.artsvan.org.
ITS A WOMANS WOMANS WORLD In the Shadow of the Els, a new show at the W.O.W. Theater and Café through May 31, takes us through the in the closet, in the life, in the pre-stonewall days of red-scared New York. According to the theater, Womens historian Karen Campbell takes us on a fantastic journey of Butch and Fem. The show is performed Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with tickets going for $8-10. The Theater is located at 59-61 E. Fourth Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 777-4280.
-1 (minus One), broadlway based on the life of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, spolighting a poet named Leo Le Pard who has broken mainstream convention by marring a white woman during a period of heightened racial tensions, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 145 Sixth Ave., Thu.-Sun., 8 p.m., through May 18, $10, 212-254-1109.
THE ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST, part fact, part fantasy, this irreverent perfromance imagines the ways in which one woman might make a difference on a planet that couldnt care less, CONNELLY THEATER, 220 E. Fourth St., Tue.-Thu., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., through May 14.
THE ALCHEMISTS, a new musical that explors the pursuits & romantic entanglements of a group of childhood friends, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 155 First Ave., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.., through May 18, $12-$15, 212-868-4444.
Almost blue, tells the story of a man just released from prison, still haunted by his crime, who wants to lock himself away from the world. His solitary life in interrupted by an intrusive neighbor named Blue, & a mysterious woman with a dangerous past, THE FLATIRON PLAYHOUSE, 119 W. 23rd St., 3rd fl., Thu.-Mon., 8 p.m., through May 25, $15, 212-868-4444.
American dreams: Lost & found, characters based on interviews with real people by the famed author Studs Terkel & adapted for the stage, THE LUCILLE LORTEL THEATER, 121 Christopher St., May 13, 6:30 p.m., May 14-17, 21-24, 8 p.m., May 17 & 24, 3 p.m., call for info., 212-489-5595.
American magic, a sleight of hand look at how civil liberties can disappear in the blink of an eye, with original music by Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth, ALTERED STAGES, 212 W. 29th St., Thu.-Sun., 8 p.m., through June 8, $20, 212-352-3101.
American menu, focuses on the women who work in the kitchen of a segregated diner who a representations of the lives lead by so man individuals during a chaotic period of history, ABRONS ART CENTER, 466 Grand St., Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., through May, $30, 212-353-1176.
Bed & Breakfast, two friends, one Irish & one Jewish, plan to open the most expensive Bed & Breakfast in NYC. To gain publicity, they decide to hang a sign saying No Irish, No Jews, No Blacks. Needless to say, things dont work out as planned...or do they? INDEPENDENT THEATER, 52 W. 8th St., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through May 25, $15, 212-868-4444.
BlUE MAN GROUP: TUBES, a multi-faceted and unique performance by silent and blue-faced iconoclasts and actors/ dancers/musicians, ASTOR PL. THEATER, 434 Lafayette St., open-ended run, Tue.-Thur., 8 p.m., Fri., 7 & 10 p.m., Sat., 4, 7 & 10 p.m., Sun., 2, 5 & 8 p.m., $55-$65, 254-4370.
CAFE SOCIETY, a dark comedy about the bottomless cup of coffee, co-dependence, outrageous customer service, & a teenaged girl that wants more, much more, 13TH STREET REPERTORY COMPANY, 50 W. 13th St., Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m., through June 14, $10-$15, 212-675-6677.
Cavedweller, a tough & prickly rock star whose once successful career is now in decline journeys from California to Georgia to reclaim he abandones daughters & reunite a family torn apart by violence, poverty & addiction, NEW YORK THEATER WORKSHOP, 79 E. Fourth St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., through May, $60, 212-239-6200.
Chicken, in a series of vignettes, Laura Meyers stars as chicken, a distinct persona who lives in a space slightly apart from the normal world, THE MARQUEE, 356 Bowery, May 18, 25, June 1 & 8, 5 p.m., $10, 212-219-0736.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED, actors Peter Ackerman, Jeremy Shamos & David Turner take on 75 of Shakespeares characters in this contemporary and shamelessly abridged adaptation of the collected works of the bard; dir. by Jeremy Dobrish, CENTURY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 11 E. 15th St., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 2, 5 & 8 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m., ongoing, $29-$59, 239- 6200.
Contagious, a play that explores women who are obsessed with a character named Rachel, wanting desperately to know her, to be like her & to be with her, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., May 13, 8 p.m., $10, 212-647-0202.
DEBBIE DOES DALLAS, based on the American film porn classic, this is the story of a girl from a small town with stars in her eyes who dreamed about growing up & making it big in the city, JANE STREET THEATER, 113 Jane St., Mon.-Fri., 8 p.m., Fri., 10:30 p.m., Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., ongoing, $25-$45, 302-7000.
DIPTERACON, OR SHORT LIVED S*%T EATERS, based on the "Oresteia," the story reveals the very timely themes of lust, blood, guilt & greed, a Greek tragedy rock musical, by Raine Bode, LA MAMA E.T.C., 74 A E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m., Sun., 5:30 p.m., through May 27, $10-$15, 212-475-7710.
THE DONKEY SHOW, the audience participates in this bawdy, disco-infused adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream, THE CLUB EL FLAMINGO, 547 W. 21st St., Wed. & Thur., 8 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m., ongoing, $25-$39 plus drinks, 307-4100.
Explosion of a memory/description of a picture, Fred Newmans avant-garde musical version of Heiner Mullers dark 10 page, one sentence play, CASTILLO THEATER, 500 Greenwich Street, Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., through June 15, $25-$40, 212-941-1234.
A GIRL OF 16, a story about unfulfilled desires from a long ago love affair poisoning the lives that surrounded it, the terrible beauty of murder, & the indescribable experience of being a girl of sixteen, CELEMENTE SOTO VELEZ CENTER, 107 Suffolk St., Wed.-Sun., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 p.m., through May 18, $15-$20, 212-206-1515.
GOLDEN LADDER, a comedy about growing up in a mixed-religion household and a daughters attempt to remedy her parents religious conflicts, THE PLAYERS THEATER, 115 MacDougal St., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 4 & 8 p.m., ongoing, $50-$55, 239-6200.
Icarus & aria, a Latino superstar quarterback from a mafia-type family falls in love with the daughter of his teams owner, CLUB CHEETAH, 12 W. 21st St., Sat., 4 p.m., Sun.-Mon., 7:30 p.m., through May, $20, 212-581-NADA.
In the shadow of the els, a fantastic journey of Butch & Fem: in the closet, in the life, in the pre-Stonewall days of redscared New York, by womens historian Karen Campbell, WOW CAFE/THEATER, 59-61 E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., through May 31, $8-$10, 212-777-4280.
Is there a doctor in the house?, using the flaming arrows of physical comdey, music & fast paced fun, The Golden Age attacks & brings the all-encompasing joy of a night of vaudeville to the modern family audience, METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE. 220 E. Fourth St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., through May 17, $7-$15, 212-995-5302.
Koltes New York 2003, four fully staged translations of the plays of Bernard Marie Koltes, one of Frances most important contemporary writers, THE OHIO THEATER, 66 Wooster St., Tue.-Sun., 8 p.m., through May 31, call for specific play schedule, $15, $50 festival pass, 212-966-4844.
THE LADIES OF THE CORRIDOR, a sharply funny & wryly sympathetic show set behind the closed doors of New Yorks Hotel Marlow, where a skeleton is hung in every closet, BANK STREET THEATER, 155 Bank St., Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through May 25, $15, 212-561-9635.
Lady, be good, a revival of the musical that originally starred Fre& Adele Astaire & was later made into a film, 14TH STREET YMHA, Mainstage, May 14-June 1, call for numerous showtimes, $19, 212-206-1515.
Last stand, the self-proclaimed new indians have taken hold of America, destroying the cities & giving the land back to nature. One family remains to resist the change, hiding from the painful truths of its past & the dark responsibility of the revolution, THE WORKSHOP THEATER, 312 W. 36th St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., through May 24, $15. 212-695-4173.
LINE, comedy by Israel Horovitz that is the longest-running off-off Broadway show, THIRTEENTH STREET REPERTORY, 50 W. 13th St., open-ended, Wed. & Thur., 7 p.m., Sat., 9:30 p.m., $10-$12.50, 675-6677.
LOVE & SEX, tales of relationships in the streets & townships of New York City, THE BARRIO, 99 Stanton St., Sun., 8 p.m., open ended, $12, 887-0951.
Mollys dream, set in a saloon in the middle of nowhere, a waitress has a brief encounter with a passing stranger who triggers a fantastic dream, SOHO REP., 46 Walker St., through May 16, May 21-24, May 28-31, June 4-7, 7:30 p.m., $15, 212-868-4444.
MONDO DRAMA, just like those fabulous 60s shock-u-mentary Mondo movies, this play takes you on a whirlwind tour of the seedy, the sexy & the sylish, GREENWICH HOUSE THEATER, 27 Barrow St., Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., through June 14, June 2 & 9, 8 p.m., $35-$40, 212-239-6200.
MONO, set in a Lower East Side bar, an exploration of the microcosms of Lower Manhattan, SURF REALITY, 172 Allen St., Thur.-Sat., 8 p.m., open-ended, $15, 358-3447.
The most famous man in america, an explosive one-man, one act play about the tradgedy of John Wilkes Booth, who has not tred the boards of a stage since fleeing Fords Theater, THE JIM BONNEY THEATER, 134 W. 26th St., 6th fl., Sun., 7 p.m., through June 1, $15, 212-875-7199.
NAKED BOYS SINGING, a nude musical extravaganza, THE ACTORS PLAYHOUSE, 100 Seventh Ave. S., Mon., Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., Sun., 3 & 7 p.m., open-ended, $35-$50, 239-6200.
NOBODY KNOWS IM A DOG, examines the lives of six people whose false personas & unrealized dreams are played out in the electronic world of usenet singles newsgroups, e-mail, & internet relay chat, THE RED ROOM, 85 E, Fourth St., Sun., 8 p.m., through May, $12-$15, 457-5498.
NOTHING OF ORIGINS, challenges the myth of every womans life to uncover the fundamental truths about the virgin, the mother, the wife & the whore, URBAN STAGES, 250 W. 30th St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., through May 18, $12-$15, 212-352-3101.
PASSING PASSIONS, four men & four women locked in a constant battle of lustful desires, a round robin of couples lost in an endless chain of carnal pursuits, eight characters in eight scenes, KRAINE THEATER, 84 E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sat., 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., through May 18, $15, 212-206-1515.
Peg o my heart, the tale of a pretty Irish colleen who leaves New York for a stately home in England where she will recieve lessons in grooming & behaviour from her snobbish cousins & very proper aunt, THE IRISH REPERTORY THEATER, 132 W. 22nd St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., May 13-July 6, $35-$40, 212-727-2737.
Pericles, a new adaptation of William Shakespears play directed by Jesse Berger, THE CULTER PROJECT, 45 Bleecker Street, Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Sun., 3 & 7 p.m., Mon., 7 p.m., through May 31, $12-$15, 212-352-3101.
THE PORNO JIM SHOW, a humorous & educational exploration of modern pornography presented in Porn 101 format because Porno Jim believes America needs better porn, COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS, Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m., through June 28. $12-$15, 212-352-3101.
Private jokes, public places, a disturbing & humorous glimpse inside the contemporary world of architecture that asks compelling questions about the state of male-female power struggle, fears of disrupting the status quo & the importance of challenging tradition, LA MAMA E.T.C., 74 A. E. Fourth St., Thu.-Sun., 8 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m., through May 18, $15, 212-475-7710.
ROCK STARS NYC, stage dive into the intensified rock concert experience combining dance & live rock & roll music, where the audience can dress, sing, dance & party like a rick star all night long, POLLY ESTHERS, 186 W. Fourth St., Fri., 8 p.m., open-ended, $35-$55, 212-714-ROCK.
A scrap of paper, a delightful screwball comedy where a pair of adversaries are destined to become lovers, when one long-lost love letter puts everyone in a tizzy, set in the 1930s, T. SCHREIBER STUDO, 151 W. 26th St., 7th fl., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., through June 8, $40, 212-741-0265.
The show, government officials arrest a playwirght as his show continues performing downtown, they find his work unamerican & unsuitable for public consumption & conclude he must be silenced, THE ST. MARKS THEATER, 94 St. Marks Pl., Thu.-Sat, 8 p.m., through June 1, $10-$15, 212-868-4444.
Street theater, focuses on a panorama of drags, dukes, leathermen, flower children, vice cops & cruisers; the innocent & not-so-innocent Christopher Street bystanders who would turn June 28th, 1969 into gay historys D-day, written by a participant in the riots, THE EAGLE NYC, 554 W. 28th St., Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., May 15-June 7, $15, 212-330-7043.
The suburbanoids, a sci-fi in the suburbs adventure featuring the Bad Astronauts where Zygorn the space tyrant turns the world upside down when he forces people to be his soul-sucking henchmen, THE RED ROOM, 85 E. Fourth St., May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 10:30 p.m., June 1 & 8, 5 p.m., $7-$10, 212-868-4444.
Talking heads, a rotating repertory of the solo plays of Alan Bennett, presented in monologue format, THE MINETTA LANE THEATER, 18 Minetta Lane, Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m., through June 1, Mon.-Sat., 8 p.m., Wed. & Sat., 3 p.m., from June 2 onwards, $35-$65, 212-307-4100.
Territory, lust & longing emerge as characters struggle to fulfill the desires that have been unleashed after an uninvited guest arrives at a couples home after a night out, THE BOTTLE FACTORY THEATER, 195 E. Third St., Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., May 14-June 21, $15. 212-868-4444.
The third Man, a writer of cheap paperback westerns jumps at the chance for a real adventure when an old friend invites him to Vienna, MANHATTAN THEATER SOURCE, 177 MacDougal Street, Wed.-Sun., 8 p.m., May 18 & 24, 2 p.m., through May 24, $15, 212-501-4751.
UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, a librarian goes to the stage to reveal impressive evidence of an event of great historical significance, discovered after finding a book 123 years overdue, SOHO PLAYHOUSE, 15 Vandam St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 3 p.m., open-ended, $40, 239-6200.
VINCENT, a new musical by Robert Mitchell about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, directed by Judith Fredericks, WINGS THEATER, 154 Christopher St., Thru.-Sat., Mon., 8 p.m., Sun., 3:30 p.m., open ended, $19, 627-2961.
Wigfield, a totaly Twisted evening of theater that leads audiences on a 90 minute tour through the imaginary town of Wigfield, from its three Mayors to its axe-wielding taxidermist, JANE STREET THEATER, May 16-17, 7 & 10 p.m., $30, 212-239-6200.
Writers block, two one-act comedies marking the theatrical directorial debut of Woody Allen, who also wrote both pieces, ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, 336 W. 20th St., Tue.-Sun., 8 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m., opens May 15, $50, 212-239-6200.
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