|New York Theatre: Off Broadway
Some Off Broadway theaters accept Theatre Development
Fund vouchers. A book of four is $28 (info: 212/768-1818). Call
each theater directly for information about wheelchair access.
The hit avant-garde performance art show with music. Astor
Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St between 4th St and Astor
Pl (212/254-4370). $45-$65. Tue-Thu 8pm; Fri 7, 10pm; Sat 4,
7, 10pm; Sun 2, 5, 8pm. 2hrs. No intermission.
Staged in a restaurant kitchen, Cookin' is a hilarious non-verbal
percussion show featuring four crazy Korean chefs who are working
against the clock to prepare a complete wedding banquet. With
an overheated Maitre D' intent on keeping the foursome on schedule,
Cookin' slices, dices, chops and beats a delightfully spellbinding
blend of martial arts, drumming and dance that will leave audiences
hungry for more! Minetta Lane Theatre 18 Minetta Lane
Gregory Murphy's superb play just keeps going. Having premiered
in March 1999, the costume drama now moves to its third theater.
It's the true story of a Victorian scandal involving a painter,
an art critic and his alluring wife, and one very big secret.
Lambs Theatre, 130 W 44th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave
(212/239-6200). $40-$55. Mon, Tue 8pm; Wed 2:30, 8pm; Thu-Fri
8pm; Sat 2:30, 8pm. 2hrs 20mins. One intermission.
This athletic 19-member troupe achieves a tantalizing and sexy
mixture of carnival, rave, live concert and dance piece as its
members literally fly through the air on bungee cords. Dress
in clothes you don't care about, and be prepared for anything.
Daryl Roth Theatre, 20 Union Sq East at 15th St (212/239-6200).
$20-$45. Tue-Thu 8pm; Fri, Sat 7, 10pm; Sun 7pm. 1hr 10mins.
Donald Margulies's easy-to-take, Pulitzer-winning comedy looks
at two married couples whose long-standing friendship is challenged
when one pair decides that their union was never much of a bond.
Variety Arts Theatre, 110 Third Ave between 13th and 14th Sts
(212/239-6200). $30-$55. Tue-Fri 8pm; Sat 3, 8pm; Sun 3, 7:30pm.
2hrs 10mins. One intermission.
The Donkey Show
Bring your dancing shoes to this Midsummer Night's disco, where
Shakespeare's poetry plays to a '70s soundtrack that includes
such catchy tunes as "Car Wash" and "You Sexy Thing." Club
El Flamingo, 547 W 21st St between Tenth and Eleventh
Aves (212/307-4100). $25-$39. Wed, Thu 8pm; Fri, Sat 8, 10:30pm.
Now 40 years old, this musical is the longest-running show in
American theater history; it has given us the standards "Try
to Remember" and "They Were You." Somehow, it tells the sweetest
possible love story without insulting your intelligence. Sullivan
Street Playhouse, 181 Sullivan St between Houston and Bleecker
Sts (212/674-3838). $36.50-$39. Tue-Fri 8pm; Sat 3, 7pm; Sun
3, 7:30pm. 2hrs. One intermission.
by the Mob
Eat some red meat, watch some mob hits and solve the case of
this interactive comic mystery. Go on-live a little. Arno Ristorante,
141 W 38th St between Broadway and Seventh Ave (800/687-3374).
$55, includes dinner, tax and tip. Fri 7:30pm, Sat 7pm.
the River and Through the Woods
When a young man makes a sudden career decision, his nosy Italian-American
family becomes a fountain of unsolicited advice in Joe (I Love
You, You're Perfect...) John Houseman Theater, 450 W 42nd St
between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212/239-6200). $49.50. Mon-Tue
8pm; Wed 2:30, 8pm; Fri 8pm; Sat 2:30, 8pm; Sun 3pm. 2hrs. One
A thriller about a shrink and a detective. Going strong since
April 1987, it's the longest-running straight play on or off
Broadway. Who knew? Duffy Theater, 1553 Broadway at
46th St (212/695-3401). $35. Mon, Thu, Fri 8pm; Wed 2pm; Sat
2, 8pm; Sun 3, 7pm. 1hr 55mins. One intermission.
This show is billed as a "percussion sensation" because there's
no other way to describe it. See also Better hold on. Orpheum
Theater, 126 Second Ave between 7th St and St. Marks
Pl (212/477-2477). $29.50-$49.50. Tue-Fri 8pm; Sat 7, 10:30pm;
Sun 3, 7pm. 1hr 30mins. No intermission.
n' Tina's Wedding
The wacky, tacky audience-participation event chugs on into
its 12th year of celebrating theatrical nuptials in a Broadway-adjacent
locale. Following the "ceremony," there's a reception, complete
with food and drink, at Vinnie Black's Vegas Room in the old
Hotel Edison. St. Luke's Church, 308 W 46th St between
Eighth & Ninth Aves (212/239-6200). $65-$75. Thu-Sat 7pm,
Sun 2pm. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.