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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.
Blue Man Group
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
The Countess
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.
De La Guarda
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. No intermission.
Dinner with Friends
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. 1hr 30mins.
The Fantasticks
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.
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Murdered 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.
Over 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 intermission.
Perfect Crime
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.
Tony 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.
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