May Theater Listings

Robert Gonyo May 3, 2014

The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 2
written by Eugene O’Neill
adapted & directed by Christopher Loar
presented by the New York Neo-Futurists

Now a Broadway mainstay, Eugene O’Neill was once considered an experimental, downtown playwright. His plays defied the melodramatic conventions of the day. The New York Neo-Futurists return O’Neill to his experimental roots with their follow-up to the Drama Desk-nominated The Complete and Condensed State Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 1. By removing the dialogue and stripping the plays down to pure action, O’Neill’s eloquent yet obsessive and often controlling stage directions become a rip-roaring physical comedy.

April 29–May 11
Wed–Sat , 8pm; Sun, 3pm
Additional performance on Mon, May 5, 8pm

Theater for the New City
155 1st Ave
Tickets: $25

Jane the Plain

written by August Schulenburg
directed by Kelly O’Donnell
presented by Flux Theatre Ensemble

Football, popularity and the clash of the gods: it’s all going down at Plainview High School’s homecoming game in this comic fairy tale. Jane’s status takes a sudden rise after she saves the mysterious Glowing Girl and is given the gift of beauty. Everyone starts falling for her: quarterback Scotty the Hotty, second-stringer Lesson the Decent, even the most popular girl in school, Lexi the Sexy. As the jealous Betty the Pretty seeks to eliminate her newfound rival, Leonard the Awkward tries to win his best friend Jane back. But when another mysterious god, the Mirror Man, starts haunting Scotty, this battle of love and social status takes a dangerous turn of cosmic proportions. What if the wrong choice in high school really could end the world?

May 9–12, 15–17, 19–23, 7:30pm
May 24, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

The 4th Street Theatre
83 E 4th St
Tickets: $18, $15 students

Enchanted Arms

written by Ben Clawson, Stacie Lents, Joseph Palestina & John Wooten
created by Ben Clawson
directed by Artem Yatsunov
presented by StrangeDog Theatre Company

Four screwed-up fairy-tales: The Big Bad Wolf wears a short, short skirt, Rumpelstiltskin is tenured in the Ivy league and Rapunzel is bleeding heavily from the scalp. Plus, Prince Charming seems to be developing a drinking problem. Hot off a nearly sold-out run at Luna Stage in New Jersey, the nomadic bi-state StrangeDog Theatre Company crosses the Hudson with their evening of new plays that grab four age-old fairy tales and throw them into a dilapidated apartment building.

May 15–31
Thu–Sat, 8pm

Under St. Marks
94 St. Marks Pl
Tickets: $15

Mein Uncle
written & directed by Aliza Shane
presented by 3 Voices Theatre

Based on the true story of Geli Raubal, niece to history’s most infamous villain, Mein Uncle, this fairy tale about the seeds of inhumanity is a love story ruled by mystery, obsession and ultimately, madness; it is an account of love gone terribly wrong and an absurdist look at the bizarre secret relationship that influenced the man behind the darkest event of the 20th century.

May 29–June 8
Mon, 8pm; Wed–Sat, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 2pm

The Robert Moss Theater
440 Lafayette St, 3rd Fl
Tickets: $18

— Listings provided by ROBERT GONYO and the GO SEE A SHOW! podcast,

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