The Very Best of NYC Theater (March 2010)

The Soup Show, Naked Girls Reading, The Wonder and more!

Don’t miss the New York Neo-Futurists as they present their first prime-time show of the decade The Soup Show at Here Arts Center through Mar. 27. In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Women’s History Month, Desiree Burch, Cara Francis & Erica Livingston serve up a cure for what ails you in this Neo-Medicine show, performing in and around a giant pot of self-made soup. Bottling this soup, as well as a series of elixirs, potions, tonics and products, they heal and reveal the female experience live, honest and in the flesh. Incorporating ingredients from interviews, living newspaper, personal stories, circus acts and freak shows, the women of The Soup Show ultimately feed their audiences with a question “How far has the women’s movement moved us?”
Pinchbottom Burlesque presents Naked Girls Reading Science Fiction boldly reading what no naked girl has read before. This hit nude literary salon will explore strange new worlds of literature at the decadent upstairs lounge at Madame X on Mar. 5. Nasty Canasta leads an all-star cast of burlesque performers – plus one professional librarian – beyond the stars, reading selections from sci-fi classics by Arthur C. Clarke, Aldous Huxley, H.G. Wells, Douglas Adams and more. We have seen the future. The future is naked. The future is now.

The Queen’s Company, NYC’s acclaimed all-female classical theater company presents their gender-bending revival of Susanna Centlivre’s luscious classic comedy of intrigue, The Wonder, playing at the Kirk Theater through Mar. 14. Featuring fiery brothers, amorous Englishmen, lovers in closets, daring getaways, passionate breakups and tearful reconciliations you might think you were watching a BBC sitcom, not a play written in the 1700’s. The story revolves around Isabella, who is on the run from an arranged marriage, and the lengths she and her BBF Violante go to stay away from the man that her tyrannical father has chosen for her.

Valerie Harper stars as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED playing now at the Lyceum Theatre. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that outshone even today’s celebrity bad girls. This hilarious new play revolves around the actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or "loop") one line of dialogue for what would be her last film. Given her obviously inebriated state along with her inability to loop the line perfectly, what ensues is a hilarious showdown between an uptight and conservative sound editor and the outrageous legend.

William Gibson’s Tony Award-winning play The Miracle Worker returns to Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre this month. Set in Tuscumbia, Alabama in the 1880s, the play tells the story of the young Helen Keller (Abigail Breslin), who became blind and deaf after a childhood illness, and the extraordinary woman, Annie Sullivan (Alison Pill) who taught her to communicate with the world.

The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance presents BAAD! ASS WOMEN 2010, its annual cultural festival celebrating the empowerment of women through art, culture and performance. The festival opens Mar. 11 with the stirring documentary Antonia Pantoja: Presente!, a celebration of the life of the dynamic founder of the ASPIRA educational program and a quintessential BAAD!Ass Woman. The festival showcases some FIERCE Women Artists in dance, theatre, film and music, including poet & performance artist Sharon Bridgforth, Cherrie Moraga, Camelitz Tropicana and more.

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