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Performance Picks: Site-Specific Stuff, Queering the Feminine, Synth Comedy Theater

Several free festivals and absurd doses of comedy await you this week. Read on to get the scoop.

THURSDAY

The Terrible Them

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at The Experiment Comedy Gallery, 20 Broadway, Williamsburg. 8pm. More info here.

The Experiment Comedy Gallery, a newly opened waterfront space for offbeat comedy, brings this one-night-only play (previously seen at The Creek and The Cave in 2014) by Gonzalo Cordova and Nick Naney, inspired by the dramatic sci-fi horror of filmmaker John Carpenter. Created and performed by comedians but billed as theater in a satisfying collision of artistic disciplines, The Terrible Them tells the tale of a disgraced journalist who gets the chance to revitalize his career in the midst of an alien invasion. Featuring a large cast of funny folk, visual effects and an “original synth soundtrack” by Steven DeSiena.

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Theater: cheap&easy OCTOBER

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Brooklyn-based group Object Collection helmed by writer/director Kara Freely and composer Travis Just promises a “live shredding of art world criticism” in this experimental chamber opera celebrating the written word through the exploration of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1928 film October and art journal October. It is rumored there will also be zombies and séances. Conveniently (or spookily) occurring in the very month it delves into.

cheap&easy OCTOBER is written and directed by Kara Freely and composed by Travis Just, with installation by Hannah Dougherty, lighting design by Jeanette Yew, and stage management by Liz Nielsen. Featuring Avi Glickstein, Taylor Levine, Aaron Meicht, Tavish Miller, Daniel Allen Nelson, Fulya Peker, Andie Springer, Deborah Wallace, and Owen Weaver.

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Theater: cheap&easy OCTOBER

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Brooklyn-based group Object Collection helmed by writer/director Kara Freely and composer Travis Just promises a “live shredding of art world criticism” in this experimental chamber opera celebrating the written word through the exploration of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1928 film October and art journal October. It is rumored there will also be zombies and séances. Conveniently (or spookily) occurring in the very month it delves into.

cheap&easy OCTOBER is written and directed by Kara Freely and composed by Travis Just, with installation by Hannah Dougherty, lighting design by Jeanette Yew, and stage management by Liz Nielsen. Featuring Avi Glickstein, Taylor Levine, Aaron Meicht, Tavish Miller, Daniel Allen Nelson, Fulya Peker, Andie Springer, Deborah Wallace, and Owen Weaver.

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Performance: Banking Apocalypse, Cartoons, An ‘Avant-Americana’ Musical

Whether you’re craving a futuristic folk-rock-et-cetera musical, some cartoonish comedy, or an entire three-day performance festival, there is something here for you.

WEDNESDAY

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Prelude Festival
October 7-9 at the Martin E. Segal Center, The CUNY Graduate Center, Murray Hill. Various times; all events free. Full schedule here.
Downtown-style performance art saunters uptown a bit for the 12th annual Prelude Festival. Spanning three days, Prelude celebrates exciting and zany performance and multidisciplinary artists who are making work today. Come get immersed in the world of the theatrical with installations, panel discussions, and performances from notable artists like high-belting queerdo Erin Markey, site-specific pioneers En Garde Arts, and Obie-winning experimental playwright Mac Wellman. Attendees will be transported via party buses to the closing party Friday night at PioneerWorks in Red Hook. Best of all, it’s free.

Prelude 2015 is curated by Antje Oegel and Tom Sellar.

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