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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.

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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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Roam a Church After Dark During ‘Surrealist Immersive’ Show, Houseworld

(photo: Emily Kendall)

(photo: Emily Kendall)

Get off at the Bedford L. Walk ten or so minutes into Greenpoint. Pass the house with the eerily-lit windows, but don’t forget it. You’ll be getting to know it quite well later. Turn the corner and enter the old church. This is where your journey begins.

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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: Bushwick Vaudeville, Secret Apartment Show, Trans One-Woman Musical

This week, catch some clowning, site-specific apartment theater, and more vaudeville than you probably knew existed.

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The Folk Circus Presents: A Valley Son

at Bizarre Bushwick, 12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick. 9pm; $7-20 suggested donation. More info here.

Concept album plus circus freaks equals a devilishly good way to spend a Thursday night. The Folk Circus takes an album by a local band and puts their unique twist on it at aptly-named haven for offbeat performance and parties, Bizarre Bushwick. This time they’re taking on music by chill NY-based rockers A Valley Son. Expect aerial routines, fire-breathers, burlesque, clown, dance, music, and anything unexpected.

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Theater: The Gray Man

graymanpicThe award-winning moguls of “serious make believe” at Pipeline Theatre Company have transformed Soho Rep’s Walkerspace into a shabby, spooky NYC tenement with The Gray Man, a new play by Andrew Farmer. It’s a haunting reinterpretation of the classic boogeyman tale set in a New York tenement house, set to an original musical score by Billboard-charted composer Chris Ryan and Mike Brun. As a member of improv troupe Gentlemen Party, Farmer is quite skilled at larger-than-life comedy, but with this show he proves that he is just as good at sinister scares.  What better way to get in the mood for the rapidly-approaching Halloween?

The Gray Man is written by Andrew Farmer and directed by Andrew Neisler with music by Chris Ryan and Mike Brun, set design by Andy Yanni, costume design by Daniel Dabdoub, lighting design by Christopher Bowser, props by Jess Adams, and sound design by Josh Millican. Featuring Daniel Johnsen, Tahlia Ellie, Katharine Lorraine, Claire Rothrock, and Shane Ziegler.

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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: Chase: What Matters Most?

(photo: Michael de Angelis)

(photo: Michael de Angelis)

Animals Performance Group’s latest endeavor commissioned by LES staple Dixon Place follows six employees of an “unnamed bank” in the midst of the apocalypse. As the corporate crumbles, these employees will navigate the rubble through songs, dances, stories, and everyone’s favorite: conflict resolution seminars.

Chase: What Matters Most? is created by Animals Performance Group (Mike Mikos, Michael de Angelis, Nikki Calonge), with lighting design by Michael McGee, set design by Blake Palmer, costume design by Bobby Andres, model designs by Janet Kim, props by Ben Gullard, songs by Eva Peskin, and stage management by Eh-den Perlove. Featuring Nikki Calonge, Akira Fukui, Zoë Geltman, Brighid Greene, Eva Peskin, and Nikaury Rodriguez.

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Forget Water on Mars, It’s a ‘Queer Feminist Cyborg Epic Time Travel Thing’

(Photo: Alex Escalante)

(Photo: Alex Escalante)

A “queer feminist cyborg epic time travel thing” has taken residency at the Loft on Classon for a three-week festival that presents the culmination of the ETLE Universe, a maximalist work of science fiction instigated by Sarah A.O. Rosner in 2012. Bedford + Bowery covered the ETLE Universe this past spring, which saw the unveiling of a graphic novel, 3D-printed rings, and a photography exhibition. Now the collective is showing its final works, including an evening-length performance, a feature-length pornography, a performance of the Universe’s concept album, parties, and lectures (a full listing of showings is available here).

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House of Yes Inches Toward Completion, Will Be All Kinds of Awesome By Fall

A makeshift entrance (Photo: Nicole Disser)

A makeshift entrance (Photo: Nicole Disser)

House of Yes is nearing rebirth, and co-founder Anya Sapozhnikova (who along with her partner Kae Burke was dubbed a member of the Brooklyn Establishment) promised that a “next level” venture is on the horizon. “Everything here has to be really fucking awesome,” she explained. When we dropped by the new House of Yes today, just steps away from the Jefferson stop in Bushwick, it was hard to believe the place was part of the craziness of Bushwick Open Studios last weekend. “It was so packed, like wall-to-wall, people couldn’t even get in,” Anya recalled. For now, the place has once again kicked up the sawdust and instead of performers, aerialists, and burlesque babes, we were met with sweaty construction workers. But Anya– who’s been through a fire, police raids, and evictions– seemed intent on forging through the final weeks of wood saws, drills, and hammers.

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Journey to Jackson Heights Without Having to Hop On the 7 Train

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Jerreme Rodriguez as Reina and Brandi Bravo as Alex (Photo courtesy of Joel Weber)

Audiences of the latest play to appear at The New Ohio Theater can relish the sweetly comedic absurdity of an Indian man handing an Ecuadorian woman a mango as if she might not know what it was, and of a Latino drag queen tenderly assuring his straight-laced, off-duty policeman one-night stand, “Being a cop is nothing to be ashamed of.”
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The 10 Fringiest of This Year’s Fringe Fest

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It’s that time again, folks. The time when the world’s most avant-garde and experimental theater types descend on the East Village and Lower East Side for a fortnight of moderately insane adventure know as the Fringe Festival. The 18th edition of the Fest will be deluging the metropolis with playful peculiarities from August 8 to 24.
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On Stage: Art Nerds, Bike Mechanics, Swinging Singles and Sad Clowns


Visual artist, performer, and gay stage icon Chris Tanner brings true-life tales, and, in his words, “humiliating stories of the sexual awakening of a nerdy art queen,” to the stage in Football Head. Tanner sings and tells the stories, accompanied on the stage by three doo-wop singers and collaborator Lance Cruce. The show is first and foremost about his family, intermingled with shame, guilt, and celebration thrown in for good measure.
La MaMa, East Village, begins June 20, tickets $10-$18
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