As it turns out, most of this week’s performances to catch are in Williamsburg. Maybe there’s hope for culture there after all… Aside from The Bedford Stop, of course.
Chinashop, Meet Bulls
Step into this Williamsburg theater and “puppet studio” for a workshop presentation of Michael Perrie Jr.’s new play about the cardboard misadventures of two treasure hunters who run into their adopted sisters. Sounds sufficiently wacky: tickets are cheap, and there are promises of “violent slap fits.” And besides, why wouldn’t you want to see something at a haven for puppetry? No, those puppets aren’t looking at you weird, that’s totally just your imagination. Presented by The Tank.
Tween Twin Detectives
Enter the world of Becky and Blecky, little girl detectives on their first big case! Jesse VandenBergh directs and Sam Nulman and Lacey Jeka write and star in this silly comedy-play that appears to be heavily inspired by young Mary-Kate and Ashley and claims to have “more blood, more underage drug use, and more dope guests.” Sign us up.
tiger tiger (on the nature of violence)
Continues Fridays and Saturdays through November 21 at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, Lower East Side. 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 ($15 for students/seniors) and can be purchased here. More info here.
Jessica Almasy’s new “American pastoral” play at Dixon Place is inspired by and deals with various real events of violence, including the San Francisco Zoo tiger attacks. But knowing Almasy’s penchant for strangeness in staging and language it’ll be more bloody absurd than absurdly bloody. Or who knows, it might even be both. If anything, the costumes by Karen Boyer look especially tasty.
Cecilia Corrigan Performance at Brad Greenwood: Star Maps
At La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street, East Village. 5pm; free, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.
In the midst of La Galleria’s exhibition of Brad Greenwood’s solo show of colorful “post-apocalyptic astrological map” paintings, writer/comedian/performer Cecilia Corrigan (who has been published in n+1 and written for HBO) will perform a pseudo-tour of the cosmic art show as well as her signature blend of poetry, monologues, and comedy.
Ayun Halliday’s new play presented by Gemini CollisionWorks seems a bit lofty at first: described as a “post-digital, pre-apocalyptic anthropological study” (if anything, a great tongue-twister) that focuses on three middle-aged women and three teenage boys encountering wildlife. The title’s eerie similarity to Facebook is no coincidence, as the entire script is comprised of decontextualized social media posts and comments. Emojis and online comment thread unpredictability plus deer makeup equals, apparently, a “meditation on calamity and grief.”