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Performance Picks: Queer Comedy, Cryptic Spooks, A Live Movie Musical

This week, whether you want to be entrenched in the Halloween spirit or just want to watch some good old fashioned people telling jokes, you can slide on over to one of these shows to get your fill.

WEDNESDAY

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Esoterica Teaser Performance

At Visana NYC, 321 1st Avenue, East Village. 11:30 doors, midnight performance; free. More info here

There isn’t much info available on this late-night performance preview at a speakeasy—it appears to be purposefully cryptic—but Esoterica’s website indicates it’s a richly-visual performance experience based to some degree on Dante’s Divine Comedy, where heaven and hell intermingle. “A portal to The Inferno will be opened,” the Facebook event declares. Well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

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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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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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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.

THURSDAY

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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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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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Our Favorite Faux Drive-In Theater Is Relaunching With a Horror Film Series

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

reRun Theater at reBar in Dumbo (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

After an eight-month intermission, reRun Theater reopens tomorrow night.

Located inside reBar gastropub, reRun debuted in July 2009 as Dumbo’s take on a drive-in (more duck fat popcorn, less exhaust fumes). The audience watches a 12-foot screen from 47 minivan seats from a Staten Island junkyard. Open to a 21-and-over crowd, reRun sells draft beer, wine, liquor, and cinema-themed cocktails. Drinks start at $5, and each person’s first drink is half-price.
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