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Boocock’s House of Baseball
by Paul Boocock
The Flea Theater

Dismayed over today’s government for the few at the expense of many, Paul Boocock turns to baseball for guidance through contemporary American politics. The final frontier of democracy, baseball’s rules apply equally to all participants. House of Baseball tells the redemptive stories of Derek Jeter, Pete Rose, Jason Giambi, and Darryl Strawberry, not to mention the family-swapping Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich. In a performance style that melds stand-up, movement-based physical comedy and monologues, it offers an optimistic alternative to the moral corruption crowding today’s headlines.

Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy
by Alana McNair and Kate Wilkinson
East 13th Street Theatre

Directed by Timothy Haskell and starring 80s teen star Corey Feldman, this production is a deconstruction of the famous Michael Douglas-Glenn Close movie. It liberally and loosely satirizes the well-known thriller in which a big-time corporate lawyer has a one-night stand with a no-nonsense businesswoman while his wife is away — and all hell breaks loose. Like Greek tragedy, the production adopts a chorus that comments on the action by using Greek texts as well as turn-of-the-century home etiquette books. Told with a kinetic beat, it features the requisite boiled bunny dream/dance sequence and lots of Kung-Pow action.

The Bigger Man
by Sam Marks
Center Stage Theater

Len, a former thief and all-around screw-up, has serious doubts about the upcoming wedding of his ex-girlfriend. The night before the ceremony, while sharing a hotel room with his drug addict buddy, Len is certain that something is not quite right about the entire event. He may not be the best man, but can he be the “bigger man”? Pitting urban nihilism against suburban optimism, this off-kilter love story is played out in soggy hotel rooms, with paranoid wedding guests, an aggressively friendly host, and uncertain danger lurking at every turn.

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Pelican Theater

Rick Cummins and John Scoullar adapt this new version of the famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It tells the tale of a world-weary, disenchanted aviator whose plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal “little man” who teaches him about what really matters in life. The show features an international ensemble, with Sunday matinees offering
American Sign Language interpretation.

Screen Play
by A.R. Gurney
The Flea Theater

Set just before the election of 2015, Screen Play envisions a future ruled by a conservative religious majority. The economy is sagging, wars are raging and culture is in decay. Many Americans have begun to flee to Canada and Mexico as the government struggles to stop pandemic reverse immigration. With a plot borrowed liberally from a classic 1942 American film, Screen Play is a tale of politics, history, the city of Buffalo, and a love ruined by the Bush-Gore election of 2000.


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