Theater in the City: MILFs, Brits, and Ukes! 

with Raven Snook

As my regular readers know, I usually try to come up with some kind of loose theme for my columns, you know, to justify my hefty paycheck. But how the hell am I supposed to tie together British imports, monologues about geniuses, ukuleles and comic MILFs? (That’s “mothers I’d love to fuck” for those of you who missed American Pie and don’t troll the internet for porn). So I decided to forgo cleverness (haven’t I already?) and just tell you exactly what to spend your time and money on.

Monologist Mike Daisey makes storytelling sexy (and that ain’t easy). The author/performer of the off-Broadway hit 21 Dog Years, which chronicled his misadventures as an employee, Daisey takes autobiographical anecdotes to insane levels of hilarity. With his new series, Great Men of Genius (Galapagos Art Space, 70 N 6th St., Fridays in May) he branches out into the lives of other people — famous ones, no less. On successive Fridays, Daisey will chat as only he can about German playwright Bertolt Brecht, circus starter P.T. Barnum, the electrifying Nikola Tesla, and Tom Cruise’s idol, L. Ron Hubbard. Maybe he’ll be able to explain this whole silent birthing thing.

Whether or not he does, I’m sure the gals in Chicks and Giggles: Got MILF? (Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction, 34 Ave A, May 9) will have their own humorous take on TomKat’s delivery day as well as more personal parenting issues. Hosted by my outrageously gorgeous fellow mom, Carolyn Castiglia, this special Mother’s Day edition of the long-running comedy series stars a fertile bunch of hot mamas, including BUST magazine’s Ayun Halliday, Funniest Mom in America semi-finalist Marti Quinones-McCarthy, and Mamapalooza organizer (and BETTY band member) Alyson Palmer, who’s so good looking I guarantee you’ll get an instant crush on her. I know I did.

Although New York is home to all kinds of music festivals, the Big Apple has been lacking in ukulele action... until now. The First Annual New York Uke Fest (Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave, April 27-30) showcases 30 ukulele acts from across the country. Watch ‘em strum, attend a workshop or open mic, and maybe even win a free ukulele! And I’ve been wasting my money on the lottery.

And a quick plug for Brits Off Broadway (59E59 Theaters, May 2-July 2), the third annual festival of new British theater, which showcases some of the best stage work from across the pond. An insider tells me that The Race (May 16-June 4) and Nothing (June 7-July 2) are the ones to watch.


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