Fearlessly jumping on the election-madness bandwagon, singer composer Michael Garin is offering a Wait-Out-the-Recount Special: $10 seats to his 70-minute revue of theatre songs and pop standards for anyone who says "Gore" when purchasing tickets.
Garin's new revue, Auto-Trains, Fire Ants and Lesbians plays at The Flatiron Playhouse, 119 W. 23rd Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) in Manhattan. The offer is good for shows 8 PM Nov. 17 and 8 & 10 PM Nov. 18. For these tickets, call (212) 279-4200 or visit www.michaelgarin.com. You can also ask at the box office. Performances continue to Dec. 4. Tickets are normally $30.
Jeremy Dobrish, artistic director of the adobe theatre company, is the director for this limited-run special engagement. Set design is by Steve Capone, with lighting design by Michael Gottlieb and sound design by Chris Todd. Bill Miller and Stanley Steinberg are producing.
In the evening, Garin sings international hits from as far away as Argentina and Egypt (featuring an Arabic sing-a-long), odes to fire ants and lesbians, his entire score from the adobe theatre's The Handless Maiden, and recalls his first gig as Bar Car pianist on the Auto-Train. Garin is the co-creator and starred in the Off-Broadway hit, Song of Singapore, winning both the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards. He often appears at The Monkey Bar (2000 Bistro Award Winner for Best Singer/Instrumentalist) and is resident composer for the award-winning adobe theatre company, creating music and lyrics for their productions of Poona the Fuck Dog and Other Plays for Children, Duet!, The Handless Maiden and others.
This year, he composed the music for The Drama Dept. production of The Torch Bearers and hosted "The Miss Teen Connecticut USA 2000 Beauty Pageant." With the adobe theatre he received a Jonathan Larson Foundation grant to write music and lyrics for their production of A Fish Story. His CD, "The Song of the Alpha Male," is in stores.
Performances for Auto-Trains, Fire Ants and Lesbians are 8 PM Wednesday-Friday and 8 & 10 PM Saturday.
— By Kenneth Jones