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Concluding Aug. 3
Handbook for an American Revolutionary (Off-Broadway at The Gym at Judson). The world premiere of Handbook for an American Revolutionary, written and performed by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, is directed by Tony Speciale. Inspired by Erlbach's travels around the United States, Handbook, according to producers Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks, "is a raw, incendiary, and darkly comic play giving voice to a panorama of ordinary citizens in extraordinary circumstances whose battles are reshaping 21st-century America. As he blazes through a powerful spectrum of diverse Americans, Erlbach gives voice to the voiceless from coal power to white power, K Street to Bourbon St, and the prophets and profits of today's America. The twelve dynamic characters in Erlbach's play are the face of America's turbulent present and a hand to its hopeful future — the 99%." Visit HandbookNYC.com.
Concluding Aug. 4
The Explorers Club (Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage I). Jennifer Westfeldt, John McMartin and Lorenzo Pisoni star in the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin's The Explorers Club. Here's how it's billed: "London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president (Pisoni) wants to admit a woman (Westfeldt), and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship." Visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
Colin Quinn Unconstitutional (Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre). Colin Quinn Unconstitutional, a new comedy written by and starring Colin Quinn, addresses 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in 70 minutes and is directed by Rebecca A. Trent. "On May 25th, 1787, fifty-five delegates in wigs and tights sat down to create a country from scratch," press notes state. "In 2013, Colin Quinn offers his unique comedic perspective on our national character. From predator drones to the Kardashians, he pulls no punches in asking if this is what the founding fathers planned." Visit ColinQuinnUnconstitutional.org.