THE WEEK AHEAD, May 26-June 1: Old Jews Off-Broadway, Amelia on Governors Island, U.K. Frankenstein in U.S.

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26 May 2012

Shirleyann Kaladjian as <i>Amelia</i> on historic Governors Island.
Shirleyann Kaladjian as Amelia on historic Governors Island.

Playbill.com's weekly planner reminds you that the stars pay homage to the men and women in uniform this Memorial Day… you can take Love Never Dies home with you… the great puppet parade hits Brooklyn… and the loveable Jews are Telling Jokes Off-Broadway. Kick off this WEEK AHEAD with a memorable (theatre-filled!) three-day weekend.

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Saturday, May 26
GO (FREE)→ The Civil War-set drama Amelia, about a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to join the Union army and search for her missing husband, will play a three-week engagement free to the public. The two-person play by Alex Webb (featuring Webb in multiple roles and Shirleyann Kaladjian as Amelia) uses an ancient military space on the scenic Governors Island as its setting — an apt location as the Island held Confederate soldiers in its Castle Williams prison during the Civil War. (Through June 17, Powder Magazine at Fort Jay on Governors Island off the south tip of Manhattan, email info@ameliatheplay.com for reservations, info.)

LAST CHANCE→ Frank Strausser's new comedy Psycho Therapy follows a former model on her quest for betterment via couples counseling. But it wouldn't be a play if something didn't get complicated. You see, her rich ex-boyfriend fills in while her fiancé goes MIA on their session, only for the fiancé to come back, and now they're at couples counseling…for three! In the middle of this bizarre love triangle is the harried therapist (played by Jan Leslie Harding), who is dealing with issues of her own (namely a dramatic teenage daughter). (Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., west of 7th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Sunday, May 27
WATCH→ Tony winner Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise return to our nation's capital to host the annual "National Memorial Day Concert" live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Joining the two award-winning actors to honor the brave men and women who have served our country, is Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Ellen Burstyn, Dennis Franz and tenor Russell Watson singing with the National Symphony Orchestra. (8PM, PBS, check local listings.)



GO→ If you’re a theatre treasure hunter, stop by Kate Shindle's "Broadway Cleans House," a tag sale of memorabilia and other theatre goodies including sheet music, opening night gifts, Tony dresses, costumes and, oddly enough, "at least one George Foreman Grill." Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of NYC. (10 AM-6 PM, Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave., at 35th St., studio 1204, for more info contact renee0131@aol.com.)

Adam Pascal
photo by Chris Cassidy

Monday, May 28
GO→ Playbill's own Seth Rudetsky and Tony nominee Adam Pascal will join YouTube sensation Miranda Sings (the creation of former theatre student Colleen Ballinger) for one of her raucous shows at Birdland. (7 PM Birdland, 315 W. 44th St., btwn. 8th & 9th Aves., info.)

Tuesday, May 29
WATCH→ Love Never Dies is released on DVD and Blu-ray. The at-home version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's colossal Coney Island-set sequel to Phantom of the Opera was filmed live in Australia last September. It stars Ben Lewis as The Phantom and Anna O'Byrne as Christine. (Info.)

Wednesday, May 30
GO→ Three-time Tony-nominated composer David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown) brings his brand of pop-folk music to Joe's Pub. Yazbek will perform with his band and promises songs off his 2008 album "Evil Monkey Man." (7:30 PM, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., $25-$30, info/tickets.)

Thursday, May 31
OPENING→ Labapalooza!, a mini festival dedicated to the wickedly wild world of puppetry, returns to Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse for its 14th year. The fest promises different plays featuring the best in avant-garde puppetry, including Event Erasers, a Hitchcock-inspired horror show; Pardon My Tale (A Punk Rock Fable), which follows three drag queens seeking revenge for the death of their friends; and The Peculiar Extremities of Perseus, a Pinocchio-derived tale about prosthetics and aging. (Through June 3, St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water St., Brooklyn, info/tickets.)

GO→ The new Off-Broadway show Old Jews Telling Jokes is perhaps a misnomer — seeing as there are two 20-somethings in the cast. But never you mind, the jokes are still pretty hilarious (delivered in that loveable "old guy" way by stars Todd Susman and Lenny Wolpe). The play will leave you hungry for a knish and time with your dad (if he's the kind of jokey "have-you-heard-the-one-about…?" old-timey Jew that my dad is!). (Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Friday, June 1
WATCH→ The broadcast version of Richard Bean's hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors, starring 2012 Tony Award nominee James Corden, continues screenings in movie theatres across the country. Guvnors is the latest show to receive the National Theatre Live treatment. On June 1, Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein, based on the famous Mary Shelley novel starring joint Olivier Award winners Benedict Cumberbatch (of TV's hot new "Sherlock" series) and Johnny Lee Miller, begins screening stateside as a part of the series. (Click here for screenings near you.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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