JUNE ON TRACK
Gary Winter’s darkly humorous At Said continues at PS122 thru Jun. 4. Tim Farrell directs. Wed.-Sat., 8:30pm; added performance, Sun., June 4 @ 8:30pm. $15. 150 First Ave., Manhattan. 212.352.3101. www.ps122.org, www.13p.org.
The Epic Theater Center continues with No Child, Nilaja Sun’s provocative insider’s view of the New York Public Education System. Hal Brooks directs. Performance times vary; see website for details. $40/$10. At the Beckett thru Jun. 4. 410 W. 42nd St., Manhattan. Tix: 212.279.4200. www.epictheatrectr.org.
Sister, playwright Mario Fratti’s familial mènage a trios of a precocious teenaged boy, his mom and his thirtysomething sister, continues at La MaMa thru Jun 4. Director Pamela Billing sets the action in Milan in the early 60s. Thu.-Sat.,8pm; Sun., 2:30 & 8pm. $18. 74A E. 4th St., Manhattan. 212.475.7710. www.lamama.org.
HERE Arts Center continues with Clever Hans, Freefall’s riff on Grimm’s fairy tale of “a simpleton who never applies common sense to his actions, acquires knowledge, or takes responsibility for his disastrous mistakes.” Who does that sound like??? Thru Jun. 4. Wed.-Sun., 8:30pm; added performance, Sat., June 3 @ 4pm. $20. 145 Sixth Ave., Manhattan. Tix: 212.868.4444. www.here.org.
Studio Dante continues with Dark Yellow, Julia Jordan’s noirish tale of sexual intrigue and cornfield murder thru Jun. 17. Nick Sandow directs. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $35. 257 W. 29th St., Manhattan. Tix: 212.868.4444. www.studiodante.com.
New Georges continues with Dead City, Sheila Callaghan’s radical riff on James Joyce’s Ulysses at the spanking new and very alive 3-Legged Dog thru Jun. 24. Daniella Topol directs. Performance schedule varies, including several “pay-what-you-will” perfs sprinkled about; check Smarttix for specific dates and times. $19. 80 Greenwich St., Manhattan. Tix: 212.868..4444 or www.smarttix.com; www.newgeorges.org, www.3leggeddog.org.
The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre continues with the return engagement of its site-specific WWII fantasy, The Bass Saxophone, thru Jun. 25. Based upon a story by Josef Skvorecky, Saxophone blows the tale of young jazz lovers risking their lives to play swing music, deemed verboten by the occupying Nazis. Presented by GOH Productions. Sat., 2 & 7pm; Sun., 2&5pm. $18/$11/$10. Grand Army Plaza Memorial Arch, Brooklyn! Tix: 212.868.4444. www.czechmarionettes.org.
Jun. 2: Galapagos hosts Richard Caliban’s Teatro Slovak as the finale to its Spring “Evolve Theater Space” every Friday night in June. Utilizing dance, video, live bands, live DJs, live circus artists and both the G-Spot’s front and back rooms, Slovak celebrates the “chaos of possibility” in coming to America. Also the 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. 8pm. $12/$10. Galapagos Art Space. 70 N. 6th St., Williamsburg. Tix: 212.868.4444. www.galapagosartspace.com.
Jun. 3: 13P opens Kate E. Ryan’s Mark Smith (P#5) at Walkerspace. Directed by 13P fave Ken Rus Schmoll, Ryan’s tale of an ë80s American rock star who has slipped into obscurity takes you behind the music to meet the people who knew him: his high school music teacher. His dead father. His hair stylist. Don’t miss the secret basement jam session! Thru Jun. 24. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $15. 46 Walker St., Manhattan. Tix: 212.868.4444. www.13p.org.
Jun. 4: Clubbed Thumb’s 11th annual festival of new works, “Summerworks 2006” kicks off with new works by playwrights Anne Washburn (I Have Loved Strangers), Erin Courtney (Alice the Magnet), & Rachel Hoeffel (Quail) plus “Take 5,” a festival curtain-raiser of original, 5-minute mini-plays culled from the tumult of the last five years. Thru Jun. 24. 8pm. $18/$15. Ohio Theatre. 66 Wooster St., Manhattan. Tix: 212.352.3101 or www.theatermania.com. Play schedules vary; check www.clubbedthumb.org or call 212.802.8007 for full schedule.
Jun. 7: HERE Arts Center opens Anita Liberty’s How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life. Anita’s back. And she’s bitter than ever as she relates the harrowing journey that has brought her dangerously close to a healthy relationship. Can Anita maintain that sharp, pissed-off artistic edge, or will she succumb to the horrors of happiness? Thru Jun. 25. Wed.-Sun., 7pm. $20. 145 Sixth Ave., Manhattan. Tix: 212.868.4444. www.here.org.
Jun. 8: Nosedive Productions opens James Comtois’ latest play, The Adventures of Nervous Boy (A Penny Dreadful), in which a nervous boy wanders a nightmarishly rotten Big Apple, encountering its myriad loathsome denizens, including “demons from the underworld” and “pretentious academics.” Director Pete Boisvert steers the action through promises of graphic violence and “strong sexual situations.” One can hope. Thru Jun. 24. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $15. The Gene Frankel Underground (formerly Juvie Hall), 24 Bond St., Manhattan. www.nosediveproductions.com.
Jun. 15: The Working Theater opens a First Stage Presentation of BOX AMERICANA: A Wal-Mart Retail Fantasia, by Rail theater co-editor Jason Grote, in which the second coming of Sam Walton and “his own personal chorus of Chinese workers” sing the praises of consumer Utopia amidst a rising swamp of inequity and empty rhetoric. Connie Grappo directs. Thru Jun. 25. Wed.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 7pm. Only $14.98! (Matinee on Sat., Jun. 17 is pay-what-you-can). The Bank Street Theater, 155 Bank Street, Manhattan. Tix: 212.868.4444 or www.smarttix.com.
The Production Company opens “The Australia Project,” a bakers-dozen of new plays exploring the relationship between Australia and the United States. Featured are bitchen playwrights Beau Willimon, Brett Neveu, Betty Shamieh, Brett C. Leonard, Stephen Belber, Frank Basloe, Kathryn Walat, Trista Baldwin, Kate Moira Ryan, Elizabeth Meriwether, Michael John Garces, Ken Urban, and (pause to inhale), Courtney Baron. Thru Jul. 2. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. $18. The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St., Manhattan. Tix: 866.811.4111 or www.theatermania.com The performance schedule is much too complex for this modest little space, so check out specifics on what’s running when at www.productioncompany.org.
Jun. 22: Axis Theatre opens Mark Palmieri’s Levittown, which revisits that wellspring of post-WWII affordable housing a half-century later as a beleaguered family is forced to confront a concealed history and battered truths within the thin walls of America’s prototypical planned community. Randy Sharp directs. Thru Jul. 16. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 6pm. NOTE: There will be no performance on Jun. 25. $18/$13. The Axis Theater, 1 Sheridan Square, Manhattan. Tix: 212.352.3101. www.axiscompany.org.
Etc.: Richard Fulco curates a monthly reading series of new plays at Night and Day. This month includes new work by playwrights Barbara Cassidy, Amie Hartman and Barbara Wiechmann. 230 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn. 6:30pm, Jun. 19. Playwrights interested in participating in future readings should e-mail a monologue, short play or 20 minute excerpt to: email@example.com … ABC No Rio is planning a one-night gallery show and silent art auction Jun. 23 to help raise money for the legal defense fund of political/environmental activist Daniel McGowan, who was arrested last December and charged with multiple arson-related felonies. For more information on this event and McGowan’s case, visit www.visualresistance.org.