Originally created 10/13/03

Lip-synching diva brings her unique talent to off-Broadway

NEW YORK -- Lypsinka, that diva of prerecorded sound, brings her unique talent to off-Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre in her latest spectacular, "Lypsinka! As I Lay Lip-Synching."

The show, which has won applause in various off-off-Broadway venues, begins preview performances Oct. 24 with an opening set for Nov. 5.

Lypsinka, who bills herself as the Official Celebrity of the New Millennium, is the creation of John Epperson. Her costume designs, a very important part of the act, are by Bryant Hoven.

For more information, visit the Web site, www.lypsinka.com For tickets, call Ticketmaster, 212-307-4100.

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Off-Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of selected shows as of Oct. 6. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets - including by calling the box office, Telecharge or Ticketmaster - appear at the end.

-"A Stoop on Orchard Street." An educational musical about the immigrant experience. Mazur. 866-468-7619.

-"Beckett/Albee." Brian Murray and Marian Seldes star in a series of one-acts by Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee. Century Center. Telecharge.

-"Blue Man Group." They paint each other. They paint the audience. They unroll toilet paper. Foreign tourists love this long-running new vaudeville show. Astor Place. Ticketmaster.

-"Cafe A Go Go." An unfortunate musical celebration of the 1960s. Cafe A Go Go. Theatermania 212-352-3101. Advertising "Final Weeks."

-"De La Guarda." A partylike performance piece that has the actors bungee-jumping into the audience. Be prepared to stand throughout the 80-minute show - and wear old clothes. Water is part of the production. Daryl Roth. Telecharge.

-"Fame." David De Silva's musical version of the movie that was set in the legendary High School for the Performing Arts. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 11. Little Shubert. Telecharge.

-"Forbidden Broadway." The 20th-anniversary version of off-Broadway's most devilishly clever and comic musical revue. Douglas Fairbanks. Telecharge.

-"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." The mildest of musical revues about relationships between men and women. Westside Theatre Upstairs. Telecharge.

-"Iron." A woman wants to reconnect with her mother for the first time in 15 years. A play by Rona Munro. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 21. Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II. City Tix 212-581-1212.

- "Living Out." A meaty, thoughtful comedy by Lisa Loomer about a Los Angeles power couple and their new nanny, an illegal Salvadoran. Second Stage. 212-246-4422 or 800-766-6048.

-"Menopause. The Musical." Women and their change of life - in song. Playhouse 91. Telecharge.

-"Naked Boys Singing!" Male actors take their clothes off and sing. There's more to see than there is to hear. Actors Playhouse. Telecharge.

-"Omnium Gatherum." A surreal dark comedy set during a dinner party after Sept. 11. Written by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros. Variety Arts. Telecharge.

-"Rounding Third." Richard Dresser's play about two Little League baseball coaches who approach the game very differently. John Houseman. Telecharge.

-"Stomp." A noisy yet effective celebration of percussion in this long-running new vaudeville revue. Orpheum. Ticketmaster.

-"Strictly Academic." Two one-act plays - "The Problem" and "The Guest Lecturer" - by A.R. Gurney. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 21. Primary Stages. 212-333-4052. Closes Nov. 30.

-"The Colleen Bawn. Dion Boucicault's romantic melodrama about two beautiful Irish colleens. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 19. Irish Repertory Theatre. 212-727-2737. Closes Nov. 30.

-"The Donkey Show." "Saturday Night Fever" meets William Shakespeare. A lively disco version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Wear your dancing shoes. Club El Flamingo. Ticketmaster.

-"The Exonerated." A look at capital punishment and those wrongly accused. Featuring a rotating series of star actors. 45 Bleecker Theater. Ticketmaster.

-"The Harlequin Studies." The first production in a season celebrating master clown Bill Irwin who presents his take on the famous rogue of commedia dell'arte. Signature. 212-244-7529. Closes Nov. 9.

-"The Night Heron." Two best friends take in a mysterious lodger. A play by Jez Butterworth. Atlantic Theater Company. Telecharge.

-"The Nuclear Family." A musical hilariously improvised from audience suggestions. Belt. Telecharge.

-"The Thing About Men." An uninspired new musical about a philandering advertising executive who learns his wife has been cheating on him - and now wants her back. Promenade. Telecharge.

-"Touch." A couple touched by violence. A play by Toni Press-Coffman. Women's Project. Telecharge.

-"Trumbo." A theater piece about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. A rotating series of guest stars play the role of Trumbo. Brian Dennehy is Trumbo Oct. 14-Nov. 9. Telecharge.

The Telecharge number is 212-239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $6 service charge per ticket, plus a $2.50 handling fee per order.

Ticketmaster is 212-307-4100. There is a $6 service charge per ticket, plus a $3 handling fee per order.

Both Telecharge and Ticketmaster will provide information on specific seat locations. They also have toll-free numbers for theater ticket calls outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call 800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 800-755-4000.

The TKTS booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street sells same-day discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music and dance productions. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. Cash or travelers checks only. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday evening performances, 3 p.m.-8 p.m.; matinees Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The downtown TKTS booth is in the South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Matinee tickets must be purchased at South Street Seaport the day before, meaning Wednesday matinee tickets are available Tuesday, Saturday matinee tickets are available Friday and Sunday matinee tickets are available Saturday.

In addition, full-price tickets and information on Broadway and off-Broadway shows are available at the Broadway Ticket Center, located on the east side of Broadway between 46th Street and 47th Street. There is a $4.50 service charge per ticket.

For 24-hour information on theater, dance and music performances in New York's five boroughs, call the Theater Development Fund's New York City-On Stage, 212-768-1818.


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