Originally created 05/03/04

The Living Theatre gets a new home and a documentary film



NEW YORK -- The Living Theatre, the legendary troupe founded by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, is getting a new home off-Broadway.

The new, 200-seat theater is located at 428 W. 49th St., and is expected to open sometime this summer. Besides theater, the space will be used for dance, poetry readings, film screenings and more.

In the meantime, Beck, who died in 1985, and Malina, are the subject of a new documentary film, "Resist!" Among other things, the movie looks at the company's dedication to activism and nonviolent resistance.

The New York premiere of "Resist!" will take place at the Tribeca Film Festival with screenings May 2, May 5 and May 6. For more information, visit the Web site www.tribecafilmfesitval.org

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Off-Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of selected shows as of April 26. 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. Telecharge.

-"Between Us." The world premiere of Joe Hortua's play about best friends and the choices they make in life. Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I. CityTix 212-581-1212.

-"Big Bill." The life of tennis great Bill Tilden. A tepid biographical drama by A.R. Gurney. A Lincoln Center Theater production at the Mitzi Newhouse. Telecharge. Closes May 16.

-"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.

-"bridge & tunnel." Sarah Jones' astonishing one-woman show about today's immigrant experience. 45 Bleecker. 212-253-9983. Ticketmaster.

-"Bug." Shannon Cochran and Michael Shannon star in Tracy Letts' outrageously entertaining play about a drug-addled woman who hooks up with a paranoid stranger. Barrow Street. Telecharge.

-"Cookin'." Four Korean chefs prepare a banquet under deadline pressure. A lot of slicing and dicing. Minetta Lane. Ticketmaster.

-"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.

-"Ears on a Beatle." The FBI keeps track of John Lennon. A play by Mark St. Germain. DR2. Telecharge.

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

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

-"From Door to Door." James Sherman's play about overmothering and nervous parenting. A familiar tale well-told. Westside. Telecharge.

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

-"Intimate Apparel." An entrancing Viola Davis stars in Lynn Nottage's heartfelt play about a lonely black seamstress who meets a man by mail. A Roundabout Theatre Company production at the Laura Pels Theatre. 212-719-1300. Closes June 6.

-"Magic Hands Freddy." Arje Shaw's play about two brothers and the price of loyalty. Michael Rispoli and Ralph Macchio star. Soho Playhouse. Telecharge.

-"Marijuana-Logues." The rites and rituals of pot. Written and performed by Arj Barker, Doug Benson and Tony Camin. Actors' Playhouse. Telecharge.

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

-"Mr. Fox: A Rumination." Bill Irwin celebrates the 19th-century American clown George L. Fox. Signature Theatre Company. 212-244-7529. Closes May 16.

-"Mrs. Farnsworth." John Lithgow and Sigourney Weaver star in a witty and urbane new comedy by A.R. Gurney about contemporary politics. Flea. 212-352-3101. Closes May 8. Difficult.

-"Roar." A Palestinian-American family living in Detroit after the first Gulf War. A play by Betty Shamieh. The New Group at the Clurman/Theatre Row. Telecharge. Closes May 8.

-"Sarah, Sarah." Daniel Goldfarb's play about two generations of the same family confronting the past and the present. Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II. CityTix 212-581-1212.

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

-"The Joys of Sex." A musical kaleidoscope of sex. Now in previews. Opens May 12. Variety Arts. Telecharge.

-"The Moonlight Room." Tristine Skyler's play set in a New York hospital's emergency room. Beckett. Telecharge.

-"The Normal Heart." A revival of Larry Kramer's landmark AIDS drama. A Worth Street Theater Company Production. Public. Telecharge.

-"The Stendhal Syndrome." Richard Thomas and Maria Tucci star in two one-act plays by Terrence McNally about artistic intoxication. Isabella Rossellini returns April 28-May 12, replacing Tucci. Ticket Central. 212-279-4200. Closes May 12.

-"The Tricky Part." Actor Martin Moran's own story - dealing with Catholicism, sexuality and trust. McGinn-Cazale. Telecharge.

-"Well." Lisa Kron explores the dynamics of health, family and community. A wonderful, affecting play with dynamite performances by Kron and Jayne Houdyshell as her mother. Public. Telecharge. Closes May 16.

-"Where Do We Live." Two young men grappling with their lives in present-day New York. Now in previews. Opens May 9. Vineyard. 212-353-0303.

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.

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.