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Celebrating Good Roles for Older Women

Celebrating Good Roles for Older Women

Although it's better than movies or television, the theater still could use a push in providing more roles that allow actresses over 40 to work on and further develop their craft. And the No Frills Company wants to do the nudging.
Throughout the fall, the company, run by Caryl Young and Sue Brady, will present a series of Monday-night readings at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. No Frills will showcase plays with good parts for women who are no longer 23.
First up is Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls," featuring a cast that includes Patricia Elliott, Pamela Payton-Wright, Pippa Pearthree, Lola Pashalinski and Sue Brady. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.
George Furth's "Twigs," starring Anne Pitoniak, Cynthia Darlow, Sarah Baker, Sue Brady, John FitzGibbon, Matte Osian, Joel Leffert and Kenneth Boys, is next. Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.
Then "Vita and Virginia" will be performed. Kathleen Chalfant will portray Virginia Woolf and Patricia Elliott will be Vita Sackville-West in this two-character play by Eileen Atkins. Nov. 27 and Dec. 11.
The three sets of readings will be directed by Pamela Berlin.
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Off-Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of selected shows as of Oct. 2. 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.
_"Altar Boyz." An exuberant, good-natured musical spoof about a Christian boy band. New World Stages. Telecharge.
_"Birth and After Birth." Beware of baby. Tina Howe's comedy about the joys and terrors of parenthood. Atlantic Theater Company. Telecharge.
_"Blue Door." Playwright Tanya Barfield examines a middle-class black man, a mathematics professor, confronting the ghosts of his ancestors and his own racial identity. Playwrights Horizons. TicketCentral. 212-279-4200.
_"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.
_"Drumstruck." An evening of drumming from South Africa. And the audience gets to participate. New World Stages. Telecharge.
_"El Conquistador!" A Colombian peasant, portrayed by Thaddeus Phillips, finds a job as a doorman in a fancy, high-rise apartment building in Bogota. Performed in Spanish with English surtitles. New York Theatre Workshop. Telecharge.
_"Esoterica." Magician and mentalist Eric Walton in an evening of what he calls "an exploration of ... the human psyche." DR2. Telecharge.
_"Evil Dead." A musical based on Sam Raimi's '80s cult horror film. Now in previews. Opens Nov. 1. New World Stages. Telecharge.
_"Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit." The latest edition of the long-running off- Broadway revue that pokes fun at Broadway shows and their stars. 47th Street. Telecharge.
_"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." The mildest of musical revues about relationships between men and women. Westside Theatre Upstairs. Telecharge.
_"Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." A revival of the revue featuring the music of the legendary Belgian troubadour and songwriter. Zipper. Telecharge.
_"Jewtopia." A gentile wants to marry a nice Jewish girl. A comedy by Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson. Westside Downstairs. Telecharge.
_"My Name is Rachel Corrie." A solo show based on the e-mails, letters and journals of a 23-year-old American student killed in Gaza in 2003. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 15. Minetta Lane. Ticketmaster.
_"Naked Boys Singing." A musical revue. The title says it all. Plays Fridays and Saturday. New World Stages. Telecharge.
_"Nixon's Nixon." A revival of Russell Lees' comedy about Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger. An MCC Theater presentation at the Lucille Lortel. Telecharge. Closes Oct. 28.
_"No Child..." Nilaja Sun looks at the teachers, students, administrators and others in the public school system in New York. Barrow Street. Telecharge.
_"Seven Guitars." A group of friends gather after the funeral of a blues guitarist. A revival of the August Wilson play set in 1948 Pittsburgh. Signature Theatre Company. 212-244-PLAY. Closes Oct. 15.
_"Shout!" A '60s musical celebration _ using songs from the period _ and which looks at five young women growing up in that turbulent era. Julia Miles. Telecharge.
_"Slava's Snowshow." The Russian clown from Cirque du Soleil brings his latest entertainment to New York. Union Square. Ticketmaster.
_"Southern Comforts." Penny Fuller and Larry Keith star in Kathleen Clark's play about a widow and widower who met later in life. Judith Ivey directs. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 18. Primary Stages. TicketCentral. 212-279-4200.
_"Stomp." A noisy yet effective celebration of percussion in this long-running new vaudeville revue. Orpheum. Ticketmaster.
_"subUrbia." An updated revival of Eric Bogosian's play about a group of young people who hang out in the parking lot of a convenience store. Second Stage. 212-246-4422. Closes Oct. 29.
_"The Clean House." Who's afraid of a little dirt? Apparently the maid in Sarah Ruhl's comedy that stars Blair Brown, Jill Clayburgh, and, as that dust-adverse domestic, Vanessa Aspillaga. A Lincoln Center Theater production. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 30. Mitzi E. Newhouse. Telecharge.
_"The Fantasticks." The little musical about young love that ran and ran and ran off-Broadway is back. Snapple Theater Center. Ticketmaster.
"The Hairy Ape." A revival of Eugene O'Neill's 1922 drama about a ship laborer's search for his place in the world. Irish Rep. 212-727-2737.
_"The Pain and the Itch." A satirical drama by Bruce Norris about an affluent family's traumatic Thanksgiving. Playwrights Horizons. TicketCentral. 212-279-4200. Closes Oct. 15.
_"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Cynthia Nixon stars as a teacher in a girls' school in 1930s Scotland. A revival of the play by Jay Presson Allen. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 9. New Group on Theatre Row. TicketCentral. 212-279-4200.
_"25 Questions for a Jewish Mother." Judy Gold's journey to find out what goes into making a Jewish mother. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 12. St. Luke's. Telecharge.
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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 is currently in a temporary location just outside the New York Marriott Marquis hotel on West 46th St., between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. It 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 Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 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.