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December Preview Picks
A chronological monthly
tip sheet
to what's previewing--and opening--in New York.

By Philippa Wehle

"Wurst" [take it and eat it!] [I mean...take it and keep it] by Radiohole, an emerging theater company [Eric Dyer, Erin Douglass, Scott Halvorsen Gillette and Maggie Hoffman] that's worth the trip across the bridge to Williamsburg, where it's happening these days. November 28 to Dec 21, Wed through Saturdays at 9 pm, at the Collapsible Hole, 146 Metropolitan Ave, at Berry St. For more information call [718] 388-2251.

"Star Messengers," a new musical-theater work by The Talking Band, about two scientists - Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler - who changed our view of the universe. Opens at La MaMa November 30 and plays through December 16. An inspirational work for those who wonder what else they can do in our current state of crisis other than carry on with their work. For further information call La MaMa ETC. [212] 475-7710.

It's not too late to catch Richard Maxwell's latest, "Drummer Wanted," starring Pete Simpson and Ellen Lecompte as a Mother/Son duo exploring the tentative relationship of a "grown up" son who lives at home with his Mother and is hoping to get big bucks from his insurance for a leg injury he has just sustained. P.S. 122, 150 First Avenue at 9th Street. Call 477-5829.

"A Mammal's Notebook: The Erik Satie Cabaret" -- Margaret Leng Tan with rod puppet and life-sized puppet of Erik Satie. Photo by Orlando Marra.

"Peter Pan," Irondale's intriguing new piece which appropriately for our time gives a dark slant to J.M. Barrie's 1904 play,"the terrible masterpiece that all of us think we know, but do we?" Opens November 27 and plays through December 22 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave between 9th and 10th Sts. Call [718] 488-9233.

Rinde Eckert is back, thank goodness, with his "And God Created Great Whales," a wonderful show about a composer who, with the help of his muse [perfectly embodied by Nora Cole] tries to compose a great opera about Moby Dick while gradually losing his mind.Through January 13 at 45 Bleeker Theater, 45 Bleeker St. Call [212] 307-4100.

Great Small Works and Pianist Margaret Leng Tan dramatize the life and work of Eric Satie with "A Mammal's Notebook: The Erik Satie Cabaret," directed by John Bell, at La MaMa E.T.C. [Annex theater] December 20 to 30. Don't miss this amazing marionette company that uses a combination of dance, shadow theater, mask performance, film, Bunraku puppetry and vaudeville performance forms to capture Satie's whimsical, surreal world. Call La MaMa [212] 475-7710.

Good news. "Metamorphoses," written and directed by Mary Zimmerman, has been extended until December 30. Based on the myths of Ovid, this visually stunning production which takes place in a swimming pool, takes a modern look at the power of love. Second Stage Theatre, 307 W. 43rd St at 8th Avenue. Call 212 246-4422 or 800-766-6048.

"Return," a new project by J. Mandle Performance, explores time and choice through the tale of a lost airforce navigator who is stranded in the present. This site-specific company will perform indoors for the first time. Presented from December 5 to 22, by GAle GAtes et al, 37 Main St @ Water St. in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Call. [718] 522-4597.


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