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The 9/11 anniversary in theater

Eleven theater events commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

By Adam Feldman

Barriers HERE, 145 Sixth Ave between Dominick and Spring Sts (212-352-3101, Subway: C, E, 6 to Spring St. Tue--Sat 7pm; Sun 2, 7pm. $18. Through Sept 18. In Rehana Lew Mirza's 2002 multicultural drama, revived to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a Chinese-Pakistani woman's engagement to a white man opens up wounds related to her brother's death at the World Trade Center.

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A Blue Sky Like No Other Baruch Performing Arts Center, 151 E 25th St between Lexington and Third Aves (646-312-5073, Subway: N, R, 6 to 23rd St. Thu 7pm; Fri 8pm; Sat 3pm; Sun 7pm. $25. Through Sept 25. Former Wall Streeter Steve Fetter shares a first-hand account of his 9/11 experiences in a solo multimedia monologue, directed by Abigail Zealey Bess and featuring music by Laura Warshauer. Profits from the performances will benefit the families of firefighters who died in the attack.

FREE The Dust The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 E 10th St at Second Ave (212-674-0910, Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl. Sept 12 at 8pm. Fiona Templeton, artistic director of the Relationship, presents a staged version of "The Dust," Michael Gottleib's 2003 poem about 9/11 to mark the tragedy's tenth anniversary.

Knock Knock. Who's There? 9/11. 9/11 Who? You Said You'd Never Forget! Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-414-5994, Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave. $20--$40. Sept 11 at 8pm. Julie Atlas Muz headlines this alternative 9/11-memorial variety-show extravaganza, featuring such performers as Amanda Lepore, Reverend Billy, Murray Hill, Justin V. Bond, the World Famous *BOB* and the National Theater of the United States of America. (The irreverence isn't heartless: Proceeds from the night go to the Uniformed Firefighters of New York's Widows' and Children's Fund.)

Make Love Laurie Beechman Theatre (at the West Bank Caf), 407 W 42nd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-352-3101, Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St--Port Authority. Sat 7:30pm. $22 plus $15 minimum. Through Sept 17. Performance artist Karen Finley, perhaps forever known as the Chocolate-Smeared Woman of the 1990 NEA Four imbroglio, marks the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 with a revival of her 2003 show, in which she draws connections between New York City and professional survivor Liza Minnelli.

FREE More or Less I Am Various locations; check website ( Thu, Fri at 7pm; Sat at 2, 8pm; Sun at 3pm. Through Sept 11. Karin Coonrod masterminds this roving 9/11-memorial production, which involves the string ensemble Brooklyn Rider accompanying a cast reciting Walt Whitman's supercharged "Song of Myself." Since each show is in a different New York location, check for details.

New York Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W 26th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-760-9800, Subway: C, E to 23rd St. Thu, Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2, 8pm; Sun at 2pm. $18. Through Sept 11. Joshua Koehn directThe Group Theatre Too revives David Rimmer's 2002 drama about life in NYC in the immdiate aftermath of 9/11. Rimmer himself directs; a portion of the proceeds go toward the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

The 9/11 Performance Project Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College), 899 Tenth Ave between 58th and 59th Sts (212-279-4200, Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th St--Columbus Circle. Fri 7:30pm; Sat noon, 4, 8pm; Sun 1:30, 5pm. $20. Through Sept 11. John Jay College presents a weekend of plays and panel discussions devoted to marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11, with an emphasis on progressive critical thinking. Center stage are Jeton Neziraj's Demolition of the Eiffel Tower, Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders and Karen Malpede's Another Life.

Orange Alert Algonquin Seaport Theater, South Street Seaport's Pier 17 Pavilion between Beekman and John Sts ( Wed--Sun 7pm. $18. Through Sept 18. Robert Funaro (The Sopranos) stars in the premiere of Stephen Girasuolo's drama about the present state of Ground Zero. Leslie Silva directs.

Sweet and Sad Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St (212-967-7555, Subway: N, R to 8th St--NYU; 6 to Astor Pl. Tue--Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2, 7:30pm; Sun 2, 7pm. $15. Through Sept 25. The cast of writer-director Richard Nelson's up-to-the-minute 2010 political play, That Hopey Changey Thing—Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, J. Smith-Cameron, Jon DeVries and Shuler Hensley—reunites for an ultra-topical sequel, playing a politically divided family on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Ten Years Later Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W 42nd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-279-4200, Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St--Port Authority. $20. Sept 12 at 8pm. Co-Op Theatre East teams up with Project Girl Performance Collective to create a memorial collage about growing up in the long shadows of the 9/11 attacks, written and performed by a cast of 14 that ranges in age from nine to 23.


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