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Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
A mythic treatment of the Off-Off-Broadway miracle that happened on a small but wonderful piece of the Lower East Side. Its stories are real but its characters are made up. Sparkling with songs and incidental music by Peter Dizozza, the play centers on how -- outsmarting evictions, garbage haulers' shakedowns, hooligans, floods and developers -- a woman named Lily steers Theater for the New Synzgy through a sea of perils, buttressed by five ghosts: Molly Picon, Pieter Stuyvesant, Caroline Astor, Walt Whitman and her personal ghost, Jake the Peddler. Thurs.-Sat., 8; Sun., 3. Call or visit website for variations in playing schedule.