'DAISY MAYME' George Kelly's 1926 comedy, about a brash businesswoman who monkeys with the domestic affairs of a house where she's an unexpected guest, arrived just after his three big Broadway classics (The Torch-Bearers, The Show Off, and Craig's Wife) and has languished, mostly unperformed, in their shadow. All the more reason to check out the Pearl's revival, directed by Russell Treyz, with a cast headed by Pearl company members Rachel Botchan, Robin Leslie Brown (in the title role), and Joanne Camp. You've certainly never seen the play before, and—depending on how well it holds up at the Pearl—you may or may not get a chance to see it again. So think of Harriet Craig and get going. IN PREVIEWS, OPENS SUNDAY, Pearl Theatre, 80 St. Marks Place, 212-598-9802. (Feingold)

'THE NEW YORKERS' Can a Park Avenue debutante marry a bootlegger? Cole Porter wrote one of his greatest scores in 1930 while trying to solve this pressing dramatic problem. A hymn to the high and low dives of our party-loving Baghdad on the subway (as they used to call NYC), the show initially caused scandal by displaying hookers who sang "Love for Sale" on Central Park South; the producers answered complaints by changing the vocalists' race and moving the scene to Harlem. Heaven knows what the Musicals Tonight! concert staging will do to Herbert Fields's droll script, but if you happen to like New York, you'll get plenty of musical pleasure. THROUGH APRIL 20, 14th Street YMHA, Mainstage, 334 East 14th Street, 212-206-1515. (Feingold)

'THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE' Greek tragedy meets contemporary terrorism in Deborah Brevoort's stylized drama, mapping the bitter bond shared by the families of those who died over Lockerbie on Pan Am Flight 103 and the local Scotswomen on whose heads and homes the wreckage showered. Written some years ago, Brevoort's work arrives here with its relevance greatly increased. Wilson Milam's production features a cast headed by Judith Ivey and Larry Pine. THROUGH MAY 11, St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street, 212-279-4200. (Feingold)

Reunited and it feels so good: Byrne and Leichter perform Thursday and Friday at symphony space (see dance).
photo: B. McCormick
Reunited and it feels so good: Byrne and Leichter perform Thursday and Friday at symphony space (see dance).


PAUL ELIE In the wake of Joyce's pervasive portrait of the artist, to be a believing Catholic artist appears a timid and self-limiting proposition, yet in The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage, Elie makes a convincing case that religious traditionalism can both inform and embolden the artistic process. Interweaving biography and literary criticism, he chronicles the progress of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day, homo viator Walker Percy, poet-monk-spiritual philosopher Thomas Merton, and Southern Gothic master Flannery O'Connor as they negotiate their callings to art and faith. THURSDAY AT 7:30, Barnes & Noble, 4 Astor Place, 212-420-1322. (Reidy)

'KEROUAC'S HAIKUS' "The bottoms of my shoes/ are wet/from walking in the rain." Though famous for free-flowing, manic storytelling, Kerouac also came to embrace the strict formula of this centuries-old Japanese genre. The result: hundreds of three-line meditations on quotidian American life, moonlight, and raindrops. Music producer and Beat friend Hal Willner gathers a flock of performers to celebrate the publication of Kerouac's Book of Haikus. WEDNESDAY AT 8, the Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, Second Avenue and 10th Street, 212-674-0910. (Meyer)

'THE PEOPLE'S POETRY GATHERING' Highlights of this raucous three-day celebration include "Poe in the Graveyard" at midnight, a Beowulf performance, drinking ballads and erotic poetry at an all-night Bowery Poetry Club party, and a folk concert with Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Aside from plenty of poetry and music, expect films, slams, and panel discussions. Slated poets include Galway Kinnell, Martin Espada, Anne Waldman, Charles Bernstein, C.K. Williams, and Grace Paley. FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, VARIOUS VENUES, 212-529-1955, (Winterton)

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