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'EDGE' Everybody loves self-destruction, preferably in others. And nobody self-destructs more effectively than poets, especially when young. Which may explain why Paul Alexander's written and directed a solo show about poet Sylvia Plath, set on the last day of her life, and why Angelica Torn's playing the lead role. It's a strictly limited run, so you'd better see it now, Daddy, you bastard, or it'll be through before you know it. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 20, DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Street, 212-239-6200. (Feingold)

'MATT & BEN' A guy flick with a chick cast? A celebrity-spoofing comedy hour? A do-it-yourself deconstruction of cinema stardom? Whatever it is, this new comedy written and performed by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers got liked sufficiently at last year's "Fringe Fest" that it's been reborn, newly dressed up by Obie-winning director David Warren. If the male bonding of stars named Matt and Ben afflecks you in some way or other, this may be just what your good will's been hunting for. OPENS MONDAY, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6, P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, 212-477-5288. (Feingold)

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Hello muddah, hello faddah: David Letterle and Joanna Chilcoat in Todd Graff's performance-driven Camp (see film).
photo: Dennis Yeandle
Hello muddah, hello faddah: David Letterle and Joanna Chilcoat in Todd Graff's performance-driven Camp (see film).

DAVE EGGERS+SARAH VOWELL+SEAN WILSEY The stuffed shirts at The New Republic liken our generation of writers to a kindergarten corrupted by DeLillo and Pynchon, with McSweeney's at the head of the class. The godfather of the Ritalin-dependent (who hide behind a deluge of irony but are no less heartfelt), Dave Eggers' reads from his novel You Shall Know Our Velocity!, just released in paperback with over 50 pages of new material, along with social commentator Sarah Vowell, author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot, and Sean Wilsey, a McSweeney's editor at work on a memoir about his string of reform schools. SATURDAY AT 7, Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, 212-358-7501. (Kim)

ALEX KERSHAW Kershaw's new biography, Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa, captures the war photographer nonpareil, whose electric, elegant, dangerous work was regarding the pain of others. Trivia: Capa's real name was Andre Friedmann. Tip: Do not confuse him with Frank Capra. TUESDAY AT 7:30, Barnes and Noble, 4 Astor Place, 212-420-1322. (De Krap)

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