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[THEATER]

BARGAIN SHOPPER

Free speech has a price

Actress Okwui Okpokwasili in Democracy in America
Yi Zhao
Actress Okwui Okpokwasili in Democracy in America

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Peddling one's wares on the Web isn't such an odd idea, but how about selling the elements of a play? Taking dot-com business savvy to the next level, Annie Dorsen (who directed the current Broadway hit Passing Strange) started a website in November 2007, BuyDemocracy.com, where everything involved in a theatrical production—costumes, lighting cues, dances, songs, and even commercials and product placements—were available for purchase. One shopper bought the decision as to which actor would utter the first words of the show (Anthony Torn). Another bought one minute in which the production is lit by nothing more than the glow of the audience's cell phones. When the store closed this February, the revenue was plowed into Democracy in America, the sum total of all those Web purchases, which begins previews tonight. At 7, through April 20, P.S. 122, 150 First Avenue, 212-352-3101, ps122.org, $20 SHARYN JACKSON

[SPORTS]

EAST MEETS WEST

It's the Sharks vs. the Jets for our lame millenium

If you're a Manhattanite, you've most likely talked smack about the folks who live on the opposite side of your 'hood (that is, beyond Fifth Avenue). Well, put your money and your Nikes where your mouth is and take part in The Battle for Manhattan, a sports competition between the East Side and the West Side. Each person will be assigned to an eight- to 10-member team (divided by gender and age) and can choose to play basketball, volleyball, soccer, or run a 5K race. Not only will you get a free T-shirt, but you'll also be invited to parties with drink specials and the opening and closing ceremonies, and have the chance to raise some hard cash for Urban Dove, a nonprofit that supports local public education. (Make sure and sign up by the 28th!) Through April 15, check for full schedule, battleformanhattan.com, $30/sport EUDIE PAK

[THEATER]

AN INDIVIDUAL HIGH

Audience members become part of the show

The Honolulu-based production company Cruel Theatre goes interactive with Street Limbo Blues, a play about our manifest failure in the "war on drugs." Prepare to speak up, and bring your walking shoes. The performance starts at the aptly named Café Pick Me Up, where each audience member receives a costume and name card and then is paired with a single actor. The two of you take an hour-long journey through Tompkins Square Park and neighboring bars, where you experience the world of the addicted; the way in which you interact (or don't interact) determines the direction of the show. It's a short, strange trip worth taking. At 7, Café Pick Me Up, 145 Avenue A, 212-352-3101, nytheatre.com, $40 EUDIE PAK

 
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