Ever wonder what life after a wildly successful pirate-puppet-rock-opera holds in store? The creators of the cult show Jollyship the Whiz-Bang are making the most of it. Tonight, Jollyship's playwright-actor Nick Jones, and director Sam Gold and composer Raja Azar have equally whimsical works mounted on opposite ends of town. First, catch Straight Up Vampire: The History of Vampires in Colonial Pennsylvania as Performed to the Music of Paula Abdul, in which Jones stars as the "heinous" wheelwright's son, whom the sweet Quaker girl, Paula Abdul Blackwood, is being forced to marry—though she truly loves a young bloodsucker (the ever-glam Corn Mo stars as none other than Benjamin Franklin). Then, enjoy the musical stylings of Azar under the direction of Gold in Outré Island, in which Christopher Rozzi stars as seven reps from a fictional island's tourism bureau who travel to New York in a giant floating gerbil. 'Straight Up Vampire' at 7, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212-967-7555, joespub.com, $15; 'Outré Island' at 8, Thursdays through March 11, Ars Nova, 511 West 54th Street, 212-489-9800, arsnovanyc.com, $15
Thu., Feb. 11, 7 & 8 p.m., 2010
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