Arabian Nights, Vegas style

The Middle East is a big topic in theater these days—but taking an unusually lighthearted approach in yet another desert-set play is Laboratory Theater, whose new piece, Sherri Zahad and Her Arabian Knights, turns Sir Richard Francis Burton’s translation of the Arabian Nights into a Vegas lounge act. In the play, as Sherri Zahad and her fictitious performance troupe rehearse a ballet based on Burton’s text, crazy things happen—not unlike reality, in which the Brooklyn-based theater company (helmed by Yvan Greenberg) subverts the classic work by throwing in elements of stand-up, improv, cross-dressing, and dance, all to the tune of (what else?) Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35 . . . In other words, crazy things happen. At 7, Wednesdays and Sundays through April 30, the Tank @ Collective Unconscious, 279 Church Street, 212-868-4444,, $12 SHARYN JACKSON



Train your inner porn star

Samantha Jones just never stops. With the Sex and the City movie coming soon, we’ll no doubt get another round of her athletic escapades, which, without fail, end in earth-shattering climaxes. Preposterous? Maybe not: The folks at Babeland say that experiencing multiple organisms is a totally achievable goal and all about your sexual strength. They recommend Eastern tantric practices to help you Become Multi-Orgasmic through the intensive, disciplined development of your sexual energy. So bring your man (yes, it’s open to women and men) and learn to hit that O-ring dead-on. At 8, Babeland, 43 Mercer Street, 212-966-2120, $30 ARACELI CRUZ



A theater favorite returns with a starry lineup

Want to know what’s really on a woman’s mind? Lynn Redgrave, Ally Sheedy, and Anna Deveare Smith are just some of the big names who’ll let you in on a few secrets at the 12th annual Women Center Stage festival, a provocative multidisciplinary series of performances and conversations focused on women’s rights and social change. Tonight, don’t miss Seven, a new collaborative work based on the true stories of seven women, each from a different country, created by seven award-winning playwrights, including Smith and Catherine Filloux. Other highlights include stand-up by alt-comedy diva Julie Goldman (April 16-18, 26); a conversation and dramatic reading with death-row exoneree Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs, joined by actresses Redgrave and Sheedy, who played her in the Culture Project’s hit show The Exonerated (April 21); and a performance of Warriors Don’t Cry, about the Little Rock Nine, by 2006 Pulitzer finalist Eisa Davis (April 25). Check for full schedule, venue information, and prices ANGELA ASHMAN