If you’re already over Under the Radar (though we still thrill to it), you might curl up to a competing festival, such as P.S.122’s COIL, which opened January 5. Many of this year’s shows question the divide between performance and reality, between the living and the dead. In Rabbi Rabino, a questionably kosher show from Argentinian director Vivi Tellas, two rabbis offer their autobiographies. In Kim Noble Will Die, a performer attempts to ensure his legacy prior to his demise. In Stories Left to Tell, an acclaimed ensemble resurrects Spalding Gray’s monologues and unpublished works. And in Hello Hi There, director Annie Dorsen dispenses with pesky human actors entirely and creates a performance in which two cute computers, dubbed “chatbots,” converse with one another. Through January 15, P.S.122, 150 First Avenue, 212-352-3101, ps122.org, $15-$30.
Tue., Jan. 11, 2011