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You only have to check the price tags at the John Varvatos boutique where CBGB’s once was to know that things aren’t what they used to be in the East Village. To explore the area’s rich history and gentrified present, the Obie-winning Metropolitan Playhouse presents its fourth annual East Side Stories, four different nights of new plays and solo shows set in the once bohemian-friendly neighborhood. Plays include Delicacy, about a young woman’s fantastical dream of life on the L.E.S., by the Voice’s former “Shelter” columnist Toni Schlesinger, and They Come and Come, an immigrant story set in the 1920s, by John J. Kelly. The festival, which also includes an art show, wraps on May 5 with a panel discussion about the neighborhood’s changing identity.
April 15-May 5, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 1 & 4 p.m. Starts: April 15. Continues through May 5, 2013