FRI.AUG.22: All Stripped Down
Lauren Molina (“Marry Me a Little,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Rock of Ages”) and Nick Cearley (“All Shook Up”) became YouTube sensations when they burst on the nightlife scene as the Skivvies, an undie-rock, comedy-pop duo. They don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments. 54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. Aug. 22, 11 p.m. The cover is $30-$40 at 54below.com, and there’s a $25 food & drink minimum.
THROUGH THU.SEP.4: Nixon & A Midwestern Vampire
“Midwestern Gothic” is a solo show by Adin Lenahan that explores the mechanisms and fantasies parentless children create about their pasts in order to have a healthy present. Nixon is a young man who aged out of foster care and got engaged to a man living in the Adirondacks. But before the wedding he must break a promise to a vampire and this means reconciling with the Midwest. Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., near 10th St. Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Aug. 19, 9 p.m.; Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m.; Aug. 22, 9 p.m.; Aug. 24, 2 p.m.; Sep. 4, 9 p.m. Tickets are at $12 at dreamupfestival.org.
THROUGH AUG.31: Excessive Force
Playwright and director Van Dirk Fisher’s “Code of Silence” is inspired by a 1997 incident in which a Bronx teenager was killed by a police officer after being placed in an illegal chokehold because his football bounced off of the officer’s patrol car. This Riant Theatre Company production is presented as part of the Strawberry Theater One-Act Festival. Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St. Aug. 21-23, 8 p.m.; Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m.; Aug. 30 4 & 8 p.m.; Aug. 31, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25-$50 at therianttheatre.com.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.21 Getting the Audience Involved
After a sold-out benefit run for Broadway Cares in February, producers of “Pageant — The Musical” (reviewed by Christopher Byrne in the new issue) bring the show back in a limited Off-Broadway engagement. “Pageant” features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara, with swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions. The prospective queens include Nick Cearley, from “The Skivvies,” Frankie J. Grande, from “Mamma Mia,” and Alex Ringler, from “West Side Story.” Each night a different winner is crowned by the audience, who get to vote for the winner. The Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Mondays, 7:30 & 10 p.m., through Sep. 21. Tickets are $49.50-$79.50 at telecharge.com.
SAT.AUG.23: Kathy Najimy and Her Aunt Maddie
Kathy Najimy’s “Lift Up Your Skirt” is a semi-autobiographical collection of stories from her upside down life. Najimy with be joined by her alter ego, Aunt Maddie, a character made famous in her “Kathy and Mo Show,” who presents a new tale about marriage equality. The Ice Palace, Cherry Grove. Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55 at dworld.us.
BEGINNING SAT.AUG.23: The Champagne of Bottled Camp
Dan Derby and Michael Rheault’s “Fabulous! The Queen of New Musicals” is a “Some Like It Hot”-style tale of two down-on-their-luck female impersonators — Josh Kenney and Nick Morrett — on a cruise ship trying to keep their cool and all the while creating confusions worthy of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography by Mary Lauren, “Fabulous!” was an Off-Off Broadway hit last season and now opens at Write Act Repertory Theatre, Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd St. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Mon., 7:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 23. Tickets are $34 prior to Sep. 8 opening, then $45 at brownpapertickets.com.
THROUGH SUN.SEP.28: New Acquisitions
In “Permanency,” the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art presents an exhibit of recently acquired works from the past 60 years including pieces by James Bidgood, Dyke Action Machine (DAM), Robert F. Figueroa, Nan Goldin, Red Grooms, Peter Hujar, Harmony Hammond, Robert Indiana, Deborah Kass, George Platt Lynes, and Annie Sprinkle. 26 Wooster St., btwn. Grand & Canal Sts. Tue.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. (8 p.m. on Thu.) through Sep. 28. Information at leslielohman.org.
SUN.AUG.24: Try It Again, With Your Braces On
SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky music directs and presents “Not Since High School,” showcasing Broadway performers singing classic roles they played as teens while wearing braces and/ or breaking out. Performers include Sierra Boggess, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Christine Ebersole, James Monroe Iglehart, LaChanze, Jose Llana, Julia Murney, Anthony Rapp, Emily Skinner, and Keala Settle. 42West, 512 W. 42nd St. Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$100 at tinyurl.com/obv7xan. Proceeds benefit MS 245, an Upper West Side public middle school that focuses on computer studies.
MON.AUG.25: August Writers
Author and critic Daniel Mendelsohn (“Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture”) appears in conversation with Adrian Goldsworthy, author of the new biography “Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor.” The two will discuss Goldsworthy’s book as well as “Augustus,” a 1972 National Book Award-winning novel by John Williams, who also wrote “Stoner” (1965). Williams’ “Augustus” has now been released in a New York Review Books edition with an introduction by Mendelsohn. McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., btwn. Lafayette & Mulberry Sts. Aug. 25, 7 p.m.
WED.AUG.27: When You Realize the Chase Is On
“Chasing Heroes” is a new play by Shane Cherry that focuses on a budding but difficult relationship between two young gay men who are starting out in life. Chris Rivera directs a cast that features William Thomason, Brian Esposito, Mark Jonathan, Monique Sanchez, Austin Boykin, Corey Crysler, Ali Wetzel, and Elsbeth Denman. Manhattan Rep, 303 W. 42nd St., sixth fl. Aug. 27-29, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at door; reservations at MRTreserve@gmail.com.
FRI.AUG.29: Sondheim Amidst the Pines
The Fire Island Pines Arts Project presents Stephen Sondheim James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,” with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales — “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Cinderella,” among others. Whyte Hall Community Center. Aug. 29-31, 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 at fipap.org.
SAT.AUG.30: Toni Basil In Conversation
Toni Basil, multi-award winning director, choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, and singer shares the insane stories of her life, living room-style, over drinks, with funny, inspirational tales about sex, the entertainment industry, living, and her drug of choice — dancing. Songwriter of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-honored ‘80s hit “Mickey,” Basil worked with stars from Bette Midler to David Bowie and even swung acting gigs in the iconic 1969 and ’70 films “Easy Rider” and “Five Easy Pieces.” The Ice Palace, Cherry Grove, Fire Island, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Basil also appears at the Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-45 at dworld.us or highlineballroom.com.
SAT.AUG.30: Quarter Century on a Larger than Life Beat
Jackie Beat, the self-professed bastard child of “Weird” Al Yankovic and buxom Bette Midler, celebrates 25 years in showbiz with her trademark sick ‘n’ twisted song parodies, video flashbacks, and lots of special surprises. And the beat goes on. Laurie Beechman Theater, inside West Bank Café, 407 W. 42nd St. Aug. 30-31, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 at spincyclenyc.com.
SUN.AUG.31: Back to School Nude
Daniel Nardicio and Owen Hawk present a clothing-optional Back to School Party. They promise six sexy naked dancers — and there are tons of freshmen to meet. 250 W. 40th St. Aug. 31, 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Tickets are $25 at dworld.us, $30 at the door.