"Leaving Brooklyn"

The show must go on … and on and on … and on!

Three plays come to Queens this week, and another one hits the borough the following week.

Top-billing goes to “Leaving Brooklyn,” which makes its New York premiere with an 11-show run at Queens Theatre from Friday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 21.

Written by local son (and Jamaica High School graduate) Jeff Mandels, this comedic drama takes place in — no surprise given the title — Brooklyn in 1955. Baseball is king as the Dodgers are still the hometown favorites, but they have to beat the dreaded Yankees to win a first-ever World Series title.

The main characters belong to a blue-collar family that is battling to make it in a difficult world. The father, a former minor league player who now works odd construction jobs, desperately wants his sons to go to college. The mother wants to hold the family together.

Baseball helps the family bond, but one son has been invited to a Dodgers training camp, while the other has a physical ailment. There’s sibling rivalry, father-son conflict, and a visit from a doting aunt with a romantic issue.

It’s actually kind of a homecoming as “Leaving Brooklyn” was part of Queens Theatre’s New American Voices Reading Series, an annual play-development initiative, in 2016.

Tickets are $20, but $18 for seniors. The schedule is as follows: Oct. 5, 8 p.m.; Oct. 6, 2 and 8 p.m.; Oct. 7, 3 p.m.; Oct. 12, 8 p.m.; Oct. 13, 2 p.m.; Oct. 14, 2 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

In the “back by popular demand” department, “Eight Tales of Pedro” returns for 11 shows at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City from Thursday, Oct. 4, to Sunday, Oct. 14.

The play premiered at the same theater during the 2018 UNfringed Festival in August and won first prize. Presented by Woodside residents Mark-Eugene-García and Rodrigo Bolaños, the plot is inspired by the Spanish folk stories about Pedro Urdemales, the consummate trickster, and the Puerto Rican fables of Juan Bobo, who can fool others as easily as others can fool him.

Two sets of storytellers — one in 17th-century Mexico; the other on a modern-day road trip — spin their yarns as they cross a country. Their lives and stories intertwine into the same conclusion.

Tickets are $18 in advance, but $20 at the door. Showtimes are Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 7, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 13, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 14, 3 and 7:30 p.m.

In another sign that the borough’s theater scene is growing, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will host “Bright is the Ring of Words” as part of the New York International Fringe Festival from Wednesday, Oct. 3, to Sunday, Oct. 6.

Shown as part of the subdivision FringeNYC, this melodrama follows Jack Austin who aspires to be the world’s greatest composer. As the plot unfolds, it becomes clear that his dreams are so strong that they are ruining his relationships.

Tickets are $22. Showtimes are 7 p.m. each day.

Encore! FringeNYC will continue in Queens with “The Public and Private Deaths of Carol O’Grady” at Secret Theatre from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. every night.

In this solo piece, the title character is found brutally murdered in her home on Christmas Eve. The ensuing investigation reveals the harsh realities of those around her.

It made its world premiere at the Stony Brook University New Works Festival in May. This is its New York City premiere.

Admission is $15.


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