As we try to get over the possible snub of NYC by Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of Edward Scissorhands, at least we can console ourselves with the usual mind-bending assortment of theater that’s definitely here now.

2006_04_arts_cavemanrobot.jpgLast week we took note of Starmites, a comic book-inspired musical that was showing briefly at CAP 21, and wondered whether it could be a new trend. This week, to prove we’re not crazy (at least not because of this) we point to The Adventures of Caveman Robot, a musical that is the result of a “joint effort of a veritable battalion of actors, visual artists, videographers, animators and musicians” to bring the characters created by Jason Robert Bell, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Britton Walters to life. Go see Loser Pete save Cavey from Monumenta’s dazzling array of bad guys – it looks like a great opportunity for some satisfying sensory overload.
Brick Theater // 575 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn // Starts Sat., through May 13, Thurs.-Sat. 8pm // Call 718-907-3457 for reservations

Going a bit darker and more serious, David Marshall Grant’s Pen just opened at Playwrights Horizons. The official synopsis doesn’t give much away, so, suckers for such coyness that we are, we’re intrigued. What we can tell you is that it revolves around a young man who’s physically confined to a wheelchair and emotionally confined by his mother, who is having a hard time letting him grow up and move on -- she is making him attend a nearby college. Of course something must snap, and that’s what happens when her ex-husband tries to help the kid get out. Directed by the innovative Will Frears, it looks like a show with a pleasing sharpness of both eye and tongue.
Peter Jay Sharp Theater // 416 W. 42nd St. // Through Apr. 16, Tues.-Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 7pm, Sat.-Sun. 2pm // Tickets via Ticket Central

2006_04_arts_macrune.jpgJohn Spurling’s Macrune’s Guevara premiered in England in 1969, and the Young Mirror company is bringing a revised version of it here for the first time. The play is about a Scottish artist who papers his walls with images of Che Guevara; after the artist, Macrune, dies, the art critic Edward Hotel arrives and starts going off about Che’s life, Macrune’s life, and his own life and philosophy. Kind of puzzled? We still are too. But the Young Mirror is the training company for the excellent Mirror Repertory, so we’ll have faith in Anthony Nelson’s direction and expect some impressive acting fireworks.
Theatre at St. Clement’s // 423 W. 46th St. // Through May 10, Wed.-Sat. 8pm, Sat. 2pm, Sun. 3pm // Tickets via Smarttix

Frank Pugliese’s Aven’U Boys won an Obie Award when it ran off-Broadway in 1993. Anthony Frisina’s new production of it has a very abbreviated run, but that’s unlikely to affect the visceral impact of the play, which follows what happens, both internally to the characters and externally in the harsh world they inhabit, after three Italian-American boys from Bensonhurst brutally murder a black boy for no apparent reason. Behind the play’s revival is Frisina’s concern about the nonchalant intolerance and misdirection he sees in urban kids, and he’s putting his money where his heart is, donating all proceeds to the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club.
Producers Club // 358 W. 44th St. // Through Apr. 11, Mon. & Tues. 4pm, Mon. also 8pm,Wed. & Fri. 7pm, Thurs. 2pm // Tickets via Theatermania

Our pick of the week benefits a good cause, too, though we were initially drawn to it simply because we just liked the looks of it: Sean Reycraft’s One Good Marriage, which won acclaim in its original run in Canada and at last year’s Dublin Fringe. It’s about a couple that has been married for a year, and on their anniversary they are forced to confront the tragedy that changed the course of their lives forever while they were away on their honeymoon (just a coincidence, Jen!). Justin Conley and Siobhan Power are reprising their roles as Stewart and Steph; director Diana Belshaw expertly draws out both the suspense and the subtle humor. And the cause? $1 from all full-price tickets goes to Habitat for Humanity. Does that give you a clue about what happens? Should it? Well, don’t think too hard – just go see it.
Manhattan Repertory Theatre // 303 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl. // Through Apr. 23, Tues.-Sun. 8pm, Sat. & Sun. 2pm // Tickets via Theatermania