‘Lungs,’ ‘Shinbone Alley’ at TAP

Lungs, written by Duncan Macmillan and directed by Robert Boles, continues at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) until July 21. The show contains strong language and frank discussions of sex. It is performed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. A special showing is scheduled for July 17 at 7:30 pm. An audience talkback with the cast and director is held after the performance on July 15.

TAP’s new show Shinbone Alley opens July 26 and runs until Sept. 2. Shinbone Alley is written by Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, with music by George Kleinsinger, lyrics by Joe Darion, and directed by James Valcq.

Shinbone Alley was one of the most daring musicals of the 1950s. In a deserted office, a cockroach dives headfirst onto the keys of a typewriter, pouring out the ruminations of his soul. It’s Archy, poet, philosopher, moralist and hapless friend of Mehitabel, the alley cat. This bizarre, highly original musical takes us into the streets of the big city as Archy tries hopelessly to bring the “toujours gai” Mehitabel off the back fence and into a respectable home as a housecat.

Shinbone Alley will be performed Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. General admission is $28 and $12 for students. A special pay-what-you-can preview will be held July 25 at 7:30 pm. For more information and to buy tickets visit

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