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Michael Aronov's Manigma Runs Off-Bway Dec. 22-Jan. 28

Manigma, a show by Michael Aronov that is billed as "six dynamic lives journey through smiles and pain in hopes of change," will be presented at the 78th Street Theatre Lab (236 W. 78th St.) from December 22nd through January 28th, 2006.

Created by Michael Aronov, Manigma will feature direction by David Travis, original music by David Majzlin and Aronov and lighting design by Tyler Micoleau.

"Manigma is a character study of the everyman, a study that confirms that no one is solely one thing. Through a visceral exploration of the six characters in the play, we come to realize that we might just be all of these things, be it the saucy cabaret performer searching for art success and celebration; the Russian immigrant hungry for a companion but stuck in his ways; the introverted penny collector who misses his mom; the thug from the streets who demands a revolt; the vulnerable southerner hunting for courage; or the uninhibited wild man that yearns for us to abandon and live. These six rare lives try to change the world and sometimes themselves," according to press notes.

Born in Uzbekistan, Aronov's New York theatre credits include Miss Julie (The Cherry Lane); Playing with Fire (The Actor's Studio), That Tuesday (The Actor's Studio), The New York premiere of The Late Henry Moss (The Signature Theatre); The Bacchae 2.1 (The Flea Theatre); King Lear (Chekhov Theatre Ensemble, OOBR Award), The Phonenician Women (Ohio Theatre) and many more. On television, he has been seen on "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Spin City," "The Beat," "Threat Matrix," and "All My Children." His film work includes two Sundance festival favorites: Hedwig & The Angry Inch, and the upcoming lbs. Aronov has been honored nationally with a Level 1 – Award for Acting by the NFAA in association with the ARTS; The Greer Garson Award for Acting in Dallas, TX; and in culmination of his work he was the 2004 recipient of The Individual Grant Award by the Belle Foundation, "exhibiting exceptional talent and potential for achievement in the arts".

The show's performance schedule is Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm.

For tickets, call 212-868-4444 or visit

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