A POLITICAL COMEDY In “The Mayor Who Would be Sondheim,” a singing mayor who idolizes Broadway lyricists fights to get elected in a city plagued by crime, corruption and a sanitation strike. Pictured above are Scott Giguere, left, Stu Richel and Mitch Poulos. Sat., Aug. 13 at 6:15pm; Sun., Aug. 14 at 3:45pm; Sun., Aug. 21 at 2:30pm; Wed., Aug. 24 at 8:00pm; and Sun., Aug. 28 at Noon. Mazer Theatre, 197 E. Broadway, bet. Clinton and Jefferson Sts. $15. 212-279-4488 or www.fringenyc.org. Photo courtesy of Dixie Sheridan 2005.

alphabet city…iii, the third in a series of a popular festival of monologues based on interviews with neighborhood residents, METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, 220 E. Fourth St., Aug. 17-29, call for specific times and tickets, $5-$19, 212-995-5302.

the american living room festival, 16th annual arts festival supporting the developement of new, multidisciplinary works & artists in a setting that strives to make theater as much a part of everyday life as watching TV, this year there are 30 projects, a full schedule can be found on here.org or by calling, HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 Sixth Ave., through Aug. 21, $10-$15, 212-868-4444.

the dirty talk, what happen when two melancholy strangers try to turn fantasy into reality? This hilarious comedy about desparation, pain and loneliness is written and driected by members of LAByrinth Theater Company and is part of the New York International Fringe Festival, THE FLEA THEATER, 41 White St., Aug. 24, 5:15 p.m., Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Aug. 26, 4 p.m., Aug. 27, 7:15 p.m., Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m., $15, 212-279-4488.

fatal attraction: a greek tragedy, a new comedy that lovingly, liberally and loosely parodies the well known thriller film from 1987. A big-time corporate lawyer has a one-night stand with a no-nonsense business woman while his wife is away, all hell breaks loose when the corporate hag forgets her place, THE EAST 13TH STREET THEATER, 136 E. 13th St., Tue.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sat., 10:30 p.m., Sun., 6 p.m., through Aug. 27, $40-$49.50, 212-279-4200.