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Five one-man shows to catch this week.

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Leguizamo is ghetto, Sheen spears you with a Violent Torpedo of Truth, and Birbiglia's girlfriend is dating other people.   

Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
Barrow Street Theatre; thru 5/15; 27 Barrow St., at Seventh Ave. South, 212-243-6262
Shamble comedian and This American Life mainstay Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me) comes across as less a man, more a throw pillow made out of Linus’s security blanket. That might encourage you to relax into this throw pillow, but don't get too comfy: Birbiglia — pudgy, poker-faced, nearly impregnable — is a stealth bomber.

John Leguizamo: Ghetto Klown
Lyceum Theatre; thru 7/10; 149 W. 45th St., nr. Seventh Ave.
He’s still a 4,000-watt bulb of energy, but your capacity to enjoy the show depends entirely on your affection for both the vintage Leguizamo (the dance breaks, the bittersweet family impressions) and this newer, older version—a man who savors his shortcomings and disappointments like a fine cigar.

Charlie Sheen
Radio City Music Hall; 4/8 and 4/10 at 8 p.m.; 1260 Sixth Ave., nr. 50th St., 212-247-4777
Is he still "Winning?" Early accounts of his "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option" tour have indicated otherwise, but there's still time for him to get his act together, so to speak. Also, $1 from every ticket will be donated to the Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund, so your curiosity will help a cause.

Tom Shillue: Supernormal
Performance Space 122 ; thru 4/9.; 150 First Ave., at 9th St., 212-352-3101
In his ECNY-winning one-man show, the former Daily Show correspondent weaves relatable and hilarious yarns drawn from his Catholic upbringing in suburban Massachusetts and his current life in New York.

Chris Cornell
The Town Hall; 4/12 and 4/13 at 8 p.m.; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., 212-840-2824
The Soundgarden (and ex-Audioslave) lead is one of a handful of distinct voices that defined a grunge generation. Here, his range is presented bare when he plays two solo acoustic shows of songs spanning his career. Also, it may be the last time he flies solo: The tour breaks up recording sessions of the reunited Soundgarden, who are working on their first studio album since 1996’s Down on the Upside.


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