New York International Fringe Festival: Zombie

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Posts, Theater

Joyce Carol Oates’ writing often delves into the primal, emotional part of the human brain, but in her novella Zombie, she touches on the psychotic.  In Bill Connington’s adaptation of the book, also titled Zombie—and now playing as part of the New York International Fringe Festival—he brings a new sense to the idea behind a [&hellip
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New York International Fringe Festival: Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell

Written by Linnea Covington on . Posted in Posts, Theater

As soon as my friend described David Stallings’ play, Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell, as “The L Word meets Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the image stuck.  Take out all the men from Gilligan’s Island, add the aforementioned lesbians to the mix, and you have a dramatic comedy about love, waiting, death and being trapped [&hellip
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A Hair Short: The Public Theater’s hippie hop is a long walk down memory lane

Written by David Blum on . Posted in Posts, Theater




The producers of the Public Theater’s loving revival of Hair in Central Park have put aside the reality that most of us recall not the original (and far less linear) 1968 Broadway production, but instead the lean, fun 1979 Milos Forman film adaptation. I left the Delacorte Theater last Saturday night with renewed respect for the Czech movie director who took the Broadway version and re-fashioned it into a tight, endearing movie musical, mostly by cutting songs that stretched out the simple story into an epic rock-opera of emotional uplift.  But by the end of a long night at the Delacorte–one that included actors roaming the aisles for loose change, waving their hair in people’s faces and, at the end, inviting the audience onstage to boogie–I had given in, like everyone else, to the intoxicating power of a natural high.

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