Politics and Love Without the Drama

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

David Rasche. Photo by Carol Rosegg Backroom politics can make for truly awesome drama, but Kenneth Lin’s Warrior Class drains the juice out of what could have been a far more enticing show. Warrior is the second show to play this summer at the Second Stage Uptown venue, designated for up-and-coming works by emerging playwrights. One doesn’t expect perfection from these [&hellip
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Annual NYC Poetry Festival: A Laid-Back Weekend Literary Retreat

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Where could you go to find parasols, corsets, a homemade merry-go-round plus bubble machine and a kimchi taco truck this weekend? That would be the second annual NYC Poetry Festival, just a quaint ferry ride away, on Governor’s Island. The festival featured several outdoor, makeshift stages scattered throughout a fenced-off, grassy area, where poets and [&hellip
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A Revival Revived, ‘Porgy’ & McDonald Now Have Their Legs

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

“When I’m wrong, I say so.” That’s a direct quote from Dr. Jake Houseman (the late Jerry Orbach) in Dirty Dancing, a 25-year-old movie musical that would appear to have very little in common with The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the Tony-winning revival now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater. For starters, Ronald K. Brown’s [&hellip
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New England Review Reading, An Intimate Gathering in Chelsea

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The Potomac Theatre Project (PTP) presented an evening tribute to Middlebury College’s New England Review Monday night, featuring five writers who have graduated from Middlebury and/or been published in the Review. The reading was the Review’s first in the City. PTP is dedicated to extending arts beyond the Middlebury campus and into major cities. (by [&hellip
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Deconstructing ‘Three’s Company’ for the 21st Century

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

The three roommates in David Adjmi’s 3C, currently running at the West Village’s Rattlestick Theatre—Connie (Anna Chlumsky), the blonde bimbo; Linda (Hanna Cabell), the put-upon, responsible one; and Brad (Jake Silberman), the aimless Vietnam Vet—play the age-old party game “Faces” several times throughout the show. Yet a more appropriate title for this experimentally subversive noncomedic [&hellip
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Art Adverts Start a New Wave

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by Greg Solman Advertising strategies gearing up for next season take art out the wilderness. CityArts surveys the new media tacticians who bring Broadway shows, museums and other art venues to popular attention. Art and its patrons all benefit from millennial art advertising’s new tactical strategies. Part 1 of a two-part series. New Yorkers with [&hellip
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