Monologues and Madness: Tulis McCall’s No-Pressure Cabaret

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tulis by ELENA OUMANO In the midst of the overpriced, dull landscape that has become Greenwich Village stands the Cornelia Street Café, a survivor from an earlier era when audiences discovered young Bob Dylans and Maya Angelous. Monologues and Madness, a monthly event in the Café’s basement, restores that now-rare glow of discovery. Founded and hosted by [&hellip
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A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like

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

Cirque du Soleil, the entertainment behemoth created by Guy Laliberté, is a binary creature—you either like its fusion of ballet and death-defying acrobatics or you don’t. Zarkana, which has returned for a second, slightly trimmed-down stint at Radio City Music Hall, pushes the show’s dark edges even further. But Cirque haters beware: You’d be missing [&hellip
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Natalie Lomonte Keeps Spider-Man in Step

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FE&FW-Spiderman By Angela Barbuti The first Broadway show Natalie Lomonte ever saw was The Phantom of the Opera. She was visiting New York for the first time with her mother’s dance studio. After purchasing last-minute tickets, they were seated in the 11th row, in the spot where the infamous chandelier comes crashing down on the audience. [&hellip
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“Rock of Ages” Fails to Rock at All

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Clearly no one was in a rockin’ mood this weekend. “Rock of Ages,” the musical adaptation starring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones, earned just $15 million over its opening weekend, the Huffington Post reports. It ranked behind “Prometheus” and even “Madagascar 3,” proving a star-studded cast can lose out to aliens and cuddly, [&hellip
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Audiences Riled Up Over Simon Gray’s “The Common Pursuit”

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

Forget Upright Citizens Brigade or People’s Improv Theater—the current hot spot for audience interaction seems to be the Roundabout Theater Company’s Laura Pels Theater. First, I had the great fortune to hear audience members around me constantly chatter throughout Stephen Karam’s great Sons of the Prophet. And just recently, audience members incongruously, embarrassingly began talking [&hellip
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All The World’s a Stage: Alt Shakespeare in the Park

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Hudson Warehouse graces the Upper West Side with Shakespeare     It’s that time of year again, where people are filled with joy, the trees are covered in a shine of green, bottles (and people) are covered in sweat, and Riverside Park is filled with tragedy. This tragedy, though, is the re-arrival of The Bard [&hellip
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Tony Awards 2012 Winners: Musical “Once” Rules The Night

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by Adel Manoukian The 66th Annual Tony Awards hosted by television star Neil Patrick Harris brought together many talented Broadway stars and alums this past Sunday at the Beacon Theatre. The night went to the musical, “Once” garnering the most wins with 8 Tonys out of 11 nominations. In case you missed the star-studded night, [&hellip
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Armond White: How Tony are the Tony Awards?

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  ‘Clybourne Park’ questions American and theater history by Armond White If the award for Best Play goes to Clybourne Park at the June 10 Tony Awards ceremony, will it put the Tonys on “the right side of history”? That particular aphorism entered popular speech during the 2008 presidential campaign (in a rare Obama reference [&hellip
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Doug Strassler’s Fearless Tony Awards Predictions

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By Doug Strassler Yesterday I posted my predictions for the winners on Sunday’s 66th Annual Tony Awards telecast. Below, my feelings about who will and who should go home with the gold in the musical categories:   Best Musical: Nominees include the already-shuttered Leap of Faith, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and [&hellip
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Fun For More than Just Children

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Kevin Del Aguila and Christian Borle in "Peter and the Starcatcher". Photo by Joan Marcus Peter and the Starcatcher is far more fun than this knowingly clever mash-up of children’s theater and English pratfall should have been. Carefully adapted from the Dave Barry- and Ridley Pearson-penned children’s novel, Peter and the Starcatchers, by Rick Elice and directed with aplomb by the team of Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter may [&hellip
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