Posts Tagged ‘Theater’

Clowning Around

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Arts & Film, NY Press Exclusive, Theater

IMG_0620-p Last Saturday night, while the streets were lined with the stench of stale beer and the remains of Kelly green party favors, something magical was taking place in the East Village where a crowd of people were crammed tightly into a small, dark space. Most sat, a few stood. Songs of the old school variety [&hellip
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What a Way to Make a Living

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, NY Press Exclusive, Theater

07_Theater-RX When the film adaptation of The Hours came out, my boss at the time said, apropos of Julianne Moore’s character, “You don’t need a reason to be depressed.” That truth kept flashing through my mind during RX, the saddest comedy to come along in quite a while. In Kate Fodor’s world, managing editor at American [&hellip
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Book of Mormon Takes it Home: A Sit Down with Trey Parker & Robert Lopez

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Arts & Film, NY Press Exclusive, Theater

mormon-blog480 The 54th Grammy’s are coming up, and while we’re excited that the awards are starting to recognize more alternative acts like Bon Iver, Skrillex and The Decemerbists, there’s really only one nom we’re interested in and that’s… Best Musical Theater Album? OH YEAH! Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, the men behind The Book [&hellip
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Cut It Down

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

cherry “People shouldn’t be going to plays,” says Ranevskaya somewhat ominously in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard—or that may just be Dianne Wiest’s performance. Should you have ever tossed and turned in grief at Marilyn Monroe never having the opportunity to play Chekhov, Wiest’s simpering performance is dedicated to you.  There are, of course, more problems in this [&hellip
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Misery Loathes Audiences

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

misery The insistent irony of the title Happy Hourshould be enough to tip audiences off to what to expect from the trio of Ethan Coen-penned one acts, staged at a glacial pace by Neil Pepe. Surprise! None of these characters are happy! And this collection is definitely not an hour. Things start off excruciatingly immediately, with the [&hellip
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Good Fences Make Fascist Neighbors

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

“Beware of the British spinster” might as well be the tagline for Neighbourhood Watch, the first-rate Alan Ayckbourn play being given a second-rate production by director Alan Ayckbourn at 59E59 Theaters. When first we meet her, Hilda (a superb Alexandra Mathie) is a grief-stricken sister, mourning the tragic loss of her younger brother while dedicating a [&hellip
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Overcast, With a Chance of Boredom

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

connick The original book to the 1965 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is widely acknowledged as abysmal—but it is solely on the basis of that show and The Apple Tree that Barbara Harris’ towering status as an icon of musical theater rests. Not bad for a show that is frequently dismissed, despite its gorgeous score by Alan [&hellip
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The Milkman Cometh

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

milkman What people seem to ignore—or shrug off—in our mad for Mad Men times is that the past was not necessarily simpler. Under the lacquer of nostalgia lies a time of community, when grocery store clerks who sold you goods on credit existed in place of self-check-out aisles and neighbors greeted new arrivals with casseroles. But that same [&hellip
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Too Close For Comfort

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

tooclose Manhattan Theatre Club has given theatergoers a lump of coal this holiday season with Close Up Space,a tedious new comedy-drama about editing, the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, feminist literature and family failures. That the cast includes pros like David Hyde Pierce and Rosie Perez makes the whole 80 minutes just that much sadder.Book editor Paul Barrow, [&hellip
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