Posts Tagged ‘Theater’

Strangers in a Familiar Land

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

chinglish Anyone with a tight budget and a hankering to see Chinglish, David Henry Hwang’s Broadway comedy about how radically—and hilariously—different American and Chinese cultures are, should head to the Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre, where a scaled-down version of Chinglish called Outside People is being performed. Of course, it’s not playwright Zayd Dohrn’s fault that his 90-minute play was produced the same [&hellip
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To Hell With Gravity

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

gravity The charming if slight Leo grows gradually less charming as its slightness grows more pronounced over the course of its 60-minute running time. A stylish and snappy silent one-man show conceived by and starring Tobias Wegner, Leo boasts a one-joke premise that finds Wegner sliding around on the stage in various postures that translate into gravity-defying feats of acrobatics [&hellip
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Fight or Flee? Choose Flee

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

art22930nar The worst aspect of the super strain of SARS that is terrorizing the South in Matthew Maguire’s new drama Instinct is that it’s targeting the wrong people. Mothers of triplets are dropping, and kindly old men with basset hounds are falling down dead in their kitchens—but the two couples working at Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control are, [&hellip
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A Long, Hard "Road"

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

art Plays lit by candlelight are reliably murderous on one’s consciousness—but never more so than in the Broadway revival of Athol Fugard’s intimate three-hander The Road to Mecca. Stranding both Fugard’s story and actors Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino and Jim Dale on a giant stage to chatter away for two-and-a-half hours with a marked lack of dramatic [&hellip
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The Ties That Strangle

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

family Family is a funny thing—especially in Joel Drake Johnson’s The Fall to Earth at 59E59 Theaters. Estranged mother and daughter Fay (Deborah Hedwall) and Rachel (Jolie Curtsinger) fractiously reunite to complete a gruesome task: identify and bring home the body of Kenny, their son and brother. Things immediately get off to a rocky start when Fay and [&hellip
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Someone's In the Kitchen With Andy

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

gobs Sometimes I love my job. It’s my great pleasure to direct you to Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good), the first must-see of an unusually busy 2012. A mesmerizing, intellectually rigorous, laugh-out-loud funny recreation of Andy Warhol films (including Kitchen), Gob Squad’s Kitchen is smart about a lot of things, but most importantly about the pitfalls [&hellip
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Dim Wit

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

nixon For the moment, let’s ignore the fact that Wit, Margaret Edson’s cerebral, Pulitzer Prize-winning cancer play, is not in need of a major revival the likes of which it has been given by Manhattan Theatre Club. Between the legendary Off-Broadway run starring Kathleen Chalfant and the 2001 TV film starring Emma Thompson, the story of exacting [&hellip
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Talking Up Downtown: Janeane Garofalo

Written by Marissa Maier on . Posted in Arts & Film, News Our Town Downtown, Theater

Actress, Comedian, Political Activist, Writer Janeane Garofalo is probably best known for her numerous television and film appearances (24, Reality Bites, The Truth About Cats & Dogs), her stand-up work and hosting duties on Air America’s The Majority Report. This winter, however, marks the first time Garofalo will star in a play: the Off-Broadway production [&hellip
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Seasonal Offerings

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

From steampunk Scrooge to a Christmas-themed Exorcist spoof By Mark Peikert Even with the addition of 3-D technology, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular can only hold your attention for so many holiday seasons. Likewise The Nutcracker and its derivations. This year, break out of your Christmas routine with one of these shows, ranging from new [&hellip
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