Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

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East meets West: rehearsing for Devdas in production of Hypokrit Theatre Company and Junoon Performing Arts

Review | Devdas & Chokher Bali | Indian Classics Reimagined | Directed by Arpita Mukherjee | Hypokrit Theatre Company and Junoon Performing Arts

Two Indian classics re-imagined 

First on the program,  Devdas (The Lover)  is a feast of dancing and music, choreographed with originality and variety by Swarali Karulkar, and with exciting music by Aalap Desai. 

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Max Beckmann in New York, exhibition at Metropolitan Museum, NY, October 19-2016 -February 20, 2017

Art Review | Max Beckmann in New York | Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, NY | October 19, 2016 – February 20, 2017

… great expressive power …

Max Beckmann was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.  In a way, his tragic vision was the truest.

The exhibition includes works made during the three years he spent in New York at the end of his life and works that may have been made elsewhere but are in New York collections.  The focus is on paintings — Beckmann was also a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer — and though not comprehensive it brings to the viewer the full range of Beckmann’s painting.

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Dance of Life with Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch in FringeNYC 2016. Photo: James Jim

Fringe NYC |New York’s Festival Of New And Independent Theater | August 2016

Contact: Ron Lasko @ 212-505-1700 / ron@spincyclenyc.com

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

Returns for 20th Anniversary Season
August 12-28, 2016

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Angel Reapers | By Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry | SignatureTheatre |

Directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke

Here again Martha Clarke has given us a lovely new creation of her unique vision, a theatrical union of dance, music and narrative.  Although Angel Reapers, about repression and ecstasy among the Shakers, is a smaller, less commanding theater piece than Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights and her staging of  Threepenny Opera, it has her mark.

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REVIEW An American In Paris | Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Book by Craig Lucas | Directed and Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon |

Inspired by the film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

This new Broadway musical, American in Paris , has absolutely spectacular dancing and choreography, magnificent scenes and scene changes, and wonderful Gershwin songs.   The story, well, it’s a little weak but never mind.  American in Paris will fill you with joie de vivre.

And if you know the movie — though not always in the same ways this is every bit as good!

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The New David H. Koch Plaza, New York, NY

… one of New York’s favorite theaters …

The moment the fountains of the new David H. Koch Plaza at the Metropolitan Museum were first (officially) turned on

The moment the fountains of the new David H. Koch Plaza at the Metropolitan Museum were first (officially) turned on

The fountains that ran along the front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, though they still looked beautiful and continued to toss their refreshing waters, had severe internal problems in the pipes and plumbing.  Museum Trustee David H. Koch expressed willingness to pay for repairs, an offer that morphed into a total re-design of the public spaces, four blocks long, that span the front of the museum, including removing the old fountains and installing new ones.  We were told at the ceremony dedicating the new plaza that Mr. Koch said “Why don’t I pay for everything including the extras?” and he did at a cost of $65 million.

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The Anderson Twins Play The Fabulous Dorseys, written and directed by Pete and Will Anderson, 59E59 Theaters

For a thoroughly enjoyable time, go see The Anderson Twins Play The Fabulous Dorseys at 59E59.

Here’s how it goes:  it’s not a theater, for the time being, but a nightclub from the 1920’s or ‘30’s, think speakeasy, draped in red with little round candle-lit tables instead of regular audience seating – if you like you can bring a drink you’ve picked up at the Mezzanine bar down below.  Settle AndersonDorsey3webMA32484043-0003yourself in and listen to six wonderful musicians play jazz like Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, interspersed with hilarious clips from the 1947 film about the Dorsey brothers in which the Dorseys played themselves – how fascinating — and it gives you just enough of the story line of their lives for fun and interest without taking away from the great jazz the band is playing. 

There’s another marvelous film insert I’ll leave for you to discover – but what a laugh!

Flanking the group the twins, Pete and Will – two players both accomplished on the saxophone, clarinet and flute (a little amazing!) — whip through their changes of instruments, solos, ensembles and improvisations.  They're more or less look-alikes though not identical and it's fun to watch their individuality — musical as well as in personality.  Between them is Jon-Erik Kellso on the trumpet, Ehud Asherie’s on the piano at right, and behind are Dave Baron on bass and Kevin Dorn on drums – what a feast! 

One wonderful jazz piece after another, from “Tangerine” to “Way Down Upon the Swanee River,” from ensemble to solo, the fast-paced jazz lifts the spirit.  Among favorites … Kellso's thrilling solos … Asherie dazzling picking up from where (filmed) Art Tatum  left off … Will Anderson's virtuoso tour de force playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s “FlightAndersonDorsey2webMA32484043-0002 of the Bumblebee” – what an enchanting piece of music.  And, yes, you hear the bee.  But these are six outstanding musicians in a jazz fest filled with favorites!

Go!  You’ll have a great time – and come out of the theater with a big happy smile.

The Anderson Twins Play The Fabulous Dorseys plays at 59E59 Theaters in midtown Manhattan through October 7.  For information and tickets, click on live link of title.

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2011-2012 Patrick Lee Theater Bloggers Awards — Independent Theater Bloggers Association

The Independent Theater Bloggers Association (the “ITBA”) is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Fourth Annual Patrick Lee Theater Blogger Awards, (the “the Patricks”).   Patrick Lee was one of the ITBA's founding members. Patrick, who passed away suddenly in June 2010, was an erudite, passionate, and tireless advocate for theater in all its forms. Patrick was also the ITBA's first awards director, and was a regular contributor to Theatermania and TDF Stages.

 The 2011-2012 Patrick Lee Theater Blogger Award Winners:

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

"Peter and the Starcatcher"

CITATIONS FOR EXCELLENCE BY INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS (Across Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and Broadway

Nina Arianda in "Venus in Fur"

Christian Borle in "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Philip Boynkin in "The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess"

Danny Burstein in "Follies"

James Corden in "One Man Two Guvnors"

Santino Fontana in "Sons of a Prophet"

Judy Kaye in "Nice Work If You Can Get It"

Judith Light in "Other Desert Cities"

Jan Maxwell in "Follies"

Lindsay Mendez in "Godspell"

Terri White in "Follies"

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL

"Once"

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY

"Peter and the Starcatcher"

 OUTSTANDING BROADWAY MUSICAL REVIVAL

"Follies"

OUTSTANDING BROADWAY PLAY REVIVAL

"Death of a Salesman"

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY

"Sons of the Prophet"

OUTSTANDING OFF-OFF-BROADWAY PLAYS

"Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War" at The New Ohio Theatre

&

"She Kills Monsters" at the Flea Theatre

UNIQUE OFF-OFF BROADWAY EXPERIENCE

"The Tenant" by Woodshed Collective

 CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN OFF-OFF BROADWAY THEATRE

The Flea Theatre

OUTSTANDING SOLO SHOW/PERFORMANCES (Across Broadway, Off- Broadway and Off-Off Broadway

Hugh Jackman, "Back on Broadway"

Denis O'Hare, "An Iliad," New YorkTheatre Workshop

Zoe Caldwell, "Elective Affinities," Soho Rep

Juan Francisco Villa,  "Empanada for a Dream," presented by Ballybeg at Barrow Group 

Stephen Spinella, "An Illiad," New York Theatre Workshop

Daniel Kitson, "It's Always Right Now Until It's Later"

Lorinda Lositza,  "Triumphant Baby"

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAYMUSICAL

"Now. Here. This."

 

The ITBA, is comprised of bloggers who regularly see live performances in all forms in New York City and beyond.   Members are in New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, and London.  For further information and a list of our members, see our website at www.theaterbloggers.com.  If you are interested in learning more about the ITBA, email info@theaterbloggers.com.  To invite the members of the ITBA to your show or event, please send an email to  invite@theaterbloggers.com

 

Fringe Festival NYC 2011 — Overall Excellence Awards — Here Are the Winners!

FringeNYC 2011 Overall Excellence Award Winners

Overall Production/Play:
PigPen Presents The Mountain Song
The More Loving One

Overall Production/Musical:
Yeast Nation
Pearl's Gone Blue
 
Performance:
Jennifer Barnhart (The Legend of Julie Taymor,or The Musical That Killed Everybody!)

Ryan Barry (In the Summer Pavilion)

Miles Cooper (Elysian Fields)

Patrick Byas (Sammy Gets Mugged)
Casey McClellan (My Name Is Billy)

Brian Charles Rooney (Winner Takes All)
Lauren Hennessy (Ampersand: A R&J Love Story)
 
Playwriting:
Nicholas Billon (Greenland)
A.D. Penedo  (The Three Times She Knocked)
Bella and the Pool Boy (Dennis Flanagan)

Music Composition:
Chris Rael (Araby)
Dusty Brown (The Ballad of  Rusty and Roy)
 
Ensemble:
Jersey Shoresical

The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady
Stimulated!
Crawling with Monsters


Costume Design:

Stephanie Alexander (Le Gourmand, or Gluttony!)
Mark Richard Caswell (Parker and Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow)

Tara DeVincenzo (Technodulia Dot Com)

Directing:

Greg Foro (Hamlet)

Joshua Kahan Brody (Fourteen Flights)

Alaska Reece Vance (The Disorientation of Butterflies)


Solo Performance:
Donna/Madonna

The Day the Sky Turned Black

Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!

Paper Cut
Heroes and Other Strangers

Dance:
Wallstories
When the Sky Breaks 3D


Video Design:
Cinty Ionescu (Nils' Fucked Up Day)

TheaterMania Audience Favorite Award:
COBU – Dance like Drumming, Drum like Dancing.

Applications for the 2012 festival will be available online in November 2011 and completed applications will be due February 14, 2012. For more information, www.FringeNYC.org

In 1997, New York City became the seventh US city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco.  In its first 15 years FringeNYC has presented over 2500 performing groups from the U.K., Canada, Poland, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Germany, the Czech Republic and across the U.S., prompting Switzerland’s national daily, The New Zurich Zeitung, to declare, “FringeNYC has become the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists.” The festival has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional theater productions including Urinetown, Matt & Ben, Never Swim Alone, Debbie Does Dallas, Dog Sees God, 21 Dog Years, Krapp 39, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, Silence! The Musical,  The Irish Curse, 666, Tales from the Tunnel and Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party and as well as movies (WTC View) and even a TV show (‘da Kink in My Hair). FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy.

Press Contact: Ron Lasko @ 212-505-1700 x. 11, ron@spincyclenyc.com

FRINGE NYC — 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival: August 12 – 28

PRESS RELEASE

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Yeast Nation, photo Jay Sullivan

                           First Sold Out Performances Announced
                       NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL
                       ** 15th Annual Festival runs August 12 – 28 **

note:  to help you decide,  Ken Davenport, a producer of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, sorts out his 10 to see in in his blog, date August 11, click on live link. For the official site of FringeNY with information and tickets, click on live link.   Theatermania's outline guide is also useful, click on live link. 

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), the largest
multi-arts festival in North America, will present the 15th Annual Festival from August 12 – 28, 2011. This year, the festival will present programming by 192 of the world's best emerging theatre troupes and dance companies in 20 venues in Lower Manhattan. Dreamplay1w_VesethRSieu Attendance at last year’s festival topped 75,000 people, making it New York’s fifth largest cultural event (just behind New York International Auto Show, Tribeca Film Festival, New York City Marathon, and New York Comic Con). The festival presents works covering a wide range of disciplines including drama, comedy, dance, performance art, children's theater (FringeJr), outdoor theater (FringeAlFrecso), spoken word, puppetry, improv, and multimedia.

Dreamplay, photo Veseth R Sieu

Thus far, advance sales are on par with last year. “At only $15 per
ticket, FringeNYC is one of Manhattan’s few remaining bargains,” notes
festival Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy.

Yesterday afternoon, Yeast Nation (a new musical by the Tony Award-winning team behind the FringeNYC-to-Broadway hit Urinetown) became the first show to sell out a performance. This is the earliest  a show has sold out in the 15-year history of the festival. In 2005, Silence! The Musical (which was co-produced by much of the same team behind Yeast Nation) became the first show in FringeNYC history to sell out before the opening day of the festival.

Today, Bella and the Pool Boy sold out its opening performance and several other productions are on track to sell out individual performances including: The Legend of Julie Taymor, Facebook Me, Pearl’s Gone Blue, Smoking Section, Jersey Shoresical, and The Bardy Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady. Other top sellers thus far are: Parker & Dizzy’s Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow, Whale Song, Sammy Gets Mugged, You’ve Ruined A Perfectly Good Mystery, Destinations, Pawn, and Hush The Musical.

In 1997, New York City became the seventh US city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. In its first 13 years FringeNYC has presented over 2100 performing groups from the U.K., Canada, Poland, Japan, China, Germany, the Czech Republic and across the U.S., prompting Switzerland's national daily, The New Zurich Zeitung, to declare FringeNYC as “the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists.” The festival has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional theater productions including Urinetown, Never Swim Alone, Debbie Does Dallas, Dog Sees God, 21 Dog Years, Krapp 39, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, Silence! The Musical, Matt & Ben, The Irish Curse, 666 and the current Off-Broadway productions of Tales From The Tunnel and Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party and as well as movies (WTC View) and even a TV show (‘da Kink in My Hair). FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy.

FringeNYC shows run 2pm – midnight weekdays and noon – midnight onWelcomeEternity2w_DixieSheridan
weekends. Tickets are: $15 in advance at www.FringeNYC.org or
866-468-7619; $18 at the door, subject to availability. Discount
passes for multiple shows ($70 for a Fiver Pass, $120 for a Flex Pass
good for 10 shows, and $500 for an all-you-can-see Lunatic Pass) are
also available. 

                                                                                Welcome Eternity, photo Dixie Sheridan

Press release contact:  Ron Lasko @ 212-505-1700 x. 11, ron@spincyclenyc.com

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