Posts Tagged: Theater

Uncorrected Version Sounds Better

"A theater review on Tuesday about 'The Spring Fling: First Love' at the Access Theater in Manhattan, using information from the program, reversed the description of two of the six short plays that are presented. 'PWNED' by Mark Sitko is about people playing video games, and 'The Morning After' by Lauren Yee features a couple torturing a man."


The Musical About Grizzly Adams And His Bears

In 2008, Ars Nova, a small theater and development space on the far west side of Manhattan, staged a pirate/puppet rock musical called Jollyship the Whiz-Bang. The play was given a limited run, but was extended several times, revived in 2010's Under The Radar festival, and shot its co-creator, Nick Jones, into the peculiarly theater notoriety of someone who's been praised in The Times for "demented brilliance." First disclaimer: I was friendly with some Ars Nova people, and have a deep, weird love for puppets, so volunteered to spend a day helping paint puppets for Jollyship. Second disclaimer: I eventually saw Jollyship, I think, five times. Third disclaimer: I [...]


The Anticipation List

Good People with Frances McDormand, the Manhattan Theatre Club.

The Town.

Robert Lepage's Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung.


Showed Up: Sam Mendes Does 'The Tempest' and 'As You Like It' at BAM

The second of three seasons of The Bridge Project, a partnership of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Old Vic and Neal Street, is closing at BAM this week. Last year, Sam Mendes staged The Winter's Tale and The Cherry Orchard here; this year it's The Tempest and As You Like It. Two of those plays are romances, involving love but also magic, sadness, and personal redemption. One, written as a comedy, is regularly performed as a tragedy, which means that audiences see it as a little of both. As You Like It is a straightforward comedy, but here Mendes has added a torture scene, which isn't very [...]


Showed Up, with Seth Colter Walls: Robert Lepage's "Lipsynch" at BAM

Late one evening last week, while seated on the Wall Street 2/3 subway platform, a 30-something Caucasian woman in glasses and sweatpants interrupted my reading of Taylor Branch's The Clinton Tapes.

"Excuse me," she said. "Can I ask you a question?"

"Surely," I replied, probably a little over-happy because my life is plainly more enjoyable than Bill Clinton's was when he was president.

"Oh," the woman said, stopping herself. "Are you a New Yorker?"

"Yes," I replied. "Why do you ask?"

"Because your hair is neat and you said 'surely.'"

"Oh. Well, yes, I live in New York. But that wasn't your original question. What's up?" I said, eager [...]


'Avenue Q' Done Raking in Enormous Amounts of Cash

And Avenue Q has just announced it is closing, with a final show on September 13th. The dirty puppet show "about 20-somethings who move to the city with big dreams and tiny bank accounts" (I dunno, I never saw it!) grossed $117 million, just completed a two-year national tour, and will have been the 20th longest running show in Broadway history. But apparently that is done now. Also tickets are still like $958.99, so I probably won't ever see it.


Tom Izzo WTF?

If you're in East Lansing, MI, the Wednesday after next, clear your calendar: "Izzo Goes To Broadway was written exclusively as a mini-Broadway show telling the story of Coach Izzo's journey from high school to Michigan State to making it to the top on Broadway. The performance features music from several Broadway standards, including 42nd Street, Cats, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera and A Chorus Line as sung by professional Broadway performers."

I'm not sure how to feel about this one. Have they invented a word for the offspring of "camp" and "meta"? Anyway, Tom Izzo seems like a pretty good sport.


Roughing It On An Indie Theater Tour

The conclusion of a month-long series on terrible trips, great journeys and getting lost.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was 1996, and I was still imagining myself to be some sort of actor. I had acted in a play written by a charismatic young playwright and directed by my best friend and roommate the summer previous, a four-hander, as they say. The playwright, also the star of the piece, decided that he was going to take the show on the road. For three weeks. And, on top of that, one of the roles would be recast with my girlfriend at the time, "Erin." [...]


52 Terrible Titles Of Plays That Were Actually Produced And Published

52. The King of the Kosher Grocers 51. Onion Heads 50. Aspirin and Elephants 49. Bashville in Love 48. Aren't We All? 47. Schmulnik's Waltz 46. James Skipworth and the Catfish Colonel 45. Jump, I’ll Catch You! 44. I Think You Think I Love You 43. Tod, the Boy, Tod 42. Maiden's Progeny 41. Grandma Sylvia's Funeral 40. Criminals in Love 39. Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil 38. The Juice of Wild Strawberries 37. Ding Dong Dead 36. Deflowering Waldo


Tony Awards Get Third Consecutive Gay Dude Host

BREAKING: Gay Man To Host Tony Awards. Let's see: this year it's Sean Hayes, and before that, Neil Patrick Harris, and before that, Whoopi Goldberg. When will the tyranny of gay guys hosting theater awards end?


Flicked Off: 'When In Rome'

Somehow, we ended up at this movie over the weekend, just us and some girls who were really lonely. And a few really angry boyfriends. You guys. Little Kristin Bell, barely there. Josh Duhamel, a lunk with a nice brow. A plot (magic love fountains!) that not even Annie Hathaway could paste together with her face. And, what's more, a ghostly drive-by from Judith Malina. Born in the 20s, the daughter of German rabbi who emigrated to America in 1929, the twice-widowed avant-garde theater superstar has not had a film or TV role since the 69th episode of The Sopranos, broadcast in April of 200-as Paulie's nun-aunt who reveals [...]


On The Impermanence Of Things

"[W]e come from a documenting area of our, you know, our genre. Music. Records. So it didn't compute to us. Theater people are cool with the nature of it, they like that ephemeral whatever, and they think its like cool, and I'm like nah." -Stew and Spike Lee discuss the film adaptation of Passing Strange.


"Nine" And The Persistence Of Memory

For my tenth birthday my mom took me out of school and we drove into the city, where we ate lunch at Sardi's and caught a matinee of Nine, a musical she had seen earlier in the year with my father and the soundtrack to which they had played in the house or the car with a fair degree of regularity thereafter. I loved it. I somehow did not grow up to be a homosexual, even though my parents also took us to the opera a lot. Anyway, I saw the trailer for the forthcoming movie adaptation on Jezebel today, and, well, whatever.


Broadway is expensive

Bloomberg's Jeremy Gerard, looking at the difficult economics of staging a successful Broadway play, wonders why it costs so much to put on a show. Neil Simon-favored producer Emanuel Azenberg explains it all for you:


A Letter from the Theater Community Regarding David Adjmi's "3-C"

On June 6th, David Adjmi's play 3-C opened Off-Broadway, and the same day, he received a cease-and-desist letter. Without legal counsel, he felt compelled to agree that the run of the play could not be extended—and that it would never be performed again. In this open letter, a group of playwrights, theater professionals and performers explain why this is so wrong.

Playwright David Adjmi, whose play 3-C just closed a run at Rattlestick Theatre, has received a threatening "Protest Letter" from the law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon, which represents DLT Entertainment, the owners of the long defunct TV sitcom "Three's Company." The letter accuses him of [...]


The Tony Awards Live Chat Extravaganza

Ladies and gents, it's America's most important and most revered awards show for the most important and revered arts! Tonight, literally all of America will stop and join—what's that you say? It's the Heat-Mavericks game six? Oh. Well then… tonight, some of the gays and theater ladies will come together to hide from basketball and indulge in the not-at-all rigged awards system that heaps praise upon select, very expensive productions at a very small number of designated New York City theaters; awards are nominated by literally a couple dozen people and then chosen by all of 750 professional voters. This system serves to make almost everyone feel bad, except a [...]


Showed Up: Young@Heart at St. Ann's Warehouse

The Young @ Heart Chorus is that group of old people who sing rock songs. A couple years ago somebody made a documentary about them, but it's not very good. Instead, see their new revue, "The End of the Road," at St. Ann's Warehouse. They are there through Saturday. It is the #1 recommended way to see these old people sing.


"Show me a happy homosexual and I'll show you a gay corpse."

You know what we needed most of all, in the year 2010? A revival of The Boys in the Band. Thuper! It opens February 21! Let us turn the clock back to 1968, when Clive Barnes wrote in the Times: "As the conventional thing to say about Mart Crowley's 'The Boys in the Band' will be something to the effect that it makes Edward Albee's 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' seem like a vicarage tea party, let me at least take the opportunity of saying it first." Duly noted. And 1969, the headline: "'The Boys in the Band' Is Still a Sad Gay Romp." And 1970: "THE BOYS IN [...]


Modern Day Groundlings Defile British Theaters

Back in June, the Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the poor etiquette of theatergoers, a trend that seems to be growing as deeply discounted tickets bring new asses to the seats. These are the people who use their cellphones during the show, shout or are otherwise unruly, etc. David Hyde Pierce recalled seeing "a family passing a bucket of chicken down the front row." Turns out they're having the same problem across the pond. This being Britain, however, things are much more exciting.


Stephin Merritt Hates Your Kids

Attn New York Parents: Do not take your children to see Stephin Merritt's musical adaptation of Coraline. He will eat them.