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2009 January

January 2009

Eric Sanders is many things: a prolific playwright, a producer, and a lover of the horror genre.  With his upcoming play, The Wendigo, he takes the old tale written by Algernon Blackwood and brings it to the stage.  I sat down to talk with him about his career, his upcoming play, and his thoughts on [...]

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Before anyone calls the ASPCA, let me say right up front that Broken Dog Legs, the one woman show written and directed by Emily Conbere and starring Penny Pollak, does not harm any dogs.  Rather, “broken dog legs” is a metaphor that reflects one woman’s journey (“SHE”) through therapy as she confronts issues dealing with [...]

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Hollow Log by Lawrence Dial is billed as a Comedic Thriller, but I think that’s just economy of words. It’s not so much a comedic thriller as it is a drama, which then becomes a comedy, then moves on to a thriller, then becomes dramatic again then swerves over to tragedy just before ending on [...]

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“Ecstasy” Lives Up to Its Name

by Karen Tortora-Lee January 16, 2009 Manhattan

Last night I had a great night … just kicked back with some old friends, drank a lot, reminisced, sang some songs, then passed out.  Oh, wait, that wasn’t me … that was the cast of Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy. For the next few weeks, until January 25th, 2009, you can catch this fantastic play at [...]

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When Writers Read – Motel Girl

by Karen Tortora-Lee January 15, 2009 Books

Webster’s Dictionary defines Theatre as … come on. You really think I’d start off like that? Theatre as concept, theatre as concrete structure, theatre as war … for the purposes of these posts, “theatre” is any time someone stands (sits or lays) in front of a group of others and entertains them. So today rather [...]

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Becky Shaw – Worst. Date. Ever.

by Karen Tortora-Lee January 5, 2009 Manhattan

Pop Quiz.  Becky Shaw is: a) your old college roommate who reconnected with you on Facebook b) your boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend – who still has her ski boots in his closet c) your mother’s bingo partner who keeps asking if you want to be fixed up with her recently divorced son The answer is actually: d) [...]

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