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2009 December

December 2009

A Film Review by Guest Blogger David Stallings The question is not is Nine worthy, but can a modern audience sit through 8 ½? Buzz surrounding Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of a stage musical adaptation of a 1963 film classic,  8 ½ , has been flitting around the industry for many months.  From the drama [...]

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Before heading off for a long winter’s nap, I thought it would only be fitting to send you into the holidays with visions of sugarplums and such. So, here is my Christmas wish for you all, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, here’s hoping the Internet waves simultaneously translate my wishes and retrofit them to [...]

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I’m not as concerned with the persistent presence of fear and ridicule as I am with the conspicuous absence of understanding and respect, particularly in communities of color. – Chisa Hutchinson Most of us wake up in the morning wondering if we’re going to do anything that day … or any day … that will [...]

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“Last Life” Gets In Two More Shots

by Karen Tortora-Lee December 21, 2009 Brooklyn

So excited to report that if you didn’t get a chance to see Last Life you now have 2 more chances since the show has been extended! Make sure to get to one of the last 2 performances of this outrageous, strange, wonderful show! Last Life Presented by Big Time Action Theatre Fight Directed by [...]

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The Things That Defy Gravity In The Best Show 99.9% Of America Missed. The Swedish Circus In Brooklyn! “Cirkus Cirkor: Inside Out.”

by Jason Liszkiewicz December 20, 2009 Brooklyn

On November 14, 2009 I went with friends to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (music & much more) to see the Swedish circus troop Cirkus Cirkor perform their show, “Inside: Out.” Their shows at BAM were the first in the United States; then – in a flash – they went back to Sweden. When the [...]

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Fight Fest: Wham, Bam, Thank You “Last Life”

by Karen Tortora-Lee December 18, 2009 Brooklyn

I’ve been a fan of Eric Sanders’ ever since I interviewed him last year and then reviewed his staging of the classic horror story The Wendigo.  And while that first show certainly gave me a taste for how great his talents are, I was very excited about getting the chance to see Last Life – [...]

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Meet Julie Powell

by Karen Tortora-Lee December 17, 2009 Books

Who wouldn’t want to read a book with a subtitle as searing and juicy (yes, I’m going for a steak vibe here) as “A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession“? One part of Julie Powell‘s life has just been immortalized on film in “Julie & Julia“, but Ms. Powell has a lot more memoir in [...]

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Fight Fest: Deck The Hallmans!

by Karen Tortora-Lee December 16, 2009 Brooklyn

Let’s face it, the holiday season is all about getting family together.  And as much as we’d all like to think that that’s a good thing, the truth is that when family members are forced to spend hours on end in the same house it can often spell chaos – which is the main thrust [...]

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The Wo(Man) In The Window

by Antonio Miniño December 9, 2009 Designers

We have a special The Wo(Man) In The Window this week. Some of you might have already seen this video, read the New York Post article or have strolled down to XOXO to experience their “Window Theater”, not your average live model display. This story was prepared by Justin Rocket Silverman for The New York [...]

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Mr. Shakespeare And Mr. Porter

by Karen Tortora-Lee December 9, 2009 Manhattan

I’ve been a fan of the mash-up ever since I heard that playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon during a muted Wizard of Oz creates a completely new experience.  On the other hand, I’m absolutely NOT a fan of the jukebox “musicals” such as Mama Mia and Movin’ Out, because I’ve always thought [...]

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? “Meg’s New Friend”

by Karen Tortora-Lee December 7, 2009 Manhattan

Let’s just get the mystery out of the way – Meg’s New Friend is black. But really, in The Production Company’s latest play, written by Blair Singer and directed by Mark Armstrong, everyone gets a label, so no one feels left out.  For instance, Meg (Megan McQuillan) begins the play by labeling her boyfriend Sam [...]

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Are You Bluffing? Shoelery Is Among Us

by Antonio Miniño December 7, 2009 Art

Foot protection was one of the first things created by our ancestors, even before the fur wrap skirt (not to be confused with Carolina Herrera‘s wrap blouse or Diane Von Furstenberg‘s signature wrap dress).  Shoes have been a part of our lives since the making of the wheel and since then have been adorned to [...]

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