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2011 February

February 2011

The road to self can be a very bumpy one – even bumpier is the road to finding your other half – unless that other half is yourself? The need for that special someone is the favorite topic of most of our happiest mediums, being the center crux in hundreds of books, movies and theatre. [...]

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Why are so many people repulsed by (and fearful of) clowns? Could it be because the barbaric humor they deploy is played, in part, to mock the audience? Who, after all, but fools would be entertained by such crude gestures and antics? Or is it because those white, white faces, with broadly drawn features, are [...]

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When we first meet JapJAP (Una Aya Osato) she’s a green blob projected onto a screen – rolling around joyfully and joyously.  Cleverly, her projected image rolls from the screen in two dimensional form onto the stage in glorious 3-D.  This is a device that Osato will continue to use throughout the performance, and it serves [...]

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Doppleganger Diptychs: Bring On The Oscars!

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 27, 2011 Art

By now we’ve all heard the tale of how that little statue came to be known as “Oscar” (“He looks just like my uncle Oscar!”) and whether it’s true or not it’s just yet another testament to the fact that we love to make comparisons. Today, in honor of the 83rd Academy Awards we bring [...]

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The Bitter Poet: Finding Irony In All The Right Places (FRIGID New York 2011)

by Stephen Tortora-Lee February 27, 2011 Festivals

According to The Bitter Poet (real name, Kevin Draine) when the audience first meets him, he makes it clear that this is no “show”, and that he has no “narrative”. He has no pretenses, just poetry. He also has a ruffled red shirt as well as a beautiful and rich perspective and the “luck” to [...]

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We Might Be Experimenting On You – Get Ready (FRIGID New York 2011)

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 26, 2011 Festivals

I could say SO MUCH about We Might Be Experimenting On You – but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Seriously. I have been. Doctors (and writers) Kym Bernazky and Melanie Jones are very clear about this. But I can tell you this much – We Might Be Experimenting On You was a delightful surprise and [...]

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FUNNY A Trunk Show – Filled With Heart (FRIGID New York 2011)

by Geoffrey Paddy Johnson February 26, 2011 Festivals

Titling a show FUNNY A Trunk Show is perhaps somewhat daring, if not theatrical wishful thinking. Some people’s funny is other people’s camp. So it’s a good thing that Denmo Ibrahim’s one-woman show, just opened in the FRIGID New York Festival, knows what it is about, and blithely transcends its title. Related Posts:FRIGID New York [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: Pretty-n-Papi

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 26, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is with Olivia Lehrman, [...]

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A Kind Kind Man, So He Says (FRIGID New York 2011)

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 26, 2011 Festivals

Flora (Tali Custer) is so sweet when she shows up at the door of Willard (Jeffrey Coyne) selling White Sexy Face Toothpaste that it’s easy to see why he can’t resist her.  Just look at her.  So peppy.  So bright.  So nubile.  Why, she’s the exact kind of 14 year old a man could find [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: Boat Load

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 25, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A! We’ll be running these throughout February, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival. Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is with Jayson [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: The Bitter Poet: Looking For Love In All The Wrong Black Box Performance Spaces

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 25, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A! We’ll be running these throughout February, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival. Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is with The [...]

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Paradise Lost, Insight Found (FRIGID New York 2011)

by Stephen Tortora-Lee February 25, 2011 Festivals

Frigid Festival:  Paradise Lost, Insight Found There are times in our lives when it feels like we are trapped in a place where we can’t seem to get a handle on anything, and we just wish we could go back to simpler times when choices were clearer and there weren’t so many things to distract [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: Goodnight Lovin’ Trail

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 24, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is with John Patrick [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: F*#king Girls

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 24, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A is withBen Thompson, Playwright [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: Inside Straight

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 24, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February until the Festival starts, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: A Kind Kind Man

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 23, 2011 Festivals

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February until the Festival starts, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A [...]

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FRIGID New York Festival 2011 – Five Questions For: Scarlet Woman

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 23, 2011 FRIGID 2011

Welcome back to another installment of FRIGID New York Festival 2011 Q&A!  We’ll be running these throughout February until the Festival starts, so be sure to check back to read all about the great shows that will be taking part in the festival.  Also – don’t miss the winner-take-all game of Rock Paper Scissors! Today’s Q&A [...]

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