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2011 November

November 2011

  – How can you listen to music when your country is falling apart? – Because music is what keeps us together – Ghost Dancer Playwright Robert L. Hecker’s new politically-driven play, Ghost Dancer, unfolds in a hypothetical world set on a fictional Caribbean island.  So, in this way, it is both everywhere and nowhere at [...]

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  The concept of adapting La Strada (the 1954 film by masterful auteur Federico Fellini) for the stage is a daring one.  And not just daring, but ambitious as well.  It’s not easy to take a pre-existing work and re-envision it — on the one hand you’ve got to make sure that you keep the [...]

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Congratulations to the folks over at T. Schreiber Studio – their production of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero will extend for four additional performances November 30th through December 3rd at the company’s Gloria Maddox Theatre (151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor).  We loved the show and are thrilled that more audiences will be able to experience [...]

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Frogs – Ambitious, Auspicious And Amphibious

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 19, 2011 Manhattan

  Fault Line Theatre’s new production of Frogs – the Ancient Greek play written by Aristophanes – is reminiscent of Cupcake Wars.  Wait… stay with me here – I promise this will make sense in a second.  So, Cupcake Wars is all about taking the basic ingredients and saying “There … there you go.  You all [...]

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It Is Done – Careful What You Wish For

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 16, 2011 Manhattan

  Site-Specific theatre productions are all the rage now, and in a city like New York where every conceivable set already exists in real life it’s really just a matter of finding the perfect spot for your play to unfold. It Is Done written by Alex Goldberg happens to take place in a bar, but [...]

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23 Feet In 12 Minutes: Redux – A Fringe Festival Success Story

by Stephen Tortora-Lee November 16, 2011 Festivals

15 months ago I had the opportunity to review 23 Feet In 12 Minutes as it premiered in the 2010 NYC Fringe Festival.   Since then this show has made it to New Orleans and back with some wonderful work-shopping in the Cape Cod Theatre Project along the way. It came back to New York as [...]

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Boy Gets Girl – Not Always A Happy Ending

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 15, 2011 Manhattan

Dating in the big city is tough.  There are millions of people, many of them interesting, well educated, good looking.  How does a single girl who works long hours and hasn’t dated since her relationship ended 18 months ago find love again? If you’re Theresa Bedell (Kate Dulcich) you agree to be set up on [...]

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Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays – Before And After “I Do”

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 14, 2011 Manhattan

  Heading into the new play written by an “A-list lineup of writers with 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Obies, 1 Emmy® and 3 Tony® nominations” I expected that the evening would make me laugh … but not till my sides hurt. I expected to be moved … but not to tears.  Standing On Ceremony: The [...]

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Benefit Concert For Ghar Sita Mutu

by Michelle Augello-Page November 10, 2011 Event

A benefit concert is being held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ghar Sita Mutu – “House with a Heart” – a charity that offers a children’s home, a children’s learning center, a women’s training center, and a family outreach program to those living in extreme poverty in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Ghar Sita Mutu Benefit Concert is [...]

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Voices Inside: Playwrights Wanted

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 8, 2011 Theatre

The greatest gift you could give a playwright is time.  Endless time to work and re-work the kinks out of a plot, time to make the characters feel more real, time to make the situations ring more true.  Time to write and re-write until all you are has been put on that page and there’s [...]

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Calamity Jane Is A Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time For Kids Of All Ages

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 7, 2011 Children's Theatre

There are a few things that are crucial when it comes to producing a successful children’s theatre piece. First of all, your story has to be entertaining. Secondly the action has to be fast-paced. And finally, there has to be a strong lesson underneath all the funny costumes, big movements, and thick accents. Because while [...]

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Wasabassco Extravaganza: Better Than Promised … Night One

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 5, 2011 Brooklyn

      Temperatures were rising last night at the first evening of the two part celebration for Doc Wasabassco’s 7th Anniversary Extravaganza. The blazing hot belles were ravishing, revealing and  resplendant as they strutted, sauntered and slowly stripped their way across the stage of The Bell House last night. But that was only part of [...]

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Champagne Pam Is A Fizzy Delight

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 4, 2011 Event

Vocalist Champagne Pam, the Dog Walking Diva had the audience eating out of her palm last night at Don’t Tell Mama, New York’s legendary cabaret room.  With a song list that ranged from jazz to R&B to original songs, every note was a little drop of love for the clients she so adoringly tends to [...]

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The National Acrobats Of The People’s Republic Of China

by Geoffrey Paddy Johnson November 4, 2011 Brooklyn

With the rise (and rise) of circus performances in the mold of Cirque de Soleil, western audiences have become more familiar with the astounding acts of physical ability acrobats can achieve, and also increasingly with an old school notion of razzle-dazzle to accompany such acts. Sets and costumes have evolved to elaborately frame these displays [...]

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Wasabassco Burlesque – Celebrating Seven Years And Still Going Strong

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 3, 2011 Brooklyn

If you’re any kind of regular reader of THM then you know that around here we sure love Burlesque.  Lucky us!  Living in New York City as we do, there is no shortage of fantastic Burlesque performers who constantly and consistently have us hooting and hollering and calling out for more. If you, too, are [...]

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Joe Yoga: Retrospective NYC Tour

by Michelle Augello-Page November 3, 2011 Event

To celebrate a decade of songwriting and playing music, Joe Yoga has put together a Retrospective NYC Tour – five venues, seven days, ten years of songs. Each show in the tour is centered around a different theme, signifying the stops and signposts along his journey over the past ten years. As a singer/songwriter Joe [...]

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Finding Common Ground – Liat Ron And Shelly Feldman Find Out:

by Karen Tortora-Lee November 2, 2011 Interviews

    It’s astonishing that with all Liat Ron and Shelly Feldman have in common they haven’t met already.  They are both talented Israeli-American women working in theater in New York and happen to have shows which are opening presently.   But even though the world of Off-Off Broadway is a small one there’s still [...]

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