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2012 FRIGID FESTIVAL

2012 FRIGID FESTIVAL

What do cell phones, natural disasters, and the industrial revolution have in common? LOL: The End (written and performed by Michi Ilona Osato, Una Aya Osato, and Yoshimasa “Sen” Osato) sets out to investigate how the world got to where it is, starting with Man’s earliest domination over nature in order to create shelter, and [...]

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The Happiest Medium review by guest contributor Katelyn Manfre. Down at UNDER St. Marks there are four ladies discussing it. The big, black elephant in the room. Death. Terrifying, heartbreaking and unrelentingly emotional, losing a loved one is a different journey for us all, but it is in the commonality that we find comfort. In Death: [...]

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The Happiest Medium review by guest contributor Katelyn Manfre It’s tough out there for a single girl. It’s especially tough out there for a single girl with a habit of substance abuse and an absent father. But Nicole Pandolfo bravely lays it on the line for us in Love in the Time of Chlamydia running [...]

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Missed Connections: An Exploration Into The Online Postings Of Desperate Romantics (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by The Happiest Medium February 28, 2012 Festivals

The Happiest Medium Review by guest contributor Linnea Covington Whether you’re M4W, W4M, M4M, or W4W, there is something for everyone in Missed Connections: An Exploration Into The Online Postings Of Desperate Romantics. The play consists of five actors—Jennifer Jean Anderson, Ricky Dunlop, Lauren Roth, Jake McKenna, and Julia Mattison—five Kindles, a handful of accents, and a whole [...]

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The Stranger To Kindness: City Of Strangers (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 28, 2012 Festivals

More often than not, when the question of “how do you want to die” comes up the answer is often “in my sleep” or “surrounded by my friends and family”.  The hope of most human beings is that, when it’s our turn to check out, we do so peacefully and with someone caring by our [...]

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Drowning Ophelia: She Gets On Swimmingly (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by The Happiest Medium February 28, 2012 Festivals

The Happiest Medium Review by guest contributor Linnea Covington The term “rock musical” can mean a variety of things, most of them not very good. But in Zack Powell and JD Cannady’s Drowning Ophelia, the musical aspect is all part of the story and the story rocks on its own. Cannady, who wrote the book, manages [...]

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Big Plastic Heroes: Good Things Come In Big Plastic Packages (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 28, 2012 Festivals

  To say I was “pleasantly surprised” by Slash Coleman‘s solo show Big Plastic Heroes currently playing at UNDER St. Marks as part of the FRIGID Festival is an understatement.  All signs pointed to this show being a raucous, self-aggrandizing narcissistic sausage-fest devoted to testosterone-ladened cultural touchstones and overblown Americana.  After all, the artwork for the [...]

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I Married A Nun! – And That’s Just The Beginning … (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by The Happiest Medium February 27, 2012 Festivals

The Happiest Medium Review by Guest Contributor Katelyn Manfre People are always telling D’yan Forest to “act her age.” For her, that is simply unacceptable. At 77 years young, when D’yan has seen, experienced, and gone to bed with so much of the world, she simply hasn’t been able to settle into her age. In [...]

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I’m Only Explaining This Once: A Rosen By Any Other Name … (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 27, 2012 Festivals

Not everyone got the kind of name that looks good on a marquee or sounds good in the sentence ” … and the award for best actor goes to …”.  And let’s all just admit it now: no one really knew how to pronounce “Gyllenhaal” till several movies in, and even then it took TWO [...]

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Blind To Happiness: To See Or Not To See (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by The Happiest Medium February 27, 2012 Festivals

The Happiest Medium Review by Guest Contributor Katelyn Manfre We live in a difficult world, rife with headaches and hardships. Each day new problems arise, and we are forced to self-diagnose and medicate to calm the stresses, the woes. But what if we didn’t–what if we made the very specific choice to just be happy? Is [...]

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Rabbit Island: No Man Is A Rabbit (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Karen Tortora-Lee February 26, 2012 Festivals

“How long does it take to become a true New Yorker?” Obviously playwright Chris Harcum goes right for the tough questions in his play, Rabbit Island, currently playing in the Kraine Theatre as part of the 2012 Frigid Festival. When we first meet Alex (Ethan Angelica) he is nervously pinging around his therapist’s office, a desperate Canadian transplant [...]

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The Terrible Manpain Of Umberto MacDougal: The Total Package Of Manpain (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Stephen Tortora-Lee February 26, 2012 Festivals

Because Frigid slots are limited to 60 minutes some shows have needed to trim their original running time.  Cutting down some of the material can sometimes break a beautifully crafted piece, as you just can’t fit it all in. Not so for Emleigh Wolf who has been bringing The Terrible Manpain of Umberto MacDougal to various [...]

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‘Til Love Do Us Part – Love You To Death (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Michelle Augello-Page February 26, 2012 FRIGID 2012

    ‘T’il Love Do Us Part is a dark play about love, life, and death, written by Andrew Hall and directed by Cameron J. Marcotte. Part absurd, part realism, and part cautionary tale, the whole of this play centers upon the relationship between John and Virginia Walker. The audience is taken on a journey [...]

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Afternoon Tea With Jane Austen: Cups And Chronicles (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by The Happiest Medium February 25, 2012 Festivals

The Happiest Medium Review by Guest Contributor Linnea Covington   Most little girls grow up reading the works of Jane Austen, be it Emma, Sense and Sensibility, or Pride and Prejudice. Some boys also read her stories, but usually that’s a school assignment. But, no matter how you digest this early 19th Century author, one [...]

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Breathe, Love, Repeat: A Near Life Experience (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Geoffrey Paddy Johnson February 25, 2012 Festivals

  Suzen Murakoshi‘s self-authored, one-woman performance, Breathe, Love, Repeat, presently playing at Under St. Marks as part of this year’s Frigid New York Festival, is an autobiographical recounting of her last days with her mother. For anybody this might represent a daunting theme, vast, self-examining, possibly too much. But Murakoshi has an imaginary alter ego to [...]

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Coosje: The “Play” Is The Thing, But Each “Thing” Is A Collaboration (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Stephen Tortora-Lee February 25, 2012 Festivals

A pear is always more than just a pear and a man is more than the sum of his collaborations.   Coosje the story of Claes Oldenburg (played by Steven Conroy) and his long-time collaborator and wife Coosje van Bruggen (played by Julie Congress). It is also the story of a Pear who is “self-aware” [...]

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