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Off-Off-Broadway

themaiden

In the dark and hazy mirrored halls a woman stands teetering on a towering wooden stool – eyes blindfolded and arms shackled to the ceiling.  She is motionless, speechless; an altogether eerie presence. Beneath her in the darkness, piles of whitewashed suitcases act as a barrier between her world and some other place. She is ... Read The Full Article...

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Basic Help Show Photo 3 PHOTO CREDIT REBECCA BICKLEY

Strangedog Theatre’s Basic Help begins with a situation that is all too familiar to anyone who has ever spent endless minutes weaving through the labyrinth of telephone prompts in the hopes of eventually getting to speak with a live person who can actually help you. We first come upon Cynthia (Megan Greener) at this exact moment ... Read The Full Article...

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Antonia Lassar and Maria Gilhooley (Photo by: Keke Brown)

These days, say “Tina and Amy” and immediately a comedic pair pop into your head – no last names or context necessary.  No “Tina Fey from …” or “You know, they hosted the …” Yeah.  None of that.  Which, of course is exactly why all funny little girls with funny little best friends now have ... Read The Full Article...

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C_cabaret

One of the best things about the Frigid Festival as a whole is how innovative, experimental, unfiltered and uninhibited it is.  But that’s nothing compared to what happens each night, for while the last show of the evening is taking its bows, UNDER St. Marks gears up for its traditional midnight show.  For five years ... Read The Full Article...

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For Body And Light

For Body And Light is so ethereal that to try and describe it flows beyond the bounds of a normal review. It’s almost as if what is expressed cannot be caught – or recreated … or defined with enough fluency to properly convey the experience of this breathtakingly beautiful production from TRAVAIL ROUGE now playing ... Read The Full Article...

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Mental disorder is a prickly theme for a comedian, at once courting a humane sympathetic response all but extinguishing of levity, while summoning a degraded, inhumane call for ridicule – an entirely viler form of laughter. As a chosen topic it is demanding, requiring skillful handling, but there are some who seem qualified to do ... Read The Full Article...

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I Shall Forget You Presently (Amy Overman/Nicole Lee Aiossa/Cara Moretto/Jennifer Gill/Rachel Grundy) [Photo by Theresa Unfried]

She was a woman … a poet … a lover. She was found at the bottom of the stairs. She made the city – she WAS the city.  She was from the country. I’d never read her … These are some of the overlapping and recurring words of The Dysfunctional Theatre Company‘s theatrical piece I Shall ... Read The Full Article...

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Loss Of Breath

  Watching the performers in Playlab‘s production, Professor Ralph’s Loss of Breath, can shortly leave you in ready sympathy with the central character’s unlikely plight. The proceedings move at such a rate, the lines flow at such a pace, you’ll be virtually breathless trying to keep up. You needn’t fret unduly, however, if you miss ... Read The Full Article...

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There’s nothing new about a story where a prostitute gets paid just to talk.  It’s a long-standing plot device –  putting a well meaning hooker with a heart of gold in a position where she’s expected to be equal parts sex kitten, psychiatrist and mother confessor.  However, playwright Ryan Sprague offers up this device to ... Read The Full Article...

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charlotte

The idea behind Megan O’Leary‘s play Charlotte the Destroyer is at once intellectually brilliant and artistically fecund. An author of a series of successful children’s stories featuring the character of a a young girl, Charlotte, elects to write a novel in which her youthful star will grow up. She chooses to do so, however, at ... Read The Full Article...

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SOMETHING WICKED

Anaïs Koivisto’s Something Wicked, produced by the Everyday Inferno Theatre Company as part of this year’s Frigid New York Festival, consists almost entirely of original lines from Shakespeare‘s Macbeth, cropped and re-arranged in deconstructed collage form to explore, in a very modern way, the character and motivations of its notorious anti-heroine, Lady Macbeth. Academically of ... Read The Full Article...

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Petunia and Chicken 4

There’s something immediately audacious and comical about compressing a voluminous turn of the century literary oeuvre into a one hour performance piece. When said performance is delivered by just two actors, deploying only a hat and a scarf as props, the ante rises significantly. As does the challenge. Such is the project Carrie Brown and ... Read The Full Article...

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