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Strong Words From Tin House

Strong Words From Tin House

Photo by Darius Suziedelis Elissa Shapelle, seen here at a previous Pen Parentis event, returns (along with Tin House colleagues Elissa Schappell and Matthew Specktor) to the Feb. 11 salon. BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Put those deadlines on hold, ditch the kids for a few hours and head to the Andaz Wall Street hotel — […]

Generating ‘black theater’ for today’s generation

Generating ‘black theater’ for today’s generation

The cast of “Lord’s Resistance” — Camille Darby’s play about a former Ugandan child soldier who finds familiar conflict, after he’s adopted by a suburban Chicago family. PHOTO BY LIA CHANG BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  It’s quite possible that 59-year-old actor Denzel Washington spent this past Monday night contemplating his role as 30-something Walter Lee […]

Here he is, Mr. Lower East Side

Here he is, Mr. Lower East Side

Matthew Silver: Your Mr. Lower East Side, 2014 (center, flanked by Faceboy on the right). PHOTO BY WALTER WLODARCZYK BY REV. JEN  (rev-jen.com)  |  Fifteen years ago, I noticed a disturbing trend in the world of Downtown performance art: lots of female nudity and almost no male nudity. Boobs were flappin’ in the breeze on […]

A (Downtown) room of one’s own

A (Downtown) room of one’s own

Hector Arce-Espasas’ past work includes 2011’s “No, These Are Not Paintings They Are Pineapple Déco.” PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND LMCC BY SAM SPOKONY  |  It’s tough to write and direct a play that explores modern technology, nuclear disasters and the prospect of some future world war — and it’s even tougher when you […]

What’s new, at the Flea’s old digs

What’s new, at the Flea’s old digs

A tried and true WASP, in a ‘Bats’ cave: A.R. Gurney’s “Family Furniture” is the playwright’s eight world premiere, at the Flea. PHOTO BY JOAN MARCUS BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Family Furniture” is playwright A.R. Gurney’s eighth world premiere at The Flea. Thomas Kail, a 2008 Tony nominee for “In The Heights,” directs a cast […]

Have yourself a darkly odd Christmas

Have yourself a darkly odd Christmas

Laurel and Hardy, in the sweet but unsettling “Babes in Toyland.” HAL ROACH STUDIOS BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  Christmas is usually associated with brightness:  the North Star over Bethlehem, the lights on a Christmas tree, the whiteness of snow, the silver of tinsel. Fairy tales, on the other hand, are notoriously dark, with their […]

Mad diary of ‘Anne Franxploitation’

Mad diary of ‘Anne Franxploitation’

Not for the easily offended: Betsy Salkind, as Ethel Spiliotes, in “Anne Frank Superstar.” PHOTO BY GAIL A. HALAHAN BY SCOTT STIFFLER   |   West coast comic Betsy Salkind cut her choppers in 80s-era Boston — when stand-up was still an insular (mostly white) boy’s club. During a rare turn at the mic, she staged […]

Puppet Master

Puppet Master

“The God Projekt” debuts at the La MaMa Puppet Series (Nov. 14-24) PHOTO BY NASHALINA SCHRAPE BY MARTIN DENTON  (of indietheaternow.com)  |  I  remember vividly the moment I knew Kevin Augustine was a genius. It was a sultry August afternoon in 1999. I was sitting in the audience in the now-defunct Collective Unconscious space on […]

‘The Mutilated’ is a Magical Gumbo You Won’t Soon Forget

‘The Mutilated’ is a Magical Gumbo You Won’t Soon Forget

Mink Stole (left) and Penny Arcade are a spectacular study in realism vs. expressionism. Photo by Scott Wynn BY TRAV S.D. (travsd.wordpress.com)   |   What a pleasant surprise! I went to the current revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1965 “The Mutilated” to watch two heavyweights slug it out and received that spectacle in spades, plus a good deal […]

Just Do Art

Just Do Art

Firewalkers: The Pink Room returns on Oct. 30, with another David Lynch-themed night of burlesque.   THE PINK ROOM: DAVID LYNCH BURLESQUE Recent Internet whispers of a new network (or Netflix) life for the still-influential David Lynch/Mark Frost TV series “Twin Peaks” proved to be little more than wishful thinking. The good news? The next best […]