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May 22, 2015
We are watching a play unfold as typed through the eyes of a 14 year old. In this case, it’s Charlie – representing Gurney — and his stage direction and select lines slide across a screen. It is a unique way to spin theatrical material, as if it’s unfurling, and to help emphasize it, a drummer sits off to the side on the stark stage, creating beats like a punctuation point.
Set in the ’40s, Charlie’s father is away at war, so he’s vacationing with his mom and older sister at Lake Eerie, where he yearns to abandon his Latin studies, bust loose and make his own decisions. This includes getting a job with the “pig woman,” an eccentric outcast (played with the usual delight — and poignancy by the always wonderful Kristine Nielsen). In exchange for various chores he does for her, he gets paid a small amount but gets a big dose of introduction to the arts, as she endeavors to unleash his creative spirit, or at least nurture it. As a former art teacher, taking Charlie under her wing clearly strokes her and reconnects her with Charlie’s WASPy mother, with whom she has her own history.
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May 12, 2015
Alvin Ailey Award recipient and choreographer Dr. Rennie Harris has returned to The New Victory Theatre with his company of young performers, Rennie Harris Awe-inspiring Works (RHAW), in LUV: AMERICAN-STYLE running through May 17th.
In LUV: AMERICAN-STYLE, Dr. Harris’ laws of hip hop—individuality, creativity and innovation—rule as the energetic young RHAW crew rocks out using popping & boogaloo, B-Boying and hip hop to vividly tell the story of a teenage boy searching for his purpose and place in society.
Brandyn (Mr. Harris’s eldest son Brandyn) likes a girl (Katia Cruz) but has trouble approaching her. Seen as a daydreamer by friends and family, he feels pressured to grow up, get a job and be responsible, and then suddenly finds himself wrongly incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Inspired by and performed to such classic rock songs as “Flash” by Queen, and “Colour My World” and “Free” by Chicago, the performance for the song “Flash” is particularly compelling. The young, athletic cast is appealing, and some of the high energy acrobatics are spectacular.
This show was more impressive than I imagined. Not only were the performances strong, but the message was equally powerful….and, certainly timely….in light of recent racial … Continue reading..
May 8, 2015
If there ever was a demonic alter ego that will go down in theatrical history, he’s currently on stage at the Booth Theatre.
Hand to God, opened on Broadway on April 7th, marking the Broadway debut (and an impressive one) of playwright Robert Askins, and introducing audiences to Tyrone, the sock puppet from Hell they will never forget. Noting is sacred when Tyrone is around, not even Christ or the church. This is a biting black comedy, literally….at times screamingly funny, yet with a gnawing undercurrent of angst.
In Hand to God, we also meet three teenagers who participate in a Christian Puppet Ministry at their local church in the devoutly religious small town of Cypress, Texas. One is Jason, who is grieving the loss of father, another is sincere, bespectacled Jessica, who is the object of his affection, and the third is the strapping, wise-talking Timothy who lusts after Jason’s mother, Margery, who dutifully leads the puppet practice as they gear up for a church performance. Also vying for Margery’s affection is the church pastor Greg. But, on the heels of her husband’s death, sex is not high on Margery’s list, or so it seems, as she endeavors to … Continue reading..
May 7, 2015
If you want the best prices on rentals cars, flights, cruises, or hotel rooms, you need to be savvy when it comes to traveling. Here are a handful of budget travel tips that everyone who’s planning a trip should know.
1. There’s a hotel in your price range. Whether you’re looking for hotels in Rome or you’re going somewhere less popular, it’s possible to score a great price on a room. Don’t book the first low-cost room you find. Make sure the hotel is close to where you’ll be visiting during the day, too. Then, call the hotel to ask if they can offer a lower price or price-match a budget website’s price.
2. Purchase airline tickets around eight weeks before your trip. By booking on a Tuesday, you’re bound to get the best price available. Also, stay in touch with your preferred airline on social media. They’ll often post about special offers on their social media accounts, even if it’s not on their website.
3. Get your rental car first thing. By being the first person to show up, you could get a great upgrade without having to spend any extra money. Early in the morning, a lot of … Continue reading..
May 7, 2015
The last few weeks have been hell on wheels. I’ve been searching for answers, and I feel I’m approaching some deep, meaningful, ones. I am so amazed at where the knowledge comes from. I just hope I can relay them in words. It’s more of a feeling that I have.
I have been looking for a bright side, in the darkness, and it’s amazing how the insightful answers come to me, in all forms of media, at all times of the day or night, it has to be an act of God! There is no such thing as coincidence. Sometimes wisdom comes from the most unlikely sources. And here are a few:
My daughter needs shorts, like three days ago! I took her to the dollar store, to pick up a few pairs, for now. Her last years shorts are tight, and she never complains, but mama knows, she’ll feel better in shorts that fit, and she doesn’t care that the shorts are from the dollar store. I’m feeling good that the two of us are going to the dollar store, she has always loved going, and then we’ll go off to get a few groceries. This is not our … Continue reading..
May 7, 2015
Book, Music & Lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino
Directed By Fiely A. Matias
Westside Theatre Upstairs – 407 West 43rd St (between 9th & 10th Avenues), NYC
Featuring Jen Bechter, Alison Burns, Karen Burthwright, Becky Gulsvig, Michelle Knight, Erin Leigh Peck, Lulu Picart, Soara-Joye Ross
Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses take the stage in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know; these royal renegades toss off their tiaras in the “delightfully rowdy, hilarious, ebullient” (TheaterMania) hit that NBC New York calls “funny, irreverent, and totally DISENCHANTED!” “Clear your calendar and buy a ticket today!!” (BroadwayBox)
Mondays 7pm | Tuesdays 7pm | Thursday 8pm |Friday 8pm | Saturday 3pm & 8pm | Sunday 3pm & 7:30pm
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$49.50 (reg. $89.50) for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday performances
$59.50 (reg. $89.50) for Friday, Saturday, Sunday performances
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May 6, 2015
What to write about each week can sometimes be difficult when life feels like _____________ (fill in the superlative of your choice). I have no inspiring words, no personal epiphany. I am dog paddling, trying to keep my head above water. Mostly I feel embarrassed by my situation. It’s hard to be in one’s 50’s and feel like such a personal failure in one’s career. There is so much static floating about in the world—in my world—that it’s hard to think.
Read the “paper” or any media and one can feel paralyzed by the onslaught of everything: food issues, child rearing, women’s issues, race issues, natural disasters and the nuances in all of it. Don’t read anything and face one’s own personal disasters: horrific financial situation, lack of work, aging as a woman, feeling like a crappy parent and difficulties with a husband.
I find myself angry that I want things that are difficult to attain. I wonder why I can’t just settle for basic or simple. I have always been this way. It isn’t from media, or girlfriends or even light romantic comedies, it just is. As my mom explained once “I want what I want when I want … Continue reading..
May 5, 2015
***Adapted from Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself by Ylonda Gault Caviness. © 2015 by Ylonda Gault Caviness. Jeremy P. Tarcher Books, Penguin Group USA, Penguin Random House.
I was alone in my funk—a recurring theme. It’s not that I didn’t want another baby. For years, I’d hoped to have three kids. But with the failed pregnancies, I’d given up on the idea. Who doesn’t want a baby? What I didn’t want was yet another miscarriage. And no matter how far my pregnancy progressed, I could not erase the thought of loss at some point. I was quietly preparing for what I thought was inevitable. And I didn’t dare tell anyone the fear I was harboring. How could I?
Pregnancy is supposed to make everyone happy. People approach you all amped up. No one wants to talk about heartburn or constipation, let alone death. The assumption is automatically: You are with child; you will soon have child. To speak on anything other than sunshine, flowers, and new life would be ungrateful—ungodly even.
Once I got past the three-month mark, most of my worst-case-scenario anxieties should have subsided. They didn’t. I endured … Continue reading..