Three New York Neo-Futurists create their own versions of Zork, Minecraft and Zelda in their first Nerdcore musical
It’s a small room, but I have no complaints. You Are In An Open Field, playing at HERE in lower Manhattan, is a comedy based on three friends who refuse that reality is better than the fantasy world of video games. As the audience walks in, they see a couch on the right of the stage with all the actors’ props behind it. To the left, two men in casual jean-and-t-shirt apparel are accessorized with an electric guitar and key tar, and play the electric-nerdy music composed by Carl Riehl. These electric-nerdy beats include various samples from video games such as Pac-Man and Zork.
Kevin R. Free, Adam Smith, and Maria Rainer play themselves, as the three best friends whose reality becomes, unclear to the audience, morphs with a video game. [click to continue….]
Peggy, Sidney, and Donald Loving playing. Photo by Grey Villet, © Estate of Grey Villet.
Located on 1133 Avenue of the Americas on 43rd Street is the International Center for Photography, also known as ICP. Here, you can discover photography as old as its origin to collections by artists today. The photographers on display not only captured a moment, but created a piece of artwork by smartly taking the photograph in a certain angle at a specific time.
Artists such as Weegee (1899-1968), captured the intense decade between 1935 through 1946 in New York City while working as a crime photographer in the exhibition playfully titled, “Weegee: Murder is My Business.” One photograph from April 16, 1942 captured the irony of the moment as the police investigate a dead body sprawled across the pavement in front of a theater showing the movie, “The Joy of Living.” Weegee always focused on the scene rather than on a certain object. His photographs were centered on the incident’s surrounding, rather than the actual incident.
The most poignant exhibition at the ICP was “The Loving Story” photographed by Grey Villet. [click to continue….]
Brent Barrett brings humor to the horrifying role of Hannibal Lector. Photo credit: Sara Krulwich.
Most who have seen “The Silence of the Lambs” could ever say laughing was apart of their agenda, unless you watched Silence! The Musical, a musical parody of the 1991 thriller; satirizes Jodie Foster’s and Anthony Hopkins’ roles as Clarice Starling and Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lector. Theater 80’s ambiance gives off a feeling of a Prohibition-era bar, which is the perfect setting for Silence! as its audience can feel the eerie aura the theater’s décor gives off.
People who have seen “Silence of the Lambs” are already familiar with it’s suspenseful plot twists and turns. [click to continue….]
Your character is who you are when no one is looking, yet your character isn’t derived from thin air. It’s gradually sculpted and formed by the people you know. Whether for good or the bad, your family and friends mold you into the person you will become. So how much can a neurotic best friend and an agoraphobic mother tell about a couple’s relationship? A whole lot, actually.
Kin, beautifully written by Bathsheba Doran and produced at Playwrights Horizons, follows the romance between a Columbia English professor (Kristen Bush) and an Irish personal trainer (Patch Darragh) through their kinships with their inner circles. Interestingly, the play is unfolded through the giant, white rectangle that acts as a frame (among other things), capturing important events in the character’s lives. [click to continue….]
The Public Theater’s Urge for Going, written by the very talented Mona Mansour, captures the essence of every teenager’s urge to see the world. Headstrong Jamila (Tala Ashe) is a teenage Palestinian girl who is growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp. Doing well in school, and acing her exams is her only way out. However, her inspiration, her intelligent father (a solemn Ramsey Faragallah), also becomes her biggest challenge in succeeding. His tough love can remind anyone of his or her own stern father. Also, the constant noise of her uncles bickering while she’s studying is quite definitely her second problem.
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