You Are In An Open Field is a cute nerdcore musical from the New York Neo Futurists. If you are a nerd with any knowledge of gaming, this is a truly wonderful play. For those of you who aren’t, or are looking for a traditional musical, this play (while the plot might seem confusing) makes up for its thoroughly nontraditional ways by being funny and entertaining.
The play revolves around three main characters, the players; Marta, Adam, and Kevin R Free, with occasional guest spots by the Troll and the Dungeonmaster (not their listed titles, but their roles nonetheless). Marta wants to breath underwater, Adam wants to firebend, and Kevin wants to fly. [click to continue….]
At the International Center of Photography (ICP), I was apprehensive. My grandfather and great-grandfather were both photographers, during World Wars I and II. I knew that photography could be art, but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this. While the title of Weegee‘s exhibition,”Murder is My Business,” was promising, this was back in the earlier 1900′s. They wouldn’t be that graphic, right?
Wrong. [click to continue….]
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Bartha and Camille Mana in “Asuncion". Photo Credit: Ari Mintz.
The simple stage of Jesse Eisenberg’s new play Asuncion (produced by the Rattlestick Theater Company) is an apartment of at least two single males. As the lights go on, we watch a man in his late twenties, smoking pot, wander out on the stage, light candles, and start playing with a keyboard and African drum.
Eisenberg makes it very clear very early on, in conversations, props, and set pieces, the characters’ interpretations of racial differences. Edgar is against racial hatred to the extent that he was extremely racist – assuming Asuncion (a female character who comes into their lives) is a prostitute from a slum and running from the mob, and that was the reason his brother (her husband) is having her stay with Edgar and Vinny. Edgar spends the entire week Asuncion is staying with them gathering ‘proof’ that she is a prostitute, all of which comes out when, at the end of the week, all three of them are high on LSD, Vinny shows the list to Asuncion. [click to continue….]