What do you get when you mix two parts Talking Heads concept album with a bloody presidential regime and a British DJ? An immersive musical theater production composed by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love tells the story of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ wife, Imelda Marcos, through karaoke, disco dancing, and a lot of projectors. Aggressively original, this show spans countless genres in its genuine effort to convey the story of the Filipino people under the Marcos regime. [click to continue….]
A three-story walk up with a ground floor exclusively dedicated to dumpsters, the Standard Toykraft Theater at 722 Metropolitan Ave is beyond grimy, yet still the New York Neo-Futurists have covered the space in paper-mache insects. A completely different atmosphere from their home venue (a black box under the KGB bar on E 4th Street in Manhattan), this Williamsburg space seats a far smaller audience (barely 20 people) in church pews, the stage consisting of a sectioned off portion of floor. [click to continue….]
After decades of waiting, Pippin is back on Broadway! Eager audiences are ready to either see the show for a first time or relive memories from the past. The audience was filled with joy and excitement as we awaited the curtain to open for the final night of previews. With the famous first line, “We’ve got work to do,” director Diane Paulus takes the story of the young boy Pippin to a whole new level. While keeping the original music and story line, the general feel of the play has changed as the performers are transformed into a cast of circus performers. [click to continue….]
Does your life suck? Are you still looking for your purpose in life? Well, welcome to Avenue Q, a musical where monsters, puppets, talking bears, and humans live and frolic in a non-sugarcoated reality. While we are always pining to escape from the harsh realities of the real world, our puppet friends on Avenue Q teach us to face the fact that, in short, life sucks. Nevertheless, this satirical Tony Award winning Off-Broadway production also reminds us that even when faced with obstacles and the painful truth, we can still have a hilarious and entertaining time. [click to continue….]
“I was never the same man twice,” Shakespeare laments. By play’s end, we come to realize how very true this is. The Last Will opens with Shakespeare’s not so triumphant return to Stratford-upon-Avon after the destruction of his beloved Globe Theatre. His wife, Anne, greets him with mixed feelings. She’s thrilled that he’s finally returned, but angered by his twenty-seven year absence, an absence that caused him to miss the burial of Hamnet, his only son. [click to continue….]
Last Man Club, directed and written by Randy Sharp, brings an eye-opening view into the horrors of the American Dust Bowl during the 1930s. The set is remarkably successful in transporting the audience into the time period and creating believable scenery for the occasion. Although the production design is moderately simple, the costumes, props, lighting and perfectly timed sound creates an authentic atmosphere and experience of enlightenment to the history of America’s anguish in the West.
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Over forty years ago, a little musical about a young man trying to find meaning in his life premiered to an astounded audience in New York. The musical, Pippin, garnered an impressive five Tony Awards and soon became the talk of The Big Apple. With music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked,Godspell,Children of Eden), this musical boasts classic scenes of suspense and wonder.
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