Saturday, June 7, 2014

Anthem: The Musical with Randy Jones of the Village People

Anthem: The Musical

Directed, Choreographed & Designed by Rachel Klein
Featuring Jason Gotay, Remy Zaken with Jenna Leigh Green
and Randy Jones of the Village People as the evil overlord, Tiberius!
Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theater
45 Bleecker Street
New York NY 10012

Information at the link:

LINK: Athem: The Musical

BAM presents Everybooty

BAM presents
Curated by SPANK, HEY QUEEN!, Earl Dax, and Big Art Group
Everybooty returns to BAM to celebrate Pride month Brooklyn style. Featuring the city’s hottest LGBT artists and DJs, with installations, music, performances, dancing, and drinks filling the BAM Fisher from basement to rooftop until 2am.

Click on the link for more information and tickets

LINK: BAM presents Everybooty Brooklyn Pride Party

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

29x/y - A New Play By Marcus Yi

Having seen The Procedure, we were eager to see Marcus Yi's latest play. If you're in NYC this coming weekend and have an appetite for raw, experimental, youthful, casual and fun theater, your last chance to see his 29x/y will be Saturday at 11AM or Sunday at 1:30PM.

From the author's website: "29x/y is a collage theater piece. 29 segments written in 29 days in the 29th year of the playwrights life, this is a play that fuses monologues, songs, dance and experiments in theatrical statements. Confessional monologues from a bathhouse, fag hag haters, dysfunctional ex-lovers, dancing Republicans, eccentric want-ads and Super Mario fetishists all make an appearance to help you understand the meaning of 29x/y."

I'm glad I went, but I remain convinced that what Yi needs is a good editor because the contents of both plays range from the very good to the very bad. For instance, in 29x/y, there is a slide show on a side wall of the theater going on during the play. It adds nothing to what happens on stage. After the play, I learned that in an earlier production elsewhere, those slides were an integral part of the set, forming the background to the action. The logistics of this performance space did not permit that, so Yi chose to have someone sitting in the front row working a slide projector aimed at one side of the audience space. No. (If you go, try to ignore the slides and the awful light from the projector.)

Surprisingly funny—because as a gimmick it could have been both annoying and flat— were two scenes in which the characters repeat only one word or phrase, such as "whatever," throughout the bit. I'd gladly watch those scenes again.

29x/y contains a whole slew of really good young actors who perfectly inhabit Yi's material. They seem very much at home in his head where they frequently and smoothly rearrange the furniture and the action giving us a well-paced composite that is engaging and humorous.

Two performers stand out. Caroline Mahoney elevates a bit about hamsters with adroit and polished delivery adding savory ingredients to the material.

Monique Sanchez has that rare and indefinable kind of stage presence that doesn't allow you to take your eyes off her.  Her delivery is instinctive. While others have to tell their face or limbs what to do on stage, she seems to simply flip a switch at each entrance and suddenly the lighting and the action around her seem brighter. Watching her, I kept thinking of Julie Halston or Christine Baranski. I hope she has a long and wonderful performing career.

29x/y is a "Hey, it is what it is" kind of play. Marcus Yi continues to pursue his colorful route as a playwright like someone blindfolded and rowing a boat under the Bow Bridge in Central Park. He'll take us on a lively ride, bumping into things that almost capsize us. A good editor/advisor would make for a smoother excursion, but we don't say no to the possibility of future outings.

Paradise Factory, at 64th E. 4th St New York NY 10003.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Painted Stained Glass By Joseph Cavalieri

What: Painted Stained Glass Works of Joseph Cavalieri, an Art Exhibit
Where: Better Being 940.
537 9th Av @ 40th St  Mon-Fri 8am-9:30pm. (212) 858-9448
When: Opening March 13 from 6-8pm.
Exhibit continues to July 12th, 2014.

Isaac Hayes, Agnes Moorehead and a blue Jacqueline Kennedy, are some of the personalities featured in an exhibit of the works of East Village glass artist Joseph Cavalieri. These graphic portraits use hand lettered and silk-screened processes on stained glass, a technique which dates back to Medieval times. The collection of over 12 works show off Cavalieri’s unique sense of humor and master of the craft, all at ‘Better Being 940’ in Hell’s Kitchen, serving daily changing, hot, delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner. Art is for sale, starting at $330.

Friday, February 21, 2014

k.d. lang on broadway in After Midnight

After Midnight

k.d. lang joins the cast of After Midnight running right now until March 9th.  Even if she wasn't involved it would be completely worth your time seeing such a fantastic cast of dancers, singers, performers and the spot-on Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars.  I saw this show at City Center last year, as a special performance called The Cotton Club Parade, and this transfer to Broadway maintains all the excitement, fun, and pure musical talent.  Click the above link for more information.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Can We Come To The Table?

"From Alan Bounville’s 6,000-mile walk across the USA for gender and sexual orientation equality, comes the new interview-based play, Can We Come to the Table? - Stories About Gender Identity, Gender Expression, & Sexual Orientation. The play includes meticulously transcribed stories with people Bounville met along his walking journey."