Intern’s Pick

Each week, one of our teen programs interns presents their top picks of arts and cultural events just for you. This week’s picks are from Keila Peralta.

ForeverForever Image
Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23 @ 2PM & 8PM; Sunday May 24 @ 2PM
New York Theater Workshop
79 East Fourth Street
New York, NY, US, 10003
$5 with High 5 Tickets

Long-time New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman, Monster, The Gimmick) returns to the Workshop with an uplifting semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. Forever draws from Orlandersmith’s own pilgrimage to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris — the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. At the graveside of these timeless artists, Orlandersmith finds unexpected grace in a gripping tale of the legacy a daughter inherits from her mother.

The Tempest – Shakespeare in the ParkThe Tempest_Interns Pick
March 27 – July 5, 2015 @ 12:00PM
The Delacourt Theaeter in Central Park
81 Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Free Tickets

It’s one of Shakespeare’s classics! Prospero unleashes a storm to shipwreck his traitor brother who stole his throne, settling the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is flipped around by newfound love in this masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.” Tony Award nominee Michael Grief directs and you will see Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston return. Shakespeare in the Park is presented by The Public Theater.

Simon Hantai Pliage: The First DecadeSimon Hantai Pliage_Intern Pick
April 28 – June 26, 2015, Tue–Sat @ 10AM–5:30PM
45 E 78th St.
Mnuchin Gallery
New York, NY 10075
Free

In 1960 Hantaï, a Hungarian-born French artist, developed a style he called “pliage.” It involved folding, crumpling, tying and trampling on canvas before painting the areas left exposed. This show revisits his earliest efforts with the technique that became his signature and defined his role as one of postwar Europe’s key abstractionists.

Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumGuggenheim Building
Friday – Wednesday @ 10AM-5:45PM
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
Admit 2 people for $5 with High 5 Tickets

An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

 

Theater at the Disco

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. [Read more…]

A Giant Impact

Giantdirected by Michael Grief and based of the 1952 novel written by Edna Ferber, is the story of a man trying to protect  his home of Texas while creating a family. Jordan Benedict, known as Bick (Brian D’Arcy James) basically runs his town in Texas and plans on keeping it the way it was run by his ancestors. He falls in love with Leslie (Kate Baldwin) and marries her despite the disapproval of his sister Luz (Michele Pawk).

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Giant at the Public

If you are a fan of excess in a play then Giant is surely for you. That title might ring a bell, if you’ve read the book, by Edna Ferber, or perhaps seen the movie, directed by George Stevens. The play is set Texas, spanning a number of years, but starting in the 1920s. Jorden “Bick” Brendon falls in love with Leslie, who comes from a sheltered life in Virginia. Leslie, has to learn to adjust to life at a cattle ranch and to deal with the Texas matriarchy. Problems arise, such as Bick’s sister’s disapproval of Leslie, racism, and the change of farmland to oil wells. While it’s fun to watch people in western outfits run around and proclaim their love for the land, the highlight of the play was the orchestra. The music and lyrics by Michael John Lachiusa are very impressive. The orchestra is set up so it floats above the stage in plain view of the audience. The play uses many screens and different types of lighting to make the musicians sometimes disappear and become the endless Texas sky. [Read more…]

The Total Bent

"...the tone, vocals and lyrics were so soulful it had to be sinful." Photo by Joseph Moran

“Ya know it’s funny how things seem one way, then you find out things ain’t the way they looked to you” (Bad da Boom)

This was just one of the many tunes I had gleefully stuck in my head a week after seeing The Total Bent. The production was directed by the well known Joanna Settle at The Public Theater, a venue that is known for actors who deliver performances to remember.

The Total Bent is a musical about the struggle between a father and son duo. The scenes transpired in a recording studio where the protagonist, Marty Roy, fights what he believes to be the injustice that was imposed upon him. Marty wants to sing Rock and Roll and wear tight leather pants. Instead his father, Joe Roy who learned from the mistakes he made with his wife, insists on forcing Marty to sing southern Christian songs; the kind that speaks to the hearts of the “white people.”  The actors take you through the struggles that Marty faces when he challenges his father’s authority while also keeping you wandering about the mystery behind his mothers death. Hints such as the mentioning of a tragedy involving his mother, were slyly thrown our way in order to leave us pondering as to why Marty truly hates his father. One of the direct struggles we went through with Marty was the loss of his electricity due to unpaid bills. The use of lighting completely engulfed us into his experience. The play entertains and is purposely filled with contradictions where Joe would yell something obscene at Marty; like orders to sing his “church song, bitch!”

It all kept my eyes glued to the stage. [Read more…]