There is no doubt that the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a spectacular and talented group of performers, but it was only until a June night in Lincoln Center that I was able to witness the clear passion of all the dancers on stage. Besides the beauty of the venue, it was amazing to watch the strength, flexibility, and agility of the performers. Each dance number was accompanied with beautiful lighting and incredible music that evoked the feeling and mood of the dance. Synchronized and beautiful, each performer blended together eloquently to paint a picture and tell a story to the engaged audience. The partnered duets were some of my favorite performances: their attitudes of each movement were evident even in the points of their toes. Their strokes were deliberate yet gentle like fluidity in motion. In many numbers they portrayed humor, toil, happiness, and pain. There is a variety of dances that are sure to please any palette. [Read more…]
Crimy or G-Man and…wait, Flapjacks a person? Wheres the old lady? The one who always bakes badly. And the guy with the suspenders who’s always “mucking things up”. And…wait…no…if he’s DMC’s son… What’s that got to do with the newshog? I’d attempt to explain the plot of Double Crossed: The Ballad of Rodrigo, but it’s far too complicated and, besides, I’d only spoil it. Here’s what I can tell you: for half of the play you will be extremely confused.
The Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble is now into their third season of improvised shows that are sure not to disappoint. The Scary is a comedic tribute to the writer Stephen King. Along with props, costumes, and audience participation the IRTE team is able to put on an entertaining performance. The show has a unique and radical feel because of the “make it up as you go” philosophy. The actors are well invested in this character-driven show. The amount of fun they were having is obvious to the audience. [Read more…]
Settling into the plush seats in the beautiful Cherry Lane theatre is a relaxing activity. Seeing Ode to Joy, the play by Craig Lucas, is anything but. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. The main character, Adele (Kathyn Erbe), struggles with addiction, love, and her art career, painfully messing up at every turn. You dig your nails into the armrests as you watch the horrors of alcohol and drug addiction ruin her life. It’s incredibly frustrating. The story is told in flashbacks, going back and forth between her two relationships. The first with Mala (Roxanna Hope), the snob, who, when she’s not selling pharmaceuticals, is whipping her hair in every direction known to mankind. Although an unlikely pair, Adele and Mala form an unusual relationship which mostly consists of loud arguments that solve no problems, but are entertaining. The second relationship is with Bill (Arliss Howard); and even though they are both much older, their actions are not that different from those of teenagers. They have the best repertoire, constantly exchanging views on Kierkegaard, Jesus, and irony. But the at first quick witted responses turn into sitcom jokes, as they drown themselves in vodka. [Read more…]
The Brooklyn Museum’s Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties exhibition is an extensive showing of various artists and their powerful works regarding a decade characterized by injustice, cruelty and change. It’s impossible to dislike the show due to the large variety of styles expressed through media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. Usually, I am not that keen on photography, but in this case the photography is essential to the exhibition and its message. For example, there are a few shocking photos of the Birmingham bombing incident of 1963. To see these unbelievable, yet all too real, images of African Americans being violently oppressed for fighting for their obvious rights of equality is both disturbing and powerful. [Read more…]