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End of Hedwig’s Broadway ‘Inch’ Only Days Away

End of Hedwig’s Broadway ‘Inch’ Only Days Away

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The “internationally ignored song stylist” currently defying convention and breaking the fourth wall seven times a week on Broadway doesn’t have to go home — but she can’t stay at the Belasco Theatre past September 13. Retreating to her place of birth isn’t an option, though, since the Berlin Wall fell […]

Spring Forward to Fall Festivals

Spring Forward to Fall Festivals

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Like fall, that fleeting sweet spot between summer’s messy swelter and winter’s bone-chilling cold, we’re keeping this introduction brief — all the better to get right down to the business of presenting our totally subjective picks from the robust harvest of fall festivals in and around Manhattan. It begins! COMMUNAL SPACES: […]

FringeNYC Review: Kamikaze Cutesauce Cosplay Club

FringeNYC Review: Kamikaze Cutesauce Cosplay Club

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Japan has a civilization with thousands of years of history, but foreigners tend to distill all of Japanese culture down to samurai movies, Hello Kitty and tentacle porn. “Kamikaze Cute-Sauce Cosplay Club” is a performance art piece that takes a look at how Japan struggles with its reputation abroad, and the clash […]

Comic Book (Movie) Logic

Comic Book (Movie) Logic

BY SEAN EGAN | At the behest of a friend, and against my better judgment, I entered the Lincoln Center AMC on the evening of April 29, 2015 and braced myself for a 29-hour marathon of the 11 movies that comprised the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Resigned to dropping all semblance of adult responsibility and […]

Surf and Turf and Art

Surf and Turf and Art

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Vegans will go hungry, but art collectors can nourish body and soul. London-based chain Burger & Lobster — where the menu is that and nothing more, at $20 a pop — has entered the US market with a Flatiron location that offers a playlist created in Soho (the one across the […]

Pen Parentis Turns 14, Turns to Crime

Pen Parentis Turns 14, Turns to Crime

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Today’s youth could pick up a few tips about personal growth and social grace in the teen years by attending a Pen Parentis Literary Salon. Too bad they’re ineligible for this 21+ event, where you can mingle with authors equally dedicated to their biological and creative progeny. The launch of season […]

Buhmann on Art: “Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden”

Buhmann on Art: “Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden”

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | This is the first New York museum exhibition of Albert Oehlen, a pioneering German painter who can be linked to several of the best known post-war artists of that country. Having studied with Sigmar Polke and associated closely with Jörg Immendorff in the 1970s, he also collaborated with Martin Kippenberger in the 1980s. Born […]

Sense of Self as Final Frontier

Sense of Self as Final Frontier

FringeNYC Review by Scott Stiffler THE UNIVERSE OF MATT JENNINGS Writer: Matt Jennings / Director: Levi Austin Morris 1 hour There are only slightly more stars in heaven than there are one-person shows about growing up and growing into yourself. But by planting a rainbow flag firmly in the domain of sci-fi mega-fandom, Matt Jennings — […]

No Quick Fixes, When ‘Coping’ With Death

No Quick Fixes, When ‘Coping’ With Death

FringeNYC Review: “Coping” Written by Jacob Marx Rice / Directed by Anna Strasser 1 hour, 20 min. BY PUMA PERL | Last year, I had a gut instinct that “Chemistry” — described as “a pitch black comedy” — was the show to see. My hunch payed off, since the play went on to win a number of […]

Half of ‘Dead Lunch’ is Easy to Digest

Half of ‘Dead Lunch’ is Easy to Digest

FringeNYC Review: Dead Lunch, or Who Prays for Bad Weather?” Writer & Director: Tony Borden 1 hour, 25 min.    BY SEAN EGAN | Tony Borden’s new play, “Dead Lunch, or Who Prays for Bad Weather?,” is a comedy set in a world that is, unfortunately, all too familiar to many — the wonderful, horrible, tedious […]

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