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Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 11, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Sept. 11, 2014

NICO: UNDERGROUND Personapalooza! It’s yesterday once more, when Theater for the New City hosts 1960s Warhol superstar and Velvet Underground centerpiece Nico. Born Christa Päffgen in pre-war Cologne, Germany, she’d grow up to assume the guise of a Teutonic chanteuse who captivated Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Jim Morrison — while making her mark as […]

What the Great Ones Groove To, and Why

What the Great Ones Groove To, and Why

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  From Graham Nash beaming with pride at the “Sgt. Pepper’s” album to Al Jarreau giving Les Double Six a thumbs up, to Johnny Marr paying Iggy and the Stooges’ “Raw Power” some somber respect: The One LP Project reminds us that those we have on heavy rotation started out as humble, […]

Theater:Village Explores Diversity, American Style

Theater:Village Explores Diversity, American Style

BY SCOTT STIFFLER    Whether from just across the border or the other side of the world, they come to America, wanting — needing — to find a better life, and often find themselves working subsistence jobs amidst unsafe conditions. Two plays in the Theater:Village Festival, set a century apart, bring that plight into sharp […]

A High Volume of Poetic Greatness

A High Volume of Poetic Greatness

BY PUMA PERL  |  Last November, while on a West Coast poetry reading tour, I stayed for a few days at my friend Beverly’s San Francisco home. Beverly loves books more than anyone I know. Floor to ceiling shelves line every inch of available wall space, and there are additional cartons in the garage and […]

Just Do Art, Week of Aug. 28, 2014

Just Do Art, Week of Aug. 28, 2014

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  VOICES OF SWORDS  |  Rapidly aging members of Generation X and their somewhat younger (but by not necessarily youthful) Gen Y counterparts might find that the subject matter of Kari Floren’s latest play cuts a little too close to the bone — but they’ll be better off considering its implications sooner […]

You’ll Drink to That

You’ll Drink to That

BY LIZ RICHARDS  |  “More fringe shows should include a cocktail,” I told a friend the week before seeing “The Imbible” during its recent FringeNYC run. This show greets you in the lobby with one, a mixed drink of the playwright’s own invention called a Rusty Ale: India Pale Ale with a shot of Drambuie […]

Storytelling at Scratcher

Storytelling at Scratcher

BY PUMA PERL  |  Early last fall, this guy named  Bicycle Joe told me about some writer guy he thought I should meet. “He does spoken word just like you,” said Bicycle Joe. “And he’s opening for Television in a couple of months.” “Hold on,” I replied. “He’s just like me except that he’s opening […]

The (e)Book of Dragon

The (e)Book of Dragon

BY SEAN EGAN | On the eve of the release of her debut book (well, e-book), Justine Drake is a bundle of excitement, fragile nerves and near crippling self-doubt. Her book, which provides the play with its title, is “Dragon’s Breath,” the first in a series of four YA Paranormal Romance/Adventure stories (a la “Twilight”). […]

Conjuring a Storm to Settle Old Scores

Conjuring a Storm to Settle Old Scores

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  When somebody exits the theater humming a tune from the show they’ve just seen, you know you have a hit — but when a group spills out into the street, laughing boisterously as one of their own recites dialogue with affectionate precision? This is rock-solid confirmation that you’ve achieved that elusive […]

A Fresh Batch of Usual Suspects

A Fresh Batch of Usual Suspects

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  | General Manager Christian De Gré is happy about the large dark cloud hovering over this year’s New York International Fringe Festival. Other than its abbreviation — FringeNYC — there’s nothing small-scale about this 17-day, 18-venue East and West Village marathon of comedy, drama, music, and dance. For the 200 applicants chosen (out […]

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