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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 […]

Get Summer Schooled at FringeU

Get Summer Schooled at FringeU

BY MARTIN DENTON  (indietheaternow.com)  |  Twelve years and a few months ago, I said — in public, without thinking much about it — “Nytheatre.com will review every show in the New York International Fringe Festival this year.” I said it because it seemed like a cool idea — one of those Mount Everest-ish sort of […]

‘Dishonorable’ is Pitch-Perfect Preston

‘Dishonorable’ is Pitch-Perfect Preston

BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)    |  It’s interesting to speculate what the history of American theatre would have been if the movie industry in Hollywood had not come along to lure away some of its best talents. A primary case in point is writer-director-producer Preston Sturges, best known today for his unprecedented (and never repeated) […]

Buhmann on Art, Week of July 31, 2014

Buhmann on Art, Week of July 31, 2014

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  (stephaniebuhmann.com)  |  HERE AND ELSEWHERE In the past decade, contemporary art from across North Africa and the Middle East has increasingly gathered international attention. Some of the most comprehensive and most important recent international exhibitions in Europe — such as Documenta in Kassel (2012) and the La Biennale di Venezia (2013) — […]

An Oddball Conduit to Self-Discovery

An Oddball Conduit to Self-Discovery

BY SEAN EGAN  |  After years of being a genre of choice for low-budget auteurs and mini-majors alike, it’s safe to say that, at this point, the “indie-coming-of-age dramedy” has certain tropes and narrative beats firmly entrenched in its DNA. The filmmakers behind “Chu and Blossom” know and use just about every trick in the […]

Bad Things Happened Here

Bad Things Happened Here

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Set largely in a world of murky dusk that’s about to be overtaken by pitch black night, experimental Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin’s self-proclaimed “homage to American Independent Horror” conjures all of the dread, much of the pounding soundtrack and a few potent whiffs of the boogeyman histrionics found in 1978’s “Halloween” […]

Bold Course Corrections

Bold Course Corrections

BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Gently awoken by parental cooing, Cissy needs little prompting to join her mother in the singing of a favorite nursery rhyme about a blossoming youth, for whom the future holds limitless promise. The only flaw in that plan? The person being coaxed to emerge from the covers is a grown woman […]

An Intimate Epic About Growing Up

An Intimate Epic About Growing Up

BY SEAN EGAN  |  There is, quite literally, nothing like writer/director Richard Linklater’s latest feature. The conceit is simple — the film follows the life of Mason Jr., a young boy from a broken home, as he grows into a young man in Texas. Within this framework, though, lies a quiet tour de force of […]

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