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‘Dust’ Invokes Greek Tragedy to Challenge Conventions of 9/11

‘Dust’ Invokes Greek Tragedy to Challenge Conventions of 9/11

BY TRAV S.D. | The tragic events of September 11, 2001 brought about thousands of negative repercussions. Lives were lost and torn apart. Whole communities were devastated. Wars were fought. A rare positive effect, however, was that The Flea Theater, one of the closest performing arts venues to the World Trade Center, geographically went from […]

The Good, the Bad and the Groovy: Rediscovering the Music of Hugo Montenegro

The Good, the Bad and the Groovy: Rediscovering the Music of Hugo Montenegro

BY JIM MELLOAN | It was sometime in 1966 when Hugo Montenegro went into an RCA studio with some session musicians on a Saturday to do a cover of the theme from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Italian director Sergio Leone’s third installment of his “Dollars Trilogy” of spaghetti westerns. All three of […]

‘End’ Time: Memory, Aging, and Chekhov at Mabou Mines

‘End’ Time: Memory, Aging, and Chekhov at Mabou Mines

BY TRAV S.D. | Seven and a half years. That’s how long Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) thought people would still be interested in reading his writing after he died. Chekhov never dreamt that 114 years after he passed, millions would still be savoring his work. As a case in point, his play “Uncle Vanya” has been […]

Shakespeare’s Last is Another First for EPIC Players

Shakespeare’s Last is Another First for EPIC Players

BY SCOTT STIFFLER Having put their stamp on cabaret, musical theater and modern drama, the latest project from EPIC Players is a first-class case of postage due, as the neuro-inclusive company (EPIC stands for “empower, perform, include and create”) adds that mandatory Shakespeare credit to their body of work. Founded in 2016, the young but […]

Exhibition Expands Larry Burrows’ Legacy of Extraordinary Wartime Photography

Exhibition Expands Larry Burrows’ Legacy of Extraordinary Wartime Photography

BY NORMAN BORDEN | In the pantheon of outstanding war photographers, Larry Burrows easily ranks as one of its bravest. A native Londoner, he dropped out of school at age 16 and got a job in the darkroom of LIFE Magazine’s London bureau. After becoming a staff photographer for LIFE (covering conflicts in the Middle […]

‘Prelude’ Performers Set Tantalizing Tone for Programming at The Shed

‘Prelude’ Performers Set Tantalizing Tone for Programming at The Shed

BY RANIA RICHARDSON | It was a beautiful evening — warm enough to hint that summer is on the way. I had reserved free tickets online for a couple of events at “A Prelude to The Shed,” the public introduction to a performance space that will open next spring as part of the Hudson Yards […]

Midori Takada at The Kitchen

Midori Takada at The Kitchen

Given the towering plumes of toxicity spewing into the American political atmosphere as of late, one could argue there’s probable cause to critique the current presidential administration as using “its energy and spirit towards instigating an outward-bound offensive and a course of domination, not a spirit based on building one’s inner self.” But the author […]

His Show Will Only Go ‘Up’ If You Help

His Show Will Only Go ‘Up’ If You Help

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | When a press release from Peter Michael Marino comes across your desk, it’s tempting to speculate that having a name with such awesome alliteration is all one needs to establish the appropriate rhythm a multidisciplinarian’s busy schedule demands — but the truth is, it’s not easy to accomplish every task at […]

Learn to Take Tea Like a Duchess in Time for the Royal Wedding

Learn to Take Tea Like a Duchess in Time for the Royal Wedding

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | Any time there’s a royal wedding, a royal birth, or even a Brexit, Americans suddenly embrace their colonial roots and develop an obsession with all things British and fancy. Nothing is more regal than a tea party, complete with extended pinkies and refined manners. So, in preparation for the impending royal […]

Pioneers, Emerging Voices Merge at the New York African Film Festival

Pioneers, Emerging Voices Merge at the New York African Film Festival

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | The New York African Film Festival returns on May 16 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary starting with screenings at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. This year’s festival puts a special focus on African filmmakers instrumental in introducing a wave of classic movies into the African film industry. To commemorate […]