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Review of MY FAVORITE ANIMAL
A Play by Tom Sime
Directed by Phyllis Cicero
Review by Joshua Plant
Through November 30th
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Turn off your pagers and cell phones and enter Room 201 for a delightful romantic comedy by Tom Sime. My Favorite Animal is a flirtatious love story about Randi, a work-at-home gay man, that one day wished to be a beautiful young woman for a week to gain the attention from the straight men he so desired.
For those who need more to read, here is a handy list of theater blogs other than this one.
Ten Blogs About Theater: Good Sources of Info on Broadway and Beyond – Associated Content
offoffonline is a good site with a large collection of reviews. Their handy links page is a good place to start exploring indy theater online.
Passing Strange, the only Broadway musical that we know of that was composed by a single-named person (Stew), will close on July 20.
Review of HANA ICHIMOMME
A Solo Play by Ken Miyamoto
Performed by Seiko Tano
Review by Stefan Matthew
Through July 13th
In Bertolt Brecht’s Messingfkauf Dialogues the German translates as “Der Messingkauf” literally as “the purchase of brass.” This is not an homage to the abstract equivalence of that fine metal; rather, Brecht as “The Philosopher” is interested in raiding the theater for what is useful, like a brass-merchant who doesn’t care that the metal he melts down comes from some musician’s cherished instrument.
Never saw this when it was first in town, but by all accounts its one of those rare shows that falls into the category of “unmissable.” So you have another chance.
Go to weird.org for info.
Review of MONSTERFACE
A Play by Daniel Roberts
Review by Stefan Matthew
Through June 28th
Daniel Roberts’s “Monsterface” at the Irish Arts Center should be applauded in its ambition. Its ambition and expanse, its tapestry of plot-lines, and subthemes renders it a quite courageous production and presents an interpretive crisis for the audience. A tragic byproduct of American Cold Warrior fall-out is that dialectics is not really taught in the schools. I’m not even talking about the Hegel-Marx-Engels-Lenin-Mao variety. Your run of the mill Heraclitus: “Can’t walk into the same stream twice” is absent from our “shared” American sensibility. That combined with an equally brutal onslaught of anti-intellectualism+ pressure of commerce renders ambition risky. Straight up dangerous, actually. This deficiency has everything to do with the danger and ambitious courage of this kind of production. Because we are so un-dialectical in our thought processes, its hard to juggle sometimes a theory of mediation to make sense of all the levels going on in a work of this scope. Roberts must know this—yet, he presents a New York audience with “Monster Face”. This in and of itself should be rewarded.
“A while back I tried to buy the rights because I wanted to do Baywatch the musical. It would have been fantastic! But they’re idiots… they’re all idiots. Corporate people only think of dollars and cents.” —David Hasselhoff on the future of Baywatch [AOL]
Riiiight Dave. Because a musical version of ‘Baywatch’ would have been, what, all about the art?
I want to rights to make a musical out of this.
C’mon Dave. Why not? Don’t you care about anything besides money?
From The Onion, a new way to make fun of the Tonys. Hee hee.
High School Tony Awards Honor Nation’s Biggest Drama Club Nerds