June 26, 2008

Review: MONSTERFACE

Filed under: Reviews — offoffbway @ 10:30 am

Monsterface

Review of MONSTERFACE

A Play by Daniel Roberts

Review by Stefan Matthew

Through June 28th

Click here for tickets


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.

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June 18, 2008

David Hasselhoff sad there won’t be a Baywatch musical

Filed under: Broadway,Celebrities,News,Quotes,Silliness,Television,Video — offoffbway @ 10:52 pm

From NYMag.com:

“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?

June 17, 2008

High School Tony Awards

Filed under: Silliness,Video — offoffbway @ 11:49 pm

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

June 3, 2008

Gawker on the death of theater

Filed under: Broadway,Silliness,Television — offoffbway @ 1:35 pm

Gawker has it wrong — theater has been dying a slow death for years. The Legally Bland reality show is not even one of the horsemen of the theatrical apocalypse.