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Just Do Arts, 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 […]

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 […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  What do therapists and theater companies share, besides reliance upon people compelled to work through their issues? The common denominator used to be August — that thin window of opportunity to close shop and skip town without causing too much of an outcry from patrons in search of a cathartic experience. […]

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BY PUMA PERL   |  Picture Nick and Nora shaking martinis mixed with Prozac while sitting on the railroad tracks. That, and the program description (“a pitch black and piercingly incisive comedy”) should give you a pretty good indication of what to expect. The one word title — “Chemistry” — is multilayered. Sharply written banter […]

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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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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 […]

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UNIVERSAL PEACE DAY AND PAX CHRISTI METRO NY’s ANNUAL HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI MEMORIAL Three solemn yet ultimately hopeful events will commemorate the 69th anniversary of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by contemplating the destructive power of nuclear weaponry as well as the world’s capacity to peacefully coexist. Pax Christi Metro New York’s annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial […]

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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) — […]

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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) […]

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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” […]

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