Monday, May 26, 2008

Coming Soon: THE RAREST OF BIRDS - The Life and Work of Montgomery Clift

The Life and Work of Montgomery Clift

Written by John Lisbon Wood Starring Omar Prince

He was one of our greatest and most influential actors....

The most adored matinee idol of his time,

And one of Hollywood's most tortured souls.

Based on the tragic, tormented life of Montgomery Clift, "The Rarest of Birds" is a devastating, moving and important theater event. It is a must-see for all students of cinema, classic film, the Golden Era of Hollywood, movie buffs and historians, researchers and archivists of gay life and theater aficionados of every stripe.

Sunday, June 1st - 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 7th - 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 8th - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10th - 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 21st - 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 28th - 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 29th - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1st - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2nd - 8 p.m.

Friday, July 4th - 8 p.m.

The Wings Theatre

154 Christopher Street

(bet. Greenwich & Washington)

General admission: $18.00

Students/Seniors: $15

RESERVATIONS: or 212-627-2961

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

2008 OBIE Awards

The 2008 OBIE Award Winners are:


  • Horton Foote, Dividing The Estate
  • David Henry Hwang, Yellow Face


  • Krzysztof Warlikowski, Krum
  • David Cromer, Adding Machine


  • LisaGay Hamilton, The Ohio State Murders
  • Kate Mulgrew, Iphigenia 2.0
  • Francis Jue, Yellow Face
  • Rebecca Wisocky, Amazons and Their Men
  • Joel Hatch, Adding Machine
  • Heidi Schreck, Drum Of The Waves Of Horikawa
  • Veanne Cox, Sustained Excellence of Performance
  • Sean McNall, Sustained Excellence of Performance

  • Ensemble, Passing Strange:
    (De'Adre Aziza, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo, Chad Goodridge, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Stew)


  • Takeshi Kata, Set - Keith Parham, Lighting Design, Adding Machine

  • Peter Ksander, Scenic Design
    Untitled Mars (This Title May Change)

  • Ben Katchor, Drawings; John Findlay & Jeff Sugg, Set & Projection
    Russell H. Champa, Lighting Design

    The Slug Bearers Of Kayrol Island

  • Jane Greenwood,
    Sustained Excellence of Costume Design

  • David Zinn,
    Sustained Excellence of Costume and Set Design

Special Citations

  • Nature Theater of Oklahoma, No Dice
  • David Greenspan, The Argument

Best New Theater Piece: $1,000

  • Stew, Heidi Rodewald, Annie Dorsen,
    Passing Strange

The Ross Wetzsteon Award $2,000

  • Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Adrienne Kennedy

Obie Grants

  • Keen Company $5,000
  • Theater of a Two-Headed Calf $5,000

Monday, May 19, 2008

"Off" Drama Desk Winners 2008

The Drama Desk makes much about their inclusion of Off and Off Off Broadway Shows, but when it comes to taking the stage and collecting actual awards, alt.Broadway wins are few and far between. It's kind of like being invited to Thanksgiving Dinner and still having to sit at the "kids" table. So congratulations to the two non-Broadway shows that collected awards last night:
Linda Lavin, The New Century (Featured Actress in a Play)
Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening (Outstanding Revue)

And let's not forget that Passing Strange, winner for Outstanding Musical, did start out Off Broadway. But when the Unique Theatrical Experience award goes to a Broadway show - things ain't looking good!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Film Festival: A Theater Festival @ The Brick

Theater as it was meant to be seen:
On screens, TVs, laptops, iPods, cell phones and occasionally on stage.

This year's Brick Summer Festival is particularly wacky! Some of the shows (films? events?) that have caught my eye are:

Horrible Child
a TK Film from Best Ten Dollar Suit Pictures
Written and Directed by Lawrence Krauser
Designed and Edited by Larissa Tokmakova
Starring Mike Daisey, T. Ryder Smith, and Paul Willis

Walkouts...Henry IV: BAM
Produced and Directed by 31Down and The Unseen Machine
A 30 minute video work that documents audience reactions to The New York City Players' production of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One for the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2003).

Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing
a reading
Piper McKenzie Productions
Written by William Peter Blatty
Directed by Jeff Lewonczyk
In this world-premiere concert reading, the author and screenwriter of The Exorcist spins a behind-the-scenes tale of madness and mayhem in a Hollywood feature engineered for failure.

Kill Me Like You Mean It
The Stolen Chair Theatre Company
Directed by Jon Stancato
Kill Me Like You Mean It is a timely absurdist film noir, creating comic chaos out of the possibility that American life might be pointless.

The Magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles: A Reconstruction for the Stage
Adapted and Directed by Ian W. Hill
An exact theatrical recreation of the butchered Orson Welles film adaptation, as Welles had intended it to be seen.

For a full schedule and tickets: