Friday, July 16, 2010

Fringe Preview: The Altoona Dada Society Presents The Velvet Gentleman

Title: The Altoona Dada Society Presents The Velvet Gentleman

Company: Playlab NYC

Writer: Jon Steinhagen

Director: Kevin P. Hale

Blurb: The Altoona Dada Society makes its New York debut by presenting the unusual life of composer Erik Satie in an extravaganza the Blair County Little Nickel Weekly has called "...a description-defying, decidedly absurdist freefall."

Running Time: 1h 45m

Schedule: FRI 13 @ 9; MON 16 @ 3:45; TUE 17 @ 4; WED 25 @ 2; THUR 26 @ 9:15

Venue: #15: Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Final Show at The Ohio Theater

A burning taxicab. A blind troubadour. A new roommate. A minor lapse of courage triggers a breakdown of epic proportions as a young woman struggles with the realities (and unrealities) of New York City. With songs.

The final play of Robert Lyons's Downtown trilogy: Doorman's Double Duty ("a gem" – The New York Times) and last year's Red Haired Thomas ("a sweetly fractured fairy tale" – The New York Times). Lyons is the Artistic Director of Soho Think Tank/Ohio Theatre. Nostradamus Predicts The Death Of Soho will be the final production at The Ohio Theatre.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Looking for Mr. Goodbar: The Musical

Reviving the lost art of the Live Concept Album, Waterwell teams up with NYC rock band, Bambï, to tackle one of the most controversial pop culture artifacts from the '70s, Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Taking inspiration from both the film starring Diane Keaton and the novel by Judith Rossner, Bambï and Waterwell explore the timeless themes of sexuality, independence and persona as seen refracted through a disco ball. Join us for this special first look as we take on this dark classic, celebrating New York in all its grim glamour.
Music + Lyrics by Bambï
Inspired by Judith Rossner's novel Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Produced by Waterwell in association with CityParks Theater
Starring Hanna Cheek, Cara Jeiven, Jimmie Marlow, Tobi Parks & Kevin Townley
Sunday, August 22, 2010
8:00 p.m.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Divine Sister Returns

Charles Busch's hilarious comedy, The Divine Sister, which had workshop production at Theater for the New City earlier this year is returning for a commercial engagement beginning September 12th at the Soho Playhouse on Vandam Street. The Divine Sister is a throwback to Busch's early, Theatre-In-Limbo plays like Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and Times Square Angle and stars, along with Charles Busch himself, Alison Fraser, Amy Rutberg, Jennifer Van Dyck, Jonathan Walker and Julie Halston.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010


It was announced today that the Ohio Theater/Soho Think Tank will live on as OHIO INTERRUPTED at 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan. This is probably a win-win since it was announced earlier this year that 3LD may be facing eviction from its MTA-owned building at 80 Greenwich Street. The Ohio Theater on Wooster Street will definitely be missed, though. It was a one-of-a-kind venue, that let directors and adventurous companies make use of its depth, barn doors opening on to Wooster Street and numerous pillars. It's sad to think that in a few weeks Ludlow Lad will no longer be entering those doors.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Coming Soon: Hater (7/21-7/24/2010)

The final season of the ICE FACTORY series at the OHIO THEATRE brings:

HATER freely adapted and directed by Samuel Buggeln from Moliere’s The Misanthrope
The cast features Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie"), Noah Weisberg (Enron, South Pacific), Maria Christina Oliveras (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Zoe Winters (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Colby Chambers (Dog Eats God).

"Lust. Betrayal. Air kisses. What happens when the Hater hates himself for loving? A speed-punk score with kick-ass dance. A mise en scene for the glamorously debauched. An amphetamine fueled, post-post simulacra of the French classic. A comedy of manners for the very rude" (July 21-24).

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Charles Ludlam on Film: Anthology Film Archives (8/19-8/22/2010)

In one of the most momentous underground-film-related developments in recent memory, two films by the legendary playwright, counter-cultural figure, and founder of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Charles Ludlam, were discovered last year safely tucked away in Ludlam’s partner Everett Quinton’s closet. Rescued from oblivion through the efforts of filmmaker Ira Sachs and Butt Magazine contributing editor Adam Baran, curators of the Queer/Art/Film series, they were screened publicly for perhaps the very first time this past winter at the IFC Center. Their re-emergence is cause for great celebration, and we’re overjoyed to be presenting them both in a weekend of encore screenings, along with a selection of other movies made with Ludlam’s participation. These films are a bona fide revelation, and their discovery represents the restoration of a crucial and heretofore lost chapter in the history of underground film.

Charles Ludlam
80 minutes, video. With Everett Quinton, Minette, Arthur Kraft, Lola
Pashalinski, John D. Brockmeyer, Black-Eyed Susan, and Richard
22 minutes, video. With Charles Ludlam, Everett Quinton, and Richard

Total running time: ca. 105 minutes.
Thursday, august 19 through Sunday,
August 22 at 7:00pm nightly.

José Rodriguez-Soltero
1966, 50 minutes, 16mm. Preserved by Anthology with support from
the Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual Arts.
Thursday, August 19 at 9:15pm

Mark Rappaport
1979, 110 minutes, 16mm. With Charles Ludlam.
Friday, September 17 through
Thursday, September 23 at 7:15pm &
9:15pm nightly. additional screenings on
Saturday and Sunday at 5:15pm
Andrew Horn
1983, 75 minutes, video. With Bill Rice, Allen Frame, Rosemary Moore, Charles Ludlam, Black-Eyed Susan, and Jim Neu.
Saturday, August 21 at 9:15pm

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

The Octoroon: 7/3/2010

I finally got to see Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' The Octoroon: An Adaptation of The Octoroon Based on The Octoroon at PS122. As anyone who follows off-off Broadway may already know, the production has been plagued with problems. First, the show lost its original director, Gavin Quinn (co-founder of the Irish company Pan Pan). I assume this happened because the playwright didn't like what the director was doing with his script. At that point the playwright took over the directing duties and the production proceeded.

Next, on the eve of opening, an actor in the cast sent an e-mail (I assume to his private “list”) venting his frustration with the production, calling it a “trainwreck” and trashing the play and the playwright/director. Said email was then published on the Village Voice “blog” which seems to have been revived only to post this e-mail. Over one hundred comments followed that posting and a public scandal began.

What I didn't know until seeing the show last night was that the actor who sent the email actually departed the show along with another actor (the man in “red face” in many of the promotional photos for the show).

So what was left to present to an audience you may ask? Actually the show asked that same question, several times, throughout the seventy-five minutes on view at PS122. What I saw was a very smart, exploration, not only of this 19th Century play but of the creative process. I have no doubt what was presented was not the show Branden Jacobs-Jenkins envisioned when this journey began, but what he made of the hand that was dealt him was the theatrical version of turning lemons into lemonade. Many of the scenes that obviously we written for two actors were played with one, the playwright himself opened the show, playing the part of the native-american putting on “red face” while explaining the opening of the show, sealed envelopes with questions from the the playwright/director were delivered to the actors on stage, who would break character and answer the questions as themselves.

Bravo the the actors who remained with the show. They were all excellent and knew there was some very good and valuable work being done.

I hope this version of the show remains somewhere. It is as interesting a theatrical archive as The Octoroon itself. Perhaps under the title: The Octoroon: An Adaptation of The Octoroon Based on The Octoroon an Unintentional Deconstruction of The Octoroon.