Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Another One Bites The Dust: RIP Red Room

The tiny, third-floor red box space aptly named Red Room (part of the Horse Trade Theater Group that also includes The Kraine and UNDER St. Marks) will be closing in March. We always find if rough when a theater space closes, but we're taking this closing especially hard for several reasons, but most of all because we assumed it would always be there after surviving so many other theater closings in the past. We think NYC in general and theater in particular will be a less interesting place after March 2013...

Here's the (probably less than comprehensive) list of theater closing in the past dozen years or so, to which we will have to add Red Room:

29th Street Rep: 212 West 29th Street
The Belt: 336 West 37th Street
Bouwerie Lane Theatre: 330 Bowery
Bowery Poetry Club: 308 Bowery
Center Stage: 48 West 21st Street, 4th Floor
Century Theater: 111 East 15th Street
Collective Unconscious (on Church Street): 279 Church Street
Collective Unconscious (on Ludlow Street): 145 Ludlow Street
Currican Theatre: 154 West 29th Street
Expanded Arts: 113 Ludlow Street
Flatiron Playhouse: 119 W. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor
GAle GAtes et al: 37 Main Street, Brooklyn
Greenwich Street Theater: 547 Greenwich Street
Grove Street Playhouse: 39 Grove Street
House of Candles: 99 Stanton Street
Jane Street Theatre: 113 Jane Street
John Houseman Theater: 450 W 42nd St
Manhattan Ensemble Theater: 55 Mercer Street
Nada 45: 445 West 45th Street
Oasis Theatre: 230 East 9th Street
Ohio Theater (on Wooster Street): 66 Wooster Street
One Dream: 232 West Broadway
Pantheon Theater: 303 West 42nd Street, 2nd Floor
Pelican Studios Theatre: 750 8th Avenue, 6th Floor
Perry Street Theater: 31 Perry Street
Piano Store: 158 Ludlow Street
Playhouse 91: 316 East 91st Street
Present Company Theatorium: 198 Stanton Street
Prometheus Theatre: 239 East 5th Street
Provincetown Playhouse: 133 MacDougal Street
Surf Reality: 172 Allen Street,2nd Floor
Theater 3: 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor
Theater Four/Julia Miles Theater: 424 West 55th Street
Todo con Nada: 167 Ludlow Street
Tribecca Playhouse:111 Reade Street
Variety Arts Theater: 110 3rd Avenue
Westside Repertory Theatre: 252 West 81th Street
Worth Street Theater: 33 Worth St
Zipper Theater: 336 West 37th Street

PS: we are hearing constant rumors about Union Square Theater becoming something other than a theater. 

UPDATE: Just a short time after we posted this entry, The New York Times uploaded their review of the new Living Theater piece, ironically titled: Here We Are, and noted that this will be there last production in their current space on Clinton Street.  A new home has not been yet been secured.  You may read the entire review  HERE

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Discount Tickets: Belleville @ NYTW

We've already chosen Amy Herzog's Belleville at New York Theater Workshop as on of our 6 Things To See in February.  Now here's a discount code to further entice you:


$45 tickets (reg. price $70) for performances between 2/12 and 2/24
$55 tickets (reg. price $70) for performances between 2/26 and 3/31



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FILM: Richard Foreman's Once Every Day

The legendary theater auteur, Richard Foreman, returns to film - some thirty-something years after the brilliant Strong Medicine (which can be viewed here). ONCE EVERY DAY will have its premiere theatrical run (after its world premiere at the NY Film Festival in October) at Anthology Film Archives for one week.

Directed by Richard Foreman
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street)
New York, NY 10003 February 8th - 14th, 2013

Below is a Q & A with Amy Taubin after a screening at NY Film Festival: 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

6 Things To See in February 2013


Can we practice goodness and create a world to sustain it?  In Brecht’s comic and complex play, this question is raised by one of his most entertaining characters — Shen Tei the good-hearted, penniless, cross-dressing prostitute, who is forced to disguise herself as a savvy businessman named Sui Ta so she can master the ruthlessness needed to be a “good person” in a brutal world. A Foundry Theater production at LaMama.

The Foundry Theater and LaMama, ETC present
Directed by Lear deBessonet
With Taylor Mac as Shen Tei, Annie Golden and Lisa Kron
Music by C├ęsar Alvarez with The Lisps

LaMama - Ellen Stewart Theatre 
66 E 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 Students + Seniors

February 1 – February 24, 2013

Info + Tickets: Click Here

2. Moose Murders (Shamelessly Revised)

The most infamous flop of Broadway history, the farcical murder mystery MOOSE MURDERS closed on opening night to some of the most scathing reviews in history. Beautiful Soup Theater Collective revives it for the very first time in NYC.

Beautiful Soup Theater Collective presents

by Arthur Bicknell
Directed by Steven Carl McCasland

Connelly Theatre
220 East 4th Street
New York NY 10009

Tickets: $25.00 - $30.00

January 29, 2013 - February 10, 2013

Tickets + Info: Click Here


3. The Lying Lesson 

In a remote seaside village in Maine, a woman who may or may not bea legendary movie star shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple.Escorted by a young local woman who appears never to have heard of her,“Ruth” stakes a claim on her distant past, and plays a relentless game ofcat and mouse with her new “assistant.” This hilarious and unsettling homage to the films of Hollywood’s GoldenAge is directed by Pam MacKinnon. 

Atlantic Theater Company presents 
The Lying Lesson 
by Craig Lucas 
directed by Pam MacKinnon 

Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater 
336 West 20th Street 
New York, NY 10011

Tickets: $70

February 6 - March 17, 2013 

For Info + Tickets: Click Here

4. The Revisionist

David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that test their ideas of what it means to be a family.  This is a rare chance to see Vanessa Redgrave in on off-Broadway space.

Rattlestick Theater presents
The Revisionist
With Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by Kip Fagan

Rattlestick Theater
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

Tickets: $85.00

February 15, 2013 - March 31, 2013

For Tickets + Info: Click Here


5. Belleville 

BELLEVILLE the newest drama from acclaimed playwright Amy Herzog (4000 Miles, After the Revolution) and director Anne Kauffman (Detroit, This Wide Night), is a chilling, Hitchcockian, look at the limits of trust, truth, deception and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic.This is the NYC premiere after debuting last year at Yale Rep.

New York Theater Workshop presents
by  Amy Herzog
directed by Anne Kauffman

New York Theater Workshop
79 East 4th Street 
(between Bowery and 2nd Ave)

Tickets: $70

February 12th - Mar 31st, 2013

For Tickets + Info: Click Here


 6. Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play

After being denied the rights to several works by American playwrights of the 1930s and 40s based solely on Theater Reconstruction Ensemble's standing as an experimental company, their resident playwright Jaclyn Backhaus, the creative mind behind TRE's The Three Seagulls, or MASHAMASHAMASHA!, has taken on the challenge of writing her own take on an American realism play of the 40s and 50s, utilizing the basic archetypal characters we've been running into in various workshops of iconic American plays, and creating a storyline that reflects what we've learned about the genre as a whole.    

February 21 - March 10, 2013

Theater Reconstruction Ensemble presents

Set in the Living Room of a Small Town American Play
by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by John Kurzynowski

46 Walker Street

(Between Broadway + Church Street)
New York, NY 10013For tickets + Info: Click Here


Friday, January 11, 2013

LCT3: Luck of the Irish Tickets on Sale

When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood of 1950's Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to "ghost-buy" a house on their behalf. Fifty years later, the Irish family wants "their" house back. Moving across two eras, LUCK OF THE IRISH explores racial and social issues and the universal longing for home.

LCT3 offers all tickets at $20, making it another great theater value in NYC.  And at $20, the tickets go fast, so book now: HERE

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Nature Theater of Oklahoma's LIFE AND TIMES

We're glad that we are not the only people who are REALLY excited to see the return of Nature Theater of Oklahoma to NYC with their epic: Life and Times.

To tide you over until next week, here's their super cool trailer:

For Tickets + Info: Click Here

Saturday, January 05, 2013


Between 1977 and 1993 Stuart Sherman produced approximately 30 short films, the longest of which is 12 minutes (most clock in under three minutes, with several lasting only a matter of seconds). Critic J. Hoberman celebrated Sherman as an “ingenious editor” in ARTFORUM and noted “the movies resemble his one-man shows in their suggestive, rebuslike juxtaposition of gestures and props. There’s the same deadpan whimsy, but a greater degree of imagistic freedom.”

Anthology Film Archives will present two programs of film and video works by the late, great Stuart Sherman. 
  • Program One: twenty-something 16mm films all created between 1977 and 1993 and none running longer than 12 minutes.  The total program runs approximately 90 minutes total.  Program One: Friday, January 18th @ 7:30pm and Saturday, January 19th @ 6:30pm
  • Program Two:more than a dozen video works plus special selections from the Stuart Sherman collection at the Fales Library & Special Collections, NYU.  The total program runs approximately 85 minutes total.  Program Two is Saturday, January 19th @ 8:45pm
  • Program Three: Solo Spectacles including Tenth Spectacle, Twelfth Spectacle (Language) and excerpts from Eleventh Spectacle (The Erotic) and Eighth Spectacle (People's Faces). This program runs approximately 85 minutes. Program Three is Sunday, January 20th @ 6pm
  • Program Four: Group Spectacles including Second Spectacle and Eighth Spectacle.  Program Four is Sunday, January 20th @ 8:15pm and will run approximately 80 minutes.
For more info: Click Here

Friday, January 04, 2013

OK Radio

Kelley Copper and Pavol Liska are Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Nature Theater of Oklahoma has made some of the best works of theater in the past 10 years: No Dice, Poetics, Rambo Solo and Romeo and Juliet. They will be back in NYC for the first time in 3 years with Life and Times as part of the Under the Radar Festival, their epic 10+ hour new show.

But Kelley and Pavol have also launched OK Radio, an ongoing series of podcast interviews with other theater artists. There have been a dozen episodes to date and have included discussions with such artists as Big Art Group director Caden Manson, choreographer William Forsythe, director and SITI Company founder Anne Bogart, Young Jean Lee (twice!), the Wooster Group's Kate Valk, and Richard Foreman. They are some of the most interesting and informative conversations on record.

We promise you will learn something with each episode!

You can access OK Radio via iTunes: HERE

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Charles Busch to star in a reading of THE SILVER CORD for Peccadillo Theater

Charles Busch is set to star in The Peccadillo Theater Company’s upcoming staged reading of Sidney Howard’s 1926 play THE SILVER CORD Monday, January 14 at 7 PM at Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46 Street (between Ninth & Tenth Ave.) under the direction of OBIE Award winner Dan Wackerman.

THE SILVER CORD, one of the most successful plays of the 1926-27 Broadway season, centers on a domineering matriarch, Mrs. Phelps, (Charles Busch) who is pathologically close to her sons. Originally starring Laura Hope Crews, THE SILVER CORD opened December 26, 1926 at the Golden Theatre, running for 112 performances. Miss Crews subsequently starred in the 1933 RKO film version with Irene Dunne, Joel McCrea and Frances Dee.

For Tickets + Info: Click Here