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THEATER REVIEW: “WTC View” at 59E59th

Brian Sloan’s WTC View is a post 9/11 drama that reveals the individual traumas and experiences of New Yorkers, after the towers fell. Already produced as a film in 2005, now the show is given an airing as dramatic theater at 59E59th. (For those interested in such things, the original film starred Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie in the central role, played here by Nick Lewis. Continue reading

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“Getting” the Internet: The CDC and the Zombie Apocalypse

Many companies use social media without really “getting it,” so seeing a government agency set such an excellent example, particularly in a way that acknowledges the foibles of internet culture, is really exciting. Curious to know more, I reached out to the CDC, and the lead for the Emergency Web and Social Media Team, Catherine Jamal was generous enough to answer some questions regarding the process of seeing Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse go viral. Continue reading

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The Donners are Deaded: Discussion of a Work in Progress

In Guide and (The Myth Of) Infinite Progress, an intriguing little double-bill-in-development at Williamsburg’s The Brick theater, Cara Marsh Sheffler and Luke Cissell have begun a journey to accomplish that feat. Their subject? The man whose book, The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, was behind the fateful “shortcut” taken by the Donner party in 1846: Lansford Warren Hastings, Esquire. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “Teeth of the Sons” at the Cherry Lane Theater

Teeth of the Sons by Joseph Sousa, at the Cherry Lane Theater, examines family and faith from the perspective of two brothers, each vying to be the one regarded as successful by the rest of their family – and in one’s case, his God. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” Aunt Dan, and Searching for Humanity through Theater

During recent visits to the theater, two plays have raised questions about how our society confronts and copes with our basic animal instincts, and the complicity of individuals in destructive acts performed by their societies. They’ve also presented complex existential arguments about the limits of communication and the need to be satisfied by what is, rather than by what one wishes could be. The two plays? Rajiv Joseph’s current Broadway production of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, starring Robin Williams, and Buffalo, NY theater company Torn Space’s production of Wallace Shawn’s Aunt Dan & Lemon. Continue reading

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Can we please bring back “Patriotard”?

While reading a book called “Power & Greed” (the title tells you more or less what author Philippe Gigantes thinks of the motivators for the advancement of human civilization), I came across the following excerpt. Continue reading

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Maybe I Should Write For Reality Television.

So tonight we met Chelsea Oaks and Rob Bowen, a couple who had split up – and who both had great voices. The moment they were both accepted, I thought:

That was savvy.

The show now has a full-season’s worth of story… Continue reading

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