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THEATER/FILM DISCUSSION: “127 Hours” and “Hello Hi There” (Contains Spoilers)

I contrast Danny Boyle’s 127 HOURS with Annie Dorsen’s HELLO HI THERE, and discuss the nature of entertainment in a post-human world. Continue reading

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THEATER REVIEW: The Body Politic at 59E59 #nyc #theater

What a fantastic little fable about American politics. In THE BODY POLITIC, writers Richard Abrons and Margarett Perry (the latter of whom also directs this production) have crafted a whip-cracker of a tale about a Republican who falls for a Democrat on the campaign trail. As their relationship – and the campaign – progresses, the young party-liners find themselves negotiating and renegotiating their plans to win the presidency for their candidates. Continue reading

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“Portlandia” – “Little Britain” for Americans

Since Time Warner switched our cable channels, I got to DVR PORTLANDIA, Fred Armison’s show on IFC. It’s kind of a riot. As a sketch comedy, it’s most closely related to Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ LITTLE BRITAIN, but without … 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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Theatre Review: DRAMATIS PERSONAE at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre #theatre #review #nyc

Gonzalo Rodriguez Risco’s DRAMATIS PERSONAE opened at the Cherry Lane Sudio Theatre last week. A narrative that explores ideas of authorship and the construction of a work of fiction, the play tells the tale of a smash hit first novelist and his writing group – consisting of a best friend and a hanger-on – and their process of creating stories from their own lives. Arguing that every work of fiction is actual well-concealed fact, and positing that all writing (or at least, all the pieces it demonstrates, all the fiction of Risco’s world offers us) is actually an expression of therapy for the writer’s soul.

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Review: Who Do You Love? Polyamory, Politics and Affection in Caroline Lark’s EROS #theatre #christchurch #polyamory

Review: a Comedy of Eros at Christchurch, New Zealand’s FORGE theatre. Continue reading

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NY Fringe Review: ALL DAY SUCKERS

The double-entendre title of this NY Fringe production refers to both the candies kept on hand by social worker Becca (Margaret Daly) and, more obliquely, to the powerless pawns who must navigate the tsunami of bureaucracy that results from the illness of a loved one. The fable traces the primary character, Bryce (Sarah Grace Wilson) as she wanders through the maze of the American health care (or should we say, health insurance?) system during her father’s grave and ultimately fatal illness. Continue reading

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