Cinema / Theater

The Barrington Stage Company production of On the Town has made it to Broadway, brilliantly expanded to fill the large Lyric Theater, losing none of its summer theater charm. What is the magic ingredient that makes this revival of On the Town so wonderful? 


When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man? STRAIGHT WHITE MEN is running through December 7th, defying expectations with a conventionally-structured take on the classic American father-son drama.


The High Line is gearing up for their fourth-annual, family-friendly Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 25. Come in costume to trick-or-treat on the High Line, where dangerous trains loom, hero cowboys rule, and super-kids help to change their city. Meet ghosts from the West Side’s industrial past, turn your fears into kites to be set free, explore a haunted train tunnel made by puppet master Ralph Lee, dance to the horns of the Trummytones, and hear stories performed by the Story Pirates.


Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink is a sweet, melancholic reverie on family, art, England and India, an elegy for lost cultures, friends and family. Set in both India and England in 1930 and 1980 the play shows the how time ravages countries, customs and memory. In a first rate production, directed with an eye for nuance and detail by Carey Perloff and starring the luminous Rosemary Harris and Romola Garai, the Roundabout does itself proud.


"UR HEAD IS MINE," an intimate summer performance series that brings together [ gay and_or brown and_or fluid ] artists for nights of actions fueled by frustration. This is a takeover of spaces that they have historically been excluded from. They want to create an environment that facilitates the gathering of communities, and a platform to voice their collective disillusionment with the systems they operate within.  Opening reception on July 31st.


Sparks fly as one of the most unlikely romantic couples in all of literature, bluster through a series of hilarious hijinks, and a battle of the sexes ensure. This production is directed by Tom Waites, whose short film Pandora's Box won Best Director and Best Screenplay for the Short Film Contest at Atlantic City Film Festival. 


Good Catch is Rebecca Bayard, Von Decarlo, Scott Wesley Hawley, Lisa Sperry, Kirk Stevens, Mike Wirsch and Laura Yoder Witt. Good Catch takes a suggestion from the audience and creates a completely made-up musical narrative through original songs, scenes, and dances for a unique, fun, and one-of-a-kind performance! Also featuring performances by Sex Milkshake and Glamour Shots!

 


When Debra Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. With the help of the love-struck American, she decided to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity and out of Jamaica.  Her journey was blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a bible-spouting mother, the price of an airline ticket, and U.S. government suspicions.


Loosely inspired by Ionesco’s absurdist classic, The Chairs creates a post-apocalyptic world in which an old woman, portrayed by a 10-foot puppet, invites guests to hear an important message about the meaning of life. One by one, a collection of 25 chairs appears, each one a unique performing object with something important to say. Judith Malina (of The Living Theatre) stars. Skipitares' chairs are incarnations of people like Malala, Stephen Hawking and Nelson Mandela and their messages are, well, not absurd. Ionesco is himself a chair in this play, as are Gertrude Stein, Malala, Ai Wei Wei, Stephen Hawking and 25 others. Playing through June 8th.


Come see "Why Can't They All Be Like Johnny Depp: Comedy Short," directed by Jeffrey Hirschberg, at the NY Shorts Fest on May 27th. The New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) showcases the finest short-form cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City.


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