Cinema / Theater

Opening on August 31st, Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit) stars in this dramatic exploration of the resilience of the human spirit that . A box of old letters and a father's dying wish lead Michael Kiriakos to dig up the buried memories of his hidden family history. After meeting Rose, his father's now elderly, Armenian pen pal, Michael slowly learns of a past he never knew existed; one of exile, sacrifice and, ultimately, redemption.


 
A creature feature written for the stage, GIANT KILLER SLUGS is complete with a small town sheriff trying to leave his troubles behind, an unscrupulous mayor in cahoots with the crooked local Business Corporation, a pack of city slicker kids who know the truth no one wants to believe, and of course, killer slugs that keep getting bigger! Can these predatory pests be stopped before the whole town is lost to their merciless mucous?


A timely story about compromising moral values for the sake of getting rich quick. A Cuban man keeps his promise to bring a friend’s son to the United States. After the young immigrant gets a real taste of hard labor, he decides to accept a job offer as a director of a medical clinic conscious of the job’s dubious nature. He begins to enjoy the benefits of quick earned cash, but his world is turned upside down when he is arrested by the FBI accusing him of Medicaid fraud. Probation: Repertorio Espanol presents the New York premiere of Yoshvani Medina's "Probation" at Gramercy Arts Theater.


In Black Milk, Lyovchik and Poppet, a small-time crook and his heavily pregnant, chain-smoking, lollipop-sucking wife, descend on a post-Communist wasteland, swindling villagers out of their savings. The young couple sits stranded in a remote train station and as the night persists, the strange, cruel, and whimsical world of their homeland teaches them a lesson. It will have its New York premiere off-broadway this summer from July 19th – August 4th.


With “It’s Magic: Nine Decades of Songs from Warner Bros.,” the 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists closed its 2011-2012 season in great form. Guided by a dapper and knowledgeable Rex Reed, this was one of the most satisfying of the series. Joining Reed were Christine Andreas, Polly Bergen, Jason Graae, Sue Raney and Tom Wopat, all experienced and polished singing actors.


For a limited time The Flea Theater is bringing back the thrilling and critically-acclaimed play by Sean Graney, "These Seven Sicknesses." The play revolves around the seven surviving plays of Sophocles: Oedipus, In Trachis, Philoktetes, In Colonus, Ajax, Elektra and Antigone. With the combination of food and music, these stories dictate the human condition and results of chance and fate.


Albert Lamorisse’s "The Red Balloon" is the tale of a boy named Pascal and his adventures with the balloon that follows him though the streets of Paris. Cartoons from Popeye and Casper the Friendly Ghost will precede the screening. Screenings begin on Saturday, May 19th and runs through Sunday, June 3rd, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm.


The Queen’s Company’s is devoted to giving classical and contemporary dramatic works the all-female treatment. If their current production, Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" at Walkerspace in Tribeca, is an example of their fare, then the Company and its Artistic Director, Rebecca Patterson are providing a fresh look at these works without the usual attendant harsh political/social rhetoric. This "As You Like It" is fresh, modern, yet devoted to the Shakespeare text. There is no gender bending: the women merely play all the parts, male and female.


Meet Fadwa Faranesh, an unmarried, 30-something Palestinian woman living in Bethlehem in the politically volatile West Bank. Known for her delectable cooking and deep-seated sense of duty to her family and aging father, our kitchen maven insists on continuing the preparations for the wedding of her younger sister, despite constraints of daily life under occupation. Politics blend with family tensions to create a sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking meal.


Innocent Flesh is loosely based on the real stories of four young girls and the hardships they face as underage prostitutes in America. Written in a multi-layered style that uses poetry, dance, and a modern take on the classic Greek Chorus, the play unveils the secrets of how girls from all walks of life can find themselves on the streets, selling their bodies to men. Innocent Flesh is performed by a cast of four female actors, whose characters end up in “the life.” Their stories deal with love, abandonment, rape, abortion, and molestation. Throughout the play, each character’s poignant cry for self-worth seems to fill a bottomless void with love. One by one, their hardened façades melt to reveal soft and vulnerable spirits.


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