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Jack and the Beanstalk – Abrons Arts Center, New York

(Jack and the Beanstalk) (Abrons Arts Center) (NYC) (c)Norman Blake

Writer: Mat Fraser Choreographer: Randy Luna Director: Julie Atlas Muz Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz’s ONEOFUS returns to Abrons Arts Center, following up their acclaimed Beauty and the Beast with a family-friendly holiday show – Jack and the Beanstalk. The company’s first foray into children’s theatre is a true Lower East Side community production, featuring performers ...

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A My Name Is… – TheaterLab, New York

(My Name Is...) (TheaterLab) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Music: Jonah Kreitner & Sahand Rahbar Choreographer & Director: Stefanie Nelson Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The space at TheaterLab is a blank canvas: blindingly pristine white, nearly shocking under unfiltered light. Stefanie Nelson’s A My Name Is... utilizes this pregnant emptiness of space brilliantly, at times embracing the starkness, at others filling and imbuing it. The stasis of the clean, crisp vessel ...

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Washed Up on the Potomac – The Flea Theater, New York

(Washed Up on the Potomac) (The Flea) (NYC) (c)Jonas Gustavsson

Writer: Lynn Rosen Director: José Zayas Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Offices across the country are populated with people for whom their daily work routine is nothing more than a paycheck; they are just one step (or two or three) away from being able to blow this pop stand and focus full-time on a career as a novelist or actor or ...

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Tania in the Getaway Van – The Flea, New York

Tania in the Getaway Van (The Flea)(NYC) (c) Ilyce Meckler

Writer: Susan Bernfield Director: Portia Krieger Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Is progress political or personal? Susan Bernfield’s Tania in the Getaway Van tackles the question as to whether people, in this particular case, women, make life choices based upon their upbringing or else the cultural temperature during their coming-of-age. The first two-thirds of the play are set in 1975, wherein an ...

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MLCG (My Little China Girl) – Dixon Place, New York

(My Little China Girl) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Mark Hayes

Writer: Soomi Kim Director: Leta Tremblay Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In 1983, David Bowie released the single China Girl. The music video, starring New Zealand model Geeling Ng as the woman from the song’s title, soon followed. While parts of the video are cringe-inducing now (most notably a moment when Bowie pulls the corners of his eyes upward to imitate ...

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Solstice Party! – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: Susan Soon He StantonDirector: Tyler MercerReviewer: Carrie Lee O’DellFor many New Yorkers, upstate—that place that seems to start somewhere around Westchester and extend all the way to the Canadian border—represents a place that is simultaneously magical and terrifying. Two hours or so north of the city and suddenly there’s no light pollution, no trash-lined sidewalks, no alternate-side parking, and ...

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Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! – La Mama, New York

(Dont Feed the Indians)(La Mama, NYC) (c)Maya Bitan

Writer & Director: Murielle Borst-TarrantReviewer: Jamie RoslerThere are several uncomfortable conversations that should be had by the United States of America, as a nation. One could easily point out that the U.S.A. is built on certain European ideals and beliefs, the acting out of which forms the foundation of the longest-lasting and arguably least had uncomfortable conversation. Don’t Feed the ...

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MUD – Teatro Círculo, New York

(Mud) (Teatro Circulo) (NYC) (c)Al Foote III

Writer: Maria Irene Fornés Director: Elena Araoz Reviewer: Robert Price Mae is doing her best to learn to read at school but she has trouble retaining. At home she irons the pristine clothes of other people while she cooks for Floyd. Floyd can’t read at all but he’s proud of his accomplishments. He postures and brags like a seven-year-old about ...

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