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Arden/Everywhere – Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York

(Arden/Everywhere) (Baruch PAC) (NYC) (c)Russell Rowland

Writer: William Shakespeare Director & Adaptor: Jessica Bauman Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New Feet Productions’ adaptation of As You Like It highlights the international refugee crisis with its staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of exile and hidden identity. Hinting at modernity but with no tangible time period, the production creates a sense of timelessness amid a set consisting of wooden pallets ...

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Squeamish – Theatre Row (Beckett Theatre), New York

(Squeamish) (Theatre Row) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Writer & Director: Aaron Mark Reviewer: Robert Price Sharon visits Dr. Schneider on the Upper West Side in the middle of the night, because she is desperate and genuinely scared. She sits in a winged chair with a coffee cup and tells him (us) about the last five months. She hasn’t talked to Dr. Schneider since her birthday, when she ...

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Syncing Ink – The Flea Theater, New York, NY

(Syncing Ink) (The Flea Theater) (NYC) (c)Joan Marcus

Writer: NSangou Njikam Director: Niegel Smith Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In a July episode of NPR’s Code Switch podcast, Hip Hop DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito describe the genre in the mid- to late-1980s as evolving into something “political and wonderfully Black-conscious.” NSangou Njikam’s play Syncing Ink, playing at The Flea’s new space The Sam, taps into that energy of ...

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Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood – The PIT, New York

Jamie Aderski's Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood [poster image]

Writer: Jamie Aderski Director: Chris Roberti Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Despite what the images of glamorous celebrity pregnancy that parade across our news feeds tell us, having babies is messy business. Keeping them alive and healthy while trying to maintain one’s sanity is even more complicated. In her show Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood, Jamie Aderski offers up ...

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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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Speakout Laughout – Cantina Royal, New York

Host: Sriya Sarkar Reviewer: Jamie Rosler It's not easy to get people to attend a stand-up comedy and storytelling show about abortion. One would be forgiven for thinking it's not easy to get people to laugh at a stand-up comedy and storytelling show about abortion, once they get there. Speakout Laughout, as part of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, does a ...

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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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The Flatiron Hex – HERE Arts Center, New York

(The Flatiron Hex) (HERE Arts Center, NYC) © 2015 Richard Termine

Writers: Tom Burnett & James Godwin Director: Tom Burnett Reviewer: Jamie Rosler In a post-climate change New York, or more appropriately, a parallel and dark comic city called NYORG [pronounced NYE-org], contract shaman Wylie Walker (played live as well as in puppet form by James Godwin), is tasked with managing the city's anti-storm security system through a combination of technology and ...

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