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‘Velocity of Autumn’ lights up stage

‘Velocity of Autumn’ lights up stage

May 1, 2014
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By Alexander Tsebelis   Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn” is a small play, a persistent flickering threatening to become an inferno. There are only two characters — Alexandra, a mother who has filled her house with molotov cocktails, and her son, Chris. “You can’t burn down a P... Read more »

Scottish theater company Traverse presents comedies

Scottish theater company Traverse presents comedies

April 15, 2014
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Two plays from Scottish theater company Traverse, “A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity” and “Clean,” are running in repertory as part of 59E59’s Brits Off Broadway festival. Both have a sense of lightweight fun — something like a Guy Ritchie movie without the blood and guts. “Clean,... Read more »

‘Big Knife’ disappoints despite traditional play structure

‘Big Knife’ disappoints despite traditional play structure

April 17, 2013
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In 1948, theater critic Walter Kerr published his first piece in The New York Times, an editorial on the rise of the three-act play and its damage. The next year, Clifford Odets’ three-act “The Big Knife” debuted at the National Theater. Now, the three-act has long been dead and buried. Doug Hughes d... Read more »

‘Hands’ musical suffers from identity crisis, lack of memorable music

‘Hands’ musical suffers from identity crisis, lack of memorable music

April 2, 2013
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To quote the opening song, the creators of “Hands on a Hardbody” would like to hope that the show is a “human drama kind of thing,” reaching beyond the self-described kitschy premise toward a real depth of feeling. The original 1997 documentary followed 10 Texans in a quest to win a brand... Read more »

‘Mound Builders’ uncovers solid revival

‘Mound Builders’ uncovers solid revival

March 28, 2013
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Lanford Wilson’s “The Mound Builders,” which won him an Obie Award for Distinguished Playwriting in 1975, seems even more timely in its newest incarnation. Audiences can watch the team of pot-smoking archaeologists in bell-bottoms with the same sort of curiosity they might display for Native Ameri... Read more »

One-woman shows

One-woman shows

March 14, 2013
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Ann Richards, played by Holland Sherry in the show “Ann,” never understood why a woman could not do everything a man does. “After all,” she says, “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” That is an apt way to describe what Richards did as the Democratic... Read more »

‘Luck’ takes complicated look at race relations in America

‘Luck’ takes complicated look at race relations in America

February 26, 2013
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  One could easily compare “Luck of the Irish,” Kirsten Greenidge’s work that is playing at LCT3’s new space at Lincoln Center, to last year’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Clybourne Park.” Both plays, for example, deal with discriminatory housing practices in the 1... Read more »

VANTAN TOKYO Fall/Winter 2013

VANTAN TOKYO Fall/Winter 2013

February 12, 2013
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Click the photo for more looks from VANTAN TOKYO. VANTAN TOKYO is either the only design school participating in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, or the only Japanese design school, depending on personal interpretation of the poorly translated press information. The three collections presented the des... Read more »

Alessia Prekop Fall/Winter 2013

Alessia Prekop Fall/Winter 2013

February 8, 2013
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Click the photo for more looks from Alessia Prekop. Alessia Prekop is all about dichotomies. Raised in Italy but schooled in London, her Fall/Winter '13 collection seeks to combine Italian elegance and construction with what she called "a London or New York Energy." She works with a limited palett... Read more »

“The Man Under” brings macabre to Off-Broadway stage

“The Man Under” brings macabre to Off-Broadway stage

February 7, 2013
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The tagline for the off-Broadway production “The Man Under” at 59E59 Theater reads, “An urban love story about four people in New York City who struggle with what they want and how to express it.” It sounds like the description of a romantic comedy, which, at first, doesn’t seem far off. Two... Read more »

Joseph Abboud Fall/Winter 2013

Joseph Abboud Fall/Winter 2013

February 6, 2013
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Click the photo for more looks from Joseph Abboud.  The name Joseph Abboud used to mean a few things, and well-dressed wasn't one of them. The brand is best known for its low-to-medium-end tailored clothing produced to the specifications of retailers like Macy's, where you can find their suits by the ... Read more »

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