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First Nighter: Sholem Asch's Inflammatory 1923 "God of Vengeance" at La Mama, Jonny Donahoe's Adorable "Every Brilliant Thing" on HBO

David Finkle | Posted 12.26.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

There are two immediately pressing reasons to see Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, currently produced by the New Yiddish Rep at La MaMa. The first is ...

Part One: New York City

Sandy Thomas | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

The first time I visited New York City must have been 1981. I thought it was the late 1970s, but the shows I remembered seeing, all happened in 1981....

New York's Summer Offerings Are Plenty

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.22.2016 | Entertainment
Nancy Cohen-koan

New York summer's offer plenty. The streets are quieter as the really lucky retreat to their weekend cottages and the students have left town for thei...

Five Questions for Brooke O'Harra

Tanya Selvaratnam | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Tanya Selvaratnam

Brooke O'Harra and Sharon Hayes, photo by Andrea Geyer Brooke O'Harra's I'm Bleeding All Over The Place: A Living History Tour is at La MaMa from Jun...

Kid Creole's Alter-Ego Mounts a NY Musical

Larry Jaffee | Posted 05.24.2016 | New York
Larry Jaffee

August Darnell a/k/a Kid Creole The breakout hit from the first Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band album in 1976 was "Cherchez la Femme," a sublim...

Heather Litteer Is Serving You Lemonade in April

Tim Ranney | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Tim Ranney

Photo: Steven Menendez It's no secret that the journey of an artist is difficult, unpredictable and loaded with obstacles. Variations of this story h...

milkdreams: Alexandra Beller Talks Dance and Viral Video

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.12.2016 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Choreographer Alexandra Beller brought her 14 month old son Ivo into a dance rehearsal and the above situation occurred. The video went viral within a matter of days.

First Nighter: Trash Cuisine Scrutinizes Man's Inhumanity to Man

David Finkle | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

It's been said that theater emanating from repressed societies is the most pungent. You certainly believe it's the god's honest truth at Trash Cuisine, which the Belarus Free Theatre -- free only by some definitions -- is presenting at La MaMa.

On the 'A' w/Souleo: Emerging Artist Creates Interactive Paintings you Can Touch and Hear

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Most visual artists prefer that viewers do not touch their completed works on display at a museum, gallery or studio. Thomas "Detour" Evans is not of that mindset. The emerging artist has created interactive paintings meant to be tapped at designated touch points to emit music.

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

What the Future Might Be: Dan Fishback's Squirts

John-Stuart Fauquet | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
John-Stuart Fauquet

In April 2012, writer and performer Dan Fishback attended "A Porch Meeting for the Future," a conversation hosted by Split Britches as part of their 33x3 series at LaMama in the East Village.

Dance+the Holidays: Three Things to Do This Weekend

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 12.13.2012 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

This weekend is the perfect time to take a break, grab a friend, and get relaxed, inspired, and refreshed by some good art. Here are three ideas pared with off-the-beaten-path opportunities to see something new.

Interview: Ping Chong on the Undesirable Elements Festival

Jody Christopherson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

"At times, the people telling the stories do so at great personal risk. The stories they share are powerful but, as any filmmaker will tell you, often the best material ends up on the cutting room floor."

To Die For: Chris Tanner's The Etiquette Of Death At La Mama

Bess Rowen | Posted 08.17.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

You heard it here first: death is in. That's right. With recent shows such as Young Jean Lee's We're Gonna Die last year and Chris Tanner's The Etiquette of Death, we are still working through this topic.

Playwright Erik Ehn on Soulographie: Our Genocides a Commemorative Cycle

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Playwrights like these, clearly passionate people who are willing to risk, willing to do things the hard way -- they have the important and difficult task of sharing what they've seen. How do they begin to speak the unspeakable?

RIP, Performance Artist, Playwright, And 'Alien Comic' Tom Murrin

Posted 03.13.2012 | Arts

Tom Murrin, the beloved New York performance art icon, passed away yesterday after a long struggle with cancer, The Village Voice reports. "The Ali...

Curtis M. Wong

Underground Belarusian Theater Troupe Returns To New York | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.17.2011 | Arts

Most artists grapple with various challenges in their decision to pursue a career in the theater, from first-time audition jitters to long-term financ...

Haiti Is Wailing: Gina Athena Ulysse, Anthropologist and Performing Artist

Jennifer Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennifer Edwards

Haiti is Gina's reason for everything. A self-described accidental student, she earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology in hopes of helping her birth-country.

Puppets Take Manhattan

Pamela Newton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Pamela Newton

What's the deal with the puppets? Puppets, like cartoons, used to be for kids. But these days, they're more often conduits for high-brow visual lyricism. Clearly, we in New York are having a puppet moment.

Daniel Beaty's 'Chosen Schizophrenia' Drives His Solo Playwriting

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Sims

"Are you asking me if I'm a control freak?" Daniel Beaty asks me as I question his decision to turn an ensemble play into a solo work.

Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine & Rites of Passage: Songs of Scythian Stones

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Virlana Tkacz's work with the Yara Arts Group reflects her desire to re-integrate the ancient "ways of knowing" as she puts it, into modern life.

A Remarkable Class

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

I recently began teaching a series of arts management seminars for ten grantees of the Ford Foundation. The Foundation has committed $100 million ove...

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame, aside from a few theatrical embellishments, is an excellently staged piece.