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Astoria Characters: The Novel Teen

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.04.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

She has her big brown eyes set on Columbia, which she notes happily, is only a bus ride away. She doesn't want to be separated from her parents and 11-year-old sister Isabella.

Jeremy Xido Gets to the Heart of the Matter in The Angola Project

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

I've been a huge admirer of Jeremy Xido's work since watching his spellbinding documentary Death Metal Angola at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2012. His work is heartfelt and true.

Astoria Characters: The School Fireman

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Tommy's not sure how much longer he can do it. But he must: Although his two sons are grown, his daughter is only 16.

Astoria Characters: The Whiz Kid

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.28.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Students at Zoe's school typically take five years to graduate, earning not only a high school diploma but also an associate degree from LaGuardia. Zoe, one of the younger students, is squeezing everything into four years.

Astoria Characters: The Pro-Active Parent

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.24.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Cooking's very therapeutic," says Claudia Lieto-McKenna. "Even the smell is very calming. There's something about the ritual and the giving it away."

Closing Soon: Four Theatergoing Options This Weekend

Andy Propst | Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts
Andy Propst

This evening of short plays from Nick Jones addresses contemporary issues with a decidedly quirky and dark wit. For instance, the title piece in this show focuses on a pair of brothers, barely teenagers, whose views of sex have been completely shaped by the porn they've seen online.

Potluck of Talent: A Chat With the Cast of Post Plastica

Bess Rowen | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

This smorgasbord of a show, which includes what Erin describes as a "potluck of talent" as well as exciting concepts, pieces of art, and a fantastically innovative set-up, has my tummy rumbling for some great performance.

Astoria Characters: The Survivor Who Speaks Her Mind

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.27.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

An unexpected lump in Anna Kril's left breast gave her a crash course in cancer survival. Spunky and savvy, she was appalled at the lack of resources in Queens for breast cancer sufferers like herself.

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...

Astoria Characters: The Born Baker

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.12.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Rosario Notaro, a compact man with big milk chocolate eyes and the energy of a youngster, doesn't like cookies and cakes; perhaps it's because he's been baking them nearly all of his 74 years.

Astoria Characters: The Classic Educand

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The "defining moment" of Helen Polychronis's life occurred when she was 5. She went to bed one winter night, and the next morning she couldn't raise her arms or legs.

Astoria Characters: The No-Go Gal

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Astoria, Queens: for 40 years, this has been Josephine Todaro's stomping ground. "Everyone I know who has left Astoria always comes back," she says.

HuffPost Review: Evanston: A Rare Comedy

Liz O'Neill Dennison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Liz O'Neill Dennison

If you think all suburban communities are filled only with the inane, the dull and the quietly desperate, prepare to be rocked by Michael Yates Crowley's new play.