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On the Culture Front: Taylor Mac, Caught, Phaedra(s), and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 09.20.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Taylor Mac is one of the few people I never tire of seeing on stage. Whatever project the enigmatic performer tackles he does it with warmth, depth an...

A Wale(s) of a Tale: Bianco at St. Ann's Warehouse

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.08.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Delia Ceruti in Bianco. Photo by Teddy Wolff. I have always loved watching circus performance for the same reason I love watching dance. Both of thes...

First Nighter: St. Ann's 'Streetcar Named Desire' Leaves a Certain Amount to Be Desired

David Finkle | Posted 05.01.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Although there's much to praise in the Young Vic-Joshua Andrews co-production of Tennessee Wiliams's superb A Street Car Named Desire, now transported to St. Ann's Warehouse, the laurels go mostly to the cast. About other prominent aspects, there's much to question.

On the Culture Front: Henry IV, El Vy, The Civilians' War on Christmas, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.11.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The immersion into Phyllida Lloyd's meticulously crafted reimagination of "Henry IV" begins before the audience steps foot into the new home of St. Ann's Warehouse.

First Nighter: "Henry IV" at St. Ann's Warehouse, "Henry V" on Screens Reign Supreme

David Finkle | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Director Phyllida Lloyd's inspiration for her all-women Shakespeare productions -- first Julius Caesar and now Henry IV, both at St. Ann's Warehouse -- wasn't simply to have her actors perform a William Shakespeare play but to have them appear as prison inmates putting on a William Shakespeare play.

First Nighter: Cush Jumbo Truly Stars in Josephine and I

David Finkle | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Pauline Kael once wrote -- and probably said many times -- that "it takes a star to play a star." I thought of the quote while watching Cush Jumbo performing her Josephine and I, at Joe's Pub.

Bloody Valentine: National Theatre of Scotland's Let the Right One In

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts
Bess Rowen

These aspects of the production were what made the adaptation work best for me. In film, special effects can make flying vampires look naturally at home in an otherwise realistic world. This is harder in an intimate theatre space.

First Nighter: 'Tamburlaine Parts I and II,' 'Tristan & Yseult' Blood Spillage

David Finkle | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The blood in Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult is less than what's in Tamburlaine Parts I and II and is stylized. Emma Rice, the company founder and adapter here of the Cornish myth has something other than seeing red about which she wants to discourse.

First Nighter: Check Out 'Hellman v. McCarthy,' 'Red Velvet,' 'Heathers'

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

On January 20, 1980 Mary McCarthy, never known to mince words in print or in person, was asked on Dick Cavett's PBS talk show whom she considered overrated writers. After a moment's thought, Lillian Hellman came to her mind.

First Nighter: Daniel Kitson Strides Again at St. Ann's Warehouse

David Finkle | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Daniel Kitson is not only a marvelous story-teller. He may be our foremost meta-storyteller, and possibly because there is no other candidate. But he doesn't earn the title merely by default.

Mark Rylance's Richard III

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Mark Rylance is out to make his mark as one of the greats, a Kean, a Garrick, a Booth, but he is also trying to be something more. He is both acting a...

First Nighter: Mark Rylance and Company's Superb Richards III and Twelfth Night

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is stage-obsessed. He's so taken with all aspects of the theater that he has the Shakespeare's Globe Productions company he's leading get into costume in front of the Belasco audience.

Why I Love Talkbacks and Why You Should Too

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

There are those who think poorly of talkbacks. They think theater, in many ways an ephemeral art, is to be experienced, not analyzed. This is the same argument made by those who think you shouldn't hold poetry interpretation classes.

First Nighter: All-Female "Julius Caesar" Works Except When It Doesn't

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The funniest aside takes place during one of Walters' most demanding sequences as disillusioned Brutus. What she breaks it off to say to her convict colleagues won't be revealed here, but it's a laugh-and-a-half.

Theater: Beware the Ides of March & Beware Missing "Julius Caesar!"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two of my favorite theatrical venues have combined to offer an exciting new production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's the best Julius Caesar I've ever seen and certainly one of the top shows of the year.

Falling Slowly: Tristan Sturrock's Mayday Mayday

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Tristan Sturrock lies onstage on his back, his image reflected back at the audience twofold through the use of a mirror. For a minute we cannot tell where his actual body is. He seems to be suspended in space, floating.

On the Culture Front: Ben Howard, Punch Brothers, Belleville, The Flick and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It's been a packed month of culture. I finally made it down to the Barclays Center for Mumford and Sons, and the weekend before I caught one of my favorite bluegrass-based acts, The Punch Brothers.

Kneehigh to a Wild Bride

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Bess Rowen

The combination of carefully designed artistic unity such as this and the stunning design and strong performances make The Wild Bride a must see for those who aren't afraid of dark tales of devils and handless women.

There's a Party Going on Right Here: Festen (The Celebration) at St. Ann's Warehouse

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.25.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

I have never seen a show with such temporally uneven acts. But though I'm not sure the intermission, which allows for a scene change, was necessary, I am quite happy that the play defied expectations in this way.

Water From Elephants: Elephant Room at St. Ann's Warehouse

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.02.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

I've always been a fan of secret societies like fraternities, sororities, Freemasons, Illuminati, and... The Elephant Room Society? In a magical "room" propped up on cinder blocks at St. Ann's Warehouse, a secret society comes to the audience Elephant Room.

Stage Door: Elephant Room

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.01.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A trio of loopy, but gifted magicians perform a unique blend of magic and mayhem. Now at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. Or as they call it: "Stan's Warehouse."

Behind The Scenes Of Karen O's Psycho Opera

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 03.03.2012 | Home

Even if you missed the limited run of Karen O's "Stop the Virgens" back in the fall, a new documentary will give you a look into the making of the sho...

Theater: Daniel Kitson At St. Ann's

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

I've no doubt I'll be thinking about this show for the rest of 2012 and it will be among my favorites of this year.

Karen O's Psycho Opera Has A Name

Posted 10.26.2011 | Home

Karen O's psycho opera just got more real and more surreal at the same time now that Karen O is talking. O released the following vague statement to i...

St. Ann's Warehouse Faces Homelessness

Posted 08.06.2011 | New York

St. Ann's Warehouse, the esteemed Brooklyn theater whose unique space has attracted acting troupes from across the world, may be homeless by next year...