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Review: "Animal Farm" is More Timely Than Ever in New Adaptation

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Animal Farm Adapted by Brandon Walker Directed by Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican Presented by The Seeing Place at The Paradise Factory 64 E. 4th St., Manhattan, NYC February 13-23, 2020 At a number of points in The Seeing Place's new adaptation of George Orwell's 1945 novella Animal Farm, if one didn't know better, one might assume that this was a play written specifically in response to America's current descent into authoritarianism. Unfortunate as those parallels are, they lend an additional queasy power to this production, which marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Orwell's allegory of the Soviet slide into Stalinism. Part of The Seeing Place's "The Body Politic"-themed season, Animal Farm features a quartet of actors embodying 28 characters to intimately stage this story of how revolution turns into repression.

The hallway leading to the theater door is adorned with with drawings of animal heads in profile, extending the farm beyon…

News: "Beneath the Bikini" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is fast approaching, with performances beginning on February 19 at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In the lead-up to this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Beneath the Bikini.

Where: UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Place
Manhattan, NYC

When: Monday 2/24 at 8:50 pm
Wednesday 2/26 at 8:50 pm
Saturday 2/29 at 5:30 pm
Sunday 3/1 at 6:50 pm
Friday 3/6 at 5:30
Sunday 3/8 at 12:10 pm

All shows are 60 minutes

What: “Beneath the Bikini” is an award-winning storytelling cabaret out of Orlando, Florida. In the 60-minute cabaret, writer and performer Katie Thayer regales audiences with her story of growing up “not so skinny,” her love of food, and finding the confidence to start a bikini advertising business.

Back in 2013, Katie Thayer, better known as “Bikini Katie” in Fringe circles, started a performance art piece called “Bikini Advertising Spac…

News: "Jaxx & Lolo: A Friendship Show" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is fast approaching, with performances beginning on February 19 at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In the lead-up to this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Jaxx & Lolo: A Friendship Show.

Where: The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003

When: Saturday, Feb 22nd at 8:20 pmFriday, Feb 28th at 6:50 pm
Monday, March 2nd at 7:10 pm
Thursday, March 5th at 10:30 pm
Saturday, March 7th at 6:40 pm

What: Jaxx & Lolo: A Friendship Show, written and performed by Lauren O’Brien and directed by Christine Renee Miller, mixes dialogue, music, and verse in a poetic solo work inspired by the author’s real-life outsider friendship with punk-poet Jackie Sheeler. Jaxx & Lolo brings the audience along on a surreal and harrowing journey as Lolo battles the threat of Jaxx's suicide. The story is told through dialo…

News: "Finding Fellini" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is fast approaching, with performances beginning on February 19 at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In the lead-up to this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Finding Fellini.

Where: The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003

When: Friday February 21st at 5:10 pm
Sunday February 23rd at 5:10 pm
Tuesday February 25th at 8:50 pm

What:Finding Fellini, written and performed by Megan Metrikin and designed and directed by Guy de Lancey, presents the memoir of one woman, Metrikin, who leaves the brutality of Apartheid South Africa in search of her muse –Federico Fellini, in Rome. Stage Biz has called the show "a wild, obsessive, funny, filmic experience about the power of art to lift you out of any political or emotional doldrums.”

Finding Fellini garnered two awards at the United Solo Theatre Festival (Best ac…

News: "Nancy Drewinsky and the Search for the Missing Letter" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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The 2020 FRIGID Festival is fast approaching, with performances beginning on February 19 at the Kraine Theater and UNDER St. Marks in the East Village. In the lead-up to this annual showcase for storytellers, solo shows, and short works, we will also be highlighting some of the productions on offer. Next up is Nancy Drewinsky and the Search for the Missing Letter.

Where: The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street, First Floor
New York, NY 10003

When: WED, FEB 19 @ 5:30 | SAT, FEB 22 @ 6:40 WED, FEB 26 @ 7:10  FRI, FEB 28 @ 5:10 SUN, MAR 8 @ 12:10

What: Nancy Drewinsky and the Search for the Missing Letter is written and performed by award-winning storyteller Robin Bady. It explores the story of 9-year-old Robin Bady, who in 1960 wrote a pitch letter to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover detailing her qualifications as the next Eliot Ness. Hoover's reply was, perhaps needless to say, not encouraging: "As you already know, only men can be Special Agents,” Hoover informed her. “But women can…

Review: "Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)" Raises Undocumented Voices

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Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) Written by Andrea Thome Directed by José Zayas Music by Sinuhé Padilla Presented by En Garde Arts at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club 66 E 4th St., Manhattan, NYC February 6-15, 2020On tour:

February 19-20
In Association with LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, Queens)

February 28
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Garden (1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island)

March 12
In Partnership with Lehman Stages
Lehman Stages (250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx)

March 20-21
In Association with Open Hydrant at The Point
The Point (940 Garrison Ave, Bronx)

March 26-March 28
In Association with Irondale Ensemble Project
Irondale Center (85 S Oxford St, Brooklyn)

In some instances, the term fandango refers not only to the triple-meter musical form but to a community party at which guests dance, play, and sing. It is this more expansive—one might say inclusive—definition features in the new play Fandango fo…

News: "A Southern Fairytale" Comes to FRIGID 2020

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