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Review: "Ectoplasm" Conjures a Spirited Good Time

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Ectoplasm Written and directed by Sara Fellini Presented by spit&vigor theatre company at The Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St., Manhattan, NYC January 13-February 6, 2022 Sophia Radix, Adam Belvo, Caitlin Dullahan-Bates, Jillian Cicalese, Kelsey Bentz, Raina Silver, Florence Scagliarini. photo by Federico Mostert Ectoplasm , a new play from Sara Fellini, who also directs, begins with one woman alone on stage and ends with another. The first is Kaye Schultz (Caitlin Dullahan-Bates), who enters to the plaintive music of indie band Lord Huron and a somewhat cheeky admonition to reflect on universal mortality; and the second is her partner in an early twentieth-century Spiritualist business, medium Sara Marshall (Jillian Cicalese). Over the course of one entertainingly eventful soirée featuring the pair, the revelations come not only from the spirit world. Caitlin Dullahan-Bates, Florence Scagliarini, Jillian Cicalese. Photo by Adam Belvo The gathering occurs at the home of Madame Fr

News: FRIGID New York Announces Performance Schedule for 2022 FRIGID Festival

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A Play for Voices . Credit: David Bennett FRIGID New York will present the 16th Annual FRIGID Festival at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) from February 16-March 6, 2022. Tickets are available for advance purchase at www.frigid.nyc . Performances will also be available to livestream from home. Proof of full vaccination is required for all in-person audience members. The FRIGID Festival is an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of the Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. The full schedule of shows follows: A Hanky and a Top Hat! Presented by Torkova Entertainment - NY, NY Written & performed by Bobby Torkova; directed by Gene Santarelli A Hanky and a

Review: Bravery is the Soul of "Wit"

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Wit Written by Margaret Edson Directed by Brynn Asha Walker Presented by The Seeing Place Theater at The Paradise Factory 64 East 4th Street, Manhattan, NYC December 30, 2021-January 16, 2022 Janice Hall, Erin Cronican, & Christopher James Murray. Photo by Russ Rowland The Seeing Place Theater (TSP), a group dedicated to "actor-driven, social justice theater" that inspires audiences to action, begins its twelfth season with a riveting production of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit . Wit 's narrator-protagonist Vivian Bearing (Erin Cronican) holds a doctorate in 17th-century English literature, and her research focuses on John Donne, especially on his sequence of Holy Sonnets, composed in 1609-1610 and circulated in manuscript. Firmly established in her career at 50, Bearing has been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer, and the certainties of scansion seem both more and less important than ever before as she brings her intelligence, anger, and h

Review: In "A Venomous Color: Burbank (Act 1)," Mickey's Shorts May Be Red, But He's No Commie

A Venomous Color: Burbank (Act 1) Written and directed by Cameron Darwin Bossert Presented by Thirdwing via its streaming service In an in-person run at the wild project earlier this fall, Thirdwing's terrific A Venomous Color: The Fairest explored Disney's "Nunnery," its sex-segregated department of women painters and inkers, as they worked to complete Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (you can read our review here ). Thirdwing is dedicated to a hybrid model that embraces both live and streaming theater productions; and the entire first act of A Venomous Color: Burbank , which functions as sequel and companion piece to The Fairest but does not require having seen the earlier play to be enjoyed, is now available on Thirdwing's streaming service (starting at $4.99 per month or $49 per year, subscriptions include access to the streaming platform and tickets to live shows; see Thirdwing's site for details of available membership packages). Written and directe

Review: The Art World Runs on Blood in "The Slave Who Loved Caviar"

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The Slave Who Loved Caviar Written by Ishmael Reed Directed by Carla Blank Presented by Theater for the New City 155 1st Ave., Manhattan, NYC December 23, 2021-January 9, 2022 L-R: vampire Baron De Whit (Raul Diaz) and the Baron's agent, Antonio Wolfe (Jesse Bueno). Photo by Jonathan Slaff. Karl Marx famously compared the workings of capitalism to vampirism, and The Slave Who Loved Caviar , bringing the metaphor of vampirism to bear specifically on the capitalism of the art world, and even more specifically, on the relationship between artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Making its world premiere at Theater for the New City, The Slave Who Loved Caviar is the latest play from storied novelist, essayist, critic, playwright, musician, songwriter, professor, publisher, and more Ishmael Reed. Directed by frequent Reed collaborator Carla Blank, herself a director, dramaturge, writer, and editor, and featuring original music composed and performed by Reed, The Slave Who Loved C

News: Absurdist Sci-Fi Drama "Alma Baya" Now Available On Demand

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  Absurdist sci-fi drama Alma Baya , written and directed by Edward Einhorn, is now available on demand until February 15, 2022. In the play, Alma and Baya live on a hostile planet in a pod designed to sustain just them. When a refugee arrives from another pod, they have to balance survival versus compassion. Watch Cast A or Cast B, or both - when you choose one cast's performance, you will get a discount code for the other show when you order. You can read the writer's note here and our review of the in-person performance here . Tickets are $25 Running time is 75 minutes. (NOTE: There is nudity in the show.) GET A TICKET FOR ALMA BAYA Stranger Arrives, Cast A (low res) from Edward Einhorn on Vimeo . Stranger Monologue, Cast B (low res) from Edward Einhorn on Vimeo . Cast A: Sheleah Harris, Rivera Reese, Ann Marie Yoo Cast B: Maggie Cino, JaneAnne Halter, Nina Mann

News: "Social Alchemix (Live!)" Returns in 2022

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  Social Alchemix (Live!) , an intoxicating hybrid of intimate game night, storytelling, and aligned serendipity, conceived, designed, and hosted by cocktail guru and performer Wil Petre, returns to live performances in 2022. Originally called A Cocktail Party Social Experiment (you can read our review here ), the show inspires audiences to join conversations prompted by a deck of alchemical cards and enjoy tasty libations while going deeper into meaningful exchange of thoughts. In 2022,  Social Alchemix (Live!)  resurfaces after the pandemic isolation and brings more interactive fun, plus a deck of cards the viewers can purchase at the show or online. The upcoming presentations (with more dates to be announced) will take place on Monday nights at two intimate venues: Threes Franklin (113 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY – February 14 and March 14, 2022) and Caveat (21 A Clinton Street, Manhattan – February 21, 2022). Times vary; visit the website for details. Tickets are $18 online/$22 a