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News: Kevin Allison Hosts "Risk!" May 14th and Sidestreams "The Big Lebowski" May 20

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On the  RISK! livestream on Friday, May 14, Kevin Allison (MTV's The State ) will be hosting incredible true stories from J. Rohr, Ryan Estrada, Jenn Montooth, and Tianna Kerg. Also coming up, Allison will be hosting an interactive online viewing of THE BIG LEBOWSKI via Sidestream on Thursday, May 20.  RISK! Livestream Online Show When: Friday, May 14, 2021 | 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT Price: $15 (or FREE to any of their  Patreon members $25/month and above ) Description: Join Kevin Allison and a fantastic crew of storytellers for RISK!'s first online show of 2021! Anyone can register for and watch this show from anywhere in the world. Spread the word to all your friends around the world who might want to come. This show will be broadcast via a webinar format on Zoom.us , and will feature incredible true stories from J. Rohr, Ryan Estrada, Jenn Montooth, and Tianna Kerg. Ticket link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/3016189393961/WN_-FFHSBU6RXOHNTKojqzXiA The Big Lebowski - Si

News: "Doggotainment" Live on Zoom: Bring Your Pet!

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  Photo courtesy Killy Dwyer WHAT: Sour Grapes Prods Presents A Killer Killy Dwyer production of  Doggotainment  as part of the Down To Clown Online Theater Festival . Written by Killy Dwyer, directed by Bricken Sparicano, DP: Craig Schober WHEN:  May 29th 5pm EST 2pm PST and June 2nd at 8:30 EST 5:30 PST WHERE:  Show is LIVE on Zoom! Tickets: $15 Created and performed by bi-coastal “Mock$tar” musician & performance artist Killy Dwyer and directed by ward-winning performer and Assistant Director of Live Interpretation for the Wildlife Conservation Society Bricken Sparacino,  Doggotainment  makes those pet Zoom bombings that anyone who has been working from home is familiar with all part of the show.  Get a new leash on life and let Killy and Tucker The Wonderpupper be your pack leaders for a power hour of pupper related Doggotainment,  with songs like “I Wanna Smell Your Butt,” “Boop The Snoot,” and “Dog In A Basket,” along with tricks, treats, and a Best in Show contest starring a

Review: "Mine" Takes Audiences Down the Gopher Hole

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  Mine Created and performed by Shayna Strype Presented by Dixon Place via Theatermania.stream Streaming live April 21-24, 2021 and on demand April 26-May 3, 2021 Photo courtesy Michelle Tabnick PR Not many plays come to mind that feature a mountain as a central character. Creator and performer Shayna Strype, in her new show Mine , inhabits characters from said mountain to some sentient home appliances to a TV psychic by way of an eclectic mix of costumes, puppets, green screen, and more. Even her toes get to dress up and take part. Strype makes a wry gesture to the show's being livestreamed by replacing the usual request for audience members (here composed of claymation figures) to silence their cell phones with encouragement to close their other browser tabs. Visions , a psychic call-in show of the type that one might find on late-night cable and complete with a satirical commercial break, provides the frame for Mine 's meditations on ecosystems both actual and emotional. Wh

Review: Get Your Stinking Paws on Tickets for "Planet of the Grapes Live"

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  Planet of the Grapes Live Created by Peter Michael Marino Directed by Michole Biancosino Presented by Project Y Theatre Company and PM2 Entertainment via YouTube Live April 16-May 15, 2021 Photo credit: Mikiodo Even if you've somehow managed never to see 1968's Planet of the Apes , moments of which remain cultural touchstones more than 50 years later, that won't make Peter Michael Marino's Planet of the Grapes Live any less of a blast. Marino reimagines the sci-fi classic as a live hourlong toy theater production, blending the main beats of the film's story and its unintentional humor with some added comedy (yes, there are some grape puns; and yes, at least one of them made us laugh out loud). The show's website includes some great background on toy theater, as well as on the Apes film and the creation of this miniaturized parody, which viewers should make some time to peruse before or after their live Grapes experience. The plot finds a quartet of astro

Review: "What the Fuck Just Happened?" is a Great Show About a Not-So-Great Year

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What the Fuck Just Happened? Created and performed by Mike Daisey Presented by FRIGID New York at the Kraine Theater  85 E 4th St., Manhattan, NYC and via YouTube Live April 2, 2021; encore performance: May 7, 2021 Mike Daisey. Photo Credit Ursa Waz While it may be spring in the city, the East Village was feeling FRIGID this weekend. On April 2, indie theater stalwarts FRIGID New York opened the doors of the Kraine Theater on East 4th Street to a live audience for monologuist Mike Daisey's one-man reflection on the past year, What the Fuck Just Happened? Following the Kraine's health and safety protocols for reopening, in-person audience members were required to be fully vaccinated, to wear masks while inside the theater, and to adhere to pod seating. The Kraine has also installed a new ventilation system designed specifically to mitigate COVID exposure, and the mask-less Daisey performed at a minimum distance of ten feet from the audience. Having not yet ascended to the rank

Review: Press Play on "The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests"

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The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests Written by Michael Aguirre Directed by Sarah Norris Presented virtually by New Light Theater Project as part of 59E59 Theaters' Plays In Place March 29-April 11, 2021 Michael Aguirre. Courtesy New Light Theater Project. As restrictions for in-person events begin to loosen in New York, the virtual theater scene that has developed over the past year continues to assume intriguing variations. The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests anchors its storytelling in, as the title suggests, the communal experience of music. By the end of the play, audiences will have listened to the entirety of Jackson C. Frank's self-titled 1965 folk album, interwoven with narrative threads focused on Frank himself and on the relationship of listening party host Allen (playwright Michael Aguirre) with his brother, Rob. Audience members access the album themselves through their preferred platform (we used a copy on YouTube, which, i

Review: "Letter to My Father" Offers New Angles on Kafka

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Letter to My Father Written by Franz Kafka; translated by Hannah Stokes and Richard Stokes Developed by James Rutherford and Michael Guagno Directed by James Rutherford Presented by M-34 via Multistre.am February 19-March 28, 2021 [UPDATE: 30 Mar. 2021: Run extended through April 2, 2021] Michael Guagno. Photo credit: Eileen Meny Photography M-34's Letter to My Father represents a thoughtfully conceived and wonderfully acted example of the innovative forms that virtual theater can take. The production takes Franz Kafka's 1919 nearly 50-page letter to his father, returned to him by his mother rather than delivered to its intended recipient, as the text for a captivating live solo performance that allows audience members to shift at will among multiple views of the performance space. The browser-based livestream presents viewers with a trio of video feeds—one the sort of medium close-up that would be typical of a Zoom play; one a small portable camera that can be moved by actor

Review: "Sweat" Exposes the Blood and Tears of a Factory Town

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  Sweat Written by Lynn Nottage Directed by Brandon Walker Presented by The Seeing Place Theater Live via Zoom February 27-28, 2021 Streaming via YouTube February 28-March 3, 2021 The cast of Sweat . Image courtesy Kampfire PR NYC playwright Lynn Nottage's 2015 play Sweat vividly captures the kind of economically depressed community that would become the subject of greatly increased national analysis and discussion after November of the following year. The Seeing Place Theater's engrossing, empathetic virtual production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama benefits The Fortune Society , an organization that helps formerly incarcerated people to successfully reenter their community and runs Alternative to Incarceration and Education programs. The Seeing Place will host a free panel, "Action Steps - Racism and Economics: The Social Impact of Recession," featuring representatives from The Fortune Society on March 3 at 7pm EST on Zoom ( RSVP here ). The majority of Swea

News: Interactive Digital Edition of "Chaos Theory" Continues This Weekend

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  Image courtesy of Nichole Mottershead Chaos Theory begins as a lecture about chaos theory that quickly devolves into a series of interactive games inspired by the science of chaos theory, reality dating shows, middle school crushes, and the butterfly effect to end all butterfly effects: COVID-19. The audience is guided by mathematical scientist, Dr. Genevieve Saoch, whose personal life hilariously interferes with her ability to be objective about her research as a Chaologist. Through a series of participatory experiments, audience members are invited to embrace their inner chaos agent. Chaos Theory  is a NY Times recommended comedy show and winner of the Immersion Nation Best Social Immersion Award 2019. After a robust run as a live show pre-COVID-19 at Caveat, Here Arts and others, the digital adaptation premiered May 1st, 2020, in partnership with Caveat, NYC and now comes from NYC to Curious for a special two-week digital run Feb. 25th through March 7. Writer and performer, Jess

Review: In "Hotel Good Luck," We Shouldn't Check Out Just Because We'll All Leave

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  Hotel Good Luck Written by Alejandro Ricaño Translated by Jacqueline Bixler Directed by Samuel Buggeln Co-presented by The Cherry Artists' Collective and New Ohio Theatre via YouTube February 12-20, 2021 Seth Soulstein and Desmond Bratton (background). Courtesy Emily Owens PR It's never a bad time, exactly, to reckon with mortality, but perhaps now is a better time than some, as suggested by the remarkable final image of The Cherry Artists' Collective and New Ohio Theatre's co-production of Hotel Good Luck , from award-winning Mexican playwright Alejandro Ricaño (translated by Jacqueline Bixler). This silent concluding shot movingly uses the space of Ithaca's State Theatre itself to reflect simultaneously the profound sense of loss and absence endemic to the past year and the themes of this play's wry, intermittently absurdist, melancholic journey towards existential consolation. Hotel Good Luck tells its dimension-hopping story using only two actors. We b

Review: "The Kitchen Plays" Serves Up Three Satisfying Courses

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The Kitchen Plays Passion Project Written by Cassandra Paras Directed by Byron Anthony Ginger Bug Written by Jake Brasch Directed by Amber Calderon For the Family Written by Madison Harrison Directed by Diane Davie Presented by Eden Theater Company via Zoom February 5-20, 2021 Larry Fleischman and Cassandra Paras. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR Beginning last summer, Eden Theater Company's virtual short-play series The Room Plays has brought us into characters'--and actors'--bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms. The series now concludes, appropriately enough, in a place of creation with The Kitchen Plays , a final trio of short works that return to the first installment's focus on people negotiating their lives under the current conditions of the pandemic. Sharply drawn and crisply acted, The Kitchen Plays furnishes a strong finish to the series. The strong start to this strong finish arrives in the form of Cassandra Paras's Passion Project . Larry (Larry Fleis

Review: This "Dog Act" is Best in Show

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  Dog Act Written by Liz Duffy Adams Directed by Erin Cronican Presented by The Seeing Place Theater Live via Zoom Saturday, January 30th and Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 (7pm EST) Streaming via YouTube Tuesday to Saturday after each live performance, February 2-12, 2021 The ensemble. Image courtesy Kampfire PR The Seeing Place Theater (TSP) continues its 10th season, themed around "The Body Politic," with Liz Duffy Adams's Dog Act . This linguistically virtuosic post-apocalyptic mix of humor and pathos debuted in 2004, but its radically destabilized climate and murderously tribalized world maps flawlessly onto our current anxieties. TSP is presenting Dog Act as a benefit for the Food Pantry at St Clement's NYC and is also hosting a free talkback, "Action Steps for Surviving Hardship in an Uncertain World," via Zoom on Thursday, February 4 at 7pm with both the playwright and licensed therapist Tracy Sidesinger (register for the talkback using this link ).

News: Keith and The Girl podcast Announces 24-hour Online Comedy Marathon on January 30

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  Photo credit: Phil Provencio Legendary Queens-based podcasting duo Keith and The Girl will be holding their annual 24-hour comedy marathon beginning Saturday, January 30 @ 3pm EST, as more than 50 of their fans’ favorite guests will make appearances to celebrate their 16th year of podcasting. The entire program will be conducted remotely, with hosts Keith Malley and Chemda broadcasting from their homes. Viewers around the world can tune in for free on the Keith and The Girl YouTube channel . Keith and The Girl (KATG) is a fast-paced comedy podcast that records five days a week in New York City. The show takes the form of a daily conversation about relationships, comedy, current events and more. Keith and The Girl began in March 2005, making it one of the longest-running podcasts in existence. “You guys got me started to begin with,” praises WTF host Marc Maron. “You were the original podcast people.” Keith and The Girl has an expansive and loyal audience, and Keith and The Girl fans

News: For Her B-Day Weekend, Sour Grapes' Genny Yosco Gifts Audiences with a Slate of Live Virtual Shows

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Sour Grapes Productions Co-Founder Genny Yosco has announced a slate of live virtual shows this weekend: JANUARY 15th, 7pm EST:  SILENT BUT DEADLY: A Mime Experience On Friday January 15th (Yosco's birthday!) at 7pm, the newest virtual installment of SILENT BUT DEADLY: A Mime Experience comes to screens near you. Following the overwhelming support the mimes got for their previous virtual endeavors, they are unfortunately back and here to bother you all once again. "They have modernized Mime in a way that we haven’t seen before but we really hope to see again... Their devotion to craziness is just downright what we need in our lives right now," raves the Young-Hozwe Theatre Journal . The show is free for everyone to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnmNKjISCzc The show can be re-watched any time! JANUARY 16th, 7pm ES T:  A Midsummer Night Stream This is the premiere of the sequel to im ur hamlet ., titled A Midsummer Night Stream . As you may already know, im u