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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