Showing posts from June, 2021

Review: "Sloppy Bonnie" Sings of Starbucks, Self-Examination, and Serial Deaths

Sloppy Bonnie: A Roadkill Musical for the Modern Chick Written by Krista Knight and Barry Brinegar Directed by Leah Lowe Presented by No Puppet Co. via June 21-July 15, 2021 Image courtesy Emily Owens PR The 2020 pandemic first taught us how much we missed live performance. Then it helped us rethink live performance virtually. Now that performances are coming back, we have realized it might be best to merge in-person and virtual performances. And this is what the creators of Sloppy Bonnie have done. Initially performed at Oz Arts Nashville in June 2021, anyone can access it for virtual viewing through their site . The virtual audience gets the added benefit of the digital enhancements that the creators have added post-performance—another development emerging from post-pandemic performance. Sloppy Bonnie utilizes these post-pandemic trends and reminds us what we love about live performance: good stories, over-the-top visuals and music, and a grain of truth about t

Review: "The Queer Witch Conspiracy" Makes No Bones About Its American Horror Story

  The Queer Witch Conspiracy Written by Brandon Walker Directed by Erin Cronican Presented by The Seeing Place Theater Live via Zoom June 23 and 24, 2021; and on demand via YouTube through June 27, 2021 The ensemble. Courtesy Kampfire PR.  Andrew J. Owens writes in his study Desire After Dark: Contemporary Queer Cultures and Occultly Marvelous Media (Indiana University Press, 2021) that "both queerness and occultism have been united by a historical doubling down of secrecy, empherality, and the evasion of official archival records," but the internet, through platforms such as Tumblr, has "allowed minoritarian communities the ability to articulate senses of both community and self that might otherwise prove difficult, distressing, and even dangerous within normal daily interactions" (141, 140). This dynamic is central to the The Seeing Place Theater's new production, The Queer Witch Conspiracy , written by Brandon Walker, the company's Producing Artistic Dir

News: Keith and The Girl's "Silent Trailers" Livestream Tonight (6/19) Features Liz Miele, Maddy Smith, Shane Mauss, and More

  Image courtesy Dumb Industries Keith Malley and Chemda, hosts of the long-running Keith and The Girl comedy podcast, have announced the details of tonight's June 19 Silent Trailers livestream, the increasingly popular online game show which  The New York Times recently named  “the ultimate guessing game.” Competing as a team against Malley will be Liz Miele ( Conan ), Maddy Smith ( Wild ‘n Out ), Shane Mauss ( Conan ), and more. Tickets are on sale now for $10 , with the option to obtain a $30 “backstage pass,” which will allow fans to virtually hang out with all the performers as they prepare to compete on the show. Silent Trailers pits Malley against the aforementioned panel of comedians, who will attempt to decipher Chemda's descriptions of movie trailers. The catch? Chemda has virtually no celebrity knowledge, and Keith has seen every movie ever made. Literally. So while Chemda might be describing “that movie with Tom Hanks where he’s stuck in a time loop,” she may ver

News: The Queerly Festival Returns with Live Audiences (and a Streaming Option)

Jackson Sturkey. Photo credit: Millie Gillana FRIGID New York has announced the return of The Queerly Festival, with plays, solo performances, music, comedy, and more from New York City’s indie-est LGBTQ+ artists. FRIGID New York continues to require vaccinations and masks for all in-person attendees, but virtual livestream tickets are available for anyone who cannot attend the performances in person.  The festival features: Awkward Teenage Years True stories about the most gloriously awkward times in our lives - our teenage years. Thursday June 17th at 7:00PM The Kraine Theater, Sliding Scale - $10 to $20 FRIGID Fridays A variety showcase of FRIGID's best and brightest. FRIGID Friday may include music, storytelling, sketch, clowning, cooking, and more.  Friday June 18th at 8:00PM The Kraine Theater, Sliding Scale - $10 to $25 Totally Gay Comedy An evening of stand up comedy from the funniest LGBTQ comedians in NYC, curated by Veronica Garza Thursday June 24th at 7:00PM The Kraine

Review: You'll Like What You Find "Through the Door"

  Through the Door Story by Kasper Klop and Morwenna Spagnol Directed by Morwenna Spagnol Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and New York Theatre Salon via Zoom June 2, 8, and 9, 2021 Image from In some dramatic works in this moment, an empty theater might signify loss or absence, but for Through the Door , a new recorded piece that mixes approaches from video and theater, that space acts as an opportunity for and a means of exploration in multiple registers. Presented free as part of the second annual Global Forms Theater Festival , a nine-day event which is dedicated to international artists living in the U.S. and features the theme "Seven Continents Unite," the ten-minute Through the Door was filmed in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which is transformed into an expansive landscape across which the production's equally expansive considerations unfold. Performed by French-Dutch interdisciplinary artist and actor Kasper Kl