Showing posts from July, 2022

Review: "The Great Lesbian Love of Eve Adams" Pays Stirring Tribute to a Path-Breaking Woman

The Great Lesbian Love of Eve Adams Written by Paige Esterly Directed by Jenny Lester Presented by Paige Esterly and Jenny Lester at The Space at Irondale 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NYC July 24, 2022 Eve Adams is less well known than comparably important figures in queer history, and Paige Esterly's new play The Great Lesbian Love of Eve Adams helps to continue to change that by bringing a new version of her story to the stage. The first biography of Adams, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams , which was published only last year, contains the full text of her short book Lesbian Love , which Esterly notes in the program is "the first ethnographical depiction of lesbians in America." The Great Lesbian Love of Eve Adams concentrates on the period between Adams publishing Lesbian Love (in a batch of 150 copies) and her falling afoul of the New York City authorities, celebrating this iconic and iconoclastic woman and highlighting the degree to which–and the

News: Devised Movement Piece "Stella, Come Home," Based on "Streetcar," Plays July 22-23 and August 6-7

Beginning tonight (July 22), Et Alia Theater , in special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, presents Stella, Come Home , a devised movement piece based on Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire . Stella, Come Home is a dance-theater piece that translates the iconic  Streetcar  into movement and dance through the bodies  of Et Alia Theater Company's international women. The production explores what it means to perform this pinnacle of U.S. theater as immigrant women in New York City, one of the most heterogeneous cities in the world. Just as a reality-stricken Blanche longs for a return to her imagined Belle Reve, the performers are outsiders going through the painful struggle of letting go of their past, while the promised land of NYC forces them to face their truth: culturally diverse women still have to fight to claim their space. Stella, Come Home  is directed and choreographed by SarAika Movement Collective, with Associated Director M

Review: It's You Who Won't Forget "The Elephant in the Room"

The Elephant in the Room Written and performed by Priyanka Shetty Directed by Theresa M. Davis Presented by A Passion for Language at at 59E59 Theaters 59 E. 59th St., Manhattan, NYC July 15-24, 2022 Priyanka Shetty, Image courtesy A Passion for Language. At one point in The Elephant in the Room , the one-woman show from Philadelphia-based actor, playwright, and director Priyanka Shetty, she says that she feels like someone gets her when she listens to metal (an experience that certainly resonates with some of us, even if we haven't been to Wacken). The struggle to be gotten, to define and carve a place for herself as a woman, an immigrant, and an artist, is at the beating, expansive heart of Shetty's autobiographical Elephant . The play is the second in a triptych: the first, #Charlottesville , which uses interviews with Charlottesville, Virginia, residents to probe the 2017 Unite the Right white supremacist rally and its aftermath, was presented virtually as part of 2021'

Review: "Potty Training" Makes Even Catheterization Funny

Potty Training with Joey Rinaldi Written and performed by Joey Rinaldi Presented by Joey Rinaldi Comedy at 59E59 Theaters 59 E. 59th St., Manhattan, NYC July 12-16, 2022 Joey Rinaldi. Photo credit: Lamosa Photography Good comedians have the ability to transform pain into laughter, and the bodily injury at the center of solo show Potty Training certainly gives writer and performer Joey Rinaldi plenty of pain to work with. With Potty Training (a title that must result in some amusing exchanges with theatergoers: "Hi, I'm here for Potty Training !"), New York City-based comedian Rinaldi tells the story of a brief moment of adolescent showing-off that resulted in more than one surgery and months of recovery. Rinaldi, who has won awards at multiple festivals, has recently appeared on the Risk! and NPR's Spooked podcasts and regularly performs his storytelling comedy show Bad Trip in Brooklyn. Potty Training is part of 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh Festival , w

Review: After a Too-Long Absence, The Fire This Time Festival Reignites

The Fire This Time Festival : Season 13: Ten-Minute Plays Plays by Fedna Jacquet, Marcus Scott, Phillip Christian Smith, Lisa Rosetta Strum, Rachel Herron, and Agyeiwaa Asante Directed by Zhailon Levingston and Tracey Conyer Lee Presented by FRIGID New York at The Kraine Theater 85 E 4th St., Manhattan, NYC July 7-10, 2022 Anthony Goss & Ricardy Fabre in Wookiees in the Wilderness.  Photo by Garlia Jones The annual The Fire This Time Festival, after a two-year absence from the stage, including a postponement from its usual winter slot to early July, has returned to in-person performance with its thirteenth season, bringing six new short plays from early-career playwrights of African and African American descent to The Kraine Theater. The Ten-Minute Play Program offers both in-person and livestreaming options, and this year, audiences can also complement their theatergoing experience by picking up a copy of 25 Plays from the Fire This Time Festival , which collects plays from TFTT&

News: No Peeking Theatre Presents "Look Don't Look: A Stage Fright Event" July 16

No Peeking Theatre, an experimental theater that is sensory, experiential, and 'blind,' presents Look Don't Look , a live performance event that is composed of people who have stage fright, on Saturday, July 16th.  “Over the years, says No Peeking founder Amanda Levie, "society has created more gradual and incremental ways to overcome the things that trigger stress and develop skill. Stage Fright and public performance are one of the very few things left that have little option other than the ‘jump in the water’ approach. We wanted to meet artists halfway and to include their stage fright in their journey of performance.”  Look Don't Look  is not only an exercise in compassion in fine arts, but it is also a tool for the artists in the lineup to use, one that was never previously there. We all have romantic depictions of trauma shaping an artist’s genius (e.g., the archetype of the starving artist). On the other side of the coin, little more than extreme exposure th