Emma Van Heyn at The Bitter End

Emma Van Heyn is a quirky millennial memoirist using music as flypaper for her unique perspective. She is one of those actor/pianist/storyteller/composer artists that create instant fans on a first viewing. We are seeing the epic rise of this breed of multi-skilled performer that are equally strong as musicians and actors, able to craft original monologues, lyrics and compositions to craft a powerful theatrical experience. Van Heyn has a mighty vocal instrument that booms out of her slight frame with a force of a cannonball. She has a strong, sensual sound that ricochets around the room filling it with warmth

11 Questions With Carie Karavas: Because This One Goes Up To Eleven

Photo: Courtesy of Google Long Island is a never ending bevy of comedic genius. There is no denying the incredible talent that has poured forth from the mouth of the comedy circuit on this tiny island 20 miles easy East of Manhattan over the last 100 years. From Lenny Bruce to Rosie O'Donnell and Eddie Murphy to Ophira Eisenberg. Long Island boasts the best. That is no different with the inimitable Carie Karavas. This past week At 7pm on September 27th at The Argyle Theater in Babylon Long Island this very true statement was no different. Carie first started stand up

The Height of the Storm – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Back in elementary school, we all learned that a story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Apparently, playwright Florian Zeller was absent that day, or perhaps, he merely couldn't be bothered to edit his script. Despite a fine and talented cast led by Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce (two of their generation's finest who are at the top of their game), supported by the finest set design and lighting tricks, Director Jonathan Kent and the Manhattan Theatre Club have a broken production on their hands. They don't have enough duct tape to fix it. The story (defined loosely) involves

Only Yesterday at 59E59 Theater

Photo by Carol Rosegg "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia". -Julia- by John Lennon   I was first introduced to The Beatles by my mother, Georgiana Collins, when I was nine years old. A Christmas gift, the cassette tape was Rock 'n' Roll Music Volume 1. I was immediately transfixed and began what is now a life long effort to know everything I can about the Beatles. From listening to all their albums to reading several biographies to the uncountable documentaries. I've tried to see it all. So when given the opportunity to see

Co•Lab Dance at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

"What did you do on your summer vacation?" is a big conversation starter this time of year  Dancers dance, whether on tour, as featured guests at festivals, or for members of American Ballet Theatre, exploring their art at  Co•Lab Dance .  Led by Founder-Director and ABT colleague  Lauren Post, On September 6 and 7, Co•Lab showed two sold-out audiences at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center what they did between ABT's two seasons at Lincoln Center.  The four engaging new works were created by female choreographers; something their home company is seriously trying to address.  Here this was a matter-of-fact new normal. Forming Co•Lab''s sophomore company were ABT Soloists

Ma-Yi Theater Company Presents the World Premiere of “Felix Starro” at Theatre Row

Photo: Richard Termine

  Like many musicals, Felix Starro, opening Ma-Yi Theatre Company's 30th anniversary season at Theatre Row, is about the tenuous connection between family and faith.  What makes Felix's strong ensemble of voices unique is that they are heard in the first Off-Broadway Filipino-American musical where pain may be imaginary but always real. Jessica Hagedorn's book and Fabian Obispo's score is based on Lysley Tenorio's short story.  Filipino psychic surgeon Felix (Alan Ariano) and his teenage grandson Junior (Nacho Tambunting) are in 1980s San Francisco on the older man's latest mission to heal those in pain.  His technique combines prayer and a lot of faith on the part of the seeker. 

“Bat Out of Hell”, Finishes Up A Stellar Run At The New York City Center Theatre This Sept 8th

Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington ride into hellfire in Bat Out of Hell from August 1st to Sept 8th at The New York City Center. Photo By: Playbill.com The 1970's were a profoundly prolific time in American history. Whether it be politically, through fashion or musically, that time in history will stay saturated in the minds of those who were alive during it. 1977 specifically gave us many important historical moments and unforgettable events. It was the year Jimmy Carter was sworn in as President. 1977 boasts the release of Star Wars which changed the world of film forever. Also, just as important

Lara Spencer Won’t Read This and I Don’t Care

Edward Watson. Photo: Rick Guest

My first reaction to Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer's insensitive remarks about young Prince George taking ballet lessons was primal outrage.  Ballet is one of my "things" - despite the entitlement and snobbery I still encounter because, well, someone from a suburban working class home doesn't belong. That she and her GMA audience think ballet is laughable is something else.  Mocking a six-year-old's participation in an activity combining physical fitness and aesthetics or anything else  is alarming.  Is it okay for girls to rightly emulate the world champion U.S. Women's Soccer team but boys can't aspire performing The Nutcracker Prince? 

Joyce Ballet Festival Program C, or The Art of the Arabesque

Joseph Gordon (in blue) & David Hallberg (in maroon) in "Songs of a Wayfarer" Photo: Maria Baranova

  Arabesque: "One of the basic poses in ballet, arabesque takes its name from a form of Moorish ornament. In ballet it is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which can be straight or demi-plié, with the other leg extended behind and at right angles to it, and the arms held in various harmonious positions creating the longest possible line from the fingertips to the toes. The shoulders must be held square to the line of direction. The forms of arabesque are varied to infinity...Arabesques are generally used to conclude a phrase of steps, both in

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance’s ‘Under Siege’ at Mostly Mozart

Photo: Rosie Marinelli (Lincoln Center)

  Since there is no longer a Lincoln Center Festival (the moral being never hire a former college president who believed locals could summer in Salzburg or other pricey European festivals just like ex-colleagues and students/alums can), Mostly Mozart successfully transitioned to a more inclusive schedule.  Choreographer/Director Yang Liping's Under Siege, an entertaining retelling of the Ancient Chinese Chu-Han Contention may seem a bit of a stretch, but at its conclusion when pieces of red paper symbolizing dead warriors and one fiercely loyal maiden fell,  its message is very clear: a world without harmony.is dangerous. Audiences filing in to the Koch Theater saw the

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