Theaters

Post image for Wagner with Quotes on: Richard Maxwell’s ‘Isolde’

Director/writer Richard Maxwell was included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an unusual, though not undeserved, honor for a theater director. His Isolde, now running at the Abrons Arts Center, is a departure from his recent work, a surprisingly conventional play, which he presents in his customary flat, affectless fashion.

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Post image for Ballet Meets Folk for a “Cornbread Duet”

With old-timey string tunes that’ll lift your spirits and your knees, the Carolina Chocolate Drops know how to get the party hopping like no other revivalist band can.

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After money, space is often the tallest hurdle for artists in New York. Performance Space 122′s RAMP is a new residency program offering emerging New York City-based artists a performance venue to develop a piece with supporting tech assistance and premiere it to an audience.

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Post image for An After-Midnight Murder Mystery Takes Place in a Cemetery

How do you get people to see theater in a Bronx cemetery at three in the morning? Don’t tell them where they’re going.

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Post image for Trading Stage for Warehouse, a New Organization Brings Opera to Brooklyn

The L train was out of order and the night was freezing, but that didn’t stop a crowd from packing into a Bushwick warehouse earlier this month for the last weekend of Puccini’s La Bohème, staged by the Brooklyn-based LoftOpera.

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Post image for Rehearsing Tomorrow: Mallory Cattlet’s ‘This Was the End’

Mallory Cattlet’s This Was the End at The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City occupies a point along the continuum between theater and visual art. The emphasis is on the visual perception of the stage set and the video projections by Keith Skretch, which sometimes replicate both the set and actions of the live performers.

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Theaters

John Baldessari as Muse

by Sarah Zabrodski on February 4, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — How many literary readings involve a faux-gorilla dancing with a palm leaf and bunch of balloons? Or a megaphone? Or someone tossing handmade zines into the audience with abandon? Artists Read Baldessari was this type of event.

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Theaters

Exploring Pain at the COIL Festival

by Emma Wiseman on January 23, 2014

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Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival is one of a number of imaginative theater festivals to descend on New York City each winter.

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Post image for Miguel Gutierrez’s “myendlesslove” at Abrons Arts Center

Miguel Gutierrez’s “myendlesslove” is, as its title suggests, about love — but not just love in a classic, romantic sense. That is there, but in 50 minutes, Gutierrez also touches on love making (aka sex), love of self, and love of youth. He pulls all these themes out of a multi-faceted, if somewhat disjointed, piece whose variations of medium and tone are refreshing.

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Post image for The Unremarkable Death of Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović, as you may have heard, is dead. She has died at the age of 67 and is being celebrated at the Park Avenue Armory with a production by pioneering theater director Robert Wilson, called The Life and Death of Marina Abramović. She is also starring in the show, quite alive, alongside Willem Dafoe, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), and a cast of roughly a dozen other performers.

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