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03.24.15 Liam Mathews

The lights go down, and a narrator in an Obi-Wan robe begins telling a story about a surprise party for Han Solo. The big reveal: Luke Skywalker is pregnant. With Han’s baby. Then there’s a choreographed dance number to Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$)” featuring aggressive booty-popping from a woman in a Chewbacca costume. It’s sort […]

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03.11.15 Bucky Turco & Aymann Ismail

On a snowy night in February, two graffiti writers used the cloak of winter to gain access into the Loew’s Canal Theatre — not to bomb it with aerosol — but to restore its former glory. Rather than desecrating the monument, they paid respects to it. “The project was just a random idea that came […]

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09.09.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, New York-based choreographer, performance artist and rising star Rebecca Patek talks about “ineter(a)nal f/ear” — her theater performance which exposes the psychopathology of rape, trauma and shame with parody and satire, as Patek and her co-performer Sam […]

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06.02.14 Sophie Weiner

“When I found out about Silk Road, I thought: ‘This is the most amazing thing that has happened in my lifetime.’ I’m sure that’s an overstatement. But I’m baffled by the Internet. It keeps throwing up amazing things,” Alex Oates tells ArsTechnica. His one man play about Silk Road will be performed at this year’s Edinburgh […]

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01.09.14 Andy Cush

Following in the footsteps of ABBA, Fela Kuti, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Tupac will get a Broadway musical inspired by his music this May. The production, called Holler if Ya Hear Me, will use Pac’s songs to tell a story of “friendship, family, revenge, change, and hope” that doesn’t necessarily follow the rapper’s biography. […]

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04.18.13 Marina Galperina

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” Legendary weirdo, New York’s theater director Robert Wilson’s “Peter Pan” just premiered at the Berlin Ensemble. Do you want to hear what NY band CocoRosie sounds like à la Wilson? Here’s a bootleg clip of it. It’s not quite as epically soul-crushing Wilson sugests, telling ARTinfo Germany: …the original […]

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04.05.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Ever wonder where all those nifty props, set pieces, and period costumes go once a play stops running? The East Village’s Fourth Arts Block has come up with a “junk” repurposing solution where everyone wins: tomorrow they will be giving away old furniture, clothes, and other theatrical goodies to the public for free. I repeat, […]

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04.03.13 Andy Cush

To call attention to the dismal state of the Gowanus Canal and the controversial federal effort to clean it up, a group of actors and activists will stage a century-old play near the mouth of the waterway. Why a play? An Enemy of the People, penned in 1882, concerns the citizens of a highly polluted waterfront village. […]

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11.30.12 Irina Dvalidze

Twenty years after Milli Vanilli‘s lip-syncing fiasco, they’re ba-a-a-ack. David Levine, the director behind Habit — a 90-minute single-act play that was performed on a loop for 8 hours/day — is the moving force behind Wow, a fittingly-dubbed experimental opera based on none other than our favorite 90s duo-disaster. Levine’s focus on Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus is not […]

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08.13.12 Andy Cush

Theater can be an amazing thing! But it can also be really boring, sometimes. Booze, on the other hand, is pretty great always. Heeding that, Brooklyn theater company UglyRhino ensures potentially snoozy plays are always spicy and interesting by pursuing the most obvious and effective route: turning an evening of short theater into one long […]

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