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Top Five Reasons to see STEW

5. Props, monologues and general outlandishness. 4. Melodies as infectious as funky measles. 3. He can even make your mean granny laugh. 2. “this one is about getting high at church, you know, I’m trying to keep these themes universal, not alienate anyone…” 1. Can

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Bread of Affliction

Culturebot’s favorite holiday is fast-approaching! That’s right – it’s time for all of Moses’s peeps to kick it old school and celebrate gettin’ the heck out of Egypt. Take That, Pharaoh! And since this is NYC there’s lots of performance-y ways to celebrate Passover. On

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un elephant terrible

I saw an excerpt from Un Elephant Terrible when it was at the Dance In Progress Series at The Kitchen. It was rocking. So go check it out this weekend at LaMama. Here’s the description: Un Elephant Terrible is a tragicomic vaudeville involving obnoxious re-interpretations

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the long arm of justice

This doesn’t really have anything to do with downtown theater at all, I think. But I needed some place to write about it. 1n 1993 Mia Zapata, lead singer for the Seattle punk band The Gits, was raped and murdered. On Thursday morning, March 25th,

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Black Masks

Just found out that the journal Black Masks, which covers African-American performance, is online. They have a great article/interview with performance artist Peggy Pettitt.

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rites of spring

In case you didn’t read my earlier post on Julie Atlas Muz’ Rite of Spring at DTW, I’m writing again. I dragged myself, despite my cough and cold, to DTW for the opening last night.

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Accidental Cynthia

Accidental Nostalgia, a genre-defying music/theater piece examining the pros and cons of amnesia, opens on March 26th at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Cynthia Hopkins, who wrote and performs the show with her band, took a break from rehearsals to talk with me about her life, her

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slut puppet

My personal guess is that this whole Puppet Renaissance thing started with Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique. Whether that’s true or not, we are definitely living in the Age of the Puppet. From Ave Q. to Hiroshima Maiden to Tiny Ninja to The Jolly Ship Whiz-Bang

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Katherine Profeta

Best known for her work with New York-based performance group Elevator Repair Service [ERS], choreographer Katherine Profeta has collaborated on shows such as Spine Check, Shut Up I Tell You (I Said Shut Up I Tell You), Cab Legs, Total Fictional Lie, and Highway To