Saturday, December 19, 2015

Theater: Nilaja Sun's "PIKE ST."


In the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side, a struggling family prepares to ride out the next big storm.  Unable to move her teenaged daughter Candace, whose mysterious aneurysm has rendered her unable to move or breathe on her own, down five flights of stairs in their crumbling tenement, mother Evelyn plans for more than just survival: as the storm approaches, she fights for healing and redemption. 
PIKE ST. marks Sun's first solo show since her international hit, the OBIE-award winning NO CHILD..., and features her trademark humor, political incisiveness, and virtuosity as she brings to life the entirety of the Lower East Side, from decorated Puerto Rican war veteran Manny to octogenarian downstairs neighbor Mrs. Applebaum to Candace herself. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Theater: John Kevin Jones' retelling of "A Christmas Carol"

In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Actor John Kevin Jones portrays Mr.Dickens as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Film: Mustang (2015), Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.
- Written by Festival de Cannes

Directed By: Deniz Gamze Ergüven