DISASTER! A 70s DISASTER MOVIE . . . MUSICAL!
St. Luke’s Theater
308 West 46th St.
October 14 - December 31 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday), $39.50 - $79.50
Ah, those beautiful disaster flicks of the 1970s. With the country emerging from Vietnam and getting ready for Reaganism, Hollywood turned to star-studded epics loaded with death and destruction, on ground, sea, and air, with such classic fare as The Poseidon Adventure (Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine), Airport 1975 (Charlton Heston, Linda Blair, George Kennedy, Karen Black, Helen Reddy), The Towering Inferno (Steve McQeen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, O. J. Simpson), and Earthquake (Heston, Kennedy, Victoria Principal, Lorne Greene, Ava Gardner, Richard Roundtree, in Sensurround!), among a slew of other minor league efforts. With the country going down the tubes, the time is right to revisit those halcyon days, and Disaster! A 70s Disaster Movie…Musical! does just that, riffing on those popular movies along with period songs, including such unforgettable 1970s hits as Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff,” Reddy’s “I Am Woman,” Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Alone Again (Naturally),” Amii Stewart’s “Knock on Wood,” and ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down.” Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, directed by Plotnick, and choreographed by Denis Jones, Disaster! originally ran at the Triad in early 2012 and is now back for an encore engagement at St. Luke’s Theatre, with a cool cast that features the ubiquitous Mary Testa, Tom Riis Farrell, Michele Ragusa, Jennifer Simard, and Rudetsky.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Disaster! begins previews October 14 prior to a November 4 opening, and twi-ny has four pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time-favorite disaster movie to email@example.com by Friday, October 11, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; four winners will be selected at random.
For more than ten years, New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya has been using a rather unique material to create his sculptures: LEGO bricks. And not any kind of special LEGO bricks; Sawaya, a former lawyer and LEGO employee who was born in Washington and raised in Oregon, uses only store-bought LEGOs to make his awe-inspiring replicas of human bodies, animals, fruit, bridges, dinosaurs, slot machines, bowling pins, chess pieces, motorcycles, buildings, sports equipment, cars, landmarks, houses, celebrity portraits, and more. Essentially just a big kid, Sawaya, an NYU graduate, has now brought together approximately one hundred of his unique, colorful works for “The Art of the Brick,” a playful exhibition at Discovery Times Square. Put together by hand based on drawings and computer research and using glue to keep them from falling apart (primarily during shipping), the sculptures can take Sawaya anywhere from a few hours to a few months to complete, depending on their size and detail. A life-size human, for example, consists of fifteen to twenty-five thousand bricks and takes between two and three weeks to finish. In addition to the Discovery Times Square show, his miniature versions of Patience and Fortitude, the lions who guard the New York Public Library, can be seen just inside the Fortieth St. entrance.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: “The Art of the Brick” is open daily from ten a.m. until seven, eight, or nine o’clock through January 5, and twi-ny has two sets of four tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time-favorite childhood building toy to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 4, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; two winners will be selected at random.
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.
August 8 - October 5, $25-$95
Nominated for an unprecedented thirteen Midtown International Theatre Festival awards last year and winning seven — for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Script (Otho Eskin), Outstanding Direction (Ludovica Villar-Hauser), Outstanding Costume Design (Jenny Green), Outstanding Lead Actor (Michael Goldsmith), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Stephen Bradbury), and the Producers’ Award — Final Analysis is moving off Broadway to the Pershing Square Signature Center after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $50,000, running in repertory with Breakfast with Mugabe in the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre through early October. The play takes place in a single day in a coffee shop in 1910 Vienna, where a collection of influential intellectuals, artists, and leaders delve into art and science, corruption and morality, anti-Semitism and power, and the nature of evil, addressing the central question “Is hate love’s dark companion?” The play features Ezra Barnes as Gustav Mahler, Elisabeth Jasicki as Alma Maria, Gannon McHale as Sigmund Freud, Tony Naumovski as Joseph Stalin, Michael Satow as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stephen Bradbury as a waiter, and Ryan Garbayo as a mysterious young man, with Villar-Hauser once again directng. There will be postperformance discussions on August 28 about Mahler’s conducting of the first uncut version of Wagner’s The Ring in August 1910; on September 11 on hate and madness; and on September 25 focusing on Freud.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Tickets for Final Analysis are $25-$95, but twi-ny has three pairs to give away for free to performances August 8-30. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time-favorite Viennese intellectual to email@example.com by Thursday, August 8, at 5:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.
BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd St. between Tenth & Eleventh Aves.
August 7 - October 6, $25-$95
For more than thirty years, Robert Mugabe has been either prime minister or executive president of Zimbabwe, continually accused by the international community of multiple human rights violations. Currently in the midst of a campaign to remain president, he just publicly denounced homosexuality yet again, even bringing decapitation into the mix. “If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads,” he declared. A dozen years ago, the then-seventy-seven-year-old Mugabe started believing that former guerrilla leader Josiah Tongogara, who died in a car crash in 1980, was haunting him for turning his back on his beliefs. This strange but true tale forms the basis of Fraser Grace’s Breakfast with Mugabe, which examines Mugabe’s fear of Tongogara’s ghost. Originally produced at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Other Place in 2005, the play is making its New York debut August 7 – October 6 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, directed by David Shookhoff and starring Michael Rogers as Mugabe, Rosalyn Coleman as his second wife, Grace, Ezra Barnes as psychiatrist Andrew Peric, and Che Ayende as bodyguard Gabriel.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Tickets for Breakfast with Mugabe are $25-$95, but twi-ny has three pairs to give away for free to performances August 7-31. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time most-hated international dictator to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, July 31, at 5:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.
Hudson Guild Theatre
441 West 26th St. between Ninth & Tenth Aves.
A new production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is coming to the Hudson Guild Theatre, promising “no flash, all substance.” Stripping the tragedy of epic proportions down to its bare bones, director, producer, and sound designer John William Schiffbauer (Live Broadcast) gets right to the heart of the tale of the prince of Denmark as he contemplates his future at Elsinore with his true love, Ophelia, while being visited by the ghost of his dead father. Kyle Knauf (Fetes de la Nuit, Benten Kozo) takes on the title role, with Brittanie Bond as Ophelia, Justin R. G. Holcomb as Claudius, Kathryn Neville Browne as Gertrude, Ian Gould as Horatio, Daniel Levitt as Laertes, Kim Sullivan as Polonius, Donovan Christie Jr. as Fortinbras, Emily Gleeson as Rosencrantz, and Geoff Kanick as Guildenstern. The set design is by Jiin Choi, with costumes by Ilana Breitman.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be: For loan oft loses both itself and friend,” Polonius advises in act 1, scene 3, but you don’t have to worry about money, as twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free to Hamlet, which opens July 16 at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time-favorite Hamlet portrayer to email@example.com by Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random.
LESBIAN LOVE OCTAGON: A MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT DYKE DRAMA
85 East Fourth St. between Second & Third Aves.
Wednesday - Saturday through June 29, $18
When Sue suddenly loses her girlfriend to her ex-girlfriend, she starts reevaluating her needs, while her friends tell her that she should jump right back in the saddle and go crazy. Relationships soon get so tangled, it all makes Alice’s famous Chart on The L Word look like amateur hour. Set in the Lower East Side in the 1990s, Lesbian Love Octagon: A Musical Comedy About Dyke Drama features such numbers as “Ordinary Day at the Wimmin’s Bookstore,” “Butch on the Inside,” “Pet Tranny,” “Clarity,” and “Vibration Salvation,” which offers a positive outlook on life: “When a girl’s in a slump / ’cause she just got dumped / nothing feels better / than a new toy, and some leather.” The two-hour show is directed by Kim Kressal, who also designed the costumes and teamed up with Felicia Blum on the choreography; music direction is by Will Larche. The cast includes Caitlin Lee Reid as Sue, Kelly Lockwood Larson as Scout, Lindsay Naas as Wendy, Kristian Espiritu as Darla, Jax Jackson as Jerry, Jenny Atwood as Anya, Taniesha Duggan as Chris, and Ti Grieco as Jess in addition to Jaimie Kelton, Lauren Sapienza, Bernadette Marsham, Tracie Franklin, Abby Chase, and Blum. Each night features a special guest as “lesbian performance artist”; among those ready to take on the role, which was recently played by award-winning Broadway star Jan Maxwell, are Maggie Keenan-Bolger, Kaki King, Ariel Scarcella, and Yetta Kurland.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: Lesbian Love Octagon continues through June 29 at the Kraine Theater on the Lower East Side, and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time-favorite lesbian-related movie, TV show, or play to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 21, at 12 noon to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random. All responses will be kept confidential.
In the two character musical The Memory Show, a daughter (Leslie Kritzer) moves back home to take care of her mother (Catherine Cox), who has just been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Blending humor and tragedy in charming, touching ways, the musical deals with the changing relationship between mother and daughter in such songs as “Me and My Mother,” “You Remember Him Wrong,” and “Who’s the President of the United States?” The Memory Show, which originated in the graduate musical theatre writing program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is now having its New York premiere at the Duke on 42nd St., features book and lyrics by Sara Cooper and music by Zach Redler; it is directed by Joe Calarco for the Transport Group Theatre Company, which is also holding a series of special events in conjunction with the show, including “Dark Nights: Mary Testa and Michael Starobin” on May 5 and a Mother’s Day brunch at Chez Josephine on May 12.
TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Memory Show runs through May 18 at the Duke on 42nd St., and twi-ny has three pairs of tickets to give away for free. Just send your name, daytime phone number, and all-time-favorite movie or play about a mother-daughter relationship to email@example.com by Friday, May 3, at 12 noon to be eligible. All entrants must be twenty-one years of age or older; three winners will be selected at random. All responses will be kept confidential.