FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE 3RD GENDER

The future of playwright Peter Zachari’s New York Fringe offering The 3rd Gender promises all kinds of high-tech wonders: ray-guys, body-synced super-smartphones, and talking holograms.  Just one catch – if prenatal tests indicate you are not going to be born into the elite sexual class – called the “3rd Gender” – the doctors will use a creepy glowing abortion crystal to terminate you in utero.  … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE 3RD GENDER

FRINGENYC REVIEW: HORSEHEAD

We’ll begin with a seminal scene from director Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: It’s a testament to Coppola’s masterful filmmaking that in this scene, when Hollywood hotshot Jack Woltz wakes up in his bed with the severed head of his prized stallion, the horror is so invasive and so telling of the reach of Don Corleone that no one ever gives a second thought to … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: HORSEHEAD

FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE LOLLAPACOACHAROOZASTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Lollapacoacharoozastock Music Festival descends upon the NY Fringe Festival via the Groundlings comedy troupe from LA!  The lineup features killer music from the likes of Disney Channel stars Eli Porter and Destyn Reign, country music crooners The Meadow Muffins, 90’s alt-rockers Simon Never Said, and power ballads from the legendary rockers of Plymouth Voyager. Here’s the thing – they are all the same people.  … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE LOLLAPACOACHAROOZASTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL

FRINGENYC REVIEW: OLD FAMILIAR FACES

Harold Bloom, the most muckity of literary muckity-mucks, frequently refers to the works of William Shakespeare as the secular scriptures.  Bloom always tends toward hyperbole when talking about Shakespeare, but he’s certainly on to something here; for the intellectuals who find no solace in the Psalms, there are the Sonnets.  For the cynics who do not share good news of Jesus, there are plenty of … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: OLD FAMILIAR FACES

FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE TOMKAT PROJECT

It’s been a little over a year since the epic flame out of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ relationship.  Along with a lot of tabloid fodder, their hyper scrutinized love story provided a fitting cultural checkpoint, falling smack in the center of the Venn diagram for our celebrity obsession, our fear of oligarchical institutions, and our need to dissect these things via social media.  Arriving … Continue reading FRINGENYC REVIEW: THE TOMKAT PROJECT

FRINGENYC 2013 PRE-GAME

Five plays in two days?  It must be time for the New York Fringe Festival. Some of the best shows I’ve seen in New York have been part of the Fringe:  Pulp Shakespeare, which adapted Pulp Fiction into an iambic pentameter Shakespeare play, Theater of the Arcade, which mashed-up 80’s video game icons with the signature styles of famous playwrights, and Invader? I Hardly Know … Continue reading FRINGENYC 2013 PRE-GAME

THE KLOCK MINUTES: THE WOLVERINE

On July 31, 2013 Dr. Geoff Klock and Mitch Montgomery met for a SPOILER-FILLED discussion about The Wolverine.  The meeting was convened atop a bullet train speeding through Japan at 300 miles per hour, but portions also took place in the arty dreamspace where life, death and giant fucking samurai robots converge.  These are the minutes of that discussion. Mr. Montgomery and Dr. Klock called the … Continue reading THE KLOCK MINUTES: THE WOLVERINE