WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE GUY FROM DEVO DOING THE MUSIC FOR THOR: RAGNAROK

I kept telling people that I was excited at the notion of composer Mark Mothersbaugh doing the music for Thor: Ragnarok because he did all the music I loved from Wes Anderson’s movies. What I COMPLETELY forgot to also say is that he was also the founder and a main creative force for the band Devo. The track above is called “Grandmaster Jam Session” and … Continue reading WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE GUY FROM DEVO DOING THE MUSIC FOR THOR: RAGNAROK

REVIEW: THE LIGHT YEARS BY THE DEBATE SOCIETY

He opened the doors to all three stalls in the bathroom. But let me back up a minute. The Light Years at Playwrights Horizons marks the proper Off-Broadway arrival of The Debate Society, a theater company close to my heart, who, after a decade of lush detail-oriented theatrics, deeply nuanced storytelling and consistently warm critical receptions in theaters downtown, have “made good,” as it were, in a … Continue reading REVIEW: THE LIGHT YEARS BY THE DEBATE SOCIETY

REVIEW: NYSX’s Production of Much Ado About Nothing

New York Shakespeare Exchange’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is straight up sensational – a poppy, neon-infused rollick punctuated by a dynamite cast, exquisite costumes and a host of glorious little details. Right away director Ross Williams sets up his precise (and precisely executed) vision of the Bard’s comedy by introducing Leonato, his sister Antonia and his daughter Hero, all of whom are all … Continue reading REVIEW: NYSX’s Production of Much Ado About Nothing

PRE-GAME: NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE EXCHANGE’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Tonight, I will be going to see New York Shakespeare Exchange‘s production of Much Ado About Nothing. I don’t know a ton about the company, but the production is certainly very slickly marketed and their mission of considering Shakespeare in contemporary culture seems fun. This did seem like good time to dust off the last big thing I wrote about Much Ado About Nothing, an … Continue reading PRE-GAME: NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE EXCHANGE’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

REVIEW: BURAN THEATRE’S POSHLOST SAUDADES! (PS!)

Adam R. Burnett of Buran Theatre, one of my very favorite theater artists, was once interviewed by Adam Szymkowicz and pointed out that he tends to favor female characters in his writing because “there is no mystery in a man, nothing lyrical or beautiful, devastating or dramatic.” In his lively new work Poshlost Saudades! (PS!), which was presented for one night only on Monday, June … Continue reading REVIEW: BURAN THEATRE’S POSHLOST SAUDADES! (PS!)