Monday, February 23, 2009

I Really Wanna Go to This

One of the last surviving cast members of the Burton/Gielgud Hamlet, Richard Sterne, is speaking tomorrow night at the Episcopal Actors Guild. Get this - he has secret audio tapes. I don't know how I can stay away.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reviews for "Conversations on Russian Literature" at Blue Coyote

In keeping with the mission of this blog - blatant self-promotion - here are a couple of reviews for the current show at Blue Coyote, "Conversations on Russian Literature Plus Three More Plays."

The New York Press.

Jon Sobel at Blog Critics.

Mixed to positive from Theatremania.

And a very good write up from the New York Times.

Tickets are available here.

UPDATE: Curtain Up came in, another keeper.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hummingbirds and Boobies in Greenpoint

My pal Pam (who stalks the night as the avenger Phantasmphile) has a new show she's curating for Dabora Gallery; "Fata Morgana: The New Female Fantasists." Opening party March 14 has free absinthe.

If you're in Greepoint looking at pictures like the above, and drinking absinthe, WITH PAM, you are automatically cooler than Steve McQueen forever.

The New TONY Theatre Blog

David Cote talks about "Russian Literature" on the new Time Out New York theatre blog, Upstaged. I'm on top of Cheyenne Jackson and I can't think of a better place to be.

Above, Tracey Gilbert and Katherine Puma in one of the evening's one-acts, "Mothra is Waiting."

And more at the Plays & Playwrights blog of

Up and Running

"Conversations on Russian Literature Plus Three More Plays" is up and running, in previews at the Access Theater with Blue Coyote. I'm excited about this production - three of the four one-acts are receiving their NY premiere. For tonight Thurs Feb 12, Dramatists Guild members get in free with their card. If you haven't already, get your tickets here. And thanks to Matt Freeman for the shout out on his blog.

And while you're at it - go join Blue Coyote's Facebook group.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ogre in Korea

My friend Scott Ferrarra has decamped to South Korea. Scott is freakishly tall and used to work as a bouncer when he wasn't writing plays and poetry. He has learned all Korean variations of "foreign giant," which is apparently what he is always addressed as. His blog is here.

Playwrights for Pets Fairy Tales

My pal Sue Yocum's group is having another performance of play readings to benefit no-kill animal shelters. Sue's a great friend, and devoted to this cause. Even if you're allergic to cats like me, go see the plays. This installment is for children of all ages.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Trumbull Has a Blog

Good taste and coherence, beware.

"Ruined" at MTC

It hasn't opened yet, but I think Lynn Nottage's "Ruined" is the best new play I've seen since "August: Osage."

Blue Coyote site for "Conversations"

The Blue Coyote site has been updated and all current info on the show opening next week can be found here.