Theater | Can Derren Brown Be Fooled? Yes. Often. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Fall Preview As one of the world’s best magicians he’ll fool you, too, even though magic isn’t really his thing. Derren Brown, at the Museum of Illusions in New York, is flashing his magical skills on Broadway. Credit Credit Heather Sten for The New York Times Supported by ByAlexis Soloski Published Updated “Will you take a picture of my severed head?” Derren Brown asked, It was a recent sunny Saturday, and Mr. Brown had been wandering through the Museum of Illusions, an Instagram-friendly gallery housed in a former bank building in the West Village of Manhattan. His live show, “Derren Brown: Secret,” thrilled and flummoxed New Yorkers Off Broadway, two years ago. (Here’s our co-chief theater critic: “enthrallingly baffling.”) It promises to thrill and flummox … [Read more...] about Can Derren Brown Be Fooled? Yes. Often.
Years ago, Chani Ninneman and a fellow actor-director made a pact, sinking their thumbs into a bar pizza, a vow made with a saucy print. They would stage a production of “Hamlet” in 2011. And they did. John Pokrzywinski played the titular character and directed the modern spin on Shakespeare’s play on a stage with a who’s-who from the local theater scene. A niche company was born and raised. Wise Fool Theater is in its tenth season of staging classical theater — shows such as “The Taming of the Shrew” at Teatro Zuccone, “Of Mice and Men” at Harbor City or, most recently, “A Comedy of Errors” on campus in a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Superior. But a repeat staging of “Hamlet,” scheduled to open Oct. 4 at Lincoln Park Middle School, is likely to be the company’s final act. … [Read more...] about Is Wise Fool Theater to be or not to be?
Fans of contemporary and modern dance came out to see the new dance company Enkindle Dance Theatre perform at Sacred Heart Music Center this weekend. Co-directors Jordann Abbe, Ricardo Suarez-Talarico and assistant director Rana Kuebker have combined forces to bring together a tapestry of dancers with varied backgrounds. This genre of dance can sometimes be hard to define. The not-so-obvious system or technique to this form of dance may seem abstract and hard to follow, but this group showed that there are many valid ways to explore movement. Friday night's performance consisted of 13 pieces and showcased dancers of all shapes and sizes. It was beautiful to watch how different body types expressed themselves though the choreography. Modern dance, unlike classical ballet, celebrates these differences with an attitude that encourages artistic individualism. Kuebker choreographed two standout pieces. The first, “With a Buzz In … [Read more...] about Dance review: New company displays powerful modern dance
Are you on speaking terms with the flowers in your life? Do you know a brook that thinks it’s bigger than it is? Those are some of the questions raised by the latest production from The Footlights Theatre in Falmouth. “The Immigrant Garden,” a play adapted by Stephanie Voss from a novel by Caroline Wood, grows out of the heart-warming correspondence of two women in 1910 as they sit at their writing desks thousands of miles apart. Theater Review WHAT: “The Immigrant Garden” WHERE: The Footlights Theatre, Route 1, Falmouth REVIEWED: Sept. 12; continues through Sept. 28 TICKETS: $18-$20 (discounts available) CONTACT: 207-747-5434; the footlightstheatre.com A scene from “The Immigrant Garden” at The Footlights Theatre Photo courtesy of The Footlights Theatre Cecily Barnes, an introspective 17-year-old with an old soul who lives in Washington state, writes to Louise Beauchamp, a much older English garden expert with a still-youthful … [Read more...] about ‘Immigrant Garden’ grows out of heart-warming correspondence
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... Micah Linford plays Elwood and Paula Dunlap is Betty in “Harvey.” I must confess I never cared for or frankly even understood Mary Chase’s play “Harvey.” I knew it only from the 1950 movie starring James Stewart, but it always struck me as an odd choice for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, especially as it beat out Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie.” Well, that all changed after I saw the wonderful production currently playing at the Adobe Theater, exquisitely directed by Nancy Sellin. If you can suspend your disbelief and accept the strange premise (which before seeing Sellin’s production I was unable to do) — that the principal character has an imaginary giant rabbit for a best friend — then this comedy … [Read more...] about Adobe’s ‘Harvey’ is a strong all-around performance