COMPANY XIV’s NUTCRACKER ROUGE, the Sexiest Holiday Gift in NYC

Company XIV’s NUTCRACKER ROUGE; Now thru January 7 Irondale Theater, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217   The adults-only revival of Nutcracker Rouge is back to arouse audiences this holiday season. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Drama Desk Award nominee Austin McCormick, Company XIV reimagines the classic Christmas tale as a sensual feast for the…

Steps to Becoming a Freelance Dramaturg

Last weekend, LMDA (Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas) held their 30th annual conference in NYC at Columbia University. To my great disappointment I was unable to attend the conference but luckily a number of the discussions were streamed online and are now archived on HowlRound.com. I want to respond to one particular discussion…

“Generations” presented by Soho Rep

Generations by Debbie Tucker Green Presented by Soho Rep Review By Sydney Arndt   With affective writing and captivating direction, “Generations” has proved that successful theatre can be done in a short 30 minutes. While the running time for this piece is slim, the impact and breadth of the action is astounding—it is entitled “Generations”…

Karen Finley’s “Written in Sand”

Written in Sand by Karen Finley Presented at the Baruch Performing Arts Center Review By Sydney Arndt   Karen Finley is performing something sacred at the Baruch Performing Arts Center this month. The performance artist, author, and educator is known for the complexities of her work, but this piece particularly strikes me as beautifully intimate…

“Cheri” at Signature Theatre Company

Originally Published at Show Business “Chéri” conceived, directed, and choreographed by Martha Clarke at Signature Theatre Company Review by Sydney Arndt Inspired by French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette’s 1920 novel, Chéri, Clarke’s interdisciplinary new work navigates through aging, love, and war. She has re-created a style akin to the Impressionist era of France in the early…

“Indigo Dai: Immortal Men” and the Death of Fear

Several religions and belief systems trust that rebirth sprouts from death. The spirit can remain immortal long after the body decomposes. As the essence of our truest self illuminates, the brittle bones, organs, and tangible material falls away. “Indigo Dai: Immortal Men,” produced by Incubator Arts Project (New York City) and directed by Molly Murphy; narrates…

REVIEW: #Coriolanus#Shakespeare#populistrebels

“#Coriolanus” adapted by Paul Bedard; based on the text “Coriolanus” by Shakespeare Believe it or not, Shakespeare and Twitter make quite the politically charged pair. Theater in Asylum has created a fascinating adaptation of “Coriolanus” that questions the effects, and even repercussions, of instant viral democracy practiced via social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook….

REVIEW: Memory, Play, and Interactivity in “The Photo Album”

“The Photo Album” by The Story Gym at The Brick Theater Review by Sydney Arndt It’s unfathomable and somehow magical to think about the limitless number of memories that are hidden between the nooks and crannies of the most lived-in New York City homes. When a new tenant settles into her abode in Ditmas Park,…

Emancipating the Dramaturg: An Auto-Ethnography

I want to share my Performance Studies Thesis Introduction with you, entitled “Emancipating the Dramaturg: An Auto-Ethnography.” It’s intent is to explore the subjectivity of the dramaturg in creating socially-engaged theatre as one with agency. It takes a self-reflexive mode as I explore my own relationship with the writers and cast of Girl Be Heard’s…

Notes From The Dramaturg: Girl Be Heard’s “9mm America”

Here is a blurb I wrote about Girl Be Heard’s “9mm America,” which premiered at Planet Connection Theatre Festivity (NYC) in June 2013. The U.S. of A.K. is a victim to the easy consumption of gun violence and in a neat and tidy package. It’s often a tactic for political gain and control of the…

REVIEW: “False Solution” at La MaMa

“False Solution” by Oren Safdie at La MaMa Through intellectual and heady art-talk, personal interests collide when an attractive Ivy League first-year architecture student shakes a world-renowned architect’s plans for a Holocaust museum in the slums of Poland in the 1990’s. It’s unfortunately no surprise that this sexy student is a young blonde female intern…