Moscow Festival Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet / Carmen, March 5

Moscow Ballet 2Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with Moscow Festival Ballet’s double bill of one-act ballets, Romeo and Juliet and Carmen, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are $36-45 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).

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Public Theatre Under the Radar Festival

Over the last 12 years, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR) has presented over 194 companies from 40 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public’s mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater.

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8 New Plays to Premiere in 4 Community Gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn

Now in its fifth year, Communal Spaces: a garden play festival will premiere eight new short plays inspired by and performed in four community gardens in Manhattan and Brooklyn September 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27.

 

Photo: Lee Rayment. Actors Rory Kulz & Karen Eilbacher.
Photo: Lee Rayment. Actors Rory Kulz & Karen Eilbacher.

Communal Spaces is an annual festival that commissions playwrights to write new plays inspired by specific community gardens around the city. Audience members may attend one play or several, traveling across the city or around the borough to each garden. Communal Spaces is produced by The Motor Company, Artistic Director Lillian Meredith.

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Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

Tales of Brier Rabbit Puppet Show

When all my children were much younger we would make a point of catching the Puppetmobile. I still have a few who, regardless of their age, still love a good puppet show – it has universal appeal and is a great way to introduce children to theatre.

PuppetmobileThis summer, the CityParks PuppetMobile’s is presenting their original production of Tales of Brier Rabbit. The show follows the adventures of notorious trickster Brier Rabbit, who is once again up to no good. Deceiving and stealing from his fellow animal friends, Brier Rabbit thinks he’s much too clever to ever get caught. However, in this modern adaptation of the American folk tale, Brier Rabbit’s pals are on to his tricks, and set out to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget!

CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre productions and puppet making workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the five boroughs in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and staff of professional puppeteers, the CityParks PuppetMobile brings entertainment to 50,000 children and families each year.

The free  performances are held in parks, playgrounds and recreation centers from April to October. Check out the schedule here BrierRabbit Schedule 2015  to see when it arrives at a park near you.

 

Clinton, The Musical

Clinton, The Musical

As I was sitting in theatre 4 of the New World Stages waiting for the show to begin, I noticed that Oval Office set for Clinton, The Musical included portraits of Presidents but more intriguingly, nestled inside those portraits, in heart-shaped frames, where pictures of their mistresses.

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Off-Broadway Week

Off-Broadway Week

I know NY’ers usually get excited about Broadway week, when they can finally afford a night out to the Great White Way, but I’ve always found Off-Broadway Week to be far more exciting.

Off-Broadway gets you off your beaten path, into neighborhoods you might not otherwise visit in your regular routine. Love that.  These productions are lower budget, so if you’re a theatre enthusiast, they can be little more gratifying to see, IMHO. Lastly, they’re incredibly affordable at full price, so during Off-Broadway week, when they’re 1/2 off, they’re a steal! You can take in 3-4 and still not break the bank. Nice.
Off-Broadway Week runs February 17- March 2, 2014. Check out the deals here: http://bit.ly/1is5zza