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Jonathan Slaff writes on cultural events from the brainy, the edgy and the good. He helps us keep ahead of the curve in the world of the arts and culture.

The Whore from Ohio

'The Whore from Ohio' by Hanoch Levin, Israel's foremost playwright, is a black comedy that deals memorably with ultimate questions of fantasy, lust and mortality.

Pilgrimage: Sin-cha Hong and Laughing Stone Dance Theatre Company of Korea

Sin-cha Hong and her Laughing Stone Dance Theatre Company of Korea at La MaMa for Pilgrimage, which premiered in 1988 at Seoul Arts Center

Home Front

'Home Front' is a highly-charged, explosive play by Daniel Algie that reveals how the violence of distant war affects the heart of America. Euripides' 'Herakles' is re-imagined as the unsettling homecoming of a Vietnam MIA.

Some Historic/Some Hysteric

Since neuropsychology was founded just before the Victorian era, it has undergone a century and a half of growing pains, none of which was more theatrical than the 'Hysteria Shows,' or clinical demonstrations, of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot of Paris

30th Annual Village Halloween Costume Ball at Theater for the New...

Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village in Theater for the New City's 30th annual Village Halloween Costume Ball. This unique festival continues as a grand coming-together for everyday New Yorkers

‘The Sneeze’

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will make 'The Sneeze,' Michael Frayn's fresh and idiomatic translations of Chekov shorts, the next production of its 'Play in a Pub' series.

‘Death In Vacant Lot!’

Terayama Shuji's avant-garde film masterpiece, 'Den'en ni Shisu (Death in the Fields),' has been adapted for the stage as 'DEATH IN VACANT LOT!,' a play with music, by The South Wing, an international theater company now working in New York.

The Third Annual Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival

The Third Annual Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival (www.voice4vision.org) will be presented October 12 - 22 by Theater for the New City to celebrate the work of a unique group of New York artists who have been creating dynamic puppet theater for many y

‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)’

From October 1 to 31, New York's Phoenix Theatre Ensemble will open its third season with a remounting of 'The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)' by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield.

Tim Tuttle’s 5th annual ‘Music From Ground Zero’

'Music from Ground Zero' by Tim Tuttle and friends is a song cycle in the vein of a rock opera, which speaks of 9/11 survivors' pain, sadness, hope, celebration and fond memories of better days.

‘Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment,’ an edgy collision of dance and...

Witness Relocation, an edgy international dance theater troupe, makes its La MaMa debut with 'Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment,' a dance work inspired by a documentary film about overpopulation in rats.

Kiyama Theatre presents ‘A Scene With A Red Bird’ by leading...

Kiyama Theatre Productions from Tokyo returns to NY October 13 to 16, 2006 to perform 'A Scene with A Red Bird' by Minoru Betsuyaku, the leading absurdist of Japan, for three performances only at American Theater of Actors (ATA).

‘Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues’

They're coming back and they're angrier than ever! Theater for the New City presents 'Angry Young Women in Low Rise Jeans with High Class Issues.' Written and Directed by Matt Morillo.

‘Open Door,’ a Grand Puppet Theater Work with Song

The 'paranoia versus hope' mindset of recent immigrants is explored in a new pupppet theater work by Federico Restrepo and Elizabeth Swados.

‘Miles to Babylon’ redeems Eugene O’Neil’s Mother

Eugene O'Neill was not kind to his mother in his memoir drama, 'Long Day's Journey into Night,' depicting her as a hapless morphine addict with no hope of recovery. Fifty years later, Ann Harson presents a gentler portrait.

Theater for the New City to Present ‘Tap Dance,’ an Opera...

Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company opens its 30th annual tour August 5th with 'Tap Dance,' an opera for the street which will tour City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 17.

Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks to present ‘Sundown’...

The afternoon vista at Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, long a favorite of sunset painters and photographers, will be the setting for 'Sundown' by Yoshiko Chuma, a seven-hour dance-and-sound installation to be performed twice, July 29 and 30, at Issue P

Electric Junkyard Gamelan Comes to the Stone, NYC, July 5th

Electric Junkyard Gamelan, led by Terry Dame, comes to The Stone, a not-for-profit performance space dedicated to the experimental and avant-garde on July 5 for two sets, 8:00pm, 10:00 pm.

The ‘Linux Loft Family Box’ is a Powerful Idea for Households...

Edubuntu operating system contains a bounty of learning applications. The security of Linux means this machine won't be 'on the blink' at term paper time.