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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.

‘Teach It Right, or, Right To Teach’ Tells Struggles Facing NYC...

This summer, Theater for the New City's Street Theater tour will be 'Teach It Right, or, Right to Teach.' Rip-roaring musical tours streets, parks, playgrounds August 8 to September 20.

‘A Happy End’ Dramatizes Jewish Couple’s Dilemma in 1930s

A Jewish family's dilemma-whether to remain in or flee 1930s Berlin-reveals universal themes.

Kiku Sakai Showcases Authentic Hawaiian Puppet Culture

Japanese artist Kiku Sakai dramatizes the ancient Hawaiian tale of Pele and Kamapua'a at La MaMa with Kuruma Ningyo and Hula Ki'I, two different forms of asian puppet theater

‘Minimus 3D Arkestra’ Showcases Collaborative Performance of Music and Film

Groundbreaking collaboration combines Ikuo Nakamura, prominent Japanese filmmaker, with Hayes Greenfield, formative composer and jazz saxophonist.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot with ‘As You Like It’ in...

The third decade of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot kicks off with As You Like It. Delightful lessons of love, starting in a stately Victorian world, moving into a Steampunk paradise

‘Romeo and Juliet’ set for Bryant Park Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet exquisitely pleads for similar and neighboring peoples to stop killing each other for reasons they no longer remember.

‘Behind The Mask- a Play’ Explores Secret Life of Chinese Theater...

An ancient myth about blood and honor reveals the secret life of a Chinese theater troupe in the dark comedy Behind the Mask - a Play by Chinese authors Feng BaiMing and Huang WeiRuo.

‘Maxiumum Security’ Discloses Realistic Account of Life Behind Bars

From May 28 to June 14, Theater for the New City will present the U.S. premiere of 'Maximum Security,' a new play by Piedad Bonnett, the internationally acclaimed Colombian writer, performed in English translation (world premiere) by Lucia della Pao

‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ Entertains Audience With Comic Highlights and Humor

Casterbridge is a musical of human destiny, with book and lyrics by David Willinger and music by Christopher Beste, based on Thomas Hardy's classic Victorian novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Flamenco Maestros in Al Son Son – Flamenco, at TriBeCa Performing...

Sonia Olla (dancer/choreographer) and Ismael de la Rosa Fernandez (singer) will topline "Al Son Son - Flamenco," a 90-minute spectacle of authentic Andalusian music...

Bryant Park Shakespeare: The Drilling Company in The Two Gentlemen of...

The Drilling Company's Two Gentlemen of Verona, which opens the second season of Bryant Park Shakespeare, is set in NYC's Little Italy.

The Morningside Players Presents Award-winning Play ‘Fences’

The play is part of Wilson's ten-part 'Pittsburgh Cycle' plays and won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that cou

Musical ‘The Floatones’ Interweaves Stories of Four Aspiring Artists

In Jim Neu's musical The Floatones, four rather strange characters meet at their encounter group and decide the best way to get better is through show business.

‘Old Flame’ Play Depicts The Power of Old Romance

An old love can be an irresistible force, especially in our autumn years. This play, set in Astoria, Queens, describes the romantic intrigues of people who are no longer young

‘Tablao Sevilla’ Showcases Authentic Flamenco in Manhattan

On April 1 and 8, 2015, world-renowned flamenco artists Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez will present the world premiere of "Tablao Sevilla" at the...

‘Golondrinas (Swallows)’ Modern Tragedy About Always Returning Home

In her modern tragedy Golondrinas, Venezuelan expatriate playwright Aminta De Lara likens the nation's acquiescence to the submissiveness of a family to a dominating and abusive father.

‘Daily Life Everlasting’ Combines Dance and Theater with Energy of Rock...

In Daily Life Everlasting by Charles L. Mee, people meet, fall in love, make out with each other, find being alive both awkward and funny, and dance a lot.

‘My Technology’ Presents The Pros and Cons of Technology in Society

Twenty- and thirtysomethings confront the confusion of technology with identity in 'My Technology,' a new play of ensemble creation conceived and directed by Deena Levy.

‘Great Kills’ Dramatizes Big-Time Aspirations of Small-Timers in Staten Island

Great Kills by Tom Diriwachter is a darkly comic tale of a get-rich-quick scheme in Staten Island that goes awry. Features Joe Pantoliano, noted for starring roles on Broadway, film and TV.

‘Martyrs Street’ Documents Gripping Tales of Struggles in West Bank

Theater for the New City presents 'Martyrs Street' By Misha Shulman. Chilling tale of two houses in Hebron examines the take-over of Israeli and Palestinian societies by religious extremists.