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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.

WorkShop Theater Presents Magical ‘A La Carte: A Feast of New...

In an evening of one-acts, food is used as a motif to examine the daily clashes in life and the social and personal issues behind them.

‘All Gone West’ Tells Love Story in 1950s New York Jazz...

An Army vet, in love with a CCNY secretary, would win her by setting up a be-bop jazz club on Ninth Avenue with the help of a black saxophonist he befriended in the service and a couple of low-lifes he has met along the way.

‘Hitting Bedrock’ Documents Struggles of Refugees From Donetsk

With a decisive battle mounting in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Yara Arts Group shows Hitting Bedrock, a new work based on first-person testimonials of refugees from Donetsk and people stranded there.

‘When Black Boys Die’ Depicts Story of Inner City Violence

When Black Boys Die is the second in a series of five plays by William Electric Black, called GUNPLAYS, that address inner city violence and guns.

‘Queen Kristina’ Tells Story of Neurotic and Complex Woman in Sweden

This historical drama is a skillful study of the enlightened and complex queen of Sweden who was reared as a man but fought a lifelong struggle to prove that a woman could rule as a king.She ended the Thirty Years War but abdicated amidst financial

Eduardo Machado Revisits Hippie Theater With ‘Rosario and The Gypsies’

Rosario and the Gypsies musical by Eduardo Machado, music, lyrics by Rick Vartorella - backstage romances, melodramas of a hippie performance troupe devoted to the art of change.

‘Winter Light’ Features Delightful Winter Songs from Ukraine

In Winter Light, Yara Arts Group performs a World Music Theater piece including the Koliadnyky, an ensemble of winter song singers from Kryvorivnia and scenes from the Ukraine crisis.

Two By Tavel, A Tribute To Director Harvey Tavel

Two by Tavel is a tribute to director Harvey Tavel, who originated the Theater of the Ridiculous with his brother, Ronald Tavel.

Western Wind Vocal Ensemble’s ‘Holiday Light,’ Music of Chanukkah & Xmas

The Western Wind, the internationally acclaimed a capella vocal sextet, will perform Holiday Light: Joyous Music for Chanukkah and Christmas at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, NYC.

The King of Hearts Is Off Again Tells Survival Story of...

Piotr Borowski, a student and collaborator of Jerzy Grotowski and co-founder of Gardzienice Theatre, created a stage adaptation of 'Chasing the King of Hearts' by Hannah Krall.

‘Out Of Their Minds’

The play takes us back to Paris in 1928-1938, when the young Samuel Beckett served James Joyce as his personal assistant, providing an insightful look at the inner workings of the Joyce family. Beckett, a lost soul who has failed in life (before wr

Bewitching Halloween Extravaganza Brings Thrill in New York

Nonstop theater, a costume competition and ballroom dancing will bewitch the East Village in Theater for the New City's 38th annual Village Halloween Costume Ball on Friday, October 31 at TNC, 155 First Avenue.

Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’ Comes in New Setting With Highlights of Ballet

Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' is the actress's 'Hamlet.' It centers on the proud, neurotic child of a degenerate aristocracy who is willing to sink her pride in a frenzied attempt to satisfy her love of sensation. A new production by August Strind

‘Not Afraid’ by Nora Sorena Casey debuts October 19 to November...

Amid death threats, in a grody apartment in Chicago, two young women cling to their friendship, argue about Heavy Metal, the U.S.S.R and taco night - and try not to die.

Battle of The Sexes Prevails in ‘Six Passionate Women’ By Mario...

A great film maker has been stealing ideas all his life. Six passionate women decide that to be a muse is to be exploited. They enact a bizarre revenge.

‘Extreme Whether’ – Climate Denial and Faultlines In America

Extreme Whether, a new eco-drama written and directed by Karen Malpede, in which an embattled American climate scientist is pitted against his twin sister.

Othello: A Shakespeare Tragedy in The Parking Lot

Shakespeare's tragedy is explored as an exploration in contemporary violence and revenge as seen through the eyes of a top diplomatic aide, his non-white new wife, and their sociopathic press representative.

‘Voices of Swords’ Depicts Comedic Drama of Kids as Caretakers

In Voices of Swords by Kari Floren, the late thirties son of a woman facing heart surgery hires a forty-something personal organizer to minister to his lonely yet indomitable mother.

‘EMERGENCY!!! or The World Takes A Selfie’ Invades The NYC Streets

Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company opens its 38th annual tour August 2 with 'EMERGENCY!!! or The World Takes A Selfie,' a rip-roaring outdoor musical comedy about a New York EMT worker on a workingman's grand tour

Playwright Carlotta Corradi Wins First Mario Fratti Award

Italian realist playwright Carlotta Corradi was awarded the first Mario Fratti Award for Emerging Italian Playwrights at the concluding event of the In Scena!