December, 2008

It’s ‘Tuna’ har har at the Gallery Players

Theater: Our review raves about “A Tuna Christmas” at the Gallery Players in Park Slope. Comment

November, 2008

Agit prop

Waiting in the Wings: A Manhattan-based troupe prepares its big play on Brooklyn gentrication. Comment

‘Tuna’ for Christmas: Gallery Players offer a dose of Texas

Theater: No, the two men running around the stage wearing dresses and cursing about a son on parole or the filthy language of Christmas carols aren’t part of a ribald holiday drag show at the Gallery Players; they’re bringing to life all 22 characters in “A Tuna Christmas.” Comment

TKT-yes! Downtown discount booth now open on Saturdays

Theater: The new Saturday hours at the half-price Broadway ticket booth in Metrotech are a hit. Comment

October, 2008

Revolution blues

Theater: Our reviewer is shell-shocked by how bad the new play at The Brick Theater is. Comments (2)

Rock and roll revolution

Theater: What if the American colonists didn’t rebel against England — until 2008? Comment

Like she likes it! Bard in mall tickles our reviewer

Theater: If we could all just be up front about our crushes, the world would be a better place. Plenty of people act on urges, sure, but there’s something to be said for growing a pair and telling a girl that you think she’s cute. Comment

Like he likes it

Theater: All the world is a mall in the new musical at Gallery Players in Park Slope. Comment

A must ‘Watch’!

Awesome: Our reviewer raves about “Black Watch,” the searing anti-war show at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Comment

‘War’ comes home

Theater: Could there be a better time to stage a remake of “The War of the Worlds”? Comment

September, 2008

Arty development

Waiting in the Wings: Our weekly roundup of upcoming theatrical productions. Comment

Blooming good! ‘Underpants’ is a hit

Theater: What should you do this weekend? You should see “The Underpants” at the Gallery Players in Park Slope, says our reviewer. Comment

From “The Underpants” to the war in Iraq.

Theater: Here’s what’s on stage this fall. Comment

August, 2008

A for effort

Theater: When one is confronted with the luminous beauty of Broadway starlet Emily Kinney, it’s inconceivable that she could have experienced even a sliver of the teen angst portrayed in the Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Spring Awakening.” Yet the 24-year-old Williamsburg resident told GO Brooklyn that there are several themes in the show which resonate with her. Comments (1)

More backstage news

Waiting in the Wings: This week’s roundup of Brooklyn’s theater happenings. Comment

Heaven help us

Theater: Theater for the New City’s latest show, “It’s the Economy Stupid! or The Turning Point” — their 32nd annual Summer Street Theater production — is a musical writ large as a children’s allegory that follows the earnest adventures of the Angel Gabriel. The heavenly production comes to Prospect Park on Aug. 23. Comment

July, 2008

Over the Hill

Theater: What do a dancing CEO, patriotic terrorist and neurotic Jewish man (who drugs his wife in order to keep her from cheating) have in common? They will soon be under the direction of Ian Hill at Williamsburg’s Brick Theater. Comment

Tell Mr. Guinness! Man breaks Shakespeare show record in Red Hook

Brooklyn Angle: OK, so maybe the one-man sword fight in “Macbeth” left too much to the imagination. And maybe the 16-comedy ferry ride felt a little rushed. And, yeah, that 25-second “Julius Caesar” lost some of the angst of Brutus’s existential struggle, but you try doing 31 Shakespeare plays in three hours. Comment

Love and skate

Theater: Growing up in Bensonhurst, actress Kerry Butler roller-skated like any other kid, but when the time came to strap on skates for “Xanadu,” the Broadway production in which she plays the lead role of Kira, it wasn’t so easy anymore. Comments (1)

Better than Times Square?

Theater: The curtains have gone up on the long-awaited TKTS booth at the Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. And the offering of discount tickets is cause for a standing ovation. Comment

Checkin’ in with…Victoria Bailey, TKTS-maestro

Checkin’ in with: The Brooklyn Paper checks in with Victoria Bailey, the woman who brought a TKTS booth to Downtown. Comment

Denmark’s dozen

Theater: Each year, there are more Shakespearean productions in the borough than we can count, but on Friday night at the McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, fans of the Bard got more for their money with the Woodshed Collective theater company’s “Twelve Ophelias.” Comment

June, 2008

Barge right in

Theater: Get back on board with CIRCUSundays! The Waterfront Museum’s beloved circus show on a boat has returned to Red Hook. Comment

Cast party

Theater: The Theater for a New Audience won’t move to its Frank Gehry–designed Fort Greene headquarters for quite a while, but that won’t stop the group from throwing a party in the neighborhood on Wednesday. Comment

May, 2008

‘Black’ is back

Theater: A production by the National Theater of Scotland, “Blackwatch” follows a regiment of soldiers as they fight in the Iraq war. The previous 23 performances, which took place last fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO, all sold out. So the producers vowed to bring it back. Comment

February, 2008

The great, Ridge way

Waiting in the Wings: Despite the end of the writer’s strike and the return of our favorite television series, live theater is still booming in Brooklyn. From the classics to the cutting edge, theaters across the borough are mounting exciting and innovative productions this season. TV shows will always have reruns, but catching these productions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Comment

June, 2008

Be the star

Theater: According to actress Gyda Arber, the only thing more attractive to an audience than seeing a star is being one. Comment

February, 2008

House party

Theater: It is a play about the city, romance and real estate, but what makes Aaron Landsman’s newest work, “Open House,” truly unique, is its setting: your apartment. Comment

Proudly weird

Theater: Live weekly sitcom takes to the stage in Williamsburg. Comment

March, 2008

He’s a ‘slave 4 U’

Theater: Straight from her latest barely clothed fiasco, Britney Spears is coming to New York. On Sunday, March 16, “TimberBrit,” an opera telling the (as yet) fictional story of the rekindled love between Spears and her former beau Justin Timberlake, will receive its world premiere. Comment

February, 2008

Weird scene

Theater: “Since there’s no more ‘Gong Show’ on TV,” said Don Ralph, “this is the best there is.” Ralph was speaking about the Feb. 16 “Blowhole Theater Marathon” at Barbes in Park Slope, a night of theater, music and audience participation that prides itself on an offbeat sensibility. Comment

January, 2008

Bard’s ‘Beth’ is back!

Waiting in the Wings: The latest news on what’s happening in Brooklyn theater. Comment

June, 2008

‘Kong’ queen

Theater: Like a giant gorilla tearing up the streets of New York, Pamela Sneed’s one-woman show — “Kong,” at Bath Beach’s Harry Warren Theater through June 29 — is taking on and tearing down the passivity and lack of responsibility that she said define theater today. Comment

March, 2008

Euripides rocks

Theater: New Downtown Brooklyn theater company brings an punk-tinged production of “Iphigenia” to the stage. Comments (2)

Curtain call for family theater

Waiting in the Wings: There won’t be a dry eye in the house on March 15, when the Brooklyn Family Theater, a Park Slope gem for the past seven years, has its last show at the Church of Gethesemane. Comment

January, 2008

From Moscow to Warsaw

Theater: Watch out, Greenpoint, the Russians are coming! For one day only, Polish-themed rock venue Warsaw will be overrun by Russian clowns, contortionists, equilibrists, acrobats, jugglers, folk musicians, singers, dancers, human puppets and one very well-trained toy poodle. Comment

June, 2008

Back in ‘Black’

Theater: For the past 11 years, the Gallery Players’ “Black Box New Play Festival” has brought new and un-produced work to the borough, but this year, the group is expanding its reach into another unexplored realm: Manhattan. Comment

January, 2008


Theater: Since its founding in 1972, The Acting Company has stages 127 productions all over the world. And on Jan. 27, its newest show, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” will premiere in Brooklyn. Comment

April, 2008

‘Walworth’ your time

Theater: When GO Brooklyn reached playwright Enda Walsh, he was at home in London and had just finished watching an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The 41-year-old Irishman is the author of “The Walworth Farce,” which will make its U.S. debut at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO on April 15, but despite being a serious playwright, he was still floored by Larry David’s antics. “It’s so good,” he said. “That’s perfect farce.” Comment

March, 2008

Just say no

Theater: Give me a real funny production of Aristophanes’s “Lysistrata,” and I’ll laugh until my sides hurt. I am a huge fan of the play, and at last, The Gallery Players deliver the famous anti-war comedy with just the right balance of hope and bawdy fun. Comment

All the right ‘Notes’

Theater: Williamsburg’s Brick Theater is heating up the winter theater scene with its reprise of its critically acclaimed production of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from Underground.” This five-part dramatic oratorio, which runs through March 22, explores the masochism of the legendary Underground Man and meshes his rancid diatribes with a soundtrack of Russian tavern songs and string quartets. Impeccably directed and adapted by Michael Gardner, this intense, 90-minute show is a must-see for adventurous playgoers. Comment

May, 2008

Edge of his seat

Theater: A review of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame,” starring Park Slope’s own John Turturro, Elaine Stritch, Alvin Epstein and Max Casella (remember “Doogie Howser, M.D.”?). Comment

March, 2008

Bawdy to the bone

Theater: Watching a burlesque show in some bars can be terrifying; get too close to a flying tassel in a small lounge and you could lose an eye! But Royale, a dim, sultry lounge on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, is the perfect venue for one of Pinchbottom Burlesque’s risque dance revues. In fact, the bar built a new stage specifically for the event. Comment

February, 2008

There will be Bard

Theater: Unfortunately, I remember Ethan Hawke in “Hamlet.” In 2002, the scruffy actor took the title role in a modern-day adaptation of the show, which had him brooding and spouting soliloquies all across Manhattan. While I still haven’t forgiven Mr. Hawke, Rupert Goold’s production of “Macbeth” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater has changed my mind about the repositioning of Shakespeare. Comment

’Wild’ time

Theater: Hat’s off — from fedoras to cloches, from feathered caps to top hats — to The Gallery Players, for reviving the flamboyant musical, “The Wild Party.” The racy production kicks off the New Year in high theatrical style and stirs up a real musical tempest in Brooklyn. Comment

January, 2008

Grit and ‘Grimes’

Theater: One World Symphony continues exploring “Contrasts and Controversy” — this season’s theme — with a production of Benjamin Britten’s classic “Peter Grimes: The Divided Self” in Brooklyn Heights’ Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity on Jan. 25. Comments (1)

April, 2008

History of Brooks, pt. 1

Theater: Over a century after his father, Max Kaminsky, arrived at Ellis Island on the "SS Scandia," legendary filmmaker — and Williamsburg native! — Mel Brooks made his own voyage, this time aboard a chartered ferry running between Battery Park and the Ellis Island piers. Comment

March, 2008

Punk talk

Theater: Tall, burly and covered in tattoos, Henry Rollins isn’t the type of guy most people would want to tick off. But on Feb. 27 and 28, fans of the author, actor and former frontman for seminal punk band Black Flag will pack Greenpoint’s Warsaw to watch him get hot under the collar in his new, live show, “Provoked: An Evening of Quintessentially American Opinionated Editorializing and Storytelling.” Comments (2)

February, 2008


GO Girl: Whether we were rubbing elbows with Oscar-winning starlet Anna Paquin while on the coat check line or sitting behind literary lion Jonathan Lethem on a shuttle bus, it was impossible for GO Girl to avoid being jostled by celebrities at Tuesday’s gala benefit for the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene. Comment

January, 2008

Heap of trouble

Theater: There are a few truly indestructible plays. And Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” is one of them. Thus, I felt duly optimistic entering BAM’s Harvey Theater this week to see the latest revival of the existential comedy. Comment

May, 2008

Austin on ‘Paris’

Theater: In Ovid’s telling of “The Judgment of Paris,” Paris’s dilemma is an embarrassment of riches. Three beautiful goddesses appear before him and he must decide who among them — Athena, Hera and Aphrodite — is the finest. Happily, Austin McCormick’s dance-theater production — which opened on Friday in Carroll Gardens — doesn’t end with any bloodshed and is almost embarrassingly rich, too. Comments (1)

January, 2008

Beam them to BAM, Scotty: Trekkies in heaven with ‘Picard’ as Macbeth

Theater: Fans of “Star Trek” will boldly go where few have gone before — into the Brooklyn Academy of Music, no less — to see Captain Jean-Luc Picard (sometimes known as Patrick Stewart) flex his sinewy theatrical muscles in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Comments (2)

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