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December, 2014

A moving performance: Artist creates show about life with ALS

Theater: Art isn’t just imitating life. For this artist, her work is also a way to live. Comment

Ridge theater company stages weighty musical ‘Parade’

Theater: Bay Ridge loves a parade, but this one is no celebratory romp down Third Avenue. Comment

Shakespeare shack! Puppets and Poets fest brings burgers to life

Theater: Mmm, the land of hamburgers! Comment

November, 2014

Fall in love with Kneehigh Theatre’s ‘Tristan & Yseult’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The British troupe brings its popular production to Dumbo. Comment

Bedford-Stuyvesant writer pens new play in under a month

Theater: Time is on his side, yes it is. Comment

October, 2014

Proven! Gallery Players’ ‘Proof’ is a winning formula

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Who knew two hours of math could be so compelling? Comments (1)

Spend Halloween in the company of serial killers

Theater: Now these are some real monsters. Comment

Loonie tunes! Musical shows Canadians can get mean, eh?

Theater: They are mad as heck, and if you don’t mind, they would prefer not to take it any more! Comments (1)

Gowanus play set in world overrun by flies

Theater: This play is generating a lot of buzz — literally. Comments (1)

Multimedia opera probes Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning

Theater: Call it a covert ops-era. Comment

Passion play: Mill Basinite writes musical about people who fly off the handle

Theater: It’s a chorus line of catharsis. Comment

Roebling suite: Musical celebrates the Brooklyn Bridge

Theater: The play will explore the lives of both the Roebling family and the poet Hart Crane. Comment

Play it again! Coney stalwart revives play about vindictive ventriloquist

Theater: Edison killed the vaudeville star — now the vaudeville star wants to kill Edison! Comment

Reprise of the machines: W’burg play stars robot actor

Theater: That is right — a robot actor. Comment

September, 2014

Drama on the high seas in Red Hook

Theater: A roving band of seafaring actors has embarked on a string of performances of its show “Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire” at Gowanus Bay Terminal — aboard a 98-feet-long tall ship. Comments (4)

Russian revolution! Performance art inspired by cosmonaut’s orbit

Weird Art: The space race continues — in Clinton Hill! Comments (3)

Park Slope play merges hip-hop and hallucination

Theater: It is a dance-topian future. Comment

Ogre the top! Narrows’ ‘Shrek the Musical’ rocks Bay Ridge

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Our critic thought good community theater was only true in fairy tales, but now he’s a believer! Comments (1)

Husband and wife share role of transgender woman in new opera

Theater: Opening minds is a two-person job. Comment

August, 2014

Chekhov’s shun! Clinton Hill play has ‘poor door’ for cheap-ticket holders

Theater: At this immersive production of “Three Sisters,” those who pay 99¢ will have a very different experience from those who pay . Comments (11)

Three-day-long performance combines Emily Dickinson with disco music

Theater: Nothing says “19th-century poetry” like disco dancing and outer space. Comments (3)

They’re all gonna die! Comedians to reproduce ‘Jaws’ from memory

Theater: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Williamsburg. Comment

One-ring circus! Unicycles roll up to circle-themed show at Coney

Theater: There are no squares in this crowd. Comment

Carroll Gardens play pairs dinner party with ‘Macbeth’

Theater: When shall we three eat again? Comment

Smoking guns: Hookah lounge hosts powerful play about Syrian conflict

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Where there is smoke, there are fire fights. Comments (2)

Free sidewalk theater tour hits Coney and Sunset Park

Theater: All of Brooklyn’s a stage, but the men and women are not payers! Comment

Theater in the round! Comedians pen pizza-themed plays

Theater: This event might sound cheesy, but the crowd eats it up! Comments (1)

July, 2014

Cirque du stroll-eil!

Theater: This sidewalk-inspired circus show is anything but pedestrian. Comment

Parking is such sweet sorrow: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in a car park

Theater: Forget Shakespeare in the park — this is Shakespeare in the parking lot. Comment

Shakespeare in the park shows around Brooklyn

Theater: The hills are alive with the sound of iambic pentameter. Comment

Sit on it, Shakespeare! ‘Taming of the Shrew’ goes ‘Happy Days’

Theater: A 1950s-themed version of the Bard’s comedy comes to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Comment

Playing dead! Green-Wood party pays tribute to long-gone theater

Theater: It was the party of the century — the 19th century. Comments (1)

Puppet show revives the heyday of New York’s working waterfront

Theater: This story comes with a few strings attached. Comments (1)

Level 10 bard: New show combines tabletop gaming with musical theater

Theater: Call it dungeons and dragons and duets. Comment

June, 2014

Old Hickory, new look: ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’ rocks Washington Park

Theater: Who needs Shakespeare in the park when you can see a political rock musical in Park Slope? Comment

Dafoe and Baryshnikov are absurd at BAM

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: And that is a good thing! Comment

I saw the Stein: Gertrude Stein play brings the weird to Williamsburg

Theater: This play is a tongue-twister and a mind-bender. Comment

The return of the king: Yet another production of ‘King Lear’

Theater: The Year of Lear continues! Comment

Ghost trains: Subway car performance tells tales of straphangers past

Theater: Subway drama never gets old. Comment

Carroll Gardens school does ‘Annie’

Theater: Little Orphan Annie made a comeback at the Carroll Gardens School for Innovation with a two-day run this weekend. Comment

Brooklyn’s Great White Way

Theater: We talked with the Theatre for a New Audience and Bric Arts to see what’s in store for 2014 and beyond. Comment

April, 2014

Bushwick in bloom: Big Green Theater Fest grows

Theater: This festival is growing like a weed! Comments (3)

Robopera: Boerum Hill opera combines androids and arias

Theater: Bow down to your new robot opera-lords. Comment

Caravan of carnage: W’burg play offers bloody, trippy take on the Donner Party

Theater: See the story of the ill-fated American pioneers live — and dead — on stage. Comments (3)

Red-letter play: UK theater company brings US history lesson to Dumbo stage

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: What can a bunch of Brits teach a Brooklyn audience about American history? You might be surprised. Comment

March, 2014

One-man show blends slapstick with social media

Theater: A new show at City Tech allows audience members to interact with a clown on a mission to find love via social media. Comment

Child’s play: Teen actors go pro in Fort Greene production

Theater: These kids are all right. Comment

Play-to: Hit the books before seeing ‘Hoi Polloi’s Republic’

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: This Clinton Hill production has done an admirable job of adapting a 2,400-year-old, 300-page philosophical text to the stage. But it is not for Plato first-timers. Comments (2)

Operating theater: Play inside hospital is an unlikely success

Theater: Interfaith Medical Center has long served as a place to get a physical or have your tonsils taken out, but recently it has taken on a second life as a theater. Comment

February, 2014

Cheap laughs: circus offers discount to customers in clown makeup

Theater: Amateur clowns will be laughing all the way to the bank at this circus show. Comments (3)

Circus smackdown: A tale of the tape

Theater: March is circus season in Brooklyn. Find the best show for your buck! Comment

Austere Voltaire: Budget-conscious ‘Candide’ is frank and funny

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: The Brooklyn Heights theater company makes up for a paltry budget with larger than life performances. Comment

Make that BKTS! Get your Brooklyn theater tickets at Downtown’s TKTS booth

Theater: Move over, Broadway. Fulton Street has arrived as a theater destination. Comment

Bloody brilliant: Live horror show slays at W’burg theater

Theater: There will definitely be blood. Comment

Art of darkness: Uncover art with a flashlight at Brooklyn Lyceum

Theater: At experimental art show, the audience holds the spotlight. Comments (9)

That’s edutainment! Two Fort Greene musicals celebrate Black History Month

Theater: Freedom sings in Fort Greene. Comment

No ‘Doubt’ about it: Heights Players’ latest show is great

The Butcher of Flatbush Ave. Extension: Go back to Sunday school, with a church-centered play performed in an old chapel. Comment

String theories: Puppet show performs stories by people with dementia

Theater: This puppet show is no child’s play. Comment

Find a doomsday date at this post-apocalyptic dating show

Theater: Just because civilazation has broken down, it doesn’t mean your love life has to! Comment

January, 2014

Maestro of puppets: Mexican marionette show reinvents ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Theater: A theater company that uses puppets on strings to pull at families’ heart strings is putting on a modern-day version of “Sleeping Beauty.” Comment

Upping the Ante-bellum: New show puts the audience into old New Orleans

Theater: It is “Sleep No More” with a Southern spin. Comment

From Holland with love: Brooklyn couple writes musical over Skype

Theater: When this couple was separated by 3,000 miles, they did not write each other love letters — they wrote a musical. Comment

Battle of the kings: Neighboring Fort Greene theaters both stage ‘King Lear’

Theater: Neighbors BAM and Theater for a New Audience are both staging “King Lear” this season. Let the battle begin! Comment

Graphic scenes: Art Spiegelman puts graphic novels on center stage

Theater: It is comics as you have never read them before — live on stage! Comments (1)

Williamsburg gets laugh factory

Theater: Brooklyn is bringing up a bumper crop of comedians, but the vast majority have honed their craft in Manhattan — until now. Comments (7)

Out of Africa: Filmmaker revisits his trip to Angola in live performance

Theater: It is a long way from here to Angola. And, apparently, it takes even longer to make a film about going there. Comment

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