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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: Loud, Reptilian and Incredibly Entertaining by Michael Block

By Ed MalinKrista Knight and longtime musical collaborator Barry Brinegar (a.k.a. David Spegasus), under the aegis of The Cradle Theatre Company, have put the punk back in myth.  Their …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: War, As Told Through Poetry by Michael Block

By Michael BlockAs the program notes, Death Comes for the War Poets grapples with the full horror of trench warfare through the eyes, and words, of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. In add…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right by Michael Block

By Ed MalinGideon Productions presents God of Obsidian by Mac Rogers as part This Is Not Normal: An Arts and Activism Festival at The Brick Theater.  The play stars Mac Rogers and …

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Review: America the Dangerous by Michael Block

By Ed MalinJoshua Young, President of The Playwriting Collective, is writer and director of the play Father Daughter as part This Is Not Normal: An Arts and Activism Festival at The Brick Th…

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Review: Enjoy the Silence by Michael Block

By Ed MalinThis Is Normal is Matthew Freeman’s contribution to This Is Not Normal: An Arts and Activism Festival at The Brick Theater.  Freeman is a tireless innovator, so perhaps I w…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Grief Heals If It Doesn't Kill You by Michael Block

By Ed MalinGrief may push us out of our comfort zone, or intensify our inertia, or make us feel that life is even more meaningless, or drive us to drink, or allow us to see new connections i…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Great Feminism Survives In Absurdity by Michael Block

By Ed MalinSometimes it’s not just the words, it’s how they slap you that leaves a lasting impression. The witty and enigmatic Kim Katzberg and Tom X. Chao have a new show entitled Hot F…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Block Talk- Episode 20- Sophie Moshofsky and Kaitlyn Farley by Michael Block

I got a chance to sit down with Sophie Moshofsky and Kaitlyn Farley to discuss Fight the Good Fight's inaugural production of Elemeno Pea.To listen to the episode, visit iTunes or SoundCloud…

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Review: Agoraphobia Meets Addiction by Michael Block

By Michael BlockThe fascination of the human mind is ripe for exploration in art. But how to depict it is the true test. Presented by The Dirty Blondes at the Kraine Theatre, How To Be Safe …

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Spotlight On...Patrick Reilly by Michael Block

Name:  Patrick ReillyHometown: Houston, TXEducation:  University of Southern CaliforniaSelect Credits: Feature Films: “Danny The Manny” (Danny), Dating "My Mother" (Danny, Oppo…

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Review: A Tree Is The Way Out Of The Tender Trap by Michael Block

By Ed MalinThe Woman Who Was Me is a solo show written by Peter Grandbois (adapted from his novel), performed by Liz Stanton, directed by Jeremy Williams.  After several runs at United …

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Spotlight On...Brandon Haagenson by Michael Block

Name: Brandon HaagensonHometown:  Oswego, ILEducation:  BFA:  Millikin University in Decatur, IL.Select Credits: Monty Python's Spamalot (Patsy, NTC); 42nd Street (Billy Lawlo…

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Review: Welcome to the Pet Shop by Michael Block

By Michael Block Charles Ludlam, the master of the absolutely ridiculous, is a theatrical game changer, but rarely do his masterpieces get the full production treatment. But fret not, T…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spotlight On...Eric Wiegand by Michael Block

Name: Eric WiegandHometown: Carmel, IndianaEducation: BFA in Musical Theatre/Acting at Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2018.Select Credits: Outsiders (WGN America); Boom (Carnegie Mello…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spotlight On...Mary Hodges by Michael Block

Name: Mary E. Hodges Hometown: Middlesex County, VAEducation: BFA in Acting (Virginia Commonwealth Univ.), MFA in Acting (Univ. of Connecticut)Select Credits: Law & Order: SVU #17-#18; O…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Dancing To Be the Queen by Michael Block

By Ed MalinAll those who dream, dream big. It may be the annual Dance Hall Queen of Pittsburgh championship, where "America" votes remotely, but please don't assume that this will be an edit…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Spotlight On...Sarah Suzuki by Michael Block

Name: Sarah SuzukiHometown: Littleton, COEducation: BA in Theater from Barnard CollegeSelect Credits: Liminal Space (Rhapsody Collective), Chokher Bali (Hypokrit Theater Company), Macbeth (K…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Spotlight On...Rebecca Knowles by Michael Block

Name: Rebecca KnowlesHometown: Medfield, MA (currently Brooklyn, NY!)Education: BFA Point Park University, additional training at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the American Theatre W…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: The Inevitable Spoof by Michael Block

By Michael BlockForbidden Broadway has been a staple of the theater scene for 35 years. Never has there been a singular sensation that Gerard Alessandrini has decided to lampoon on its own. …

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Spotlight On...Kim Weild by Michael Block

Name: Kim WeildHometown: New York CityEducation: MFA Columbia University, BFA-NYU Tisch School of the ArtsFavorite Credits: All of themWhy theater?: It saves lives.Tell us about Soot and Spi…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: When in Doubt, Try Again by Michael Block

By Michael Block You don't always get a chance to get locked in a room with someone to hash out your emotions. Steven Dietz takes two of Anton Chekhov's star-crossed lovers and forces t…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Spotlight On...Jude Treder-Wolff by Michael Block

Name: Jude Treder-WolffHometown: Berlin, WIEducation: Master of Social Work from Stonybrook University; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Therapy and Vocal Performance from University of Wiscon…

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Review: Looking Back While Looking Forward by Michael Block

By Michael BlockKids these days. At my age, I look at the title of this cabaret and I want to slap the star in the face. A retrospective at 25? It surely is premature! But if you take take i…

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Meet the Queens! Lady Liberty Cycle 4 Semifinals Round 2! by Michael Block

Lady Liberty Cycle 4 is back with the second round of semifinals! There will be seven queens eager to snatch the crown. Now's the time to meet the queens! Join Brita Filter and Terra Hyman a…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Country Music's Newest Star by Michael Block

By Michael BlockPicture it. A famed drag queen singing original country music. Sound far-fetched? It shouldn't! After taking the world by storm on season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Trixie Matt…

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Spotlight On...Blake Zolfo by Michael Block

Name: Blake ZolfoHometown: Crown Point, INEducation: Crown Point High School; Boston Conservatory of Music - BFA Musical Theatre (class of '15)Select Credits: Kid Victory (Off-Broadway, Vine…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spotlight On...Jan Sport by Michael Block

Name: Jan SportHometown: Old Bridge, New JerseyEducation: BFA Musical TheatreSelect Credits: I Am Kris at The Green Room 42, GLAM Awards Performer, Winner of Lady Liberty Cycle 3, Clubland a…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: If You Knew Her Story by Michael Block

By Michael Block This may be a shocking declaration but reality stars have personal stories too! And if you knew their story, you may just fall deeper in love with them. Making her Laur…

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Spotlight On...Yeujia Low by Michael Block

Name: Yeujia LowHometown: The island city of SingaporeEducation: BFA in drama from NYU TischSelect Credits: Playing a wench from the 18th century in full costume in an immersive theater…

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Review: It's My Party So Put Down The Baseball Bat by Michael Block

By Ed MalinSomething lovely from Québec has landed in New York.  Award-winning Canadian playwright David Paquet’s play Porcupine is now playing in downtown Brooklyn, directed by Leta…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: A Classic Match by Michael Block

By Michael Block Some people would pay to watch Bette Midler eat. Well, here's your chance! Hello, Dolly! has made a glorious return to the Great White Way in a delightful production. D…

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