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  Poster for Ridiculous Theatrical Company production of Charles Ludlam play 'Der Ring Gott Farblonjet'. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~   A wonderful article by Eric Bentley on Charles Ludlam from April 1990 magazine "Theater Week". NY Times article about Everett Quinton's "Life After Ludlam". To see videos of Charles Ludlam's work go here. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Continue reading...

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Theatre 80 St. Marks Place - Karen Jenson and I visited Lorcan Otway at his historical theater. 80 St. Marks Place was The Jazz Gallery until 1964 when Howard Otway took over. Beginning during Prohibition, 80 Saint Marks Place was a vital destination for performers of all kinds. Jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, Harry “Sweets” Edison, John Coltrane and Frank Sinatra performed here before Theatre 80 was established in the former nightclub. Lorcan Otway talking to visitors at the American Continue reading...

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Celebrating Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Great show and great cause! Proceeds from the evening's show are being donated to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. A Night of Circus, Sideshow and Burlesque Hovey Burgess (juggling legend, circus historian, NYU professor, chairman of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus board of directors…) is celebrating his 75th Birthday by creating a show that he wants to see. Join him for a night of entertainment. The evening is hosted by Bindlestiff co-founder Stephanie Monseu. Continue reading...

Paul J. Curtis and Jim R Moore at the office of American Mime Theatre.

For many years I attended the American Mime Theatre. It was located at 192 Second Avenue when I first began classes and subsequently moved to another location on Bond St later. I was working at the time in a photo lab on 23rd St and would go to class before my shift. (Nightshift started at 7pm) I was so delighted to participate in the American Mime work by becoming the 'official photographer' for quite a few years. I documented many shows and classes over the years. (negs and photographs on Continue reading...

Richard Pochinko

The 2nd Annual  Clown Theatre Festival (revisit) At this festival the producers brought in a group from Canada that was very innovative and exciting. Richard Pochinko (director), Cheryl Cashman (clown) and Nion (clown)(aka Ian Wallace) Richard Pochinko NION (Ian Wallace) Cheryl Cashman Cheryl Cashman NION dressed to the max waiting to go on. Ian Wallace (Nion) relaxing in the lounge at Westbeth Theater Center.  GUEST BLOGGER - JOHN TOWSEN (ALL FALL DOWN -PhysicalComedy Blog) In the Continue reading...

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Armitage Shanks belts out a strange but intoxicating song for those that were lucky to see him at Hotel Tryst on July 24th, 2015. HOTEL TRYST was a 2 day event hosted by the always surprising CONEY ISLAND USA. "Hotel Tryst" was directed by Armitage Shanks and produced by Dr. Lucky (Coney Island USA Artist in Residence) Coney Island USA general manager is Patrick Wall. Continue reading...

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Having done the video taping for previous Lord Buckley 'Birthday Bash' at the Bowery Poetry Club and also being a big fan of Lord Buckley I had to 'plug' this play written by my friend and neighbor Oliver Trager (author of the definitive biography on Lord Buckley).   http://diglordbuckley.com  https://twitter.com/diglordbuckley.com Tickets here! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~     Continue reading...

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Armitage Shanks poses for The Clown Un_Mask portrait Armitage Shanks performing in the HOTEL TRYST show at Coney Island USA. Summoning the crowd at HOTEL TRYST last weekend at Coney Island USA. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "One of the darkest-hearted comperes on the burlesque circuit- TIME OUT LONDON "A Cabaret Legend"- LE COOL MAGAZINE DUBLIN "A voice like honey-coated gravel. He was a sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air."- DAN SAVAGE ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Continue reading...

HOTEL TRYST Conceived by Coco Framboise Directed by Armitage Shanks Produced by Dr. Lucky (Coney Island USA Artist is Residence) General Manager: Patrick Wall House Manager: Kaitlin Wirth Stage Manager: Heather Whatever Sound and Lights: Luis Michaels ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ HOTEL TRYST Armitage Shanks warms up the audience at Coney Island USA as Sabrina Chap plays to entertain the crowd. The crowd proceeds to the upper 2nd floor for a lesson in Coney Island History from 'The Caretaker' (Zero Boy) And Continue reading...

Dane Terry at The Kitchen

A celebration of the work of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez at The Kitchen.
La Mama’s Nicky Paraiso introduced Dane Terry. A young, charming performer.