I usually don't use this space to promote events, BUT this one is SPECIAL! Joel Jeske is teaching a class in 'Comedy Performance.' I sat down with Joel yesterday, and he mapped out the classes and what he would be teaching. I was thrilled to hear all about his theory about comedy, and it's application in his upcoming classes. I wanted to help promote these classes since I know they will be wonderful. Here is the scoop from the workshops information. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ WHAT IS GOING ON? Physical Continue reading...

Sitting on stage at Theatre 80 with David Collins and Shane Dundas (aka The Umbilical Brothers) was great fun! Their energy and animated gestures kept me laughing almost the entire time I interviewed them. I was delighted to see that they were back in town with a new production titled SPEEDMOUSE (re-squeaked)! "The Umbilical Brothers inhabit a cartoon world where the normal rules just don't apply...It is all splendidly childish at the same time as being fiendishly clever"  - Scotland on Sunday ” Continue reading...

This blog post is authored by our Berlin Correspondent Victoria Linchong. For most of the world, the mention of Berlin invokes a decadent underworld of androgynous women in beaded gowns and men in monocles smoking from ebony cigarette holders while Marlene Dietrich straddles a chair and tosses out a saucy song. But you would be quite disappointed if you were trying to find that vanished world in Berlin today. True, state-run varieté exists in every city, but these are mainstream family-friendly Continue reading...

Directed by Margarita Jimeno. This delightful documentary shares the love of clown from the perspective of Clowns! Slava Polunin(Snow Show), David Shiner(Old Hats), Joel Jeske(Big Apple Circus), and Brent Mcbeth(Big Apple Circus) discuss clowning with wonderful footage of their performances. Help American Theatre Wing with a donation! Make films like this possible. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~     Continue reading...

Mike's Talent Show @The Bottom Line I have been combing thru my 'archives'  lately and found these wonderful shots I took of Ethyl Eichelberger. She was one of the many performers featured at "Mike's Talent Show" at The Bottom Line.  (For more information on Ethyl Eichelberger and The Bottom Line click the links provided) Also featured (amongst many others) was author Richard Price who read from his new book.   Ethyl Eichelberger performing at Mike's Talent Show at The Bottom Line. Richard Continue reading...

(Originally published at WLRN.org on Feb 8th, 2017) This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the end of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus has a long rich history and a colorful past full of performers who worked under the big top, like retired showman Ward Hall. Ward Hall was a sideshow manager with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus before the proliferation of household televisions. "Some people call me 'the King of the Sideshows'," Hall said. Like Continue reading...

The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway CAFFE CINO “It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers of such stage mainstays as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, Robert Heide, Harry Koutoukas, Robert Patrick, Robert Dahdah, Helen Hanft, Al Pacino, and Bernadette Peters. As Off-Off-Broadway productions enjoy a deserved resurgence, Continue reading...

THE BINDLESTIFF OPEN STAGE VARIETY REVUE Hosting the evening's entertainment was 'Magic Brian'. First up was the 'Amazing HouDino' performing a wonderful card trick with his father Magic Brian. HouDino carefully selected a card as audience volunteer looks on. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Penelope the Clown carried a cinder block on stage. WOW..must have been heavy. Albert Kirchner does some funny standup material. Ellia Bisker and Adam Kuchler  perform a lovely duet with uke and bells. The Flying Luango Brothers Continue reading...

"Girls Will be Boys" by Laura Horak Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the 1930s actually came at the tail end of a long wave of gender-bending films that included more than 400 movies featuring women dressed as men. Laura Horak spent a decade scouring film archives worldwide, looking at American films Continue reading...