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Coffeehouse Chronicles #131 - Mabou Mines The afternoon event was broken into several different segments. The first segment was titled "Genesis" - Moderated by Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer. The second segment was titled "Collaborative Hive, hosted by Greg Mehrten with Lee Breuer, Bill Raymond and Karen Kandel. The third segment was an excerpt from the performance "Imagining the Imaginary Invalid" performed by Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee. The fourth segment was a panel discussion Continue reading...

Vaudevisuals Interview with Edward Einhorn Paul Auster's CITY OF GLASS Daniel Quinn receives a phone call. On the other end of the line is a man asking for Paul Auster, private detective. Quinn claims to be Auster and falls down a rabbit hole. A one man show with three performers, one of whom does all the speaking. Full of double and triple identities and using video and music throughout. Scored by Freddi Price (Drama Desk nominee for The Pigeoning). Adapted by Edward Einhorn from Paul Auster's Continue reading...

Directed by Eric Davis. Here is what he had to say about the show. "Grotesque in nature, often physically deformed, the bouffon is the outcast shunned by society and told to live outside of the village. On rare occasions, they are asked to perform for the pleasure of those who previously persecuted them. On these occasions the bouffons willingly accept. (What choice do they have? Perform or be killed!) Thus, these hideous creatures enter the circle of society once more, light on their feet, eternally Continue reading...

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Now that Bill Irwin has joined forces with David Shiner again to present OLD HATS I thought it right to 'look back' at Bill's earlier success. "The Regard of Flight". The show was performed in many venues before going to Lincoln Center. An earlier version of the show was performed at the Baltimore Theater Festival titled "Murdoch" which I saw. Bill Irwin was brilliant in choosing Doug Skinner and Michael O'Connor to share the stage with him in this show. They were great! Doug Skinner provided 'original Continue reading...

Senor Wences

Senor Wences in 1935 with an early version of Johnny. Ventriloquist Senor Wences performing at The Lido Club in Paris. (Photog: Gjon Mili, ©1949) Wenceslao Moreno, who started his career as an unsuccessful bullfighter in Spain and then became Senor Wences, a gifted ventriloquist who was able to transform his thumb and forefinger into a convincing dummy that endeared itself to millions of American television viewers in the 1950's and 60's, died yesterday, his 103d birthday, at his home in Manhattan. He Continue reading...

Nightmare Alley

NIGHTMARE ALLEY Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him. And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough Continue reading...

Mad Jenny and the Society Band's 'Love Und Greed' Presented at Dixon Place on January 13, 2016 Jenny Lee Mitchell performs her show "Mad Jenny" at Dixon Place.  Jenny Lee removes half her clothes to reveal the other half of her personality. From the depths of the Berlin cabaret scene in Germany comes the show "Mad Jenny". Andrianna Smela added the 'soprano' voice to the evening's mood. Marry Isenberg (Bass) and Ric Becker (Trombone) added the right amount of instrumental music. Pandora (Anita Continue reading...

Rebirth of the Cool - A visionary of the Greenwich Village nightlife scene in the 1950s and 60s, photographer Robert James Campbell vigorously documented New York's jazz era, and its metamorphosis into the beat and folk movements. Despite Campbell's artistic prowess--evident in his arresting images of the people who would shape the American cultural landscape for generations to come--Campbell died alone in a homeless shelter in Burlington, Vermont in 2002. His identity, and former life as an Continue reading...