2008 is Off and Running Already

We’re not even a week into the new year and it looks like 2008 is off and running already. Here’s a quick sampling of worthwhile sounding shows I’ve received press releases about just in the last three days alone: 

  • The Lily’s Revenge: Taylor Mac (The Young Ladies Of, Red Tide Blooming) debuts a workshop of his new play at HERE Arts Center’s Culturemart Festival tonight and tomorrow night. The press release includes this evocative blurb – “A self-uprooted lily goes on a quest to combat its oppressors and destroy nostalgia! Through puppets, elaborate costumes, and vaudevillian theatrics, Mac reveals our national pastime of melancholy remembrances.” Rachel Chavkin (Particularly in the Heartland) directs a cast featuring Hannah Heller, Nina Mankin, and the author himself.
  •  David’s Play: Tom Rowan (The Second Tosca, Kiss and Cry) premieres a free workshop of his new play at Ensemble Studio Theatre, January 11-13. It’s described in the press release as follows: “A group of college friends reunites in New York City ten years after graduation to celebrate a milestone. Can a recently discovered manuscript get their lives back on track?” Bobby Steggert (recently of Yank! at Gallery Players and Roundabout’s 110 in the Shade) and Walter Brandes (Gemini CollisionWorks’ Temptation) headline the cast.
  • Cherubina: Performance Lab 115 (God’s Waiting Room, Dead Letter Office) presents Paul Cohen’s new play based on the true story of a crippled Russian schoolteacher and frustrated poet who creates a sexier persona and nom de plume in order to get published. Directed by the terrific Alexis Poledouris (God’s Waiting Room, Food for Fish, Baby Face). Performances begin February 1 at the Sanford Meisner Theater. 
  • The Beebo Brinker Chronicles: Hourglass Group‘s terrific production of Kate Moira Ryan and Linda S. Chapman’s adaptation of Ann Bannon’s lesbian pulp novels gets a well-deserved 10-week Off-Broadway revival at 37 Arts starting February 19. Original cast members David Greenspan (Some Men, The Argument), Marin Ireland (Cyclone, The Ruby Sunrise), Autumn Dornfeld, Bill Dawes, and Carolyn Baeumler return for a second go-round, as does director Leigh Silverman (Well).

In other news, here is this Friday’s Random Top 10, courtesy of my Pandora prog rock station:

  • “Perpetual Change” – Yes
  • “We’re Not Gonna Take It” – The Who
  • “Dancing With the Moonlight Knight” – Genesis
  • “To Cry You a Song” (Live) – Jethro Tull
  • “Monday Morning” – Fleetwood Mac
  • “Night in the City” – Electric Light Orchestra
  • “Who Wants to Live Forever” – Queen
  • “Why Have They Gone” – Starcastle
  • “Our Song” – Yes
  • “Anyway” (Live) – Genesis

Fleetwood Mac? On a prog rock station? Does that sound right to you? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Crazy Pandora…


2 Responses to 2008 is Off and Running Already

  1. Gaby says:

    love pandora… but, wow.. what “genes” did you feed in to get THAT line-up, pray tell…

  2. I think what I did was use both Genesis and Yes (and maybe Pink Floyd) as “seeds” to set up the station, and then let ‘er rip. Nice and simple.

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