Here in NYC most people think of Broadway and historic playhouses along the Great White Way when it comes to stage shows. Well, I have some news for you. Just head out to catch a group of Odd Birdz downtown and well off- off- Broadway to partake in a terrific evening of talented ensemble group fun and off the wall hijinks.
What we had the pleasure of viewing recently at the intimate Players Theatre on Macdougal Street was the award-winning Israeli-based theatre troupe Tziporela performing their critically acclaimed show, Odd Birdz. Not having heard of or seen this before we did not know what to expect. Man, after sitting there for 90 minutes we were genuinely bummed that the show could not go on for another 30 minutes or more. It was that good!
After nearly a decade of sold-out performances around the world and a successful run in NYC in the fall of 2014, Tziporela has returned New York City for a 7-week run at The Players Theatre, starting July 16th and ending on Sept 6. Since it’s a limited schedule of performances I would suggest seeing it as soon as possible before they are gone. The group of nine that makes up Tziporela puts on an exuberant show that will leave you smiling and in high spirits on the way out. The price is right and so affordable for a night out to be entertained like this. A night of good laughs are so worth it. Continue reading Discover a few Odd Birdz off-off-Broadway in NYC!→
Growing up in an extended Italian family, on my mom’s Calabrese side, that all lived on or around our street in Brooklyn, and then followed us to Long Island, I was regaled with so many stories. My great aunts and uncles told us tales of the mob, ghosts, and what old NYC was all about. They are all gone now, and I miss those days in their kitchens eating wonderful homemade Italian food while also dealing with the good-natured arguing and bickering among them. As you have heard Italians can be very loud and passionate. It was all in love, and to this day I can still hear their voices inside my head. The yelling. The screaming. The laughing. I miss all of it.
Suffice to say, I was extremely pleased to be invited to a blogger event to view a recent performance of Dinner With The Boys. This off-Broadway play was written and performed by Dan Lauria/Charlie (The Wonder Years), and along with Richard Zavaglia/Dom (Donnie Brasco), and Ray Abruzzo/Big Anthony Jr ( The Sopranos) put on a terrific show! Continue reading Having Dinner With The Boys off-Broadway in NYC!→
Warped, witty, sexy, and sassy take on the Disney Princesses that would have Walt Disney rolling over in his grave!
I’m always up for some culture, along with some laughs, and off-Broadway sometimes offers the best of both worlds. Was more than happy to attend a performance of Disenchanted! as part of a Yelp night event. When I read about the show and found out the storyline was a take on the Disney princesses I knew it would be hilarious – and it was! I’ll admit that I am a Disney fan and have seen all the movies, been to the parks, bought all of Dark Lord Mickey’s merchandise, etc, so this was a no-brainer to be a part of.
The stage setup is simple with just a few props and backgrounds which works perfectly, and compliments the actresses just right for each of their numbers. The St Clemens theater is simple in itself and you get the impression you’re sitting in a school study hall with comfortable stadium seating offering a great view of the stage. Good acoustics and AC too which was surprisingly welcomed. Easy to get to off of Times Square and it’s located in a church. Yup, a church. No frills setup for sure, but very effective and intimate. Worked extremely well when they got the audience to participate in a sing along competition. Yes, that happened. If you are sitting as a couple in the front row center area you might become a focal point in all this. Be prepared to sing! Continue reading Disenchanted! Snow White & her Princess Posse invade NYC!→
We have all seen the reports here of the bedbug infestation that is plaguing NYC over these past few years. Now the scare was recently heightened even more with reports of these blood sucking nasty critters on the N and R subway lines. Jeezus – we can’t even ride the rails back and forth to work without feeling all itchy and creeped out. As if some of our fellow passengers don’t already make us feel that way! Now along comes this performance that I had the joy of attending this past weekend that makes me wonder if the “Bedbug Apocalypse” is almost upon us. Bedbugs!!! The Musical at the off-off Broadway venue Arclight Theater was a campy treat for the ears and the eyes. Yup, you can say I was bitten.
I just adore anything with a high campiness factor, and this musical scored big points with me as it bit in deeply at my affinity for 80s’ rock, horror movie schlock, and goofy over the top fun. The premise is that it’s a “girl meets bug sci -fi musical comedy”. WTF you say? Well, you have to experience it to believe it. Think back to the midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, with a dash of Little Shop of Horrors thrown in, and then include diva pop candy such as Celine Dion, mixed in with an 80’s soaring stadium rock soundtrack and the Frankenstein born of this is Bedbugs!!! The Musical.Continue reading Itchy campy fun in NYC because of Bedbugs!!! The Musical.→