Austin theatres – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 05:13:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png Austin theatres – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 Review: Shining City by Different Stages Theater – Arts https://acotonline.org/review-shining-city-by-different-stages-theater-arts/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:04:30 +0000 https://acotonline.org/review-shining-city-by-different-stages-theater-arts/ Different steps’ shiny city (photo by Steve Rogers) Irish playwright Conor McPherson is a master storyteller. His tall tales are as powerful as they are poetic, and while each is a unique and well-crafted creation, they share signature tropes that make them instantly recognizable as his own. They tend to take place over a short […]]]>

Different steps’ shiny city (photo by Steve Rogers)

Irish playwright Conor McPherson is a master storyteller. His tall tales are as powerful as they are poetic, and while each is a unique and well-crafted creation, they share signature tropes that make them instantly recognizable as his own. They tend to take place over a short period of time, which generates a strong sense of immediacy and urgency in their narrative. The person telling the story does so with long monologues that are more confessional than theatrical. And there’s always a weird, otherworldly element – the vampires in Saint Nicolas and the devil himself in The sailorfor example – which bites the heels of the play’s otherwise austere and quite dramatic realism.

But the devil is in the details when staging their plays, which is a lesson learned the hard way by Different Stages in their current production of shiny city.

At the center of this piece, first produced on the Emerald Isle in 2004, is a middle-aged middleman for a catering supply company named John (Rick Felkins), whom we meet during his shoots. therapy with Ian (Sam Grimes). John is, in fact, one of the first patients of Ian, who recently left the priesthood and hung his shingle in a dilapidated office building in Dublin city center (rendered, it seems, on a budget tightened by scenographer Elaine Jacobs). John is a recent widower and continues to see his wife, Mari, who died in a car accident. His visits to their home frighten him so much that he lives in a local bed and breakfast and is too unable to go to work.

It’s not just John’s wife that haunts him. He is also plagued by a suffocating loneliness due to his inability to connect and communicate with others, as well as a debilitating sense of guilt for keeping his wife at a distance and craving the company of other women. Loneliness and guilt are traits that define all the characters in this play, including Neasa (Adrienne Gilg), Ian’s girlfriend and baby mum, and Laurence (Weston Smith), a young man working the streets of Dublin. who goes to Ian’s. Desk. In short, shiny city is an intriguing character study masquerading as a one-act play.

As if to reinforce everyone’s isolation and social dysfunction, none of the characters in this play have a home, all have sought out unfulfilling and shameful sexual encounters, and no more than two of them are on stage. at a time. time. And everyone speaks, to varying degrees, with fragmented, often self-interrupting half-thoughts, interspersed with Harold Pinteresque pauses and David Mamet-esque profanity. And like the actors in a production by Mamet or Pinter, those gathered here must find the rhythms in the words which, in turn, give rhythm to this play.

Felkins captures the immense weight of grief her character carries well, but the delivery of her sustained monologues, which are peppered with lamentations of “you know”, have no sense of immediacy, urgency or urgency. musicality. Grimes, too, does a great job playing angsty Ian and he pretty much nails the execution of those excruciating hesitations in his speech. But his fellow actors are doing him a disservice by being late with their next line, which leaves Grimes hanging and the audience waiting.

Under the direction of Norman Blumensaadt, everything during the opening night production was played too slow a pace, including scene changes. These overlong breaks in the action give clients time to gather between episodes of staged angst, so that the emotional distress we feel during one scene doesn’t carry over to the next or does not build by the time we reach the play’s dramatic conclusion. Therefore, shiny city comes across as a lesser work, which is not what McPherson had in mind.

The Shining City of Theater Different Stages
Trinity Street Theater, 901 Trinity, 512/926-6747, differentstagestheatre.org.
Until October 9
Duration: 1h45.

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Digital Signage Experience Announces 2022 DIZZIE Finalists – rAVe [PUBS] https://acotonline.org/digital-signage-experience-announces-2022-dizzie-finalists-rave-pubs/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 19:35:28 +0000 https://acotonline.org/digital-signage-experience-announces-2022-dizzie-finalists-rave-pubs/ The Digital Signage Experience (DSE) today revealed the finalists for the 2022 Digital Signage Experience Awards (DIZZIE). The awards program recognizes companies around the world whose “digital signage installations and campaigns challenge existing standards and drive the industry forward.” The rewards program is part of the Digital Signage Experience event taking place November 17-19 at […]]]>

The Digital Signage Experience (DSE) today revealed the finalists for the 2022 Digital Signage Experience Awards (DIZZIE). The awards program recognizes companies around the world whose “digital signage installations and campaigns challenge existing standards and drive the industry forward.” The rewards program is part of the Digital Signage Experience event taking place November 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

David Drain, Director of DSE Event Programs, said: “I was really impressed with the number of high quality entries. It’s clear that digital signage is no longer an afterthought, but an integral part of a building’s design. Brands and organizations effectively use this medium to reach their target audience and achieve their strategic goals. »

The 2022 DIZZIE Prize finalists:

Corporate environments

  • 88 Kearny Street, submitted by Detailed
  • Amazing Stories of Asurion Help: Immersive Installation, submitted by Belle & Wissell
  • Gensler Austin Lobby, submitted by SNA Displays
  • TK Elevator/TK Towers, submitted by Nanolumens
  • Verizon Innovation Center at the Hub on Causeway, submitted by NBBJ | ISE design

Digital display (DOOH)

  • City National Bank Programmatic OOH and Mobile Retargeting Campaign, submitted by Vistar Media
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – All-Digital Airport Advertising Program, Submitted by Clear Channel Airports
  • Green City Solutions Digital Signage that Cleans the Air We Breathe, submitted by BrightSign
  • Piaggio Fast Forward/ENGINE, submitted by Vistar Media
  • New All-Digital Media Network at Redesigned LaGuardia Terminal C, Submitted by Clear Channel Airports

Educational environments

  • Havergal College Donor Wall, submitted by Envision
  • Iowa State Stark Sports Performance Center, submitted by Nanolumens
  • New York native, submitted by C&G Partners
  • The Catalyst Center for Davis School District, submitted by Ford AV
  • Vue Orleans – Confluence of Culture Exhibit, presented by Detailed

Entertainment and leisure

  • Basic-Fit: European deployment of more than 1,100 clubs, submitted by First Impression Audiovisual
  • Carnival’s Mardi Gras Cruise mobile screens, submitted by Detailed
  • Jurassic World Dominion Digital Lobby Experience, submitted by Regal
  • One World Observatory Immersive Experience, submitted by Float4
  • SNØ, submitted by ZetaDisplay

Experiential design and planning

  • City of Cambridge (Canada) Winter Illumination, submitted by Aligned Vision Group
  • Grandscape, submitted by SNA Displays
  • Nike Bra Fit, submitted by Convergencia Digital Signage
  • Spider-Man No Way Home Digital Takeover, presented by Harkins Theaters
  • The Orbit Retail Experience, submitted by SNA Displays

Healthcare environments

  • The SickKids Peter Gilgan Center for Research and Learning Donor Wall and Interactive Experience, submitted by Envision
  • Constant Media Interactive Digital Wallboards, submitted by TelemetryTV
  • Constant Media Waiting Room Health Views, Submitted by TelemetryTV

Hospitality

  • Turtle Bay Resort A/V Refresh, submitted by BrightSign, Red Dot Digital Media & Spinitar
  • Resorts World Las Vegas, submitted by Moment Factory

Public spaces

  • AT&T Discovery District, submitted by Moment Factory and SNA Displays
  • First Republic Bank – Hudson Yards LED Wall, submitted by Telecine
  • Kia takes over Times Square, presented by Centerstage
  • The Globe interactive installation at AT&T Discovery District, submitted by Float4
  • Yas Mall Experience, submitted by Necsum Trison

Restaurants

  • Data-driven menu board design transformation for Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, submitted by Creative Realities
  • I Heart Mac & Cheese Systemwide Store Redesign, submitted by Raydiant
  • Krispy Kreme Edinburgh St James, submitted by embed signage
  • McCormick / 360i: Frank’s RedHot Branded Food Service, submitted by Vistar Media

Retail environments

  • 7-Eleven Digital Menu Board Transformation, submitted by Creative Realities
  • Canada Goose Global Footwear Experience, submitted by iGotcha Media
  • Falabella Flagship, submitted by Necsum Trison
  • Fredrik & Louisa’s new flagship store in Steen & Strøm, presented by ZetaDisplay
  • House of Rituals, submitted by First Impression and BrightSign

Transportation

  • Digital Signage Controller for Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport, submitted by Radiant Technology Group
  • Dubai ExpoLink 2020 World Fair – The Futuristic Metro Line, presented by Global Display Solutions
  • Hurtigruten MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen, submitted by ZetaDisplay
  • Passenger queuing system at Toronto Pearson International Airport, submitted by Omnivex
  • Bathing in Color at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, presented by Moment Factory

Rooms

  • The First Americans Museum of Oklahoma takes visitors on an immersive storytelling experience, brought to you by Peerless-AV
  • Hollywood Park Smart Navigation, submitted by PAM
  • Smart Field Multimedia Construction Project in Badouzi Fishing Port, Taiwan, submitted by Nova Media
  • Our House: The World’s First Electronic Dance Music Experience, presented by First Impression Audiovisual
  • Worre Studios Las Vegas, submitted by Christie

Submissions were judged based on solutions created to solve problems, project results, quality of content, and overall project design.

DIZZIE Awards judges were provided by the Digital Signage Federation. They understand:

  • Mark Bennett, Executive Vice President, Customer Engagement, Mod Op
  • Matteo Berti, Business Development Manager, Global Display Solutions (GDS)
  • Geoffrey Bessin, Marketing Director and Chief Evangelist, Intuiface
  • Corrie Brannan, Channel Manager, Skykit
  • Jonathan Brawn, Principal, Brawn Consulting
  • Ryan Cahoy, Chief Revenue Officer, Rise Display
  • Carey Callahan, Professional AV Solutions Architect, Eaton – Tripp Lite
  • Scott Carter, SVP Sales & Marketing, Store Experience
  • Len Dudis, CIO, Grupo Vidanta
  • Robert Edwards, Media Development Specialist, Lansing Community College
  • Peter Erickson, VP of Creative, Screenfeed
  • Jordan Feil, Global Marketing Director, Navori Labs
  • Kym Frank, Global CxO, Motionworks
  • Stephanie Gutnik, Global Head of DOOH, Yahoo
  • Danny Hagan, Managing Director – Americas, Signagelive
  • Craig Keefner, Director, Kiosk Manufacturers Association
  • Sean Law, co-founder, Doohly
  • Carrie McKenzie-Bush, Director of Marketing and Communications, Peerless-AV
  • John Moss, Director – Experience Design Strategy, Cineplex
  • Joe Petrie, Editor, Airport Business Magazine
  • Rick Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer, Project X Media
  • Sheldon Silverman, Partner, OOH Capital
  • Edward Tang, Project Manager, Customer Experience, Space Needle
  • Beth Warren, Senior Vice President of Marketing | Strategy, Creative Realities, Inc.

Details on the work of the finalists are here: https://www.digitalsignageexperience.com/digitalsignageexperien/dse-price-0 The winners will be announced on November 18 at DSE 2022 during a special awards ceremony.

To register for DSE 2022, go here: www.digitalsignageexperience.com (and use code RAVEGIFT for free entry)!

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Johnny Berchtold joins the cast of CAMP SIEGFRIED at Second Stage https://acotonline.org/johnny-berchtold-joins-the-cast-of-camp-siegfried-at-second-stage/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 18:43:54 +0000 https://acotonline.org/johnny-berchtold-joins-the-cast-of-camp-siegfried-at-second-stage/ Johnny Berchtold will join the cast of the first New York production of CAMP SIEGFRIED, the new Tony Award-nominated play Bess Wohl (2ST’s Grand Horizons and Make Believe), directed by the Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit, 2ST’s Man from Nebraska) at Second step Theater. Johnny will replace the previously announced Sawyer Barth […]]]>

Johnny Berchtold will join the cast of the first New York production of CAMP SIEGFRIED, the new Tony Award-nominated play Bess Wohl (2ST’s Grand Horizons and Make Believe), directed by the Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit, 2ST’s Man from Nebraska) at Second step Theater. Johnny will replace the previously announced Sawyer Barth who cannot attend due to scheduling conflicts. The production will also include Lily McInerny. Both actors will be making their off-Broadway stage debuts.

CAMP SIEGFRIED will begin previews on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 and officially open on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Second stepit is Tony Kisser Theater (305 West 43rd Street).

From the Tony Award® nominee Bess Wohl (Grand Horizons) comes an exhilarating new piece about how far we will go to belong. During a golden summer in real life Camp Siegfried, a scenic Long Island campground, two teenagers find themselves on a collision course with youthful passion and unbridled extremism. Are they falling in love, or are they falling for something more sinister? Set at the dawn of World War II, this boy-meets-girl-meets-warning tale of the seductive nature of fascism reveals a shocking part of America’s past and reminds us how easily darkness can sneak up on us.

CAMP SIEGFRIED’s comprehensive creative team includes the scenic design of Brett Banakiscostume design by Brenda Abbandololight design by Tyler Micoleausound design by Christophe Darbassie and casting by Telsey + Company. Jane Ackerman and Charlie B.Foster are the stand-ins for the production.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

JOHNNY BERCHTOLD

a native of New Jersey, discovered his love of theater at an early age. After winning ABC’s digital talent contest, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked on shows like “Gaslit” on STARZ opposite julia robert, and Amazon’s “The Wilds”. He will next be seen in the Netflix movie Dog Gone opposite Rob Lowe, Blumhouse’s The Passenger opposite Kyle Gallner and Broke opposite Wyatt Russell. He is currently filming the new HULU series “Tiny Beautiful Things”.

made his New York theater debut in CAMP SIEGFRIED. She made her professional acting debut in Jamie Dack’s independent feature Palm Trees and Power Lines, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. She will appear in the upcoming Hulu series Tell Me Lies. Lily was one of Vogue’s star actresses of 2022.

Wohl’s pieces were produced in all three Second step Theaters: She made her Broadway debut in 2019 with the Hayes production of her play Grand Horizons, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. His play Make Believe (OCC Award) premiered at 2ST’s off-Broadway Kiser Theater also in 2019, and his play American Hero premiered at Second step‘s Uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theater, in the summer of 2014 as part of 2ST’s Uptown series. Other theaters include Small Mouth Sounds (OCC Award), Continuity, Barcelona, ​​Touched, In, Cats Talk Back, Pretty Filthy. His plays have been produced in theaters in New York, the United States and abroad. The rewards include the Sam Norkin Drama Desk Special Prize, the Georgia Engel Playwriting Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, and blacklisting of Hollywood’s Best Screenplays. Wohl is an associate artist with Civilians, an alumnus of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and holds new play commissions from the Manhattan Theater Club and Williamstown. She has also written for film and television and is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.

amounts to Second step Theater where he directed Tracy Letts‘ Nebraska man. Broadway: The Sound Inside, The Band Tour (Ethel Barrymore Theatre), Brighton Beach Memoirs, The House of Blue Leaves. Off Broadway: A Case for the Existence of God (Signature), A Prayer For the French Republic (MTC), The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons), The Band’s Visit, Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theatre), Really Really (MCC Theater), When the rain stops falling, Nikolai and the others (Lincoln Center Theater). At the Barrow Street Theater he has directed Tribes, The Effect, Orson’s Shadow, Adding Machine (presented at Minetta Lane) and Our Town.

Second step The theatre’s 44th season will continue in November with Stephen Adly Guirgis‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, directed by Austin Pendletonwhich will have its Broadway premiere at Second stepThe home of Broadway, the Hayes Theatre. The season will also include the world premiere of WHITE GIRL IN DANGER, a new musical by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winner Michael R. Jacksonwhich begins previews in March 2023, as well as the Broadway premiere of Larissa Fasthorse‘s THE THANKSGIVING PLAY, directed by Rachel Chavkinbeginning previews in April 2023 at the Hayes Theatre. Second stepThe Tony Award-winning production of Richard Greenbergfrom TAKE ME OUT, directed by Scott Ellis and featuring the Tony Award winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony Award nominee jesse williamswill return to Broadway this fall for a limited run at the Schoenfeld Theater starting October 27.

Under the artistic direction of Carole Rothman, Second step The theater operates three venues in New York, exclusively dedicated to the production of live performances American playwrights.

Second step recently completed its 43rd season, which included the Tony Award-winning revival of Richard Greenbergof Take Me Out and the first New York production of Lynn Ratingthe Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s, as well as the world premieres of Rajiv Joseph‘s Letters of Suresh and JC Lee’s To My Girls. The company’s 2021-22 productions received several nominations and awards, including Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play (Take Me Out) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Take me out); the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play (Take Me Out), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Take Me Out) and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Uzo Aduba -Clyde); the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Projection Design (Shawn Duan – Letters of Suresh); and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design for a Play (Jennifer Moeller -Clyde’s).

Second stepThe first season of On Broadway at the Hayes Theater included Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonerganrealized by Cullman Trip (Tony nominated for Best Revival of Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role, Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry) and straight white men by Young John Leerealized by Anna D. Shapiro.

Among Second stepThe 180 productions of are winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Between Riverside and Crazy de Stephen Adly Guirgis; the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts; The last five years by Jason Robert Brown; dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Pierre Duchan; Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek, Justin Pauland Steven Levenson; By the way, meet Vera Stark by Lynn Rating; Trusted and lonely, I’m not through Paul Weitz; Great Horizons by Bess Wohl; The elaborate entrance of the deity Chad by Kristoffer Diaz; Daily rapture and whirlwind inside a loop by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy and Field Notes by Anna Deavere Smith; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Song of the Torch by Harvey Fierstein; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; The laughing little dog Douglas Carter Beane; Metamorphoses by Marie Zimmerman; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkins; Jitney by August Wilson; crowns per Regina Taylor; Saturday night by Stephen Sondheim; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimi; This is our youth Kenneth Lonergan; Coastal disturbances by Tina Howe; A Soldier’s Game by Charles Fuller; The good times are killing me Lynda Barry; and Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee.

The company’s more than 170 nominations include six 2017 Tony Awards for Dear Evan Hansen (Best Musical; Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Ben Platt; Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Rachel Bay Jones; Best Book of a Musical; Best Original Score; Best Orchestrations); the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice RipleyNext to par), Best score (Tom Kitt and Brian YorkeyNext to Normal) and Better Orchestrations (Tom Kitt and Michel Starobin, next to Normal ); the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, the little dog laughed); the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkins…Spelling Bee) and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Foger, …Spelling Bee); the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Marie Zimmerman for the Metamorphoses); the 2002 Lucille Lortel Outstanding Work Award, 29 Obie Awards, 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards, four Clarence Derwent Awards, 17 Drama Desk Awards, 11 Theater World Awards, a Dorothy Louden Award, 20 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 23 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second step The theater opened Tony Kisser Theatre, its state-of-the-art 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In 2002, Second step spear “Second step Theater Uptown” to showcase the work of up-and-coming artists at the 99-seat McGinn/Cazale Theater. The theater supports artists through several programs including residencies, fellowships, and commissions, and engages students and members of the community through education and awareness programs.

In 2018, Second step began producing at its 581-seat Broadway home, The Hayes Theatre. Originally named “The Little Theatre” and built in 1912, the city’s landmark was remodeled by David Rockwell of the Rockwell group.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com.

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Live from New York, it’s Phoenix’s Michael Longfellow on SNL https://acotonline.org/live-from-new-york-its-phoenixs-michael-longfellow-on-snl/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/live-from-new-york-its-phoenixs-michael-longfellow-on-snl/ When Saturday Night Live needs a real comedian to round out the cast, where is the popular NBC sketch variety show heading for its 48th season? Forget New York and Los Angeles, the bicoastal entertainment capitals of the world. Phoenix might as well be Comedy Central because it’s there Michael Longfellow got funny enough to […]]]>

When Saturday Night Live needs a real comedian to round out the cast, where is the popular NBC sketch variety show heading for its 48th season? Forget New York and Los Angeles, the bicoastal entertainment capitals of the world. Phoenix might as well be Comedy Central because it’s there Michael Longfellow got funny enough to fit in as one of SNLThe four newest faces from the new season will premiere at Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on October 1.

Longfellow, a 28-year-old Phoenix native and graduate of Arizona State University, joins fellow newbies Marcello Hernandez of Miami, Molly Kearney of Cleveland and Devon Walker of Austin, Texas, on the award-winning series. It has won 93 Emmys — counting trophies for its television specials and short series — since its debut in 1975. The latest honor for the SNL team led by creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels arrived on September 12 to Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.

“It’s going to be a year of transition, and years of change are always tough but also very exciting because there are new people and things change and a different generation comes into the show,” Michaels told the media backstage that night after accepting the Emmy.

A few days later, the cast additions were announced. Longfellow took his Instagram accountwhere he has 107,000 subscribers, to crack wisely: “Go on TV this year, I’m sorry!”

This self-deprecating humor has apparently served Longfellow well since earning a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at ASU in 2016.

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New Saturday Night Live Star performer Michael Longfellow grew up in the Valley and graduated from Arizona State.

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In a 2016 interview on ASU website before the start of spring, Longfellow said, “I did comedy for the first time as a rookie and immediately realized that was the only thing I really wanted to do. I knew that if I was going to college, a degree in words and language would best suit my interests.

“Also, the math was hard, and when science became more than baking soda volcanoes or putting little things in water to watch them grow, I really had nowhere to go,” said he added.

Clubs and venues in Metro Phoenix where he has worked include Stand Up Live, Valley Bar, the Tempe Improv, and Desert Frostover 2015, a two-day event held in December featuring seven comedians, more than 20 bands, food trucks and entertainers. other activites.

Now based in Los Angeles since graduating, Longfellow has a list of credits, mostly as a stand-up comedian, that include: one flash and you’ll miss it (“for 48 seconds,” he said. he joked) on a 2017 episode of the Fox comedy Laughs; her late night television debut on Conan in 2018; a well-received appearance on 2019 bring the funny, an NBC comedy/reality series; and a spot at the 2017 New York Comedy Festival, where it was announced by TBS as one of its “Comics to Watch”.

Another career stepping stone to consider for Longfellow is being one of eight “new comedic voices” on the Netflix debut. Presentation… stand-up showcase in LA, airing on Netflix’s Is a Joke YouTube channel and other online outlets.
His jokes in the nearly eight-minute monologue were mostly about his parents, who separated some time ago, leaving Longfellow to try to get along with a father and two stepfathers. “Three good ones too,” said the comedian amid peals of laughter during the track. “My first, Tom, the OG. … We’re very different. He’s very strict, very intense. My dad’s a divorce lawyer who’s been divorced a couple of times. …is he a bad husband or a workaholic?

This short session certainly had them laughing, but now the pressure might be on the shoulders of Longfellow and his fellow newbies as they prepare for season 48 of Saturday Night Live. Especially since the show recently said goodbye to A-list cast including Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney and Aidy Bryant of Phoenix, who graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005. A cast member since 2012, Bryant, 35 years, was three-time Emmy nominee on SNL. So what happens when the torch passes from one Phoenician to another? Hope it’s back to fun business as usual.

In that ASU interview six years ago, Longfellow knew where he was headed, but apparently didn’t realize how long it would take to get there. Asked about his plans after graduation, he offered, “I’m busting a Kimmy Schmidt and moving to New York to be a great New York comedian. Comedy shows mostly happen at night, so I hope I can fill my days with a writing position in a nice place. If that doesn’t work, you can catch me serving McMuffins at your local Brooklyn McDonald’s.

Even comedians deserve a break today, tomorrow and next month. See if Longfellow has a chance to chew up the landscape for SNLThe season opener on October 1, which will also air live on Peacock. The show should include Top Gun: Maverick actor Miles Teller as host, with Kendrick Lamar as musical guest.

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WWE legend’s movie schedule could hint at WrestleMania 39 plans – GiveMeSport https://acotonline.org/wwe-legends-movie-schedule-could-hint-at-wrestlemania-39-plans-givemesport/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 12:46:26 +0000 https://acotonline.org/wwe-legends-movie-schedule-could-hint-at-wrestlemania-39-plans-givemesport/ John Cena’s movie schedule may hint at WWE’s plans for the 45-year-old to appear at WrestleMania 39. Cena hasn’t wrestled for WWE since August 2021, but due to a gap in his filming schedule, that could change in the coming months. There have long been rumors that WWE is planning a showdown between Cena and […]]]>

John Cena’s movie schedule may hint at WWE’s plans for the 45-year-old to appear at WrestleMania 39.

Cena hasn’t wrestled for WWE since August 2021, but due to a gap in his filming schedule, that could change in the coming months.

There have long been rumors that WWE is planning a showdown between Cena and Austin Theory at WWE’s Biggest Show of the Year in April 2023.

John Cena Filming Schedule

James Gunn gave an update on filming the second season of Peacemaker, which stars John Cena.

Gunn explained, taking for Twitter as you can see below, to wish co-star Danielle Brooks a happy birthday, confirming that filming for the second season will begin in the coming months.

The showrunner later explained that filming wouldn’t begin until after the theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, via WrestleTalk.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, also directed by James Gunn, is slated for release in May 2023, giving fans a good indication of Cena’s spring 2023 filming schedule.

Latest news on John Cena’s return to WWE

These updates will also have hinted that Cena, unless he has something else planned at this time, will not be busy filming by the time WrestleMania 39 arrives.

WrestleMania 39 is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on April 1 and 2, which means filming Peacemaker wouldn’t prevent Cena from appearing at the show.

The fans, once again covered by FightTalksubsequently began to speculate that the multi-time WWE Champion could now appear at the big Premium Live event in April 2023.

If he appears on the show, Cena is rumored to go one-on-one with Austin Theory, with the pair teasing a potential feud in interviews over the past few months, which you can read more about here.

John Cena could be at WrestleMania 39 in April 2023

As noted, Cena last wrestled on WWE TV at SummerSlam in August 2021, losing in a Universal Championship main event to Roman Reigns.

Cena would appear on WWE TV the following month, before stepping away just under a year from the promotion to focus on his acting career.

John was on the June 27 episode of Monday Night Raw this year, with WWE bringing back the wrestling legend to celebrate his illustrious 20-year career.

It should be noted that this is just speculation at this time, and there are no concrete reports that Cena is 100% locked in for WrestleMania 39.

For all the latest updates regarding Cena’s return to WWE and a potential appearance at WrestleMania 39, be sure to stay tuned to GiveMeSport over the coming weeks.


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Old pages from September 17 to 20, 2022 https://acotonline.org/old-pages-from-september-17-to-20-2022/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:16:54 +0000 https://acotonline.org/old-pages-from-september-17-to-20-2022/ North E Street near Virginia City Railroad Depot, probably late 19th century. By Sue Ballew Saturday, September 17, 2022 Saturday150 years agoNew depot: The wood for the erection of this new building is quickly delivered to the site and many men are at work framing the heavy frames. The iron is all laid on the […]]]>

North E Street near Virginia City Railroad Depot, probably late 19th century.

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New depot: The wood for the erection of this new building is quickly delivered to the site and many men are at work framing the heavy frames. The iron is all laid on the new road through town and the connection complete and ready for rolling stock.
140 years ago
The Footprints: John Mackay plans to operate the prehistoric mine by paying the cost of operating a gallery on the side of the state prison quarry so that the line of footprints can be stripped and that the soil so rich in archaeological treasures can be more fully explored. He sent a man to estimate the cost.
130 years ago
Burglar: Charles Slingerland exchanged gunfire at Hot Springs. But never touched the burglar. The only way to prevent burglaries is to keep a shotgun handy and shoot anyone seen in the yard at night.
100 years ago
Famous Indian basket maker Dat-So-La-Lee and her husband returned to Carson from Lake Tahoe.
70 years ago
New Music Teacher: AA Saliman, a summer grad from Northwestern University, has taken up the position of Music Teacher at Carson City Schools according to Superintendent Donald Robertson.
30 years ago
Photo caption: Brenda Baxter, children’s librarian at the Carson City Public Library, sings for preschoolers during ‘story time’ at the library. Story time takes place from Tuesday to Friday for children 3 to 5 years old.
Sunday
150 years ago
Moral City: In the evening we are greeted with music from full bands in saloons and dance houses. This expense can only be incurred during peak periods of mining. Thirty or forty saloons, several tigers and their kindred beasts of prey, two dance houses and four or five bands at full blast. Carson must be lively, if not strictly, religiously moral. Carson is universally known as the most moral town this side of the Sierras.
140 years ago
A message from the past (in part):
(Dedicated to those whose manual labor has accomplished so much in the interest of science by the recent archaeological discoveries at the State Prison)
In this abode of crime, where night and day,
Men brood over secret sins and wasted lives…
But the, at last a wonder has been revealed,
A rock-bound volume of unknown age
Was unsealed by a bloody hand of crime,
And science bent down to scan the open page
Who had been hidden in this secret way,
As worlds were born and planets turned gray.
Before the juggernaut or stalked the bear
To give him battle in his cavernous lair.
130 years ago
Married: in Sacramento, California, September, 1892, Fred F. Knobloch and Miss Emma N. Kinney, both of Empire. Miss Kinney is the daughter of William Kinney, a prominent money man and Empire butcher. She married Mr. Knoblock, who runs a rival meat market.
100 years ago
The Carson Social Club dance to celebrate the opening of the new road from Carson to Reno will take place at Armory Hall. The room was thoroughly cleaned and the broken windows were replaced. Reno’s famous Tony’s Orchestra was engaged and several instruments were added to the usual number of musicians. Music by Tony’s Orchestra – Admission: Gentlemen, $1.10; Ladies, free.
70 years ago
Austin Editor: Jock Taylor, editor and publisher of the Reese River Reveille in Austin, the state’s oldest newspaper, was a visitor. Taylor worked on the Call and the Chronicle from 1945 to 1949 and enjoyed seeing old friends again.
30 years ago
Advertisement: “Meadowdale Theaters, Meadowdale Center Mall, Hwy. 395. Now plays Clint Eastwood in ‘Unforgiven’ and Robert Redford in ‘Sneakers’.
Monday
150 years ago
Exchequer Factory: The railway platform contains two battery mortars for L. Chalmers, superintendent of the Exchequer factory in Monitor. This mine belongs to an English company which has spent a lot of money on its development.
140 years ago
In short: The Indians arrive with their pine nuts.
130 years ago
All kinds: Frank Bishop, who sold alcohol to an Indian in Reno, was convicted
to 16 months in prison.
100 years ago
Squirrel Destroys Dodge: While on a hunting trip near Highland Lakes, Henry Cordes of Gardnerville reports that a squirrel stole a piece of his Dodge car’s electrical appliance, and he was forced to walk 40 miles to acquire help. Fearing that someone might steal his automobile, Mr. Cordes pulled a small coin out of the manifold and hid it under a pile of rocks. While Mr. Cordes was hunting, a squirrel burrowed under the rocks and carried the contraption to its underground dwelling. For several hours, as he tried to reach the bottom of the squirrel’s dwelling, without success, Cordes walked on foot to a house in Carson Valley, 45 miles away (Gardnerville Record-Courier).
70 years ago
Advertisement: “Carson Theater—”Tembo” with Howard Hill and another movie, “Wild Animals.” See this for sure.
30 years ago
Buzz: Many complaints have come from local residents about the bloated airplanes at the Reno Air Races. Airport manager Bob Thomas said, “We’re doing everything we can, but we can’t go out there and pick them up,” Thomas plans to escalate complaints from local residents to the office of the Federal Aviation Administration in Reno.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.

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Review: Alchemy Theatre’s The Virgin Trial: Elizabeth I’s violent life reimagined as part of The Crown, part Criminal Minds – Arts https://acotonline.org/review-alchemy-theatres-the-virgin-trial-elizabeth-is-violent-life-reimagined-as-part-of-the-crown-part-criminal-minds-arts/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:20:39 +0000 https://acotonline.org/review-alchemy-theatres-the-virgin-trial-elizabeth-is-violent-life-reimagined-as-part-of-the-crown-part-criminal-minds-arts/ The Trial of the Virgin from Alchemy Theater (photo by Christopher Shea) Shakespeare’s history plays, dramatizing five generations of medieval power struggles for the British throne, largely focus on kings. In more modern times, where gender equality has become a priority, queens are finally getting their due in pieces that include The audience, Sixand Kate […]]]>

The Trial of the Virgin from Alchemy Theater (photo by Christopher Shea)

Shakespeare’s history plays, dramatizing five generations of medieval power struggles for the British throne, largely focus on kings. In more modern times, where gender equality has become a priority, queens are finally getting their due in pieces that include The audience, Sixand Kate Hennig’s Queenmaker Trilogy, which explores the lives of three Tudor rulers.

Hennig’s pieces, which recently premiered at the Stratford Festival in Canada, suggest that the more things change, the more they stay the same. And so, we find its 16th-century characters speaking in contemporary language and wearing contemporary clothing as royal women fight against all things misogynistic and the relentless need to prove themselves. The Last woman portrays Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, as a feminist superhero; mother’s daughter finds Mary I, the first reigning Queen of England, battling xenophobia and religious nationalism; and The Trial of the Virgin reimagines the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s young daughter, Elizabeth I, and addresses victim shaming, the power of the popular press and sexual politics.

In The Trial of the Virgin, which received a staged reading at the Alchemy Theater in 2018 and is currently enjoying its first production in Texas, 15-year-old Princess Elizabeth (Soleil Patterson), known as Bess, finds herself interrogated by the Lord Protector Ted (Yanis Kalnins) and his brutally cold henchwoman, Eleanor (Christine Glenn). Bess must defend herself against charges of plotting to kill her brother by another mother, King Edward VI, and having an illicit affair with her stepfather, Lord High Admiral Thomas Seymour (Marty Soole). Thom has been arrested for high treason along with Bess’ loyal housekeeper, Ashley (Ali Meier), and her secretary, Parry (Michael Bonny Bassey), who are believed to be conspirators.

The play plays out like a modern procedural drama, a format conducive to all the intriguing mystery and dramatic discovery. Scenes alternate between real-time interrogations and flashbacks exposing key characters’ motivations for the murder, with each change heralded by flashing lights (courtesy of designer Travis Knight) and the sound of buzzing electricity – probably because the iconic “dun dun” prison cell locks has already been taken from TVs Law and order franchise.

As strong as this ensemble is (particularly Adah Hagen as the wonderfully textured and deliciously indifferent Mary, Bess’s older half-sister), the piece hinges on Patterson’s performance and her ability to show Bess’s evolution from a willful but vulnerable and naive girl. to a young woman with steel nerves and political savvy. What she delivers instead is an unwavering, one-color intensity that plays well and is true to character, but doesn’t contribute to the play’s intended and much-needed plot. It’s a missed opportunity, visibly visible as Bess responds to the Lord Protector’s dismay at her childish behavior. Patterson’s laid-back delivery of the line, “I like to play games,” lacks the warning highlighting what lies beneath this complicated girl’s surface, in anticipation of what’s to come.

The stationary set (designed by stage store Lucky Giraffe) consists of a long table for interrogation and two elevated rooms surrounded by hanging translucent plastic curtains constructed for torture. He’s wonderfully menacing, as are the power suits worn by the two executioners (designed by Stephanie Slayton). Director Michael Cooper’s staging is simple and effective, but the actor’s awkward swapping of props during scene changes kills much of the production’s momentum as well as the urgency needed to maintain procedural dramatic tropes.

The result is an interesting cross between The crown and Criminal mindswhich is perhaps less powerful than what the playwright had in mind, but still solid evening entertainment.

The Trial of the Virgin
The Alchemy Theater, 130 Pedernales St.
thealchemytheatre.org
Until September 24
Duration: 2h40.

A version of this article appeared in print on September 16, 2022 with the title: Review: Alchemy Theater’s Trial of the Virgin

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Will British Columbia have a bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral? https://acotonline.org/will-british-columbia-have-a-bank-holiday-for-the-queens-funeral/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:51:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/will-british-columbia-have-a-bank-holiday-for-the-queens-funeral/ Prime Minister John Horgan said public K-12 schools and public post-secondary institutions would close on September 19 alongside most state corporations to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. British Columbia Premier John Horgan has announced he will follow the federal government’s lead in declaring a national day of mourning on September 19 to mark […]]]>

Prime Minister John Horgan said public K-12 schools and public post-secondary institutions would close on September 19 alongside most state corporations to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

British Columbia Premier John Horgan has announced he will follow the federal government’s lead in declaring a national day of mourning on September 19 to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would hold a federal holiday to mark the state funeral.

Speaking on the last day of the Liberal Party caucus retreat in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Trudeau said the holiday would apply to all federal employees. Whether the vacation will extend to other residents will depend on each province or territory.

“Declaring an opportunity for Canadians to mourn on Monday will be important,” Trudeau told reporters.

In a written statement Tuesday evening, Horgan said the holiday would apply to provincial public sector employers.

“Public K-12 schools and public post-secondary institutions, as well as most Crown corporations will be closed. We encourage private sector employers to find a way to recognize or reflect the day in an appropriate way for their employees,” Horgan said.

“It will be a national day to reflect on the incredible life of the Queen of Canada and the longest-serving monarch in British history.”

The British Columbia holiday will not be considered a statutory holiday, which means private sector employers will not have to pay overtime to staff who work on Mondays.

Earlier, Federal Labor Minister Seamus O’Regan said federally regulated sectors like banks and airlines can but are not required to observe the holidays.

Industry officials responded by calling on provinces to avoid an official holiday at a time when many businesses are still trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The six-day notice makes an official holiday “deeply unfair to small businesses”, said Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, adding that it could also “cost billions to the economy”.

“For many small businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and cinemas, that would mean paying more to stay open. Small businesses are already struggling with labor shortages and forcing them to close or pay an hour and a half to their employees without notice would be extremely expensive or result in a day of lost productivity,” he told The Canadian Press.

The Prince Edward Island government responded by saying it would hold a single holiday on September 19, covering all provincially regulated workers. Provincial government offices and public schools would be closed, the government said in a statement.

The provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador said they would close schools and government offices, but left it up to the private sector to follow suit.

Ontario and Quebec do not recognize the holiday.

In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office said a ceremonial procession and memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II will take place in Victoria on the day of her state funeral.

The procession will depart from the BC Parliament Buildings at 10:15 a.m. and travel to Christ Church Cathedral. It will include the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Janet Austin, Horgan, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and what have been described as “other dignitaries”.

“A 21-gun salute will be fired,” the statement said.

Public seating will be limited to the church, but the memorial service, scheduled for 11 a.m., will be broadcast live.

With files from The Canadian Press

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LOST LAKE – NoHo Arts District https://acotonline.org/lost-lake-noho-arts-district/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:04:50 +0000 https://acotonline.org/lost-lake-noho-arts-district/ [NoHo Arts District, CA] – 2022-2023 Crimson Square Season opens with LOST LAKE by David Auburn, the award-winning playwright of PROOF. With Lisagaye Tomlinson and Craig Bachmann. Directed by Faye Viviana. ABOUT LOST LAKE by David Auburn lost lake is a tense, carefully crafted drama about the surprising and complicated friendship formed by two very […]]]>

[NoHo Arts District, CA] – 2022-2023 Crimson Square Season opens with LOST LAKE by David Auburn, the award-winning playwright of PROOF. With Lisagaye Tomlinson and Craig Bachmann. Directed by Faye Viviana.

ABOUT LOST LAKE

by David Auburn lost lake is a tense, carefully crafted drama about the surprising and complicated friendship formed by two very different people with no one else to turn to.

The lakeside rental Veronica has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her kids desperately need, and disheveled owner Hogan has his own issues. Problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably drawn into. A gripping and revealing portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, Lost Lake is a living piece about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world.

THE TEAM

David Auburn – Playwright
Faye Viviana – Director
Lisagaye Tomlinson – Veronique
Craig Bachmann-Hogan
Crimson Square – Producer
Derrick McDaniel – Lighting Designer
Allen Barton – Director of Mentoring, Owner of Beverly Hills Playhouse
Jeffrey Sun – Chief Stage Manager
Sandra Kuker PR – Publicist

BIOS

LISAGAYE TOMLINSONVeronica
Lisagaye is a Jamaican-born actress, musician, songwriter and writer who is excited to be making her Crimson Square debut in LOST LAKE. She began her stage career in South Florida as Dionne in a Caldwell Theater production of HAIR and later played Erzulie in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Locally, she starred in the Hollywood Fringe Festival production of FIFTY SHADES OF MURASS and received outstanding reviews for playing several supporting roles in Firescape Theater and Yolk Productions’ revival of David Henry Hwang YELLOW FACE, in association with the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Recent film and TV credits include HOME ECONOMY, PARALYSIShis first horror feature and the delightful comedy short MELON. Music has always played a vital role in her life and she is deeply inspired by her mother who sang every day in their family home. Lisagaye is a proud volunteer with the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service and the Hollywood Food Coalition.

CRAIG BACHMANNHogan
Craig graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Directing. He started his career as a PA and was once Russell Crow’s assistant which eventually inspired him to act. He then studied at HB Studios with Laura Esterman and Austin Pendleton before attending the University of Washington for his master’s degree in theater. He then returned to New York where he began performing professionally on stage, screen and television. Several years later he moved to Los Angeles and studied improv at IO West and The Groundlings, performing on numerous crews. Some of Craig’s Theater credits include; Piece of cakee (New York Post Comic pick of the Week), Chekhov’s Rifle (World Premiere), Too Much Water (World Premiere), boy gets girl, Crazy in Loveand Cabaret. His film credits include Dad, Singularity, The Last Days of Flanelle Daphneand The transplant. He also appeared on guiding light, 4400, and a variety of advertisements. Craig is thrilled to work with Crimson Square and is honored to be surrounded by such talented artists. He would like to dedicate his performance to his late agent and friend Anthony Schiano whose hard work got Craig moving to Los Angeles. RIP Anthony, “Thank you for making me look good”

DAVID AUBURN (Playwright)
David Auburn is an American playwright, screenwriter and director. He is best known for his 2000 play Evidence, which won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He also wrote the screenplays for the 2005 film version of Evidence, The lake house (2006), The girl in the park (2007), and georgetown (2019).

FAYE VIVIANA (Director)
Faye Viviana is an award-winning actress and filmmaker, and is thrilled to be making her directorial debut at the LA Theater. Her professional ballet career with American Ballet Theater interrupted by injury in 2007, she turned to theater and film. She has starred in many roles on television, including LONGMIRE (Netflix), TO CRUSH (SCS) and ASSISTANT (FOX) to name a few, and many independent films. After working as an independent film producer for several years, she launched her own business by founding V3 Productions in 2019. She is also the executive producer of Crimson Square Theater Company, having produced I am my own wife, Dinner with friends, Rooster, Sex with strangers, The how and the whyand Living in the purple living room to much critical acclaim. She’s passionate about all facets of storytelling, exploring the human condition, and has a pretty serious addiction to books and gummy bears. You can find her on social media as @FyVivi

DERRICK McDANIEL (lighting designer)
Derrick McDaniel has worked in live theater for over 25 years, both in Los Angeles and New York. From Romeo and Juliet to Guys and Dolls, Derrick has designed the lighting for numerous plays, musicals, and corporate and private events. A few of his lighting credits include “Mercy Seat” (2012 LA Weekly Awards winner) at Inside the Ford Theatre, spring awakening at the Malibu Playhouse, The Addams Family at the Theater of Madrid; and an octoroon at the Fountain Theater – and many more. Derrick’s last nomination was for a 2020 Ovation Theater Award for lighting design for Nowhere on the border at the Road Theater on Magnolia. He would like to thank the staff and leaders of Crimson Square and the Beverly Hills Playhouse for giving him the opportunity to create. Fortunately, the spirit of theater has allowed us to recreate living theatre. Derrick would also like to express his hope that everyone stays safe in these troubled times!

ALLEN BARTON (Director of Mentoring, Owner of Beverly Hills Playhouse)
Allen Barton is a playwright/author, director, teacher and classical pianist based in Los Angeles.

Games include encircling (2018), CUT (2015), YEARS UP TO DATE (2013), and COMMITMENT (2010). YEARS UP TO DATE was named one of Los Angeles’ Top 10 New Plays by LA Weekly and has since been performed in ten cities on three continents. Achievement credits include COMMITMENT, THE REAL THING, RABBIT HOLETTHE LAST FIVE YEARS, BURN THIS, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, OLEANNA, PLOW SPEED, SERIOUS INJURIES ON THE PLAYGROUND and SHINY TRACES. Allen has won many years on stage, television and film in Los Angeles as an actor, and he is also active as a classical pianist – he was the winner of the Los Angeles Liszt Society competition in 2002, has recorded five compact discs (available on Apple Music and other streaming services) and regularly gives solo recitals on both coasts. In 2010 he was named a Steinway Artist. A Boston native, Harvard University graduate and longtime student of the late Milton Katselas, Allen is currently the owner and head teacher of the famed Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school. Her 2017 book THE OASIS OF MADNESS (available on Amazon) is a memoir of his apprenticeship with Katselas, as well as a guide to studying and pursuing acting in the 21st century. Allen lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three children and a black Labrador.

JEFFREY SUN (Principal Stage Manager)
Jeffrey Sun is no stranger to the Crimson Square Theater Company. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeffrey made his stage debut in the San Francisco production of Allen Barton’s ENGAGEMENT in 2014. In 2015, he starred in Jordan Harrison’s MAPLE & VINE (Los Altos Stage Co.) and CHINGLISH by David Henry Hwang (Palo Alto Players) where he received a Theater Bay Area nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2016 he had the wonderful opportunity to direct and star in the San Francisco production of David Henry Hwang’s YELLOW FACE at the Firescape Theater where he was nominated for the SF Bay Area Theater Critics Circle. And in 2018, he reprized his role for the Los Angeles production of YELLOW FACE at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and most recently on LIVE AT THE PURPLE LOUNGE. Jeffrey has appeared on WHY WOMEN KILL (Paramount+), THE NEIGHBORHOOD (CBS) and upcoming FX show, THE PATIENT.

SANDRA KUKER RP (Sandra Kuker-Franco – Publicist)
Sandra Kuker-Franco is an entertainment industry expert. Her three-decade experience in music, film, television and theater has created a client list of diversity and successful campaigns. Sandra’s experience also includes chartering ships for themed cruises, film and TV castings, as well as reality TV, scripted TV documentaries. Highlights include the films A World Away by Mark Blanchard and Getting Unstuck by Conscious (Merle Soden). Stage projects include: I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce – With Ronnie Marmo, directed by Joe Mantegna, Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground with Tony winner John Rubinstein, The Elephant Man, My Child Mothers Of War, Voice Lessons with Laurie Metcalf, French Stewart and Maile Flanagan, Adam Baum & The Jew Movie with Richard Kind, Sacred Fools Theater Company and Past Time, Prairie-Oke!, Almost, Maine directed by Marty Papazian, Panic! Productions include: Inspecting Carol, Next To Normal, Little Shop Of Horrors. A Time To Kill by John Grisham, Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, Crimson Square Theater Company’s: Dinner With Friends, Live At The Purple Lounge The How And The Why and Sex With Strangers. Author Bill Ratner of Parenting For The Digital Age, and has worked with Retronuvo Media on reality TV, scripted TV and documentaries. Sandra works with theatrical clients, authors and entertainment professionals. Using the strength of personal relationships, alongside social media and traditional PR, promoting events, press releases and personalized media positioning for entertainment-centric clients and helps establish a brand presence with innovation, integrity and style. www.SandraKukerPR.com

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Review: The Fantastics of the City Theater – Arts https://acotonline.org/review-the-fantastics-of-the-city-theater-arts/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 05:21:13 +0000 https://acotonline.org/review-the-fantastics-of-the-city-theater-arts/ The City Theater Co. The Fantastic (Photo by Andy Berkovsky) “The Fantastic … pulls you in, settles a little sluggishly, wakes you up and averages a little less than satisfactory,” Walter Kerr concluded in his New York Herald column review following the show’s 1960 premiere off Broadway. “Maybe,” Brooks Atkinson said in The New York […]]]>

The City Theater Co. The Fantastic (Photo by Andy Berkovsky)

The Fantastic … pulls you in, settles a little sluggishly, wakes you up and averages a little less than satisfactory,” Walter Kerr concluded in his New York Herald column review following the show’s 1960 premiere off Broadway. “Maybe,” Brooks Atkinson said in The New York Times“[it] is by nature the kind of thing that loses magic the longer it lasts.”

Of course, after watching grand and glamorous musicals like my lovely lady, The music manand Gypsy (all on Broadway at the time), Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s minimalist, melancholic, commedia dell’arte-style parable about two neighboring parents tricking their children into falling in love with each other must have felt disappointing to reviews. And just listening to piano and harp rather than a usually packed orchestra probably didn’t help.

But audiences understood the show’s subtle sophistication — the complexity of the seemingly commonplace characters, the powerful lyrics tucked into hummable songs, and the rhyming verses embedded in the prose. And so, The Fantastic became the longest-running musical since the art form’s inception. Its original staging logged 17,162 performances and the 2006 revival added 4,390 more. The Fantastic has also become a fixture in regional, community and secondary production calendars where all too often productions fail to find that subtle sophistication and become rather valuable affairs. Worse still, too many people are trying to make the show bigger and more glamorous so that it appeals to younger audiences who might otherwise struggle to “try to remember the kind of September/when life was slow and oh, so sweet.”

I speak from experience, having witnessed the mother of all missteps at the Reprise Theater Co. in Los Angeles in 2009, where director Jason Alexander (yes, that Jason Alexander) lost the show’s carefully honed fantasy under the foam from the sitcom. Not so with City Theater Co.’s delightful staging under respectful direction of Matt Shead, which embraces the show’s romanticism and allows the work to whisper to the audience, as intended, rather than us. shout at.

Artistic director Andy Berkovsky’s stage design is traditionally austere, with the theatre’s intimate performance space outfitted with a small stage and curtain, two wooden boxes, a prop chest, musical director Karl Logue on piano and Vincent Pierce on harp. The sets are moved with grace by Jane Schwartz who, in the role of the Mute, facilitates the narration in silence. As the show’s choreographer, she also does a wonderful job of getting the actors to move gracefully during the show’s many musical numbers.

Like starry-eyed lovers Luisa and Matt, Jacob Bernelle and Mel Elkins are spellbinding. They give beautiful voice to our youthful, innocent longings through “Much More” and “Metaphor,” and in Act II they do the same for our dream-stifling disappointments in “This Plum Is Too Ripe.” With Elkins being the only soprano in the piece, the many intricate harmonies built into Schmidt’s score would certainly benefit from having it projected from the back of the house rather than into the ears of his fellow actors.

Kirk Kelso and Bryan Headrick are charming as fathers Hucklebee and Bellomy, respectively, and their song “Never Say No” is a highlight of an evening full of them. But Headrick’s tendency to do too much, too often, comes very close to turning his character into a caricature and his portrayal into a parody.

Greg Allen is a superb El Gallo, the villain hired by the fathers to abduct Luisa in order to set up the rescue cementing Matt’s relationship. El Gallo frequently breaks the fourth wall to offer commentary, philosophy and foreshadowing: Allen does so with immense sincerity and, when the narrative turns to song, with charming baritone. El Gallo, in turn, hires a former ham actor named Henry (played to perfection by veteran comedian Michael Harlan) and his death-scene specialist sidekick, Mortimer (played by a terrific Eli Mendenhall), to help set the stage. ‘removal.

Not too grand and not too precious, this production of The Fantastic is just.


The Fantastic

Trinity Street Theater, 901 Trinity, 512/470-1100
citytheatreaustin.org
Until September 18
Duration: 1h45.

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