Courier Life’s


November, 2015


Dame of thrones: All-female ‘Henry IV’ is captivating

The gripping performance of Shakespeare’s classic is set in a women’s prison. Comment.

To cash a thief: Diamond-heist play has roles for high-rollers

It’s pay to play! Comment.

October, 2015


Before the doe-saster: ‘Fawnbook’ imagines an analog apocalypse

Hold on for deer life! Comment.
Coney Island

A bumpy ‘Ride’: Amusement park play dizzies but doesn’t dazzle

This horror show is light on fright. Comment.
Red Hook

Whale of a tale! ‘Moby-Dick’ adaptation performs on the water

They are fresh on the boat! Comment.
Red Hook

Swell performance: Opera company stages show on a barge

This opera will have a Debussy debut — at sea! Comment.

Booze-ical comedy: ‘Alcoholic Movie Musical’ mixes up film, stage, and real life

Making a movie can be a whiskey business. Comment.

September, 2015


King of the spill: ‘Macbeth’ plays at Bushwick recycling center

Confusion now hath made his masterpiece! Comment.
Fort Greene

Re-mixed media: DJ spins book into a live robot musical

Adaptation comes with strings attached. Comment.

Asian fusion: Chinese opera performs alongside Latin dance group

The sun has not yet set on Chinese opera. Comment.

August, 2015


Infectious tunes: Rock opera explores the social life of bacteria

Human behavior is under the microscope. Comment.

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July, 2015


Individual ‘Ayn-them’: Ayn Rand adaptation aims for middle ground

The theater is getting a little Rand-y. Comment.
Fort Greene

Sound of violence: Anti-lynching play uses audio footage of Eric Garner

In this play, the present haunts the past. Comment.

Fur is flying: Cat circus pounces into Brooklyn

It is the cutest show on earth! Comment.

June, 2015

Park Slope

Singers with chops: Piper Theatre serves up bloody ‘Sweeney Todd’

Call him the demon barber of Third Street. Comment.
Carroll Gardens

All that may become a man

All the world’s a stage, and all these men and women are equal players. Comment.

‘Grease’ enlightening: Comedy group tackles lack of diversity in the musical

They are greasing the wheels of progress! Comment.

May, 2015

Red Hook

Ship shapes! Shadow puppet show highlights female pirates

XX marks the spot! Comment.

April, 2015

Carroll Gardens

Gospel show! Actor to perform book of Mark in C’Gardens church

He is a Jesus Christ superstar! Comment.

Impulse karaoke: Comedians improvise new musicals with familiar tunes

They’re just making it up as they go along! Comment.

Passover variety show features acts inspired by Biblical plagues

Pharaoh, let my people show! Comment.

March, 2015


Musical beer-ter! Thespians staging ‘Urinetown’ in a bar

And you can take part! Comment.

February, 2015

Fort Greene

Wendell Pierce stars in Fort Greene play about gentrification

The stars are out! Comment.
Fort Greene

Opera reconstructs 17-ton ancient Chinese temple inside BAM

Talk about a weighty performance! Comment.
Fort Greene

Cold school! Fort Greene play is set in chilly New England winter

Think New York is cold right now? Comment.
Park Slope

Troupe will perform Shakespeare in historic Park Slope townhouse

Talk about a playhouse! Comment.

Theater troupe will perform boxing-themed plays inside Gleason’s Gym

These actors aren’t just looking to break a leg — they might bust a few lips, too. Comment.
Clinton Hill

Harper’s bizarre! Slope artists turn entire magazine into a play

This play focuses on the real issues. Comment.

January, 2015

Boerum Hill

Step into an immersive fairy tale in Boerum Hill

There is a whole universe being built inside a Boerum Hill arts venue. Comment.
Manhattan Beach

Kingsborough offers free sneak peek of live ‘Cool Hand Luke’

On Stage At Kingsborough is playing its “get out of jail free” card! Comment.
Fort Greene

Opera explores gentrification through Brer Rabbit, funk music

Displacement — thereby hangs a tale. Comment.
Park Slope

Say a little Moliere for you: A modern ‘Miser’ in P’Slope

Almost three centuries before Scrooge McDuck and his freeloading nephews, there was this guy. Comment.

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