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This Other "City by the Bay" is the Next Big ThingParamount TheaterOakland, CA, is a real-life Cinderella story. Long considered San Francisco’s shabby stepsister, Oakland has been transformed into the hipster next door, loved for its burgeoning food scene, its consistently sunny weather, and its laid-back vibe. Gertrude Stein famously said of the town that “there isn’t any there there,” but she’s been repeatedly proven wrong: Oakland’s the ... Read More
  Adding to the impressive body of online work by female actors dedicated to making visible the sexism and exploitation present in the entertainment industry, a woman identified as Miss L brings us Casting Call Woe. Parodying the casting website Casting Call Pro, Miss L’s Tumblr and Twitter accounts post remarks pulled directly from online casting calls. Like Laura Bates’s Everyday Sexism and the website of actress Briony Rawle, Casting Call Pro ... Read More
Marina Abramović  is a force of nature; Her grueling performances have established her as one of the major female artists of our time. Most recently, her piece The Artist is Present, involved sitting in the MoMA for 736 hours, not moving, while spectators were allowed to sit and stare at her for as long as they liked.  Her latest work, an autobiographical performance piece titled The Life and Death of Marina Abramović,  is an avant-garde ... Read More
  While I usually cringe at the thought of a Broadway adaptation of a favorite movie-- I'm still recovering from "Bring it On: the Musical"--  I'm surprisingly excited to hear that 1980s cult-classic "Heathers" is receiving the razzle dazzle treatment with it's very own musical.   While the show already premiered in Los Angeles, those of us on the east side can hope to catch it when it premieres at Off-Broadway's New World Stages, with previews ... Read More
It’s late afternoon on a Tuesday and actress Mink Stole has stopped cleaning her apartment to answer my phone call. “How fine can a person be when she’s washing floors?” she responds when I ask her how she’s feeling.  With forty years of theatrical acting experience under her belt and a place as one of John Waters’ Dreamlanders, the nimble actress/singer/advice-columnist took a break from readying her home for a ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual assault. Picture Joey Del Marco: she is sixteen years old, and she plays video games and dances her butt off with the best of them. She and her friends refer to themselves as the “Slut Squad” because they enjoy their newfound, emerging, and exciting sexuality. Joey goes to a party, where she splits an entire bottle of vodka with a few guy friends. Joey’s friends rape her. Her family and friends ... Read More
   Director Robin Frohardt, in association with the HERE Arts residency program Dream Music Puppetry, has directed a darkly comedic and whimsical puppet piece entitled THE PIGEONING. The play will feature a completely original score by composer Freddi Price. In the words of the creators, the show will “examine man’s obsession with cleanliness, safety and control” through the story of its protagonist, Frank. Frank is a clean, neurotic ... Read More
What is sexuality? How would you describe your sexuality? How do you think the media portrays female sexuality? Is it bad that I can’t easily answer any of these questions? Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan hope to unpack  with their new play, The Birds and the Bees… Unabridged. It will open March 27th at Speyer Hall at University Settlement (184 Eldridge St). It’s a devised theatre piece, meaning that it is a form ... Read More
The spice girls are back again! Well, in spirit. The five women reunited this past week to promote the new musical Viva Forever! that will debut in London's West End in December. It was the first time that Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell were all in the same place in four years. Needless to say, the musical has to be a pretty powerful force to bring the queens of girl power back together.Written by comedian ... Read More
The "Speakeasy Dollhouse," a Prohibition-era interactive play by Cynthia von Buhler, is puzzling. It’s a participatory work of theater, a whodunit and an unsolved mystery. Audience members are encouraged to study evidence before experiencing the play, which is set in a speakeasy (based on a previously constructed dollhouse set). Most importantly, it’s based on a true story: Von Buhler created "Speakeasy Dollhouse" to try and solve the mystery of her ... Read More
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