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“Realness” sounds like one of Stephen Colbert’s words, akin to truthiness. It came in handy recently in a dense, satisfying festival called American Realness, organized by Ben Pryor of TBSPmgmt, which coincided with APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters). While the term realness comes from the LGBT community, where it pertains to one’s ability to [...]

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The last two months in New York have been an exceptional time for seeing new plays written by women playwrights.  The most high-profile of these was In The Next Room (or the vibrator play), the latest play by Sarah Ruhl, a Pulitzer finalist for her The Clean House back in 2005.  In The Next Room [...]

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Today’s blog is the first installment of my 2010 resolution to cover only New York performances for $20 or less per ticket. Happily, this SundayArts column coincides with the opening of one of the most important parts of the revamped Lincoln Center: a discount-ticket booth, located in the same spot on Columbus Avenue/Broadway/63rd Street where [...]

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I know, I know, the headline of this column sounds a bit like the spam clogging your e-mail inbox. Believe me, it is not. It’s my new year’s arts resolution for 2010. The problem I am tackling: the custom of reviewing live performances, which seems especially out of balance during the extended economic downturn. Simply [...]

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In what is hopefully an annual tradition, David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked was paired with Doug Elkins’ send-up of The Sound of Music, Fräulein Maria, for a “holiday extravaganza” at DTW this month, ending this past weekend. Parker (who portrays Liesl in Elkins’ work) balances satire and reverence for Tchaikovsky’s classic, so prevalent [...]

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Thanks to works like The Coast of Utopia and The Norman Conquests, three-part theater series are in vogue right now.  Uptown, Horton Foote’s The Orphan’s Home Cycle (nine plays edited into three evenings) is just gearing up at Signature Theater Company; and downtown, The Public Theater is wrapping up the run of a new trilogy [...]

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Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity at MoMA doesn’t knock you over with huge masterworks (despite the presence of some big name painters), or with pop culture bribes, like the Tim Burton exhibition elsewhere in the building (recently reviewed for the SundayArts blog here). What this kind of sprawling survey does convey is how that design [...]

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Like everything else during the Christmas season, many New York’s theaters also become a winter wonderland. A variety of holiday shows are currently running for both your naughty and nice sides this season. The oldest, and most famous Christmas show is of course, The Nutcracker, seen every December at the New York City Ballet.  The [...]

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Every December I am struck by the overwhelming list of concertgoing options in the city, as seemingly every choral ensemble and orchestra comes out of the woodwork with offerings ranging from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah to John Adams’s El Niño and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Sting just finished his two winter-themed concerts up [...]

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Jeremy Wade’s There is No End to More, through last weekend at Japan Society, is like being inside a restless web surfer’s brain for an hour. It veers from a fantasy narrative, to comic book, to variety show, to LOLcats and dogs, to speeches on community, family, and consumerism, to the end of existence. And [...]

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.