Editor’s Note: The 23rd annual Ice Factory Festival will open June 29 at New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St. between Greenwich and Washington). The seven-week, Obie-winning festival will run through Aug. 13. First up is Icons/Idols, a choral play inspired by Byzantine empresses Irene, Theodora, and Euphrosyne. The remainder includes such intriguing titles as The Annotated History of the American Muskrat (July 13–16) and On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba (Aug. 3–6). For more information, visit www.NewOhioTheatre.org. —Edward Karam


Ripped From the Headlines

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Kim Davies’ deftly written new play, Stet, is inspired by the hotly debated 2014 Rolling Stone article, “A Rape on Campus,” which detailed a purported gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia. The publication later retracted its story amid accusations of poor journalistic practices.  Stet follows journalist Erika Novak (Jocelyn Kuritsky), a journalist assigned … Read more

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’Tis Better to Have Loved …

Babes No. 2

Out of the Mouths of Babes, a fun new situational comedy by Israel Horovitz, explores both the light and dark sides of life. In it, four women, three older and one younger, gather on the eve of a funeral. The deceased was a man they were all either married to or lovers with. In the opening scene, … Read more

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Religious Rights and Wrongs

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Samuel D. Hunter is no stranger to writing about people with physical disabilities—or people living in Idaho, where he’s from. His play The Whale (2012), which concerned a morbidly obese man mostly confined to his sofa, won him a special Drama Desk Award. So it makes sense that he’d receive a commission to write a … Read more

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Consumerism Gone Mad

Scarlett Alice Johnson, Debra Baker, and Sean Michael Verey in RADIANT VERMIN, written by Philip Ridley and directed by David Mercatali, at Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg

What would you do to get a home? How far would you go? What if it were free? These are just a few of the questions posed to the audience by Jill and Ollie, a young married couple at the center of Philip Ridley’s sharply satirical Radiant Vermin. If anyone ever thought rampant consumerism is an … Read more

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What If—Robots?

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What would happen if technology rebelled against us? One possibility is explored in Mac Rogers’ Universal Robots, a science-fiction play set in Czechoslovakia after World War I. It is inspired by the 1921 sci-fi drama R.U.R., by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek. Čapek’s play, whose initials stand for “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” introduced the word “robot” to … Read more

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The Private Is Now Public

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Who doesn’t feel good when a posting on Facebook gets lots of “likes”? It’s a place where, when something momentous in your life happens, like a marriage, or a death, your FB friends—all hundreds of them—can give you a virtual hug. It’s also where the theater company Five on a Match culled the dialogue to … Read more

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