Romance in a Wired World

Signal Failure feature photo

The playful title Signal Failure refers, on the one hand, to a subway signal and, on the other, to signals between Brian and Lorna, a young couple who connect through their dogged observations of people in the London Underground, aka the “Tube” (they’re British and the show comes from the Edinburgh Festival), and then face some … Read more

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High Tension in the Rockies

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The couple one first meets in the Debate Society’s production of Jacuzzi are as laid-back as can be. Helene and Derek (Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, respectively, who are also the co-authors) are lounging in the Jacuzzi of the title, taking in their surroundings—a Colorado chalet with knickknacks about. Outside are winter light and snow, … Read more

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Vanya @ 11th Avenue

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The Pearl Theatre Company, which occupies a fine modern facility on West 42nd Street near 11th Avenue, has selected Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in a translation by the late Paul Schmidt, to open its 2014–15 season. Subtitled “Scenes from Country Life,” this comedy—or, rather, this special, melancholy kind of comedy—is one of four major plays the dramatist wrote near the … Read more

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Political Pandering

Tail Spin No. 5

The cleverly titled Tail! Spin! is only tangentially related to a deadly airplane maneuver. Think of “tail” as a euphemism for sex, and “spin” as the result, and you’ll be close to the subject of the sketches satirizing four politicians whose sex scandals were once hot but now are receding from memory. “Tailspin” might be … Read more

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70 Minutes on the Midnight Express

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

A stool and a water bottle. That’s all Billy Hayes needs to weave a riveting 70-minute tale at the Barrow Street Theater. Scratch that. Hayes didn’t create this tale with a needle and thread. The tale didn’t need to be woven. It was lived. And this real-life story is probably more interesting than anything he … Read more

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New York Horror Stories

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In their 11th year of scaring the residents and tourists of New York City, producers Timothy Haskell (creator of Nightmare) and Steve Kopelman (producer of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare) have once again devised an unforgettable haunted house, with the theme Nightmare: New York. Three knocks, and you’re in an interactive maze that lets you walk chronologically through the myths and legends of New York City—starting … Read more

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