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‘Pussy Gillette’ and Inconspicuous Affirmations

With every year that passes I always circle around to a couple of the same realizations and conclusions.

The first is that linear time is a scam (more on this some other time), the second is what an idiot I had been the year before (someone’s God, give me mercy), and the third is the sneaking anxiety and inkling that I am in a race against time (even though the idea of constant progression is false, I believe).… read more.

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Meet Jo van Gogh!

The way  VAN GOGH – The Immersive Experience (which is currently touring across the United States) uses technology to present the extraordinary work of 19th Century painter Vincent van Gogh is truly awe-inspiring. That said, however, I am deeply troubled by how little acknowledgement is given to the work of the woman who labored tirelessly to ensure that history would remember him.… read more.

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With ‘Becky Nurse of Salem,’ Sarah Ruhl Hits a Dry Spell

Dressed in Puritan garb, an ensemble cast shouts “Lock Her Up!” while encircling a woman with her hands tied behind her back.

This anachronistic scene – deliberately echoing televised news reports which first appeared in 2016 – marks the end of Act 1 of Sarah Ruhl’s new play Becky Nurse of Salem, currently onstage at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E.… read more.

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Danielle’s Quarantale: How SheNYC Arts Hacked Digital Theater

We unlocked a gold mine during COVID by increasing accessibility to theater. Will others follow?

FF2 Guest Post by Danielle DeMatteo

Theater used to be a truly community event. The origins of theater reach as far back as society itself: community members gathering in a common space to watch religious ceremonies and morality plays.… read more.

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My NYC Quarantale: Art as the Accomplice of Joy

My lockdown before COVID-19 was hell.

Guest Post by Susana Aldanondo

I refer to it as my time in ‘inferno,’ a time spent in a tiny miserable town in the middle of nowhere, where I turned a room inside an uninhabitable house into a studio.  But that is a story for another day.

With the onset of COVID, I felt deceived.… read more.

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BW’s 2022 ‘Funny Girl’ Revival & the “Star is Born” Glow of Julie Benko

On May 4th (~ 2 months ago), FF2 posted my review of standby Julie Benko’s opening night performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.

Although I have seen many Broadway performances, Julie’s performance was a rare chance to actually see a star being born, and watching her debut is a memory I will always treasure. Since then, Julie has earned many more fans.read more.

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