GB About: #SundayMorning Publish: 03/06/2022 Edit: 03/06/2022 Author: Gardener
Even more stunning is the evening view of the nearby TriBeCa skyscrapers. I'd ventured far west to this charming nightspot to see my friend, public relations expert Sara Davis, on The Great Love Debate, an audience-participation panel discussion show that runs one-night tours across the country. She frequently appears as part of the dating experts' stage crew, and while I've never seen the show before, I was pretty sure it would make for a quotable joke. Aimed at straight and single audiences looking for a fun group night, the gist of the night, as presenter Brian Howie explains, is that the problem with dating is that women say men don't try hard enough and men do say women expect too much. So Howie surveys the crowd, mic in hand, looking for answers to questions like, "What's the best thing to do on a first date?" and even gets volunteers to practice techniques like, "How to be approachable while waiting in line at Starbucks stands" to demonstrate. Professional wingwoman Erin Davis and Bridesmaid for Hire founder Jen Glantz chimed in when asked what women need a man for these days, but it was Sara who made me spit my martini as she a flashed a mischievous smile and quipped, "I need a man to soothe my father's problems." And that was my quote for the night. Unfortunately, my raised hand never caught the host's attention, otherwise I would have, when I asked about our worst first date stories, told about the time I met an app match for drinks at Lincoln Center's Lincoln Ristorante, about twenty minutes later she asked if I could get her tickets to Hamilton, and she was out the door about five minutes after my polite reply of refusal just think if she wanted to see perfect crime we might be engaged by now name it East 4th Street's Sardi's... ...or perhaps Czardi's is a more appropriate nickname for the Kraine Theatre's popular haunt, K. My father's father ventured from Moscow to New York to escape the turmoil of the Revolution, and my mother hung out with this Depression-era leftist group, so I tend to be drawn to this tongue-in-cheek Soviet hangout when I check out what's happening in the local theaters. K.G.B. recently announced that they ditched the Russian vodka and replaced it with Ukrainian spirits, so I enjoyed my martini in front of the theater with Khor Platinum. ...are the theater spies who tell Broadway producers about the capitalist potential of the latest offerings at the New York Theater Workshop, which most recently brought Slave Play and What The Constitution Means To Me to Broadway and the 14th Street set below in a version shown from Hadestown, which was eventually redesigned and shipped to Walter Kerr. With the Broadway landscape becoming both more political and diverse these days, it wouldn't be surprising if On Sugarland, an epic theatrical collage created by playwright Aleshea Harris and director Whitney White, makes the move. Alternating interactions play out around three mobile homes in a southern black neighborhood where the only exit from their dead-end community is military service fighting an unspecified war at an unspecified time. The excellent cast includes Adeola Role as a woman who turned to alcohol to ease the pain of losing her husband through exertion, Caleb Eberhardt as a teenager with an intellectual disability who follows in the footsteps of his wounded father (Billy Eugene Jones ) and Stephanie Berry as an elderly stateswoman who carries herself with utmost elegance and sparks sarcastic banter with her down-to-earth roommate (Lizan Mitchell), who spends her time tending a memorial garden dedicated to the neighborhood's fallen soldiers is. Most impressive are the monologues read to the audience by Kiki Layne, whose character has stopped speaking since the death of her mother, but who boasts of the ability to speak to the dead and explains how life as a young black girl affected her bestows the power of invisibility on others. It may sound depressing, but the serious themes are illuminated by Harris' gripping language ("Love yourself as much as they hate you.") and invigorating scenes that reference Greek tragedy and Southern Gothic. Last night also saw Scantic River Productions premiere performance of playwright/director Catie Carlisle's 100 Days, a two-person drama with an intriguing mystery. A series of short scenes depicts various moments during a 100-day period in a young couple's marriage. The playwright moves forwards and backwards in time, giving hints here and there about the importance of that particular period of time, which only adds up to a clear narrative once the 90-minute story is complete. Sometimes funny, often touching and engagingly performed by Teajuana Scott and Charles Meckley, with pianist/composer Colby Herschel delivering a sweet, mood-lifting score, this short episode of 100 Days has another performance on March 12 at 6:30 p.m . A good reason to check out the new vibe up on Christopher Street. $15 upfront with a minimum of 2 drinks. ...go to Natalie Menna and Brad Fryman, who play the hateful couple who "celebrate" their 25th anniversary in the August Strindberg Repertory Theater's production of Dance of Death, Part One and Two. Portraying the retired military man with disgruntled ossification and the actress who gave up her career to marry him with understated coldness, it might not be entirely fair to say they have great "chemistry" on stage, but theirs does fierce display of unbearable dissatisfaction makes them surefire contenders for Stage Couple of the Year. You can see her in translator/director Robert Greer's small production at the Theater for the New City until March 12. Tickets are only $18. I got a press release for a show called Balkan Bordello at La MaMa, which is interesting because I think that's how the building was before it became a theatre.
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