I’m no dentist, but I’m at the dentist all the time. Although I can learn dance steps in a blink, I would walk away from the dentist’s instructions on gum care with a huh? is this right? Am I injuring myself? Why didn’t I ever think of watching You Tube to get personal dental care instructions? They have videos for the use of water pics, even for massaging your gums with olive oil. If you need follow up, follow up with you-tube between dental visits.
DIXON PLACE’S PRODUCTION OF
James Lecesne’s New Play THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY
Based on His Best-Selling Book
WITH INCIDENTAL MUSIC BY DUNCAN SHEIK
DIRECTED BY TONY SPECIALE
Who would believe that you can laugh during a show about a hate crime murder of a foster kid who is gay? When you watch James Lecesne seamlessly switch from a hard-boiled New Jersey detective to a gawky teenage girl, her nasty, yet open-hearted beautician mother, the English owner of a dance school, and several minor characters, you will find yourself LOL-ing. James’ writing and acting are quirky and flawless.
The plot keeps you leaning forward. The narrator, Dick DeSantis, the detective, is remembering a decade old murder of Leonard Pelkey, a boy who is shown, like a heartbreaking memory, as a blurry photo projected in the background. Yet he comes to life in all we learn about him. When asked to “tone it down,” Pelkey says, “And let the terrorists win?”
This theme of a teenager losing his life for being gay has lived in James Lescesne for a long time. His Oscar-winning short, Trevor, was about a teenager committing suicide because he was gay was based on his solo show “Word of Mouth.” Lecesne was co-founder of The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention program and hotline for gay and questioning youth. His current show is based on his bestselling young adult novel, The Absolute Brightness.
Not only does this play get standing ovations, but the Lower East Side theater, Dixon Place, dedicated to the development of works-in-progress from a broad range of performers and artists, has a non-profit bar where you can drink to the cause before and after the show.
THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY will run through March 28th. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling (212) 219-0736 or by visiting www.dixonplace.org
Here I am, at Studio 54, with comic and Guiness Book of Records for fastest talking woman, Fran Capo, and Robin Gorman Newman, love coach and found of Motherhoodlater.com Oh, the menu! Broiled lobster (out of its shell, all done for you) with haute cuisine cole slaw, a gratis appetizer of the best stuffed mushrooms we’ve ever tasted.
Maureen Mc Govern (There’s Got to be a Morning After) can slide her voice like a sax with the grace notes of a flute, gave us a history of women songwriters and singers in her feminist review, making each song her own.
BRIGHT HALF LIFE, a new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield, and directed by Leigh Silverman, and presented by Women’s Project Theater (Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty) is having a five-week limited engagement at New York City Center Stage II (131 W. 55th Street) from Tuesday, February 17 to March 22, 2015. Opening night is set for Wednesday, February 25.
Erica (Rebecca Henderson of Appropriate Behavior) and Vicky (Rachael Holmes of Ruined) romance and battle through a kaleidoscopic lifetime of their relationship. But here and there, the plot’s jumpiness, although breathtaking, caused the loss of some of the emotional breadth. Not only do the scenes jump, but the characters, too—on a bed in a department store, skydiving out of a plane. The rapid-fire shifts are brilliantly done and when they hold onto the bar of a Ferris wheel, we imagine the whole carriage around them. Minimalist props with maximum effect. Kudus to set designer Rachel Hauck (This Wide Night), Costume Designer Emily Rebholz (If/Then), Lighting Designer Jen Schriever (The Other Josh Cohen) and Sound Designer Bart Fasbender (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
BRIGHT HALF LIFE continues WP Theater’s mission as the nation’s oldest and largest company dedicated to developing, producing and promoting the work of theater artists who identify as women.
It begins April 7th. Looking forward to working with you!
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