REVIEW: Hearts of Cranes is a simple, yet deep exercise in origami
BY SPENCER FRANKEBERGER
"I felt safe, comfortable, and that I could be myself around Saki – and that experience, combined with Saki’s knowledge of Japanese history and love of the art of Origami, was more than I could have asked for."
REVIEW: ‘PURE’ Abducts Audiences into a Lo-Fi, High Intimacy Journey to Nowhere
BY ZAY AMSBURY
"The guides in PURE are central to the experience. I’m pretty sure that my guide was with me through the whole experience. She was conscientious, kind, and skillful at letting me know non-verbally where she wanted me to go, and when blindfolded, everything went very well."
REVIEW: Why OSCAR at The Crown is The Pride Party of the Year
BY ROSS TIPOGRAPH
"[O]ur bet for best Pride party this month is the immersive dance musical OSCAR at The Crown. The show is staged at Brooklyn’s 3 Dollar Bill, which is exciting in itself. But when the performers from the Neon Coven fill it with their brash energy, it becomes another world."
REVIEW: 'Alita: Battle Angel’ Comes To Life in ‘Passport to Iron City
BY JULIET BENNETT RYLAH
"In all, Alita is both accessible and fun and quite affordable for an immersive experience. But it’s also just a smart move for everyone involved in the IP, Passport to Iron City is an experience you can’t have at home even if you’ll eventually be able to stream Alita: Battle Angel from your couch."
REVIEW: Here's What It Feels Like to Survive Iron City From 'Alita: Battle Angel'
BY COREY PLANTE
"...rather than being overwhelmed by places and characters I already knew so well, I was constantly intrigued by everything I didn’t know.Who were these characters? What did this all mean? In this way, Passport to Iron City feels like a great way to build intrigue surrounding the movie and a world that’s unfamiliar to most people."
"CrowPlay is billed as a “pleasant nightmare” examining “the ways in which women police themselves (and one another) through ceremonialized hierarchies, withheld detail, misinformation and shame.” Based on a conglomeration of historical myths and literature, Invulnerable Nothings engages the audience to determine the gruesome outcome of a very haunting performance."
INTERVIEW: ‘Unchilding’ unearths one-act plays lost for 70 years
BY JOHN SOLTES
"These performers are masters of their domain, and each brought their own high level of professionalism...Allie Marotta, associate facilitator and creative consultant on this project, provided the crucial ensemble framework for them to thrive in.."
REVIEW: OSCAR at The Crown Sets the Apocalypse to a Throbbing Dance Beat
BY ELISABETH VINCENTELLI
"Everybody is busy gabbing, singing, dancing or moving stage platforms this way and that so cast members are always inches from the crowd. It can be very entertaining in a goofy, mindless manner, and just as often very confusing."
REVIEW: Passport to Iron City: The Alita Battle Angel Experience
BY DAVID SPIRA
"There was a lot going on. The size, scale, and depth of Passport To Iron Cityreally surprised me, especially when compared with most other brand activations that I’ve encountered. Gameplay included a broad variety of options. No matter who you are, there’s probably a game within Passport To Iron City that you’ll be good at."
"In an unremarkable warehouse off Driggs Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a whole cyberpunk dystopian world awaits. Populated by colorful characters wearing outfits that look like they’ve been cobbled together from multiple Final Fantasygames, Passport to Iron City is a transportive event that immerses you in the world first created by Yukito Kishiro in his 1990 manga series."
REVIEW: ‘Stars in the Night’: Absorbing Tales of Love and Loss on the Cobblestones of Dumbo
BY THOM GEIER
"'Stars in the Night' unfolds like a linked collection of short stories that only gathers strength as it goes along. While the L.A. production faced logistical challenges — including a car ride to a house in the Hollywood Hills for the climax — the Dumbo edition unfolds with admirable precision on a handful of Brooklyn blocks."
RELEASE: Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
BY CHRIS WIEGAND
"On 1 April, the experimental company Invulnerable Nothings host a Zoom livestream reading of what they call a “theatrical curiosity ripe for rediscovery”. The reading will feature actors in isolation in the US and the UK."
RELEASE: World Premiere of Unchilding to Be Presented in August
BY DAN MEYER
"[B]ased on recently discovered plays by John Walter Howley about growing up, specifically the loss of innocence and burden of responsibility. Unchilding immerses the audience in an original audioscape featuring variations of Howley’s works while a sequence of stylized vignettes plays onstage."
REVIEW: ENTER THE CYBERPUNK WORLD OF 'ALITA BATTLE ANGEL: PASSPORT TO IRON CITY'
BY JESSICA FISHER
"Passport to Iron City was an absolute blast. My team cheered each other on as we uncovered our own special talents like spotting hidden objects, evaluating scrap, and having an insane sense of smell. While we only placed third, we had a ton of fun, which is the keyword behind the creation of Passport to Iron City."
"It is inspiring to see the international ensemble of Cucumber Dogs collaborating seamlessly. There is much to learn from them about efficient communication, respect, and putting the mutual goal above individual ambitions. For that alone, TBD: The Live Devising Project is worth attending for anybody who interacts with other people (which means everybody)."
"See it if you enjoy experimental shows mixing movement and some story. I'd say this is a montage of small snapshots into the loss of connection in our digital world. I'd say this is a montage of small snapshots into the loss of connection in our digital world." -CarmenPA