Thursday, July 02, 2009

metaDRAMA: On Sounding Cool

Congratulations, Brick. Your Anti-Depressant Festival has successfully anti-depressed me, mainly by reminding me how many good companies there are out there. At the same time, it's also made me more aware of a potential bias on my blog, one of under-representation. The following is an attempt to address that:

Dear Artist,

Are you involved in a new, full production--as a writer, director, actor, stagehand, &c.--that you think is good? Is it running for at least a week (four performances)? If so, feel free to send me information and an invite to your show. If I am not already booked, I will come and write about it here. (Be forewarned: I will not pull punches that are squarely deserved.)


I hope that this will help widen the range of shows that I'm currently covering--the off-off-Broadway beat--so that equal weight is given both to new artists and established companies (and vice versa).


Smart Dude said...

Thanks for the Remission review, Aaron! Our next show is something I also think you'll like:


Kirk Wood Bromley
Artistic Director
Inverse Theater

Unknown said...

Dear Aaron,

We've got a new full length up,
"OVER THE LINE by P. Seth Bauer.
at our new space The Drilling Company 236 West 78th Street ,
3rd floor, 1 block from the 1 train at 79 th (formerly the
78th Street Theatre Lab).

It's a frank, coming of age play.

We would love to have you.

The show runs Thurs - Sat at
8 and Sundays at 3 until November 22.

My e-mail is

Hamilton Clancy

B.S. Productions said...


Not sure if this is the place to do it but, I've got a show up and would love a review from you. I'm producing and directing Bertolt Brecht's the Elephant Calf in a Van parked on the side of the road. The show is around 20 minutes long and runs cyclically from 8-11. We perform Saturdays and Sundays, tickets are 5 dollars. Look for Theatre in a Van on Facebook for more details and specific locations (we post them on Facebook once we find parking!) . Anyway love the blog and email me if you have any questions. at


Rachel said...

Hello Aaron,

My name is Rachel McPhee of On the Square Productions and we are doing an exciting production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in a private back garden space in Astoria this July. We are creating a celebration of art, Shakespeare, and community and are very excited about it!

We would love to have you come and review us!

Please see for more info. And contact me directly at for industry tickets.

Rachel McPhee

Dan said...

Dear Aaron,

Bryant Park and THEATRE 4the PEOPLE are presenting A GRIMM REALITY, a modern day mash up of brothers grimm fairy tales, adapted by award-winning playwrights including 2010 GLAAD Media Award Winner Chisa Hutchinson and 2-time NYIT award winner Bekah Brunstetter abd directed by Isaac Byrne. Performances are FREE, and at Bryant Park Saturdays July 24th - August 14th at 6:30pm. All the info is in the link below, hope you can make it out.

Dan Kitrosser
Associate Artistic Director, THEATRE 4the PEOPLE

Brandon Walker said...

Hi, Aaron:

I would like to invite you to John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, which opens Wednesday, October 13th @ 8pm, with a wine and cheese press reception to follow the performance.

We are a young company composed of disciplined artists, really striving to develop theater we all want to believe in. The production plays Oct 13-30 at The Seeing Place @ ATA's Sargent Theater, 314 West 54th St. 4th floor.

All of the information about the show and company is available on I can also send you our Press Release. Please shoot me an email if you can make it, and I will set aside a couple of tickets for you. We would be so honored if you can attend.

Thanks so much!

Brandon Walker
Artistic Director
The Seeing Place

Rachel said...

Hi Aaron,

My name is Rachel McPhee, co-artistic producing director of On the Square productions ( Our next show, a world premiere by Aaron Wigdor Levy ( Public Theater's Emerging Writers group) will run at The Flea from Dec 8- Dec 21. Its 2 one acts entitled, "Monroe, Illinois: Over Here/Townie" and stars Cyrilla Baer (The Adding Machine- Minetta Lane and Uncle Vanya- CSC).

We would love to see you there.

Please contact me at so we may set you up with a pair of tickets.


Rachel McPhee

555andRise said...

Thank you so much, for your support. Your review of Thickness of Skin at the Barrow Group has inspired me for over a year now. Since then I was on Ugly Betty and I just finished a run of Raisin in the Sun at Arkansas Repertory. I really appreciate your generosity and your commitment to the performing arts. And I hope to meet you one day out here in this chaotic circle of creativity.


Michael Chenevert

Unknown said...

Dear Aaron,

We would like to invite you the premiere run of Grey: or What Happens When You Walk Into Your Apartment and Find Two Dead Chicks On The Floor?

This is a brand new play written by Van Corona. Grey is the story of Mike and Jim, average broke New Yorkers, who come home to their apartment only to find two dead chicks on the floor. One of the aforementioned dead girls is their friend Amanda, while the other is the daughter of the most dangerous crime kingpin this city has ever seen. This probably won't end up too well for Mike and Jim...

The play is a dark comedy along the lines of Martin McDonagh or Judd Apatow brought to the stage.

It will be running from March 1st - 6th
The Grand Theater (at the Producers Club)
358 W. 44th (Btwn 8th and 9th ave)

Show times:
Tuesday through Saturday - 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinee - 3pm

We thank you for taking the time to look this over and we hope you come to our show!


Justen Van Dyke
Kick Punch Awesome Productions

travsd said...

Hi, Trav S.D. here! Just wanted to make sure you knew about our new variety show in NYMF this month. We'd be delighted to see you there.


Featuring the Cream of New York’s Vaudeville Aristocracy:

• Celebrity impressionist Bob Greenberg (as seen on Saturday Night Live)!
• Ventriloquist Carla Rhodes! (as seen on MTV’s Weird Vibes) !
• Clowns Jennifer Harder and Glenn Heroy (as seen on PBS’s Circus)!
• Operatic comedians Jenny Lee Mitchell & Dandy Darkly!
• Rodeo rope artist A.J. Silver!
• “Mock Star” Killy Dwyer!
• The sketch team of Audrey Crabtree and Billy Dee Bedlam
• Contortionist The Amazing Amy!
• Mentalist/Mind Reader Rory Raven!
• And more, more, more TBA!

Plus Special Performances from the casts of the other NYMF Musicals

And Sketches, Numbers and Sundry Notions by our core cast: Noah Diamond, Michael Lester, Alexander MacDonald, Shashanah Newman, Isaiah Tanenbaum, C.L. Weatherstone, et al.

Directed by John Hurly
Musical Director/ accompanist: Sarah Malinda Engelke
Stage Manager: Audrey Marshall
Lighting Design: Olivia Harris
Costumes: Meryl Pressman and Holly Rihn

Thursday: 7/19: 9:30pm
Friday 7/20: 7pm & 930pm
Saturday: 7/21: 6pm
Thursday: 7/26: 9:30pm
Friday 7/27: 7pm & 930pm
Sat: 7/28: 6pm

At the 45th St. Theatre Upstairs (354 45th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

For tickets: or via Ovationtix at 212-352-3101

Cellar Door said...


Hope all is well.

After our award winning turn two seasons ago at The Planet Connections Theater Festival, Hot Steams is opening this year in The New York International Fringe Festival. With an enormous revision and a new cast member, this has been something wild.

About the play: In a futuristic ride through torture and imprisonment a man finds himself jailed and dressed in a Santa suit with no memory. He interrupts the solitary confinement of an accused murderer. Sanity’s at stake as they face unscrupulous law enforcement.

Please see the attached and for any press tickets please email Details and show dates are below – we’d love for you to come check it out:


Hot Steams
Cellar Door Theater
Writer: Zach Wegner
Director: Jaclyn Biskup
Featuring: Braeson Herold, Garrett Neergaard & Zach Wegner NYCCellarDoor
VENUE #1: Teatro SEA at the Clemente

SAT 9 @ 9:15
TUE 12 @ 7:30
WED 13 @ 2
WED 20 @ 9:15

Thanks so much,