Remembrance Day
Sep18

Remembrance Day

REMEMBERANCE DAY is a love letter to those men and women who loved and fought and worked during a war that continues to baffle and marvel and unearth small acts of kindness and heroism.

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A Stopping Place
Jun28

A Stopping Place

It is a often hard to remember that as a writer you do not need to explain every detail – each move, nuance.

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You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Jun03

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

With the first notes of the overture my eight year old and I melted into our seats ready for the fun to take us away.

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Incognito
May26

Incognito

I could use extra super adjectives here and there again and again, but really all you need to know is that this is why we have theatre; this is its magic, its lesson, its humanity.

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Signature Plays
May25

Signature Plays

The one act can be the best meal of them all, having to ration the truth of the story down to a few words and moments.

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ROMEO & JULIET
Apr18

ROMEO & JULIET

You know when you hear a piece of music that fills you up, where your limbs feel lighter, your heart soars, where you are transported back to a time, where all that lies ahead are possibilities and potentials? Where you know if you jump up and out you will be flying? Well that’s The Mobile Unit ROMEO AND JULIET.

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House Rules
Apr01

House Rules

Ralph B Pena direction is sharp, swift and fun, and along with Reid Thompson’s set they have created a sprawling maze of rooms that allow for the rat-a-tat-tat rhythmic pacing from scene to scene that moves HOUSE Rules along. The cast is fierce and unstoppable.

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SHOP TALK
Mar29

SHOP TALK

SHOPTALK is a casual, intimate Q&A between Vertigo community members and invited guests. Each meetup features a select producer, director, writer, actor, designer, or other artistic professional. Shoptalk invites guests to share both their professional expertise and their personal stories in order to educate, inspire, and empower the next generation of emerging artists. Typically held around a dining table, this presentation will be the first time these intimate conversations are opened up to a broader public

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The Royale
Mar15

The Royale

Director Rachel Chavkin has set the pace for Marco Ramirez’s play, “The Royale”, with claps and stomps, creating visceral partners between words and movement and making us the plays sparring partner. Her brilliant staging, mustered with Ramirez’s exquisite story and the flowing connection of this marvelous cast is like watching a jazz band riff off of each other. They are flying and we get to fly with them.

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HAMLET
Mar15

HAMLET

In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s novel My Struggle Book 1, he begins with the conundrum of humans and death. On one side we love to hear about it, read about it, movies with killings tend to do best at the box office, but on the other side of the coin, the side of reality, we want to hide it, hide from it, keep it away, far away. It’s why plastic surgery is so prevalent. Keep looking young and death will be fooled.

In her directorial debut Celeste Moratti has touched on this very thing with “Hamlet”. The opposites of death. The life of death.

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BOY
Mar11

BOY

Self. Identity. Who we are determines how we live our life, but what if your gender, or what you are told is your gender, does not in any way feel like your true self? What if you do not identify with the girl or the boy they say you are? How then do you navigate your world? How does the loneliness of feeling not “self” dictate your desires?

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That Physics Show
Mar10

That Physics Show

Did you know pickles are great conduits for electricity? Neither did I until I saw That Physics Show created and featuring Dave Maiullo at the Elektra Theatre on 43rd Street.

I took my 7 year old. “Force equals mass times acceleration.” My daughter came out of the show saying that and feeling rather proud.

It is tons of fun and ‘What the what” informative and you don’t need a 7 year old or 6th grader to enjoy it, but if you happen to know any take them along.

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Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
Mar08

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

How lucky we are to live in a city that brings artists like Baba Brinkmann to perform and inform. So take a friend who is a skeptic, one who’s not, several who care and several who don’t.

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The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play
Feb29

The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play

By: Holli Harms You arrive at the Theaterlab and immediately take in the all white room. It feels stark and cold. But this is after all an aerobics class and not some period piece of theatre. We are about to watch actor’s sweat it out for the next 75 minutes. Literally. Tonight the white space is the Chikatawnee Valley Community Center, and tonight the Jazzercise class will be taught one final time by its creator and instructor,...

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The Juliana Project: Juliana At The Duplex
Feb11

The Juliana Project: Juliana At The Duplex

It’s daring to stage a novel, word for word, pages in hand, but it works at the Duplex, gifting the audience with song and laughter and heartache.

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