Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
WHEN: October 22 – November 8
WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, Pierro Gallery in South Orange, the Loft at South Orange Performing Arts Center
The Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation (Pierro Foundation), the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), and the Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO) announce Art in the Public Eye, a three-part program that will explore the role of public art in communities and the controversies it can sometimes engender.
The program consists of a panel discussion (October 22), an exhibition (on view October 29-November 5), and a public reading of three one-act plays (November 8). as a collaboration of the Pierro Foundation with MAM, SOPAC and PGOSO.
Art in the Public Eye: A Panel Discussion
WHEN: Thursday, October 22
WHERE: Montclair Art Museum, Mountain Ave. & Bloomfield Ave., Montclair
The panelists represent a variety of perspectives and will discuss the issues and concerns that arise in the creation of public art installations and how they may engage their communities in dialogue. Art critic Dan Bischoff will serve as moderator, joined by panelists Joseph Jacobs, art historian and curator, and major contributor to the newly revised Janson's History of Art; Svetlana Mintcheva, director of programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship; and celebrated artist Dread Scott, whose use of the American flag in his art resulted in a Supreme Court case and a landmark First Amendment decision. This panel is co-sponsored by the Pierro Foundation and the Montclair Art Museum
Art in the Public Eye: What's All the Fuss?
WHEN: opens Thursday, October 29, 7-9 pm with a public reception and continues through November 25
WHERE: Pierro Gallery at the Baird Center, 5 Mead Place, South Orange
In this era of rapid social and political change, art often challenges viewers with today’s hot button topics, compelling us to see changing ideas from multiple perspectives. This exhibition examines the work of artists who investigate the controversial subjects that spark public discussions today. Guest Curators are Judy Wukitsch (Pierro Foundation) and Raleigh Ceasar (Independent Curator and Artist). The event is sponsored by the Pierro Gallery/Village of South Orange and the Pierro Foundation
Art in the Public Eye: 3 One Acts
WHEN: November 8, 3:00 pm
WHERE: The Loft at SOPAC, 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange
TICKETS: $15 and can be purchased at www.SOPACnow.org or by calling (973) 313-2787.
Through a public competition, the Pierro Foundation commissioned three one-act plays to explore the controversies that often surround the creation and installation of public art. The plays will be presented as a concert reading with professional actors and directors, followed by a moderated discussion. In these three debuts, the audience gains insight into creativity, surviving in the arts, funding vs. artistic decisions and what gets promoted, and the role of art in our lives. The program is a co-production of the Pierro Foundation and SOPAC.
About the Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation (Pierro Foundation)
Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation (Pierro Foundation): a private 501c3 organization, was created in 2002 honoring the late South Orange resident Lennie Pierro, artist, professor, and co-founder of the Pierro Gallery. The Pierro Foundation seeks to bring a deeper artistic experience to a broad range of visitors as well as the participating artists and to make art easily accessible to all for the health and vitality of the individual as well as the community. The Pierro Foundation achieves this through public art installations, lectures, enrichment programs, teacher grants, and/or special events. The first initiative was the Tony Smith Project, the installation of the monumental sculpture, Tau, by South Orange native, Tony Smith, located in Meadowland Park, South Orange, New Jersey. www.pierrofoundation.org
About the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)
The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis. MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists. http://www.montclairartmuseum.org.
About the South Orange Performing Art Center (SOPAC)
Opening its doors in 2006, SOPAC quickly became a regional destination for experiencing world-class music, theatre, dance, comedy, and visual art in a modern, yet intimate space. SOPAC’s stunning 3-story glass-enclosed atrium and expansive façade is the welcoming symbol that was envisioned by community leaders more than a decade ago. The 439-seat mainstage theatre and 2,170 square-foot urban-style loft are used year-round for performances, rehearsals, classes, and more. Singer-songwriters, Jazz and Blues artists, dancers, actors and other artists appreciate the boutique atmosphere that encourages conversations with audiences.
About the Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO)
The Pierro Gallery of South Orange (PGOSO), part of the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, enhances the cultural environment of South Orange and the surrounding communities by presenting the work of diverse, established and emerging visual artists in a non-commercial, user-friendly venue. www.pierrogallery.org
This show was a hit at George Street Playhouse last year. Now, it’s moved off-Broadway!
The Grove Street Theater at 130 Grove Street in Montclair, NJ has been in hiatus the past two years. Come join us for a new comedy: THE RED FOUNTAIN. The fountain is full of laughs... but don't spill any secrets...
If you attend on one of our first two nights, October 9 or 10, you’ll be treated to a little pasta and punch at our play.
By Ruth Ross
Grief—and its companion, Anger—pervades Stefanie Zadrovec's play, The Electric Baby. Developed in New York and produced for the first time last year at Red Bank's Two River Theater Company, this surreal, dark comedy leads off Dreamcatcher Rep's roster of plays for the 2015-2016 season.
Although Michael Sommers of The New York Times called the play "touching," I confess that I was scratching my head when the lights came down on the final scene. I found the script precious, pretentious and strange.
The Electric Baby involves three couples brought together by an accidental death. When Helen Casey, infuriated over the behavior of her late daughter's fiancé, runs into the street in a rage, a cab carrying foul-mouthed Rozie and her best friend Dan swerves to avoid her and crashes into a lamp post, killing Dan, severely wounding the Nigerian driver Ambimbola and breaking Helen's husband Reed's shoulder. Afterward, Helen tries to assuage her guilt at having caused the accident by reaching out to Ambimbola at the hospital and his wife Natalia at their home; Reed reaches out to Rozie, a "part-time escort" he knows as Brenda ("best boobs in town"); Rozie visits Ambimbola to commiserate with him over his injuries and her loss; and the ghost of stammering, moralistic Dan comes back to haunt Rozie in the guise of Don, a nurse, and Dave, a waiter. As for "the electric baby," well, the phrase refers to the gravely ill infant that "glows like the moon"—literally—in the cradle placed to the left of the stage. After much talking (much of it arguing between Helen and Reed), uttering of spells (by Natalia) and retelling of Romanian and Nigerian folk tales (by Natalia and Ambimbola), some kind of reconciliation occurs, leaving the audience (and the characters) with hope that their lives will go on despite their great losses.
Director Laura Ekstrand has done a yeoman's job with this play. She keeps the action moving along without a stumble, except for a strange pas de deux performed during an especially talky section. Beth Painter(right), she of the sad eyes, is superb as Natalia, spitting and uttering spells as she croons to her baby and offering wacky folk remedies for common ailments. André de Sandies (right)is equally fine in the role of Ambimbola, ever optimistic despite his grave injuries, loving toward his child who is "as bright as the moon" and given to recounting Nigerian folk tales. These two characters make up the emotional center of this odd play, even though they recite their lines from the opposite sides of the stage.
Unfortunately, the anger and grief center on two couples: the Caseys and Rozie and her friend Dan. Harriett Trangucci (top image, with Scott McGowan) is the embodiment of a mother taking out her grief on everyone, including herself. Her unresolved anger crushes her soul, as well as her marriage. It's hard to feel sympathy for this character as she is written, giving Trangucci little to work with to gain our empathy. Scott McGowan's equanimity in the face of his wife's rage is commendable and his awkwardness around Brenda is rather endearing. As Rozie, Sandy Sainvil (Above with Harry Patrick Christian) has little to do but pout and spew obscenities, making her character thoroughly unlikeable. She never really appears to be comfortable onstage. And Harry Patrick Christian plays a trio of young men: Dan, the stammering victim; Dan the officious nurse; and Dave the crazy waiter. None of these roles match his talent, and he feels wasted.
Zach Pizza has used the stage to represent three venues with minimal props; the lights on the back are a nice touch. Laura Ekstrand has provided the actors with costumes appropriate to their roles and place in life.
The Electric Baby could be called quirky, but to me it was incomprehensible and very talky. Lots of yelling, cursing and making spells did not add up to a satisfying dramatic experience for me. Not that Dreamcatcher Rep didn't work hard (as they always do), but the play did not match their talent and reputation.
The Electric Baby will be performed at the Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, through October 18. For information and tickets, call 1.800.838.3006 or visit www.DreamcatcherRep.org for information and tickets.
A THRILLER IN TWO ACTS
Written by Ira Levin
"You know, this could be a good thriller..."
WHEN: Oct 9-11, 16-18, 23-24, Fri/Sat - 7:30PM Sun - 4:00PM
WHERE: The Baird Theatre on 3, 5 Mead Place, South Orange
Click here to purchase tickets online
For location, ticket prices and more information please click here
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming connecticut home, sidney bruhl, a successful writer of broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
PSSST: THERE’S A SHOPPING MALL IN BARBRA STREISAND’S BASEMENT! FIND OUT MORE @ THE THEATER PROJECT IN MAPLEWOOD THIS WEEKEND
There's a shopping mall in Barbra Streisand's basement!
At least, that’s what it says in her book, MY PASSION FOR DESIGN. But don’t fly out to California for a celebrity shopping spree—this mall has only one customer, and her name is Barbra. Apparently, her design passion includes creating an entire set of basement shops that allow her to display her collectibles for … herself?
Jason Gillis plays the out-of-work actor hired to maintain the collection, and be ready at a moment's notice to sell Barbra's collectibles—to Barbra.
"FANTASTICALLY FUNNY!"—NY POST
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS TODAY! (link on graphic will not work)
WHERE: Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
Saturday, October 3, 2015
WHEN: Saturday, October 3th Show begins at 7:30 pm
Austin McMahon and friends
WHEN: Oct 11th at 7pm.
WHERE: Investors Bank Theater at Horseshoe Lake, 72 Eyland Ave in Succasunna.
The trio, which includes Austin's long time friends and collaborators Joe Davidian on piano and Jamie Ousley on bass, will perform their own arrangements of works from such classic films as "The Wizard of Oz" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as well as tasteful swinging arrangements of classic jazz standards and original compositions in the style of the great jazz trios of Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett.
For more info visit: www.austinmcmahon.com
The Taming of the Shrew
by William Shakespeare
Directed byAlex Oleksij
Stage manager: Ted Nykun, Jr.
WHEN: October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11,15, 16, 17 ; Evening shows at 8pm; matinees at 2pm
WHERE: Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover
TICKETS: $17.00 each
The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio tempers her with various psychological torments—the "taming"—until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's more desirable sister, Bianca.