In 2008, South Pacific swept the Tony Awards®, capturing seven golden trophies, including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for Bartlett Sher. Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, South Pacific tells, dances, and sings the story of two couples—Navy nurse Nellie Forbush with French plantation owner Emile de Becque, and airman Joe Cable with lovely native lass Liat— torn by war and the temptations of tropical paradise. The original production won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950, with its frank depiction of racial prejudice as a central theme.
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By day, Industry is a bright and airy cafe, with vibrant artwork lining the walls and colorful curtains slung from the ceiling or pinched off to the side. As night falls, the space transforms into a romantic, shadowy venue for writers and musicians, who take to the cafe's intimate stage during open mics to play a jazz melody on their guitar or recite a poem on their guitar.
Though the restaurant's personality might change, its menu always maintains an eclectic mix of Ethiopian cuisine and American soul food. Here, Eastern African mainstays such as doro wat and injera bread share a spotlight with candied yams, cornbread, and peach cobbler. Beer and wine top off the selection, and Happy Hour specials are available throughout the week.
Founded in 1989 by Mestre Amen Santo?the choreographer who added a touch of authenticity to the capoeira scenes in 1993?s Only The Strong ?Brasil Brasil Cultural Center hosts classes in Brazil?s signature martial art alongside lessons in other multicultural disciplines. Like a fight with the cast of a variety show, capoeira combines martial artistry, dance, and acrobatics, fusing them into a stylized Afro-Brazilian art form. To complement capoeira sessions?available to adults as well as children aged 4 and older?instructors also teach Portuguese language classes, health classes and dance classes. Students can also cut rugs in dance styles such as the samba, West African dance, and belly dancing, and youngsters can get their first taste of Brazilian rhythms through workshops with the Ballet Folcl?rico Do Brasil, a dance company that reaches more than 50,000 children annually.
The Dinner Detective eschews campy costumes and plots for an exciting evening of food-accompanied mystery and paranoia, where actors hide among the diners, playing innocent and making everyone a potential suspect. To solve the crime, guests freely interrogate one another, chivvying out clues about the murderer and determining who has a bloodthirsty look in their eyes. Between dramatic deaths and simulated police involvement, guests dig into three-course meals, washed down with bottomless iced tea, coffee, and drinks from the cash bar. The diner who comes closest to solving the mystery through their snooping goes home with a prize basket to show off to their friends or split with the murderer as per their shadowy conspiracy. Prop guns and gunshot sound effects may be used during the performance.
When it comes to improvisational acting, Rob Adler is less interested in the wacky comedy of shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and more in inviting his students to step outside of their heads and be in the moment. His focus is on work with scripted pieces, teaching his classes not to say “yes, and” to outrageous characters and plots, but to command space and integrate the truthful elements that make a memorable performance. Rob, who has taught at such places as the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio, The Actors Gang, and the University of Southern California, and helps actors and directors delve deep into the imaginary worlds of their performance pieces, along with corporate training for executives who wish to delve deep into the imaginary world of business.