Abbey Theatre veteran Ray Yeates takes audiences on a guided tour of the Irish émigré’s psyche with an uplifting one-man performance set amid the Irish economy's stunning collapse. In this standalone sequel to his internationally produced In High Germany, acclaimed playwright Dermot Bolger reconnects audiences with Eoin, an expat back in the country of his birth after an extended stay in Germany. Armed with no more than his sharp wits and the stitching on his polo shirt, Ray Yeates convincingly transforms the intimate West Village stage into Dublin Airport for a riveting 75-minute performance. Making use of airports’ birthday-clown-like tendency to evoke existential dread, the play extracts an uplifting story of friendship and family from the midst of a late-night boarding area.
With the recent success of Slumdog Millionaire and the return of the McRib, Bollywood influence is quickly spreading and slowly infusing its upbeat and tastefully seductive moves into the American dance scene. Since 2005, Dhoonya has been at the forefront of this dance dance revolution, which was solidified when they made it to the big leagues—Oprah. The team features a solid army of dedicated move masters ready to take newcomers under their wing like a stoic eagle adopting an abecedarian puffin.
Since Robert Joffrey and Robert Arpino called the first class to order in 1953, the Joffrey Ballet School has made its slippered footprint in the dance world. Once the domain of legendary instructors including Rudolph Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, and Carmen De Lavallade, the school now houses faculty members ready to train the next generation of America’s great dancers. With teachers ranging from a veteran of the National Ballet Company of Guatemala to the ghost of Gene Kelly, the school continues to blend multiple dance styles into its balletic training, building well-rounded dancers versed in jazz, contemporary, character, and hip-hop. All of the training tends to pay off; graduates of the Joffrey Ballet School frequently go on to shine in companies including the Joffrey Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the New York City Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.
The Flying Karamazov Brothers explode with ramshackle percussion, frenetic footwork, and musically inspired jokery amidst myriad trademark juggling routines. The daffiness is dashed with danger as the kilt-sporting Brothers juggle an arsenal of hazardous objects in their signature act, "The Terror," while an element of impromptu excellence enters during "The Gamble," an act that involves the juggling of personal items procured from the obliging, applauding audience.
Literally Alive ferries timeless children's tales from the page to stage, entertaining little ones while simultaneously fostering their love for literature. During six musically driven performances of Alice in Wonderland, a live percussion trio and children's chorus join forces with an all-adult cast to hatch Lewis Carroll's splashy, whimsical spectacle, which arrives at ocular and aural doorsteps wrapped in a colorful blend of singing and dancing. From the theater's tiered seating setup, fans of all ages somersault down the rabbit hole alongside Alice, forging cautiously into a fantastical cosmos that bursts with anthropomorphic characters and stunning scenery over 60 minutes. Prior to each performance, attendees can also drop into an interactive one-hour workshop, where the show's cast discusses the story's themes before guests craft special art projects to take home as souvenirs or use to lure pet mock turtles out of their shells.
Within the intimate confines of the 13th Street Repertory Company, actor and comedian Andrew Goffman relives his transformation from child to man during a comedic one-man show. He spins the tale of his fall from innocence, which began with the discovery of his father’s collection of 96 erotic VHS tapes and his teddy bear's secret life as an illegal arms dealer. Having performed in 158 venues across North America, Goffman relies on his comedic chops to make audiences guffaw throughout the 90-minute performance.
At PMT Dance Studio, director Pavan M. Thimmaiah and the studio’s group of instructors teach children and adults of all skill levels different types of dance in small group classes. The students learn not only dancing fundamentals and new moves, but also self-discipline and professionalism. The smaller class sizes afford instructors the opportunity to work one-on-one with the students to teach them these skills.
In the locking class, KillaWatts, an instructor teaches students the basics of locking, a funky style that combines fast movements with position freezes. Sarah Burke, who has performed in shows at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and more, fuses old-school and new moves in hip-hop classes.
After classes, dancers can show off their skills for friends, family members, and agents disguised as smiling grandmothers during student showcases and the Urban Renewal freestyle battle. Instructors also lead a performance workshop program and the nationally reviewed PMT Seasonal Showcase Company, which performs dozens of shows each year.