Casa Dante Restaurant's menu reads like a master's class in Italian cuisine. Drawing from the traditions of Northern and Southern Italy, Casa Dante's chefs cook ziti, fettucini, and every other pasta found on the periodic table. They then add classic bolognese, clam sauce, or a vodka-based sauce with tomato and cheese. The chefs also branch out from pasta, preparing calamari and racks of lamb.
Once ready, this food travels to an upscale dining room, with round tables topped in white cloths and bottles of red and white wine. Live singers, guitar players, and other musicians add to the ambiance on select nights. Nearby, a bar serves specialty drinks, as well as a more casual tapas menu with small plates such as sicilian meatballs.
A bullying incident escalates to all-out domestic warfare in Mile Square Theatre’s production of God of Carnage, a searing comedy that interrogates the assumed disparity between childish and adult behaviors. Penned by French playwright Yasmina Reza, the play centers on a pair of couples who meet under the pretense of civility to discuss a quarrel between their 11-year-old boys. The parents’ quest for resolution gradually deteriorates into a psychological head-butting contest, culminating in the moment when their inner toddlers break out pacifiers for a soft-sworded duel to the end. An outstanding cast of stage veterans draws laughter with a convincing performance, committing to the chaos while audience members chuckle and shift uncomfortably in their chairs.
Traditional recipes meet contemporary inventiveness at Hoboken Dhaba, where seafood, chicken, lamb, goat, and veggies meet vibrant spices and house-baked breads. Tandoori dishes, which are cooked in the traditional clay oven called a tandoor, include lobster, chicken, and Afghani-style lamb. Curries include fish, chicken, and goat, whereas vegetarian and vegan dishes incorporate saffron-cheese dumplings, tandoori beans and lentils, and roasted eggplant, which sprout from egg hunts' unfound prizes.
JCDA has been in business for over 35 years. The school provides the atmosphere and training that will nurture both the potential artist and the recreational dance student who studies only for the inherent rewards of self-discipline, confidence, physical fitness and a greater appreciation of movement and music.
Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.
The quiet backstreets of Greenwich Village hide one of the country’s most prestigious and groundbreaking theatre companies at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Beginning life as a brewery and then as a tobacco warehouse, the red brick building was converted in 1924 for performances of cutting-edge live performance. Few theaters have as impressive a pedigree of past playwrights, with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eugene O’Neill and David Mamet all showcasing work there over the years. An equally impressive cast has come and gone, including Gene Hackman, Barbra Streisand and Lee Strasberg. Today, Cherry Lane continues its mission to “cultivate the urban artist colony”, and focuses on using theater to illuminate contemporary issues. The annual show calendar regularly includes performances of both new and old material, as well as staged works from within the theater’s various development programs.