Adapted by Patrick Barlow from Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 suspense-fest and the John Buchan novel that inspired it, The 39 Steps more or less follows the plot while spicing it up with exuberant energy and frequent detours into loopy Monty Python-esque territory. As more than 140 characters chase, murder, romance, double-cross, double-chase, triple-cross, and quadruple-murder one another, audiences will be amazed to realize that they're all played by the same four indefatigable actors. John Behlmann spends most of his time playing Richard Hannay, an innocent lad who unwittingly finds himself mired in a conspiracy of assassins, state secrets, and sinister secret societies. Kate MacCluggage plays the spy who loves him while also portraying pretty much everyone else who isn't a man. And you'll believe Jamie Jackson is Man #1; Cameron Folmar similarly shines as Man #2.
Peridance Capezio Center instructs movers of all ages and skill levels in an array of dancing disciplines that spans the globe. More than 250 weekly class offerings include Bollywood-inspired belly-dancing sessions as well African drum and dance. Absorb footwork, partner techniques, and Latin culture in salsa classes, or infuse stagnant feet with a combo of commercial hip-hop, street jazz, and voguing with hip-hop instruction. Zumba and flamenco add heart- and foot-pounding flare to the lineup. Choose three classes in the same style to begin a foundation on solid footing, or sample three different styles to gain triple-threat status at holiday parties. An expansive cast of faculty members counts among their collective experience work as dancers, teachers, and choreographers at renowned schools and companies both in the U.S. and as far as France, Senegal, and Australia.
FELA! mingles soulful rhythms with Tony Award–winning dance choreography to tell the tale of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary Nigerian activist and musician who fused traditional Yoruba music and jazz into a new music called Afrobeat. That primal, joyful sound underscores all of FELA!'s musical numbers as they chronicle Fela’s life. Spurred on by his devoted civil-rights-activist mother (played by Patti LaBelle), Fela’s music becomes entwined with his vociferous opposition to the corrupt, oppressive military government that ruled Nigeria. His passion, courage, and idealism is captured in an intense performance by two-time Emmy winner Kevin Mambo. The soaring, soulful extravaganza will have audiences singing and dancing on their way out—and might even inspire them to finally complete their dream of fusing two unicycles into some sort of whimsical “doublecycle.”
Laughter is yoga for the heart, and today's Groupon gets you a ticket to hilarious yogic bliss at National Comedy Theatre, plus free popcorn to satisfy your late-night, comedy-induced cravings. Watch as NCT's talented players face off in a hilarious improvised competition at 9:45 p.m. on Friday or Saturday night for $9 (a $15 value). NCT's show is completely different every time and funny for all ages, so grab your 2.5 children and 8.7 grandnieces. You haven't had a family laugh this good since that time the dog fell down the stairs and was basically fine. To avoid this common improv pitfall, print out this handy list of suggestions by clicking Print, located under the File menu in most browsers.
While winter is the best time to engage in "Internetainments" such as solitaire, lonelitaire, and playing charades with your mirror, today's deal will get you back out into the physical world for a little human interaction. For $27, you get one ticket to see the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Ages of the Moon at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea (a $65 value). You can use your Groupon to see any performance during the show's run (January 12 to March 7, 2010), so long as there are tickets available. Check out the theater's calendar of show dates and times here.