Monthly Archives: February 2013
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
The house lights are already up and we are at the opening. The set is dressed with silver leaves “falling” in front of a gray curtain, a portal, a glimpse into moments happening in the present. The lull of a classical guitarist plays nearby what looks like a homeless man laying on a park bench with a Teddy Bear. It is a soft, quiet, slightly somber beginning leading our hearts by strings.
Guitar playing and other continuous, musical arrangements, appears to be a current popular novelty in non-musical staged productions as it seems I’ve encountered this device several times lately. The initial angst of wondering if I was going to have to deal with the nuisance of an uninterrupted score subversing the drama did put me off at first. But, as it turned out, all of the music and singing was placed just right in this off-kilter anthology of small vignettes called, Plays in the Park currently showing at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA.
Fully landing this show is the stunningly talented Leah Ludwig who… transforms in the vocals.
Naive, sweet and simplistic, this series of pithy, humorous, dramas, is uncomplicated and easy for theatergoers to enjoy, even if not exactly revelatory. Perfectly Meisner is what might most accurately describe the writing of former Rutgers University and long time, successful actor, writer, director, Brian Connors’, Plays in the Park. Listening purely to the dialog brought me back to former days in acting classes spent doing repetition exercises and hearing my teacher yell out “repeat!” I secretly kept thinking Sandy Meisner would definitely approve but he might also say, “step it up.”
This latest version of the production, which previously included an all-star cast featuring Mark Rydell, Ed Asner, George Segal, Esai Morales & Stephen Collins, does a lot less to drive the audience to something or go somewhere else, as it stays fixed in the “oh how cute and mildly saccharin” genre.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Nor is this a terrible criticism. The plays move along quite well, stay light and are thoroughly amusing. But the cast as a whole, although wonderfully talented, charming and promising as an ensemble, is not strong enough in instances as individuals, to offer the kind of nuanced impact a group of more evenly seasoned thespians might add to this eclectic mixture of shorts plays which includes the titles, Swans, Oxymorons, Marcia and Marcus and He and She.
On the other hand, there were some incredible performances endowed with with marvelous, refined, skill, particularly by Danette Garrelts of He & She as was her He counterpart Alain Washnevsky, who was particularly on the mark, witty and utterly funny. Fully landing this show is the stunningly talented Leah Ludwig who thrives as the underdog in all of her scenes and transforms in the vocals. Ms. Ludwig brings presence and weight in measured amounts and in precise moments throughout.
The highlight of this show is the curious use of Shakespeare’s soliloquies and monologues that although textually have nothing whatsoever to do with Shakespearean presentation, never-the-less, oddly and subtly match the intention of its players in their respective moments. It is the brainchild of this work in the most un-gimmicky way.
As always however, it comes down to the audience. And this one is certainly a pleaser. I have to admit to being completely satisfied and in no hurry to be transfigured as I would expect to be in much heavier drama.
Overall, in its current form, Plays in the Park provides clever, feel good entertainment worth the ticket.written and directed by Brian Connors
Until Sunday, March 24th
$20.00 General Admission
Special Show Info
Running time: 120 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
Gia On The Move just got a heads up from Doron Ofir Casting with something almost every woman on the planet can relate to. This one is a giggler and it’s a national! So check out the information below and submit your story for a chance at a new cable show — if you dare! lol
I LOVE MY GROSS GUY!
Are you a woman with a dirty little secret? Is your boyfriend/fiancé/husband a dirty obnoxious filthy slob? Do these words fail to even describe the magnitude of overall grossness your man exhibits? Most importantly – do you love him anyway?
Secret or not, a major cable network is looking for men who are messy, sloppy, filthy, or just plain gross and the women who love them. Doron Ofir Casting is looking for big personalities who aren’t afraid to share their true habits with the world (biting their toenails, eating out of dumpsters, fear of bathing, etc). Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!
If you think this sounds like you – and for more information – please send your name, contact information, current photos, a description of your relationship, and why you think you’d be perfect for this show to:firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing your story!
The first of the online-only Warhol sales will feature works representing a wide array of media spanning the artist’s career. Estimates range from $600 to $70,000, offering both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers extraordinary global access to Warhol’s work. The timed online format allows clients to browse, bid, receive instant updates by email or phone if another bid exceeds theirs, organize shipping, and pay from anywhere in the world.
Over the course of 2013, and throughout the ongoing partnership, Christie’s will launch a series of online-only sales of original works of art by Warhol from the Foundation’s collection, marking the first time the auction house has ever offered online-only Post-War and Contemporary art sales. The week-long cybersale kicks off the second phase of Christie’s partnership with the Foundation, a multi-year initiative built on an innovative three-tiered program of live auctions, online-only auctions and private sales. The inaugural Andy Warhol at Christie’s live auctions in New York on November 12, 2012 realized $17 million. Proceeds from these and all subsequent sales under the partnership benefit the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making programs which support artists and non-profit arts organizations.
Claimed to be named after the woman who created it, Margaret Sames, a wealthy Texan socialite (although no one knows for sure) National Margarita Day is a celebration of one of the most popular cocktails in the world.
Tequila Herradura got a little creative with the classic margarita this year, and created the British Breakfast Margarita and the Mango Scotch Bonnet Margarita especially for its day.
Fun Fact: The original Margarita was made with Cointreau, not Triple Sec, a cheaper substitute.
Fun Fact: Tequila products sold under the Herradura name are still 100% agave, made in the same traditional ways as those of the last century, about 125 years ago.
Ingredients• 2oz. Herradura Silver Tequila • Large bar spoon of apricot jam • ¾ oz. lime juice ……………………………..• ¼ oz. simple syrup
- Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake hard and pour into an ice filled old fashioned glass.
- Garnish with kumquats, apricots and a mint sprig.
Ingredients• 2oz. Herradura Silver • ¾ oz. Lime juice • 3 slices of scotch bonnet pepper ……………………………….• 3 cubic inches of mango diced ……………………………….• ½ oz. mango jam
- Crush mango and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler.
- Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients.
- Shake hard and strain over ice in an old fashioned glass.
- Garnish with a scotch bonnet chili and a roll of dried mango.
Get More Margarita recipes and a little bit of the history here: *http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cocktails/margarita-recipe.asp