The Nutcracker Rouge – nice and naughty

A mysterious fog surrounds the stage and auditorium as you enter the Minetta Lane Theater for Company XIV’s production of  Nutcracker Rouge. As the lights begin to dim we see Marie-Clare (a lovely Laura Careless) glide through the audience, making her way onstage, inviting us into her dream-like world. Marie Clare is half Marie-Antoinette, half…

CEMA Dance: Stilled

Last week I had the pleasure of attending opening night of the CEMA Dance presentation Stilled. CEMA Dance is a new collaboration-based dance company founded in December 2013 by Brooklyn based dancer and choreographer Rachel Hagan. The stunning performance took place at the Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn, flooding the open space with deep shadows and…

Behind the scenes, Act I with Play-by-Play

Occasionally we’ll be taking readers behind the scenes of organizations or companies of interest (and benefit) to the avid theatergoer. Today a look at Play-by-Play. Founded 15 years ago by Hugh Hayes, Play-by-Play is a papering company that puts “seat fillers” into the myriad seats that need filling for theatrical, musical, comedic … events throughout…