The Abrons in the News

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DANCE REVIEW | Preparing for a Life Without the Male Gaze: Michelle Ellsworth and Jeremy Wade at American Realness

January 14, 2015 | The New York Times
If you wanted to spend some time contemplating death — your own, other people’s — Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side was a good place to be on Monday night. As part of the American Realness festival, two very different shows — Michelle Ellsworth’s cheerfully wacky “Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome” and a much darker work by Jeremy Wade with an obscenity in its title — grappled with disappearance...

DANCE REVIEW | From the Prosaic, Evoking a Sadness Under the Surface: Miguel Gutierrez and Tere O’Connor Works at American Realness

January 14, 2015 | The New York Times
Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor is the producer of American Realness, a dance and performance festival that he founded in 2010. He is also the manager of several artists. His main client is Miguel Gutierrez, who has appeared at American Realness every year. At the Abrons Arts Center on Monday, the festival presented four premieres. One was by the excellent Tere O’Connor. One was...

Ready to Redesign Essex Crossing? New Course Will Offer You the Chance

January 13, 2015 | The Lo-Down
...A local architect, David Bench, will be teaching a class beginning next month called, “Lower East Side Architecture: Re-Design Essex Crossing.” It’s offered through the The School of Making Thinking and will take place at Abrons Arts Center Feb. 3-March 31.

DANCE REVIEW | Dryly Shattering Taboos: ‘Fest’ and ‘Bear/Skin’ at American Realness Festival

January 12, 2015 | The New York Times
The American Realness festival can be a cliquish affair in which the performers seem to be interested mainly in one another. But with the participation of the Bulgarian-born provocateur Ivo Dimchev, this genre-crossing series has at least acquired a saving sense of humor about itself. Mr. Dimchev’s “Fest,” which had its North American premiere at the Abrons Arts Center on Thursday, is a short play...

DANCE REVIEW | A Canvas for Mystery and Unabashed Lewdness: Two Sides of Contemporary Choreography at American Realness

January 12, 2015 | The New York Times
For those who think American Realness 2015, a festival of dance and performance, is about promoting one kind of art, two recent shows, seen Friday at Abrons Arts Center, presented two sides of contemporary choreography. One was by a brash young duo from Europe; the other, an experienced New York formalist...

A Cold Month Is No Longer Dark: Theater Festivals Include Under the Radar and American Realness

January 2, 2015 | The New York Times
Many performers survive by touring, so they’re hoping that their work will tempt those visiting presenters. But the astonishing range of work makes these weeks a treat for civilians, too. Under the Radar was the first of these festivals on the scene. It has since been joined by Coil, American Realness and Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now...

Just Do Art: The Winterfresh Edition

December 18, 2014 | The Villager
A slapstick melting pot of high anxiety, low comedy and fabulous production numbers, “Christmas With The Crawfords” is a variety show that’s gone off its meds and into the darkest recesses of pain, shame, and Hollywood nerdcore references. Not seen in these parts for 12 long years...

A Herbert Hoover Musical, Inspired by Elvis: The Les Freres Corbusier Production Runs Through Sunday

December 17, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal
...Meanwhile, the theater company Les Freres Corbusier is currently workshopping “Here’s Hoover!”, a musical about the nation’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover. Directed by Alex Timbers with songs by Michael Friedman and a book by Sean Cunningham, it runs through Sunday at the Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement. ...

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