The Abrons in the News

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'Pretty Filthy' review: Fun from porn centric Off-Broadway show

February 9, 2015 | AM New York
It’s worth noting that this production marks the 100th anniversary of the Abrons Arts Center, no doubt the finest theater on the Lower East Side. While getting there can be a challenge, the venue is certainly a downtown gem.

THEATER REVIEW | The Hardbitten Sex Business Laid Bare, Comically and Less So: ‘Pretty Filthy,’ a Behind-the-Scenes Musical about Pornography Stars

February 9, 2015 | The New York Times
A rear view of the famous Hollywood sign, seen as through a haze of smog, makes an aptly symbolic backdrop for “Pretty Filthy,” the new show from the Civilians about the ups and downs of life in the...

Review: The Civilians’ “Pretty Filthy,” a Musical Take on the Porn Industry

February 9, 2015 | The Lo-Down
I wasn’t expecting a big, jolly, laugh out loud Broadway style musical when I went to see The Civilians’ new show about the porn industry, “Pretty Filthy,” at the Abrons Arts Center, but that’s exactly what I got — red curtain and all.

Off Broadway Review: Porn Docu-Musical ‘Pretty Filthy’

February 8, 2015 | Variety
Working on commission from L.A.’s Center Theater Group, the Civilians created this deliciously funny and surprisingly sensitive musical by applying its immersive “investigative theater” technique of exhaustive field research and in-depth interviews to the...

'Pretty Filthy': Theater Review

February 8, 2015 | Hollywood Reporter
...This breezily entertaining musical is, for obvious reasons, likely to become this innovative company's most popular offering yet. As is their usual custom, the piece was created via extensive research conducted by the troupe's members, who journeyed to the San Fernando Valley...


February 8, 2015 | Time Out New York
When it comes to judging porn stars, where do we get off? “You’re a nation of hypocrites,” says a pugnaciously eloquent agent named Sam (the hilarious Steve Rosen) in Pretty Filthy, the Civilians' wry and racy quasidocumentary-cum-musical about...

DANCE REVIEW | With Dramatic Drops, Exploiting Gravity’s Force: Daniel Léveillé’s ‘Solitudes Solo’ at Abrons Arts Center

February 2, 2015 | The New York Times
When we watch a dance performance, we rarely think about where it has been and where it’s going. The dancers you see in New York today could have been halfway around the world last week. With a new series at Abrons Arts Center, Travelogues, the independent producer Laurie Uprichard...

Critic's Picks: Dance Listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5

January 30, 2015 | The New York Times
Daniel Léveillé Danse (Friday through Sunday) Mr. Léveillé is a choreographer from Montreal who both challenges and exposes his dancers, often with intricate, exhausting choreography and by denying them clothes. His latest work to come to New York, “Solitudes solo,” part of the Abrons Arts Center’s new dance series Travelogues, uses physical risk to tap into a more emotional nakedness. The series of solos [...]

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