January 8, 2018

The American Realness Festival Returns with Diverse Contemporary Performance

The American Realness festival, now in its ninth year, aims to present contemporary performance that is daring, subversive, and new. To its credit, this year the lineup of performers is diverse and not especially well known. Curated by founder Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor...

The New York Times

December 29, 2017

New York Today: Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, New Yorkers of the Year

“Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow.” So went the vocal warm-ups for a pantomime production of “Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side. Moments later, the cast gathered for “family circle,” a preshow pep talk led by Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, the couple who wrote...

The New York Times

December 11, 2017

Review: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Is a Holiday Treat Worth Savoring

America has an acute case of Anglophilia, but it’s a highly selective one. We love “Downton Abbey,” Shakespeare and John Oliver but studiously ignore prawn-cocktail-flavored crisps, Cliff Richard and pantomime. The new Off Broadway show “Jack and the Beanstalk,” presented at the Abrons Arts Center, may help rectify the situation regarding panto...

The New York Times

December 5, 2017

Framing the Unruliness of Life and Loss in a Black Box

The black box theater at Abrons Arts Center looked as if a storm had swept through it. Feathers, wigs and masks were strewn across the floor. Tulle, tinsel and deflated...


December 4, 2017

A 24-Hour Cultural Filibuster Against Gun Violence

Aside from its current head of state, the greatest threat to the safety of the United States is its unwillingness or inability to impose tighter gun control laws. We are reminded of this tragic and seemingly immovable roadblock to...

November 14, 2017

JACK & THE BEANSTALK to Promote Equality and Joy at Abrons Arts Center

Abrons Arts Center and ONEOFUS will present the world premiere of Jack & The Beanstalk, a holiday extravaganza that promotes radical joy and equality in all forms. Running December 6-23, Jack & The Beanstalk features a diverse cast of 22 Lower East Side [...]

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