THE HANGOVER REPORT – Whether you like it or not, the sensational new rock musical OSO FABULOSO & THE BEAR BACKS! may just be the next “Hedwig”

Last weekend quite literally on West 52nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen, I attended an outdoor performance of the new rock musical Oso Fabuloso & The Bear Backs!, INTAR Theatre’s entrée back into the realm of presenting in-person performances. A show with a title like that has a lot to live up to. And boy, does it.… Continue reading THE HANGOVER REPORT – Whether you like it or not, the sensational new rock musical OSO FABULOSO & THE BEAR BACKS! may just be the next “Hedwig”

Review: Oso Fabuloso & the Bear Backs! Reclaims New York’s Rock and Roll Spirit

When a garden variety breakup feels like a night at the opera, that’s rock and roll. If I had to identify the exact moment when I felt like New York City had really come back from the Covid-19 pandemic, it would be when I first heard the soul-rattling voice of Oso Fabuloso blasting out of… Continue reading Review: Oso Fabuloso & the Bear Backs! Reclaims New York’s Rock and Roll Spirit

INTAR Theater Takes to the Streets

“Immigrants, we get the job done.” The now-famous line from Broadway’s Hamilton could also apply to INTAR, the scrappy and determined theater company that has creatively pivoted their programming during our existing pandemic. Last Thursday, the Hispanic based troupe premiered their MicroTEATRO festival in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. With local community support and cooperation, INTAR… Continue reading INTAR Theater Takes to the Streets

Intar’s MicroTEATRO Festival. Turning Hell’s Kitchen Into a Reimagined Theater Wonderland

“This hood isn’t anything like how it used to be,” Officer Garcia is telling me and a teenage girl named Sam, as I watch the two of them play basketball in the gym of the Police Athletic League on West 52nd Street, in the neighborhood that used to be called Hell’s Kitchen. “Back in the… Continue reading Intar’s MicroTEATRO Festival. Turning Hell’s Kitchen Into a Reimagined Theater Wonderland

Hell’s Kitchen Businesses Take Center Stage in INTAR’S MicroTEATRO Festival

All the world’s a stage, said Shakespeare — and one local theater company is about to take that literally. From June 17, INTAR is staging its MicroTEATRO Festival at some pretty unusual Hell’s Kitchen venues. Sonny’s 10th Ave Meat Market will play host to #Emperorof10thAve, a short play by Carmen Rivera, performed to audiences of… Continue reading Hell’s Kitchen Businesses Take Center Stage in INTAR’S MicroTEATRO Festival

Review: Oso Fabuloso & the Bear Backs! Reclaims New York’s Rock and Roll Spirit

If I had to identify the exact moment when I felt like New York City had really come back from the Covid-19 pandemic, it would be when I first heard the soul-rattling voice of Oso Fabuloso blasting out of the speakers set up around a makeshift stage on 52nd Street. The new rock musical, Oso Fabuloso… Continue reading Review: Oso Fabuloso & the Bear Backs! Reclaims New York’s Rock and Roll Spirit

Reopen Theatre? Why Not a Whole Neighborhood?

I haven’t been to a live play since last November, and even that was a bit of an outlier: an outdoor, socially distanced two-person show, Fannie Lou Hamer: Speak On It, at New Jersey’s Premiere Stages. That single show constituted the entirety of my post-March 2020 theatregoing. Until now. New York is suddenly on the verge of… Continue reading Reopen Theatre? Why Not a Whole Neighborhood?