Friday, April 18, 2003 :::
a new look for new times...
either that or the bloggergooglemachine ate my last template and killed a bunch of posts... besides it was past time for a change.
i'm suddenly very into this howard roarkian image to the left... and it put me in mind of the seminal comics work by alan moore: watchmen. this is the book (along with frank miller's brilliant dark knight returns), that i recommend to non-comics readers. these two pieces will help you see why comics should take its rightful place among the varied genres of world literature. not just for kids anymore. no, sir.
anyhow... i'm feeling very politically minded these days. go figure.
(It's a whole lot of politically incorrect fun. Easily offended need not apply.)
Pretense meets plain sense in Anna Cora Mowatt's 1845 satire: FASHION.
When it comes to fashion, how far can we go before we've gone too far?
Featuring Metropolitan favorites in surprising new roles, directed by Alex Roe.
April 10 through May 4
Thursday - Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 4:00pm
Metropolitan Playhouse, 220A East 4th street (Avenues A and B)
$15; $12 for students and seniors
$10 for 10 or more through April 27th
Let's see . . . Mrs. Tiffany used to be a milliner, till she married a wealthy merchant, and now she is the leading light of New York society, thanks to the advice of her maid, except her husband is being blackmailed by an unscrupulous clerk, who stands in the way of a "European" Count's courting her daughter, except the count is a no 'count grifter, until the homespun farmer from the heartland shows up, to . . . . Friends, it's a melodrama, and a satire, and a period piece remarkable for its trenchant wit as well as its unconscionable stereotypes.
When the ties from Europe were newly broken, and New York Society was just reaching its heights, Anna Cora Mowatt called her play "a good natured satire upon some of the follies incident to a new country." Metropolitan's production pushes the scandal into modern times, with gender and race bending casting that challenges modern social taboos as it strikes the still cutting marks of the original.
Henry Afro-Bradley* as Adam Trueman
Erika Bailey* as Gertrude
Matt Daniels* as Zeke
Sean Dill as Mr. Tiffany
Stephanie Dorian* as Seraphina
Jon-Michael Hernandez as Colonel Howard
Olivia Keister* as Millinette
Sean Kenin* as Count Joliemaitre
Tod Mason* as Mrs. Tiffany
Sylvia Norman* as Prudence
Karl Williams as Mr. Snobson
Stage Manager: Noelle Pasatieri
Lighting Design: Douglas Filomena
Costume Design: Anna Alisa V. Belous
Set Design: Brian Jones