Cupola Bobber Opens PS122

Last night took us to P.S.122 for the season opener, Chicago’s Cupola Bobber in Way Out West, The Sea Whispered Me. It was a fitting start to what is, I think, P.S.122’s 30th season, and Vallejo Gantner’s fifth as artistic director. Changes abound – no more programs, brochures or postcards as the venue makes a gesture … Continue reading

Five Questions for: David Levine

Name: David Levine Title/Occupation: Artist, Director Organization/Company: CiNE URL: 1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now? Grew up in New York City. Directed new plays from 2000-2004, then headed for Berlin. Came back doing a totally different kind of work. 2. Which performance, song, play, movie, … Continue reading

One Last Chautauqua Re-cap

Just got back from the final performance of NTUSA’s Chautauqua. And I’m sure the world doesn’t need another reviewer talking about how wonderful it was. It is just a really extraordinary, smart, fun, entertaining and intelligent piece of theater. It should really tour to every town in America – its the embodiment of what live … Continue reading

addenda to i(v)an

Just digging through the archives and unearthed CBOT’s two-part interview with Mark Russell from January 2004.   – Mark Russell interview PART I  – Mark Russell interview PART II It was our first full-length, in-depth interview and it is fascinating to look back and see how far we’ve all come.


Some of you may have seen the extraordinary work-in-progress extrav-o-rama preview of this at PRELUDE. If not, now’s your chance to be amazed and delighted by….. CHAUTAUQUA!  a theatrical-educational shmorgasbord of delectable performance tastiness and nutritional nuggets of fact and insight brought to you by the inimitable and frequently well-groomed National Theater of the United States … Continue reading

Talkin’ Back to Goat Island

Morgan Pecelli is leading a talkback with Goat Island this Sunday at PS122: Eight years ago Goat Island concluded their collaborative “Letter to a Young Practitioner” (published in School Book 2) with the following sentence:  “All you need now is to stand at the window and let your rhythmical sense open and shut, open and shut, boldly … Continue reading


This weekend – I’m not sure when the show starts, maybe Thursday – when you’re not at PRELUDE (and you should pretty much be there every day) – but when you’re not – go to PS122 to go see Verdensteatret’s LOUDER. I was blown away when they did CONCERT FOR GREENLAND back in ’05. This … Continue reading

Sexy Motherf*ckers

Coming up at PS122 next week, Peter Petralia and Neal Medlyn! (not together, silly!) Peter’s project is WHISPER Written and Directed by Peter S. Petralia Performed by Alice Booth, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside Music and Sound Design by Philip Reeder Lighting by Rebecca M.K. Makus WHISPER is a visually decadent, aurally immersive performance that … Continue reading

Oph3lia, Hamlet, Macbeth & More

Okay I was going to do this in a logical way, starting with the first show and moving on up in time to this afternoon (Sunday). But I can’t do it that way because I have been moved to tears and almost to speechlessness by the extraordinary, astonishing, near-perfect masterpiece that is Aya Ogawa’s Oph3lia. … Continue reading

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