When Rite of Spring first premiered in Paris in 1913, the music and the dance proved so…strange and bizarre that it allegedly sparked a riot, resulting in 40 people being removed or arrested. Accounts vary. Either way, the music proved so outlandishly new and strange, and the dancing so modern and far removed from “Ballet” […]
It’s always a treat to see what Pointless Theatre does with a story, and they rise to new levels with their take on one of Shakespeare’s rambling masterworks. The program notes that Shakespeare’s Cymbeline mentions Imogen throughout the script but the character’s storyline is mostly offset as secondary. Wonderfully adapted by director Charlie Marie McGrath, […]
The greatest sign of stability in a culture is, paradoxically, its ability to absorb change. There was a collective holding of breath when Joy Zinoman announced her retirement in 2009; could Studio stand the absence of its only Artistic Director? We needn’t have worried. Studio’s fine, and so are we.
With puppetry, projection, lighting, and video timed perfectly to a live, original, nerdcore rap score, .d0t:: a RotoPlastic Ballet runs like clockwork, even as it tells the stories of machines destroying the perfect System.
The time may have come around when we need anti-art bombs like Ubu again. Regardless of your political leanings, you must admit that reality has once again become too strange and ridiculous for serious theatre to address by itself. Which is to say, don’t go see Pointless’ Google Translate-aided adaptation of the proto-absurdist King Ubu […]
If everything means nothing, and art can be a smear on the wall – DADA speaking -what, then, defines and separates art from indecipherable noise? It’s a question Pointless Theatre grapples with and inventively shows us the roots of the art movement, and the resulting chaos that ultimately engulfed it.
Those of us at a certain age grew up with the image of Carmen Miranda as the exotic Brazilian fruit wearing artist who was all the rage in the 1950’s. With Gimme a Band!, Pointless Theatre provides glimpses of the woman beneath the “tutti-frutti” hats.
Say the name “Carmen Miranda” and immediately images of a crazy lady with a fruit bucket on her head probably pop into your brain. But there was so much more to this iconic star than the fruit.
Pointless Theatre’s production of Gimme a Band! Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story by Mel Bieler and Patti Kalil debuts October 15, 2015 at the Trinidad Theatre.
Gimme a Band! Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story by Mel Bieler and Patti Kalil debuts October 15, 2015 at the Trinidad Theatre, produced by Pointless Theatre.