Variety Concert Review: Lady Gaga Kicks Off a Very Good Romance With Vegas
December 29 2018
Some Oscar campaigns are way better than others. Mind you, it’s probably just the luck of the clock that “Lady Gaga Enigma,” the highly spectacular, long-in-the-works show that opened Friday night in Las Vegas, happens to be kicking off in the heart of awards season. Gaga did blurt out toward the close of opening night that she hopes to extend her residency at the Park Theater from the currently scheduled 11 months to two to three years, at which point the words “for your consideration” will be a very distant memory. Still, if there’s an exact opposite to what happened when “Norbit” came out in the midst of Eddie Murphy’s “Dreamgirls” hopes, it has to be the sight of Lady Gaga singing and dancing her well-toned heart out, reminding 5,200 people a night that pretending to be a mousy brunette is, while a considerable skill, just one of about a thousand…
Live Design Press Release: HG Lighting Design Launches Evoke Collaborative
November 27 2018
“At Evoke, we tell stories and exist to help others tell theirs,” comments Goldman, founder and principal designer. “Evoke Collaborative provides our clients and fellow artists with the technical knowledge, creativity, and industry resources necessary to fashion world class experiences. Be they in a theaters, arenas, museums, galleries, architectural installations, TV or film studios; Evoke offers a talented coterie of artists to support any project that requires lighting, media, or a vision that will move people and create memories that persist in the mind of the audience. At the core, Evoke Collaborative is a team of experienced professionals delivering premium design services expanding the boundaries of what we’ve already achieved. Consistently creating more artistic and complex projects.”…
PLSN Press Release: Herrick Goldman of the Award-Winning Firm HG Lighting Design Joins Forces with a team of Designers to create Evoke Collaborative.
November 26 2018
NYC – Building on years of successful collaborations within the lighting and production industry, HGLD has launched Evoke Collaborative to better serve clients on larger and more diverse projects in the U.S. and afar. Teaming up with Lisa Renkel, and Brad Peterson (projection design), Kara O’Grady (lighting design and project management), and Jonathan Talley, and Lois Catanzaro-Gordon (lighting design), the Evoke team represents a broad array of talented artists with experience in diverse disciplines.
More details from Evoke (evokecollaborative.com)
Playbill Release Article: Lynda Gravátt, Kara Young, More to Star in The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd Off-Broadway
August 14 2018
Kara Young will lead the cast of the world premiere of Jonathan Payne’s The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd, directed by Awoye Timpo at the Playwrights Realm. Part social satire, part detective story, the new play follows Karma (Young), a teenage girl searching for her foster brother in the Oblong—a fictional inner city isolated by poverty...
New York Times Review: ‘Emojiland’ and a Graceful Elegy at the New York Musical Festival
July 22 2018
“Emojiland” takes place inside a smartphone, in a digital mini-world peopled with emojis, and its hero looks about the way you’d think: like an undiluted dweeb — though, since this is a pop musical, the chartreuse frames on his glasses are kind of fabulous.
“My name’s Nerd Face,” he says, and with a jolt of laughter from the audience, our hero has arrived. A newcomer to Emojiland, Nerd Face was installed with the latest update. And the moment he spies Smize — that’s short for Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes, and she’s not as happy as she seems — the show fizzes with rom-com effervescence. With book, music and lyrics by the married team of Keith Harrison, who makes a darling Nerd Face, and Laura Nicole Harrison, who is a winning Smize, it’s about a society that builds a wall to keep newcomers out, only to discover that the menace to its survival already lurks within.
The wall is a firewall, actually, its construction ordered by the bossy, baby-voiced Princess (the Olivier Award-winning Lesli Margherita, a daffy blast to watch), who’s been feeling threatened ever since the update abruptly added a Prince (Josh Lamon, ditto) to the realm. They fear that future updates could further dilute their power.
Directed by Thomas Caruso against a backdrop of clever projections (by Lisa Renkel)...
Stage Directions: The New York Innovation Theatre Foundation Announces 2018 Nominations
July 24 2018
On Monday, July 23, 2018, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation (NYIT), the organization who for the past 14 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2018 nominees at its annual event, The IT Party. The 2018 recipients will be awarded from a pool of 157 individual artists, 53 different productions, and 52 different theatre companies.
Nominated productions were seen on stages in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. In the past 14 years, the IT Awards have honored over 2,500 artists, over 700 productions and over 650 companies...
Outstanding Innovative Design Nominations
Sangmin Chae & Bo sul Kim for Video Design Panorama, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club
Waldemart Klyuzko for Projection Design 1917-2017:Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs , Yara Arts Group in association with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Joe Moro for Projection Design Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective
Matt Reeves for Projection Design Pericles: Born in a Tempest, Hunger & Thirst Theatre in association with The Guerilla Shakespeare Project
Lisa Renkel for Projection Design Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, Poetic Theater Productions
Eric Wright for Puppet Design A Real Boy, Ivy Theatre Company