Posts Tagged ‘Elevator Repair Service’

Brooklyn, What a Copycat

Posted August 13th, 2012

. . . with the BEAT Festival, recipient of some very nice coverage in the Wall Street Journal last week. I forgive them though, because Elevator Repair Service’s show sounds pretty great:

“Elevator Repair Service—which won acclaim for its production ‘Gatz,’ an eight-hour-long, unabridged version of ‘The Great Gatsby’—will perform an installation piece commissioned by the New York Public Library.

Called ‘Shuffle,’ it uses snippets of text from three novels: ‘The Great Gatsby,’ ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ and ‘The Sound and the Fury.’ A computer algorithm combines quotes from the novels to form short, nonsensical narratives, and feeds lines to the actors in real-time on iPhones that are tucked into books.

For three nights, actors will roam the stacks of the art and music room of the Brooklyn Public Library’s literature division, reciting monologues and converging for scenes with other actors. Audience members will be free to move through the space.”

Nonetheless, we have the first peek at Arguendo. Beat that!

Arguendo runs for one performance only, on September 16, at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street, Old City. 1:00 pm, $18.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Miscellaneous Debris

Posted July 24th, 2012

Live Arts and Philly Fringe artists get around:

>>>James Franco talks Gatz at the Huffington Post. Elevator Repair Service returns to the 2012 Live Arts Festival with Arguendo.

>>>Young Jean Lee’s Church is conquering the eastern seaboard from Maryland to Cape Cod. She also talked to Riff Raff about her first concert, and teaching actors to “rock star” their way through tough tough situations. Her UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW runs at Live Arts this fall.

>>>Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Open Air gets plugs in the Art Newspaper and Apartment Therapy. And Rafael’s just about everywhere this year. After his installation on the Parkway this fall, Rafael will bring Frequency and Volume, an installment in his Relational Architecture series, to the U.S. for the first time. At SFMOMA.

>>>David Orlansky and Joshua Levin, two teachers laid off by the Philadelphia School District, will send up their past gig at the 2012 Philly Fringe, with Awesome Alliteration: The Magical Musical. For eliminating all literary devices from the schools, they earn a nod as Stars of David. Wait, wasn’t I one of those in a past life?

–Nicholas Gilewicz

The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted July 13th, 2012

Nick G’s daughter, Dr. Paddles, will adorable up the South Philly Summer Fest on Sunday. You cannot out-cute her.


>>>Friday: David Lynch movie-themed art opening? Count us in. Philebrity comments upon the amusing and ongoing naming contest going on over the Eraserhood/Spring Garden/Callowhill/Loft District/Chinatown North/GilewiczTowne neighborhood, but we pretty much all agree that Eraserhood is the best. Eraserhood Forever opens tonight at PhilaMOCA, 521 North 12th Street, Eraserhood. $10.

>>>Friday: Are you in New York? Batz, a parody of Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz (this writer’s favorite play of ever, FYI), is up tonight and next Friday at Joe’s Pub, reading from old Batman comics. The run time is only 90 minutes, which makes me sad: wouldn’t a proper parody perform the entire Batman oeuvre? If you’re not in New York, you can find something comparable here in Philly from these folks, from time to time. And don’t forget: ERS comes back to Live Arts this year with Arguendo.

>>>Saturday: Germantown has crazy cool historic properties. This weekend kicks off the neighborhood’s Second Saturday series, where 15 different spots are open to visitors from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our friends at First Person Arts are joining forces there, offering their second First Person Story Market, where you can buy personal stories from a variety of performers. FPA’s at Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Avenue, Germantown, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

>>>Saturday: R5 Productions and Morgan’s Pier are throwing some nice free shows this summer. Saturday sees the return of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who are pretty good. Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Avenue, Old City(ish). Show at 6:30 pm, 21+, free!

>>>Sunday: The South Philly Summer Fest, hosted by Sweet Jane Vintage and Lucky 13 Pub, brightens up East Passyunk Avenue. Bands! Drinks! My baby in baby sunglasses! 1800 block of E. Passyunk Ave., 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Free!

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Photo by Nicholas Gilewicz