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V.22 No.33 | 8/15/2013
Torben Bjørn Hansen

Art Theater Preview

Leave the Kids at Home, Pearly Sweetcake

Did you know how twisted Shel Silverstein, the author of The Giving Tree, really was? A brand new Albuquerque theater would like to show you.
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V.22 No.32 | 8/8/2013
courtesy of Working Classroom

Art Theater Preview

Is It Real, or Is It Just the American Dream?

Dreamlandia adapts old questions for a new century

Working Classroom brings their own spin to the timeless tale of how we deceive ourselves and others just to get by.
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V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013

Art Theater Preview

Truths Found in Dreams

The cryptic origins of Secret Things

Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, wherefore art thou? After more than 500 years, it’s easy to lose the threads from which a faith was once woven. Elaine Romero’s Secret Things picks them up again.
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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Cast and crew of As You Like It from last year’s Youth Summer Shakespeare Intensive production

Arts Feature

Summertime Theater Dreams

Leigh Hile reports on youth theater, The Vortex and The Bard.
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V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
Art Tedesco and Dehron Foster
George Williams

Arts Feature

Springtime for a Hit

A dynamic Producers pleases

Musical mayhem comes to the Albuquerque Little Theatre stage with The Producers
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V.22 No.21 | 5/23/2013
From left: Sheridan Johnson, an Aux Dog student and Holly Adams
Victoria Liberatori

Arts Feature

Theater Training Ground

Students give Shakespeare full treatment this summer

The Aux Dog Theatre’s youth summer program promises to empower and enlighten students with a range of sophisticated skills.
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V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Stenographer Anna Snitkina (played by Jessica Quindlen) cradles Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky (David James).
Daryl Streeter

Performance Review

Humanity and Divinity

Santa Fe playwright infuses love story with dark philosophy

A precocious young stenographer is sent to help the famous Russian author in dire deadline straights.

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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #270: “Someone, like me, is going to want to kill you someday.”

(This dream was dated 5/3/2002.) I am in a theater before a show. I sit by a guy who flashes a black BB pistol and then another silver one. He fiddles with it and points it at me. It goes off and a BB whizzes through my hair. I disarm him and tell him he can get his guns from the ticket counter after the show. I press my forehead hard against his and I tell him someone, like me, is going to want to kill him someday.

V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012
Mother Road’s band of bearded brothers will take on the Battle of Gettysburg in   The Killer Angels  .
Photo by Julia Thudium

Performance Preview

Killer Rehearsal

Mother Road opens doors to the public in advance of its September production

Taps flowed, pizza was passed around and old friends joked together in the basement of JC’s NYPD pizzeria. As the cast and crew of Mother Road Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Killer Angels gathered for its first rehearsal, the air hummed. I felt that familiar flutter as the first page of the script turned. Here we go! I thought to myself. This is the best part—the part where the magic of making a play all begins.

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dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #261: I have walked out onto the stage.

I am late for J's play. G is already there. I rush into the building and realize that I have walked out onto the stage. I put my head down and rush across to a plush chair and sit down. The actors continue talking to each other, saying their lines, doing their lives. I get a dirty look from a guy on my left in a black felt hat. I must be in his place.

V.21 No.30 | 7/26/2012
Some 19  th   century teens express their sexual longing through dreamy gazes ...
Cassidy Knight

Performance Review

High School Heat

ALT’s lusty teen musical is uncoordinated yet awesome—kinda like your first time

Take a late-19th century German play about school children. Adapt it as a rock musical with a score by a ’90s folk-rock one-hit wonder. Mix generously with explicit themes of adolescent sexuality, and the result is going to to be highly unorthodox.

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V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012
Jason Deuter and Leslie Joy Coleman
Photo by Sam Adams

Theater News

Like Water in the Desert

SouthWest Rural Theatre Project ain’t afraid of small-town drama

When Leslie Joy Coleman was an undergrad at New Mexico Highlands University, she had an experience that forever changed her understanding of theatergoing. Her professor arranged for buses to bring students from outlying schools to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. “The show was supposed to start in the dark, and the light cue would come on one of the first lines,” Coleman says. “So here we go, we’re going to start the show. Down come the house lights, and as soon as it goes completely dark, all the kids start hootin’ and hollerin’. We tried to start, but you couldn’t hear the first lines over the noise. And standing there in the dark, I thought to myself, They’ve never been exposed to this, so they don’t know.” That's when Coleman, who grew up north of Las Vegas, N.M., realized how little experience rural communities can have with theater.

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V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012
The Greek chorus, reinterpreted
Photo by Alicia Lueras Maldonado

Performance Review

Speaking for the Silenced

Río de Lágrimas links imperialism, La Llorona and Juárez slayings

For 20 years, the stories of women and girls killed in Ciudad Juárez have been silenced in their own country and largely ignored by the world. A wave of roughly 60 femicides in 2012 is receiving even less media attention as the untold number of deaths continues to grow. In Río de Lágrimas (River of Tears), a multilingual music and storytelling performance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the women of Albuquerque-based collective Las Meganenas nobly attempt to tell the victims’ stories.

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V.21 No.24 | 6/14/2012
Courtesy of Cissy King

Arts Profile

Ballroom Blitz

The beat goes on for dancer Cissy King

For Cissy King, remembering lines has always presented a host of challenges. But the veteran dancer-turned-actress has no trouble firing off some of the funnier misspeakings of her former boss, television variety show icon Lawrence Welk. King, who grew up in Albuquerque, danced on the program for more than 11 years.

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Alibi Picks

Plundering the Bank and the Sacred

“Hey, I have an idea!”
Alan Mitchell Photography
“Hey, I have an idea!”

If you and your buddy pulled a heist and need a place to hide the cash, you'd better pray for a dead relative. That's the way robbers Dennis and Hal play it in Loot by Joe Orton. The two men stash their spoils in Mom's coffin. Director Aaron Worley says the dark comedy, which first premiered in 1965, sparkles with snappy wit that still draws laughs from modern audiences. Toss in a gold-digging nurse, a corrupt inspector and a cadaver that keeps popping up around the house, and a fortune of farce unfolds.

“Listen up, mister!”
Alan Mitchell Photography
“Listen up, mister!”
The cast, left to right: Eric Bodwell , Brian Chapman , Neil Faulconbridge, Christy Lopez, Michael Weppler and John Hardman
Alan Mitchell Photography
The cast, left to right: Eric Bodwell , Brian Chapman , Neil Faulconbridge, Christy Lopez, Michael Weppler and John Hardman
Loot
Opens Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Runs through Oct. 2
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Vortex Theatre
2004 1/2 Central SE
Tickets: $15, $10 student rush
247-8600, vortexabq.org
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