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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
Arts

This Week's Arts & Lit: Range Café gallery, reasons to be pretty, E.B. Held’s secrets

“I know you can hear me.”
Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin
“I know you can hear me.”

Gallery Review: Artists’ work at the Range Café influenced by natural world

Performance Preview: Duke City Rep offers reasons to be pretty

Author Interview: E.B. Held reveals secrets of espionage

V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
Abe Jallad and Lauren Myers in   Reasons to Be Pretty
Elizabeth Dwyer Sandlin

Performance Preview

Who You Callin’ Regular?

Duke City Rep offers reasons to be pretty

Playwright Neil LaBute is known for his unflinching, cynical plays that feature characters at their worst, often worthy of audience disgust. He is also regarded for his rapid-fire, true-to-life dialogue that has actors talking over one another and cutting off each other’s lines. Duke City Reparatory Theatre’s production of reasons to be pretty has both of these elements. But Amelia Ampuero, the director of the play, says this LaBute script is much more palatable than some of his other material.

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Arts

This Week's Arts & Lit: gallery of Seton’s treasures, classical music and beer, we want your haiku

James T. Shields (clarinet) and Conor Hanick (piano) take a breather at Club Beethoven’s June 5 debut.
photo courtesy of Club Beethoven
James T. Shields (clarinet) and Conor Hanick (piano) take a breather at Club Beethoven’s June 5 debut.

Through the Wolf’s Eyes: Santa Fe nonprofit opens permanent gallery of treasures left by Ernest Thompson Seton.

Performance Review: Church of Beethoven’s older, cocktail-swirling brother

Culture Shock: You Can Haiku

Arts

This Week's Arts & Lit: Alternative communities and ManWords

“The Golden Gate 1”
Jay Nelson
“The Golden Gate 1”

Concurrent exhibits at 516 ARTS home in on alternative communities.

Book Review: ManWords: Real Words for Real Men Writer John Bear has a message for comedian/author Jeremy Greenberg and his sexist drivel: “‘Here are a few man words Greenberg should learn: ‘child support payments,’ ‘custody dispute’ and ‘Daddy,’ as in your kids calling some other guy ‘Daddy.’

Culture Shock: SOFA WEST art and design fair in Santa Fe

Arts

This Week's Arts & Lit: Rancho Pancho, demonic possessions, Picosa

A collaboration between Nani Chacon and Marie Sena
A collaboration between Nani Chacon and Marie Sena

Performance Preview: Rancho Pancho shows relationship between Tennessee Williams and Pancho Rodriguez

Book Review: Seed, demonic possession and creepy kiddies

Art Preview: Picosa depicts strong women

V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Candelaria and Briseño work out some issues.
Alan Mitchell

Performance Preview

A Ranch Named Desire

Play details relationship between Tennessee Williams and lover Pancho Rodriguez

“He was a very prolific character,” says Santiago Candelaria, who plays Williams in Rancho Pancho, a play by Gregg Barrios. “Not only in his writing but just in his way of being, how he moved through what he did.” The play, presented by Camino Real Productions, and running at the National Hispanic Cultural Center through Aug. 7, explores the relationship between Williams and one of his partners, Pancho Rodriguez. “He was a compulsive worker and it sort of shows up in everything he did,” Candelaria says. “He worked compulsively, he drank compulsively, he smoked compulsively, he took pills compulsively, he had sex compulsively.”

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V.20 No.29 | 7/21/2011
A trio of Hers
Christina Slyter

Performance Preview

Skeletons in the Trailer

Performer tackles love lost and suicide notes with dark humor

Christina Slyter’s new solo show is about a woman who has become a shut-in, terrified of the outside world, because her husband killed himself—yet it’s full of dark humor. “The show takes place on the night that she wakes up,” Slyter says, “and discovers that there are people in her house. She tries to be a good hostess to them and show them a good time ... “ The audience members are the visitors in her house, and as the woman gets closer to revealing truths, her hostess skills unravel.

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