VARIETY SHOW ON A WEEKDAY Announces Its Various Acts
Not discouraged by their first outing, Variety Show on a Weekday comes roaring back with its distinct brand of short plays, songs, dances and animal acts* for three days this July at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Tuesday, July 12th - Thursday, July 14th)
Like the first incarnation, it is a benefit for the Cafe's numerous educational programs. The new show, loosely titled Miss Communication, will feature some of the same contributing writers from the first venture and others who will be no stranger to New Yorkers that are attuned to this sort of thing.
In Daniel F. Levin's (Spandex the Musical) song, "Thrill of the Campaign," from his appropriately-timed musical, "Campaign," Marty is falling back in love with his college sweetheart, Barbara-the only question is, is it just the rush of the trail? Natalie Bird (Dominatrix Breakroom) follows last February's "Playground Duty" with "A Feline Visitor," or what happens when your couple's therapist is a cat.
In Daniel Gallant's (Executive Director of Nuyorican and 2016 Eisenhower Fellow) short play "Tell the TSA," profiling runs amok as over-zealous airport security guards match wits with a resilient traveler. Philip Cruise (Love is a Battlefield), who played a restless husband in the first incarnation, pens his own piece, "Three Drinks," in which the traditional bar scene is flipped, and the relentless Tracey won't leave without a conquest.
Old does not mean dead, and "Sex-Ray (aka Senior X-Ray)," Amanda Miller's sizzler (One Breath, then Another), features the return of 87-year-old Edith Shlivovitz, who pitches this Tinder-inspired dating app for seniors to a panel of investors--it's what's inside that counts! 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company partners with the troupe, presenting award-winning playwright Ken Kaissar's "If Not Now." In this one case, old actually does mean close to dead. A daughter confronts her dying father whose materialism and lack of spirituality disgust her, only to realize that her critical lecture may have to suffice as her final goodbye.
Liz Piccoli (True Love, the Pink Musical) has only released three words about her as-of-yet-untitled piece: Slip 'n Slide, Disco and Sequins (Slip 'n Slide counts as one word). Rounding out the music, Tara Bahna James performs a deliciously lazy original jazz tune, "Notes to the Moon" while the ethereal Cat Cruise dances, and Valdaniel Martins, a one-man studio, plays his own tunes and collaborates with Mr. Levin.
Variety Show on a Weekday will feature the acting of Ms. Bird, Avi Soroka, Ms. Bahna James, Mr. Cruise, David Brouillard, Ms. Miller, Ed Miller, Nicole Naccash, and more. The show is produced by Mr. Levin with Ms. Bird and Avi Soroka (24/6 Co-Artistic Director).
Tickets are $15 at nuyorican.org or $18 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's educational programming.
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Audience members should be prepared to be in a dark room with shiny things happening on a stage. All are strongly encouraged to stay past intermission.
*Animal acts not guaranteed