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Saturday, May 15, 2021

The peepshow booth meets performance art in Theatre for One, an experimental entertainment venue in Manhattan that literally crams together the viewer and the viewed:

[Producer and designer Christine] Jones’s theater is a movable box nine feet long and four feet wide. For 10 days starting Friday, it will stage short performances in Times Square, weather permitting. Ms. Jones has lined up six new plays and a dance piece, along with musicians, a stand-up comedian and a puppeteer, among other performers. Just as every performance will have only one audience member, every performance will have only one performer.

At this point in a story like this, there would usually be a sentence that began with the words “seats are available.” But “Theater for One” is about singular sensations, so in this story that sentence goes like this: The seat will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Of course, Times Square is no stranger to the concept of one-on-one performances — it used to be the area’s hallmark attraction. So I can’t think of a more appropriate location for this theater-in-a-box, even if the content is nowhere as risque as the fare from the bad old days.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/15/2010 08:16pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin'
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3 down, 4 up
Emblematic of the upside-down train wreck that the Eastern Conference bracket has become in this year’s National Hockey League playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers roared back from an 0-3 series deficit to eliminate the Boston Bruins in their series.

That’s an impressive enough feat, given that it’s happened so rarely in major-pro sports (this is the third time in the NHL, and somewhat ironically, the Boston Red Sox did it in 2004 for MLB comeback marker). What’s even more impressive, and adds a touch of symmetrical destiny to the Flyers’ accomplishment: They had to come back from an 3-0 goal deficit in Game 7 last night to complete the deed.

So it was a double-downer of oh-and-threes that Philadelphia had to overcome, in microcosmic game-time and macrocosmic series grind. And on the flip side, Boston experienced the overcoming. One for the ages.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/15/2010 12:19pm
Category: Baseball, Hockey
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Reaching into my store-bought box of fortune cookies, I find that I’m down to the last two entries for “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. Here’s No. 15 — the next-to-last one — which tells us that thoroughness is the better part of vigilance:

A cautious person leaves no stones unturned.

No caution involved, but we’ll see what turns up in the final fortune tomorrow.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/15/2010 10:16am
Category: Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune, Photography
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