Weekend Arts Roundup: Theater, Dance, and A Cappella Galore

With the insanity of New Jersey’s doomsday weather this week (first a tropical storm, then a blizzard…where are the locusts?) comes a slew of exciting arts opportunities this weekend!  These next couple of weekends before Thanksgiving have a multitude of great shows and concerts in store, nearly all of which you can attend for free with your Student Events Eligible pass (a.k.a. a simple swipe of your prox).  Don’t delay–these babies are sure to sell out fast!

  • Tonight, the Princeton Katzenjammers present a one-night-only musical extravaganza of co-ed a cappella.  If their great vocalizing isn’t enough to tempt you, the night’s also featuring a performance by former KJ Ben Taub ’14, fresh from his stint on NBC’s  The Voice.  11pm Thursday night, Theatre Intime.  Click here for more.
  • This weekend only, the Princeton University Players present Nine, a sexy musical directed by sophomore Eamon Foley ’15.  Song, dance, leggy ladies with great pipes: who could ask for more?  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street.  Click here for more.
  • You won’t want to miss eXpressions Dance Company‘s electrifying fall show, Uprising.  Tickets go fast for this one-weekend event, so get ’em while you can!  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theater.  Click here for more.
  • This weekend and next, Theatre Intime presents the hair-rasing comic thriller Wait Until Dark, directed by sophomore Mike Pinsky ’15.  8pm Thursday-Saturday for two weekends in Theatre Intime, with a 2pm matinee next Saturday (11/17).  Click here for more.
  • All-Nighter with David Drew, Princeton’s only live late-night talk show, presents its second episode at 11pm this Friday in Frist.  The first show was a huge hit, so it’s definitely worth a watch!  Featuring guests Bruce Easop ’13 (USG president), Professor Sam Wang (election predictor extraordinaire), and singer-Songwriter Mark Watter ’14.  Click here for more.
  • The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater collaborates with the Department of Music to present its fall show extravaganza, Der Bourgeois Bigwig.  Chock full of hilarious hijinks from a talented team of actors, music from the University Orchestra, and stunning costumes and set, it’s a must-see.  Friday and Saturday at 8pm; next Thursday-Saturday at 8pm (11/9-10 and 11/15-17). Berlind Theater and McCarter Theater Center (across from the Dinky).  Click here for more.
  • This Friday only, the Princeton Tigressions present a great night of female a cappella at Richardson Auditorium for their biannual Jam.  It also features guest performances from BAC Dance and the Princeton Footnotes (male a cappella).  A terrific night of music and dance in a beautiful venue!  Click here for more.
  • This weekend only, Princeton Chinese Theatre presents Rhinoceros in Love, directed by Jianfei Chen ’15 and Liukun Wu ’15.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, with a 2pm Saturday matinee, in Whitman College’s Class of 1970 Theatre.  Click here for more.
  • As you plan your weekend’s viewing schedule, remember to snag tickets for the Princeton Triangle Club‘s newest show, Tree’s Company: Forest’s a Crowd!, which will run next Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday matinee (11/16-18).  It’s in the Matthews Theater at McCarter (the big one at the top of the hill), and tickets sell out fast, so get on it!  Click here for more. 

Weekend Arts Roundup: Prefrosh Edition!

Welcome, orange-lanyard-clad Prefrosh!  We’re thrilled you’re here–and the campus is abuzz for the next two weekends with exciting performing arts events that give you a useful glimpse of Princeton’s thriving arts scene.  Any of the following would make for a wonderful introduction to the artsy side of Old Nassau:
  • [caption id="attachment_12446" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theater (known by members of the Princeton Triangle Club as "the house Triangle built") on the opening night of a Triangle show."]McCarter Theatre Center's Matthews Theater (known by members of the Princeton Triangle Club as "the house Triangle built") on the night of a Triangle show.[/caption]

    Looking for a night of pure hilarity, along with a glimpse at a Princeton arts institution?  The Princeton Triangle Club, which produces an annual musical that is completely conceived, written, produced and performed by Princeton undergraduates, is presenting its spring show, Are You There, Dod? It’s Me, Marquand (don’t worry, prefrosh; you’ll understand the title if you come here. And/or if you’re too young to remember Judy Blume, we are officially ashamed of you).  While their fall show is directed by professionals and goes on a national tour, the spring show is more casual: it’s where the writers try out new jokes, the Club hunts for new talent, and the audiences are in stitches.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, tickets $7 in Frist or at the door; Class of 1970 Theater in Whitman College.

  • …speaking of high hilarity, the Princeton South Asian Theatrics’ play Bombay Confidential is sure to be a fun-filled night.  One weekend only in the Wilson Black Box, so get tickets before they’re gone! $7 at Frist or at the Door.
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    Still feel entirely wrapped up in the admissions process?  Admissions: An Original Musical, written by Dan Abromowitz ’13, Clayton Raithel ’12, & Nora Sullivan ’12, and directed by J.T. Glaze ’13, is a perfect fit: its depiction of the high-jinks and heartbreaks of senior year is completely irresistible.  It also represents a collaboration between artists from three major theater groups on campus: Dan, Clayton, and Nora have all been writers for the Princeton Triangle Club, and the play is co-produced by Theatre Intime, Princeton’s oldest entirely student-led theater group, and the Princeton University Players, the campus’s musical theater company.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, this weekend and next; tickets $8, student events eligible.  Voucher accessible for pre-frosh; buy your tickets ahead of time in Frist!

  • Curious about getting a certificate in theater?  Pippin, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, is a senior thesis production for senior Adam Hyndman, who plays Pippin and the Lead Player. It’s an incredible production, with top-notch performances and a professional director and designers. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; tickets $10 for students, $15 for adults.  Tickets in Frist or at the Berlind Box Office.
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    Want to learn more about the arts on campus? The Lewis Center for the Arts, which houses the Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, and Theater, will be holding an open house for prefrosh from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday at 185 Nassau Street.  Learn from students about how they’ve integrated the arts into their undergrad careers!

  • Still around at 6pm on Saturday? Don’t miss an outdoor performance by They Might Be Giants in the courtyard by the Princeton Public Library–a great chance to see an even greater band for free!  For prospective students, it’s a great way to see how townies and undergrads join forces; for current students, it’s an unmissable study break.  Sponsored by the Princeton Record Exchange, the town’s out-of-this-world wonderful record store; with its walls and walls of dirt cheap used CDs, it’s a music nerd’s idea of heaven.
  • Speaking of those music nerds, there are two great events on the docket on Sunday.  First up is Driving Music, Kevin Laskey ’12’s senior thesis concert for the Department of Music.  Three student ensembles will perform Laskey’s original compositions, which run the gamut from classical to jazz: it’s a prime example of the exciting opportunities available at Princeton for talented up-and-coming artists.  Sunday at 1:30pm in the Rocky Common Room; free.
  • Next up is the Princeton University Glee Club’s spring concert on Sunday at 3pm, featuring performances of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” and “Five Mystical Songs,” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem.  One day only; it’s sure to be a beautiful event.  Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall; tickets $5 for students, events eligible.

Theatre Intime Enters the Hunger Games Arena

The Garden Theatre wasn’t the only theater playing “The Hunger Games” this weekend. To settle the debate of which board member would win the Hunger Games, Theatre Intime was too:

The year is 2012, and Princeton University has been bathed in blood.

A University committee came to the conclusion that freshmen should not be allowed to be involved with sororities and fraternities. In a last-ditch effort to save their organizations, the Greeks revolted. Although at first they stood alone against the University, as the war dragged on, other student groups joined their cause. Eventually the University won out, but many lives were lost and egos bruised. In response, the University instituted the Hunger Games, a yearly event in which the campus is cleared out and the members of a student organization are forced to fight to death until only one remains. The purpose of these games is to remind the student organizations that they are subservient to the University and to occasionally decimate the unruly leadership of an organization.

Theatre Intime has the unfortunate luck of being the first student organization subjected to the Hunger Games.

21 board members enter the arena, but only one will exit….

Thanks to this fanfic by Philip Rosen ‘13, four tributes have already died. The winner will be announced by vote soon. We here at the University Press Club wonder how many campus squirrels will be turned into stew before then.

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Weekend Arts Roundup: Opera, Dance, Drama, and More

426094_3396618119042_1377398408_33321687_1880442258_nIt’s a chock-full weekend for arts events, with something for everyone!  Opportunities for procrastination abound (I mean, what? Who’s procrastinating?):
  • Naacho’s tenth-anniversary show, Yaadein, is sure to be a terrific watch, featuring everything from classical Indian dance to Bollywood and street dancing.  Tickets for the Saturday shows are already entirely sold out, so act fast!  Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 6pm and 9pm in the Frist Film and Performance Theatre (on the third floor).  Events eligible.
  • Princeton’s biannual ArtWalk offers a great chance to browse Princeton’s finest visual arts venues for free.  With exciting events, free food, and beautiful art, what do you have to lose?  You can stop by any of the ArtWalk’s ten venues between 5-8pm on Thursday night: click here for a handy venue map if you’re venturing off campus.
  • One of the most exciting ArtWalk events is right here on campus: the Princeton Opera Company will be presenting a night of arias and duets performed by undergrads at the University Art Museum from 5-8pm.  Stop by for a bit to wander through the galleries, enjoy the refreshments, and soak in the beautiful music!
  • For an exciting taste of the professional theater world, stop by the staged workshop of Class of ’99 alum Marlo Hunter’s new musical Island Song. The production features five Princeton undergraduates, who have been helping Hunter work on the play as she prepares for its upcoming professional run.  Presented by the Princeton University Players (PUP): Saturday at 1:30 and 4:30pm in the Whitman Theater.  All tickets $5, available at the door.
  • Hilarious slapstick comedy abounds in the Center for Jewish Life’s annual play, Larry Shue’s The Nerd, directed by Charlotte Weisberg ’13.  Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm in Wilson Black Box (take the elevator down to the basement from Wilcox lobby!).  Student tickets $8, $10 general admission.
  • 430040_1653987394178_1104488333_nIf you missed Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Theatre Intime last weekend, there are still four more chances to see it!  Definitely one of the best student-directed plays I’ve seen during my three years at Princeton.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in Theatre Intime, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Student tickets $8, in Frist or at the door; events eligible.
  • PUP has multiple tricks up its sleeve this weekend: opening today is Elizabeth Swanson ’12’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. It’s a fascinating play, and one that is currently enjoying a Manhattan run as part of New York City Center’s Encores! Series–take advantage of the chance to see it performed closer to home!  Its terrific cast and seasoned director sound like they’ll make for an excellent combination.  Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in Whitman Theatre; student tickets $8, in Frist or at the door.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Intime, Improv, and More

monkeys-hdr_lrgTwo weeks in (doesn’t it feel longer?) and campus arts events are up and running! As the semester goes into full swing, this batch of events is the perfect antidote to daunting workloads and overtired brains:

  • Theatre Intime, Princeton’s oldest entirely student-run theater company, starts its 2011-2012 season with Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers, directed by sophomore Eric Traub.  Part comic coming-of-age story and part family drama, this Pulitzer-Prize-winning play is one of Simon’s best, and features an all-star student cast. Thursday-Saturday at 8pm in Theatre Intime: tickets $8, Student Events Eligible.
  • The Department of Music’s Making Tunes concert series, which features a range of international musicians who blend traditional and improvisatory folk music traditions, continues its second week with Appalachian fiddle player Bruce Molsky.  The Tunes series’ first concert was completely sold out, so buying ahead is a smart move: tickets are available at Frist or via phone at 609-258-9220, and the event is Student Events Eligible.  Thursday at 8pm in Taplin Auditorium at Fine Hall.
  • 319614_2211111437472_1238070354_32620346_719421329_nIf you’re hoping to glimpse the next Amy Poehler or Ed Helms, don’t miss The UCB Touring Company’s one-night improv comedy show at McCarter Theatre, sponsored by Quipfire! improv troupe.  Friday at 11pm; free admission, but get there early to get a good seat! It’s sure to fill up fast.
  • Princeton’s Program in Theater opens its season with The Monkeys Are Coming!, a Russian avant-garde drama directed by senior Gabe Crouse as part of his senior thesis.  First published in 1923, the play appears here in a brand-new translation by several professors in Princeton’s Slavic Department.  It’s a genre-bending (and brain-bending) performance–and its 50-minute length makes it perfect for a pre-Street study break.  Friday and Saturday at 8pm in Matthews Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts (185 Nassau Street); student tickets $10, Student Events Eligible.
  • Speaking of theses, seniors Eddie Skolnick and Jeff Hodes will present an All-Mozart Senior Thesis Recital for the Music Department’s Performance Program on Saturday at 8pm in Taplin Auditorium.  Skolnick will play and conduct Mozart’s Adagio in E for Violin and Orchestra and his Violin Concerto No. 3; Hodes will perform and conduct Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; and both musicians will be backed by a fifteen-person student chamber orchestra.  Free admission, with a reception to follow.

Weekend Arts Roundup: A Cappella, Asperger’s, and More

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It’s our last weekend before all the 2015ers descend upon us, complete with orange lanyards and dazed expressions; breathe deep, take a short break from your theses, JPs, and other academic insanity, and treat yourself to one of these arts gems.

  • The biggest arts event on campus this weekend (albeit one that might have stolen my soul as stage manager) is Strange Faces, an original musical by Andrea Grody ’11 about children growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome and how they interact with their families.  Love, tears, laughter, amazing acting, and stunningly beautiful music–this show has it all, and more.  Free open dress rehearsal at 8pm on Thursday; performances Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with $10 student tickets. Events eligible.  Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau.  Get tickets now, it’s selling out fast!
  • Speaking of big arts events, Terrace brings us indie powerhouse Joy Formidable this Thursday for one of the club’s most exciting concerts of the semester.  The night also features sets from Mona and The Lonely Forest, and it’s sure to fill up fast; get there early at 11pm to get in before the doors close.
  • 189775_10150115537936046_560851045_6948930_2696601_nThe premiere a cappella event of the month is Twenty-Something, Roaring 20’s semi-annual Jam concert in Richardson Auditorium and guest-starring the Georgetown Chimes and Quipfire.  It only happens once every two years, so come to cheer on your friends and hear some epic tunes!  Tickets are $8; student events eligible.  Saturday 4-5:30pm
  • There’s still time to see Brighton Beach Memoirs at Theatre Intime and House of Blue Leaves at the Berlind Theatre.  Both play Thursday-Saturday at 8pm; tickets are $8 for Brighton Beach and $10 for Blue Leaves, and both are student events eligible.
  • 208594_1765711416933_1063560131_31811728_6337267_nGot a craving for free classical music? Check out Classical Music Hour in the Rocky Common Room at 7pm on Friday, featuring performances from Princeton’s Sinfonia Orchestra.  A lovely way to kill some time after dinner!
  • Ballet Folklorico has its 9th annual show, Detrás del Sombrero (Behind The Hat), this Friday at 9:30pm and Saturday at 7pm.  Featuring traditional dances from Veracruz, Huasteca Veracruzana, Jalisco, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Guerrero and Colima, it’s not-to-be missed.  Tickets are $8, student events eligible; performances are in the Frist Film and Performance Theatre.

Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance, Drama, and More

photo-1Oh the weather outside is frightful (how much we wish we were joking), but despite the end-of-term push and the craziness of Formals weekend, there’s still a strong lineup of arts events in store for you over the next three nights. Here’s a taste:
  • DiSiac’s fall dance show, Flux, is this weekend’s must-see event–their fall performances almost always sell out, and it’s one weekend only, so get your tickets early at Frist or at McCarter. Thursday and Friday at 7pm and 10pm, the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Centre.  To watch their trailer, click here.
  • The Princeton University Orchestra’s all-Shostakovich winter concert is featuring piano legend Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchstra and will also conduct Shosty’s 8th Symphony.  If you’re a fan of classical music, all things Russian, or jsut nerdily famous people in general, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.  Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Tickets $8, student events eligible.

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Weekend Arts Roundup: Drama, Dance, Music and More

Check out Floyd Collins at 185 Nassau this weekend and next.

Check out Floyd Collins at 185 Nassau this weekend and next.

With two weeks to go, we’re nearing the home stretch, folks! If you’re looking for a way to decompress from JPs or theses, or just want to procrastinate your way through this pre-winter formals weekend, look no further than this week’s killer events:

  • If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the seventh Harry Potter yet (or Part 1, anyway), they’re offering it for free at the Garden Theatre this weekend at 11:30pm this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Yes, for free. Do it, and do it early: the last time they had a free movie (The Social Network) it sold out a good hour before the show started.  You can also pick up free tickets at the Garden beforehand.
  • The creepy true story of a Kentucky miner stuck in a cave back in 1925 meets haunting, modern music in Landau and Guettel’s Floyd Collins, directed by Andy Linz ’11 and featuring Hannah Wilson ’11. Both students are using the play as their senior theses for the Department of Theatre; with its killer set, costumes and cast, it’s not to be missed. Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau: Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with additional shows next weekend. Tickets $10, student events eligible.
  • Up for some good ole-fashioned southern melodrama? Look no further than Tennessee Williams’s Garden District, a set of one-act plays directed by Dan Rattner ’13 and produced by Theatre Intime.  Thursday-Saturday, this weekend and next, at 8pm in Theatre Intime: tickets $8, student events eligible.

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Weekend Arts Roundup: This is Our Youth, Illyria, and More

Illyria Poster Final PKMNWelcome back to campus, everybody! This weekend is one of the term’s busiest for arts events–with great theater, music, and dance everywhere you turn, the hardest thing will be choosing which performances to see!  Here’s our cheat sheet for what’s in store:
  • This is Our Youth, a story of Upper-East-Side twentysomethings in the 1980s, produced by Theatre Intime and directed by Chris Ghaffari ’12. November 11-13 and 18-20, Theatre Intime. To watch the trailer, click here. Tickets $8, student events eligible.
  • Illyria, a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night by Pete Mills ’95 and Cara Reichel ’96, co-produced by the Princeton University Players and Princeton Shakespeare Company (and directed by yours truly!).   November 11-13 at 8pm, 13-14 at 2pm, Matthews Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Tickets $8, student events eligible.
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Weekend Arts Roundup: “Red Herring” and more

Red Herring posterThe weekend is nearly upon us, ladies and gents! And with it comes the start of Theatre Intime’s 2010-2011 season.  For the newbs, Intime is Princeton’s principal student-run organization for “straight plays,” meaning those without song and dance.  Founded in 1920, the group currently runs out of the Hamilton Murray Theatre, a beautiful old space that’s adjacent to the University Chapel.  Intime is also conveniently attached to Murray Dodge Café, also known as the most heavenly place on campus: its freshly baked cookies, free coffee, and free tea from 10-12:30 every night have been solely responsible for getting many a Princetonian to graduation in one piece.

Intime opens its season tonight with Red Herring, an atmospheric piece set in 1952.  While the play depicts an America enmeshed in McCarthyism, nuclear threat, and Eisenhower’s impending presidential inauguration, the plot deftly toes the line between introspection and fast-paced humor.  The play’s director, Cara Liuzzi ’12, calls the play’s world one that is “colorful,strange, and darkly atmospheric; a fairy tale with blunt honesty.”

While Liuzzi did considerable research before embarking on “Red Herring,” she loved the immersion experience of working on the show.  “I loved reading a Time-Life book on the 1950s that I got out of the library: looking at the images in that book really helped me get a feel for the show.”  Everything in the show was meticulously done according to period, from the costumes to the music: “the music that punctuates the many blackout lines and scene changes in the play has the potential to add a lot of atmosphere, and also a kind of ironic commentary at times,” Liuzzi explained.

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