Geva Theatre Center on Monday will present a one-night-only reading of "Hamilton." No, not Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical phenomenon, but the biographical play written 100 years ago by West Bloomfield native Mary P. Hamlin and George Arliss.
When you really think about it, children and drag queens are an obvious fit: they both use their imaginations to express themselves creatively, love playing dress-up, and have a natural affinity for bright, shiny objects. Now, Blackfriars Theatre is partnering with The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley to finally bring these two groups together for Drag Story Hour, a six-event series hosted by "RuPaul's Drag Race" alum, Mrs. Kasha Davis.
Closing out the 2017 Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival on Saturday is perhaps one of the Fringe's fastest-growing events. Street Beat, an afternoon-long dance competition taking place on Gibbs Street, attracts some of the best dancers in the region — look out for groups like TRU ART, a recently formed dance squad that has performed at major festivals like the Puerto Rican Festival and partnered with other Fringe artists for shows that combine dance and poetry.
Not everyone who made art in college makes the practice into their main career, but it doesn't mean they don't still create. For example, Trisha Koomen, a former student of The College at Brockport's Department of Art, is a registered nurse.
Sadly, Sophocles' "Ajax" holds real, relevant power almost 2,500 years after it was written. During the playwright's lifetime, the Greeks waged war on six fronts, and the works of Sophocles (who was a general himself), along with Aeschylus and Euripides, reflected the tragedy, horror, and spirit-destroying consequences of warfare.
If anything is going to make Rochester a "City of the Arts," with acknowledgement from the wider world for our home-grown offerings, it's going to be the efforts of the artists and arts organizations themselves, not just building a new theater. Those who are paying attention know these organizing efforts are already underway, and are showing promise.
There isn't a topic Nikki Glaser will shy away from. The stand-up comedian's former Comedy Central show, "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser," featured segments on orgasms, porn, male enhancement pills, and an excellently titled feature called "tackling tough issues while holding a puppy." Glaser — who also hosts a podcast called "Not Safe" — has a similar boldness during her stand-up act.
America is entrenched in a battle to replace legacies, for better or worse. Trump & co. are busy trying to obscure or undo everything achieved before his rise to power.
Black Sheep Theatre will present "The Best Laid Plans," an evening of five one-act plays written by husband-and-wife team Robin Anne Joseph and Albi Gorn, and directed by Kristy Angevine-Funderburk and Diane Mashia. As the name suggests, the different stories are loosely connected by the concept of carefully set efforts going awry.
French street theater company Plasticiens Volants will take over the much contested space at Parcel 5 on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, for the hour-long, family-friendly program, "Big Bang." Through the use of massive inflatables flown above audiences by actors on the ground, the show presents a surreal story about creation and human evolution and all of our undying questions.