TONIGHT! Friday, February 24 I Jack Dishel: Party of One Jack Dishel is best known as a songwriter and musician, touring all over the world performing as Only Son and also playing lead guitar in The Moldy Peaches. This year he has literally exploded onto the comedy scene, doing a two month run of hour-long shows at the Sidewalk Cafe – without ever repeating material. It’s sometimes hilarious, sometimes dark, but always interesting. Dishel has the unique ability to keep an audience engaged the entire time they’re in a room. Whether speaking as one of his many characters or in his own voice, his ideas come through loud and clear. It’s a fast hour. This show at the PIT marks a big step for Dishel – bringing the drunken night club insanity into a theater. Let’s see what happens Read the rest of this entry »
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Starting TONIGHT! Antinous – Antinous is a tragedy — a tale about the fated love that grew between an adolescent and a middle-aged man. But it is also a story about politics, identity, power and powerlessness. It happened about two thousand years ago in Ancient Rome, when a Greek boy was brought to Emperor Hadrian’s palace following a devastating earthquake in his homeland. No one knows when or why, but Antinous became Hadrian’s page first, and, then his lover. Relationships between powerful men and promising youths were then tacitly permitted. Extending the bond beyond adolescence, however — and certainly, falling in love — was frowned upon. But they did fall in love. Very deeply. The Emperor outlived his young lover for seven years, becoming increasingly sick and prematurely old. He surrounded himself with statues of his page and ruled the Empire from his Villa in Tivoli, the place he had shared with him for years. This play, therefore, is a fantasy — an effort to imagine who this boy might have been, based on the few facts we know about him, and on the many images of him that have survived. Looking at them closely, we suspect that he was a lot more than an exceptionally beautiful boy. Antinous’ extant images give us some clues. In them we find an impertinent, temperamental, intelligent, melancholic, vulnerable young man.