According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Soul Searching by Maria Perez-Martinez

“It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey.”

At first glance, Soul Searching seems like a show not meant for the “modern woman”. With a story based around four women and their search for that perfect soul mate, it would seem that the only thing that matters in life is a man; finding a man, marrying a man and have children with that man. But as the play moves forward, we discover, along with the women that life is not all about the men, it is about the love – and the journey one has to travel in order to find that love.

Soul Searching is a unique and highly enjoyable experience which is not your average musical. Every single word spoken during the performance is not actually spoken, but sung. With a rock band in the middle of the stage the entire time, the musical element of this show cannot be missed. Also, the voices of this six-member cast all make for a fantastic musical experience meant for the generations both young and old.

The story is timeless – women searching for their perfect soul mate – but also new. As the methods we have of dating and finding love has changed. The show also demonstrates new ways of bringing love into your life – such as religion and friendship. Indeed, the bond between the four women is amazingly strong and endures so much, even whilst each woman faces her own life’s problems.

Soul Searching is a must-see, 21st generation musical…guaranteed to make you sing down the street as you leave, and give you renewed faith that love will find us all.

Soul Searching
August 30th-September 17th
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (b/w 9th & 10th Streets)

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