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.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Krankenhaus Blues

Sam Forman's new play Krankenhaus Blues, produced by Visible Theater is a treat for everyone. It is NOT a play about genocide or Nazism. While these issues surround the play, this piece is really about delving into the complexities of the human condition. Whether its sexuality, disability, incest, or low self-esteem, this work allows for its audience to enter into the dark and ironic world in which we live with its universal themes. The beauty of the play lies in its exploratory process of what it means to be human. It doesn't judge, but provokes one to search his/her soul.

The cast, which consists of Joe Sims, Bill Green and Christine Bruno serve the play well, as they give poignantly honest and inspiring performances. At first, the play seems disjointed and random, but Forman's playwrighting skills show as the play appealingly unfolds as do the relationships in them at a perfect pace. Green who plays the only non-disabled person shines, but he could use to slow down his speech as we lose some of what he's saying. Bruno mesmerizes us with her enchanting singing that frequently interrupts the play and adds a nice vulnerability to her character. Sims is powerful as the homosexual, clown. He delivers a top-notch performance here.

Krankenhaus Blues plays now through November 5th at the Abbingdon Arts Center on 36th St. You don't want to miss it!

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