If you can’t stand the heat…


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A few years ago, I was interviewing the b-girl Rokafella, asking her about her trajectory from a young girl in Spanish Harlem to a respected voice in hip hop, someone who travels between the worlds of concert and street dance. I remember her talking about the importance of performing for crowds outside of the comfortable […]

March 31, 2019

Nothing Says Summertime Like, ummm, Bertolt Brecht


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Hey, all. So, Claudia is out for July, but we thought we’d go ahead and have an event anyhow. So here it is: Baal by Bertolt Brecht Directed by Alec Duffy Produced by Hoi Polloi   We’ll go on July 26.   Great theater company, great play, great time. Hoi Polloi is run by Alec […]

March 31, 2019

On Romantic Savage Dyings, Brecht, Ethics in Theater…


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Our July outing was interrupted for me (and my guest, Leah) when, at about 7:45 pm on Thursday, July 26, we got to Grand Army Plaza on our bikes (making our way from Gowanus over to Jack, the performance venue, in Clinton Hill) and the sky opened up into a violent deluge. Neither of us […]

March 31, 2019

The Theaters Are Dark


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Hi everyone. It’s August. Organizing anything in August other than escaping to a remote beach just doesn’t seem like a good idea. As in my body is rejecting it on a cellular level. And anyway, theaters are mostly dark this month. Or showing things that I am not so excited about seeing. So…we will be […]

March 31, 2019

Back in the Habit (obvious/lame pun intended, forgive)


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I hope you all rested up this month. Really savored it. Spent lots of time “journaling,” or whatever it is kids are calling it nowadays… Because September, as we all know, is back-to-theater time. Here’s the official P Club event: David Levine‘s Habit, “a durational performance installation that features three actors performing a 90-minute drama […]

March 31, 2019

Sweet Princes and Rotten Politicians


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Have you checked your email yet?? If you are on our mailing list, there is a message waiting for you, announcing the November P Club event. This email also gives you the special discount code to get your $25 ticket to The Wooster Group’s Hamlet (on Nov. 7, otherwise known as The Day After We […]

March 31, 2019

p club think tank


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hiya. as some of you have observed, the performance club has been somewhat quiet this winter. part of this is that i’ve been traveling, and so there’ve been events out of town. but a larger part is that i’ve been trying to figure out how best this thing should grow and evolve: what’s important (or […]

March 31, 2019

Philly Edition


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Heather Olson in Susan Rethorst’s “Behold Bold Sam Dog.” Photo: Johanna Austin. This weekend, the PClub had its first official out-of-town gig, as part of a marvelous weekend at Bryn Mawr, built around the dances of Susan Rethorst ( I got to write a catalog essay about one of my favorite choreographers. Happiness…). Saturday was […]

March 31, 2019

December Outing: Jill Johnston! David Velasco! P Club!


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As some of you know, I have a thing for Jill Johnston. So, it seems, does the marvelous David Velasco. This Sunday at the New Museum, we’ll be waxing poetic on some/certain/all things Jill, at “Talking about my generation”: Jill Johnston and the Critic as Subject, a conversation with Critical Correspondence coeditors (and PClub contributors) […]

March 31, 2019

Reverse Theatrofilm*, as Applied to a xxxxx Situation**


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Scott Xxxxxxxx in The Wooster Group’s HAMLET. Photo: Paula Court. So… I                        when I first                                        some people said well the Woosters’                           that whole blah blah blah story about the avant-garde xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx as it xxxx. And I completely agree                                                    there are some exceptions and I think xxxxxxxx is one of my exceptions, we all have different […]

March 31, 2019