"Ender’s Game” ends up falling a little flat in the end.
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If you haven’t already gotten that costume and stocked up on your candy, then you’d better head to the store, because Halloween is right around the corner. While downtown will be flooded with floats and costumed revelers on Oct. 31 as part of the annual Village Halloween Parade (www.halloween-nyc.com), you’d be remiss to forget about all the other spooky special surprises this city has to offer in the next week. Whether they’re full of phantoms, mummies, ghosts or even pumpkin pie, these Halloween-themed theatrical offerings boast a couple of tricks and plenty of treats for theatergoers.
There’s more than one way to tell a story: One man’s goldfish is another man’s whale. That’s why “Big Fish,” the new Broadway musical of stories about witches, mermaids, werewolves, assassins, giants and a very big fish, teems with imagination, wonder and plenty of fishy tales.
Two young lovers, two warring families and a tale of ill-fated love, heartbreak and death: Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has been performed, filmed, transformed and reinvented so many times that it is pretty damn near impossible to find a person who hasn’t encountered the classic tragedy in some form or another.
The story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela is a fascinating one: Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his anti-Apartheid activism and then later became the symbol of change as he became the president of South Africa, and Winnie Mandela became a controversial activist who was referred to as the “Mother of the Nation” before being vilified for her methods. There is a lot of importance, subtlety and history to a story like this, but the new movie “Winnie Mandela” fails on all accounts to bring this story to light.
Written and directed by “Borat” writer Dan Mazer, “I Give It a Year” takes all the romantic comedy tropes and stereotypes (I’m looking at you, Hugh Grant) and turns them on their heads.
The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, is coming to New York’s finest venues on Aug. 9-25 for its 17th year. With 185 shows to choose from, you can have your pick of anything from drama and comedy to dance, puppetry, solo shows, vaudeville and more. Sure, the range of choices can be a bit overwhelming, but here are a few festival picks to prepare you for one of the best events New York has to offer this summer.
Welcome to Storyville, New Orleans, where the prostitutes wait with blue books in hand, where the politicians slip their dollars under the table, where the music is always playing and where everyone is doing what they can to make it. The York Theatre Company presents “Storyville,” a tale of love, music and the death of New Orleans’ seediest, most infamous red-light district.
As PR consultant Dolcie Starr says in Caryl Churchill’s “Serious Money,” “There’s ugly greedy and sexy greedy,” and “Serious Money,” with all of its greed, is seductive in all the right ways. The Potomac Theatre Project brings Churchill’s play to life at the Atlantic Stage 2.