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Our Maxamoo contributors and friends are a witty, loquacious bunch. They say the darndest things! By popular demand, we’ve committed some of our favorite Maxamooisms on the joys and challenges of theater to products you can buy. We’ve got mugs, totes bags, and stickers proclaiming “My views are my own,” “We need[…]

Radio Plays: From Cold Lake, Playing on Air, LifeAfter, Dead Air & More

We dive into the world of theater via podcast, serialized plays experienced through our earbuds and iPhones. We tested out five podcast radio plays and pass along recommendations from others for another six. As always, we end with what we’re looking forward to at the theater.Serial Podcast Dramas, discussed: From Cold[…]

Sagittarius Ponderosa, Don’t You F**king Say A Word, Among The Dead, PS122 Long Table on Cultural Equity

David and Lindsay discuss three new shows and a performance conversation about cultural equity. Shows discussed:Sagittarius Ponderosa by MJ Kaufman from NAATCO at 3 Legged Dog (4:00)Don’t You F**king Say A Word by Andy Bragen at 59E59 Theaters (16:50)Among The Dead by Hansol Jung from Ma-Yi Theater Company (25:00)PS122 Long Table on[…]

Vietgone, Duat, Tick, Tick… BOOM!, The Loon, Ship of Fools, A Life

Some themes emerge this week: existential angst, fear of death and a loss for words to describe the indescribable. It’s a rollicking conversation with Jose, Diep and Lindsay discussing six recent shows on stage in New York City:Duat by Daniel Alexander Jones from Soho Rep (1:10)The Loon from Witness Relocation at[…]

Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a postmortem

We saw Taylor Mac perform for 24 hours at St. Ann’s Warehouse. This is our story.Jack, Kev and Lindsay discuss how they prepared, top highlights, participation as audience members (stories from the stage!), the struggle to stay awake, how they recovered and more.Subscribe to Maxamoo’s Theater and Performance Podcast for free on[…]

Prepping for an Outrageous October Beyond Broadway at the Theater in New York City

David (@itsdlevy), Jack (@jackinbrooklyn) and Lindsay (@lindsaybarenz) tell us what they’re looking forward to at the theater beyond Broadway in New York City in October. We discuss: Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett at RoundaboutVietgone by Qui Nguyen at MTCThe Harvest by Sam Hunter at Lincoln CenterMy Name is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to[…]

The Undertaking, Life & Times: Episode 8, Underground Railroad Game, Nat Turner in Jerusalem

We ventured out en masse four consecutive nights and lived to recount the tale. Discussed in this episode: The Undertaking from The Civilians at BAM (1:33) Life & Times: Episode 8 from Nature Theater of Oklahoma at the FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) Crossing the Line Festival (12:22)Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard[…]

Caught, The Jamb, The Wolves, Mechanics of Love, Aubergine, Bears in Space

Seeing good shows produces good episodes and the shows we saw this week were great! David, Diep and Lindsay discuss the latest beyond Broadway in New York City theater. Caught by Christopher Chen produced by The Play Company at La MaMa (2:30)The Jamb by J. Stephen Brantley at Kraine Theater (26:52)The[…]

Fringe NYC 2016 Reviews

Lindsay, Jose and Liz sampled the 200 offerings at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival and we enjoyed it! We discuss:  Iphigenia Among the Taurians adapted from Euripides (2:15)Johnny Darlin: In the Closet by Michael Doshier, Music by Johnny Darlin, Francis Steakknife, & Gandor Chorale, additional writing by The Queer South (7:05) (as[…]
Preview Fringe NYC 2016

Previewing Fringe NYC 2016

We discuss what we’re looking forward to at the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival. Jose, Jack, Liz and Lindsay describe the weird, sincere, and wacky one-person shows, musicals, and dramas that caught our attention among the nearly 200 shows at this year’s festival. Fringe NYC runs August 12-28,[…]
Men on Boats

Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons

We were compelled to discuss Men on Boats (written by Jaclyn Backhaus and directed by Will Davis) at Playwrights Horizons because we loved it and because the audience’s bizarre reaction at the performance Liz attended demanded a response. This is a mini-episode appreciating the brilliant creators and performers behind Men on Boats. Spoiler alert:[…]
Comedy Performance NYC 2016

Comedy in NYC: The Cast, Muslim Funny Fest, Aspergers Are Us, Laughter in the Park, and The Bitch Seat

Lindsay, Liz, and our comedy specialist Elise check-in on the state of comedy performance in New York City. We saw improv (regular and immersive!), sketch, and standup. We also highlight a few recent comedy specials and comedy podcasts we’re excited to share with you.MEETUP NOTICE: We’re seeing Classical Theatre of[…]
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July Preview: Encores! Off-Center, Summer Shorts, Men on Boats, Oslo, Powerhouse Theater, New York Musical Festival, Macbeth & The Golden Bride

Jack, David, and Lindsay discuss what we’re looking forward to this month at the theater beyond Broadway. We highlight:Runaways, Off-Center Jamboree! and Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at Encores! Off-Center (We also get to hear about Jack’s stage debut in a production of Runaways at age 11!)Summer Shorts 2016 at 59E59 TheatersMen[…]
War Shrew Hadestown

War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Shrew at Shakespeare in the Park, Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell & more

Diep, David, and Lindsay discuss and dissect the latest in NYC theater. But first, a big thank you for Liz Richards for creating these gorgeous and hilarious pieces of Maxamoo swag. Get your favorite Maxamooism at our store.We discuss: War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at LCT3 (2:28)The Taming of the Shrew by[…]
Mac Rogers

Mac Rogers, Playwright

Mac Rogers is a wizard at translating sci-fi, a genre most commonly associated with comic books and movies, to the stage. His plays include The Honeycomb Trilogy, Viral, and the forthcoming Universal Robots, produced by Gideon Productions at the Sheen Center, June 3rd through the 26th. Tickets are only $25! Mac[…]
June Preview

June Preview: Halley Feiffer, Mac Rogers, Sam Hunter, ANT Fest, and The Trans Theatre Festival

Lindsay, Jack, and Liz chat about what we’re excited to see this month at the theater in New York City:A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City by Halley Feiffer at MCC TheaterUniversal Roberts by Mac Rogers at The[…]
May NYC Theater Review

May NYC Theater Review: Kentucky, Dear Evan Hansen, Streetcar Named Desire, Daphne’s Dive, This Time & Port Cities

We had a very full house for today’s episode. Lindsay, David, Aurin, and Jose discuss the latest in theater beyond Broadway in New York City:Kentucky (1:15) by Leah Nanako Winkler at Ensemble Studio TheatreFresh Ink Reading Series at Primary StagesDear Evan Hansen (10:30) music and lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul at[…]
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