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San Miguel Playhouse to Stage The Fantasticks, the World’s Longest-Running Musical

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By Fredric Dannen When Barnard College theater students Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt created The Fantasticks in 1959, they had no idea that it was going to set a record as the world’s longest-running musical. But after the play opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York City in May 1960, it continued running [...]

Improv Troupe Offers Refuge from the Stressors of the 24-Hour News Cycle

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By Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett Photography by Carla Hines Have you been spending a little too much time feeling worried or upset about the state of the world and what’s showing up in your news feed? Are you ready for a dose of levity, laughter, and unbridled entertainment? Welcome The Improv People to the [...]

Who is Nona Appleby?

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By Irma Kirkenstein Last winter Nona Appleby made her debut to sold-out houses in a too-short season at the Playhouse. Hailing from productions in New York City and Washington, DC, Nona charmed local audiences with The World According to Nona Appleby. Nona returns to San Miguel this July with a brand new show, The Nona [...]

From Wiesenthal to Deconstructing O

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By Alan Jordan Yes, I had great training at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Yes, I studied with the renowned acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Yes, I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced 50 years as a professional actor in Canada and the USA. So why am I a bundle of nerves and insecurities with [...]

Working for The New Yorker: An Interview with Cartoonist Victoria Roberts

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By Irma Kirkenstein Every week, Victoria Roberts, a cartoonist under contract to The New Yorker magazine for over 30 years, sends 10 ideas into the magazine in the form of rough drawings. She used to draw them in pencil and take them into the magazine in person. Now a San Miguel resident, she draws them [...]

Play Invites Viewer to Embrace More Inclusiveness in Society

By Lilia Trápaga Have you ever had mixed feelings about someone or something? Do you wonder to what an extent your thoughts are really yours or are imposed by others around us? Are there any parts of our physique that we find difficult to accept? These, among other questions are posed in Contrapunto, the sixteenth [...]

Live Theater in San Miguel? Why Bother?

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By Juan Perez This article is meant as encouragement to the many nationals and expats who have never experienced live theater in our unique city. Live theater gives the audience the opportunity to participate in making the art. Each performance is very different from any other. Not only is the audience entertained by the actors, [...]

Deconstructing O Asks the Tough Questions Inherent in David Mamet’s Oleanna

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By Alan Jordan Caja Negra’s Deconstructing O premieres this coming Thursday, July 11, at Shelter Theater. This controversial play stars Ivette Pizarro and Alan Jordan and is codirected by C. Baumgartner. Actress Ivette Pizarro, starring as Norma Sylvia Rodriguez, was born in México City. Her Cuban father was a renowned psychoanalyst. She grew up surrounded [...]

Doscientos Años Cabalgando

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Por Luz Helena de la Hidalga Basada en una investigación histórica, la obra toma del juicio de Ignacio Allende las preguntas y respuestas más reveladoras que la historia oficial no nos ha contado. Asesorados por la doctora en historia, Guadalupe Jiménez Codinach (asesora del Museo Histórico de San Miguel), la puesta en escena intenta ser [...]

Former Sanmiguelense Seth Sharp Returns to Premiere New Rock Musical

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By Fredric Dannen Imagine for the sake of whimsy that Jesus’s DNA has been extracted from his burial shroud, the Shroud of Turin, cloned by nuclear transfer, like the real-life Dolly the Sheep or the fictitious dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and is brought back to life in some near-future dystopia. In his new incarnation, Jesus [...]

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