Sunday, June 04, 2006
Pig Farm by Greg Kotis
For full disclosure, Ear Out Eye On knows Mr. Kotis from another life, and have always found him a charming and nice fellow. We first saw him in the Neo-Futurist's "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind," mostly because our former roommate went to college with him. But TMLMTBGB, or "60 plays in 60 minutes," was a brilliant show with a tight, young cast from Chicago, and mostly everyone from that first long run at TODA CON NADA in New York went on to bigger things. (It's still playing in New York and Chicago.)
Greg Kotis went on the write "Urinetown," and we saw the production when it played at the Fringe Festival on the Lower East side of Manhattan. When it moved from double-Off B'way to almost On-B'way, we were excited though we never saw the new production.
Now, Kotis has written a new play that is premiering at the Roundabout Theater in New York by the name of "Pig Farm." Playbill.com gives a... uh... synopsis... of sorts, about the new play:
"Under a pot-bellied sky on a struggling pig farm somewhere in America, Tom, Tina (Katie Finneran) and their hired hand Tim (Logan Marshall-Green) fight to hold onto everything they have—namely, a herd of fifteen thousand restless pigs," reads a description of the Orwellian tale. The tongue-in-cheek synopsis continues "Dumping sludge into the river has driven Tom to drink, and Tim seems to have caught Tina's eye, but when Teddy (Denis O'Hare), an officer of the Environmental Protection Agency, arrives to inspect the operation, life on the farm explodes, implodes, then explodes again. Not literally, of course, but…you get the idea."Kotis's plays are of a Brechtian/Orwellian nature, timely, surreal, and subtly pointed. Early reviews aren't out yet, so we'll keep our ears open for more news. Break a leg, Greg!
Pig Farm by Greg Kotis
"One Man. One Woman. Too Many Hogs."
Opens at the Roundabout theatre on June 16.
Time Out New York is giving a 25% discount on the $66.00 ticket if you use the code, "PFTONY." (Offer good for Performances June 9-July 9, but you must buy tickets by June 18.)
Laura Pels Theatre, located at 111 West 46th Street will be available in the spring by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719 1300.
For more information, go online to www.roundabouttheatre.org.
Denis O'Hare, Katie Finneran, Logan Marshall-Green and John Ellison Conlee
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Thanks, Kayak.com... we're sure to see you soon.
If you have used Kayak.com, please drop us a comment on what you thought of it!
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Lordi, It Ain't ABBA
Lordi joins such performers as ABBA, Olivia Newton-John and Celine Dion in the contest, broadcast to 38 countries, with over 100 million viewers. (So, is it no surprise that NBC is trying to cash in with its own USA-wide talent show? Watch out for "America's Got Talent," hosted by Regis Philbin and produced by "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Egads, is America ready for this?)
While we here at Ear Out Eye On were fortunate enough to see GWAR once back in the 1990s, we're not so sure about repeating the experience when Lordi heads to a town near us. But we just might buy an album. According to Yahoo! News, while winning the contest is no guarantee of wider success, bands and singers usually do go on to some fame in their home countries. We hope that Finland learns to embrace the "The Arockalypse" for what it is... strange, fun, and wacked-out entertainment.
Buy all 37 contestant songs here.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Bausch and Lomb Recall
The company doesn't know exactly how their products got contaminated, but what is known is that they took of bit of time to acknowledge the outbreak in the U.S. after acknowledging the initial outbreak in Asia. Not cool. But still they are on the ball now with televised commercials and updated tutorials on proper care of contact lenses on their site.
Bausch and Lomb feedroom with commercial and tutorial here.
We suppose it's better late than never.
New York Times article
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
MacBook Lust: Intel Edition
It's here! The cheaper MacBook edition of Apple's Intel processor machine. We were lusting for it a month ago!
$1499 will get you the 2.0 Intel Core Duo processor in 13.3 in. of sweet lacquered black. Maybe you want to buy it at the new Manhattan Mac store located on Fifth Avenue at 59th Street? It opens in one day, 19 hours, 57 minutes and x number of seconds. Rumor has it that U2 may perform at the opening. We'll see if that happens...
No Pet Left Behind Legislation
Bill Number: S. 2548 & H.R. 3858
Bill Sponsor(s): Sens. Ted Stevens (R-AK), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Reps. Tom Lantos (D-CA), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Barney Frank (D-MA), Don Young (R-AK) and James Oberstar (D-MN)
Go HERE for more information and to urge your Senators and Representatives to vote in favor of this legislation to help not only our human friends, but our furry ones as well.
"Blogs Now Have a World of Influence"
The bottom line regarding the influence of blogs, according to the CSM, is this:
....For all the accuracy charges leveled against blogs or safety concerns expressed about social networking, these Internet-based activities are increasingly the way people communicate.Read more here.
According to an April 2006 report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 88 percent of 18- to-29-year-olds in the US now go online, and 84 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds do so. The influence of the Internet is only going to increase.
Frugal Traveler Around the World in 90 Days
The first article outlines the Frugal Traveler's flight issues, like how exactly do you go around the world on the cheap? He decides to buy tickets for the first leg and the last, and to wing it in between:
In the end, I decided to buy only the first and last segments of the trip — Newark-Lisbon on May 11, which I purchased for $547 through TAP Portugal's Web site, and Beijing-San Francisco on Aug. 11, for $898.67. To get from Point A to Point A, I would hopscotch the globe using low-cost carriers, buses, trains, ferries and serendipity. Or at least that's the plan. Like Phileas Fogg, I set off without a second thought last Thursday.First stop: Lisbon.
Next week: Galicia
See you there!
It's easy to check out the weather for up to four days with simple graphics.
Article from New West Boulder:
Fun With Google Maps
And here's WeatherMole.com
Our review: easy to read and navigate, with simple pictures that let you know an overview of the day's weather. While not giving an up to the hour update of your weather, when you need a quick and easy overview, WeatherMole is just right for you. So far, its only for the Continental U.S. and Hawaii, but we're sure there will be more continents to come in this scrappy little program's future!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Ear Out Eye On!
Stay tune for exciting things to do, see, hear, feel and touch from around the world!