La MaMa Blogs: NY Times Loves NELLA TEMPESTA

Friday, December 12, 2014


The New York Times' Ben Brantley came to see Nella Tempesta last night and his review is already on line.  He loved it, and you will too!

“'Nella Tempesta,' which runs through Dec. 21 at the Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa, is a full-throated cry to the young and disaffected to get off their collective duffs, shake off their shackles and do something. Conceived and directed by Daniela Nicolò and Enrico Casagrande, this production turns a cast of six and an assortment of blankets into an 80-minute youthquake that seems likely to leave even cynical audience members shaken and stirred."
"There was a time, a half-century ago, when such rough-hewed, kinetically charged, politically aggressive theater was common in New York. And “Nella Tempesta” quivers with vibrations from that time. It seems only right that the production should be staged at La MaMa, which has a history of convention-flouting theater in the raw that dates to the early 1960s, and that its soundscape includes the recorded voice of Judith Malina, a founder of the iconoclastic Living Theater."
"The third installment of La MaMa’s season of plays inspired by “The Tempest” (which included a New York-grown version and an import from South Korea), “Nella Tempesta” is openly didactic and exhortative in ways seldom encountered in American theater these days. It doesn’t pretend to have any answers to the crises of environmental degradation, war, famine and racism that the world faces."
"What it does do is convey the belief that nothing will come of nothing, as another tyrant out of Shakespeare, King Lear, observed — that stasis breeds only more stasis. Tempests may destroy, but they have the virtue of sweeping people into action. And for as long as this determined, resourceful company is in extravagant, unceasing motion onstage, you may even believe that world-shaking change is possible after all."
Read the full NY Times review HERE

Now through Sunday, December 21st only!

La MaMa presents

by Motus Theatre

December 11th - 21st, 2014
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm; Sunday @ 4pm

*Dance party immediately following the Saturday, December 13th performance.  DJ: Silvia Calderoni.  Free for all ticket holders.  Cash bar.

Audiences are encouraged to bring a clean, unwanted blanket to the performances.  The blanket will be used in the performance and donated to someone who needs it after the NYC run.

The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $30 Adults; $25 Students/Seniors; a handful of 10@$10 Tickets are still available for some performances

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE

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