Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

Astoria Times

Family overcomes tyranny in play ‘Vine Tata’ at QTIP

Ileana, the protagonist of Irina Eremia Bragin’s “Vine Tata,” is her father’s daughter. Both are headstrong and outspoken, and some would even call them troublemakers. It doesn’t matter that they’ve been separated for much of her life. He’s a Romanian dissident, now free to leave his country after the fall of the ghastly Ceaucescu, and she’s a California writer⁄housewife with a typical stressed−out upper−class American family. But when they meet again, they connect as though they’ve never been apart. Comment.
Astoria Times

Digital dreams

It’s easy to get frustrated with computers and technology, even more so if not brought up surrounded by it. Edward J. Michalec, a Queens native who was named “Photographer of the Year” by the international nonprofit association Professional Photographers of America, didn’t even know how to turn on a computer until 1999. It’s all the more inspiring then that his art expression of choice — digital photography, enhancing or manipulating an image on a computer — would give him such success. Comment.
Astoria Times

Father dispensed theatrical lessons in tolerance

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep — William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Comment.
Astoria Times

Tragic musical ‘Evita’ triumphs at BroadHollow

Has there ever been a musical that so despised its subject as Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita?” Every song in the first act mocks and derides her through the improbable character of Che (Guevara? Was he really hanging around during all this?), a sneering anti−Peronista type who’s supposed to be the voice of conscience. Comment.

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