Favorite books: The Local News by Miriam Gershow, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, By the Shore by Galaxy Craze, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and the entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Favorite holiday: Halloween!
Favorite food: Any kind of pasta and Häagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream
Favorite play/musical: The Glass Menagerie and Dear Evan Hansen
Gemma Lolos is a born and raised New Yorker and proud of it. She received a degree in Theatre at Hunter College in June of 2016, and in her free time creates YouTube videos and consumes massive piles of books. Gemma’s passion for the arts, including music, literature, film, and theatre, is kept alive by her diligence in taking full advantage of all the magic that the best city on Earth has to offer. Although she has aspirations to travel the world, she could never imagine living anywhere else.
I get that the Phantom had a troubled past, was disfigured, and felt that he couldn't exist in society without being ridiculed, but that's no excuse for him to force a woman to care for him.
At the start of the show, the two or three people in the audience that had never seen the TV show or read the books got called out and publicly shamed. We literally chanted, "Shame, shame, shame, shame shame!"
As I was introduced to Joy Gresham, I quickly realized this was a love story, one that would bring out wrenching emotion and tug at my heart strings.
While living life on the Autism spectrum certainly seemed difficult, to say the least, I could better sympathize with the people in the positions of loving someone on the spectrum, particularly the parents of the people very far on the spectrum
All conversation was whispered directly into my ear in urgent tones. The stakes were always high, and the mixture of tension, intensity, and drama was palpable. I was surprised at how much physical contact there was.
...the more I was exposed to the dangerous lengths the stars would go to in order to remain stars and appeal to an American market, the more I understood there was something very, very wrong.
PXP recently had the chance to talk with young artist and graduate student, Amanda Rose Benjamin, about her experience in the arts, and her involvement in Sea View Playwright's Theatre's production of The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
And so when I met Ann, I felt for her. Because just as it was hard for me as a child to ever imagine being 22 and rapidly approaching 23, it was near impossible for me to imagine ever being 70. Ann felt the same way, and she was 70.
She's very attractive and delicate, a talented singer and actress. From the outside, she is the picture of the successful celebrity. But she has some serious baggage.
From this point on, I am only allowed to speak when spoken to. I cross the threshold of a curtained archway, stopping to exchange pleasantries with an old man, a congressman. We shake hands and make small talk, before the conversation shifts.
Having gone to a performing arts high school, I felt that I was more aware than most of the capabilities of teenagers, particularly when it came to performance. And I couldn't imagine a better night than watching BEN PLATT host an awards show dedicated to young musical theatre artists...
... between the eye contact, enthusiastic head nods, and conversation (not to mention the pierogi and shaker) I had exchanged with cast members, I felt important, and I wouldn't have rather sat anywhere else.
The show was immersive in nature (a show with less sitting, more on your feet following the action), which is something that I have come to seek out in my theatregoing, and it featured characters who were Russian Jews living in New York. As a Jew with Russian heritage who lives and has only ever lived in New York, I always appreciate seeing my culture represented in theatre.
Gemma: I've never seen a ballet that wasn't all lovey-dovey
Andrew: Omg! Same!!! Let's start from the top!
Gemma: And this show was super...heavy. It's a good thing I had a margarita beforehand haha
Christine: Yeah it's not every day you see a pas de deux with a pedo and a little girl
Tim is a newly homeless teen living in a New York City shelter with his mother. Understandably upset with the way his life seems to have turned out, Tim seeks out answers in the place he loves most, the New York Public Library.
New York City is known for having a rich theatre scene (duh), but what should we make of its abundance of theatre venues? How do we tell them all apart? Does the type of venue have anything to do with the quality of theatre? These are the questions that used to plague me, until ...
Andrew: Let's get down to business. Why should we care about the TONY's...or DO we care about the TONY's? That's the topic.
Gemma: So, I personally care about the TONY's because it's like my sporting event.
Andrew: It's your Superbowl.
Gemma: Okay, peeps. Lateness...to a show. Feelings?
Christine: Prices, and if you're going with someone or not. What is considered "too late"?
Andrew: Listen, it's not a problem, because what if the person is just trying to look for spots around town to eat? After the theatre.
Christine: They can do before or after...or during the wonderful thing called intermission.
Gemma: Then do that AFTER THE SHOW!
YES. These couples fell in love working in the theatre, and are still in love today!
Here are 6 real life theatre couples that inspire hope:
With Mother's Day right around the corner (Sunday, May 14th, to be exact), I have been looking into shows to potentially take her to see in celebration of her big day. Sooooo, I thought why not share my search...
When I took Theatre 101 during the first semester of my freshman year at Hunter College, the first things I learned were what specifically separated theatre from other art-forms. What was theatre?
Don't worry. I've got your back.
Because I spend a lot of my free time on YouTube tuning into vloggers, a large part of my theatregoing has a lengthy list of YouTube Channels to support it. A good majority of these vloggers are artists.
I am going to write about something that has plagued America for years: the dreaded theatre vs. theater debate. The two spellings of the same word often put people (like myself) in the awkward position of not knowing which one is the best to use.