This Week’s Picks! Helen Mirren, John & Jen, See Elisabeth Moss & More

first_img Get Exposed to Brooklynite Begins February 25 at the Vineyard Theatre In this inventive new musical, Brooklyn hardware store clerk Trey Swieskowski (Matt Doyle, The Book of Mormon) is looking to get into the superhero game. Adored superhero Astrolass (Nicolette Robinson) wants out. These mutually beneficial needs set the stage for change galore, especially when Brooklyn faces peril. Is a derby shop in danger of closing? Did the borough council ban the stoop sale? Lucky for us, we’ll have to find out. Click for tickets! Revisit The Heidi Chronicles Begins February 23 at the Music Box Theatre Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles is a timeless, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that provided spiritual counsel to countless women. Elisabeth Moss is a terrific actress who sometimes gets overlooked due to the ensemble cast—and maddeningly leisurely schedule—of Mad Men. Again, Broadway solves the seemingly unsolvable! You can now watch Moss in the title role of the revival, which also stars Bryce Pinkham and Jason Biggs. Click for tickets! See B’ways Queen Visit Late Night’s King February 23 on CBS The fabulous Helen Mirren is currently starring as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, a role that must be demanding—even if she’s done it expertly before. Remember The Queen? Wowza. We hope her visit to The Late Show with David Letterman is therapeutic. She can exchange barbs with a flirtatious Dave, dish about the play, and maybe assist with a few stupid pet tricks. Whatever happens, prepare to be entertained. Span the Decades with John & Jen Begins February 26 at Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row It’s easy to dismiss the mid-’90s cultural contributions. Singled Out, anyone? That is not the case with John & Jen, the powerful 1995 musical from Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald that examines the decades-long story of one woman named Jen’s relationship with the two Johns in her life: her younger brother and son. Even better, this off-Broadway revival stars two tremendous talents: Tony nominee Kate Baldwin and newcomer Conor Ryan. Click for tickets! Behold a Broadway Legend February 28 at the Appel Room Being in New York means you are a subway ride away from observing greatness—or getting harassed in any number of ways. Let’s focus on the good. Tonight, the one and only Barbara Cook—who has been wowing the masses since The Music Man originally opened—performs as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook. This is a Dear Diary moment. Dress up nice, brave the cold, and watch a legend in action. Click for tickets! Hey, you, sitting on your heater wearing every article of clothing you own. We know it’s cold, but that is massively uncomfortable—and time-consuming. You don’t want to miss out on the fun stuff happening, do you? There’s a starry revival of The Heidi Chronicles, two new off-Broadway musicals, and Barbara Cook playing Lincoln Center. Bundle up for this week’s picks! View Commentslast_img read more

Eclipsed, Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Extends Before Opening

first_imgUnsurprisingly, Lupita Nyong’o is proving to be a hot ticket! The New York premiere of Eclipsed, headlined by the Oscar winner, will extend through November 15; the off-Broadway limited engagement had previously been set to run through November 8. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production will begin previews on September 29 and officially open on October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The cast will also include Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah. Eclipsed View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016last_img read more

Senior Hayley Crone still riding it out in her last year

first_imgAs the sun is at its highest point in the sky out in Temecula, California, a young woman on her family ranch mounts her horse and rides it around a dirt track. The wind wildly blows through her golden blonde hair as she makes many impressive sharp turns. This young woman happens to be senior setter Hayley Crone, and though she is known at USC for playing volleyball, her true passion lies with her horses.Farm family · Senior setter and team captain Hayley Crone hails from Temecula, California, where her family lives on a ranch with 13 horses. – Brian Ji | Daily TrojanEven before Crone was born, she was predisposed to liking horses.“My mom wanted to be a vet before she was a nurse,” said Crone. “She has always loved animals and we have always had a lot of them.”As a young girl, Crone participated in an equestrian sport called team penning, the object of which is to work as a group of three riders to get three cows into a pen within 90 seconds. What makes this sport difficult is that there are 30 cows in the arena and participants have to pen the cows that judges call out. The entire Crone family traveled throughout California to compete in this sport.Back at the Crone’s home in Temecula, several animals roam the property including dogs, barn cats, alpacas, pigs, chickens and horses. The family has 13 horses in all, but Hayley rides only her own horse, Dominic, religiously. Her best friend and teammate, senior middle blocker Hannah Schraer, attested to how important Crone’s animals are to her.“She takes teammates to her home and it is basically a ranch,” Schraer said. “We call it the Crazy Crone Family Farm and they always try to get me to ride a horse, but I just don’t like horses.”Crone has an older sister, Hillary, who competed with her in team penning, and has been Crone’s rock her entire life.“My sister is understanding, extremely patient, and we are so close,” Crone said, smiling. “She has always been my role model and I can’t even explain how much I look up to her. She has given me such unconditional support my entire life and she is such a wonderful person.”Crone and her sister were involved in not only team penning but also dance. They were the tallest girls in their dance company and the husband of the owner asked Hillary if she would play in a volleyball match. Crone watched her sister play and was instantly hooked.Starting in the sixth grade, Crone has played volleyball nonstop, going from grade school to club volleyball to USC. Committing at the beginning of her sophomore year to USC, Crone knew this was the place she belonged.“A lot of my family went to USC, it’s close to home and in my opinion it is the best university ever,” Crone said. “I can’t thank Mick [Haley] and Tim [Nollan] enough for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”During a recruiting trip to USC, Crone met 6-foot-3 Schraer for the first time — an encounter that marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship.“We were on a recruiting trip and we went to a football game. We didn’t even sit next to each other,” Schraer said. “When we met it was super awkward, but she is so kind, so funny and very loyal.”When Crone finally arrived on campus, she had no idea what a ride USC had in store for her. In her first three years on the volleyball team, she made one Final Four appearance and two regional final appearances. She also has accumulated 2,186 assists and 474 digs in those three seasons.Even head coach Mick Haley knew he had something special when he recruited her.“She was pretty fearless and was a dominant athlete in her age group,” Haley said. “She has always loved to play and she has a team first attitude, which you love having.”Though volleyball has always come easy to Crone, school has always been tough. With her strong will to achieve and her fearless attitude, however, Crone made major improvements in the classroom and in 2013 was awarded Most Improved GPA at Purdue’s Mortar Board Premier.“When I was a freshman I believed in ‘Cs get degrees’ and I didn’t care about my grades,” said Crone. “It meant a ton to me to win that award and it even impressed myself that I did that.”As both a senior and the captain of this incredibly young volleyball team, Crone has more responsibilities now than ever before. Crone leads by example, showing teammates how this program works as well as giving them positive encouragement every step of the way.Roughly halfway through this season, the Women of Troy are 10-6 overall. Though it wasn’t the start they wanted, they are improving in every match that they play. With Crone leading the charge, the Women of Troy hope to not only play in the NCAA Tournament but be serious contenders.At the end of this school year, Crone will be graduating with a communication degree from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. For her future, she is still deciding on whether she will join former teammates Natalie Hagglund, Sara Shaw and Alexis Olgard in playing professionally.Though her college volleyball career will be finished soon, she will always be a part of the Trojan family and always have her horse, Dominic, by her side.last_img read more

Thai Polo Club turns pink for annual charity fundraiser

first_imgThe Thai Polo and Equestrian Club recently turned a bright shade of pink as three women’s teams competed to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana officially launched the Dec. 14 Queen’s Cup St. Regis “Pink Polo” match with her favorite horse, Prince Charming, along with Pol. Col. Fuangwith Anirut-thewa and up-and-coming horseman Krotthwat Samran, winner of the Equestrian competition held on the same day.HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana (right) talks with Harold Link, chairman of the B. Grimm Group, while watching the equestrian event. The Pink Polo event raised vital funds for the Queen Sirikit Breast Cancer Center at Chulalongkorn Hospital.  The Paisano Dragons beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in the final.Harald Link, chairman of the B. Grimm Group, and Nantinee Tanner, managing director of the group’s cosmetics subsidiary LBG Co., joined the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts organized event to get Thai women to take the threat of breast cancer more seriously.The Paisano Dragons, Maple Leafs and St. Regis teams pose with their trophies at the conclusion of the polo competition.“This ladies’ polo tournament is a showcase of the prowess of women who come together annually, not only in a bid to display their skills, but also to raise funds for the Queen Sirikit Center.” Nantinee Tanner said.  “We are thrilled to organize this kind of activity to change lives and save lives.  We aim to increase awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and teach women how to get proper treatment.”The Pink Polo day was more than just the on-field action however, with the entire clubhouse and booths done up in pink.  Guests laid back and sipped their drinks while some enjoyed the games, shopping and activities at many fun booths throughout the grounds.Paisano Dragons and Maple Leafs are shown in action at the Pink Polo charity event held at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club in Pattaya on Sunday, December 14.Besides the main polo competition there were games, pony trotting, youth horse-riding competition and a fashion show on horseback.The highlight of the event had guests taking to the field for the traditional divot-stomping to replace the grass torn up by the polo players.The day wrapped up with the awards presentation by HRH Princess Sirivannavari – who placed 31st in riding at this year’s Asian Games in South Korea.  This was followed by a cocktail party, firework display and barbecue.Pol. Col. Fuangwith Anirut-thewa and Krotthwat Samran showcased their show-jumping talents.Paisano Dragons and Maple Leafs battle for supremacy in the polo final.The day featured a special fashion show on horsebackPeter Malhotra, MD of the Pattaya Mail Media Group (right) along with Elfi Seitz of Pattaya Blatt and their friends enjoy the grand fireworks finale.Elfi Seitz, Brendan Daly and Tony Malhotra seen enjoying Paulaner beer at the Pattaya Mail booth.last_img read more