October 21, 2013

Arts Around Ithaca | 10/20 – 10/25

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By SAM BROMER

From White Plains

Performances happening now at The Kitchen Theatre

When justice becomes vengeance, who is the real victim? From White Plains, featured now until Nov. 10 at the Kitchen Theatre, follows Dennis, an acclaimed, openly gay actor whose childhood was marred by homophobic bullying, in his quest to expose his childhood tormentor, Ethan. In his Oscar acceptance speech, Dennis broadcasts to the world the pain Ethan put him through — an act that leads both men down a complex and ultimately cathartic path. Full of pain, tension and nuance, From White Plains is a worthy addition to timely discussions of homophobia and bullying.

Colum McCann

Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award for his novel Let the Great World Spin and Professor of Creative Writing at Hunter College, is widely regarded as one of the eminent writers working today. On Thursday, he will visit Cornell to read excerpts from his latest novel, Transatlantic, and answer questions about his prolific and still-blooming career.

Demetri Martin

Bailey Hall

Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Demetri Martin, Yale Grad, Daily Show Correspondent, star of the recently released In a World and lover of absurd graphical representations of everyday ­situations, is coming to Cornell. You should — damn it, you will — be excited. If we had more time and resources, we’d include a witty graph, pie chart or cartoon that would plot our excitement, but we don’t, so do yourself a favor and catch the real thing.

Sam Bromer is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at sbromer@cornellsun.com.

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