January 26, 2014

Arts Around Ithaca: Week of 1/27

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Man Man

9:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Haunt

This Wednesday, Dan Smalls Presents brings experimental Philadelphia band Man Man to the Haunt. Known for their use of non-conventional instruments such as noisemakers, pots and pans, children’s toys and audience members’ heads, the group promises to provide an interesting performance.  Tickets are $15 general admission and doors open at 8 pm.

Good People

Opening at 7:30 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 3) at Kitchen Theatre

The Homecoming Players of Kitchen Theatre’s Kitchen Sink will present a staged reading of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People on Monday (Feb. 3) and Tuesday (Feb. 4) at 7:30 p.m. Rachel Hockett will direct these performances of Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright Lindsay-Abiare’s portrait of South Boston class structure. Winner of the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Good People has been hailed for its authenticity and for the care with which it handles its temporal and physical setting. Tickets are $15.

The Ring

7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Sage Chapel

Cornell Cinema will present Alfred Hitchcock’s only original screenplay, The Ring, with live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli this Wednesday at Sage Chapel. One of Hitchcock’s best-known silent films, the story follows a love triangle set in the world of boxing and relayed with revolutionary-for-the-time expressionist film techniques. Tickets are $9 for students and $12 for the general public.

Titus Andronicus

Opening at 7:30 pm on Friday at Blackbox Theatre

Spencer Whale ’14 will direct the Cornell Department of Performing and Media Arts production of one of Shakespeare’s earliest and most violent tragedies, Titus Andronicus. Set in Rome, the story follows a vicious rivalry between the families of General Titus Andronicus and Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and unfolds around more than a dozen murders. While the play has become infamous for its superfluous violence, Whale believes that Shakespeare “was satirizing his contemporary theatergoers’ bloodlust by treating them to more than they could handle” and expresses a hope that the Cornell production will be able to incorporate Shakespeare’s original intentions as well as the play’s historical context. Tickets are $11 for students, $13 for the general public. Shows will be at 7:30 pm on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 6-8 with an additional matinee showing at 2 pm on Saturday, Feb. 8.

— Compiled by Kaitlyn Tiffany