Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FringeNYC Feels Good

By 
Stephen
 W 
Baldwin,
 playwright
 “My
 Name
 is
 Ruth”


Heat 
making
 you 
drag? 

Fret 
not
 theatergoer.

  Help
 is 
on
 the 
way!
 
A
 quirky 
half‐pint
 heroine
 is
 dowsing 
the 
city
 with 
a
 big, cool 
bucket 
of 
happy
 over
 at
 the 
Connelly
 Theater 
on
 East
 4th
 Street.


 She’s 
bold,
 she’s 
adorable, 
and
 she’s
 the 
essence
 of 
FringeNYC.  

Meet
 “My 
Name 
is
 Ruth.”


It’s
 1950’s
 Minnesota,
 don’tcha 
know?  

A
 young 
widow 
moves
 to
 the 
big 
city
 and
 lands
 a
 job 
at
 a
 department
 store.

  But
 can
 a 
bashful 
businessman
 save 
both 
her
 home
 and 
her 
heart?  


Gosh-o‐willickers,
 we 
hope 
so!


Isn’t 
fringe 
great?

  Where
 else 
can
 you
 see
 a 
modern
 romantic‐comedy
 based 
on 
the
 Biblical
 story
 of 
Ruth?  

Or 
what 
about 
a
 show
 with 
two 
boxing 
dancers?

 Or
 a
 singing
 Dracula? 
(the 
last
 two 
are
 at
 the
 Connelly 
as 
well,
 by 
the 
way)
 
A
 cool
 breath
 of
 fresh
 arts 
blows 
through
 each 
August
 and
 relieves 
the 
city 
of
 the
 summer
 doldrums.

  It’s
 a
 chance
 for 
every 
off beat 
playwright,
 cabaret
 act,
 and
 dancing 
duo 
to 
think
 WAY 
outside
 the 
box
 and 
be
 heard.


With
 us,
 we
 like 
to 
tell 
people 
we’re 
a
 theater
 company 
that 
won’t
 depress 
you.

  This
 adaptation,
 its
 adorable 
leading
 lady,
 and 
content
—
they 
are
 completely
 sentimental
 and 
heart‐warming.  

Sincere 
to 
its
 fullest.

 
We 
think
 you 
just
 don’t
get 
to
 see
 that
 very
 often
—
sincerity
 seems
 to
 live 
on 
the
 outskirts 
of 
theatre 
these 
days, 
on 
the
 fringe
 of
 society, 
if
 you
 will.  
But
 right 
now,
 that’s
 where
 I 
want 
to 
be.  

It 
feels 
good 
to 
cool 
off 
every 
once
 in
 a
 while
 with
 the 
rest
 of
 the
 optimistic
 avant‐garde.


Feeling
 good
 never
 felt
 so 
edgy!




“My
 Name 
is 
Ruth” 
is
 produced
 by
 34west
 Theater 
and
 plays 
at 
the
 Connelly
 Aug
15-25.

  Dates 
and
 details 
are 
available 
at
 www.34west.org/ruth­nyc­fringe.


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