A total departure from the Mariinsky Ballet’s version (and somewhere between Footloose and West Side Story) is Rock n’ Roll Cinderella, the story of a girl who’s just gotta dance. Growing up in the 1950s, this Cinderella’s home is ruled by her uptight, stick-in-the-mud stepfather but her toes just can’t stop tapping to that new crazy beat. When her mousy pals Dean and Martin can’t get her a ticket to the Debutante Ball, all seems lost, until a benevolent do-gooder from the “Make a Wish Come True” Society arrives on the scene. Unlike many children’s theater companies, which cast adult actors, the Family Matinee Company puts the city’s most promising young teen actors to work under the direction of Children’s Playwright-in-Residence Stephanie Temple. Past endeavors, like Goldilocks and the Three Aliens, Bollywood Sleepy Beauty, and their Western take on Snow White have inspired gaggles of kiddies hang around after the show for the meet-and-greet.More
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When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
The center of Beauty in Trouble, Czech director Jan Hrebejks trying foray into soapy realism, is the kind of provincial hard-luck lass who shows boob at a funeral and sweetens sauvignon blanc with a dousing of soda pop. Marcela (Ana Geislerová) has crazy sexand thats about itwith her mechanic husband; mired in a circumstantial shitstorm, they struggle to repair the damage that a 2002 flood did to their home. Marcela is forced to move her two children in with her mother and stepfather Risa (Jirí Schmitzer), whose unremitting awfulness overburdens what dramatic momentum there is in the film. With her husband eventually thrown in jail for a desperate act of car theft, Marcela and her kids are subjected to Risas endless harassment; lording it over his grimy little fiefdom, he still turns on the obsequious sleaze whenever his wife is around. Were washed up, but they have a chance, Risa opines when the wealthy man who falls for Marceladespite the fact that her husband stole his caroffers to take her and the kids to his villa in Tuscany. The Velvet Revolution, it seems, left behind some serious chafing; a spiritual selfishness and scheming distrust permeate everyone but the kids and the expat. Unfortunately, Hrebejk settles for unsatisfying allusions to the Czech experience that never break through the thick haze of melodrama to make his case with any conviction.
Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2008