Thursday, March 19, 2009

Writer Spotlight - Aurin Squire

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Aurin Squire is a NYC based playwright and webcomic creator. The off-broadway previews of his show begin this week. The show, To Whom It May Concern, is playing for four weeks; tickets are discounted at You can check out his webcomic, Bodega Ave. here.

Entertainment Agora presents...

To Whom It May Concern
By Aurin Squire
Directed by David Gaard

The only thing a Marine in Afghanistan and a gay teenage boy in Kansas share are two computers, some letters, and a world of lies. That's all it takes to start up a cyber romance. "To Whom It May Concern" is an wireless romantic comedy about sex, scams, and the sordid little lies we tell for love.

Limited Engagement (March 19th-April 12) Thurs-Sun @ 8pm
Arclight Theatre
152 w. 71st St. for discount tickets
or 212.352.1303 or 866.811.4111

What, When, Where this Weekend - Sin Nombre, Hunger, I Love You, Man

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Opening this week...

SIN NOMBRE, written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

Premise: Sayra, a Honduran teenager, and Willy, a recent recruit in the Mara Salvatrucha gang, both dream of better lives for themselves, and a fateful event will find the two strangers united on a freight train bound for the U.S., where the hope for new lives await.

Playing: Landmark Sunshine, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

The early buzz around this reminds me a bit of what Slumdog was receiving early on. Let's see if it meets the same success.

HUNGER, written by Steve McQueen and Enda Walsh, dir. by Steve McQueen

Premise: The last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Playing: IFC Center

I'm most interested in seeing this for once scene: a 20-minute dialogue shot in only two takes, described by Time Out New York as "probably the greatest one-act play ever filmed."

I LOVE YOU, MAN, written by John Hamburg and Larry Levin, dir. by John Hamburg

Premise: Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée can the trio learn to live happily ever after?

Playing: All over.

Paul Rudd, Jason Segel? I'm in. Let's just hope this can avoid all of the tired Apatow-isms that seem to be almost required in comedies these days.

What are you doing/seeing this weekend?