4/8/03: Talented Performer Takes On Two Roles with a Smile
"If there is a greater challenge to an actor than playing Shakespeare, its the challenge of playing two very different Shakespearean roles one tragic, one comic in the space of 24 hours."
3/6/03: Romeo & Juliet closes March 10, revival begins March 20
"An era has come to an end. We commiserate with the cast and crew of Les Misérables, who must be on the same emotional rollercoaster that we are."
2/18/03: Ninjas Gear Up for Time Square Debut
"Who would have guessed way back in 2000, when we started out in the dank, un-air-conditioned Present Company Artspace, that we would eventually end up on Broadway?"
2/6/03: The NYC Debut of Romeo & Juliet
"Some companies, when transferring a show to Broadway, would attempt to fill the title roles with big-name actors to boost sales. We're just not that kind of company."
2/18/02: Tiny Ninjas Return to Charleston
"Will Mr. and Mrs. Smile, who played Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Tiny Ninja Theater presents Macbeth, take on the title roles in Romeo & Juliet as well? 'Im not prepared to discuss casting at this point,' said director Dov Weinstein..."
7/17/01: Nuclear War Extended
"Before I saw this show, I was going to fly over to the U.S.S.R. and poke that Gorbachev right in the eye."
7/2/01: Tiny Ninja Theater Joins The Quorum's Format
"The ninjas have been wanting to do improv for a long time."
12/3/00: Tiny Ninja Theater's Macbeth Closing December 26
"Finally we'll be able to transform the Artspace into a hip cabaret venue. And if that doesn't work, we could always go back to using the place to store garbage. Garbage."
10/6/00: Macbeth Begins Open-Ended Run
"When The Present Company offered to extend the run again, we leapt at the opportunity, because where else in New York City can you find a small, dank, drafty space like this one?"
9/19/00: Macbeth Extended Through October 14th
"There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor that David Hasselhoff will be replacing Mr. Smile as Macbeth in this new run."
8/28/00: Macbeth Extended Through September 30th
"We're very pleased to be able to continue the show, especially since we were worried for a while that Mr. Smile would have to return to L.A. to work on a sitcom."
8/12/00: Tiny Ninja Theater Announces Macbeth
"If tiny plastic ninjas had existed in the 17th century, I have no doubt that Shakespeare himself would have staged the play in this way."
TINY NINJA THEATER
The Present Company Artspace
196 Stanton Street
Wednesday through Saturday, 7pm
Extended through October 14th
All Tickets: $12 (212) 420-8877
September 19, 2000: Tiny Ninja Theater presents MACBETH, "the hit of this year's Fringe," (newyork.citysearch.com) has announced that it will add two weekends to its Wednesday through Saturday run at the Present Company Artspace.
The show, which Alexis Soloski of The Village Voice called " a plasticine pleasure," will play its historic last performance of this extended run on Saturday, October 14th, after which Director Dov Weinstein will, in his own words, "take some time to revisit the original text, replace the ninjas who will no longer be able to continue, and reblock much of the second act, which I have been wanting to do for a while."
The brand new, totally revamped Tiny Ninja Theater presents MACBETH will open with its historic first performance eighteen hours later on Sunday, October 15th at 3pm. Many of the changes may not be immediately apparent to the casual observer, but Weinstein is confident that they will show an even more "impressive commitment." (Bruce Weber, The New York Times)
"There is no truth whatsoever to the rumor that David Hasselhoff will be replacing Mr. Smile as Macbeth in this new run," said Co-Producer Jonathan Van Gieson, "Mr. Smile is, and always has been, our first choice for the role. We were speaking with Mr. Hasselhoff about the possibility of filling the role of Macduff, which Ninja will be leaving, but those damn Jekyll and Hyde people stole him right out from under us. We're happy to announce that Ninja, the talented actor now playing Banquo, will be stepping into the role."
Both Weinstein and Van Gieson assured audiences that the revamped show will continue to feature the "hardest working tiny ninjas in miniature classic theater" (Charles McNutly, The Village Voice) in a performance Robert Simonson of Time Out New York called "delightful and amusing
you leave the theater energized and oddly moved."