Friday, March 4, 2016

Off-Broadway Review: That Physics Show



That Physics Show

Created by and Featuring Dave Maiullo
The Elktra Theater

By Lauren Yarger
Who thought physics could be so much fun? That Physics Show is an entertaining demonstration of the laws of physics, all made interesting and fun by performer/teacher Dave Maiullo, who created the show which has moved to the larger Elektra after a sod-out run at New York's 62-seat Playroom Theater, 

Whether he is using a fire extinguisher to propel himself cross the stage, floating Coke cans, making light bubs out of pickles or lying on a bed of nails, among the intriguing demonstrations, Maiullo and his assistants, Jordan Bunshaft, Jack Herholdt and Kelsey Lane Dies (two appear on stage), have the audience's attention. On the day I attended, that meant a bunch of school students who bused in for the show (thank God for teachers who use theater to enhance their curriculum). The kids were fully engaged and practically jumped out of their seats to raise a hand to volunteer to help with some of the demonstrations.

Truth be told, at least one adult in the audience learned a few things too, particularly about how energy is transformed into waves (I didn't pick that up in high school science). Maiullo uses a lot of visual aids (a prop in the shape of the state of New Jersey, for example, is used to show center of mass.) He also uses examples that we are familiar with already to ease the learning curve. We might not know WHY we're going to experience a shock from static electricity in a certain instance, but because we do know to expect a shock, Maiullo easily leads us into the physics laws at play.

Every school kid should get to experience science like this. Not only is it fun, but it's learning that sticks with you and I already have recommended it to school groups. 

That Physics Show features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves and temperature -- all in just 80 minutes. It;s magic! No, It's physics, but fun.

Maiullo has been a physics demonstrator at Rutgers University for more than 20 years and most recently became a regular on “The Weather Channel” and a presenter at national physics festivals.

More information:
That Physics Show plays at the Elektra Theater, 300 West 43rd St,. NYC.Performance times vary.

Tickets $39-$49: thatphysicsshow.com

Additional Credits: Lighting Design: Joan Racho-Jansen

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/.

She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com), an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com and is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp.com and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.

Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and the CT Press Club.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.

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