Published on October 31st, 2012 | by Greg


How To Be A New York­er: Cute, Clever, Safe

There are plen­ty of rules, guide­lines, and opin­ions on ex­act­ly when you can call your­self a New York­er. Is it sev­en years of life in the five bur­roughs? Ten years in the city? Are you con­sid­ered a lo­cal when you’ve fig­ured out which taxi cabs are ac­tu­al­ly avail­able, or when you’ve grown dis­en­chant­ed with Times Square? We’ve heard that it’s when you’ve found a rent con­trolled apart­ment and fought a city-sized rat… and won.

A 90-minute play (with a nice Ital­ian meal) might not be enough to qual­i­fy, but it can serve as a great in­tro­duc­tion. “How 2 B A New York­er” is a new, two-per­son com­e­dy show, play­ing in an open-end­ed en­gage­ment at the off=Broad­way Sofia’s Down­stairs The­ater, at 221 West 46th Street. As they say in the in­tro­duc­tion: “You too can ex­pe­ri­ence the priv­i­lege, re­spect and air of su­pe­ri­or­i­ty en­joyed by mil­lions who call them­selves New York­ers. But it re­quires train­ing, even if you were born here.”

Led by a pair of li­censed tour guides, Mar­garet Copeland and Kevin James Doyle, you’ll be won over by the wit and charm, even if you won’t be be sur­prised by most of the sto­ries. There are plen­ty of fun cos­tume changes and a few in­ter­ludes tak­ing you back (even way back) to the ori­gins of the is­land of Man­hat­tan. We en­joyed the bit on the su­per­hero Jane Ja­cobs bat­tling against the mas­ter­mind Robert Moses, and laughed at the var­i­ous ways the land had changed hand from the Na­tive Amer­i­cans to the Dutch to the British. Not ev­ery­thing lands- there are a few groans, a cou­ple of sto­ries that don’t go any­where, and some scenes that fall flat. The show def­i­nite­ly tries to strad­dle a pret­ty wide di­vide, be­tween the cyn­i­cal lo­cals and the bright-eyed tourists, and it’s a dif­fi­cult bridge. And New York is a pret­ty big place, which they com­ment on in a breath­less list­ing of some of the things they couldn’t fit in­to the show.

The food- sol­id, old school Ital­ian- fea­tures Chick­en Cac­cia­tore or a cou­ple of veg­e­tar­i­an pas­ta op­tions, sal­ad, and a cash bar on site as well. It’s a great place for a new lo­cal to take vis­it­ing par­ents or friends for a quick, fam­i­ly-friend­ly evening event (with plen­ty to re­as­sure po­ten­tial­ly ner­vous guests). Show­ing Thurs­day and Fri­day evenings at 7PM and Sat­ur­days with a mati­nee at 1:30, How 2 B A New York­er is a quick way to get a taste of the Big Ap­ple. Even if this play doesn’t have bite, and plays it safe, it’s a show that is still fun fare. Tick­ets are $45 for mati­nees or $55 for din­ner per­for­mances.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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