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5 Reasons to Watch “Colossal” at the Hipp


Imagine being dumped by your boyfriend, failing at your career, having a slight drinking problem and moving back home. Your life is in ruins. Things couldn’t get worse, right? Wrong! On top of all of that, there is a possibility that a monster terrorizing Seoul (yes, as in Seoul, South Korea, located on the opposite side of the world) has a weird connection with you. Well, that happens to be Gloria’s dilemma. In the high-concept drama “Colossal,” Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman with a drinking/monster problem that she can only fix if she looks ~within~. Here are five reasons to watch it during its run at the Hipp — from June 2 to June 15!

1. Anne Hathaway plays the anti-princess

I know, I KNOW. Anne Hathaway will eternally be Mia Thermopolis Renaldi, PRINCESS of Genovia in our hearts, but TBH her character, Gloria, is pretty dang entertaining. Gloria has some obvious things she needs to deal with, like alcoholism, failure to commit and just generally being a crummy person (Get it together, Gloria. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD), but her journey through the film proves that she’s not ignorant of her train-wreck ways and does, in fact, want to change. Gloria’s character development is reason enough to watch “Colossal.”

2. Inner demons are, like, literal

Imagine how screwed we’d all be if each of our inner demons were terrorizing cities around the globe. Yeah, I don’t want to imagine that either. It’s no secret that the main idea of this movie is that Gloria’s inner demons and self-destructive ways manifest themselves into an actual, literal monster and force her to come to terms with how she lives her life. Is Gloria’s city-destroying monster her alcoholism? Or is it deeper rooted issues looking for an outlet to express itself? Or is it a reflection of sublimated traumas that only come out at her worst, darkest moments? We’ll let you come and watch to decide what the big scary monster that is Gloria’s flaws actually represents.

3. Jason Sudeikis gives a ~colossal~ performance

Jason Sudeikis is a funny guy. We know him, we love with him, and we are completely impressed with his dramatic performance in this film. Sudeikis plays Oscar, a character who is flawed and is extremely realistic. He does a phenomenal job in playing a guy who you feel like you’ve known since high school, which Gloria does, and proves that his talent can be believably funny AND serious. A lesser flick would just make Oscar a bland, transparent character that’s essentially nothing more than the “nice guy” archetype, but Jason Sudeikis allows him to be a fully normal, everyday guy with a good and bad side. #SUDEIKIS4PREZ

4. It gives traditional sci-fi movies a run for their money

It’s funny to think that the plot of this movie hasn’t been worked on yet considering that it is so thought-provoking and in its own a way, a parody of movies like Godzilla and Frankenstein.The manifestation of one person’s fears and insecurities, rather than that of global anxieties is kind of wickedly funny. Why should this city in South Korea suffer a giant, horrifying thing that was created out of one privileged American’s hangups? The answer is found in the movie itself, but this horror-ish film has a deeper meaning than most of its genre and still manages to be devilishly funny in the meantime.

5. We haven’t seen a movie like this in years

Think hard: When was the last time we had two huge stars like Hathaway and Sudeikis play charismatic oddballs in a movie that’s not about their friendship turning into a cheesy, you-were-here-all-along love story? It’s been awhile, folks. In this film, the protagonist is dealing with her own, much bigger problems bigger than that of falling for the closest guy in proximity. The nature of the film itself is so uniquely different and truly unlike what we’re so used to seeing at the movie theatres nowadays. This movie is colossal (hahahahahaha); you have to see if for yourself. Get your tickets by visiting http://thehipp.org/event/Colossal/ or calling (352)375-4477.


6 reasons to see “Forever Plaid” at the Hipp


“Good evening. We’re Forever Plaid. And we’re dead.” The sweet and quirky lads of the 1950s boy band, Forever Plaid, get one more chance to perform their swingin’ showtunes on earth — right here at the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Gainesville! This fun, family-friendly comedy is full of cheeky humor and flawless choreography. Preview shows open May 31, and the show officially opens June 2. Here’s why you should see it:

1)      The Plaids, obviously!

Ladies, we all know there’s nothing better than a guy that sings. These handsome fellas will have you swooning in your seat. Sparky, Jinx, Frankie and Smudge are incredibly charming, and they can definitely carry a tune! (Photo by Michael A Eaddy)

2)      Boy bands are SOOO in right now

Whether you’re Team NSYNC or Team Backstreet, you know boy bands are the best thing that happened to the music world. The Plaids are the original boy-band quartet (One Direction, who?) you didn’t know you needed. They’ve got perfect harmonies and killer dance moves! If you want to stay hip (or Hipp, hahahahaha) and on trend, don’t miss out on fangirling over these good-lookin’ guys.

3)      Spinning plates, an accordionist, jugglers, a Viking lady and a talking mouse

That’s all in one scene. Need I say more? (Photo by Michael A Eaddy.)

4)      The throwbacks

Do you remember singing “Catch a Falling Star” while watching “The Princess Diaries” all those years ago? Of course you do! Because it was a 2000s hit song!!!! That’s only one of the many epic throwbacks in this bee-boppin’ musical. You’ll be riding the waves of nostalgia long after the show is over.

5)      It’ll bring out your inner nerd

These leading men are insanely quirky! Whether they’re plagued by nosebleeds, asthma or a lisp, they overcome their personal challenges to put together beautiful harmonies and rhythms. And they aren’t apologetic about it. They normalize what is stereotypically seen as weird and make it goofy and fun. You’ll be proud to let your freak flag fly after seeing this show. (Photo by Michael A Eaddy.)

6)      Everyone loves a second chance

At the beginning of the show, you learn the Plaids have died in a tragic accident, but they don’t let that stop them. They literally have the voices of angels! Their musical spirits live on as they get their final shot at the concert they never gave. Will they pull it off? Only way of finding out is by seeing this amazing summer musical. Call (352)375-4477 or visit thehipp.org for tickets.



Karaoke comes back to the Hipp

Gainesville residents will be belting out their favorite tunes in the Hippodrome Theatre on May 12 from 7 p.m.  to 11 p.m.
After a brief hiatus, the Hipp is bringing karaoke back to their basement. The event is free and open to the public, and the basement bar will be open for patrons who need a little liquid courage before their performances.
The Hippodrome’s decision to bring karaoke back is based on the theatre’s commitment to providing community events that bring people together, said public programs director Jessica Sandino. Events like this one bring new people to the theatre, allowing them to discover the magic of this downtown destination.
“We love hosting these kinds of events, and they’re always well received,” Sandino said. “We want to show our patrons that we’re not just a theatre with live performances or a cinema with films — we’re the place you want to be downtown, at all times.”

Hippodrome celebrates autism in the arts

The community is invited to come experience the world through the eyes of someone with autism Monday at the Hippodrome Theatre.

The Hippodrome Theatre is partnering with the UF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and West Port High School in Ocala for “Envision the Invisible: Celebrating Autism in the Arts.” The event allows attendees to discover the beauty and importance of the arts through the lens of those with autism. It is free and open to the public.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests are invited to browse the Hippodrome’s art gallery and attend a live performance in the cinema, where actors with autism will share their experiences through the short play, “The Invisible.” Afterward, attendees can join the evening’s featured artists for a reception in the basement.
UF CARD assistant director Danielle Liso said the event celebrates neurodiversity in the arts community. 
“We are so proud to honor the amazing talents of individuals with autism,” she said, “and we are thrilled to have the support of the Hippodrome to share these talents with the public.” 
Jess Sandino, the Hipp’s public programs director, said the theatre is honored to partner with UF CARD and West Port High School. 
“This event brings the Hippodrome’s mission of inclusion and diversity to life,” she said. “Art brings people together and helps them understand differences. The partnership with UF CARD and West Port High School allows us to connect with our community in a new way, and we are so excited to share truly outstanding artwork.”

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: first run of performances in the cinema
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.: second run of performances in the cinema
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: speakers’ panel in the cinema
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: reception in the basement

*Art gallery will be open during both performances, and the Hipp encourages guests to spend part of their time perusing visual art, and the other part watching the live performances.

Ulisses Rocha Concert



Mother Line Story Project makes Gainesville debut at the Hipp






Taking “I got it from my Momma” to a whole new level, the Hippodrome is proud to present the first performance of The Mother Line Story Project outside of New York City on May 1.

One of the project’s producers, Lauren Nordvig, will be spearheading the event while she stars as Ophelia in the Hipp’s mainstage production of Hamlet, which starts April 12. The UF alumna said the idea started as a way to create much-needed space for women to connect with each other and themselves.

The project begins with workshops. Women of all ages and backgrounds meet three times over the course of the project to share stories about their mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers and beyond. Three prompts, (this time Ritual, Recipe and Reunion) initiate the conversation, and from there, the stories begin.

Nordvig describes the two minute stories as “Moth Radio hour meets Ancestry.com.” The idea came from a Pagan tradition and Nordvig’s best friend, Eliza Martin Simpson, almost two years ago. Met with excitement from every audience, the project continues to grow with each performance.

The performances are powerful, and Nordvig says it best: “When the women perform, it’s like this magic moment. They finish the two minutes, and the audience is begging to know what the end of the story is. The performers get to say, ‘I’m it. I’m the end of the story.'”

The women participating in the first ever Gainesville performance are currently in their second round of workshops gearing up for May 1. The collection of around a dozen local women range in age from 11 to 60 years old. From professional actors to community members, Nordvig said the diversity of the group is one of the beautiful parts of the process.

“We encourage anyone who identifies as a woman to participate,” Nordvig said. “In this day and age, people have a hard time connecting to one another. Mother Line breaks barriers and brings humanness into the room.”

The event on May 1 will take place in the Hipp’s basement and will have a stand-up, karaoke-night feel. The women who perform will present their stories in varying forms: poems, songs, letters, etc.

Nordvig said she is excited to debut the project at the Hippodrome and in Gainesville because to her, it feels like home.

“We just want everyone to take something away from it,” she said. “We always end the same way. We say, ‘Thank you so much for coming. Now go call your mom.'”


Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Hippodrome Lower Level
Free and open to the public

Five Reasons You Should See “Becky’s New Car”

By Kelsey Peña

“When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really wants is a new job. When she says she needs a new house, she wants a new husband. And when she says she wants a new car, she wants a new life.”

Meet Becky Foster, a 40-something-year-old woman who may or may not be in need of new shoes, a new house and a new car. Think your love life is bad? At least you’re not secretly dating a widowed man who thinks your (very much alive) husband is also dead. From Feb. 24 to March 19, hop in the passenger’s seat as Becky drives head on into a whirlwind affair that will change the lives of everyone around her. This play is the perfect blend of hilarious and heartfelt. Here are five reasons why you need to see “Becky’s New Car”:

It’s hella quotable.

Get out your apron and notepad because after seeing this show you’re going to be serving your friends some serious #quotes. Take this one for example:

“Life is chaos and holidays. Who can say why things turn out the way they do. All I know is that my life has become a handful of people I met by chance and the things we did together.”

Damn. Pull that one out at a dinner party and you’ll be the smartest (sounding) kid on the block.

See UF School of Theatre and Dance’s very own Chelsi Stancil.

You know how you always see those interviews on, like, Ellen or Oprah where they interview that guy who did soccer with Ryan Seacrest in the fall of fourth grade. Well, if you come see “Becky,” that could be you! I mean, we all know Chelsi is going to be accepting an Emmy, or an Oscar, or a Tony one day, so you could be the lucky guy or gal to say you saw her before she got Viola Davis famous.

It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

If you want a plot twist as epic as the 2017 Oscars best picture switch up, look no further than “Becky’s New Car.”  No spoilers, but I’m talking next level M. Night Shyamalan. Trust me, you’re about to be more shocked than the cast of “La La Land.” Sorry, too soon.

It’s Interactive!

Get out your oversized Gucci sunglasses and finest Hermès scarf (or, you know, the $2 shades they hand out at the Reitz and that weird bandanna you picked up in Turlington) because after you see this show you’ll probably have to hide from all of your adoring fans. OK, maybe not, but you might just get the chance to take part in the performance. With numerous fourth-wall breaks, you could be the lucky audience member to give Becky life advice or get her ready for a date.

It’s laugh-out-loud funny.

You’ve all heard of “dad jokes.” Now get ready for “mom jokes.” When her 26-year-old, lives-at-home son doesn’t do the one thing she asked of him – load the dishwasher – after he spent the night drinking, she quips, “There you have it … my son was loaded and the dishwasher was not.”

Ahhh, classic Mom.  (But seriously, the cast rolls out punch lines throughout the entire course of the play, and it’s a real treat.)

So there you go! The perfect dramedy for date night, girls’ night or whatever the occasion, you won’t want to miss “Becky’s New Car” today!


Cuban Film Festival

We are thrilled to be a sponsor and active part of Gainesville’s Cuban cultural event, Bulla Cubana.

The Bulla Cubana festival celebrates Cuba and fuses the art and ideas of the country with the North Central Florida region.

Based in Gainesville and happening across the city January through March 2017, the event features artists, muralists, dancers, musicians, chefs, mixologists, photographers and filmmakers “for a three-month city-wide celebration.”

From March 24-26, the Hippodrome will be home to one of the festival’s main cinematic events, the Cuban Film Festival.

On March 13th and 20th the Hippodrome will host a staged reading of My Little Sister by local Cuban playwright Carlos Asse.

Beginning Friday, the Hippodrome Cinema will be showing three feature films: Before Night Falls (2000), Chico y Rita (2010) and Playing Lecuona (2015).


Tickets are $9. For more information on Bulla Cubana and its other events, visit bullacubana.org.

Staged Readings of My Little Sister:

Monday, March 13: 7.00

Monday, March 20: 7.00

Film Schedule:

Friday, March 24:
6:00 pm – Before Night Falls
8:30 pm – Chico y Rita

Saturday, March 25:
1:00 pm – Playing Lacuona
3:30 pm – Before Night Falls

Sunday, March 26:
7:00 pm – Chico y Rita


10 Reasons You Should Watch “When Harry Met Sally” (at the Hipp!)

By Kelsey Peña

1989 was a the year for life-changing pop culture: Taylor Swift was born. Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” was topping the charts. And, most importantly to us, rom-com fans across the globe were blessed with one of the most classic will-they/won’t-they love stories of all time, “When Harry Met Sally.” With a star-studded cast, including Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal and Carrie Fisher, the film follows the lives of two friends living in New York City and their relationship throughout the years. This classic raises the question, “Can men and women ever be ‘just friends’?”

“When Harry Met Sally” is just as celebrated today as it was nearly 30 years ago. Here’s why you need to watch it:

1. The iconic 80s fashion.

Look at the glasses. Look at the shoulder pads. Amazing.

2. Meg Ryan is actual hair goals.

Sure, the amount of hairspray used for this movie probably created a permanent hole in the ozone layer. But still, we can all appreciate the insane volume going on here.

3. A strong female lead.

Sally has great style and gorgeous hair, but she’s also a BOSS. Right after graduating from the University of Chicago, she road tripped to New York City, followed her dreams and eventually became a successful journalist.

4. It’s the perfect movie to watch with your friends.

For those nights when you just want to get your besties together, eat pizza and watch a rom-com, this movie is your go-to. It’s just the right combination of funny, sweet and even a little bit tear-jerking (if you, like me, cry at literally everything).

5. Carrie Fisher. Need I say more?

While this inspiring and talented leading lady is perhaps best remembered for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, she also made an appearance in “When Harry Met Sally” as Sally’s best friend and ½ of the relationship goals that are Marie and Jess.

6. You’ll finally understand all of those movie references.

I’ll have what she’s having, if ya know what I mean.

7. Young Billy Crystal

I’m not even gonna lie, young Billy Crystal can kinda get it. I’ll admit, it’s a little weird that he voiced the one-eyed monster from your childhood. (Yes, I’m talking about Mike Wazowski.) But look at that smile. And the scruff. You can’t help but admit that he used to be a little bit of a cutie.

8. It will restore your faith in love.

Every now and then, the movie will cut to an interview of an old couple that has been together for, like, 60 years. And then they talk about how they met and how much they love one another. And the old man will say something about how beautiful his wife was when they met. And how she’s just as beautiful now. And then you cry. You just cry.

9. It celebrates friendship.

OK, yes, Harry spends 90 percent of the movie trying to convince Sally that men and women can’t be friends, but he does that while simultaneously being one of the best friends a girl could ask for.  From furniture shopping, to setting Sally up on a blind date, to being her shoulder to cry on when things go awry, Harry has always got her back.

10. It’s playing at your favorite downtown hangout!

That’s right, on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. you can satisfy all your sappy rom-com cravings right in the Hippodrome Cinema. The beloved film will be playing for one night only, so be sure to book your tickets here!


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