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Negro Ensemble revives "Day of Absence"
on the Roof" at The Broadway Theatre
Lion in Winter" at The Two River Theater
Island" at the Skylight Modern
Rainbow" at the Irish Repertory Theatre
at The Public theatre
Love" at The NJ Repertory
Railroad Game" at Ars Nova
and Sensibility" at The Gym and Judson
Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui"
in America" at 59E59
of Fools" at HERE
at the BAM Harvey Theater
Turner in Jerusalem" at New York Theatre Workshop
at Irish Rep
Masks" by Lorinne Vozoff and Eduardo Machado at Theater
for the New City
at the BAM Harvey Theater
at the Walkerspace Theatre
Day by the Sea" at The Theatre Row
at the Irish Repertory Theatre
Mushroom Cure" at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater
views of "Alice in Black and White" at 59E59
Tale " at The New York Classical Theatre
at the New York Theatre Workshop
Along" at the Music box
Spider Dance at the At Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Loves Me,”directed by Scott Ellis At Studio 54
Vermin” at 59E59 Theaters
at the Stephen Joseph Theatre
Day's Journey into Night " at the Roundabout Theatre
Star" at the Core theatre
Father ” at Manhattan Theater Club
Crew ” at Atlantic Theater Company
at the Golden Theatre
Judas Kiss" at BAM
Side Story" at the Paper Mill Playhouse
Night, Bright Stars" by Yara Arts Group at La Mama
by David Harrower
Along " at the Music Box Theatre
Judas Kiss" at the BAM Harvey Theater
at the 59E59 Theaters
Under Bitterness” at the Castillo Theatre
at the 59E59 Theaters
2016 Annual Drama Desk Awards
Adventures of Sherock Holmes"
Star" at the Cort Theatre
Critics Circle Awards
Night Without a Banket" at Theater for the New City
10 " at The Flamboyan Theater
City " at Theater for the New City
Digger " at La Mama
Houses, " presented by The Actors Company Theatre
at the Booth Theatre
Anonyme " at the Little OPERA theatre of NY
directed by Trevor Nunn for Theater for a New Audience
at the St. Luke’s Theatre
at 59E59 Theaters
child " at the Pershing Square Signature Center
Body of an American" at the Cherry Lane Theater
Son" by John Patrick Shaney at City Center
Sorcerers" at Theater for the New City
Woodsman" at New World Stages
on Da Underground Railroad" at Gene Frankel Theater
White" by Austin McCormick at Minetta Lane Theatre
Doll" at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Burial at Thebes" Directed by Charlotte Moore at Irish
by Tim Realbuto at Hudson Guild Theatre
on the Roof" at Broadway Theatre
Wilder 2.0," written and directed by Matt Morillo
Two views of "Lazarus" by
David Bowie and Edna Walsh
Two views of Arthur Miller's "A
View From the Bridge" at Lyceum Theatre
Prime" at Playwrights Horizons
Upon A Mattress" at Abrons Arts Center/Playhouse Theater
Count Meets The Duke: The Andersons Play Basie And Ellington"
Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy" by Brad Zimmerman
with George Takei
Lefkowitz in "The Miracle of Long Johns"
reviews of "Sylvia" at the Cort Theatre
Charles III.” on Broadway
at Vichy” by Arthur Miller at Signature Theatre
and Breathing” at National Black Theatre
written and performed by Mark Thomas
White America" by Martin Duberman
“Old Times”at American Airlines Theatre
Bandstand" directed by Andy Blankenbuehler
Apple Circus" at Lincoln Center
by Karin Coonrod.
Of Saleman" in Yiddish
Nine" by Caryl Churchill at the Atlantic
New Morality” by Harold Chapin at the Mint
channels Tennessee Williams’ riffs on sex
in the Parking Lot's "Macbeth"
King and I” – gorgeous spectacle of 1860s British
governess & Asian despot
Act of God” is Jim Parsons’ very witty take on religious
American in Paris" is a staircase to dance paradise
of Tears" by Thomas J. Soto
on-the-grass by Boomerang Theatre
Tempest" Takes Over Harlem By Storm
The 20th Century"
Tempest" in Central Park
and reflection in "This Is Mary Brown"
Gentlemen of Verona" at Fiasco Theater
"Most Dangerous Man in America (W.E.B. Du Bois)"
After" Is a Musical and Modern Interpretation of Cinderella
"Fences" by August Wilson at Morningside Players
"Night" by Charles
Certain Quiet" opera
Cuisine" by Belarus Free Theatre at La MaMa
King and I"
- The Musical”
Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? " and "The Book of Moron"
"Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging"
n' Tina's Wedding"
views of "Beautiful-The Carole King Musical"
Book Of Mormon"
Folk Music, Velvet Underground and More in Jannetti's "A
Weekend of Dance"
American Indian Dancers' Dance Concert and Pow-Wow at Theater
for the New City
NYU Skirball Center for the
from Soaking WET
Tech Kids Dance
Anahid Sofian Dance Company
Mix Festival at Here
Ballet's Ashton Festival
Song" at Theater for the New City
Rite" by Anne Bogart, Bill T. Jones, and Janet Wong at
“Becoming-Corpus” at BAM Fisher
Festival avant garde and traditional dance-theater pieces tell
haunting stories of life and politics
performs MILLS/works at New York Live Arts
Surface" at Theater for the New City
Modern Dance at the Joyce Theater
Northwest Ballet at City Center
Tankard's "The Oracle"
MAN CALLED OVE: THE GRACE OF COMMUNITY.
Lobster,” “Swiss Army Man,” “Wiener-Dog,”
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Captain Fantastic”
Revenant" and "Son of Saul"
the Ladies: Stellar Performances from 2015
Crump's "Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art"
the Boston bombings through Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out"
Cat of Otama Pond"
Katy Perry: Part of Me
Extremely Lesbian and Incredibly Butch
"Crazy, Stupid Love"--A Convincing Argument for Monogamy
Day" -- is it "Ordinary People" Redux?
MORE FILM REVIEWS
Fringe 2016: dance is classical, jazzy, sometimes almost like
Fringe 2016: the struggle for justice
Fringe 2016: the people the system chews up
Fringe 2016: plays on
the system’s corruption
Fringe 2016: plays about war and its fallout
Las Vegas," Bobby Nesbitt’s celebration of great
cabaret performers, presented in Key West
Loney in Munich and Bregenz, 2015
and Chown, Back in Town”
on the Roof" at Arena Stage
Prime" at the Mark Taper Forum
Fringe Festival: Party Politics
Fringe Festival: War
Fringe Festival: Repression
Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed" in Hong Kong
Other Face of Cuban Jazz
Night is Berlin’s best music party of the year
Jazz Festival in Nice, France
T. and Lizzy K." at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Year of Magical Thinking" in St. Augustine, FL
words of Wisdom at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival
Arias Is With You Now
sensationalist Joey Arias is an avid experimentalist both off
stage and off.. By Edward Rubin.
The best of New York’s
cabaret singers, new talents and veteran stars are featured
at the festival. By Lucy Komisar.
& Billie Holiday
In a velvet ankle-length gown,
white gloves and white fur stole, the signature gardenia over
one ear, Bonita Brisker glitters like the rhinestones on her
costume. “What a little moonlight will do…”
she channels Billie Holiday, her songs, her life. By Lucy Komisar
Las Vegas,' a celebration of the great performers"
Bobby Nesbitt’s tribute to the cabaret greats of Las Vegas
is much richer than any medley of songs from the star singers
of the time. His performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre
reprises the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy
Davis Jr. and more. But he also offers some social history that
sets "the Rat Pack"– the name given by actress
Lauren Bacall –in an American context. (She said, "You
look like a goddam rat pack."). Reviewed by Lucy Komisar.
is Kind," a sophisticated "kids' song" cabaret
Julie Reyburn mixes kids songs and sophistication at Metropolitan
Rooma. When she sings, you think you are at a theater stage.
Her rich soprano last night entranced an audience at her “Fate
is Kind,” a show of mostly kids’ songs for adults.
By Lucy Komisar.
Schmidt's "Forgotten Lovers" are characters in a comic-dramatic
A lot of Nathalie Schmidt's talent is confirmed in the cabaret
show, "Forgotten Lovers," at the Metropolitan Room.
Her acting enriches a partly comic, partly cynical take on life.
She's a personality that the New York cabaret scene needs. By
Charlotte Patton in "Celebrating Men."
Charlotte Patton's "Celebrating Men" impeccable collection
of upbeat songs about love. By Lucy Kominsar.
A rich theatrical experience, where cabaret becomes Theater.
"Sting*chronicity"— songs by Sting, played by
Rosemary Loar, who is a major cabaret singer, throaty, breathy,
with drama in her strong torch-song voice. By Lucy Komisar.
and Chown, Back in Town”
January 10 to the 13 the rick, luscious voice of Miriam Pico
and the fine jazz piano of David Chown fill the living room
of the Harry Truman Little White House, in Key West, where the
33rd president took winter vacations, playing poker with his
buddies. By Lucy Komisar.
Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" is a stunning jazz cabaret
by Audra McDonald
a white gown, an iconic white gardenia in her hair, Audra McDonald
channels Billie Holiday — her voice, her accent, her manner
— till you believe you are sitting in the slightly tacky
Philadelphia dive where Holiday sang her last songs. By Lucy
The wonderfully intimate, 80-seat, Laurie Beecham Theatre, situated
across from Theatre Row, and a few blocks west of Broadway,
presents "BenDeLaCreme," an extravagant show which
celebrates artifice and fantaisie. "BenDeLaCreme"
is a subtle combination between performing and visual arts with
a love of spectacle and glamour. By Edward Rubin.
Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody at Pescatore cabaret"
Cabaret singer/song-writer Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful
and moody. She begins rather optimistically at the second-floor
cabaret at Pescatore on Second Avenue singing "Spring is
Here," but then moves into musical angst, of loves that
Second Time Around"
The first time around, Karen Wyman was a 16-year-old Bronx belting
sensational who sparked viewers of TV's "The Dean Martin
Show" to sit up and take notice. This young performer demanded
attention and she got it in on "The Ed Sullivan Show,"
"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and just
about every other variety show on television and in 1969, variety
shows were the key to success. Nightclubs and recordings followed
and Karen Wyman was looking at stardom.
the Clouds Away"
got rhythm, you got music, you got your men - who could ask
for anything more? it was all there at Lyrics and Lyricists'
second show of the season at the 92nd Street Y. By Elizabeth
in a Barbour Shop
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" -- the
1963 holiday favorite, could not have rung more true. You usually
hear the captivating richness of Broadway baritone, James Barbour,
on the Broadway stage, acclaimed in major musicals like his
portrayal of Sidney Carton in the short-lived, "A Tale
of Two Cities." Catching him upfront and personal in the
intimacy of a cabaret room, however, brings special rewards.
James Barbour deivered them in his "Sixth Annual Holiday
Concert: A Broadway Tradition" at 54 Below, 254 West 54
Street. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Smooth Texas Blend
This eclectic trio never cut a record. They only performed together
for a few years but in those years, they were hot. Sharon Montgomery,
Sally Mayes and Billy Stritch created "Montgomery, Mayes
and Stritch". This was one of those nights to remember.By
Rene Scott and a well-done "Piece of Meat"
Sherie Rene Scott takes us on a journey that I suspect will
never end, her passionate search for understanding, love and
joy in the energy of the universe. In her cabaret show, “Piece
of Meat” at 54 Below, Scott is a sexy and energetic performer
just as she was in her Tony nominated Broadway show, “Everyday
Rapture.” By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
of Broadway comes to the cabaret
winner Faith Prince stars in a rare cabaret show directed by
Dan Foster, proving that a star used to a big stage can still
connect with a more intimate audience. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Party Time at the Carlyle
John Pizzarelli brings his quartet and his father, Bucky Pizzarelli, to the Cafe Carlyle. The two Pizzarelli virtuosos
share the stage and give-and-take with a mutual admiration and
intimacy that envelops the music. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Early Night for 11 O'Clock
a special one-night only performance, producer Scott Siegel
has brought together on stage Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter
and Christina Bianco to present "11 O'Clock Numbers at
7 O'Clock" at Birdland. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Patricia Racette is not opera’s first world-class soprano
to share her down-to-earth side in an intimate cabaret. She
is, however, one of the few who is a natural. In her show at
54 Below, “Diva on Detour, ” Racette demonstrated
a sharp acting talent and a flair for comedy. With her well-tempered
chest voice, this star of opera houses like the Metropolitan
Opera and La Scala chose some of the American songbooks’
favorite standards and some of the most heart-wrenching ballads
and embraced them in true cabaret diva passion. By Elizabeth
Get Busy" with Tanya Holt
In the words of a 1918 song, “There are smiles that make
us happy, ” andd now there is Tanya Holt with a smile that
radiates and a voice that shines. Her one-night only show, “Forever
Home, ” at the Iridum, was an offering of romance, sass, jazz, pop delivered with the joyful love of entertaining. With
a smoky voice and a vocal belt that’s a satisfying burst
of clarity, Holt made the evening an appealing commitment between
her eclectic song deliveries and her audience. By Elizabeth
A-Maz-ing Marilyn Maye is Back and 54 Below's Got Her
Conductor Peter Nero stated, "She sets the standard for
the way any pop, jazz or big band singer would like to sound."
That still holds true. At almost 85, the irrepressible Marilyn
Maye remains as good as it gets. As Johnny Carson commented
on The Tonight Show, "And that, young singers - is the
way it’s done." By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Nepotism Needed with Adam Guettel at 54 Below
The son of Mary Rodgers ("Once Upon a Mattress") and
grandson of Richard Rodgers (composing partner to Lorenz Hart
and Oscar Hammerstein II), Adam Guettel has developed a singular
music sound of his own. While handsome enough to star in one
of his own musicals and an expressive singer as well, Guettel
invited Stephen DiPasquale and Whitney Bashore, two exquisite
performers to join him in a 90-minute show at 54 Below. By Elizabeth
with Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibbert, familiar to many as "Gil Chesterton, "
gourmet critic on the TV series, "Frasier, " does not
bound onto the cabaret stage, rarin’ to go. Stylishly, he sails through the audience, head high, back straight, and
slight smile, and places himself before the microphone. Slowly
his smile expands to a mischievous grin and, with utmost Noel
Coward élan, performs "Why Must the Show Go On?"
And so begins his one-man show, "Can’t Something
Be Done?: An Evening with Edward Hibbert!, " the show where, he says, "I popped my cabaret cherry." A program of
clever anecdotes punctuated with songs by Cole Porter, Noel
Coward, Cy Coleman and more, whimsically traces his journey
from theater to television and now intimate cabaret at 54 Below.
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Lloyd at the Café Carlyle
It was memory
time at the Café Carlyle, remembering as John Lloyd Young’s
confident tenor and strikingly clear falsetto hit the money
notes in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s oldies.
The cabaret show, however, was not about the Four Seasons songbook.
Its focus was to introduce Young’s new CD, "My Turn."
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
Pixie in Gold Lame"
Ya gotta say, Tovah Feldshuh is an entire vaudeville show wrapped
up as one sprightly imp. She makes her “under Broadway
debut” at 54 Below, singing, telling stories, cracking
jokes and sharing memories. She is a zesty, zany powerhouse
who scampers onto the stage and never rests. When she sits, it is to morph into one of her characters, like the old man
in the park trying to stay positive and treasuring his memories, or evoking the image of her Grandma Ada who urged her to persevere
even when young Tovah wanted to be an actor. “Reach for
the stars and you may get to the roof, “ she told Tovah.
“If you reach for the roof you may never get off the ground.”
By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
McBroom's "A Valentine Rose" at the Cafe Carlyle
“A Valentine Rose” is not kid stuff. It’s
“romance, adult style” for singer, songwriter, actor
Amanda McBroom’s debut at the Café Carlyle, bringing
a zesty lineup of music delivered with perception and humor
(“I feel like I’m in Rhonda Fleming’s living
room!”) McBroom, a stylish, outgoing, upbeat performer,
chooses some of the best from standard songwriters like Dorothy
Fields, Sammy Cahn and Jacques Brel. She also adds numerous
original songs that reach out and touch love’s various
facets. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.
2015 ARTS RAMBLES
THIS WAS THE MONTH THAT WAS…, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW
SCENES SEEN: At Playwrights Horizons on Theatre Row:Jenny Schwartz
& Todd Almond’s iOW@, At The Proshansky Theatre of
the CUNY Graduate Center: Paul Krugman & Jeffrey Sachs Discuss
Current Social Problems…, At MoMA’s Cullman Education
& Research Building in Theatre 3: World Monument Fund &
MoMA’s LATIN AMERICAN MODERNISM AT RISK, At Carnegie Hall
in The Isaac Stern Auditorium, On The Ronald Perelman Stage:
Kurt Weill & Franz Werfel’s THE ROAD OF PROMISE, At
The New York Theatre Workshop: Dael Orlandersmith’s FOREVER,
At The Public Theatre: Lemon Anderson’s TOAST, Scott Siegel’s
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR©: The Broadway Musicals of 1966 1990,
At The Caspary Auditorium Rockefeller University:Dr. Andrew
Solomon Discusses OUTWARD OPULENCE FOR INNER PEACE: The Restoration
of the Emperor’s Private Paradise in the Forbidden City,
At The Borden Theatre of the Manhattan School of Music: Steve
Sonheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, At The Acorn Theatre on
Theatre Row: Dan Lauria’s DINNER WITH THE BOYS, The Godlight
Theatre Company at The 59E59 Theatre: Donn Pearce’s Novel--Adapted
by Emma Reeves--COOL HAND LUKE, At Studio 54: David Javerbaum’s
AN ACT OF GOD, Target Margin At The Connelly Theatre--Between
Ave A & Ave B: David Greenspan’s WHEN THIS YOU SEE,
for The Humana Festival 2015
CELEBRATING NEW AMERICAN PLAYS IN LOUISVILLE…, PASSING
GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN AT ACTORS THEATRE: Jen Silverman'sTHE
ROOMATE, Colman Domingo's DOT, Jeff Augustin, Diana Grisanti,
Cory Hinkle, & Charise Castro Smith's THAT HIGH LONESOME
SOUND, Pig Iron Theatre & Gregory S. Moss's I PROMISED MYSELF
TO LIVE FASTER, Charles Mee's THE GLORY OF THE WORLD, The Famous
Ten Minute Plays--Always Longer Than Ten Minutes… Patricia
Cotter's RULES OF COMEDY, Gary Winter's SO UNNATURAL A LEVEL,
Steve Yockey's JOSHUA CONSUMED AN UNFORTUNATE PEAR...
& MARCH 2015 ARTS RAMBLES
THESE WERE THE MONTHS THAT WERE…, BIG NEWS FROM THE FRIARS
CLUB: Annual OCC Awards Nominees!, PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES
SEEN: At The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row: Andrew Lippa &
Tom Greenwald’s JOHN & JEN, At The Mitzi Newhouse
Theatre of the Lincoln Center Theatre Complex: Bathsheba Doran’s
MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX, At The American Airlines Theatre--No
In Flight Snacks: Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, & Adolph Green’s
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, At BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera
House: Georg Frideric Händel’s SEMELE, At The Pershing
Square Signature Theatre: Naomi Wallace’s THE LIQUID PLAIN,
At The Public Theatre: Lin Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON,
At The Atlantic Theatre: Doug Wright’s POSTERITY, At Joe’s
Pub in The Public Theatre: Cush Jumbo’s JOSEPHINE &
I, At The Music Box Theatre: Wendy Wasserstein’s THE HEIDI
CHRONICLES, At The Ades Performance Space of the Manhattan School
of Music: Franz Lehár’s DAS LAND DES LÄCHLENS,
At The Winter Garden Theatre: Mike Poulton’s Adaptation
of Hilary Mantel’s WOLF HALL--PARTS ONE & TWO, At
The Neil Simon Theatre: Lerner & Loews’s GIGI, At
The Palace Theatre: George Gershwin’s AN AMERICAN IN PARIS,
At The Brooks Atkinson Theatre: Barbara Anselmi & Brian
Hargrove’s IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, At The [Alfred] Lunt &
[Lynn] Fontanne Theatre: James Graham, Gary Barlow, & Eliot
Kennedy’s FINDING NEVERLAND, At Lincoln Center’s
Vivian Beaumont Theatre : Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
THE KING & I, At The Longacre Theatre: Joe DePietro’s
LIVING ON LOVE, At The St. James Theatre: Wayne & Karey
Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell’s SOMETHING ROTTEN,
At The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: Lisa D’Amour’s
AIRLINE HIGHWAY, At The Broadway Theatre: Michael Weller, Lucy
Simon, Michael Korie, & Amy Powers’ DR. ZHIVAGO, At
The Lyceum Theatre: Terrence O’Malley, John Kander, &
Fred Ebb’s THE VISIT, At The Anspacher Stage of the Public
Theatre: Julie Taymor Stages Anne Hathaway in George Brant’s
GROUNDED, At The Peter J. Sharp Theatre of the Juilliard School:
Wolf Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, At The Cort Theatre:
Larry David’s FISH IN THE DARK, At The Borden Theatre
of The Manhattan School of Music: Wolf Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE,
At New World Stages: Paul & Michael Hodge’s CLINTON:
2015 REPORT FROM NEW ORLEANS
THIS WAS THE FRENCH QUARTER AS ATCA DISCOVERED IT…, FROM
THE O'NEILL CENTER TO THE THEATRES OF AMERICA, The Astonishing
Birth of Regional Theatres & Not For Profits in the 1960s,
PASSING GLANCES AT SHOW SCENES SEEN:, At The Rivertown Theatres
for the Performing Arts: Ricky Graham's WHEN YA SMILIN' , At
The Herman Grima House: Tennessee Williams' HOTEL PLAYS , At
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré: Donald Margulies' DINNER
WITH FRIENDS, At The Southern Rep's Ashe Powerhouse Theatre:
Tennessee Williams' SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, At The Monteleone
Hotel Ballroom Theatre: Tennessee Williams' I NEVER GET DRESSED
TILL AFTER DARK ON SUNDAYS, At The Monteleone Hotel Ballroom
Theatre: Author/Critic John Lahr's MADMAN'S PILGRIMAGE OF THE
FROM THE DENVER NEW PLAY SUMMIT OF FEBRUARY 2015
DENVER NOW THE MILE HIGH CITY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE… ,SALUTING
DONALD SEWALL AT 102:FOUNDER OF DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING
ARTS ,CLIMBING THE DENVER NEW PLAY SUMMIT: BLIZZARD WARNINGS!
,NOT FOR REVIEW:PLAY READINGS THAT DO NOT NEED "PRODUCTION
VALUES"… ,Jason Gray Platt's THE THERE THERE ,Eric
Schmiedl's Adapation of Kent Haruf's Beloved Denver Novel: BENEDICTION
,James Still's APPOGGIATURA Forget about Death in Venice: Gordon
Is Already Dead…
2015 ARTS RAMBLES
Moira Buffini's Adaptation of Nicolai Erdman's Suicide, now
known as DYING FOR IT, Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS, Halley Feiffer's
I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE,
Joe Pintauro's THE SNOW ORCHID, Jonathan Christenson's NEVERMORE:
The Imaginary Life & Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe,
Christoph Willibald Gluck's IPHIGENIE EN AULIDE, Alan Govenar's
TEXAS IN PARIS, Ronald Keaton's Adaptation & Performance
of CHURCHILL, Andrew Bergman & Jason Robert Brown's HONEYMOON
IN VEGAS, Stephen Adly Guirgis' BETWEEN RIVERSIDE & CRAZY,
Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine's INTO THE WOODS, Gene O'Neill's
THE ICEMAN COMETH, Ferenc/Franz Molnar's FASHIONS FOR MEN, Chris
Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's A WINTER'S TALE, Jennifer Haley's
THE NETHER, Joel Drake Johnson's RASHEEDA SPEAKING
Playwright Mario Fratti's Portrait Painted with Wine, But He
Isn't Whining about the Fratti Award! , Jim Jacobs & Warren
Casey's GREASE, Penelope Skinner's THE VILLAGE BIKE, Joanna
Chan's THE STORY OF YU HUAN, Nancy Harris' OUR NEW GIRL, Chris
Marlowe or Bill Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Moises
Kaufman & the Tectonic Theatre Project's THE LARAMIE PROJECT,
Rosenstock, Connolly & Mitnick's FLY BY NIGHT, Sarah Treem's
WHEN WE WERE YOUNG & UNAFRAID, Jules Romains' DONOGOO, A
Comedy, Andre Aciman's TRAVEL & MIRAGE: The Lure of Place,
Scott Siegel's BROADWAY BY THE YEAR: Broadway Musicals of 1990
2014, Opera Feroce's ARMINIO IN ARMENIA, Tupac Shakur's HOLLER
IF YA HEAR ME, Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION, Robert Wilson's
Vision of Mikhail Barishnikov & Willem Dafoe in THE OLD
WOMAN, Leos Janácek's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Mario
Fratti & Maury Yeston's NINE, Gerry Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN
BROADWAY Comes Out Swinging.
AND EXHIBITIONS AROUND TOWN IN MAY, 2014
Kevin Murphy & Laurence OKeefes HEATHERS:
The Musical, Robert L. Freeman & Steven Lutvaks A GENTLEMANS
GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, Robert Sternin & Prudence Frasers
UNDER MY SKIN, James MacMillans "SINCE IT WAS THE DAY
OF PREPARATION" Religious Caution Advised, Richard Brinsley
Sheridans THE RIVALS, Christian Rizzos Lyon Opera
Ballet in ni fleurs, ni ford mustang Unrate able; Not Unbeat able,
Jeff Blumenkrantzs MOVING RIGHT ALONG: The World of Jeff
Blumenkrantz, David Langs battle hymns, Anthony Giardinas
THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, Terry Teachouts SATCHMO AT THE
WALDORF, ISHs Amsterdam Inspired HYPERISH, Anton Dudley
& Stephanie DiMaggios 17 ORCHARD POINT, Gardner McKays
SEA MARKS, Carole J. Brufords SHADES OF BLUE, Jon Robin
Baitzs THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, BAM & Brooklyns
DANCE AFRICA FESTIVAL, Gene Ionescos THE KILLER, A Story
of Two Museums: An Ethnographic Exhibition, The Poetry of Parmigianinos
"Schiava Turca", ENGLIGHTENMENT & BEAUTY: Sculptures
by Houdon & Clodion, THE POWER OF WORDS & IMAGES IN A
WORLD AT WAR, URS FISCHER, LAUNCHPAD FOR THE AMERICAN THEATRE:
The ONeill Since 1964, CHARLES JAMES: Beyond Fashion, THE
PRE RAPHAELITE LEGACY: British Art & Design, LOST KINGDOMS:
Hindu Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia
TO GARP: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection,
A DIALOGUE WITH NATURE: Romantic Landscapes from Britain &
Germany, MIRACLES IN MINIATURE: The Art of the Master of Claude
de France, Rembrandt Now On Line at the Morgan: Study His Etchings
in the Privacy of Your Own Home!, MULTIPLE EXPOSURES: Jewelry
& Photography, HOMEFRONT & BATTLEFIELD: Quilts & Context
in the Civil War, SPRING MASTERS NEW YORK.
for The Month of April 2014
Ted Shen's A SECOND CHANCE, Lanie Robertson's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S
BAR & GRILL, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey's IF/THEN, Woody
Allen's BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, John Steinbeck's OF MICE &
MEN, David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill's
THE THREEPENNY OPERA, Scott Z. Burns & Steven Soderburgh's
THE LIBRARY, Will Eno's THE REALISTIC JONESES, Kander, Ebb, &
Masteroff's CABARET, Kander & Ebb's CABARET, Jeanine Tesori
& Brian Crawley's VIOLET, Martin McDonagh's THE CRIPPLE OF
INISHMAAN, John Cameron Mitchcell & Stephen Trask's HEDWIG
& THE ANGRY INCH, Harvey Fierstein's CASA VALENTINA, Eric
Coble's THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, Stephen Cole's INVENTING MARY
MARTIN: The Revue of a Lifetime, Charles Ludlam's THE MYSTERY
OF IRMA VEP: A Penny Dreadful, Jules Massenet's CENDRILLON, David
Grimm's TALES OF RED VIENNA, DON JUAN, OR, THE WAGES OF DEBAUCHERY,
Robert Sickinger & Alaric Jans' NICHOLAS NICKLEBY: A New Musical,
James Lapine's Adaptation of Moss Hart's ACT ONE, Joseph Haydn's
Report for The Humana Festival of March April 2014, THIS WAS
THE HUMANA THAT WAS, Big Bucks for Playwriting! American Theatre
Loves the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust!, ATCA!
Why Not Honor Designers, as Well as Playwrights? Here's a Modest
Proposal:, Ted Talk Therapy for FACTA Board Members?, Meanwhile,
Back To The Panels: Thinking About Social Media--Learning to
Twitter & to Tweet, A Panel to Remember: The Art of Collective
Invention--Who Needs a Playwright?, Not Inhumane, but also Not
Humana: Darting Across Main Street to the Whiskey Lofts, Welcome
to Baron's Theatre in What Once Was Squirrelly's Magic Tea Room!,
Diana Grisanti & Steve Moulds' THE STRANGER & LUDLOW
QUINN, And Now for Actors Theatre Louisville & The 38th
Humana Festival of New American Plays!, Kimber Lee's brownsville
song (b side for tray), Dorothy Fortenberry's PARTNERS, SITI's
STEEL HAMMER, Lucas Hnath's THE CHRISTIANS, Jordan Harrison's
THE GROWN UP, A Commissioned Committee's REMIX 38, The So Called
TEN MINUTE PLAYS:, Rachel Bonds' WINTER GAMES, Jason Gray Platt's
SOME PREPARED REMARKS (A History in Speech), Gregory Hischak's
The Bard’s ANTONY & CLEOPATRA / Quiara Alegría
Hudes’ THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST / Henrik Ibsen’s
A DOLL’S HOUSE / Marsha Norman & Jason Robert Brown’s
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY / David Henry Hwang’s KUNG
FU / Jean Paul Sartre’s NO EXIT / Sarah Ruhl’s STAGE
KISS / Red China’s THE RED DRESS / Robert Askin’s
HAND TO GOD / Will Eno’s THE OPEN HOUSE / Randy Sharp’s
NOTHING ON EARTH CAN HOLD HOUDINI / Chris Marlowe or Will Shakespeare’s
MEASURE FOR MEASURE / Polly Pen & Victor Lodato’s
ARLINGTON / Disney’s ALADDDIN / Robert Schenkkan’s
ALL THE WAY / LIFE INTERNATIONAL/ 19 FEBRUARY 1968/p. 36: /
GUEST COLUMN by Glenn Loney - Another View of LBJ / Sly Stallone,
Tommy Meehan, Stephen Flaherty, & Lynn Ahrens’ ROCKY
/ Terrence McNalley’s MOTHERS & SONS / Victor Hugo’s
Musicalized LES MISÉRABLES / Casus’ KNEE DEEP /
Chris Marlowe, Ben Jonson, or Will Shakespeare’s KING
LEAR / Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE / Brian Richard
Mori’s HELLMAN V. MCCARTHY / Cirque du Soleil’s
AMALUNA / John Van Druten’s I REMEMBER MAMA / Lorraine
Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN / Scott Siegel’s
BROADWAY BY THE YEAR - The Broadway Musicals of 1940-64.
Will Shakespeare or Chris Marlowe’s KING LEAR, Clare Coss’
DR. DuBOIS & MISS OVINGTON, John Patrick Shanley’s
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, Barry & Liz Peak’s PHILOSOPHY FOR
GANGSTERS, Donald Margulies’ DINNER WITH FRIENDS, Greg
Edwards & Andy Sandberg’s CRAVING FOR TRAVEL, Juilliard
& the Met Opera Present A CONCERT OF COMIC OPERAS, Eric
Simonson’s BRONX BOMBERS, Benjamin Britten’s BILLY
BUDD [High Winds/Deep Snow], Bob Marley’s THREE LITTLE
BIRDS, Nilo Cruz’s SOTTO VOCE, Caryl Churchill’s
LOVE & INFORMATION, Carole King & Friends’ BEAUTIFUL:
The Carole King Musical, John Van Druten’s LONDON WALL,
Thomas Keneally & Larry Kirwan’s TRANSPORT, Charles
Busch’s THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, Douglas Lackey’s DAYLIGHT
PRECISION: An American Tragedy, David Rossmer & Steve Rosen’s
THE OTHER JOSH COHEN, Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE YEAR:
Broadway Musicals of 1915 1939, Paddy Chayefsky’s MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT, At the Juilliard School: JUILLIARD ORCHESTRA Conducted
by Hans Graf [Austrian] &BEYOND CARMINA BURANA: Carl Orff
Commentaries Creating Prometheus & Ein sommernachtstraum…
An Expeditious Expedition to Holy Places in Portugal & España,
Sophie Treadwell's MACHINAL,Scott Siegel's 12th ANNUAL NIGHTLIFE
AWARDS 2014, Bert Brecht's A MAN'S A MAN, Miral Kotb & Crew's
iLUMINATE, Joe Orton's LOOT & THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG
Douglas Turner Ward and Woodie King, Jr.
Two giants of the Black theater movement of the 1960's were
specially honored at a ceremony at Theatre 80 St. Marks, a small
East Village theatre that has survived gentrification. The honorees
are the two "grandfathers" of Black theaer, under
whose tutelage serious Black theatre artists, authors, directors,
designers, and actors were spawned, cultivated, and promoted
for the past fifty years. By Beate Hein Bennett.
artist Kiku Sakai dramatizes the ancient Hawaiian tale of “Pele
and Kamapua’a” with Kuruma Ningyo and Hula Ki’I
at La MaMa.
ancient Kuruma Ningyo puppetry from Japan with Hula Ki’I,
the indigenous puppet folklore of Hawaii, Japanese artist Kiku
Sakai will perform the Hawaiian tale of Pele and Kamapua’a
at La MaMa Experimental Theatre August 27, 2015 for one night
only. This workshop is a light-hearted prequel to her much-anticipated
opus, “Pele and Hi’iaka,” and demonstrates
the cultural pluralism of this unique artist.
Bikel: Lifetime achievement award and the screening of a new
Glenda Frank attended the NY premiere of the film, "In
the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem," which stars and features
stage icon Theodore Bikel. "In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem"
illuminates Bikel's quintessenially jewish experiences with
immigration to the new world, Civil Rights and anti-war activism.
And Alan Alda, who narrates the film, presented a lifetime achievement
award to Theodore Bikel on behalf of the now Century-old National
Yiddish Theatre, Folksbiene.
American in Paris" and "On the Town" take Fred
and Adele Astaire Awards
Sometimes theater awards shows are a chore to sit through. Lots
of “thank you, thank you…..” to boredom. But
the Fred and Adele Astaire awards June 1 for best dancers and
choreographers was a delight. Minimum “thank you’s”
and maximum dance. By Lucy Komisar
Croyden, veteran theather critic and world's authority on Jerzy
Grotowski and Peter Brook, dies at 92
New York, Feb. 23 -- Margaret Croyden, the well known
critic, commentator, and journalist whose pieces on the theater
and the arts have appeared in The New York Times in the Arts
& Leisure section as well as The New York Times Magazine,
died Sunday, February 22 at Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood,
NJ, where she had resided for two weeks due to declining health.
She was 92.
review: “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women,
and Germany on the Brink”
Pamela Katz, whose film, television and fiction writing demonstrate
a longtime interest in Weill and Brecht, concentrates on their
collaboration in her new book, “The Partnership: Brecht,
Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.” New Yorkers
had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the author and her work
on Jan. 9 when the 86th Street Barnes and Noble hosted “A
Reading with Music,” featuring the author reading excerpts
from her book, and Amy Burton (singer) and Gerald Howard (piano)
performing Brecht and Weill’s best-known work. By Paulanne
around like a fish out of water… at The Joyce Theater
New York premiere of "Hapless Bizarre," a delightful
dance for six performers including a new vaudevillian and the
reprise of "Mo(or)town/Redux", which revisits, both
Shakespeare’s Othello and Jose Limón’s seminal
modern dance, choreographed by Doug Elkins Choreography, etc.
By Philip Sandstrom.
Rouge" at Theater-Lounge
the serious nature of the first dance, with its period shoes,
luscious costumes, tight group work, and fantastic singing by
the operatic soprano Brett Umlauf. Umlauf’s exceptional
vocal quality, nuanced performance and consistent delivery throughout
the show made for pure pleasure. By Philip Sandstrom.
Dark and Wacky Side of Life
The Amoralists proudly present The Gyre, a two
play repertory exploring man's vicious cycles, featuring the
World Premiere of Derek Ahonen's "The Qualification of
Douglas Evans", directed by James Kautz, and the world
premiere of Mark Roberts' "Enter at Forest Lawn",
directed by Jay Stull. By Philip Sandstrom.
Sofian Celebrates 35 Years
Anahid Sofian Dance Company celebrated its 35th Anniversary
June 28 and 29, 2014 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center,
presenting a retrospective of its signature works and works
by guest artists: Nourhan Sharif and Dancers, The Sera Solstice
Ensemble, Souren Baronian Music Ensemble and Carlos Fittante
& Robin Gilbert. By Barney Yates.
Voices: The Art of Supertitles
We are accustomed to speaking about many disciplines of the
performing arts, but the art of supertitles is almost always
overlooked. Althought indispensable to world theater, this art
is under-appreciated. Both mysterious art and art of compromise,
supertitles is, "A way of connecting different cultures,"
according to Mauro Conti of Presscott Studio in Italy. By Claire
and Dancing towards the Heavens.
The newest Wooster Group work directed by: Kate Valk, "Early
Shaker Spirituals" is a performance based on a 1976 LP
of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by
Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community
in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The show features Cynthia Hedstrom,
Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Suzzy Roche with Matthew
Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Bebe Miller, and Andrew
review: Two views of "New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The
History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras"
Jack Anderson writes: People like to parade. People
like to party. People like to don extravagant or even outlandish
outfits that have nothing to do with the sober stuff they might
choose as workaday attire. People simply like to show off. And
certain communities are celebrated for allowing citizens and
visitors to do just that. One city famous, even notorious, for
revelry is New Orleans, with its balls, parades, and carnivals.
Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday") may literally be only a
single day: the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which opens the
penitential season of Lent. But in New Orleans the Mardi Gras
spirit seizes the city weeks before that and never really leaves
it.Paulanne Simmons adds: Most of all, O'Neill reveals how Mardi
Gras epitomizes the best in New Orleans: the sense of family,
the love of life that comes with food and drink and dress, and
the special magic that are the soul of this great city.
Precision" by Douglas Lackey
Jerry Tallmer, who served in World War
II as a radioman on B-25 bombers, previews "Daylight
Precision" by Douglas Lackey, a play that takes us back
to World War II and into the great controversies involving strategic
bombing. In that war, the U.S. began by avoiding population
centers but ended up destroying them. Lackey shows how the change
came about by tracing the careers of Generals Haywood Hansell
and Curtis ("Bomb them back to the Stone Age") LeMay.
Over 700,000 civilians lost their lives because Hansell lost
his command to LeMay and this play characterizes Hansell as
the unsung tragic hero of World War II. Theater for the New
City presents the provocative history play February 21 to March
16, directed by Alexander Harrington.
in the Body You Have
There are a lot of life's lessons you can learn from productions
of mixed-ability companies, where wheelchairs and crutches are
danced with as partners, props, or conceptual objects d'art.
"The Women's Stories Project," by Kitty Lunn's Infinity
Dance Theater, is one such experience. By Barney Yates.
W. Sandstrom interviews Tere O'Connor about his new work “BLEED”
that is premiering at BAM Fisher in the Fishman Space.
Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh, quasi-medieval landscape
facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous,
specific and completely invented language, where each word is
a somewhat-recognizable amalgam of English, Swedish, German
and Sid Caesar. Partly centered on the annual harvest, the work
includes at least 100 pumpkins, with new ones needed for every
performance. By Philip J. Sandstrom.
presents Angelin Preljocaj’s "And then, one thousand
years of peace"
A work inspired by the apocalypse as conjured by St. John in
the Book of Revelations and created with an international team
of collaborations. Interview with Angelin Preljocaj By Philip
first time at La MaMa
Yara Arts Group's "Fire. Water. Night, " conceived
and directed by Virlana Tkacz, was a sudden immersion experience
for me into the international, interdisciplinary forms of theater
that La MaMa is known for. This combination of dance and theatre
based on Ukrainian myth was incredibly dynamic, featuring audience
participation in every facet of the piece. By William Gutierrez.
Jean Stapleton: The Mingling Miracles of Edith Bunker
goodbye to actress Jean Stapleton, best known for playing loveable
wife and mother Edith Bunker on long-running sitcom "All
in the Family." By Jerry Tallmer.
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