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Iris ****

By: David Sheward

Pietro Mascagni’s rarely performed 1898 opera Iris receives a magnificent production at Bard College’s annual Summerscape Festival, revealing a hidden treasure overshadowed by the composer’s politics and the similar Madama Butterfly by Mascagni’s friend and one-time roommate Giacomo Puccini. Iris_62


A Class Act ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

Often when professionals step out of their accustomed roles to make their point by becoming playwrights, the results are not happy. Not so with attorney (and now playwright) Norman Shabel. His new play, A Class Act, is absorbing, suspenseful and often moving.

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The plot revolves around the efforts of one group of attorneys to force a major chemical company to pay for the damages it has done by pouring cancer-causing waste into the water supply, and the company’s attorneys efforts to literally get away with murder.

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Chita Rivera @ Guild Hall

Legendary Performer Charms Guild Hall in East Hampton

The Broadway star and 2002 Kennedy Center Honoree Chita Rivera, performed a deliciously unique solo concert at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, July 23rd. The incomparable two time Tony Award winning star recreated signature moments form her legendary career, including numbers from West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink and The VisitDSC_4651_0Chita Rivera


Privacy **1/2

By: David Sheward
How many times have you gone to the theater and been asked to leave your phone on? This singular request occurs before the lights go down for Privacy, the new meta-play at the Public Theater, when artistic director Oskar Eustis’ gentle voice delivers a set of instructions in the manner of an airline steward, requesting that ringers are switched off, but phones left open. Rachel_Dratch__Daniel_Radcliffe_Rachel Dratch, Daniel Radcliffe

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Live Out Loud Benefit

“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelky” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor benefits Live Out Loud.

On Saturday, July 23 Bay Street Theater and Live Out Loud presented a special performance of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.” The dazzling solo show, written and performed by James Lecesne an Academy-Awarding writer for the film “Trevor,” is based on his best-selling novel, Absolute Brightness set in a Jersey shore town.  

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WHBPAC “Casino Night”

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center hosted Casino Night under a big top tent on the Great Lawn.



M-O-D Squads

M-O-D DVD Sites Offer a Cinematic Feast for Movie Buffs

By Ellis Nassour

The M-O-D squads are offering a new way to satisfy movie buffs burning desires. There’re treasure chests of classic chestnuts and films of all manner at Manufacture-on-Demand sites: sound and silent, classic and cult, musicals/comedy/drama, made-for-TV movies, TV series, and documentaries. They include remastered classics and Blu-ray to tempt film buffs. 


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Jake Gyllenhaal in Burn This

This winter, thirty years after it first premiered at Circle Repertory Company, producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen will present the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s acclaimed play, Burn This, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, and starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. The play will re-open Ambassador Theatre Group’shistoric Hudson Theatre (139-141 West 44th St) on Broadway. Performances begin February 2017, with an opening night set for Monday, March 6, 2017.
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The Tour *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

Want to get a taste of the Big Apple that’s delicious in a new and exciting way? Your best bet is to take The Tour. Conceived and produced by the same people who brought The Ride to New York City, The Tour gives sightseers a multi-media, immersive experience, thanks to 123 miles of electric wiring, 4,100 LED lights and state-of-the-art special effects.

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ACA Galleries prominent at Market Art + Design
One of the area’s finest art fairs, Market Art + Design returned with a colorful array of outstanding works for discriminating collectors on the beautiful grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society in the in the heart of Bridgehampton, where the art fair ran from July 7-10.  The compact space at the Museum featured an eclectic mix of 45 of the country’s top modern and contemporary art dealers and drew a varied crowd to the vibrant show.
Dorian Bergen, Hunter Barnes, Casey Bergen

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Freddie Roman @ Guild Hall

Freddie Roman, the Legendary Stand-Up Star of CATSKILLS ON BROADWAY performed at Guild Hall in East Hampton with Special Guest Cory Kahaney. Freddie announced that fellow Friar Bill Boggs was In the audience, who commented “I saw Freddie in the Steam Room and He Is Quite A Man”…LOL… Bill Boggs will be performing at Guild Hall on August 25@ 8pm.

Freddie Roman


Some Enchanted Evenings 2

Musical Theater Icon Mary Martin – Everyone’s Memorable Peter Pan – Is Recalled in New Biography, Some Enchanted Evenings  Part Two

By: Ellis Nassour

For most of five decades, Mary Martin was Broadway’s “it” girl who created lines around the block and sold out shows for a year or more with the first ad. She was a star of the first magnitude, and the highest paid. She was a celebrity in the U.S., because of her Annie Get Your Gun national tour, and in the U.K. because of her wildly successful Hello, Dolly



Some Enchanted Evenings 1

Musical Theater Icon Mary Martin – Everyone’s Memorable Peter Pan – Is Recalled in New Biography, Some Enchanted Evenings- Part One

By: Ellis Nassour

There once was a time when being the toast of Broadway was as big as being a Hollywood idol. In the 50s and well into the 60s being a famous musical theater star was what drew people from across the country to New York or to catch a touring show. These divas were who young actresses aspired to be. Mary Martin and Ethel Merman topped the list.


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"Water" @ Tulla Booth

Tulla Booth Gallery, 66 Main Street in Sag Harbor, opened “The Water Show,” a photography exhibit with a reception on Saturday, July 16. The show features photos by Daniel Jones, Blair Seagram, Herb Friedman, Stephen Wilkes, and Yann Toledo, which will remain on view through August 22. Visit www.tullaboothgallery.com for more information.Ed_Segal__Puccini__Tulla_Booth_6Ed Segal, Puccini, Tulla Booth
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Marilyn in Fragments ***1/2

By Paulanne Simmons

Except for a certain kittenish quality and similar initials, there is little about Marissa Mulder that would make us think of Marilyn Monroe. Neither their voices nor their looks are similar. Yet in Marilyn in Fragments, Mulder’s cabaret show. which has been extended until July 26 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, she manages to convey a great deal about the secret life of this wounded and vulnerable soul.



Andrea Grover @ Guild Hall

Guild Hall of East Hampton has named Andrea Grover as Executive Director, effective September 1, 2016. The announcement was made by Marty Cohen, Chair of Guild Hall’s Board of Trustees. 

“Andrea’s extensive experience, accomplishments and local standing make her the ideal person to take the reins of Guild Hall and lead us into the future,” said Mr. Cohen. “She brings a dynamic vision along with insightful knowledge of our ever-evolving community.”

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Radio City's "NY Spectacular"

Big Apple Treasure Rockettes Shine and Splash in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spectacular

By: Ellis Nassour

New York, New York is a helluva place, so say Betty Comden and Adolph Green in their rollicking showstopper from their musical with Leonard Bernstein On the Town.  It comes breathtakingly alive on Radio City Music Hall’s colossal stage in New York Spectacular: the Rockettes [running through August 7]. The famed 36-strong troupe anchor the show in spectacular precision dance numbers, and breathtaking special effects and gigantic props take visitors on a song and dance hop-on/hop-off tour. 


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A Dancers True Story

Book Details How a Corps de Ballet Dancer Helped Save Radio City from the Wrecking Ball

By: Beau Jared

We still have it! Her crusade helped. Sinatra fans of a certain age can remember Ole Blue Eyes onstage at Radio City Music Hall announcing from the stage: “This old place would make a great casino!”  It was one of the few times, Sinatra was booed. It’s true that the Hall was set to close in April 1978, but the protesters won!


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Broadway Originals

Theater History Repeats Itself Friday with Stars Returning to Their Roles for Broadway Originals

By: Beau Jared

So you’ve heard about Tony Danza, Daniel Reichard, and Beth Fowler stopping the show when they were on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, Jersey Boys, and Beauty and the Beast. Well, guess what: You can have your cake and eat it, too, Friday at Feinstein’s 54 Below at 7 P.M. when impresario Scott Siegel, the David Merrick of Cabaret, reunites these stars and his usual cast of “hundreds” to repeat their glory moments in his always eagerly-anticipated Summer edition of Broadway Originals.