Reviews

Jitney *****

Michael Potts, John Douglas Thompson, Anthony Chisholm, Keith Randolph Smith, Andre Holland

By: David Sheward

It’s hard to pick one, but Jitney is probably my favorite in August Wilson’s decade-by-decade, ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th Century. It’s kind of the underdog of this mammoth collection and maybe that’s why I like it best. There are no star parts. There are no flashy elements of mysticism which can be found in The Piano Lesson and Gem of the Ocean. Jitney was one of Wilson’s early plays, written even before his first breakout hit (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). It was the first Wilson play to premiere in NYC in an Off-Broadway theater (Second Stage in 2000) and is only now making its Broadway debut in a dynamic revival from Manhattan Theatre Club.

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HamptonsLife - In the News

Valentine Love @ ARF

Join the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) for a Valentine’s Day Open House and Low Cost Vaccine and Microchip Clinic from 11am-3pm at the ARF Adoption Center, 91 Daniels Hole Road in Wainscott. Offering FVRCP, DA2PP, Bordetella, Rabies and Microchipping for just $10 each*! Plus meet ARF’s adoptable animals. No appointment necessary.

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Reviews

The Present ***1/2

Richard Roxburgh, Cate Blanchett

By: David Sheward
The box-office draw of radiant Cate Blanchett may be the reason The Present, Australian playwright Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s first untitled play in a production from the Sydney Theatre Company, is now on Broadway. But the double-Oscar-winning star is just one shining jewel in a mostly dazzling show full of farcical humor, heartbreaking pathos, and pointed political observation. Clocking in at three hours, the comedy-drama does have its slow points—the third of four long acts is especially lead-footed. Yet the intense and witty moments more than make up for the snooze-inducing snatches.

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Student Arts Festival

Christina Strassfield (Museum Director/Chief Curator),Stephanie deTroy Miller (Registrar/Curatorial Assistant), Andrea Grover (Executive Director Guild Hall)

Student Arts Festival Part I, Grades K-8:
The Opening Reception Featured a Student Exhibition and Staged Performances on the stage at The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall.

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Reviews

Come Together *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

British cabaret dynamo Barb Jungr grew up in Rochdale, Lancashire, just a few miles from Liverpool. So it’s not surprising she has a special attraction to the Beatles. In fact, she told the audience at Don’t Tell Mama on Jan. 9 that growing up in the 1960s, she was convinced her country had produced no modern popular icon. Then the Beatles came along and Great Britain was back on the map.

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Reviews

Piaf! The Show *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

In1957 Edith Piaf gave her second and last concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert included “La vie en rose,” “Padam Padam,” and “L’Accordéoniste.” Sixty years later, on Jan. 6, Anne Carrere dazzled the audience at Carnegie Hall with her brilliant performance in Piaf! The Show. She sang many of those songs the audience longed to hear again.

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Features

Remembering Debbie Reynolds

Remembering Almost Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

By: Ellis Nassour

In 2009, legendary film star Debbie Reynolds returned to New York for her first professional appearance in over 25 years — performing her celebrated nightclub act that June at the Café Carlyle.

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Reviews

A Bronx Tale **1/2 – The Death of the Last Black Man in Whole Entire World ***1/2 The Band’s Visit ****

By: David Sheward
If the recent presidential election has taught us anything, it’s that racism and stereotyping are still prevalent despite polite wrist-slapping by the media elite. A spate of new productions address prejudice in various forms with varying degrees of creativity and imagination. It should come as no surprise that the Broadway entry in this round-up is the softest and least dangerous of the three while the Off-Broadway shows are edgier and more honest.

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Around The Town

Broadway Exodus

A Bleak January 2017 Ahead with the Closing of 12 Shows

By: Ellis Nassour

January is always a dark time for Broadway. Many shows survive by having pre-season sales to fill seats during cold, drab January and February. A dozen shows are biting the dust. In most cases, no sooner than they’re gone, new ones will come roaring into town.

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PIAF! THE SHOW

For one night only on January 6, 2017 @ Carnegie Hall


With over a half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and worldwide acclaim, PIAF! THE SHOW  a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse – returns to the US as part of the extended world tour.  
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Reviews

Othello *****

The moment you enter New York Theatre Workshop for Sam Gold’s searing production of Othello, you know it will be a startlingly different interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy of the noble Moor. Set designer Andrew Lieberman has reconfigured the normally spacious playing area into a tight, claustrophobic army barracks.

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Edward Albee Memorial

By: Isa Goldberg

Edward Albee, 1928 – 2016, the three time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author of the groundbreaking plays Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Zoo Story, passed away at his home in Montauk on September 16th. His life and work were remembered on Tuesday, December 6th at The August Wilson Theatre on Broadway, where he was eulogized by colleagues and friends. Among them, Jack Lenor Larsen of Long House Reserve, the actors Brian Murray, Mercedes Ruehl, and Bill Irwin, as well as playwrights, Terrence McNally, Will Eno, John Guare and directors Emily Mann and David Esbjornson, to mention a few. 
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Reviews

The Babylon Line ***

By: Isa Goldberg
“Smash everything.” “Be ruthless,” opines the central character in Richard Greenberg’s new play, set in an adult creative writing class. Indeed, It’s of no great surprise to find that Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line, currently at The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, is all about writing. Metatheater being Greenberg’s forte, his works thrive on esoteric wordplay, windy narratives, and literary metaphor

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