Reviews

Fiddler on the Roof ****1/2

Steven Skybell

By: Isa Goldberg

September 20, 2018:  Translated into numerous languages for performances the world over, Fiddler is a popular tale, about tradition. That is why this Yiddish language production, directed by the Oscar and Tony-Award winning Joel Grey, for the National Yiddish Theatre  at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, is especially rich.

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Gordin's View

Agnes Opens @ 59E59

Playwright Catya McMullen, Director Jenna Worsham

NYC premiere of Catya McMullen witty and touching drama impressively staged by Jenna Worsham

September 13, 2018:  The actors shine in Catya McMullen’s witty drama that opened at 59E59 Theaters impressively staged by Jenna Worsham. When a group of friends are trapped by storm they discover how easily they can misjudge each other, especially the people they love.

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Stephen WIlkes @ Tulla Booth

Bette and Stephen Wilkes, Tulla Booth and Ed Segal

Tulla Booth Gallery Presents  photographer Stephen Wilkes Extended thru October 15th 2018

September 20, 2018:  Stephen Wilkes’s wildly popular “Day to Night” Series are exciting images of the most beloved cities and sites of the world. As part of his on going series he wanted to capture the iconic Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles which he felt captures the essence of Southern California.

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Around The Town

Broadway to Dim Lights Marin Mazzie RIP

Marin Mazzie

BROADWAY THEATRES TO DIM LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER  19, 2018 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF STAGE AND SCREEN STAR MARIN MAZZIE

September 14, 2018 — The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie, who passed away on Thursday, September 13 at age 57. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of the Al Hirschfeld, Broadhurst, Gershwin, Gerald Schoenfeld,  St. James, and Nederlander Theatres in her memory on Wednesday, September 19 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute. 

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Reviews

You and I ***

Timothy C. Gordwin and Elisabeth Preston

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 14, 2018:  New York enjoys two Off-Broadway companies devoted to the resurrection of lost, forgotten, or neglected plays. One is the Mint Theatre, led by Jonathan Bank, and the other is the Metropolitan Playhouse, headed by Alex Roe. Interestingly, both were born in 1992.

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Reviews

Collective Rage : A Play in 5 Betties ****

Ana Villafañe, Lea DeLaria

By: David Sheward

September 14, 2018:  The description in the press release for Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties sounded more than a tad pretentious. First there was the ridiculously long subtitle: “In Essence, A Queer and Occasionally Hazardous Exploration; Do You Remember When You Were in Middle School and You Read About Shackleton and How He Explored the Antarctic?; Imagine the Antarctic as a Pussy and It’s Sort of Like That.” Any play which needs to spell out its themes in such an extended, jokey way usually isn’t going to have much to say beyond that subtitle. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to express the ideas of sexual discovery. Then there was the synopsis: five women, all with the same name, each identified by a single characteristic: “one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck.” It sounds like a clash of feminist cliches.

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Around The Town

Broadway Update

Andrea Martin, Nathan Lane

By: David Sheward

September 12, 2018:  The weirdest press release of the year just came into my mailbox. At first I thought it was a joke. Tony winners Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will be starring in a new comedy called Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Obie-winning performer-playwright Taylor Mac. Weird title, huh? But it’s legit. The show will be directed by another multiple Tony winner George C. Wolfe and begin previews at the Booth Theatre on March 5 with an opening set for April 11. (The Booth will play host to American Son with Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in a limited run in the fall. Also, Glenda Jackson’s King Lear had announced an April 11 opening but the production will now open on April 4 at the Golden. Jackson will co-star with Elizabeth Marvel, Rita Wilson, Pedro Pascal, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, John Douglas Thompson, and Aisling O’Sullivan. Sam Gold of Fun Home directs.)

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Reviews

Hurricane Party **1/2

Lacy Marie Meyer

STORM AND STRESS: HURRICANE PARTY

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 11, 2018:  If a play opens with a climax where does it go from there? That’s a question unintentionally raised by Hurricane Party, David Thigpen’s muddled drama of sexual and marital tension set in Conway, SC, on the eve of a threatening hurricane.

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Reviews

The Orchard (After Chekhov) *** Of Marriage and Men *** Long Day’s Journey Into Night **** To Kill a Mockingbird ***

Jani Lauzon (centre) with the cast of “The Orchard (After Chekhov)”

By: David Sheward

September 6, 2018:  Transposing classic works to modern settings can often produce brilliant stagings and provide insights into contemporary issues. And sometimes such ventures feel forced and unnatural. The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, recently presented The Orchard (After Chekhov), a game effort in this genre by actress-playwright Sarena Parma, in its intimate Jam Maxwell Studio Theatre. As indicated by the title, the play is derived from Anton Chekhov’s 1903 The Cherry Orchard, his elegy to a vanishing upper class unable to cope with shifting social mores and economic realities. Parmar transforms the feckless Gayevs in pre-Revolutionary Russia to a family of South Asian immigrants in the Okanagan region of 1975. Like the Russian original, Parma’s family is about to be dispossessed of their land and means of income through mismanagement and neglect. The glamorous, scatterbrained matriarch returns after many years abroad (in this case India rather than Paris) only to find her home and former way of life about to be ripped away. Also in the mixed are friends and servants of Canadian, Japanese and Native backgrounds.

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Around The Town

American Songbook Association

Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye Will Receive an ASA Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Bob Mackie!

By: Sandi Durell

Cabaret keeps growing because there are enough people and organizations to keep supporting its effort, keeping it alive and growing. The latest on the horizon is ASA – The American Songbook Association presenting its first Annual Gala, in a magnificent celebration of the contributions of Black songwriters and singers.

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Reviews

Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin *****

COUNTING HIS BLESSINGS: HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 1, 2018:  Summer may just be ending but, as you’re reminded by the snowflakes that keep drifting past the windows on the set of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, it won’t be long before you’re dreaming of a white Christmas. You may, in fact, even join other audience members in singing Irving Berlin’s universally popular song about that dream. And, if you’re given to singalongs, get ready to chime in on other classics, like “God Bless America,” from the keyboard of that remarkably prolific, successful songwriter.

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Interviews

Mark Stuart

When Change Comes: A Movement Forward

Mark Stuart discusses the evolution of the dance phenomenon as it sets to premiere on Long Island.

By: Iris Wiener

When Change Comes: A Movement Forward is a poignant dance musical that asks the question: Can the act of “seeing” each other without judgment or fear break the cycle of intolerance? Featuring a cast of world-renowned dancers, singers and musicians, Change takes audiences through a century of music, movement and human connection in the shadow of our nation’s most defining moments. Known as Standard Time throughout its prior Off-Broadway and regional runs, the newly re-worked show will open for audiences on September 7th at Madison Theatre at Molloy College with special Broadway guest stars Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella) and Dan DeLuca (Newsies national tour), and on September 8th with  Adam Kaplan (A Bronx Tale, Newsies). Change moves to New York Live Arts September 13th through September 16th. Director and co-producer Mark Stuart (Bandstand, ABC’s Dirty Dancing) spoke with Theaterlife about his show’s second life, and how he aims to make an impact with the important piece.

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Hamptons Life

Hampton Classic Horse Show

McLain Ward with HH Gigi’s Girl, winners of the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix

McLain Ward Wins the $300,000 Grand Prix presented by Douglas Elliman on the final day of the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton.

September 2, 2018:  The 43rd edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with America’s McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, capturing the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix presented by Douglas Elliman for a record seventh time.

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