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"Clever Little Lies" Opening

Clever Little Lies, a delightful new comedy by Tony Award winning playwright Joe DiPietro opened at Guild Hall in East Hampton starring television legend Marlo Thomas. The engaging evening is directed by David Saint, the Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, where the play made its World Premier in 2013 with Marlo Thomas and featuring the same wonderful cast of Jim Stanek, Kate Wetherhead and Greg Mullavey. Peggy Siegel hosted a lively after party at The Baker House in East Hampton following the performance.
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Kate Wetherhead, Marlo Thomas, Joe DiPietro, Greg Mullavey, Jim StanekKate Wetherhead, Marlo Thomas, Joe DiPietro, Greg Mullavey, Jim Stanek


Clever Little Lies ****

                              Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall
                                    By: Patrick Christiano
Marlo Thomas shines in Clever Little Lies, a delightful new comedy by Joe DiPietro, which opened at The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Clever Little Lies, an engaging tale of infidelity, made its World Premier at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey in 2013 with the same wonderful cast. The beautifully written tale directed by David Saint, the Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse, is a witty and brisk story with a few bittersweet surprises.







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Glackens @ The Parrish

                              ARTMKT RECAP - JANET LEHR
     "Glackens combines greatness as an artist with a big man's mind"
                                           Alfred C. Barnes

William Glackens:  Bathers at Bellport, c.1912.  Loan courtesy of the Phillips CollectionWilliam Glackens: Bathers at Bellport, c.1912. Loan courtesy of the Phillips CollectionWILLIAM GLACKENS: PARRISH ART MUSEUM July 20 - October 13, 2014. The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York was chosen in part because Glackens painted in nearby Bellport, Long Island.

For the first decade of his artistic life, Glackens was engaged by the art of James McNeill Whis¬tler, the expatriate American painter and printmaker whose aesthetic credo and flamboyant example shaped the thinking of several generations of artists and crit¬ics on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Broadway Barks 2014

BROADWAY BARKS hosted their 16th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event featuring celebritBernadette PetersBernadette Petersies from the hottest shows on Broadway to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, the event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took place on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Shubert Alley. The festivities began at 3:00 p.m. and you were able to meet all of  the adorable adoptable dogs and cats.

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Pentecost/Gertrude-The Cry

            Pentecost and Gertrude - The Cry Opens @ Atlantic Stage 2
PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in as
Alex Draper, Cheryl FaraoneAlex Draper, Cheryl Faraonesociation with Middlebury College,is proudly presented their 28th repertory season, and an 8th season in New York, running until August 10, 2014 for a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues in New York City.

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Elaine Stritch


The Broadway community mourns the loss of actress and singer Elaine Stritch, who passed away today at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tomorrow night, Friday, July 18th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

The American actress and singer was best known for her work on Broadway. The four-time Tony Award â - nominee has appeared in numerous stage plays and musicals, feature films, and many television programs. She also starred in several West End productions in London.


Sir Laurence Olivier

       Sir Laurence Olivier Intimately Revealed in New, Telling Biography

           By: Ellis Nassour

Brilliant, vicious, magnetic, dedicated, massively insecure, and bitterly competitive, Sir Laurence Olivier [1907-1989] was endowed with a talent and a jealously unchallenged by his contemporaries. In the new biography, Olivier [Quercus Publishing; hardcover, SRP $30; 460 pages; 32 pages, B&W photos; Index], prize-winning author Phillip Ziegler virtually leaves no stone unturned as he examines not only what made one of our most famous - and infamous - actor/directors of the 20th Century tick but also the work that influenced generations of actors.

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Bay Street Summer Gala

"A Night of Bright Stars" on the Long WhKate Burton, Tovah Feldshuh, Sheldon Harnick, April Gornik, Scott SchwartzKate Burton, Tovah Feldshuh, Sheldon Harnick, April Gornik, Scott Schwartzarf in Sag Harbor
Bay Street Theater hosted their 23rd Annual Summer Gala, "A Night of Bright Stars," as part of the celebration of the NEW Bay Street under Artistic Director Scott Schwartz.

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Harlem Summer Shakespeare

HARLEM SUMMER SHAKESPEARE begins its 10th season of FREE SHAKESPEARE in Riverbank State Park with ROMEO AND JULIET on Wednesday, July 23rd and coStella Heath, Jordan BellowStella Heath, Jordan Bellowntinues through August 17th, with the official opening on July 24th at 8 pm. The company returns to the Riverside Amphitheatre in Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive at 145th Street, overlooking the Hudson River. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 PM.

Artistic Director Alexa Kelly said: "Continuing our tradition of making Shakespeare a part of today's world, this year's production of R&J will be visually contemporary, whilst keeping Shakespeare's language intact. The goal of Harlem Summer Shakespeare is to bring Shakespeare to new audiences.

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NYFF Resnais Revival

New York Film Festival - Opening September 26 - Announces Premiere
of Restored Resnais' French New Wave Classic Hiroshima Mon Amour

               By: Ellis Nassour

The Film Society of Lincoln Center ‘s 52nd New York Film Festival, which begins September 26 and runs through October 12, will premiere an all-encompassing 4-K pixel restoration of Alain Resnais' 1959 debut feature, the French New Wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour w, acclaimed as one of the most important films of the movement. On October 17, the film will have its first theatrical screenings in decades at FSLC's Walter Reade Theatre.


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           Annual "Pride in the Hamptons" Summer Celebration
Bruce T. Sloane of East Hampton's Grace Estate hosted the Live Out Loud Summer Celebration at his beautiful waterfront home. The tented event on the sprawling lawn featured a sensational silent auction, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres till 8:30. VIP guests stayed for Dinner & Dancing as the sun set over the Northwest Harbor. The evening raises money for Live Out Loud, whose programs are dedicated to inspire, nurture, and empower LGBTQ youth to build successful futures by giving them affirmative experiences and in many cases connecting them with successful role models in the LGBTQ community.


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Martin Short @ Guild Hall

   Martin Short Live on Stage for The Guild Hall Season Spectacular
Martin ShortMartin Short
Comedian Martin Short, a Tony and Emmy Award winning actor/
entertainer wowed a sold out audience at Guild Hall in East Hampton that included Nathan Lane, Rob Reiner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mathew Broderick, Bob Balaban, and Alec Baldwin with his wife Hilaria. Mr. Short, who is actually 5'7" tall, delighted the sold out audience with his hilarious variety show, a 90 minute side splitting evening filled with mad cap antics, hilarious skits, zany characters, including his signature Jiminy Click, the wildly uninhibited interviewer who makes mince meat of his subjects. There were also scenes from his hit films and clips of his vintage TV appearances. Jiminy Click pulled a willing Bob Balaban out of the audience and devilishly toyed with him.

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Broadway Update

                           B'way Update: 'King and I,' 'Illusionists'
                                       By David Sheward
As summer progresses, more Broadway shows are announced for the fall and winter. One of the most anticipated will beOscar nominees Ken Wantanabe and Sally Hawkins in Godzilla or We Need a PaycheckOscar nominees Ken Wantanabe and Sally Hawkins in Godzilla or We Need a Paycheck Lincoln Center Theater's revival of The King and I starring Kelli O'Hara and Ron Wantanabe, directed by O'Hara's South Pacific and Light in the Piazza stager Barlett Sher. We just saw Wantanabe in Godzilla on a double bill with Edge of Tomorrow at the Coxsackie drive-in last weekend.


Holler If Ya Hear Me **

                                        By: David Sheward
The advertising copy for Holler If Ya Hear Me proclaims the show as a groundbreaking new musical in the tradiSaul Williams, Saycon SengblohSaul Williams, Saycon Sengblohtion of Show Boat, West Side Story, Hair, and Rent. There is some truth in this hype. This is the first Broadway show to fully employ the rap sound which has been dominating the music industry for two decades. (In the Heights contains rap elements, but its score is mostly in the conventional Main Stem vein.) Holler uses the music and lyrics of the late Tupac Shakur with very little traditional singing.


Manhattan Theatre Club - DS

                      When We Were Young and Unafraid ***1/2     
                                       By: David Sheward 

The title of Sarah Treem's new play When We Were Young and Unafraid is ironic. The young char
acters are the most fearful while the oldest one tempers her actions with caution based on scary previous experiences. Set at the height of the Women's Liberation Movement in the early 1970s, Treem's insightful work examines the damaging effect of gender stereotyping on different generations, and how those assigned roles force everyone, but especially women, to hide their true identities.
Cherry Jones, Morgan Saylor, Zoe KazanCherry Jones, Morgan Saylor, Zoe Kazan