Interviews

Christine Lahti

Gloria: A Life: Feminist Activist Christine Lahti Channels Feminist Activist Gloria Steinem 

By: Ellis Nassour

December 10, 2018:  In a superb, don’t miss performance,  stage, TV veteran, and Oscar-winning film star Christine Lahti is starring as her mentor and friend Gloria Steinem in Tony-winning playwright Emily Mann’s Gloria: A Life, an affecting, rich tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time. For over five decades, Steinem has raised her voice for women’s equality

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Reviews

The Cher Show ***, American Son **1/2

Stephanie J. Block in The Cher Show

By: David Sheward 

December 8, 2018:  “Have you heard our writers? This dress is the best material in the show.” That’s a typical gag from The Cher Show, the new jukebox musical celebrating the varied life and career of the single-monickered icon, and it’s unfortunately apropos. Book-writer Ric Elice’s forced dialogue is at the same adolescent level of the star’s 1970s TV variety series in which she co-starred with her then-husband Sonny Bono, but Bob Mackie’s over-the-top costumes are worth the considerable price of admission. 

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Reviews

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 *****

By: Paulanne Simmons

 December 3, 2018:  On December 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV suggested a temporary hiatus of the war for the celebration of Christmas. The Germans agreed, but the British declined. However, during the Christmas season, spontaneous truces broke out all along the Western Front, as French, German and British troops crossed the line of battle to sing, exchange gifts and even engage in an impromptu game of soccer.

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Reviews

American Son **1/2

TEACHABLE MOMENTS: AMERICAN SON

By: Samuel L. Leiter

December 6, 2018:  “I don’t get it,” my plus one said as several rows of spectators rose before us in a standing ovation for American Son at Broadway’s Booth Theatre. “What didn’t you get?” I asked later, thinking she might have meant the play’s abrupt ending. “Why the audience thought this play deserved a standing ovation,” she replied. I concurred, even wondering why it had received so many glowing responses on Show-Score.com. 

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Reviews

#realjoy ****

Lisa Viggiano

By: Paulanne Simmons

December 4, 2018:  Meg Flather and Lisa Viggiano first conceived of their show, #realjoy (at Don’t Tell Mama Dec. 2 and 30) as a way of getting rid of those pre-Christmas blues. But, inspired by Tracey Thorn’s “Joy,” their show really becomes a search for happiness and meaning in the midst of loss. With music director Tracy Stark at the piano, Flather and Viggiano perform a song list that goes well beyond traditional Christmas carols.

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Reviews

Hype Man at The Flea ****

Matt Stango, Tay Bass, Shakur Tolliver

Captivating take on race and friendship in the world of hip-hop extended.

By:  Patrick Christiano

December 1, 2018:  Idris Goodwin’s HYPE MAN: a break beat play continues The Flea’s Color Brave season with a captivating look at race and friendship played out against the backdrop of hip-hop. The story, tautly directed by Kristan Seemel with Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith, is set three years ago in an unnamed American city and follows two hip hop artists on the threshold of success. The two men, Pinnacle, played by Matt Stango, and Verb, played by Shakur Tolliver, were best buddies growing up on the mean streets of the unnamed city. Pinnacle is a white man, who writes and rhymes, while Verb, a black man just out of prison, hypes the crowd and adds authority to Pinnacle’s vision of himself as a hip-hop artist.

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Big Apple Circus

Award winning acts at Lincoln Center thru January 17.

December 1, 2018: The renowned Big Apple Circus is back in town under a big top at Lindon Center’s Damrosch Park for the Holiday Season. The 41st edition is an intimate affair featuring mind-blowing acts from all over the world that will delight and thrill children of all ages along with the perpetually young at heart. Preformed in a single ring, the circus is an up close and personal happening, where every seat is less the 50 feet from the action in a climate-controlled environment that will keep you warm and toasty regardless of the outside temperature.

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Around The Town

Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell

Steve Tyrell in Holiday Style at the Carlyle

By: Sandi Durell

December 1, 2018:  It wouldn’t be the season to be jolly without Grammy Award winning Steve Tyrell taking his honored place for the 14th season at the historic Café Carlyle. His residency takes him from November 27 thru New Year’s Eve as he spreads the Great American Songbook mantra to his many fans from far and wide.

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Features

Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus Rings In the Holiday Season at Lincoln Center with Tradition, Thrills, and Wonder

By: Ellis Nassour

November 29, 2018:  What better to ring in the holidays than with New York’s home-grown Big Apple Circus, presenting a whimsical marriage of traditional theater and classic circus under its colorful Big Top in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park? The 41st Edition, running through January 27th, presents up-close family entertainment and thrills from celebrated acts – many seen for the first time, in its intimate, climate-controlled one-ring tent, with no seat  more  than 50 feet away.

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Reviews

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui ***1/2

Raul Esparza

By: David Sheward

November 27, 2018:  As audiences enter the Laura F. Angelson Theatre for Classic Stage Company’s revival of Bertolt Brecht’s rarely produced The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, they step into a dangerous world where murder and menace lurk in every corner. This dark kingdom of night, with eerie parallels to America in 2018 as well as Germany in the 1930s, is ruled over by a vicious brute given snarling, malevolent life by Raul Esparza in a powerhouse performance. Esparza has won acclaim in musicals like Company, Taboo, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as dark dramas such as The Normal Heart and The Homecoming. But here he totally dominates the proceedings with such ferocity and detail, you cannot take your eyes off him.

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Features

King Kong

Christiani Pitts “King Kong”

5 Reasons Why You Will Go Ape for King Kong

By: Iris Wiener

November 27, 2018:  As a whole, King Kong is a musical disaster at its finest. Groan-worthy moments are endless with a score that is as forgettable as it is nonsensical. If you can get past the atrocious book, sloppy lyrics, forgettable music and the numerous clumsy aspects of the production (just take that ensemble dancing away from Kong as he tears through New York- it’s priceless), there are some gems that make King Kong a worthwhile “experience,” albeit unconventional for a Broadway stage. Prepare to be floored by the…

 

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LongHouse Holiday Party

Executive Director Matko Tomicic, President Board of Trustees Dianne Benson aka Dianne B

Guests toasted the season and rediscovered the gardens at this special time of the year.

November 25, 2018:  LONGHOUSE, 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, hosted a festive gathering with holiday music on Thanksgiving Saturday. Guests toasted the holiday season with hot apple cider rum toddy’s, Kaluah & coffee, and hot chocolate while touring the gardens and mingling with neighbors. Many people left personal wishes on the Yoko Ono Wish Tree, near the entrance to LONGHOUSE, when they departed.

Photography: Barry Gordin

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Janet Lehr Fine Arts

Adam Umbach Photo: Barry Gordin

Sweet Things @ Janet Lehr
An exhibition of new works by Adam Handler and Adam Umbach.

November 25, 2018:  Janet Lehr Fine Arts, 68 Park Place in East Hampton, hosted a reception on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate an ongoing exhibition of paintings by two Adams, Handler and Umbach.  Also on view, are works by gallery favorites David Demers, Haim Mizrahi. Shimon Okshteyn, Jules Olitski, Christopher Deeton, Dave Rogers, Michael Bronspigel and, new to the gallery, Gideon Lewin – Avedon’s ‘ace’ printer for 25-years.

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Hype Man Opens at The Flea

Shakur Tolliver, Tay Bass, Matt Stango

HYPE MAN: a break beat play by Idris Goodwin continues The Flea’s Color Brave season with a compelling look at race and friendship against the backdrop of hip hop.

November 21, 20018:  Idris Goodwin’s HYPE MAN: a break beat play directed by Kristan Seemel and Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith opened at The Flea for a run through December 18 in The Pete. The story set in 2015 in an unnamed American city follows two hip hop artists, Pinnacle, played by Matt Stango and Verb, played by Shakur Tolliver, now on the threshold of success. The friends, one white and one black, were best buddies growing up together on the mean streets of the unnamed city. Verb, a young black man just out of prison, hypes the crowd and Pinnacle, a white man writes and rhymes.

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