Reviews

Desperate Measures ****1/2

Lauren Molina

By: Paulanne Simmons

There’s no shortage of Shakespearean plays that have been turned into musicals. George Abbott, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers’ The Boys from Syracuse is based on The Comedy of Errors. Cole Porter and the Speweck’s Kiss Me Kate is the trio’s version of The Taming of the Shrew. Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story is a 20th century musical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

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Hamptons International Film Festival 2017

Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin

Hamptons International Film Festival honored Julie Andrews and Patrick Stewart.

By: Patrick Christiano

October 9, 2017:  The Hamptons International Film Festival, now in its 25th season, was a smashing success over a four-day period from October 5-9 in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, where a diverse range of over 115 films from countries all over the world were screened. Provocative discussions with well-respected film artists, Rob Riener, Patrick Stewart, and Annette Bening, were amongst the festivals highlights, along with the awards.

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ARF Stroll to the Sea

23rd Annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk benefits Animal Rescue Find of the Hamptons.

October 7, 2017: This year the annual ARF Stoll to the Sea Benefit was proceeded by a kick-off cocktail party on Friday, the night before the walk. The party was hosted by Candy and Mark Udell of London Jewelers at their Main Street location in East Hampton.

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The African Mean Girls Play

It was press day October 10 for MCC Theater’s World Premiere of School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play. Tony Award winning director Rebecca Taichman and 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bloh and the cast were on hand to speak with the press and give some insight into what the play is about as well as their roles.

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Wurlitzer

Mark Herman

Better Days Ahead for the Wurlitzer and the Brooklyn Paramount

By: Paulanne Simmons

If you’re a fan of organ music, there are only two places in New York City you can enjoy the sounds of the magnificent Wurlitzer theater organ. One is in Radio City Music Hall. The other is in the Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University, formerly the Brooklyn Paramount Theater. And in the latter, the sound of a dribbled basketball and running feet most often replaces the swelling music of the mighty organ. But not for long.

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Reviews

The Honeymooners ***1/2

The Honeymooners Musical Has World Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

By: Ellis Nassour

The world premiere production of Stephen Weiner, Peter Mills, and Dusty
Kay and Bill Nuss’s musical comedy adaptation of the classic TV sit-com The Honeymooners offers a nostalgia-dipped trip down memory lane. It opened October 8 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ.

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Interviews

Megan Cavanagh: From Marla to Menopause

Megan Cavanagh

Megan Cavanagh: From Marla to Menopause

By: Iris Wiener

The name Megan Cavanagh is synonymous with Marla Hooch, the wide-eyed, scene-stealing second base-woman in A League of Their Own. However, Cavanagh also has an excellent pitch- as a singer, that is, and she has been sharing it with the world for the past thirteen years as Earth Mother in Menopause the Musical, which comes to The Gateway at Patchogue Theatre on Sunday, October 8th at 2pm and 7pm. Menopause is a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “the change,” featuring a story told through musical parody of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. In between raising funds for the International Women’s Baseball Center (IWBC) and speaking on League Q&A panels celebrating the 25th anniversary of the film, Cavanagh spoke with Theaterlife.com about what she has been up to since Penny Marshall’s iconic 1992 hit, her Broadway ambitions, and returning to the Long Island theatrical mainstay.

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Reviews

Mary Jane **** As You Like It **

Liza Colon-Zayas, Carrie Coon “Mary Jane”

By: David Sheward

The single mother unfolds her sofa bed, gets undressed, and settles in to check over a huge binder containing medication levels for her seriously ill child. This simple scene is performed in a seemingly offhand manner by the magnificently subtle Carrie Coon as the title character in Amy Herzog’s shattering play Mary Jane, yet it speaks volumes of a heartbreaking situation without tears or bathos. The fact that Mary Jane has to sleep alone in her living room tells us that Alex, her two-year-old son is in need of such constant and extensive medical support that the equipment required to keep him breathing takes up the master bedroom (which is offstage in Laura Jellinek’s masterfully functional and evocation set design.) And, it incidentally emphasizes the not-insignificant detail that Alex’s father is nowhere in her life. It’s a beautiful demonstration of the playwright showing rather than telling the trials Mary Jane must go through.

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Frances Ruffelle

Frances Rufelle

Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle is back in town with her stunning solo performance: “Frances Ruffelle Live(S) in New York!” an intimate evening of song that whispers seductive secrets, lays bare the naked truth and explodes with the one of a kind bottle rocket charisma that’s kept “Frankie’s” ardent fans coming back for more since she created the iconic role of “Eponine” in “Les Miserables” and turned “On My Own” into one of Broadway’s most beloved standards.

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Suzan-Lori Parks @ SIgnature

Suzan-Lori Parks Photo: Barry Gordin

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright in residency with The Red Letter Plays

Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African- American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is the Residency One Playwright at the Signature this season. Her plays F**king A, directed by Jo Bonney, and In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, are being produced in tandem as part of an event called The Red Letter Plays. The two plays are riffs on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and is a rare opportunity to see two plays by one writer in dialogue with each other.

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