Reviews

Give Me Your Hand ****

Dearbhla Molloy

By: David Sheward

October 18, 2020: The Broadway League recently announced that the hiatus for all of its member theaters has been extended until June of 2021. That means at least seven more months of no live performances on New York stages. Fortunately, many Off-Broadway companies are filling the gap with Zoom and virtual performances. The Irish Repertory Theater has been cleverly adapting performances pieces to the new media with actors filming from separate locations or acting in a properly socially distanced space. Their latest offering, Give Me Your Hand, places two actors in an empty, intimate London theater, combining theater, poetry and painting for a refreshing reminder of the importance of these arts while we are given limited access to them.

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Around The Town

Show Boat on BroadwayHD

San Francisco Opera, Showboat, Francesca Zambello

San Francisco Opera’s stunning production of Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern’s renowned musical, Show Boat, debuts October 15th on BrodwayHD.

October 14, 2020— BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for theater fans, announced that it will bring. the San Francisco Opera’s critically acclaimed 2014 performance of Show Boat exclusively to their platform.  This dynamic production of the iconic hit, directed by Francesca Zambello, will be available on the service beginning October 16.  Show Boat is only the latest addition to BroadwayHD’s expanding library of hit Richard Rodgers titles, many created with Oscar Hammerstein, including Oklahoma! Starring Hugh Jackman, The King and I and Carousel starring Kelli O’Hara.  This is also part of BroadwayHD’s ongoing effort to build a comprehensive library that includes beloved, well known titles in addition to new discoveries.

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The 2020 Tony Award Nominations

By: Ellis Nassour

October 15, 2020: For the first time in years, the Tony Awards Nominating Committee has expanded several of the acting categories. In another rare occurance, the Committee chose to only nominate one actor in the Leading Actor, Musical category. This might have taken Sean Allan Krill, who plays the father in Jagged Little Pill, a bit by surprise as it sure seems he’s in a Lead Actor Role and not a Featured Role.

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Interviews

Live at the Lortel

By: Paulanne Simmons

October 15, 2020: A few years ago, Eric Ostrow inaugurated The Lucille Lortel Theatre’s series “Live at the Lortel,” which was inspired by the chatty atmosphere of the The Dick Cavett Show. In the midst of a pandemic, the series has been revived as a virtual experience.

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Tony Awards Announcement

James Monroe Iglehart Photo: Barry Gordin

October 15, 2020: Click Here for the Nominees

October 9, 2020: Tony Award Productions will announce the nominations for American Theatre Wing’s 74th Annual Tony Awards® on Thursday, October 15th. The Tony Awards Nominating Committee will meet to vote on this year’s nominations on Tuesday, October 13th. The nominations announcement will be hosted by Tony Award-winning actor James Monroe Iglehart on the official Tony Awards YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/tonyawards at 12:00 noon ET. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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The Panic Defense

October 13,2020: The Panic Defense, written and directed by Sam Affoumado, is a docudrama spotlighting the inequalities of the criminal justice system as it pertains to the staggering rise in hate crimes perpetrated against members of the LGBTQ+ community. The play was inspired by and loosely based on four characters who were victims of actual, hate-filled, murders.

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Hamptons Life

Hamptons International Film Festival

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

October 12, 2020: The 28th Hamptons International Film Festival, presented by HamptonsFilm, announced their award winners at a virtual ceremony. Handing out over $29,500 in cash awards and $130,000 in goods and services. This year’s festival is running October 8 – 14 with virtual screenings and drive-ins.

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On This Day in New York Theater: October 11 in the 1920’s and 1930’s

By: Samuel L. Leiter

(No. 15 in the series)

October 11, 2020 After a several week hiatus, I’m finally digging my way out of a huge pile of suddenly accumulated personal responsibilities that have taken up more time than I would have liked. These forced me to postpone the next in my series of reports of what shows opened on specific dates over the course of the twenties, thirties, and forties, but I’m happy to be back with this survey in which I touch on close to 20 shows that opened on October 11. 

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Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents

Installation view of ACA Galleries’s booth at Frieze London 2020.

ACA Galleries presents Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey at the FREIZE viewing room through October 16.

October 11, 2020: ACA Galleries is presenting Faith Ringgold: Ancestors & Antecedents at the FREIZE viewing room now through October 16.The Frieze Masters, Main Sector features works by Faith Ringgold, with Ad Reinhardt, Jacob Lawrence, and Robert Gwathmey.

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Shakespeare@ Home Part 2

October 6, 2020: West End vets team up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts in the second episode of the all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which airs Thursday, October 8th at 7PM EST. Produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@, the audio production is adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, with original music and sound design, and is available to download and stream at no cost.

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Ghost Hunt: The Hall-Mills Double Homicide

Props master Ashley Basile paints a geocache for the Ghost Hunt project in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

By: Paulanne Simmons

September 28, 2020: In 2017, J.M. Meyer and Karen Alvarado, co-artistic directors of Thinkery and Verse, had a son. After some discussion, they decided to baptize him at The Church of St. John the Evangelist in New Brunswick, NJ. It was only after the event that the godparents informed them their son had been baptized at the “Murder Church.” Here’s the backstory.

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Shakespeare@ Home

September 23, 2020: West End vets team up with Broadway and Hollywood stalwarts in an all-free radio play production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, produced by Jersey City’s Shakespeare@. 

Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Sean Hagerty, with original music and sound design, the first episode of The Tempest launches Thursday, October 1st at 7PM and is free to download and stream. 

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Hamptons Life

ARF Stroll to the Sea Virtual Dog Walk

October 3 to October 11, 2020

September 18, 2020: East Hampton, N.Y., The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) announces that its annual “Stroll to the Sea” Dog Walk presented by Chaser and The Corcoran Group will be a VIRTUAL walk this year due to COVID-19. The event, now in its 27th year, will still be a fun, family outing that is intended to promote responsible dog ownership and awareness of ARF while raising important funds for the cats and dogs.  

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