Reviews

Blue Ridge ****

Marin Ireland (left) and Kristolyn Lloyd

By: David Sheward

January 18, 2019: Few actresses can wring as many variations on self-indulgent despair as Marin Ireland. This Obie winner has created incisive portraits of a party-girl spoiled royal in Marie Antoinette, a narcissistic bisexual activist in In the Wake and a self-destructive immigrant worker in Ironbound. That’s just to name a few. Now she is a disgraced high school teacher, sucking up oxygen and wrecking lives in Abby Rosebrock’s Blue Ridge at Atlantic Theatre Company. Alison is the newest resident at a Christian half-way house in the mountains of North Carolina. When her abortive affair with her married principal goes south, she takes an axe to his car and must submit to a work program and Bible study. Ireland manages to make this dangerous bundle of nerves a charismatic charmer, gathering attention and even love while wrecking havoc. 

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Reviews

Maestro ***1/2

John Noble

By: Isa Goldberg

January 17, 2019: It’s obvious, from the demographic of the audience at The Duke on 42nd Street, that Arturo Toscanini is a name primarily older people recognize. And for those of us who do, Maestro by Eve Wolf, is an embracing evening of live music, and WWII history, told in a way that awakens our senses. 

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Reviews

Choir Boy ****

Jeremy Pope (center) and cast in “Choir Boy”

By: Isa Goldberg January 16, 2019: There is a lot less violence in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at the Manhattan Theater Club, than there is in the Academy Awarding winning movie, adapted from his play, In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. Still, the stripped-down version of it that we see in this coming-of-age drama, equally challenges the way we think.  Its language is that of spirituals, but not just the old standards. In Jason Michael Webb’s arrangements, well-known classics are delivered in a contemporary jazz style. Camille A. Brown’s choreography is fierce and edgy, in the spirit of Bill … Continue reading “Choir Boy ****”

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Reviews

Blueberry Hill ****1/2

Niall Buggy

THEY FOUND THEIR FREEDOM: ON BLUEBERRY HILL

By: Samuel L. Leiter

January 11, 2019: In No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic existentialist drama, one of the three dead characters destined to spend eternity with each other in hell, famously discovers—during a round-robin of mutual recrimination and unfulfilled desire—that “hell is—other people!” In Irish playwright Sebastian Barry’s engrossing On Blueberry Hill, two characters, who have every reason to hate each other, are confined to a cell at Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison. Forced to co-exist in this living hell to the end of their days, they eventually discover that even one’s rankest enemies may hold the key to love and redemption.  

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Around The Town

Broadway Mourns Carol Channing

“Carol with Diamonds” Photo by Michael Davis, courtesy of the Carol Channing Archives.

BROADWAY THEATRES TO DIM LIGHTS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019 AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF Theatrical Legend CAROL CHANNING

On Broadway Ms. Channing appeared in: Hello, Dolly! (1995 Revival), Hello, Dolly! (1978 Revival), Lorelei (1974), Four on a Garden (1971), Hello, Dolly! (1964), Show Girl (1961), The Vamp (1955), Wonderful Town (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Lend an Ear (1948), Proof Thro’ the Night (1942), and Let’s Face It! (1941).  She was in the original tour of Hello, Dolly! (1965) and played the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi over 4,500 times in her career. She also appeared in major touring productions including: Hello, Dolly! (1994 Revival), Legends! (1986), Jerry’s Girls (1984), Hello, Dolly! (1983 Revival), Sugar Babies (1980), Hello, Dolly! (1977 Revival), Wonderful Town (1954), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1951).

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Photos

BroadwayCon

Lilli Cooper and the ensemble from “Tootsie”.

By: Iris Wiener

January 15, 2019: The fourth annual BroadwayCon, held January 11th through 13th at the Hilton Midtown, boasted an exciting explosion of Broadway fanaticism. Featuring panel discussions, cosplay, games, contests, sing-alongs, performances, reunions, photograph opportunities, and so much more, the special event was chock-full of nuggets for theatrical enthusiasts. Check out some highlights!

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Salvador Dali @ ACA

Salvador Dalí, Individual Bullfight (Tauromachie Individuelle), 1966

Artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) on view at ACA Galleries through March 9.

January 10, 2019: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the gallery district, hosted an opening reception for Salvador Dalí, a solo exhibition featuring selected etchings, Aubusson tapestries and drawings from the Argillet Collection. There was a gallery talk by art dealer and publisher Greg Bloch.

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Reviews

Choir Boy ****, Slave Play ****

John Clay III, Jeremy Pope “Choir Boy”

By: David Sheward

Jan 11, 2019: You can count on the fingers of two hands the number of African-American playwrights who have had more than one financially successful play on Broadway in the past few decades (August Wilson and Lynn Nottage are among the few). Add gay and the number gets even smaller or even non-existant, indicating that black queer voices have a difficult time being heard on America’s main commercial theatrical venue. Two current productions, one on Broadway and the other off, address the experiences not only of African-American gays, but individuals of varying race, sexuality and gender in interracial relations. Both playwrights offer startling different theatrical experiences and force us to examine hard questions, though one is rougher, rawer, and scarier.

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Features

Legere Glows in a Night of Stardust

Phoebe Legere Photo: Yasha Goldentyer

A THEATRICAL EVENING DEDICATED TO DAVID BOWIE

By: Jared Klein

January 13, 2019: A Night of Stardust, the annual Philadelphia-based concert dedicated to the memory of legendary David Bowie, was a stunning fiery ball of theatrical greatness and extraordinary musicianship thanks to headliner Phoebe Legere who graced the stage in a manner similar to the beautifully, exquisite and talented rock legend being honored that night. 

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Reviews

To Kill a Mockingbird ***1/2, The Lifespan of a Fact ***, Clueless **1/2

Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

By: David Sheward

December 24, 2018: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) is a beloved American classic. Taught in high schools for decades, it recently won a much-publicized PBS poll as the country’s favorite novel. The touching story of a young girl learning hard adult lessons in a Depression-wracked Alabama town through the sage humanity of her compassionate widowed father has been immortalized in an Oscar-winning 1962 film and licensed for community and school groups in an adaptation by Christopher Sergel, but never seen on Broadway. Apparently, Lee’s original story has been deemed out-of-date by new adapter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men).

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Happy New Year

RIki Kane Larimer, Robert Creighton

Riki Kane Larimer’s Post Holiday Celebration

January 6, 2019: Broadway producer Riki Kane Larimer hosted a post-holiday brunch for many of her nearest and dearest at her Eastside penthouse.

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Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera Postponed at 54 Below due to Virus

By: Sandi Durell

Feinstein’s/54 Below announced this evening that a series of performances from Broadway legend Chita Rivera have been postponed due to illness. Ms. Rivera was scheduled to perform beginning January 9.

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Hamptons Life

Gurney’s New Years Eve 2019

Dinner & Dancing on the brink of the ocean in Montauk.

January 1, 2019: New Year’s Eve at Gurney’s Montauk featured a delectable five course dinner at Scarpetta Beach, served at two seatings, and an Indoor Beach Club Party, “Gone to Gurney’s,” which started at 9PM, featuring DJ Vikas with dancing throughout the night.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

The Jungle ****1/2

Vera Gurpinar, Ben Turner, Mohammad Amiri

WHEN IS A PLACE A HOME? THE JUNGLE

By: Samuel L. Leiter

December 28, 2018: No other New York theatre is as beautifully situated as the recent incarnation of St. Ann’s Warehouse, occupying a superbly renovated 19th-century building adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, one of Brooklyn’s hottest centers of gentrification. Outside sits an exquisite carousel, while overhead to the immediate left and right soar the classic arches of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, especially glorious when lit up against a clear night sky. 

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New Years @ The Edison Ballroom

Gala Celebration at The Edison Ballroom with Joe Battaglia’s 17 piece NY’s Big Band on New Year’s Eve.

By: Linda Amiel Burns
On December 31, 2018 thousands of people gathered in the Times Square area to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but to get to that area in with extra tight security and in the pouring rain was not easy.  

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