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Lucie Arnaz @ Bay Street Theater

Lucie Arnaz: I Got the Job! Songs From My Musical Past 

Lucie Arnaz  an Emmy award-winning Broadway veteran will be making her Bay Street Theater debut. From her first role at 14 as The Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland to a grandmother hanging upside down on a trapeze while singing about the preciousness of life in Pippin, Arnaz and Musical Director Ron Abel offer audiences this brand new concert sharing stories and songs that Arnaz has long been known for.

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Indispensable @ Keyes Art

DAVID SLIVKA. Untitled, Ink on paper, 53×42, c. 1970s

Featuring the works of Nathan Slate Joseph, John Chamberlain and David Slivka

June 15, 2018:  Keyes Art presented the second summer show of the summer featuring three dimensional abstract expressionist works blurring the boundary between painting and sculpture, in our new gallery at 53 The Circle on Main Street, East Hampton. On view at this show, “Indispensable,” will show the works of Nathan Slate Joseph, John Chamberlain, and David Slivka (courtesy of folioeast).

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Reviews

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever ****

John Cudia, Melissa Errico

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 12, 2018:  Unlike most of the shows produced at the Irish Repertory Theatre, Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever does not have an Irish connection. That is, unless you think its magical story of a woman with ESP and the ability to get in touch with a previous incarnation resembles other whimsical musicals such as the very Gaelic Finian’s Rainbow (music also by Lane) and Brigadoon (book and lyrics by Lerner).

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Reviews

Cyprus Avenue **

Stephen Rea

By: David Sheward

July 11, 2018:  Though it takes place in Northern Ireland, Cyprus Avenue, the shockingly dark comedy now at the Public Theater after acclaimed runs in Dublin and London, addresses issues of violence, racism, and nationalism afflicting many other parts of Europe and the US. The playwright, the ironically named David Ireland, satirizes bigotry and the death-struggle between Protestants and Catholics in his native land, but the venom could be found anywhere hatred motivates violence.

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Hamptons Life

Some Enchanted Evening

Jane Lynch

Bay Street Theater hosted their 27th Annual Summer Gala, “A Celebration of the Golden Age of Broadway,” on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor

July 8, 2018:  Jane Lynch, the Emmy Award winning television star, emceed Bay Street Theater’s star-studded concert that was part of their Annual Summer Gala, the last on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor due to future renovations at the site. The concert in the Theater preceded the festivities under a tent that began around sunset on a glorious evening.

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HamptonsLife - Theater

Bay Street Theater Gala

Photo: Barry Gordin

Some Enchanted Evening 

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce additional entertainment for Some Enchanted Evening, the 27th Annual Summer Gala in Sag Harbor on the Long Wharf on July 7, 2018. The event benefits Bay Street’s educational and theatrical programs. The evening includes special performances as well as a silent auction, cocktail party, live auction with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind, dinner and dancing. Due to future restoration of the Long Wharf, this will be the final gala to be held there.

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Reviews

Borders ***1/2

Avital Lvova. Graham O’Mara

By: Samuel L. Leiter 

July 5, 2018:  A bit of background first: in 2002, British playwright Henry Naylor, formerly a writer and performer of topical comedy, took his career in a new direction after visiting Kabul, Afghanistan, with a correspondent friend. In his program note for Borders, which opened recently at Next Door at NYTW, he points out that he “visited refugee camps—met war victims and women who’d been forced to wear the burqa—saw the effects of bombings, landmines and extreme poverty—visited Bagram airbase and mujhadheen [sic] strongholds . . . and came home feeling there were certain stories which couldn’t be dismissed with a glib joke or skit.”

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Live Out Loud

Bay Street Theater and Live Out Loud hosted a kick-off party for Confessions of a Mormon Boy on Friday July 6th 7-9pm at The Blend, 367 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton.

July 3, 2018:  Steven Fales, best known for his solo show Confessions of a Mormon Boy, was the special guest at Chef Luis R. DeLoera’s new restaurant, The Blend, where the kick-off benefit was held from 7-9pm on Friday July 6.

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Frost/Nixon @ Bay Street

Harris Yulin stars in Frost/Nixon, a smart revival of Peter Morgan’s powerful face-off between Richard Nixon and TV personality, David Frost.

July 2, 2018:  The standing ovation at the opening night performance of Peter Morgan’s powerful face-off between former President Richard M. Nixon and TV personality, David Frost at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor was a strong sign of approval for the smart revival. Harris Yulin stars as the former president in the entertaining play directed by Sarna Lapine.  

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Reviews

Log Cabin **, Skintight **

Eli Gelb, Idina Menzel and Will Brittain in “Skintight”

By: David Sheward

July 2, 2018:  You can trace the rising trajectory of the gay community in America through recent revivals of landmark plays presented on New York Stages. From vicious self-pity in The Boys in the Band to questing romance in Torch Song to revolutionary anger and AIDS advocacy in Angels in America, LGBTQ characters have transformed from pathetic outsiders to fierce warriors. Jordan Harrison’s new comedy Log Cabin, depicting a clash of ideals between two gays couples and their transgender friend, arrives Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons as the latest theatrical commentary on the gay/trans experience. Harrison has previously captured cultural collisions in incisive and moving plays such as Maple and Vine and Marjorie Prime, but here his conflicts feel manufactured and his protagonists are little more than animated talking points.

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Jackie Hoffman @ Bay Street

Jackie Hoffman

Award winning comic and Broadway Star opens Music Mondays concert series at Bay Street Theater with her show Jackie Hoffman:  From Broadway to Bay Street

June 28, 2018:  Renowned comic and award-winning actress Jackie Hoffman performs the first concert of the Music Mondays concert series at Bay Street Theater on Monday, July 2nd at 8pm. Hoffman, a staple at Joe’s Pub and on Broadway, will apply her award winning magic to Bay Street Theater for one evening only with a night of show tunes, covers, original songs, and I am sure as the NYTimes has said, “kvetching on an operatic scale.”

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Reviews

Carmen Jones *****

David Aron Damane, Anika Noni Rose, Clifton Duncan

By: David Sheward

June 30, 2018:  The grand passion of opera and the minimalist esthetics of Tony-winning director John Doyle blend perfectly in Classic Stage Company’s intimate revival of the rarely-performed Carmen Jones, Oscar Hammerstein II’s adaptation of Bizet’s classic. This is the first full New York staging of the hybrid piece since its Broadway premiere in 1943 (there were London versions in 1991 and 2007 as well as a Hollywood movie directed by Otto Preminger in 1954).

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Reviews

Cabaret Campaigns: Ride the Blue Wave 2018 *****

Stephen Hanks

By: Paulanne Simmons

June 29, 2018:  Last December, Stephen Hanks looked at what was going on in the United States with Donald Trump in the White House and thought he had to do something to make an impact as part of the resistance. As a cabaret producer and host, and “resident rabble rouser,” he decided to take action. The result is “Cabaret Campaigns: Ride the Blue Wave 2018,” a series of variety fundraising shows that was created to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming midterm elections. The series launched in April and continues through mid October.

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