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“As You Like It” @ Bay Street

Ellen Burstyn

John Doyle’s Jazz Era staging of Shakespeare’s classic As You Like It with original music by Stephen Schwartz showcases a nimble ensemble led by Ellen Burstyn.

August 12, 2017:  A poignant As You Like It opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor staged by the visionary director John Doyle. The comedy boasts original music by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and a performance by Tony, Oscar, and Emmy award winner Ellen Burstyn as the melancholy Jacques, a role traditionally played by a man.

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Guild Hall Summer Gala

Honoree Bonnie Lautenberg

The Black and White Summer Gala: Celebrating AVEDON’S AMERICA

August 11, 2017:  Guild Hall in East Hampton celebrated their annual Summer Gala, a lavish black and white affair honoring Bonnie Lautenberg. The evening started with a private exhibition preview of AVEDON’S AMERICA in the museum followed by cocktails, music, dancing, dining, and a very lively art auction at a private home in Amagansett. The dinner was hosted by April Gornik and honored philanthropist and photographer Bonnie Lautenberg.

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Around The Town

Frozen

Frozen Tickets Go On Sale Monday Aug 14, 2017  for Disney’s Stage Adaptation 

By: Ellis Nassour

Though the St. James Theatre box office will not be open until November 13, single tickets for the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Disney’s Frozen go on sale Monday. Performances begin at the renovated St. James on February 22, with opening night planned for mid-March 2018.

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Hamptons Life

HIFF SummerDocs @ Gurney’s

Alec Baldwin, Laird Hamilton

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

Friday, August 4, 2017: Nestled on a roof top bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean HIFF hosted a documentary where the ocean is a main character. A picture perfect setting for the remarkable story of the legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, an American icon who changed the sport of big wave surfing forever. Transcending the surf genre, this in-depth portrait of a hard-charging athlete told with majestic cinematography explores the fear, courage and ambition that push a man to greatness-and the cost that comes with it.

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Reviews

Raging Skillet ****

Dana Smith-Croll, George Salazar, Marilyn Sokol

By: Iris Wiener

Food plays an integral part in many musicals and plays (Waitress, She Loves Me and Sweeney Todd are only a few); after all, it’s often a metaphor for an overarching theme in the given story. In Jacques Lamarre’s Raging Skillet, food transcends symbolism (and the fourth wall, as delectables are actually distributed to the audience) and it becomes a variety of bookmarks in a delightfully funny piece based on the memoir-with-recipes of Chef Rossi.

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Features

Remembering Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook: October 25, 1927 – August 8, 2017

By: Ellis Nassour

One of Broadway’s most famous sopranos and a darling of the concert world, Barbara Cook died Tuesday morning of respiratory failure at her Manhattan home. According to publicist Amanda Kaus, at her last meal she was served vanilla ice cream, a nod to one of her most famous roles, shop clerk Amelia Balash, and oft-quoted songs in Bock and Harnick’s 1963 She Loves Me. Lauded as the “singer’s singer,” she was 89.

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Reviews

A Parallelogram **

Celia Keenan-Bolger, Anita Gillette

By: David Sheward

Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram, now at Second Stage Theater after productions at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, certainly has a flashy gimmick which director Michael Greif employs with just the right touch of subtle spectacle in his crisp staging. Through means of a device resembling a TV remote, the central character Bee is able to rewind or flash-forward through moments of her life, reliving and altering her actions, but she discovers the ultimate outcome remains the same. These adjustments are cleverly accomplished thanks to Rachel Hauck’s flexible set, Kenneth Posner’s suggestive lighting, Matt Tierney’s electronic sound design, and Greif’s smart supervision. But this is not just the stage equivalent of that 2006 Adam Sandla movie Click which features a similar premise.

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Around The Town

Barbara Cook

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF TONY AWARD® WINNING ACTRESS & SINGER BARBARA COOK

The Broadway community mourns the loss of legendary actress and recording artist Barbara Cook, who passed away on Tuesday, August 8th at age 89. The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in her memory on Wednesday, August 9th at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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Features

Dog-Days of Summer Movies

Kapow! Hot Movies for Summer’s Dog-Days: Comedy, Drama, Thrills, Murder, Superheroes, and War-Zone Chaos

By: Ellis Nassour

These Dog-Days of summer are a good time to hit the cineplexes. Milk Duds, Goobers, a tub of “buttery” popcorn, and a bottomless iced cold drink, a chaise lounge experience in posh [anti-bedbug] leather seats, and A/C. What more can you ask for? And, unlike most summer Augusts, there’s much to shout about at cineplexes.

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Hamptons Life

Leslie Odom Jr. @ WHBPAC

Sammi Katz, Leslie Odom Jr., Abby Merrill

Tony Award winner from Hamilton wows SRO audience at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

August 5, 2017:  Leslie Odom Jr., who originated his 2016 Tony Award winning role as Adam Burr in Hamilton, performed for a sold-out house at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (WHBPAC) with a sensational group of 5 backup instrumentalists. His band included pianist Michael Mitchell, guitarist Steven Walker, percussionist Cenfu Stoney, bassist Orlando le Fleming, and drummer John Davis. They thrilled the SRO audience for an hour and a half with songs from Odom’s debut album, as well as favorites from Hamilton and Rent. Odom Jr. made his Broadway debut in Rent at the age of 17. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, film and dance.

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Reviews

1984 ***1/2

Carl Hendrick Louis, Wayne Duvall, Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge, Reed Birney, Nick Mills, Cara Seymour, Michael Potts

By: Isa Goldberg

Transferred from London to Broadway, this adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, is vividly staged and convincingly well-acted. Here Reed Birney’s O’Brien, is a totally banal character. He is no more the creator of the evil he perpetuates, than any ordinary man who fails to think for himself would be. Like the other characters in this tale – in which political terror reigns, “He’s just doing his job.” As such, he maintains a front of utmost innocence, even perpetuating violent deeds, as though he were acting out of empathy.

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Reviews

Pipeline ****

Heather Velazquez, Namir Smallwood

By: Isa Goldberg

While Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Pipeline, at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater has all the trappings of a realistic drama with an overt pedagogic message, Morisseau beats the drum with surprising depth. Carrying her message with immediacy, director Lileana Blain-Cruz, wrangles her team of six actors into full on-stage battle –  all while they stand around talking about violence in the classroom.  That violence, which is not acted out on stage, is suggested in video projections (Hannah Vasileski), set to rumbling drums (Justin Ellington).

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Hamptons Life

Super Saturday in Watermill

Sebastian de Felice, Donna Karan, Stephania de Felice

20th Annual Designer Garage Sale benefits OCRFA.

July 29, 2017: Super Saturday is the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance’s (OCRFA’s) day-long charity shopping event with designer items, a kids’ carnival with activities, and gourmet treats. The annual event is one of the most fashionable and successful fundraising events in the Hamptons. Together, Donna Karan and Liz Tilberis, the late and beloved Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and President of OCRF created the event in 1998. This year honored the past 20 years of the charity shopping event. Donna Karan has sponsored and hosted the event since its founding, and Kelly Ripa has been a co-host since 2004. In 2016, OCRF merged with Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to become OCRFA, the voice for ovarian cancer.

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