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In The Penal Colony

Jamar Brathwaite, David Glover, Dhari Noel

Miranda Haymon’s conceptual adaptation of Franz Kafka’s short story opened Next Door @NYTW

July 17, 2019: In The Penal Colony, loosely based on Franz Kafka’s short story of the same name, opened Next Door @NYTW where Miranda Haymon’s fragmented and highly conceptual take on the classic tale will run through July 28. In this ambitious new staging, three black men convene in an unnamed penal colony and challenge the presumptions of the worth of a human body, asking what it means for black men to exist in the media.

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Features

Kinky Boots on BroadwayHD

Hit Musical Begins Streaming Today after record breaking Broadway and West End runs.

July 15, 2019: BroadwayHD will exclusively present the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed musical Kinky Boots.  The award-winning production from Cyndi Lauper and legendary playwright Harvey Fierstein was filmed late last year at Adelphi Theater on London’s West End featuring two of the show’s original stars.

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Summer Pleasures @ Tulla Booth

Bette Wilkes, Tulla Booth

Opening reception for photography exhibit, Summer Pleasures, on view through August 30th.

July 13, 2019: Tulla Booth Gallery, 66 Main Street in Sag Harbor, hosted an opening reception for a photography exhibit featuring Stephen Wilkes, Roberto Dutesco, Blair Seagram, Tulla Booth, and Dan Jones. What Better way to welcome the summer than to pay homage to the element that surrounds us, water, ocean, bay, lake or pond, is full of symbolism and metaphor. Each photographer’s evocative images make you feel closer to nature. Some are slightly calmer while others are very dramatic. Either way, they’re all quite exciting.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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LTV Benefit

Elayne Boosler, Angela LaGreca, Michelle Balan

Super Salon Comedy with Elayne Boosler benefits LTV Media Center

July 13, 2019: LTV, the East End public access television station, celebrated Summer with a very funny evening produced by Angela LaGreca, who also served as Emcee for the festivities.  The Super Salon Comedy at LTV at 75 Industrial Road in Wainscoitt featured acclaimed comedian Elayne Boosler, who was called “The First Lady of Standup Comedy” by Rolling Stone, along with Michele Balan and Bill McCuddy. 

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Reviews

Ladyship ***

Maddie Shea Baldwin, Caitlin Cohn, Noell Hogan, Jennifer Blood

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 15, 2019: Between 1787 and 1686 the British government sent convicted women to New South Wales, the penal colony that was to become Australia. Although the women ranged in age from children to the elderly, the majority were in their twenties or thirties. Most had been convicted of miner offences such as petty theft, but in New Wales, many became prostitutes because that was the only way they could support themselves. Drawing on this history, twin sisters Laura and Linda Good have created a musical, Ladyship, making its premiere under the direction of Samantha Saltzman at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

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Bay Street Summer Gala

Joel Grey

Joel Grey honored at Bay Street Theater’s 28th Annual Summer Gala 

July 7, 2019:  Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presented their 28th annual summer gala, “If Your Friends Could See You Now,” at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. The event, which honored Academy and Tony Award winner Joel Grey and Andrea K. Wahlquist, celebrated Bay Street Theater and Broadway musicals from the 1960s. There were cocktails, dinner and a live auction by celebrity auctioneer, Richard Kind. Afterwards, the gala celebrity emcee, designer Isaac Mizrahi, hosted an inspiring live show with appearances by some of Broadway’s best including Steven Skybell, Mauricio Martinez, Samantha Massell, John Peterson and more. Accepting his award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater, Mr. Grey dazzled the guests by singing Cabaret,” from the hit musical and film.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Dog Man, The Musical *****

Brian Owen as Dog Man with cast

“No Bones about It”

By: Samuel L. Leiter

July 17, 2019: There’s a new superhero in town and bad cats (the feline variety, not hipsters) had better watch out. His bite may not be as big as his bark but he knows a thing about trailing a kitty’s tail. I’m woofing about Dog Man, the part canine/part human hero of the eponymous musical by Kevin Del Aguila (book and lyrics) and Brad Alexander (music) at the Lortel. Based on a book in Dav Pilkey’s (Captain Underpants) popular Dog Man children’s book series, it’s a perfect kennel at which to board your bored kids for an hour and a half during the dog days of summer. Kibbles to Theater Works USA for offering this fun-filled children’s delight. 

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Around The Town

2019-20 Broadway Season Forecast

By: David Sheward

July is here and that means the 2018-19 Broadway season is officially done with and the next one is underway. Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, the revival of Terrence McNally’s 1988 two-hander, was the first official production of the season, opening in May.

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Reviews

The Mountains Look Different ***1/2

Jesse Pennington, Brenda Meaney

By: Isa Goldberg

July 5, 2019: Irish playwright, and well-known actor/director of his day, Micheal Mac Liammoir’s 1948 drama is making its New York stage debut at The Mint Theater. Mining theatrical works hitherto unknown to us is the company’s mission. 

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Reviews

The Secret Lives of Bees ****1/2

LaChanze (left) and Elizabeth Teeter

By: Isa Goldberg

July 4, 2019: With the illustrious team behind The Secret Lives of Bees, Lynn Nottage’s book and Duncan Sheik’s music — we can expect a hit.  Add Susan Birkenhead’s resounding lyrics, and Sam Gold’s seamless direction, and you have a wonderous musical, delivering a sense of revivalism. We join them in keeping the faith. 

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Safe Space @ Bay Street

Rodney Richardson, Mercedes Ruehl, Sasha Diamond

Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs the World Premier of a provocative new play with Mercedes Ruehl.

July 1, 2019:  Three time Tony award winning director Jack O’Brien helmed the World Premier of Safe Space by Alan Fox, which opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.  Feelings and politics collide with explosive consequences in Fox’s thought-provoking tale set at an exclusive liberal arts university in Anytown, USA. When a prominent African/American teacher gives his students a provocative essay assignment, he triggers an accusation of racism from a female student. Then the head of the college, played by Academy and Tony Award winning actress Mercedes Ruehl, informs the teacher inadvertently setting off a chain of events that threatens the foundation of the university. Fox has crafted an engaging, often explosive, examination of political correctness for today by pitting overly sensitive millennials against a pragmatic establishment.

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Reviews

Toni Stone ***1/2, Octet ***, Stonewall ***

April Mathis and cast in “Toni Stone”

By: David Sheward

June 26, 2019: Toni Stone is probably the most famous athlete you never heard of. From 1949 to 1954, she played baseball in the Negro Leagues and was the first woman of any race to play professionally in the sport. She was hired for the San Francisco Sea Lions as a publicity stunt and had her longest stint with the Indianapolis Clowns, the diamond equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters who incorporated comedic antics into their very serious field work. Based on Martha Ackman’s biography, Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, Lydia R. Diamond’s play Toni Stone, now at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels space, relays this unjustly obscure story in boldly theatrical terms, inventively staged by Pam MacKinnon. 

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