Reviews

Grand Illusions: Vitaly: An Evening Of Wonders ***

By: Samuel L. Leiter

June 21, 2018:  Shows featuring the work of talented magicians have become part and parcel of most recent theatre seasons, from the Las Vegas-style conjurations of multiple entertainers in The Illusionists: Live on Broadway to the more intimate trickeries of brilliant soloists like Ricky Jay or the dueling talents of Helder Guimarães and Derek DelGaudio (as in their Nothing to Hide).

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OBA Award Winners

Ceremony at Sardi’s honors 8th Annual Broadway Alliance award winners

June 20, 2018:  The Off-Broadway Alliance President, Peter Berger hosted a ceremony at Sardi’s where the winners of the 8th Annual OBA Awards were presented with their awards. Peter was joined by Jo Bonney, Andre de Shields, David Rabe, Carol Rosegg, and stars from winning productions including Harry Clarke’s Billy Crudup, The Government Inspector’s Michael Urie, Desperate Measures’ Lauren Molina, Peter Kellogg, David Friedman, Transfer’s Lucy Thurber and more to celebrate the 2017-2018 Off-Broadway season.

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War Of The Roses

Matt de Rogatis as Richard 111

AUSTIN PENDLETON DIRECTS AND ADAPTS AND DIRECTS WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III 

June 21, 2018:  Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton directs and adapts a new stage version of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, in WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III, which begins performances August 1st at the 124 Bank Street Theatre.  The play combines texts from William Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III, to create a version, which has never been seen before.

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Judy Gold ****1/2

Judy Gold at West Side Comedy Club

By: Paulanne Simmons

June 21, 2018:  There’s a lot to be annoyed about these days. Just ask Judy Gold. In fact her whole catalogue of complaints was in hilarious display for Gold’s comedy special live recording at West Side Comedy club on June 18.

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Lonesome Blues Opens @ York

Guitarist David Weiss, Akiń Babatundé (Performer / Writer)

World premiere of new musical based on legendary bluesman Blind Lemon.

June 19, 2018:  The York Theatre Company in association with Documentary Arts, presented the world premiere of the new musical Lonesome Blues, based on the true story of legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson, created by Alan Govenar (Texas in Paris) and Akině Babatundeě (Blind Lemon Blues), directed by Katherine Owens and performed by Akině Babatundeě with David Weiss on guitar.

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Light of the Hamptons @ Janet Lehr

Haim Mizrahi: Music Sheet #58 Acrylic on canvas 67 x 135 inches

Light of the Hamptons: Paintings by David Demers and Haim Mizrahi

June 17,2018:  Uniting David Demers and Haim Mizrahi together, in their Two Man Exhibition, LIGHT OF THE HAMPTONS, at Janet Lehr Fine Arts, has clearly had a very positive effect for both artists. Their creative works are explored with brush-in-hand as they transfer their vivid impulses onto canvas, the great strength of their impulses are the inspiration of the extraordinary Hampton’s light.

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The Most Painted Woman: All I Want Is One Night **1/2

Rachel Austin, Jessica Walker

By: Samuel L. Leiter

June 15, 2018:  I have a hunch that most knowledgeable New York theatregoers of a certain age, if asked to name the top French cabaret singers (i.e., chanteuses) of the 1930s and 1940s, would come up with such stars as Edith Piaf, Mistinguett, Josephine Baker, Arletty, and perhaps, among others, Lucienne Boyer, Rina Ketty, and Fréhel. One name that might not often be dropped, despite her once considerable fame, is that of Suzy Solidor (1900-1983), the subject of All I Want Is One Night, a humdrum musical biodrama, performed at 59E59 Theaters with most of the audience at tiny cabaret tables equipped with battery-operated candles.

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Deperate Measures @ New World Stages

Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Nick Wyman, Peter Saide, Laura Molino, Sarah Parnicky

Desperate Measures, Off- Broadway’s Award- Winning Hit from last season, is a bawdy delight at New World Stages’ opening.

June 14, 2018:  David Friedman and Peter Kellogg’s Desperate Measure, a riotous new musical that was a favorite of fans and critics, alike, when it debuted at the York Theatre last June is back for an open- ended run at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, where the musical opened last night.

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Fruit Trilogy ****

Liz Mikel, Eve Ensler, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Rosenblatt

By: Isa Goldberg

June 15, 2018:  Watching Eve Ensler’s, Fruit Trilogy, currently at the Lucille Lortel Theater, one feels as if they were entering an existential hell, as in Waiting for Godot. Only here the quest to be rescued from a terrible fate is massaged for a happy ending. And we all know about happy endings, in the corporeal sense.

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Dan Cody’s Yacht ***

Rick Holmes, Jordan Lage, Meredith Forlenza, Kristen Bush, Laura Kai Chen

By: Isa Goldberg

June 15, 2018:  Anthony Giardina’s new drama, Dan Cody’s Yacht at The Manhattan Theater Club, City Center Stage I, plays with the simplicity of boulevard comedy, while addressing complex issues of education and class, in America today. But it’s not just the divide between the wealthy and the poor that is being addressed here. More importantly, it’s about the divide between being real and genuine, versus getting away with easy answers.

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Half Time @ Paper Mill Playhouse

Lillias White

A new musical, Half Time directed by Broadway legend Jerry Herman, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

June 13, 2018:  Half Time, new musical inspired by Dori Berinstein’s 2008 documentary “Gotta Dance,” about a basketball halftime dance team made up of performers over 60, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey.

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Reviews

Half Time ***1/2

Georgia Engel, André De Shields, Lillias White, and Donna McKechnie in Half Time East Coast Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse

By: Ellis Nassour

June 14, 2018 – There’re enough Tony winners among the creative team in the East Coast premiere of Jerry Mitchell’s production of the musical Half Time for you to expect a championship game.

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Tony Awards

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro, Donald Trump, and the Tony Awards

By: David Sheward

June 14, 2018:  It had been one of the better Tony Awards in recent memory. The hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles were funny and charming, and not the disastrous Kevin Spacey of the year before or the over used Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman. The pop duo even wrote their own original musical material. The numbers from the nominated musicals showcased their respective shows with wit and precision.

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The Boys in the Band ***

Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons

By: David Sheward

June  13, 2018:  When The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking play focusing on the gay experience, opened Off-Broadway in 1968, critics praised it as a sympathetic portrait of a persecuted sexual minority. But many reviewers tellingly revealed their bias. One expressed disgust at having to watch men dance together while another described the work as an accurate depiction of those suffering from a disease. The current revival at the Booth of this devastating artifact—the first one for Broadway after two major Off-Broadway stagings—shows how far we have come as far as gay acceptance goes. The director Joe Mantello, all of the producers,  and the entire nine-man cast are all openly gay and have not suffered any career damage.

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Richard Hambleton at ACA

Richard Hambleton: Eternity on view June 14 through July 27, 2018

June 13, 20018:  ACA Galleries, 529 West 29th Street in the Gallery district hosted an opening reception for Richard Hambleton: Eternity , on view at ACA  June 14 through July 27, 2018. The exhibition showcases major paintings and works on paper from Hambleton’s two signature series – Shadowmen and Horse & Rider.  Widely considered the “Godfather of Street Art”, his contemporaries included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.

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