By: David Sheward
While the fall is one of Broadway's busiest times, Off-Broadway is equally crowded with openings. The current roster includes daring reinterpretations of familiar works, New York premieres of British and American plays from veteran and promising playwrights, and a musical featuring bedbugs and a Celine Dion impersonator (no kidding!)
By: Isa Goldberg
Billy Porter, the playwright, is not shy about using clichés. They run through his semiautobiographical play, "While I Yet Live", like the glittering red boots he wears in "Kinky Boots", the wham bang role that won him his Tony. Looking back at his youth brings up the stuff of many a celebrity autobiography - child abuse, incest, ghetto life, homophobia - and all of the obvious dialogue that goes with it, like his mother's admonition, "The Lord is always there, is the answer", or Calvin's impatient grimaces, "I can't fix what I am."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tiime
By: David Sheward
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time shouldn't work. Its protagonist, Christopher Boone is a difficult young man to like. Incredibly brilliant at math and logic, yet suffering from a form of autism, the 15-year-old cannot comprehend human emotion and hates being touched. He screams and becomes violent whenever anyone does so. He's also arrogant and selfish.
Alejandro González Iñárritu's
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
The Must-See Film of the Year
By: Ellis Nassour
From the moment Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu took over Times Square and set up shop inside the St. James Theatre in March of last year, you knew something big was in the works. But who expected something as big as the film with the winsome title Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance [Fox Searchlight]. The buzz began, and hasn't stopped. Now, all sorts of accolades are being thrown about - and deservedly so [however, that's not to say the film doesn't have its detractors, and that it may not be for everyone].
My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy **** By: Paulanne Simmons
For 29 years actor-comedian Brad Zimmerman waited tables in New York City. Now, pushing 60, he recounts those adventures and misadventures in a cabaret show that's part autobiography and part standup, My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy.
With a self-deprecating sense of humor and a perfect sense of timing, coupled was a lot pretty good material, Zimmerman keeps the audience laughing for the greater part of his show. He has a definite knack for the unexpected punchline. All of which makes for lines like, "Of the three colleges I applied to, I decided to go to the one that accepted me."
Boo! It's Halloween Season! FSLC's Scary Movies Returns for 8th Edition
By: Ellis Nassour
How does the Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) follow one of is biggest and most successful New York Film Festivals [the 52nd]? With one of its most popular, Innovative, and very scary series: the seven fright by days/fright by nights jolt of doom and gloom Scary Movies series, 8th edition. From October 31 - November 6, there's nowhere to hide except behind a giant bucket of buttered popcorn at FSLC's Walter Reade Theatre. You might find some safety in the arms of directors and actors making personal appearances.
What makes Scary Movies a standout is that it's not just a collection of popular "Halloween" flicks, but a sophisticated collection of international blood curdlers.
By: Paulanne Simmons
When Frank Marcus's The Killing of Sister George opened at London's Duke of York's Theatre in 1965, it caused something of a scandal. Not because of its story about a radio star who is being written out of a long-running serial "Applehurst," but rather because of the relationship between Sister George (in real life June Buckridge) and her much younger companion, Alice McNaught.
Betty Buckley: "The Lyricist"
Bay Street Theater presented Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley with "The Lyricist" an evening of song celebrating some of the greatest writers of Broadway songs and the American Songbook. Ms. Buckley especially celebrated lyricist Oscar Hammerstein and also pays homage to contemporary writers including Stephen Sondheim and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Grammy & Tony Award winner John McDaniel accompanied Ms. Buckley on the piano. The evening was collection featuring new arrangements of some of Ms. Buckley's favorite songs as well as two songs from her awesome new album Ghostlight Come to Me Bend to Me and This Nearly Was Mine. Betty Buckley was inducted to the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2012.
Judy Gold :"25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER"
Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts presented Two time Emmy winner, Judy Gold, with her hilarious show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother based on more than 50 interviews with Jewish mothers across the United States . Judy Gold won her Emmys for writing and producing "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and was also nominated twice for The American Comedy Award's funniest female stand-up.
By Iris Wiener
A parody of epic proportions, Bayside! The Musical is as brilliant in its execution as the 90s television series is in its unrealistic conceit. Clever, catchy musical numbers, raunchy physical comedy, and humor that pokes fun at every aspect of the sitcom (from its inane plotlines to its indulgent stars of media) make Bayside! a verifiable theatrical treat.
By: David Sheward
Nathan Lane is a miracle worker. What other Broadway star-and he is one of the few whose name alone sells tickets-could breathe comic oxygen into a dated script and overcome a comatose co-star? Those two Herculean feats are accomplished by the amazing Lane in the revival of It's Only a Play, Terrence McNally's insider comedy about the opening night of a Main Stem flop.
By: David Sheward
You would think with all the insider theatrical references flying around in Donald Margulies' The Country House, at least one of the show-folk characters would say, "You know, this is just like being in a Chekhov play." Clearly Margulies, one of our finest playwrights, is deliberately citing the Russian master of middle-class ennui, but he doesn't get far beyond the footnotes. Christopher Durang did a much more imaginative job of updating and Americanizing Chekhov by wildly satirizing him in the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
The incomaprable Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist Judy Carmichael one of the world's leading interpreters of stride piano and swing performed at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor along with Chris Flory on guitar, Tommy Melito on drums, and Pat O'Leary on bass. Patrons were in awe while listening to the celebration of Judy's first all-vocal CD "I Love Being Here With You" with songs by Peggy Lee, Irving Berlin, Gershwin and others from the Great American Songbook.
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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, the internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon has arrived in New York. Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John R. Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is currently in performances at The Union Square Theater, (100 East 17th Street). Opening night is Wednesday, October 15.
THE OSCARS HIT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 9-13
A-list stars will descend on the Hamptons International Film Festival, with Academy Award nominated Bill Murray, just added to the list. Other celebrity attendees to include: Julianne Moore, Patricia Clarkson, Laura Dern, Mark Ruffalo, Joel Schumacher, Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Bennett Miller, Jean-Marc Vallée, Oren Moverman, Rory Culkin, Jake Paltrow, Kaitlyn Dever, Lola Kirke, Tye Sheridan, Bruce Greenwood, Al Maysles, Iris Apfel, and Ann Dowd.
AMONG THE FILMS