Reviews

Angry Young Man ****

Christopher Daftsios, Nazli Sarpkaya, Rami Margron, Max Samuels,

American Premiere of critically acclaimed British comedy opens at Urban Stages

By: Patrick Christiano

Angry Young Man, a satirical comedy by award winning playwright Ben Woolf about Yussef, a surgeon from an unidentified Middle Eastern country who comes to London after a bungled operation in search of work, is an entertaining little gem. When Yussef doesn’t realize how far the airport is to central London, a cab driver cons him out of all of his cash, and he is left stranded in a park talking to the ducks.

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“Angry Young Man” Opens

Rami Margron, Nazli Sarpkaya, Max Samuels, Christopher Daftsios

Urban Stages, Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director brings American Premiere of critically acclaimed British comedy to New York.

Angry Young Man, a timely comedy by award winning playwright Ben Woolf about a Middle Eastern surgeon, who’s arrival in London is fraught with witty mishaps, opened at Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street in New York.  A superb cast meticulously helmed by Stephen Hamilton with comic panache keeps the fast-paced tale moving at a delirious pace for a brisk 75 minutes. The gifted ensemble features Christopher Daftsios, Rami Margron, Max Samuels, and Nazli Sarpkaya.
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Live Out Loud

Bruce T. Sloane, Raphael Miranda, Edie Windsor, Leo Preziosi, Jr.

LIVE OUT LOUD  Kick -Off Reception at the New Amsterdam Theater

LIVE OUT LOUD hosted a lively kick-off reception at the New Amsterdam Theater on West 42 Street for their annual Young Trailblazers Gala that will take place on June 5th at TheTimesCenter in NYC. Catering was provided by David Ellis Events and Spirits were provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. 

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Reviews

Come from Away *** – Idomeneo ***

Come From Away

By: David Sheward

Is it appropriate for a Broadway musical to address the staggering impact of the 2001 attacks on America? Come from Away, the new Canadian tuner, answers with a resounding yes. Husband and wife librettist-songwriters Irene Sankoff and David Hein have solved the problem of their super-heavy subject matter by focusing on a positive aspect of the tragedy. When terrorists were using planes as bombs targeting the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, several hundred flights were diverted to Gander, a tiny town in New Foundland where thousands of passengers had to remain for days. How the citizens and their guests from around the world coped with this logistical nightmare forms the main thread of the show with several individual story-strands interwoven throughout. The New Foundlanders respond to the demands with grace and humor and the panicked “plane people” gradually warm to them.

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Around The Town

Hello Dolly

Bette Midler

Hello, Dolly!, starring legendary performer Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, Hello, Dolly! began preview performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017, with an official opening night of April 20, 2017.  

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Guild Hall Awards

Hilaria Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Susan Stroman

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, held their 32nd Annual Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards at The Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center.

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Reviews

The Glass Menagerie ** – Sweeney Todd **** – Man from Nebraska ****

Joe Mantello and Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie

By: David Sheward

“Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve,” says Tom, the melancholy narrator of Tennessee Williams’ beloved The Glass Menagerie. “But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.” In the new Broadway revival, the seventh since its 1945 premiere, director Sam Gold has stripped this delicate memory play of the magic Tom evokes. The stage is bare, the walls of the Belasco Theatre are exposed, there are few props, and Adam Silverman’s lighting is as unforgiving as the naked lightbulb which exposes Blanche DuBois’ true age.

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Sunset Boulevard ****1/2

Glenn Close

By: Isa Goldberg

When Glenn Close created the role of Norma Desmond in the original 1994 Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard, it was something of a camp Hollywood event. Her oversized gestures and vibrant voice seemed like a humorous counterpoint to the image of the fading silent film star, which she portrayed.

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Features

Drama Desk Awards

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz (Hamilton, In the Heights) will announce the nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W. 54th Street), announced by Charles Wright, Drama Desk President and  Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com.

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Reviews

The Penitent ***1/2

Rebecca Pidgeon Chirs Bauer

By: Isa Goldberg

Victim or victimizer? In David Mamet’s new play The Penitent, off Broadway at The Atlantic Theater Company, a mass murderer, whom we never meet, is the central figure. But he’s not the one who is on trial here, anyway. It’s his psychiatrist, Charles (Chris Bauer), who becomes the object of the inquisition that surrounds the murder of ten innocent people. In the metaphorical sense, Charles, his wife Kath (Rebecca Pidgeon), and his attorney (Jordan Lage) count foremost among the triage. Their lives are ruined.

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Features

Patsy Cline

PBS/THIRTEEN’s American Masters: Patsy Cline

By: Beau Jared 

The legendary country and pop star of the late 50s and early 60s has finally gotten a quasi-good biography in the form of PBS/THIRTEEN’s American Masters: Patsy Cline, which premiers on March 4, to kick off Women’s History Month. Marks the 43rd Anniversary of Cline’s death (March 5, in a plane crash and the 85th anniversary of Cline’s birth (September 8, 1932).

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Reviews

If I Forget ***

Tasha Lawrence, Jeremy Shamos, Maria Dizzia, Larry Bryggman, Kate Walsh, Gary Wilmes, Seth Steinberg

By: Isa Goldberg

In Steven Levenson’s If I Forget, the dysfunctional American family stands at the verge of self-destruction – with no safety net in sight. Billed as a comedy, it doesn’t take long before this tale, produced by the Roundabout Theatre at the Laura Pels Theatre, starts to sound like the Book of Job.

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Man from Nebraska ****

Annette O’Toole, Reed Birney

By: Paulanne Simmons

In Tracy Letts’ quiet but luminous Man from Nebraska, Reed plays Ken Carpenter, an unassuming family man who wakes up one night and discovers he’s lost his faith in God. Neither his wife, Nancy (Annette O’Toole), nor his married daughter, Ashley (Annika Boras), can help him. But the young Reverend Todd (William Ragsdale) suggests he may need a change of atmosphere and time away from his wife. So Ken decides to return to London, where he was stationed while he was in the service. 

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A Sketch of New York

Sketch comedy is a laugh out loud riot in the hands of Joe DiNozzi and Darien De Maria, the creators, writers and directors of A Sketch of New York, that played 9 performances at The Producers Club, 358 West 44th Street, this past weekend. The show, eighteen witty sketches of varying lengths lampooning life in the Big Apple poked fun at dating, film producers, cellphones, the transit system, and the perils of acting with entertaining zest. A Sketch of New York is a satirical comedy show in the vein of classic New York sketch theater with an aim at mocking the absurd dichotomies of life in New York City performed by three entirely different casts.

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