September 20, 2019: An actor of imposing presence, Keith Hamilton Cobb is also the scribe of American Moor, currently at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Cobb’s size alone would command the audience’s attention, but beware the spoiler alert. This is a highly confrontational piece about race, and racism in America. And Cobb directs his message quite pointedly, to us.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
will star in a revival of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”
By: David Sheward
September 15, 2019: Creative casting distinguishes two new Broadway productions. Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker are not the first two stars that come to mind when thinking of leads for Neil Simon’s 1968 three-part comedy Plaza Suite. The real-life couple are comedic talents but they’re not exactly versatile.
September 13, 2019: Just as vaudeville had a naughty cousin called burlesque, Birdland, that venerable jazz club on 44th Street, has a rowdy cousin in its one-year-old downstairs performance space. That’s where Susie Mosher holds her weekly Lineup, a spicy mixture of song, satire and raucous silliness.
Premiere of Only Yesterday, a new play by Bob Stevens, looks at one night in the lives of Paul McCartney and John Lennon before they were famous.
September 13, 2019: Northern Stages is presenting the NY premiere of Only Yesterday, a new play by Bob Stevens, which opened last night at 59E59 Theaters for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 29th. Paul McCartney and John Lennon are together again in the playwright’s intimate look at them, one night, in Key West just before fame changes everything. Stevens, best known for The Wonder Years, Murphy Brown, and Malcolm In the Middle, focuses on an obscure night when John and Paul were just about to become the most famous young men in the world.
Karen Carpenter directs Lois Robbins’ solo show, L.O.V.E.R., a witty and self-deprecating look at the actress’ life journey that is both engaging and enlightening.
September 9, 2019: Kaleidoscope Creative partners is presenting the premier of Lois Robbins’ witty and inspirational tale, L.OV.E.R., directed by Karen Carpenter. The solo play opened last night at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffen Jewel Box Theatre for a limited run through November 2nd. The confessional tale, performed by the actress, is both engaging and enlightening. She reveals her truths about life, love and yes, sex, in a witty and self-deprecating style that goes behind closed doors and under the sheets to explore one woman’s journey to fulfillment and ultimately, motherhood. Robbins has said, “75 per cent of the story is true, but the names, most of them, have been changed. The title is an acronym that has two different meanings during Robbins’ life and probably, most women, as well as men, would agree.
Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings on view through October 5.
September 6, 2019: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the Chelsea Gallery district, hosted an opening reception for Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings. Featured artists included Romare Bearden Philip Evergood Robert Gwathmey Luis Jimenez Jack Levine James McGarrell Francis Luis Mora Irene Hardwicke Olivieri Joseph Peller Faith Ringgold and others. The exhibition, which consists of works form the ACA inventory, is truly spectacular and will be on view through October 5, 2019.
September 9. 2019: Performing a Harold Pinter play is a delicate balance to borrow a phrase from the similarly difficult-to-mount Edward Albee. Pinter’s cryptic characters with their numerous pauses and minimalist dialogue can come across as icy or frustratingly inscrutable. Fortunately, the third Broadway revival of his Betrayal finds the sweet spot, imparting his meaningful insight on how people connect with and discard each other, unlike its two previous incarnations (I did not see the 1980 original NY production with Raul Julia, Roy Scheider, and Blythe Danner.)
September 8, 2019: Two companion pieces, Sea Wall and A Life bring the welcome return of Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge to Broadway. Recently, the two actors worked together in the film, Velvet Buzzsaw. Here, they pull off a theatrical coup, speaking directly to the audience, and breaking the imaginary boundary between their reality and ours.
September 7, 2019: Rumination, reflecting on one’s inner thoughts, is the soulful enterprise of Milly Thomas’, one woman performance piece, Dust. Directed by Sara Joyce, Thomas’ solo play arrives on the heels of multi-award winning performances across the UK, and on London’s West End.
The 44th Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton closed on Sunday in spectacular fashion with picture perfect weather.
September 2, 2019: The 44th edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with two-time Canadian Olympic veteran, Mario Deslauriers, capturing the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix on his mount Bardolina.
September 2, 2019: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John and Paul McCartney were celebrated together in Music of the Knights at Feinstein’s/54 on Below on August 28 because they share a singular honor. They have all been made Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. But, in fact, as Scott Coulter, who conceived, produced, directs and hosts the show, points out, they have much more in common.