The Cherry Orchard **

By: David Sheward

The new production of Chekhov’s The Che
rry Orchard (1904) is pretty to look at and listen to. Scott Pask’s spare, evocative set, Michael Krass’s elegant costumes, and Donald Holder’s poetic lighting convey a delicate, ghostly world, while Nico Muhl y’s tender music is sensitively played by three onstage musicians. 

cherry-orchard-nycHarold Perrineau, Diane Lane, John Glover


She Stoops to Conquer ****1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons

After the boisterous creativity released by Restoration comedy, English theater sank into the doldrums of sentimental comedy and domestic tragedy prevalent during the 18th century. Few of these plays are revived in modern times, except for Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. This classic from 1773 is notable for its cutting satire on the upper class and its mating rituals, as well as its extremely witty dialogue. It delights today just as it did over two hundred years ago.

Cynthia Darlow, Tony Lumpkin

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Donna Murphy in "Hello Dolly"


TWO-TIME TONY AWARD®-WINNER Donna Murphy will step into the starring role in "Hello Dolly!" on Tuesday Evenings starting June 13, 2017


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Best in Shows @ 54 Below

Farah Alvin, Roger Bart, Haven Burton, Eden Espinosa, Capathia Jenkins,  Andy Karl, Orfeh, Gabriella Pizzolo, Keala Settle, Margo Seibert, Rob McClure (Chaplin), Charles Strouse (Annie) and Shanice Williams will star in Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefitting  the Humane Society of New York, on Sunday, October 23 , 2016 at 7 pm at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below. 


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Drama Desk Mingle

The Drama Desk and their President, Charles Wright, hosted a “Members Mingle” Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016  at the Episcopal Actors' Guild Hall on East 29th Street where Drama Desk members met with new members and members of the Nominating Committee.  
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The Flea Presents 28 Hours

The Flea presents The Every 28 Hours project Tuesday, October 25th
A black man and a white man stand on a cliff, overlooking a vast expanse of land representing America. A family builds a bunker made of books. Two young black men in hoodies lie in pools of red light, being held by their mothers.
These are just some of the responses from 72 playwrights across the country who were given a writing prompt: “Every 28 hours a black man is killed by police.”  Each of these playwrights wrote a one-minute play inspired in some way by this statistic, and the result is a play cycle called Every 28 Hours.

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Jamie deRoy @ Birdland

Jamie deRoy & friends, 2016 Mac Award winner, benefits The Actors Fund at Birdland.

Jamie deRoy brought her award winning show, Jamie deRoy & friends, to Birdland on Sunday October 16 to benefit The Actors Fund. Jamie’s stellar line-up of talent included Brandon Victor Dixon, the new star of Hamilton, and the legendary award winning Marilyn Maye along with Julie Gold, Billy Stritch, Julie Halston and Steven Scott.
Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon, Jamie deRoy


Fit for a Queen***

By: Paulanne Simmons

Hatshepsut, the second female pharoah, came to the throne of Egypt in 1478 BC. The chief wife of Thutmose II, she ruled jointly with her son, Thutmose III, for twenty-two years. However, toward the end of Thutmose III’s reign, an attempt was made to erase the memory of Hatshepsut from the historical record. Her images were chiseled off walls, her statues were torn down and someone even attempted to wall up her obelisks.



Asbury Short Film Concert

By: Isa Goldberg

Thirty five years ago, the Asbury Shorts Film Concert was just a fledgling effort, a dream to celebrate a genre, which much like TV commercials, can take days of planning, shooting and reshooting before anything even reaches the cutting room table. Then, gosh! Who knows what will happen next. While starting a business in TV commercial production, Doug LeClaire developed a fascination with shorts for their ability to achieve purity through brevity. “Even though they’re over with quickly, these films create long lasting impressions,” he observed, impressions that stayed with him long after the movie ended.


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Gallery Opening

VERED Gallery, which occupied the space at Park Place in East Hampton, has become Janet Lehr Inc. at 68 Park Place and Roman Fine Art at 66 Park Place.
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VERED Gallery, an Iconic East End gallery at 68 & 66 Park Place in East Hampton, will now be known as Janet Lehr Inc, featuring Fine Arts from1839 to Present,and will join forces with Roman Fine Art in the dual space formerly occupied by VERED.  A reception to celebrate the renaming of the two spaces was held on Saturday October 8, from 6-8pm. The East End Gallery will continue to amaze, thrill and find the best for you.


Golden Boy

Golden Boy Fights Parkinson’s  

By: Paulanne Simmons

In 1937, after a stint in Hollywood that caused him to question his own complicity in a world that valued materialism over art, Clifford Odets wrote Golden Boy to create a hit that would support the Group Theatre, the company that had supported his earliest efforts. This classic drama about a talented musician, Joe Bonaparte, who is torn between the violin and the boxing ring, is a timeless struggle between who we are and what society wants us to be. 



In the Spotlight: Holly Hunter

Excerpts from The Conversation with HOLLY HUNTER at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival *CLICK HERE*
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Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical **1/2 - Oh Hello on Broadway ***1/2

By: David Sheward

There is such a thing as being too nice. That’s the problem with the the stage version of Holiday Inn, the classic 1942 movie musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. This neholiday_inn_-_h__2016_0Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer, Bryce Pinkham in Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical

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The Clearing Opens

Strong cast leads revival of powerful drama at 59E59 Theaters

A compelling revival of the THE CLEARING by Helen Edmundson opened at 59E59 Theaters on October 11 for a limited run through October 26, 2016. The play effectively directed by Pamela Moller Kareman is set against Oliver Cromwell's brutal campaign to force Catholics out of Ireland while invoking a story of deceit, love, and passion. 

IMG_1645Hamish Allan-Headley, 
Tessa Zugmeyer, Neal Mayer, Pamela Moller KaremanJakob von Eichel, Quinn Cassavale, Lauren Currie Lewis, Ron Sims, David Licht


James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart on Juggling the Biggest Heart and Busiest Schedule on Broadway               
                                                By: Iris Wiener
James_Monroe_Iglehart_Photo_by_Cylla_von_TiedemannJames Monroe Iglehart in Aladdin Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

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HIFF Award Winners

The 24th Hamptons International Film Festival announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton.

, directed by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov won the Award for Best Narrative Feature, presented by the Wall Street Journal. THE EAGLE HUNTRESS, directed by Otto Bell, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by ID Films. THE SILENCE, directed by Ali Asgari & Farnoosh Samadi, and IRREGULARS, directed by Fabio Palmieri, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively.


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ARF Stroll to the Sea

23rd Annual STROLL TO THE SEA DOG WALK to benefit The Animal Rescue Find of the Hamptons

The ARF “Stoll to the Sea” dog walk to promote responsible dog ownership and awareness for ARF happened on Saturday, October 8, 2016, a beautiful fall day, from 9am till Noon. The family event is a fun outing set amidst the Fall foliage that feels like a country fair, and this year the event is set against the backdrop of the 24th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival taking place on the same weekend.

DSC_6375Executive Director ARF Scott Howe, Landscape Designer Edwina von Gal


Broadway Update

 Critical Shrinking; Broadway Update   By: David Sheward


Wizard of Oz @ Harlem Rep

Harlem Repertory Theatre Presents Wizard of Oz Adaptation for Audience of All Ages, October 8 - December 13

By: Ellis Nassour

If you only had a brain [and you do], you’ll be off to see the Wizard on the Yellow Brick Road uptown to Harlem Repertory Theatre. Their special “zippy one-hour” version of The Wizard of Oz “for young and young-at-heart audiences,” will play six matinees and one evening performance October 8 – December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School [240 East 123rd Street at Third Avenue/Manhattan]. 



Nat Turner in Jerusalem **

By: David Sheward

“I tire of metaphor. We are talking in circles,” cries lawyer Thomas R. Gray to Nat Turner, the leader of an 1831 slave revolt, towards the end of Nathan Alan Davis’s earnest but drawn-out play Nat Turner in Jerusalem, now at the New York Theatre Workshop. Gray could have been speaking for me. The dry work so repetitively examines the motives behind Turner’s infamous insurrection involving a small band of his followers killing over 50 white citizens of Southampton, Virginia, that it feels long even at 90 intermissionless minutes. 

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