The Band’s Visit ****1/2

By Paulanne Simmons

At the beginning of The Band’s Visit, Dina (Katrina Lenk), the proprietor
of a cafe in a small Israeli town called Bet Hatikvah, tells the audience, “Once
not long ago group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t
hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” She repeats the statement at the end.
But by that time, everyone realizes the band’s visit was indeed of great
importance to that little, sleepy town.
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The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World *** 1/2

By:  Isa Goldberg

It’s not entirely clear what Suzan-Lori Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is
up to in her phantasmagoria at The Signature Theatre, Off Broadway. Written in
1990, it still makes for a captivating 70-minutes of theater.

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The Band’s Visit ****1/2

A Visit We’re Sorry to See Come to an End

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Ari’el Stachel, David Garo Yellin, George Abud, Tony Shaloub, Harvey Valdes, Sam Sadigursky, Alok Tewari

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Winter Rhythms ***

Highlights from Stephen Hanks’s New York Cabaret’s Greatest Hits Series 

By: Paulanne Simmons

 Urban Stages’ Winter Rhythms, which benefits its Arts & Education program,
features over one hundred artists in more than twenty cabaret and musical
theater shows. Each show only runs for one night. And each night is a gem.
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The Dec. 3 Highlights from Stephen Hanks’s New York Cabaret’s Greatest
Hits Series
at the Metropolitan Room featured performances that were funny,
moving and sentimental. Given the opportunity to present their very best, many
of the performers chose songs that were extremely personal.

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ACA Galleries Opening

Michael Netter: CRYPTOGRAPHICS on view through July 29

ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street in the Gallery District, hosted on opening reception for the exhibition of Michael Netter’s paintings, video art and assemblages from the 1970s to the present. A self-taught artist and a protégé of Andy Warhol, Michael was fully immersed in the dynamic art world of New York City in the early 1970s working continuously for more than 40 years.


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The Bodyguard @ Paper Mill

The North American premiere of THE BODYGUARD, a hit new musical based on the Warner Bros. film by Lawrence Kasdan, with a book by Alexander Dinelaris opened at The Paper Mill Playhouse, the recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, in
Milburn, New Jersey. 
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Drama Desk 2016 Holiday Party

On Monday, December 5, 2016 the Drama Desk hosted their Annual Holiday Party for members and guests at the Coffee House Club on West 44th Street in the theater district. The 61st Annual  Drama Desk Awards will be presented by TheaterMania on June 5 2016 at Town Hall  in New York City.
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Boychiks of Broadway ****

By Paulanne Simmons

 Although “White Christmas” is certainly appropriate for the season, as Alexis Fishman
said at the beginning of her show, Boychiks of Broadway, “It was not the
first song you were expecting to hear.” However, the truth is “White Christmas”
was written by that most Jewish of Broadway composers, Israel Isidore Baline,
a.k.a Irving Berlin. 

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Alexis Fishman 

And, as Fishman pointed out, many of the best Christmas songs were written by Jews:
“Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and so many, many more.

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Notes From The Field *****

By Isa Goldberg

Cultural anthropologist, sociologist, and performance artist, Anna Deavere Smith returns to the New York stage, with yet another jolting theater documentary. This time the subject is “the school to prison pipeline”. 

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This Day Forward **

By: Isa Goldberg

The horrors of family life have been fueling Nicky Silver’s dramadies for some time
now.  In his early play, Pterodactyls (1993), he wished the nuclear
family into extinction. And when he made his Broadway debut just four years
ago, with The Lyons, it was with an equally acrimonious family. In fact,
Linda Lavin couldn’t have been bitchier or funnier in her role as the wife of a
dying man.

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Kids’ Night on Broadway

The Broadway League announced the shows participating int he 21st Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Tickets to participating shows will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:30 am.
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