Dogs of Rwanda @ Urban Stages

Artistic Director/ Director Frances Hill, Playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, Director Peter Napolitano Dan Hodge (David Zosia)

New York Premiere of award winning playwright, Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale, Dogs of Rwanda, opens at Urban Stages.

March 13, 2018:  Urban Stages is presenting a powerful new play, Dogs of Rwanda, as the final production of their 34th season. Sean Christopher Lewis’ potent tale is touchingly directed by Frances Hill and Peter Napolitano with Dan Hodge portraying  David.

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Wicked Clone Opens at Davenport

Gabriela and Mihaela Modorcea Photo: Barry Gordin

Musical tale of twin sisters born in Transylvania based on the novel, Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil.

March 8, 2018:  The musical, Wicked Clone, created and performed by the Indiggo Twins, tells the story of identical twin sisters born in 1483 Transylvania, played by real life Romanian born twin sisters, Mihaela and Gabriela Modorcea, with an added twist. In the musical, based on Mihaela’s bestselling Barnes & Noble novel, Wicked Clone or how to deal with the evil, a vampire is bitten by a human being in today’s New York City.

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PETE REX Opens @ 59E59 Theaters

Brad Raimondo, Simon Winheld, Greg Carere, Rosie Sowa, Alexander V. Thompson

A quirky tale about a smooth-talking Tyrannosaur is an homage to late night creature films.

February 15, 2018: The Dreamscape Theater is presenting the NYC premiere of PETE REX , a quirky tale by Alexander V. Thompson, about a smooth-talking Tyrannosaur named Nero. Directed by Brad Raimondo the play, billed as “part comedy, part absurdism, part horror,” focuses on Pete a small town, Midwestern guy, played by Greg Carere, and his obsessions with dinosaurs. 

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Fusiform Gyrus @ HERE

Sam Kulik, Ellen Maddow, Lathan Hardy, Chris DiMeglio, Tom Nelis, Jessica Lurie, Peter Zummo, Paul Zimet

World Premier of Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns by OBIE Award winner Ellen Maddow

February 13, 2018: OBIE Award winner Ellen Maddow’s new musical piece, Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns, opened at HERE in a world premier presentation by Talking Band. The 70 -minute musical-theater work written and composed by Maddow is directed by Ellie Heyman, the director in residence at Joe’s Pub.  Fusiform Gyrus runs through February 25, 2018 at HERE, 145 6th Avenue.

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Drama Desk Reception

Naveen Kumar, Jan Simpson, Jose Solis, Kelundra Smith, Wei-Huan Chen

BroadwayCon Panels Feted

January 26, 2018:  The Drama Desk hosted a reception for critics on the BroadwayCon panels “Being a Critic of Color,” organized by Drama Desk member Jose Solis, and “Theater Critiquing: A Woman’s Touch,” organized by Drama Desk member Linda Armstrong.

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The Undertaking Opens @ 59E59 Theaters

Aysan Celik, Steve Cosson, Dan Domingues Photo: Barry Gordin

Steve Cosson’s insightful meditation on fear of dying opened at 59E59 Theaters.

January 17, 2018:  The Undertaking, written and directed by Steve Cosson, the Artistic Director of the Civilians, opened at 59E59Theaters for a limited engagement through February 4. The NY Times called the show “morbidly funny,” when the it debuted at the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival. The heart of the story is death and the hero journeys to the world of the dead returning with a transformed appreciation for life.

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Jamie deRoy & friends @ Birdland

Sophia Anne Caruso, Melissa Manchester,Jamie deRoy

Star-studded Holiday Show brings Broadway to Birdland.

December 11, 2017: Show business marvel Jamie DeRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer brought her stellar holiday show to New York’s renowned Birdland at 315 W. 44th Street in the theatre district.

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Cross That River Opens @ 59E59

Carolyn Leonhart, Jeffrey Lewis, Maya Azucena, Allan Harris

A musical musing on black cowboys of the American West by celebrated jazz artist Allan Harris.

December 6, 2017:  A new musical by Allan Harris and his wife Pat Harris, Cross That River, A Tale of the Black West, opened at 59E59 Theaters.  Mr. Harris and his wife have  fashioned a poignant tale about Blue, a run-away slave who escapes to Texas where he becomes one of America’s first Black Cowboys in the unsettled West circa 1860s. The absorbing story, staged as a concert by Reggie Life, weaves fact and fiction into an affecting evening with the soulful singers playing multiple roles with accomplished ease.  The four marvelous vocalists are Maya Azucena, Carolyn Leonhart, Jeffery Lewis and the silky voiced Allan Harris, who also narrates.

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Death of a Salesman

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

November 11, 2017:  Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity just after World War II, and although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.  

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This One’s For The Girls Opening

Jana Robbins, Traci Bair, Haley Swindal

Lively musical by Dorothy Marcic, creator of Sistas, opens at St. Luke’s Theatre.

October 27, 2017:  The amusing new musical This One’s for the Girls by Dorothy Marcic and directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson is a series of witty snapshots chronicling celebrated archetypical women’s role models from the past century in song. The revue, which opened Off- Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street, takes a sassy jaunt down the memory lane of the women’s movement with chart topping hits from the past 100 years to punctuate memorable strides by women.

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Occupied Territories at 59E59 Theaters

Cody Robinson, Nancy Bannon

New York premier of insightful new play recounts the tragedy of Vietnam War with inventive staging and sincere performances.

October 25, 2017:  Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner have co-authored Occupied Territories, an ambitious new play about the effects of the Vietnam War on one family. The drama nicely helmed by Mollye Maxner and starring Nancy Bannon in a heartfelt performance as Jude, the daughter of a recently deceased Vietnam Veteran, opened at 59E59 Theaters this past Wednesday. Kelley Rae O’Donnell plays Jude’s sister Helena and Ciela Elliott plays her daughter Alex, who has been in Helena’s care while Jude was away at a drug rehabilitation facility.

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ARF Stroll to the Sea

24th Annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk benefits Animal Rescue Find of the Hamptons.

October 7, 2017: This year the annual ARF Stoll to the Sea Benefit was proceeded by a kick-off cocktail party on Friday, the night before the walk. The party was hosted by Candy and Mark Udell of London Jewelers at their Main Street location in East Hampton.

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Suzan-Lori Parks @ SIgnature

Suzan-Lori Parks Photo: Barry Gordin

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright in residency with The Red Letter Plays

Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African- American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is the Residency One Playwright at the Signature this season. Her plays F**king A, directed by Jo Bonney, and In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, are being produced in tandem as part of an event called The Red Letter Plays. The two plays are riffs on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and is a rare opportunity to see two plays by one writer in dialogue with each other.

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Peter Bradbury, Kevin Isola

Robert LuPone stars in World Premiere of Dan McCormick’s THE VIOLIN at 59E59 Theaters 

September 19, 2017:  THE VIOLIN, a melodramtic tale by Dan McCormick about two ill-fated brothers, Bobby and Terry, and their elderly friend, Gio a tailor, opened at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through October 14When Bobby, played by Broadway veteran Robert LuPone, realizes his brother Terry, played by Kevin Isola, has found a priceless 1710 Stradivarius violin in his gypsy cab, Bobby sees an opportunity to cash in. The action, directed by Joseph Discher, is set in motion with Gio, played by Peter Bradbury, joining the brothers in an attempt to ransom the violin for $800,000.

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