Describe the Night **** Twelfth Night **

Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier, Tina Benko “Describe the Night”

By: David Sheward

Mixing myth, urban legend, conspiracy theory, and historical fact, Rajiv Joseph creates a weird tapestry of truth and lies in his new drama Describe the Night at the Atlantic Theater Company. Set in various parts of the former Soviet Union and Europe over nearly a century of political turmoil, this overwhelming saga asks hard questions on the relationships between government and media, regular citizens and dictators, and how people manage to live through decades of upheaval. As in his Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Guards at the Raj, Joseph depicts individuals caught up in the tide of history, swept along by both fanciful and real events.

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A Christmas Carol

Paul Bolger will perform the classic at West Hempstead Public Library Sunday, December 17 at 2pm

In what is becoming a Holiday tradition, stage actor Paul Bolger will perform Charles Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL playing all the parts in a solo interpretation that he adapted from the Dicken’s classic. This gifted actor is sure to put a smile on your face and send home with renewed joy for the spirit of the season.  Paul has been performing the seasonal favorite for the past 25 years at schools and special needs communities throughout the country.  Sunday, December 17th at 2pm  DOWNSTAIRS @ West Hempstead Public Library 500 Hempstead Avenue.

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Annie ****

Annie Revival Makes for a Very Merry and Jolly Tinsel-coated Revival at Paper Mill Playhouse

By: Ellis Nassour

The holiday season has arrived for Paper Mill Playhouse audiences with a gaily-wrapped Christmas present under a tinseled tree. It’s the sumptuous revival of Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan’s Tony-winning Best Musical Annie. Just as they pulled a rabbit out of their collective hat this time last year with the North American premiere of The Bodyguard, producing artistic director Mark Hoebee and managing director Todd Schmidt, have done it again with a sterling production of “the world’s best-loved family musical” – one filled with whopping sentiment, hilarity, and beloved tunes fit for the entire family.

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Torch Song  ***

Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Urie

By: David Sheward

When Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award in 1983, presenter Diahann Carroll wasn’t even allowed to accurately describe the tender, hilarious play. While giving a detailed synopsis of each of the other nominees, her copy for Torch merely summarized it as being “about love and the merciless mayhem loves wreaks.” When the play unexpectedly won, producer John Glines sent shockwaves across America by thanking his male lover. (I remember Johnny Carson made a joke about it on The Tonight Show the following evening.) Even the show’s TV commercial covered up its then-controversial content. Producers were afraid if Straight John and Jane Q. Public knew the show was about an unapologetic gay drag performer’s quest for a long-term relationship and an extended family, they’d shy away.

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Legs Diamond @ 54 Below

Peter Allen (far right) and the company of the Original 1988-89 Broadway Production of “Legs Diamond”

The Original Broadway Cast  INCLUDING CHRISTINE ANDREAS, BRENDA BRAXTON, BOB STILLMAN  and more in 
LEGS DIAMOND 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT  

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW (254 West 54 Street NYC), Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the Original Broadway cast of the much heralded musical in Legs Diamond 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

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Friends! the Musical Parody ****

By: Iris Wiener

Could this musical BE any more fun? Nope. Friends, the hit NBC show of ten years, is ripe for riffing, and who better to take it on than parody masterminds Tobly and Bob McSmith, the clever writers behind Showgirls! The Musical! and Bayside! The Musical!? Whether you’ve simply caught the sitcom in reruns or you have pined for the day when Ross and Rachel would finally get together, this musical is a hysterical send-up of all that you loved to hate (or hated to love) about the 90s, and the cheese-filled archetypical tropes that defined comedic television.

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What We’re Up Against ***

Krysta Rodriguez, Marg Helgenberger

What We’re Up Against By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt @ WP Theater through Nov. 26, 2017

By: Lauren Yarger

In the workplace, employees have to watch out for sexual harassment. A simple phrase might be taken the wrong way. The twist here, is that the employee lamenting the state of things is a male — and the boss — who says men having to deal with women in the office is just part of What We’re Up Against in this all-too-timely, darkly humorous play from Theresa Rebeck at WP Theater (formerly the Women’s Project.)

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Mary Jane ****

Carrie Coon, Susan Pourfar

By: Isa Goldberg

Playwright, Amy Herzog traffics in the simple realities of human experience — the dailyness that both masks and reveals an inner drama. And while the style of her realism is highly detailed and finely textured, her works sustain a contemporary sensibility.

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The Rape of the Sabine Women ****

Susannah Perkins, Doug Harris

By: Isa Goldberg

Michael Yates Crowley’s new play, The Rape of The Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias is another coup from The Playwrights Realm, a company which produces new works by emerging playwrights. Last season, The Wolves, about a girls’ soccer team, was heralded for its strong characters and powerful ensemble acting.  This current show, a dark comedy about rape, written by a man, is inventive, and powerful.

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RIP Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF PROLIFIC PRODUCER AND GENERAL MANAGER STUART THOMPSON

 CREDITS INCLUDE OVER 70 BROADWAY SHOWS

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® winner Stuart Thompson, who died on August 17th at age 62. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Tuesday, August 22nd at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.

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1984 ***1/2

Carl Hendrick Louis, Wayne Duvall, Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge, Reed Birney, Nick Mills, Cara Seymour, Michael Potts

By: Isa Goldberg

Transferred from London to Broadway, this adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, is vividly staged and convincingly well-acted. Here Reed Birney’s O’Brien, is a totally banal character. He is no more the creator of the evil he perpetuates, than any ordinary man who fails to think for himself would be. Like the other characters in this tale – in which political terror reigns, “He’s just doing his job.” As such, he maintains a front of utmost innocence, even perpetuating violent deeds, as though he were acting out of empathy.

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Pipeline ****

Heather Velazquez, Namir Smallwood

By: Isa Goldberg

While Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Pipeline, at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater has all the trappings of a realistic drama with an overt pedagogic message, Morisseau beats the drum with surprising depth. Carrying her message with immediacy, director Lileana Blain-Cruz, wrangles her team of six actors into full on-stage battle –  all while they stand around talking about violence in the classroom.  That violence, which is not acted out on stage, is suggested in video projections (Hannah Vasileski), set to rumbling drums (Justin Ellington).

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Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard in Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven’ (1978)

BROADWAY TO DIM ITS LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017 AT 7:45 PM IN MEMORY OF AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT SAM SHEPARD

 The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated playwright, actor and novelist Sam Shepard, who passed away on Thursday, July 27th at age 73. The marquees of Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, August 2nd, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute.

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