Well known for his political and social satire, playwright Christopher Durang is at it again with “Why Torture Is Wrong, And The People Who Love Them”. Like the unwieldy title, this new work at the Public Theater takes up a litany of topical issues from terrorism, American militarism and spousal abuse, to suburban life, Hooters (the restaurant), Looney Tunes and Jane Fonda.
Any play that begins by projecting the word “theme” across the stage must be making a statement. In Moises Kaufman’s new drama that statement leads to some thick soup.
In “33 Variations”, Fonda portrays Dr. Katherine Brandt, a musicologist who is writing a monograph about the birth of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, how it came about, and what it is. Sadly, this academic quest which frames the story, also dominates it. Parallels between Beethoven’s deafness and Brandt’s terminal illness, between Beethoven’s creative process and Brandt’s personal revelations proliferate.
Vered Gallery’s Semi-Annual Silent Bid Auction @ 68 Park Place in East Hampton this July leads with a unique painting by Andy Warhol of Michael Jackson. Impressive early works at Vered’s include Romare Bearden’s ‘Opening at the Savoy’, a fabulous Willem de Kooning dedicated to himself, a massive 1971 John Chamberlain, a 1962 Cy Twombly painting and a beautiful symbolist Redon pastel. Amonag the 100 plus lots are works by Avery, Man Ray, Modigliani, Hockney, Picasso, Nogouchi, Hirst, and many others. The Last bid party benefiting Sderot concludes on Sun July 12. Bid and Enjoy until the hammer drops at 4pm sharp.
Tony award winning actor Eli Wallach starred in a reading of Jeff Baron’s "Visiting Mr. Green" at Guild Hall on Sunday June 21. The stage and movie veteran turned in a skillfully nuanced performance opposite the young Peter Sabri in the moving two hander helmed by James Larocca. A talk back with the audience followed the performance produced by Guild Hall in association the Playwrights’ Theatre of East Hampton.
Celebrities, philanthropists, and environmentally- interested New Yorkers and End Enders joined forces to support the protection and restoration of eastern Long Island’s natural environment to benefit the Group for the East End at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Bridgehampton on this past Saturday evening June 20 which raised over $530,000. . Photography: Barry Gordin
This past Saturday evening June 20 the Ross School in Sag Harbor kicked off their Hampton’s summer season with the 6th annual Club Starlight Benefit for the Ross School programs and scholarships, where Martha Stewart was honored for her support of their students. The evening featured entertainment by recording legend James Ingram, Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers and Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel. Photography: Barry Gordin
Chelsea Marie Tennariello, 15, will be appearing in an Off Broadway play, an autobiography of "Eddie Money – TwoTickets To Paradise", some time this summer. Chelsea has won many awards for her dancing including the "NationalTitle Miss Jr. Starquest 2006" and the "Regional StarquestArtistic Award". Chelsea is also one of the background dancers in the music video with singer Tina Ann. When asked her aspirations? What else, "to someday appear in a Broadway musical."
Best Play: God Of Carnage Yasmina Reza’s shallow dissection of contemporary social hypocrisy will win in a weak year, where the best new plays were seen Off- Broadway. Note: the Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage is still playing at MTC.
Best Musical: Billy Elliot The musical based on the movie of the same name is perfection and recently won 10 Drama Desk Awards. Billy will dance away with multiple Tonys as well.
On Sunday May 24, 09 Mickey Straus, chair, Guild Hall Board of Trustees Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director, Mayor Paul Rickenbach, Jr., East Hampton Village, State Asemblyman Fred Thiele, and hundreds of enthusiastic guests gathered to witness Mr. Straus cut the ribbon to the newly renovated state of the art John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton after a 2 year renovation.
The John Drew is ready to go and specially invited guests were treated to a behind the scenes look at the newly restored “state of the art” theater, a project in progress for two years. Stage & screen legend Liza Minnelli, just off the heels of her stupendous show at the Palace Theater this past December and freshly restored herself, will officially launch the East Hampton Theater Season on Memorial Day weekend with the incomparable Billy Stritch at the piano. The Box Office opens on May 7. Photograpahy: Barry Gordin