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A Man For All Seasons

It’s worth sitting through a musty old costume drama. It’s even worth enduring the trials of Sir Thomas More, morbid as they were, to see Frank Langella in “A Man For All Seasons”.

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Around The Town

Backstage with Maclaine

Shirley Maclaine, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Spotted backstage at the Tony Award-winning show "In the Heights" were local New Age authors, Monte Farber and Amy Zerner with an original Broadwy Gypsy, Shirley MacLaine. The legend was wearing one of Amy’s Spiritual Couture jackets. Shirley has a line of Chakra jewelry which she will show at Bergdorf Goodman, where Amy sells her Spiritual Couture evening wear. Shirley played Coco Chanel in a miniseries on Lifetime

 

 

 

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P is for Party

Producer Stewart F. Lane and his sons Lenny & Frankie with Melissa Lewis at the opening of her interactive musical for kids, P is for Party." The show "really rocks." Bring you little ones and check it out. Prizes for Best Pirate and Princesses in the audience. On Sundays September 21 through October 26, 11am and 1pm at the DR2 Theater, 103 East 15th Street in Union Square. For tickets call telecharge 239-6200

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Kicking A Dead Horse

Sam Shepard’s new play Kicking a Dead Horse, directed by the playwright himself and starring the acclaimed Irish actor Stephen Rea, is a black comedy with a grim message. The tale making its American premier at the Public Theater is a potent metaphor about our current political atmosphere and the barren existence most Americans lead in pursuit of false values. Covering familiar Shepard themes and philosophies the thought provoking story is an inventive homage to Beckett. Although beautifully acted the evening doesn’t go far enough theatrically, and is continuously upstaged by the carcass of the character in the title, a dead horse.

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Buffalo Gal

A. R. Gurney returns to Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters with the New York premier of his charming new comedy Buffalo Gal. Set in a regional theater where a production of “The Cherry Orchard” is about to be mounted, Gurney bows in homage to the greatness of Chekhov. He draws many amusing parallels to Chekhov’s characters and themes in this latest effort. Television star Susan Sullivan (Falcon Crest and Dharma & Greg) makes a fine presence as the fading Hollywood star at the center of his bittersweet tale, and the direction by Mark Lamos mines the backstage story for all the humor while lamenting the diminishing power of the theater and the changes wrought by the passing of time.

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The plucky (title of show), which was a downtown sensation at the Vineyard Theatre over two years ago, has miraculously found its way to Broadway. The well crafted musical with only four performers and an electric piano was originally a surprise hit at the Fringe, where the little show flaunted its aspirations of taking their satire about nothing all the way to Broadway. That their dream seemed impossible added to the quirky charm of the comedy. But now here, part of the joke is missing along with the edge, and the musical feels decidedly small and self indulgent. Still you have to cheer the audacity of the show’s creators, Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell.

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Marian Seldes Receives Medal

Acclaimed Award Winning Actress Marian Seldes, an electee of the Theatre Hall of Fame, was presented with the Medal of Honor by the The National Arts Club at an exciting star studded evening featuring K. T, Sullivan, Tammy Grimes, a moving Anna Bergman, and many others. Edward Albee commenting on the star’s illustrious career was a highlight of the event chaired by Rose Billings.

Rose Billings, Marian Seldes
Edward Albee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Seagull

Ian Rickson’s wonderful production of Anton Chekhov’s classic The Seagull starring a marvelous Kristin Scott Thomas as the tempestuous Russian actress Arkadina, is never less than entertaining and often much more. Working with a new modern translation by Christopher Hampton, Rickson’s Seagull originally debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in London, where it was a heralded success.

 

 

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World Peace Day

The NY City Slickers

The NY City Slickers a sizzling Bluegrass band, performed on Pier 84 as part of the International World Peace Day celebration.

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Desir

Spiegelworld 2008 returns to the South Street Seaport for its third annual carnival with the world premier of Desir, an audacious new circus experience performed in an intimate cabaret like setting on a small round stage barely twenty-five feet in diameter. Patrons in the first four or five rows are right on top of the non stop action. Inspired by the adventurers of early 20th century Paris, the seductive Desir takes us backstage to one of the greatest nightclubs in the world for a Moulin Rouge-like revue of beguiling aerial and acrobatic acts from all over the world.

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Life In A Marital Institution

James Braly & Sarah Jones on Opening Night

James Braly’s poignant Life in a Marital Institution opened at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street and will run through August 31. The tragicomic one man show is a semi-autobiographical account of married life. A sold out hit at 59E59 Theaters near the end of last season, the New York Times said the production was “Full of laughs and insights.” What underlines the humor most is the center of real emotion that runs throughout the evening.

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The First Breeze Of Summer

The Signature Theater Company’s terrific production of Leslie Lee’s The First Breeze of Summer launches their 2008/2009 season dedicated to the historic Negro Ensemble Company, a fertile home for African-Americans writers and actors for decades. Nicely directed by the esteemed Ruben Santiago-Hudson the touching revival of Leslie Lee’s ambitious pot boiler features a skilled ensemble headed by the impressive Leslie Uggams. She portrays Gremmar Edwards, the matriarch at the center of the well crafted tale about three generations of a middle class African/American family living in a small suburb of Philadelphia.

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“Buffalo Gal” Opening Night

Photography: Barry Gordin
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Richard Thomas, Susan Sullivan
Jamie deRoy, Marian Seldes, Elizabeth Wilson, Frances Sternhagen, Susan Sullivan
Patrick Christiano, A.R. Gurney

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Edward Albee’s Occupant

Playwright Edward Albee has given us an indelible portrait of his good friend the artist Louise Nevelson in his 2001 play, Edward Albee’s Occupant, now making its delayed New York premier for the Signature Theatre Company. Starring the formidable Mercedes Ruehl, the two character play is a touching celebration of the determination (or is it destiny?) of his friend of many years, who just happened to be one of the most renowned sculptors of the 20th century.

 

 

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Mario Lopez

Valerie Smaldone, Mario Lopez, Dan May

The unveiling of the Mario Lopez portrait and a party for A Chorus Line was held at Tony di Napoli’s in Times Square. Tony’s prestigious Wall of Fame sports numerous portraits of Broadway stars including Whoppi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, Chita Rivera, Cyndi Lauper and more.
Photography: Linda Lenzi

 

Mario Lopez, Valerie Smaldone

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