Reviews

A Hunger Artist *****

Jonathan Levin

By: Isa Goldberg

A brilliant, bizarre and inventive piece of theater, A Hunger Artist, is brought to us by Sinking Ship Productions, a company which is rightfully stirring up some dust in theater circles. Produced by The Tank, at The Connelly Theater in the East Village, and only through the month, it is truly a satisfying piece of theater, nurtured solely by the imaginations of Sinking Ship’s collaborators, Josh Luxenberg, playwright, and Jon Levin, the show’s solo performer, and aided by Josh William Gelb, director and co-creator. Utilizing the most rudimentary instruments, the production is true to the concept of a poor theater, in which the actors co-create the experience with the spectators.

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Features

Broadway Goes to the Beach for 2017-18

The Spongebob Musical Credit: Joan Marcus

By: David Sheward

Broadway is headed to the beach for the 2017-18 season. Two new musicals with seaside settings, The Spongebob Musical and Escape to Margaritaville, have just announced definite dates for the fall. The Spongebob Musical, based on Spongebob Squarepants, the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series, will wash up at the Palace Theatre for previews beginning Nov. 6 before it officially docks for a Dec. 4 opening.

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2017 Drama Desk Awards

Jenn Colella (Winner Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical) “Come From Away” Gavin Creel (Winner Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical) “Hello Dolly!”

Bette Midler, Come From Away and Oslo take top prizes at 62nd Annual DD Awards.

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were presented in a ceremony hosted by Michael Urie at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, on June 4, 2017.  Come From Away won three awards including the top prized for Best Musial, along with awards for Jenn Colella, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who were awarded for Outstanding Book of a Musical. Come From Away, a popular hit, didn’t have to compete with the Tony front runner Dear Evan Hansen, which won the Drama Desk top prize last year for an Off-Broadway production before moving to Broadway.

 

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The Man in the Ceiling

Jeffrey Seller, Jules Feiffer, Andrew Lippa

Bay Street Theater launches Summer Season with World Premiere of charming new musical by Jules Feiffer and Andrew Lippa.

The Man in the Ceiling, a whimsical tale about a boy cartoonist, with a sweet book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer based on his 1995 young adult novel of the same name, and featuring endearing music by Andrew Lippa opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, June 3. The story follows Jimmy Jibbett, played by a terrifically poised 12-year-old Jonah Broscow, as he struggles to express his uniqueness in an unsupportive environment, where his only solace is in the comic characters he invents.

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Features

More Critical Shrinking: Rex Reed Out at the Observer

By: David Sheward

Just as Trump has pulled out of the Paris climate change accords, New York-based media is pulling out of theater coverage. As I have noted in previous blogs, print and web outlets are cutting back on stage critics or eliminating them altogether. Someone on Facebook said being a theater critic these days is like being in a long, slow version of Ten Little Indians, the Agatha Christie murder mystery where guests on an isolated island are picked off one by one. Rex Reed, the longtime film critic of the New York Observer,

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Reviews

Church and State ***

Christa Scott-Reed, Jonathan Louis Dent, Rob Nagle, Nadia Bowers

By: Paulanne Simmons

Like most political plays, Jason Odell Williams’ Church and State is relevant, often riveting and ultimately not particularly good theater. The drama, directed by Markus Potter, focuses on Charles Whitmore (Rob Nagle), a North Carolina politician who is running for senator on a platform of compassionate conservatism. As the play opens, Whitmore is in his campaign office prior to a major speech, suffering from self-inflicted wounds.

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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

BroadwayHD will live stream delightful Of-Broadway musical

BroadwayHD will live stream the Off-Broadway New York premiere of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me on June 7 at 8 PM EDT with a pre-show feature featuring interviews with the cast and creative team beginning at 7:45 PM. The charming new musical is currently playing the Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street, through June 11, 2017, and can be seen on BroadwayHD.com for an on-demand encore until June 24.

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Features

2017 Tony and Drama Desk Award Predictions

Dear Evan Hansen with Ben Platt will clean up at the Tonys, but is ineligible for Drama Desks. Credit: Matthew Murphy

By: David Sheward

Usually the results of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards are pretty much the same, even though the Tonys are only for Broadway shows and the DDs combine on and Off-Broadway. The 120 or so DD voters, a group of theater critics, reporters, and editors, usually vote for Broadway with occasional departures for Off-Broadway hits such as Hamilton when it played the Public.

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Reviews

The Whirligig *** Building the Wall **1/2

Norbert-Leo-Butz, Noah-Bean, Dolly-Wells “The Whirligig”

By: David Sheward

Hamish Linklater is one of our most versatile actors, enlivening both sitcoms and Shakespeare. He’s one of the few who has not abandoned the latter for the former, appearing regularly on New York stages after finding success on the small screen. His new play The Whirligig, now at the Pershing Signature Center in a production from The New Group, displays a performer’s instinct for juicy, conflict-stuffed scenes. There are flaws in construction, but overall, it’s a worthy effort.

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67th OCC Awards

Outstanding Actress in a Play Laura Linney Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Cynthia Nixon “The Little Foxes’

Outer Critics Circle Awards for the 2016-2017 season were presented at Sardi’s.

On Thursday May 25, 2017 Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran, and Christopher Fitzgerald presented the Outer Critics Circle Awards to the winners of the 67th Annual Awards at a dinner hosted by President Simon Saltzman at the legendary Sardi’s across form Shubert Alley in Times Square.

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Hamptons Life

At the Galleries

Christopher Deeton, Janet Lehr

Opening receptions abound in East Hampton and Sag Harbor

On Saturday May 27, 2017 galleries in East Hampton and Sag Harbor kicked off the Summer season with celebratory opening receptions for new shows currently on view. Janet Lehr Fine Arts, 68 Park Place in the passage way in East Hampton, successor to Vered Gallery has two one person shows, The Rhythms of Deeton and Mizrahi, featuring the vivid and exciting works of Haim Mizrahi and Christopher Deeton, which will be on display through June 27.

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Reviews

Composure ***

C.K. Allen, Robert Bruce McIntosh

By: Sam Affoumado

A relationship between two middle-aged men whose past traumas infiltrate their present lives is at the core of  “Composure,” a romantic drama by Scott C. Sickles, presented by The Workshop Theater.

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