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The Strangest

The Strangest: Theatrical Event Invites Audiences to Experience Pre-Shakespeare Arabic Storytelling

By: Ellis Nassour

The Strangest is a unique theatrical event that invites audiences to experience centuries old lArabic storytelling that predates Shakespeare by entering a world theatergoers might never access. That’s particularly true now when it’s difficult for Arab artists to perform here.

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Sunday in the Park with George **** – Linda ***1/2

By: David Sheward

“Stop worrying if your vision/Is new/Let others make that decision/They usually do/You just keep moving on.” When Stephen Sondheim wrote these lyrics for Sunday in the Park with George (1984), he was faced with a creative crisis similar to that of his lead character, the revolutionary impressionist painter Georges Seurat. The legendary composer-lyricist had just broke with his longtime collaborator Harold Prince after their short-lived production Merrily We Roll Along.

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Dear World @ The York

Ann Harada, Tyne Daly, Alison Fraser

The  York Theaters’ Winter 2017 Musicals in Mufti Series concludes with Dear World, book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, new version by David Thompson (based on an adaptation by Maurice Valency of the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux), music and lyrics by Jerry Herman starring 6-time Emmy® Award and Tony® Award-winner Tyne Daly as Countess Aurelia. 

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Theatre District Menu:

Theatre District Menu: Fresh, Tasty Five-Star Options

By: Ellis Nassour

Here are resources to help you find reliable, clean, and distinguished restaurants in and around the Theatre District that stress highest quality, friendly service, and use the freshest ingredients in traditional recipes. All have extensive wine lists, from affordable California and international vintages to, well, ones you might consider when you hit the Lottery. Both are great for before-and-after dinner and when you’re looking for a place to dine on a special occasion.

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Orphans ****

Alex Montaldo (Phillip), Gregg Prosser (Harold)

By: Paulanne Simmons

Lyle Kessler’s 1983 play, Orphans, features three actors in some of the most intense moments you could ever expect to see onstage. The play premiered at The Matrix Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Since then it has been produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and on Broadway in 2013. 

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If I Forget ***1/2

Jeremy Shamos, Kate Walsh, Maria Dizzia

By: Paulanne Simmons

What’s the difference between a good family drama and soap opera? Depends on whom you ask. But for the most part, if a playwright can write really good dialogue and insert some meaningful observations on life, and the director can gather a cast of really good actors, it’s a safe bet the play will avoid being cast into the unredeemable world of daytime drama.

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HIFF Presents “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Artistic Director of HIFF David Nugent, Executive DIrector of Guild Hall Andrea Grover, Executive DIrector of HIFF Anne Chaisson, Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin hosts screening at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

On Saturday February 25, 2017 Andrea Grover, the Executor Director of Guild Hall, introduced the evening’s screening of To Kill A Mockingbird, a 1963 Academy Award-winning film based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout was screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton as part of the long running HIFF Winter Classic series. The film nominated for eight Academy Awards is considered one of the best-ever made and won three Academy Awards including Best Actor for Gregory Peck.

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Sunset Boulevard *** – Everybody ***

Glenn Close

By: David Sheward

Most Broadway revivals of classical musicals featuring the original stars have been museum pieces vainly attempting to recreate the first incarnation’s magic. The resurrections of Yul Brynner in The King and I, Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! and Angela Lansbury in Mame are some examples of this waxwork genre.

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Evening at the Talkhouse ***

Matthew Broderick. Claudia Shear, Larry Pine, Michael Tucker

By: Isa Goldberg

Entering the soiree at the Signature Center off Broadway, we’re greeted with cocktails (colored water) and some sugary snacks. Indeed, EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE, written by Wallace Shawn, who also plays Dick, one of the central characters, is a gathering of theater’s most illustrious. We meet Robert (Matthew Broderick), Annette (Claudia Shear), Tom (Larry Pine), Nellie (Jill Eikenberry), and Ted (John Epperson), among others. The occasion is the 10th anniversary of a show they had all worked on, and which had been a flop. 

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Academy Awards

The Best of 2016 Vie for the Gold at the Very Diverse 89th Academy Awards Telecast Sunday on ABC

By Ellis Nassour

The 89th Academy Awards will telecast live from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre Sunday, hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. But … and there always is one … there’s the rub. 

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Fade ***

Annie Dow, Eddie Martinez.

By: Isa Goldberg

Set in “Trump’s America”, Tanya Saracho’s new play, FADE, produced by Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre, is a soulful, engrossing two-person drama. Portraying the newcomer on a staff of television writers in LA, Lucia (Annie Dow) befriends the only person who will give her the time of day.  That’s Abel (Edie Martinez), a janitor who wears his tough edge with noticeable tattoos. A Mexican American worker, Abel sticks to himself, until he gets swept up in Lucia’s overtures of friendship.

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Actor’s Temple Hits 100

Tovah Feldshuh @ Bay Street Summer Gala Photo: Barry Gordin

HOSTS GALA CELEBRATION AT FRIARS CLUB MARCH 13

Theater District institution the Actors’ Temple celebrates its centennial with an entertainment-packed dinner and show at the Friars Club, 57 East 55th Street, on Monday March 13 at 6pm.  The Temple, which has served as a spiritual home, meeting place and performance venue serving generations of show business professionals, luminaries and their friends, honors the beloved actresses Tovah Feldshuh and Jackie Hoffman (both of whom will perform), and Barbara Bova.  Featured entertainers are Andrew Beall (composer of “Song of Solomon”), the singers Anna Bergman and Adrienne Haan, comedian Bob Greenberg, and concert violinist Marina Kifferstein.

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Kid Victory Opens

The New York premiere of KID VICTORY, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander with story by John Kander and Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy began previews on Wednesday, February 1 and opened on Wednesday, February 22 at the Vineyard Theatre, announced by the company’s Artistic Directors, Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern.

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The Great Comet of 1812 ****

Josh Groban

By Isa Goldberg

Seeing THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 for the third time, and now with Josh Groban as Pierre at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway, I found the story itself so much clearer. Based on a segment of Tolstoy’s WAR AND PEACE, the musical’s plot is dense, and the relationships between the characters so tangled, that the story gets lost in the epic scope of the show. While its impact lies in this sense of endearing mystery, the underlying human experience remains inexplicable and otherworldly.

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Monopoly ****

Billie Roe

Monopoly: Singing the Lives  from Baltic Avenue to Boardwalk

By: Paulanne Simmons

From its earliest beginnings in 16th century France, cabaret has always been the purlieu of writers and artists. So it should not be surprising that cabarets have always been subversive. Billie Roe must have had this in mind when she created her newest theme show, Monopoly: Singing the Lives from Baltic Avenue to Boardwalk, which she brought to Don’t Tell Mama on Feb. 12

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