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Comics @ Don’t Tell Mama

Alex Simmons

Stand up comedy returns to Don’t Tell Mama

November 23, 2018: Don’t Tell Mama, a world famous destination in the theater district, will once again feature outstanding comics on Fridays beginning tonight at 9:30pm. This new weekly show will feature established acts and up-and-coming performers, with a little Don’t Tell Mama flair thrown in for a unique experience at a legendary landmark.

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The Prom ****1/2

Josh Lamon, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmankasas, Angie Schworer

By: Isa Goldberg

November 23, 2018:  Arriving at a weekend matinee of The Prom, I eagerly anticipated seeing one of my favorite musical comedy stars, Beth Leavel in the lead role. The buzz I’d heard was really positive, so I was prepared to sit back, kick up my feet, and have a great time. Only on this occasion Leavel’s understudy was playing the lead.

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The Waverly Gallery *****

Michael Cera, Elaine May, Joan Allen in “The Waverly Gallery”

By: Isa Goldberg

November 23, 2018:  What? Elaine May on Broadway? You bet – in the Broadway debut of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery, which premiered Off Broadway in 2000.

As we know, May, the ‘50s comedienne, made her mark defying stereotypes of women’s roles, portraying herself through characters that were sophisticated, professional women, such as doctors and psychiatrists.  Here, she portrays Gladys Green, an independent business person, the owner of the titular art gallery, and a woman whose brightest years are behind her.

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The Prom *****

Christopher Sieber and company

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 21, 2018:  The old-fashioned musical has finally met a contemporary theme. Throw in a bit of theater satire and you have The Prom, which has landed on Broadway with a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Beguelin.

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The Prom *****

By: David Sheward

November 19, 2018:  “We’re liberal Democrats from Broadway,” defiantly proclaims the amazing Brooks Ashmanskas as Barry Glickman, an egotistical musical-comedy star, to the astonished and unsuspecting PTA of a tiny Indiana town in the unabashedly left-leaning new musical The Prom. The line draws applause from the theater-loving audience at the Longacre Theater and sets the tone for this joyous celebration of all things fabulous and splashy. The show reeks of show-biz savvy and unapologetically endorses queer culture (“I’m as gay as a bucket of wigs,” Barry states) as well as a love of the musical genre. But it’s also a tender teen love story and an earnest plea not just for tolerance but acceptance. Every element is polished with professionalism and skillfully combines satire and verisimilitude for a slightly twisted perspective on our divided America. If that sounds too serious, don’t be scared off. The Prom is one of the funniest shows to hit Broadway in years.

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Bernie and Mikey’s Trip To The Moon

Playwright Scott Aiello, Stephanie Gould Photo: Barry Gordin

Strangemen Theatre Company are presenting the world premiere of BERNIE AND MIKEY’S TRIP TO THE MOON by Scott Aiello and directed Claire Karpen @ 59E 59 Theaters.

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Mother of the Maid *** King Kong **1/2

Grace Van Patten, Glenn Close “Mother of the Maid”

By: David Sheward

November 13, 2018:  A new play about the mother of an iconic figure (Mother of the Maid) and a musical remake of a Hollywood classic (King Kong) deliver modern feminist perspectives on familiar material from European history and pop culture. The play has some depth and an exquisite lead performance while the tuner is cotton candy. The latter has an exceptional star as well, but it’s from a giant puppet.

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Drama Desk Panel

John Christopher Jones, Jamie Sanders, Stephanie Gould, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan, Christine Bruno, Front Row – Ali Stroker, Shannon DeVido

Working actors with disabilities enumerate their challenges and successes.

By: Patrick Christiano

November 12, 2018:  The Drama Desk hosted an informal discussion with professional actors with disabilities moderated by Katy Sullivan, who was recently seen in the Cost of Living at MTC and just happens to be the record holder in the 100 meters at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Participants on the panel at Ripley-Grier Studios in midtown Manhattan were Christine Bruno, Shannon DeVido, Stephanie Gould, John Christopher Jones, Gregg Mozgala, Jamie Sanders, and Ali Stroker. They presented a stimulating look at the world they function in, which is predominately populated by people without disabilities. They face the same challenges of other minorities, adapting to a society that is different from their learned experience.

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Galaxy of Stars Celebration

Steven Maglio, Tony LoBianco, James Valenti, Anne Akers, Ed Schloeman, Michael Lavine, Lee Roy Reams, Sula Haska, Christine Ranck. Randi Levine-Miller and Patti Wyss

Randie Levine-Miller Hosts and Co- Produces Galaxy of Stars Celebration.
Tony Lo Bianco, Lee Roy Reams and Steven Maglio headlined a special Veterans Day concert celebrating members of the armed forces and their families at The Triad, 158 West 72
nd Street, on Saturday November 10 at 3pm

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Shake & Bake: Love’s Labour’s Lost *****

Joe Ventricelli, Victoria Rae Sook, Mary-Glen-Fredrick

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 11, 2018:  If serving dinner is an art, never was this more true than in Shake & Bake: Love’s Labour’s Lost, in which the actors are both characters in Shakespeare’s comedy and waiters serving an eight course tasting menu (created by executive chef David Goldman). The members of the audience (a.k.a. diners) are seated by low tables, on chairs and sofas on the periphery of the room, while the play is performed in the center space.

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Eve’s Song ***

Karl Green, Ashley D. Kelley, Kadijah Raquel, De’Adre Aziza

By: Samuel L. Leiter

November 11, 2018:  Plays not specifically about significant social or political issues are getting increasingly rare, even when their ultimate aim is entertainment instead of polemics. This past week alone I saw works about Robert F. Kennedy, Gloria Steinem, sexual and racial identity, 1969 radicals, the mentally disabled, and the danger of being a black woman in America.

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Lured **

Brendan Daugherty, John DiMino

By: Sam Affoumado

November 10, 2018: Lured, written by Frank J. Avella and co-directed by Carlotta Brentan, is a drama that outlines the brutalization and dehumanization of gays perpetrated by Russian vigilante groups. Against the backdrop of Russia’s federal law banning distribution of materials promoting LGBTQ relationships among minors (anti-Gay Propaganda Law), hatred and violence carried out against the LGBTQ community is on the rise. Vigilante groups, bolstered by Putin’s position and the beliefs of the Russian Orthodox Church, try to validate the idea that homosexuals corrupt minors thereby equating “homosexuality” and “pedophilia.” And who would not want to punish pedophiles?

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