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The 25th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction honoring Pierre Berge.

July 28, 20018:  The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit, described as an “enchanted forest” and “performance art extravaganza,” is one of the summer’s most anticipated events of the summer. The celebration on the 10 plus acre grounds of The Watermill Center, founded by avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson in 1992, unites the worlds of art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion into an immersive experience that simply must be witnessed. Each year Wilson tops himself from the previous year with extraordinary, mind-boggling installations throughout the grounds.
Photography: Barry Gordin 

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Reviews

Neptune ***

Timothy DuWhite

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 29, 2018:  Whatever our ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, many of us want to tell our story. The question is how can we tell that story in a way that is meaningful and moving to others? Timothy DuWhite, who is black, gay and H.I.V. positive, does this in his solo show, Neptune, through the strength of his formidable acting and inspiring physicality. He is well directed by Zhailon Levingston. But DuWhite’s reliance on familiar tropes robs his story of nuance and complexity.

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Reviews

Straight White Men *** Mary Page Marlowe ****

Stephen Payne, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer and Paul Schneider in “Straight White Men”

By: David Sheward

July 28, 2018:  Second Stage’s two current productions are mirror images of each other. On Broadway at the company’s newly renovated Helen Hayes Theatre, Straight White Men examines majority males’ crisis of self from an Asian female playwright’s perspective. Off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser, Mary Page Marlowe is an ordinary woman’s journey through life written by a male dramatist. Both deliver insights into how we cope with the identities—ethnic, sexual, or racial—that society proscribes for us. The direction and acting are polished and confident in both.

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Reviews

Miracle of Miracles: Fiddler On The Roof ****1/2

Steven Skybell and Ensemble

By: Samuel L. Leiter

July 24, 2018:  In 2016, one year after the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene celebrated its centenary, it began producing an annual Yiddish-language musical production in the attractive Edward J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, located in Battery Park. I nominate this location, with its parks, its river views, its restaurants, and its historic monuments as the best place in New York for a beautiful summer evening at the theatre.

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Hamptons Life

LongHouse Celebrates Brooklyn

Jack Lenor Larsen (Founder / Artistic Director) LongHouse Reserve)

Annual Benefit Gala honors Dustin Yellin and Joe Melillo.

August 21, 2018:  Jack Lenor Larsen and the Board of Trustees of the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton hosted their annual LongHouse Summer Benefit Gala. The event celebrating Brooklyn honored Dustin Yellin, who founded Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Joseph Mellilo, executive producer responsible for the artistic direction of Brooklyn Academy of Music since 1999.  Yellin’s dynamic sculptures, “Garbage Can Rocket,” steel, concrete, enamel paint, 144 x 38 x 38,” and “Bathroom Rocker,” steel, aluminum, cement board, ceramic tile, 180 x36 36”, gifts of the artist, are installed on the grounds.

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Hamptons Life

Adam Umbach @ Janet Lehr

Adam Umbach standing in front of Peacock Feather. Oil and enamel on canvas, 2018. 60 x 72 inches

Artist, Adam Umbach, spoke at Janet Lehr Fine Arts in East Hampton.

July 22, 2018:  On Sunday against the backdrop of “Janet Lehr’s Big Contemporary Show – Art on the Edge 2018,” now on display at Janet Lehr Fine Arts, 68 Park Place in East Hampton in the passage way across from the cinema, Adam Umbach, an artist in the exhibition spoke at noon.

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The Peculiar Patriot ****1/2

Liza Jessie Peterson

By: Lauren Yarger

July 20, 2018:  We all get a chance to pull up a seat at a table in the visitor’s room of a prison in Liza Jessie Peterson’s gripping look at incarceration, The Peculiar Patriot, getting a remount at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre.

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Features

2018-19 B’way/Off-B’way Update

Ivo Van Hove Credit: Stephanie Berger

By: David Sheward

July 20, 2018:  Several new shows have been announced for the 2018-19 Broadway and Off-Broadway season since our last update and they all sound intriguing

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Reviews

The Originalist ****

Edward Gero, Tracy Ifeachor

MONSTER ON THE BENCH: THE ORIGINALIST

By: Samuel L. Leiter

July 19, 2018:  Who would have thought a play about an ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice, especially one as reviled by liberals as the late Antonin Scalia (1936-2016), could rivet a New York audience for an intermissionless hour and 50 minutes and even snare the self-righteous Solon some sympathy? But, despite its flaws, that’s what John Strand’s The Originalist actually does, no small share of the credit going to Edward Gero for a performance that captures Scalia’s bulky appearance and oversize personality with startling authenticity.

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Around The Town

Broadway Barks

July 15, 2018:  The 20th Annual Broadway Barks, star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, featured celebrities from the hottest shows currently on Broadway and was produced by  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which took take place in Shubert Alley.

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Around The Town

Lucie Arnaz @ Birdland

Lucie Arnaz Headlines Birdland Theater July 17 – 21

By: Ellis Nassour

Emmy Award-winner Lucie Arnaz, in her much anticipated return to New York, will headline Birdland Theater, the cozy new concert site within New York’s iconic Birdland Jazz Club, headlines her new show, I Got The Job: Songs from My Musical Past, at 7 P.M.  July 17, her birthday, through July 21. Ron Abel is music directing.

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Reviews

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever **1/2

Stephen_Bogardus, Melissa_Errico

By: David Sheward

July 16, 2018:  In the world of Broadway musical theater, do terrific songs offset a limp book? That’s the question posed by Irish Repertory Theater’s small-scale revival of Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane’s 1965 curiosity On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. This is one of those tuners that has more than its share of flaws, had a modest original run, and is occasionally hauled out of the closet for its memorable melodies. Lerner’s brilliant lyrics and Lane’s smooth, sweet music are always a pleasure to listen to, but you have to suffer through Lerner’s sitcom-like book, unmitigated by director-adaptor Charlotte Moore’s alternations.

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Indispensable @ Keyes Art

DAVID SLIVKA. Untitled, Ink on paper, 53×42, c. 1970s

Featuring the works of Nathan Slate Joseph, John Chamberlain and David Slivka

June 15, 2018:  Keyes Art presented the second summer show of the summer featuring three dimensional abstract expressionist works blurring the boundary between painting and sculpture, in our new gallery at 53 The Circle on Main Street, East Hampton. On view at this show, “Indispensable,” will show the works of Nathan Slate Joseph, John Chamberlain, and David Slivka (courtesy of folioeast).

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