Reviews

Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson **

Angelica Page

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 27, 2018:  As indicated by the title of this dully undramatic but musically interesting play—well, not really a “play”—Emily Dickinson is the latest 19th-century artist receiving a biographical homage by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century (ERC). Their recent productions (all, like this one, directed by Don Sanders) have focused on such creative geniuses as painter Vincent Van Gogh (Van Gogh’s Ear) and composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart), the only examples of their work I’ve seen. (Works based on Arturo Toscanini and Hans Christian Andersen are scheduled for later in the season.) 

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HamptonsLife - Theater

Cinderella at Guild Hall

Springs Community Theater will present Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper, a musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.

October 1, 2018:  The Springs Community Theater will present Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper at Guild Hall in East Hampton the last weekend in October and the first weekend in November. The musical by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman will be directed by Jayne Freedman with musical direction by Christine Cadarette and produced by Barbara Mattson.

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Reviews

Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya ***

Nadine Malouf, Nicole Shalhoub, Stacey Yen

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 25, 2018:  Regardless of the title, some audience members attending the Play Company’s production of Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya may not know who this woman is or what she represents until a good way into Stefano Massini’s 2008 play, expertly translated from the Italian by Paula Wing.

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Hamptons Life

Jane Fonda in Five Acts

HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson, HIFF Board of Director Co-Chair Alec Baldwin, Director Susan Lacy, HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent

The Hamptons International Film Festival presented a new film by Susan Lacy at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

October 22, 2018:  HIFF presented an East coast screening of an HBO Documentary Film,  Jane Fonda In Five Acts by award making filmmaker Susan Lacy, at Guild Hall in East Hampton. A packed house showed up to see the film before the film’s October 24th release date on HBO. HFF’s Co-Chair Alec Baldwin moderated a Q&A with Director Susan Lacy afterwards.

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Reviews

The True **1/2

Edie Falco, Michael McKean, Peter Scolari

By: David Sheward

September 22, 2018:  The opening moments of Sharr White’s new play The True, presented by The New Group at the Signature Center, are not particularly riveting and while there are occasional brief fireworks in the following hour and forty minutes, the tension does not reach the excitement level.

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Reviews

Fiddler on the Roof ****1/2

Steven Skybell

By: Isa Goldberg

September 20, 2018:  Translated into numerous languages for performances the world over, Fiddler is a popular tale, about tradition. That is why this Yiddish language production, directed by the Oscar and Tony-Award winning Joel Grey, for the National Yiddish Theatre  at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, is especially rich.

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Agnes Opens @ 59E59

Playwright Catya McMullen, Director Jenna Worsham

NYC premiere of Catya McMullen witty and touching drama impressively staged by Jenna Worsham

September 13, 2018:  The actors shine in Catya McMullen’s witty drama that opened at 59E59 Theaters impressively staged by Jenna Worsham. When a group of friends are trapped by storm they discover how easily they can misjudge each other, especially the people they love.

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HamptonsLife - At the Galleries

Stephen WIlkes @ Tulla Booth

Bette and Stephen Wilkes, Tulla Booth and Ed Segal

Tulla Booth Gallery Presents  photographer Stephen Wilkes Extended thru October 15th 2018

September 20, 2018:  Stephen Wilkes’s wildly popular “Day to Night” Series are exciting images of the most beloved cities and sites of the world. As part of his on going series he wanted to capture the iconic Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles which he felt captures the essence of Southern California.

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Reviews

The True ***

Edie Falco and Michael McKean

By: Isa Goldberg

September 20, 2018:  The first time I saw Edie Falco on the screen, in the 1999 black and white indie, Judy Berlin, it was an arresting experience.  Beyond the eerily dark story of loneliness and alienation in a Long Island suburb, there was Falco in the titular role, cheerily, and awkwardly challenging the status quo, with her dream of being in the movies. In its way, it was a cuttingly comic performance.

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Around The Town

Broadway to Dim Lights Marin Mazzie RIP

Marin Mazzie

BROADWAY THEATRES TO DIM LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER  19, 2018 AT 6:45 PM IN MEMORY OF STAGE AND SCREEN STAR MARIN MAZZIE

September 14, 2018 — The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee Marin Mazzie, who passed away on Thursday, September 13 at age 57. The Committee of Theatre Owners has decided to dim the lights of the Al Hirschfeld, Broadhurst, Gershwin, Gerald Schoenfeld,  St. James, and Nederlander Theatres in her memory on Wednesday, September 19 at exactly 6:45pm for one minute. 

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Reviews

You and I ***

Timothy C. Gordwin and Elisabeth Preston

By: Samuel L. Leiter

September 14, 2018:  New York enjoys two Off-Broadway companies devoted to the resurrection of lost, forgotten, or neglected plays. One is the Mint Theatre, led by Jonathan Bank, and the other is the Metropolitan Playhouse, headed by Alex Roe. Interestingly, both were born in 1992.

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Reviews

Collective Rage : A Play in 5 Betties ****

Ana Villafañe, Lea DeLaria

By: David Sheward

September 14, 2018:  The description in the press release for Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties sounded more than a tad pretentious. First there was the ridiculously long subtitle: “In Essence, A Queer and Occasionally Hazardous Exploration; Do You Remember When You Were in Middle School and You Read About Shackleton and How He Explored the Antarctic?; Imagine the Antarctic as a Pussy and It’s Sort of Like That.” Any play which needs to spell out its themes in such an extended, jokey way usually isn’t going to have much to say beyond that subtitle. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to express the ideas of sexual discovery. Then there was the synopsis: five women, all with the same name, each identified by a single characteristic: “one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck.” It sounds like a clash of feminist cliches.

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Around The Town

Broadway Update

Andrea Martin, Nathan Lane

By: David Sheward

September 12, 2018:  The weirdest press release of the year just came into my mailbox. At first I thought it was a joke. Tony winners Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will be starring in a new comedy called Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Obie-winning performer-playwright Taylor Mac. Weird title, huh? But it’s legit. The show will be directed by another multiple Tony winner George C. Wolfe and begin previews at the Booth Theatre on March 5 with an opening set for April 11. (The Booth will play host to American Son with Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale in a limited run in the fall. Also, Glenda Jackson’s King Lear had announced an April 11 opening but the production will now open on April 4 at the Golden. Jackson will co-star with Elizabeth Marvel, Rita Wilson, Pedro Pascal, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, John Douglas Thompson, and Aisling O’Sullivan. Sam Gold of Fun Home directs.)

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