Harold Pinter is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in the world. He is the author of over 30 plays and more than two dozen screenplays. His list of awards are too numerous to mention, but he has won just every award imaginable including the 2005 Noble Prize in Literature. His play "The Homecoming," which debuted on Broadway in 1967, is today considered a classic, although when it premiered in London two years earlier it was greeted with a mixed reception by the press and public alike.
Bay Street Theatre, a not-for-profit professional regional theater located in the Hamptons on the magnificent Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, recently announced its 2008 Target Mainstage Season that will include Alec Baldwin, Kate Burton and Charles Busch. The season will run June 3 through August 31 and tickets are on sale now at www.baystreet.org
The multi talented Lucy Arnaz wowed them at a celebrity luncheon produced by Friar Randie Levine-Miller at the Friars Club, where Friar Bill Boggs drew witty inspirational stories on life and love from the gifted star.
The fascinating Irish playwright Conor McPherson weaves an engrossing tale in his newest play “TheSeafarer,” arriving on our shores direct from its world premiere at London’s National Theater. The haunting story of redemption superbly acted by an ensemble of five immensely gifted actors is magnificently directed by the award winning playwright himself, an astonishing achievement.
Tricia Walsh-Smith’s play “Addictions” will be presented in London and Los Angeles this May. The one night only events will be special benefit performance starring the film actress Trudie Styler, who has been married to the rock star Sting since 1991 and will be directed by the British actor Christopher Biggins.
What a wonderful surprise! “Is He Dead?” the new Broadway comedy by the master American novelist and satirist Mark Twain is destined to be the sleeper of the season. Directed by Michael Blakemore with an over the top comic style the evening in the hands of a troupe of seasoned New York actors headed by the incomparable Norbert Leo Butz is a hysterically fast paced confection that pokes fun at the art world.
The splendid production of “Cymbeline” directed by Mark Lamos, although uneven, boasts superb design elements that emphasize the magical qualities of Shakespeare’s sweeping romantic comedy. And at the center of the complex tale is an exciting performance by Martha Plimpton as Princess Imogen, the playwright’s most mature female heroine, who will undergo many trials before the neat conclusion.
The World Premier of Turandot, The Rumble for the Ring, a rock opera by Randy Weiner had audiences whistling in delight at Bay Street Theater last week. The exciting production, performed by a boldly committed cast and directed by Diane Paulus with manic intensity is the perfect summer fare, an adrenaline spiked joy ride driven by newly devised songs, which are "rocked out" takes off's on classic opera hits. SPECIAL TURANDOT OFFER FOR OUR READERS: BUY ONE TICKET GET ONE FREE. Call the Bay Street Box Office, 631-725-9500, and mention code: TURTL to receive this offer until August 5. Limited to availability and not available online
Charles Busch delighted the opening night audience in Sag Harbor at the Bay Street Theatre, where a sly revival of his 1989 suspense thriller The Lady In Question will run through September 2.The handsome production directed by Christopher Ashly is a zany homage to 1940's film noir, an effervesant trip down memory lane served with panache and wit by a sterling cast. Costumes by Dona Granata are fittingly stylish, and Busch's wigs by Katherine Carr were period chic.
Two-time Tony Award Nominee, Tony Roberts now starring in "Xanadu" on Broadway was honored by friends and colleagues with the Friars Club Thespian Award at a star-studded musical tribute hosted by Freddie Roman and produced by Randie Levine-Miller.
Gossip columns. How the news is overcome by “movers and shakers” — Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears! Often as in the case of The New York Post’s Page Six, rife with trumped up reports engineered to trigger a Jerry Falwellish sense of moral outrage. It’s this “state-of-the art” in journalism that Karen Finley turns into her very own ruthless mockery.
BROADWAY STAGEHANDS STRIKE Stagehands are set to strike effective 10:00 am Saturday, shutting down most of the shows on The Great White Way with a walk out that will affect all the theaters owned by the Shubert, Nederlander, and Juyamcyn organizations. Talks between Local One, the union for the stagehands, and the producers came to a head this Wednesday and Thursday with the union setting the Saturday deadline. Stagehands have been working without a contract since July, when negotiations began and. Actors' Equity announced support for the strike on their website. Both sides appear prepared to dig in, with little indication as to how long a walk out might last. The musicians strike in 2003 shutdown Broadway for four days, an estimated $5 million loss at that box office. The New Amsterdam, Hilton, Helen Hayes, and Circle in the Square are not affected as well as the four non profit houses, Roundabout, MTC, and Lincoln Center – theaters with a separate contract with the union. Also not affected are all Special Events and Off- Broadway shows.
Secret Order, a compelling drama by Bob Clyman at 59E59 Theaters is a thriller about the medical industry. The playwright tackles some provocative territory with style and wit while crafting a timely tale about cancer research.
Aaron Sorkin’s new play TheFarnsworth Invention is an engrossing tale chronicling the invention of television and the subsequent clash over patent rights. As drama the evening lacks tension, but Des McAnuff’s beautifully acted stylish production moves along with such razor sharp precision that the unfolding events make for a compelling, richly satisfying evening nonetheless.