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East End Underground @ LTV

Funk Night featuring Funkin’ A and The Kenny Harris Project rocked LTV on Friday night.

January 24, 2020:  The East End Underground, LTV’s show for local bands presented Funk Night featuring Funking’ A and The Kenny Harris Project. LTV on Industrial Road in Wainscott is East Hampton’s Media Center and Public Access Television.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Romeo and Bernadette ****

Anna Kostakis, Nikita Burshteyn

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 26, 2020: It may seem a little difficult to imagine Romeo and Juliet as a comedy. But Michael Saltzman’s Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn proves that with creativity and imagination, Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy can be turned into a comic tour de force.

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Grand Horizons ***

James Cromwell, Jane Alexander

By: David Sheward

January 25, 2020: Few performers can endow the simple culinary acts of making a sandwich or ladling gravy with as much meaning as Jane Alexander. The reserved, precise manner she pours out the brown sauce for mashed potatoes or the laser-beam side-eye she gives a non-communicative spouse as she spreads peanut butter speak of every slight and grievance in a 50-year marriage. These seemingly minimal actions reveal volumes about Nancy, a 70-ish woman on the brink of a major transition, in Bess Wohl’s uneven but blisteringly funny new play Grand Horizons, presented by Second Stage on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre. 

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Forbidden Broadway ***1/2

Joshua Turchin, Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Chris Collins-Pisano, Jenny Lee Stern

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 28, 2019: Now in its 31st year, Forbidden Broadway is again making gentle (and not so gentle) fun of our favorite (and not so favorite) Broadway shows, past and present. This season’s Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation! has transferred to The York, where it is getting big laughs from seasoned musical theater lovers. This edition, written and created by Gerard Alessandrini, features Chris Collins-Pisano, Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Jenny Lee Stern, Joshua Turchin, and Fred Barton on the piano, presenting their versions of past and present hits, as well as a few flops.

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The Emperor’s Nightingale ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 27, 2020: Pan Asian Repertory’s The Emperor’s Nightingale has everything a small child wants in theater – music, puppets, colorful costumes and audience participation. It also has what parents hold dear – an easily understood moral.

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Around The Town

Broadway at Birdland

Jamie deRoy

January 24, 2020: Show business tour de force and seven-time Tony® Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy brings her acclaimed Jamie deRoy &friends Cabaret show to New York’s famed Birdland on Sunday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. to benefit The Actors Fund with special Guests Sierra Boggess, Rick Crom, Harrison Greenbaum, Paula Dione Ingram and Well-Strung.

Performers who light up the marquees of cabaret, theatre, music and comedy will join Jamie in a one-night only show which is part of the club’s Broadway at Birdland Concert Series. Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street in New York’s theatre district.

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Grand Horizons Opening

Jane Alexander

Bess Wohl’s play Grand Horizons opened at Second Stage Theater at the Helen Hayes Theater and was Directed by Leigh Silverman.

January 23, 2020: Bill and Nancy have spent 50 full years as husband and wife. As portrayed by Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Jane Alexander (The Great White Hope, The Sisters Rosensweig) and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner James Cromwell (Babe, “Succession”), they practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze.

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Reviews

My Name Is Lucy Barton ****, The Woman In Black **1/2

Laura Linney in “My Name is Lucy Barton”

By: David Sheward

January 23, 2020: Adapting a novel to the stage is a tricky business. A play needs to have a central action  executed within a playing time of a few hours while a novel can be a rumination on multiple themes over hundreds of pages. Even a short novel can dive into a character’s interior in a way a play can not. Theater is action, literature is thought. My Name Is Lucy Barton, Rona Munro’s stage version of Elizabeth Strout’s slim but powerful novel now presented by Manhattan Theater Club after a run in London, manages to combine the two strains in a moving evening featuring the luminous Laura Linney in a stunning solo—yet dual— performance.

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Tina *****

Adrienne Warren

By: Isa Goldberg

 January 23, 2020: “That voice that come tumbling out that mouth of yourn is like fire and heaven all at once,” a rotund, mystical, native American-looking woman (Gran Georgeanna) tells her granddaughterAnna Mae Bullock.  For Tina Turner fans that is a far gone conclusion.

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My Name is Lucy Barton *****

Laura Linney

By: Isa Goldberg

January 23, 2020: Laura Linney, truly an elixir of stage chemistry, commands a full 90-minutes of storytelling in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production, My Name is Lucy Barton.  It’s beguiling to hear this master story teller convince us how essential it is to tell our own stories. 

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The Woman in Black ****

Ben Porter in “Woman In Black”

By: Paulanne Simmons

January 23, 2020: The horror story, The Woman in Black, has a long and distinguished history. It began as a 1983 novel by Susan Hill and spawned two films. The first was a British teleplay that premiered on Christmas Eve, 1989. The second was released in 2012 and featured Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer who is sent to a remote English town to review documents left by the recently deceased Alice Drablow.

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Forbidden Broadway at York ****

Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Jenny Lee Stern, Chris Collins-Pisano, Joshua Turchin

Tony Award winning parodist Gerard Alessandrini is back with a hilarious all new Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!

By: Patrick Christiano

January 20, 2020: After a five-year hiatus Gerard Alessandrini is back with a long-awaited new edition of Forbidden Broadway. For the uninitiated Alessandrini and his troupe of fantastic performers have been spoofing Broadway musicals for 38 years with consistently hilarious results, garnering a somewhat cult following and raves from the critics. The new show is called Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, and this time out Alessandrini’s timely send-ups take aim beyond just theater to film and television, as well.

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Forbidden Broadway Opens at York

Tony Award winning parodist Gerard Alessandrini is back with a hilarious all new Forbidden Brodway: The Next Generation!

January 20, 2020: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation opened at the York Theatre last night. Yes, Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway is back, after a 5- year absence, with a new and timely spoof of the theater, which this time arounds includes some current movies as well. The new edition, featuring a stellar cast with Fred Barton on the piano and choreography by Gerry McIntrye, is just as funny as ever. The outstanding performers are Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Chris Collins-Pisano, Jenny Lee Stern, and Joshua Turchin.

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Reviews

How To Load A Musket ***

Carolyn Braver, David J. Cork

“Visions of History”

By: Samuel L. Leiter

January 16, 2020: It’s been six years since Row after Row, Jessica Dickey’s fictionalized play about historical battle re-enactors, was produced at City Center Stage II. Apparently, the zeitgeist is now ripe for someone else to try dramatizing this unusual, surprisingly popular hobby, giving it a more thoughtful sociopolitical foundation. 

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