Features

2017 Tony and Drama Desk Award Predictions

Dear Evan Hansen with Ben Platt will clean up at the Tonys, but is ineligible for Drama Desks. Credit: Matthew Murphy

By: David Sheward

Usually the results of the Tony and Drama Desk Awards are pretty much the same, even though the Tonys are only for Broadway shows and the DDs combine on and Off-Broadway. The 120 or so DD voters, a group of theater critics, reporters, and editors, usually vote for Broadway with occasional departures for Off-Broadway hits such as Hamilton when it played the Public.

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Reviews

The Whirligig *** Building the Wall **1/2

Norbert-Leo-Butz, Noah-Bean, Dolly-Wells “The Whirligig”

By: David Sheward

Hamish Linklater is one of our most versatile actors, enlivening both sitcoms and Shakespeare. He’s one of the few who has not abandoned the latter for the former, appearing regularly on New York stages after finding success on the small screen. His new play The Whirligig, now at the Pershing Signature Center in a production from The New Group, displays a performer’s instinct for juicy, conflict-stuffed scenes. There are flaws in construction, but overall, it’s a worthy effort.

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67th OCC Awards

Outstanding Actress in a Play Laura Linney Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Cynthia Nixon “The Little Foxes’

Outer Critics Circle Awards for the 2016-2017 season were presented at Sardi’s.

On Thursday May 25, 2017 Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran, and Christopher Fitzgerald presented the Outer Critics Circle Awards to the winners of the 67th Annual Awards at a dinner hosted by President Simon Saltzman at the legendary Sardi’s across form Shubert Alley in Times Square.

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Hamptons Life

At the Galleries

 ANNOUNCING 2 BIG EXHIBITIONS!!!

OPENING SATURDAY JULY 1  JANET LEHR INC PRESENTS:  EDGY CONTEMPORARY: 2017 
MEET THE ARTISTS : 8-10pm

OPENING HAMPTON’S ARTMARKET JULY 6th  Main Event ADAM HANDLER – ‘SPECIAL FOR YOU’  For Complimentary VIP Admission Tickets  ALSO: In Our Private Viewing Room: Just a few ‘Treasures of American Modernism’ including Marsden Hartley, Joseph Stella, Milton Avery…’

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Reviews

Composure ***

C.K. Allen, Robert Bruce McIntosh

By: Sam Affoumado

A relationship between two middle-aged men whose past traumas infiltrate their present lives is at the core of  “Composure,” a romantic drama by Scott C. Sickles, presented by The Workshop Theater.

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Features

Take Broadway Home!

Take Broadway Home! – Tony and Drama Desk Nominated Musicals; and from Off Broadway and the West End, Too

 By: Ellis Nassour

How many of these shows have you seen?  There are tickets available for most. However, if seeing is not in the picture, hearing certainly is. The featured original cast albums of the season’s new shows allow you to enjoy the experience of shows you’ve seen or whet your appetite for those you hope to see.

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Features

Ticket Resales

Desperate to See Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Hello Dolly!?  Be Prepared to be Ripped Off By Sites Reselling Tickets

By: Ellis Nassour

This rip-off business of some theater ticket sites selling “resale tickets” at outrageous prices by “bots” is now illegal; but the resale of tickets purchased by individuals at posted box offices prices to sites for enormous mark-ups, appears to be legal. Both practices are highway robbery. Interestingly, though this moneymaking scheme creates a great loss for producers, they have done nothing to stop sites from individual ticket reselling.

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Interviews

Angel Reda

By: Iris Wiener

The Broadway musical, War Paint, chronicles the story of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, ferocious rivals played respectively by Patti LuPone and Christine Ebsersole. The two women reinvented the 20th Century beauty industry, and the musical centers on their challenges as women and adversaries in transforming how the world saw women.in the business. Their tale is complemented, and enhanced, by Angel Reda, a member of one of the hardest working ensembles in the theatre today. Angel is a Kansas native best known for covering every role in Broadway’s Chicago and one of Hugh Jackman’s dancers in Hugh Jackman in Performance. In War Paint, she dons many heals and shades of lipstick as Ms. Arden’s solicitor, Miss Smythe, and plays a number of other roles as well.  Angel spoke with Theaterlife.com about the challenges and privileges of working on a new musical, along with her desire to play Shakespeare.

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Hamptons Life

ARF Designer Show House

Designers of the ARF Designer Showhouse

Top designers transform ARF thrift shop into Designer Showhouse.

On Saturday, October 27, 2017 a preview party and cocktail reception at the ARF Thrift Shop, 17 Poxobogue Lane in Sagaponack, showcased renowned designers, who using their own collections along with furnishings from the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop, created a splendid show house of rooms, where everything is on safe to benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. The sale is open to the public on Sunday and Monday, May 28 and May 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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Features

The Best of the Rest

Beth Behrs, Lisa Emery, Jacqueline Sydney, Erik Lochtefeld in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City” Photo: Mathew Murphy

By: Iris Wiener

With the 2016-2017 award season coming to a close, we thought it an apt moment to give honorable mentions to some of the Off-Broadway work that didn’t receive recognition. Here are some of our favorites that were overlooked:

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Drama League Honors Bette Midler

Ben Platt

Grammy and Emmy winner, Bette Midler, given award for distinguished achievement in the Theater, and Ben Platt wins Distinguished Performance.

The Drama League announced the winners of the 83rd Annual Drama League Awards on Thursday, May 19, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The winners were Outstanding Production of a Musical, Dear Evan Hansen; Outstanding Production of a Play, Oslo; Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Hello, Dolly!;  Outstanding Revival of a Play, Jitney; and Distinguished Performance Award, Ben Platt,  who became the youngest actor to win the coveted award. The intimate celebration recognized the season’s outstanding productions and performers at a star-studded luncheon and awards ceremony hosted by Broadway’s 6-time Tony® Award winner Audra McDonald and her husband Tony® Award nominee Will Swenson in the Broadway Ballroom of the Marriott.

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Reviews

The Antipodes ****

Josh Charles, Phillip James Brannon

By: David Sheward

Annie Baker continues to explore the complex web of human communities in her strange and unexpectedly affecting new play The Antipodes from Signature Theatre. Previously she has detailed the connections made in an amateur acting class (Circle Mirror Transformation), a summer snack stand (The Aliens), a crumbling neighborhood movie theater (The Flick), and a possibly haunted bed and breakfast (John). Here, the specimens under her microscope are a group of Hollywood writers developing a major project—either a blockbuster movie or a TV series involving a monster of some kind. As they tell each other stories in search of inspiration for their mass-media project, they form a circle of trust and companionship amidst a disintegrating world. The unpredictable auteur disappears, apocalyptic weather erupts, and the line between reality and fantasy blurs.

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Reviews

So Close: Love and Hate ****

Migguel Anggelo Photo: Nico liev

By: Paulanne Simmons

The Brooklyn based, Venezuelan born dancer, singer, songwriter and activist Migguel Anggelo returned to Joe’s Pub with a show that included new songs, American standards and Latin classics. There was even a touch of opera. Directed and developed by Obie Award winner David Drake, So Close: Love & Hate features musical direction and arrangements by Migguel Anggelo , who is also on piano, percussion and loop, with Hery Paz on saxophone, clarinets and flute; and  Jessie Reagen Mann on cello.

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Bay Street Curtain Up!

Artistic Director Bay Street Theater Scott Schwartz, Executive Director Bay Street Theater Tracy Mitchell

6th Annual Honors Benefit at Joe’s Pub featured a sneak peek of the Bay Street Theater 2017 Summer Season in Sag Harbor.

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts held The 6th Annual Honors Benefit: Curtain Up! on Monday, May 15 at Joe’s Pub at The Public. The evening hosted by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, featured a sneak peek of the 2017 Summer Mainstage season in Sag Harbor. Songs and bits of scenes were performed, along with the  honors presented to special guests, Richard Kind and Jules Feiffer.

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Features

A Hunger Artist

Sinking Ship Productions Presents Jonathan Levin in Rare Revival of Kafka’s A Hunger Artist

By: Ellis Nassour

A man sits alone in a cage, starving himself for your entertainment. That’s the premise of the all-but-forgotten Kafka opus A Hunger Artist, based on his 1922 short story. You’ll have the rare opportunity to experience its uniqueness with Joshua William Gelb’s production at the Connelly Theatre (220 East 4th Street, between Avenues A and B) June 1-27.

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