Reviews

The Object Lesson ***

By: Patrick Christiano

Be forewarned The Object Lesson created by Geoff Sobelle and directed by David Neumann, also a choreographer, dancer and actor, is a performance art piece running roughly 100 minutes at the New York Theatre Workshop. Sobelle is also the only credited actor, although another person in the guise of an audience member interacts with him.  In his biography Sobelle calls himself an actor, director and maker of absurdist performance art, and the press release says he is mainly interested in moments of “the sublime ridiculous.” 

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Around The Town

Westminster Dog Show

Best in Show Winner German Shephard “Rumor”

By: Patrick Christiano

Nearly 3,000 dogs from 200 breads competed in the 2017 Westminster Dog Show that concluded at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday February 14 with the German Shepherd Rumor, the Winner in the herding group, taking the coveted top prize of Best in Show. Rumor was a crowd favorite, and the packed house at Garden cheered wildly when she was named the winner from the seven group winners that competed for Best in Show.

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Reviews

Evening at the Talk House **

Mathew Broderick, Wallace Shawn

By: David Sheward

As you enter the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center for Wallace Shawn’s new play Evening at the Talk House, you’re greeted by a familiar-looking lady dressed in the traditional white shirt and black pants of a waitron. “Would you like a sweet or some sparkling water?” she asks. It takes a minute to realize this is Jill Eikenberry, best known for LA Law. Wait, isn’t that the still-boyish Matthew Broderick wandering around Derek McLane’s cosy clubhouse set? And the squeaking voice of the Yoda-like playwright himself, also a cast member, can be heard chatting with the audience. From this relaxed and inviting opening, you might think you’ll be experiencing a nice, warm night with familiar faces from stage and screen delivering cute career anecdotes. But, you’re in for a surprise.

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Christian Borle

20/20 Reading Series Kicks Off with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

By: Iris Wiener

Stages need theatre that provokes conversation, has a voice, and inspires imagination. Woodshed Collective aims to do this and more with the “20/20 Reading Series,” a series of readings taking place in 2017 featuring anti-fascist and political plays speaking to the current political climate. The theatre company, which describes themselves as being driven by the belief in the combined power of stories and architecture to break down the barriers of everyday life, says that the idea for this series “will keep our vision clear about the challenges we face and help find a path to the 2020 election.”

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All Aboard!

 All Aboard!, New “Journey” Musical by National Pastime’s Al Tapper and Tony Sportiello, Opens

By: Ellis Nassour

Girl Behind the Curtain Productions (Sonia Carrion) will present the premiere of the original musical All Aboard!, with music and lyrics by Al Tapper and book by Tony Sportiello . The train leaves the station Friday (2/17) at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y [344 East 14th Street, between First and Second Avenues]. Opening night is Saturday (2/18). The limited engagement closes March 5.

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Features

I’ll Eat You Last

Jodi Stevens Headlines as Sue Mengers in John Logan’s I’ll East You Last at Music Theatre of Connecticut

By: Ellis Nassour

John Logan’s biting, sometimes brutal eavesdrop into an evening at the home of Hollywood’s pioneering first female mega agent, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, will star Jodi Stevens as the much-feared and, at least to a coterie of, much-loved powerbroker. It runs February 24-March 5 at Norwalk’s Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) (509 Westport Avenue), celebrating its 30th Anniversary season.

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Reviews

Protest Songs *****

Classic Protest Songs: Second Edition
By: Paulanne Simmons

When many of us think of protest songs, we picture Bob Dylan, Joan Baez or Phil Ochs strumming guitars and singing at marches, cafes and concert halls. But as Scott Siegel showed in his Classic Protest Songs: Second Edition at Metropolitan Room on Friday, Feb. 10, the history is much richer.

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Entrance Applause

By: Paulanne Simmons 

The theater is hushed. The house lights go off. Hugh Jackman walks onstage and the audience bursts into riotous applause

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Sunset Boulevard

Glenn Close

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard celebrates an historic return to Broadway at The Palace Theatre on February 9th

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Westminster Dog Show

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a prestigious all-breed conformation show that has been held in New York City annually since 1877. Currently, the breed and Junior Showmanship competitions are being held at Piers 92 and 94, while the group and Best in Show competitions are held at Madison Square Garden.

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Features

Broadway Update

Headlong and Almeida Theater’s stage version of 1984 is coming to Broadway

Broadway Update: Theatre Responds to Trump
By: David Sheward

Donald Trump has only been President two weeks, but theater is already responding to his controversial (to put it mildly) regime.

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Features

NY Metro Fest Salutes Beatles

NY Metro Fest Salutes Beatles and 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

By: Beau Jared

The infectious spirit of Beatlemania will dominate the 43rd annual NY Metro Fest, March 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City (2 Exchange Place). The event commemorates the legacy of the Fab Four and the  50th anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. A huge roster of Beatles-related guests will be participating along with fans from 30 states.

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HamptonsLife - Theater

The Gateway Playhouse 2017 Season

Swing June 7 – June 24, 2017 at The Gateway Playhouse
On The Town – June 28 – July 15, 2017 at The Gateway Playhouse
Mama Mia -July 19 – August 5, 2017 at Patchogue Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors August 23 – September 9, 2017 at The Gateway Playhouse

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Reviews

The Liar **** – Yen **** – Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 ***1/2

Kelly Hutchinson, Carson Elrod

By: David Sheward
Could there be a more appropriate historical moment to mount a new adaptation of Corneille’s comedy The Liar? As our newly-elected president and his spokespeople substitute “alternative facts” for truth, Classic Stage Company presents David Ives’ intricate semi-updating of the hilarious tale of Dorante, an epic braggart exaggerating and fabricating his way through romantic entanglements in 17th century Paris. He’s accurately described as “a lying genius, if a moral zero” (sound familiar?) This is Ives’ third foray into refashioning French theatrical meringues. He has previously adapted Moliere’s The Misanthrope (as The School for Lies) and Regnard’s The Heir Apparent, both of which have played CSC.

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Georgie Opens at The Davenport

Mike Blank, David Elliot, Kathie Lee Gifford, Jamie deRoy, Ed Dixon, Mary Cossette, Riki Kane Larimer, Eric Schaeffer, Martin Platt. Richard Winkler

Ed Dixon recounts a 20- year friendship in the poignant and captivating tale, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose.

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