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Peace: Love, Rock and Revolution @ ACA Galleries

Jimi Hendrix Filming Janis Joplin Backstage, 1968, 2017, archival pigment print edition of 25, 30 x 40 in.

Photographs of Jim Marshall (1936-2010)

September 14, 2017: ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the Gallery Districted hosted an opening reception for Peace: Love, Rock and Revolution, an exhibition of photographs by Jim Marshall, who captured many of the most important cultural and social events of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Reviews

On the Shore of the Wide World **

C.J. Wilson, Mary McCann

By: David Sheward

British playwright Simon Stephens is best known on these shores for his Tony-winning adaptation of the novel The Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. But he has had many original works as well including Heisenberg and Bluebird, both short and minimalist pieces, but loaded with intense emotions and truthful insight about human relationships. In On the Shore of the Wide World, his latest play to be imported to America, now at the Atlantic Theater Company, Stephens has gone in the opposite direction. The title is from a Keats poem but the play is less than poetic. While this dysfunctional family drama has some arresting moments, it drags on too long and becomes predictable and cliche-ridden.

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Reviews

Rhinoceros ***

New Yiddish Rep Presents Yiddish Premiere of Ionesco’s Comedy of the Absurd Rhinoceros As Season Opener

By: Ellis Nassour

New Yiddish Rep (NYR)’s Yiddish premiere of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, their first production of the 2017-18 season, opened on September 14, 2017 at the Castillo Theatre [543 West 42nd Street, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues]. It’s performed with English supertitles. This rare revival marks the company’s second Yiddish premiere, following their groundbreaking acclaimed production of God of Vengeance last season.

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Reviews

The Itch **

Alexandra Zelma-Doring, Gore Abrams

The Itch Opens at New Ohio
Drama Desk nominated Throes Theater presents the premiere of a new play by Alexandra Zelman-Doring.

By: Patrick Christiano

September 6, 2017: The Itch playwright Alexandra Zelman-Doring plays Ana, and Gore Abrams plays Simon her 27-year-old twin brother in a tale about co-dependent siblings. The confusingly odd story directed by Theresa Buchheister, which opened at the New Ohio Theater on Christopher Street in the West Village, has a decidedly downtown feel and makes use of film and video projections as well as loud original punk sounding music by Throes Theater with The Petite Brunettes that marks the opening of the play and scene transitions.

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Chita Rivera Awards

First Annual Chita Rivera Awards Honoring Dance and Dancers

 By: Ellis Nassour 

The first annual Chita Rivera Awards, named in honor of  10-time Tony nominee and two-time winner Chita Rivera, who rose from the gypsy ensemble to stardom and one of theater’s most loved personalties, celebrated dance and choreographic excellence. They were hosted by Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, Monday at the Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Reviews

Michael Moore, The Terms of My Surrender ****1/2

Michael Moore

By: Isa Goldberg

Reading a letter from ABC inviting him, Michael Moore, to appear on Dancing with the Stars, the curmudgeon show man takes it as a death notice. Nothing scares him more than dancing; he just can’t do it. But hold that thought. We’ll get back to it in “Michael Moore on Broadway, The Terms of My Surrender.”

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Broadway Announcements

Nathan Lane and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett in Angels in America at London’s National Theatre Photo: Helen Maybanks

By: David Sheward

There’s been a flock of new Broadway announcements lately. The smash hit National Theater revival of Tony Kushner’s two-part epic Angels in America will be winging its way from London to New York and the long-gestating stage adaptation of the beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has confirmed an opening date.

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Chita Rivera Awards

Bebe Neuwirth Hosts First Annual Chita Rivera Awards, Honoring Dance/Dancers, September 11

By: Ellis Nassour

The first Chita Rivera Awards, which will annually honor dance and dancers, named, of course, in honor of the beloved Broadway gypsy who segued to Tony-winning star, will be presented Monday, September 11 at 7:30 P.M. at the Hirschfeld Theatre with an all-star line-up of performers and presenters.

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Bernadette Peters IN “Hello Dolly!”

Bernadette Peters Photo: Barry Gordin

 WOW, WOW, WOW, FELLAS! STARTING JANUARY 20, 2018

Producer Scott Rudin announced  that the legendary two-time Tony Award®-winning Bernadette Peters, capping a 60-years-long career of triumph after triumph as “the most accomplished musical comedy star of her generation”

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“The Itch” Opens at New Ohio

Director, Theresa Buchheister, Playwright Alexandra Zelman-Doring

Drama Desk nominated Throes Theater presents the premiere of a new play by Alexandra Zelman-Doring.

September 6, 2017: The Itch playwright Alexandra Zelman-Doring plays Ana, and Gore Abrams plays Simon her 27-year-old twin brother in a tale about co-dependent siblings. The confusingly odd story directed by Theresa Buchheister, which opened at the New Ohio Theater on Christopher Street in the West Village, has a decidedly downtown feel and makes use of film and video projections as well as loud original punk sounding music by Throes Theater with The Petite Brunettes that marks the opening of the play and scene transitions.

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“Inanimate” Opens at The Flea

Artistic Director The Flea Theater Niegel Smith, Producing Director The Flea Theater Carol Ostrow

First full production at new performing arts complex looks at love for inanimate objects.

August 30, 2017: The Flea Theater is presenting the world premiere of Inanimate by Nick Robideau, a tale about a woman who falls in love with a Dairy Queen sign. The play directed by Flea Associate Artist Courtney Ulrich is the first production in The Flea’s new three theater performing arts complex at 20 Thomas Street in Tribeca, just four blocks below their original home. The evening inaugurates The Siggy, the downstairs theater named for Flea founder and continuing inspiration Sigourney Weaver.

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Reviews

Prince Of Broadway ***

Karen Ziemba, Emily Skinner, Chuck Cooper, and Tony Yazbeck in Prince of Broadway

By: David Sheward

No one can deny the incredible track record of Harold Prince, the winner of a record 21 Tony Awards and the director and/or producer of almost 50 Broadway shows over six decades. His innovative stagings of such landmark works as Cabaret, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera (to name just a few) revolutionized the American musical theater. Having said that, his highly-anticipated career retrospective, Prince of Broadway, now in a limited run from the non-commercial Manhattan Theater Club after an earlier version played Japan, is perfectly enjoyable, but not the stunning blockbuster we’ve come to expect from Mr. Prince.

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