By: Iris Wiener In an era of watered down jokes and impressions a la The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live, it’s a gift to find a show that is as funny as it is unapologetic for its painful impressions and humor. Me the People: The Trump America Musical manages to be entertaining and cringe worthy at its best moments, and only the slightest bit schlocky at its worst. Me the People is not simply a jab at America’s current president; this cabaret is an important call to arms, insisting that we all need to point our … Continue reading “Me the People: The Trump America Musical ***1/2”
IMAGINE, the 26th Annual Bay Street Theater Summer Gala in Sag Harbor.
July 14, 2017: The Bay Street Theater summer gala featured a live show in the theater with Elizabeth Ashley, Betty Buckley, Penny Fuller, and Lois Smith where Arts Visionaries, director Michael Wilson, Christine Wachter-Campbell & William Campbell and J.C. Compton & Nicholas Wentworth were honored. The celebration continued with dinner and dancing under a tent on The Long Wharf. There was more entertainment and a live auction hosted by Richard Kind, along with a spectacular silent auction. Photography: Barry Gordin
Edward O’Blenis, Kelly McCreary, Blake DeLong, Shaynna Small, Julia Motyka, Portia
INTIMATE APPAREL at Bay Street
Moving production helmed by Scott Schwartz opens in Sag Harbor starring Kelly McCreary.
July 8,2017: Intimate Apparel by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, is a terrific play about Esther, an African American seamstress played by Kelly McCreary, best known for her TV role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” Esther has her own successful business in 1905 catering to both society ladies and “ladies of the night,” but she is lonely. When she searches for something more from her life she discovers hidden feelings she didn’t know existed.
Roberto Dutesco “Wild Horses of Sable Island Love Bite”
Exciting photographs at Sag Harbor Gallery
July 8, 2017: Tulla Booth Gallery, 66 Main Street in Sag Harbor, hosted an opening reception for “Summer Pleasures,” an inspiring photography exhibition of works that brings the viewer closer to nature. The photographers featured in the show that will be on view through August 15, 2017 are Stephen Wilkes, Daniel Jones, Roberto Dutesco, Blair Seagram and Herb Friedman.
The Gateway’s production of On the Town is one helluva show, featuring fancy footwork straight from the stages of Broadway. A 2014 Tony nominee for Best New Musical revival, On the Town is an iconic piece of theatre; with director and choreographer Scott Thompson at its helm, and a remarkable 10-piece live orchestra accompanying the piece, it is an especially unique work of art.
Lorna Luft Headlines July 24 at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater’s Music Mondays
By: Ellis Nassour
Singer extraordinaire, star of stage, screen, and records, the indefatigable Lorna Luft will brighten the Bay Street Theater’s Music Mondays stage July 24 at 8 P.M. for her new show An Evening with Lorna Luft, “a dynamic and emotional journey of music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway classics, shows and films in which she starred, plus poignant songs from her heritage.”
Katy Sullivan & Victor Williams in ” Cost of Living”
By: David Sheward
Two new Off-Broadway plays exemplify trends in dramas about family and social relations over the past 57 years. Meghan Kennedy’s Napoli, Brooklyn at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels space, echoes theater of the era of its setting—1960—when the stage was dominated by autobiographical memory pieces depicting creative, free-spirited offspring longing to escape dysfunctional parents. Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living reflects 21st century attitudes featuring rootless, lonely protagonists, craving to create family units of their own. Both have credulity-stretching flaws as well as moments of tenderness and honesty, but Majok’s Cost rings the truer of the two.
The layers of discourse are as beautifully intertwined as the fine fabrics running through the hands of seamstress Esther Mills (Kelly McCreary) in Bay Street Theater’s current production of Intimate Apparel. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony nominee Lynn Nottage, Apparel addresses a litany of complex issues that in less worthy hands might have overcrowded a 130 minute play; however, with director Scott Schwartz at its helm, Apparel is the most breathtaking piece of theatre New Yorkers are likely to find this summer.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert began as a 1994 Australian film about two drag queens, Tick and Adam, and a transgender woman, Bernadette, who cross the Australian Outback in a tour bus named Priscilla. Their ultimate goal is to reunite Tick with his son, Benjamin.
Harlem Rep Presents 60th Anniversary Production of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s Jamaica
By: Ellis Nassour
The Harlem Repertory Theatre, under the direction of founding artistic director Keith Lee Grant, presents a rare revival of Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, and Fred Saidy’s colorful musical Jamaica, for 17 Saturday evening performances from July 29th – March 24th at the Tato Laviera Theatre (240 East 123rd Street).
By: Barry Gordin
New York Premiere of In A Word by Lauren Yee
June 21, 2017: In A Word presented by Lesser America opened at the Cherry Lane for a limited run through July 8. The play by Lauren Yee, winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize and a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award, is directed by Tyne Rafaeli.
TV Host Jay Leno performed at The John Drew Theater in East Hampton to benefit the Guild Hall Season Spectacular.
July 1, 2017: Emmy award winning late night TV show host Jay Leno, now a best-selling children’s book author, performed at the Guild Hall Season Spectacular. The 90-minute sold out show at The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion was followed by dinner at The Hedges Inn.
Playwright, filmmaker and producer Anna Fishbeyn has a new cabaret show. It’s called Anna on Fire and Uncensored and it recounts Fishbeyne’s sexual adventures from her childhood days as a Russian immigrant in the care of her puritanical mother and grandmother to her blossoming as a feminist devotee of casual sex.