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Bette Midler’s Hulaween 2018

Bette Midler

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Hosted the 22nd Annual Hulaween Celebration at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem

 October 29, 2018:  Bette Midler, the Divine one herself, hosted her annual Hulaween Ball in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, how witty, in Harlem to raise funds for her New York Restoration Project, which she founded over two decades ago. The NY Restoration Project has been transforming open spaces since 1995 to the benefit of millions of New Yorkers.

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Reviews

Good Grief **1/2

Ngozi Anyanwu, Ian Quinlan

By: Samuel L. Leiter 

October 30, 2018:  Grief over the death of a dearly loved one has inspired many great works of auto- and semiautobiographical literature. To name a few, these include John Donne’s poem, “Death, Be Not Proud,” John Gunther’s memoir of the same name, and James Agee’s novel A Death in the Family. Turning one’s personal grief into compelling drama, however, is a tricky task, as clearly demonstrated in Ngozi Anyanwu’s dully undramatic Good Grief. The work, which premiered last year at L.A.’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, is now at Off Broadway’s Vineyard.

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Around The Town

Faith Ringgold @ ACA Galleries

Sugar, 1978 Soft sculpture 38 x 8 x 5 in Faith Ringgold

FAITH RINGGOLD:  The 70’s on view October 25 through December 22

October 25, 2018:  ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, in the gallery district hosted an opening reception for Faith Ringgold: The 70s, a solo exhibition featuring Ringgold’s soft sculpture, tankas, political posters and abstractions, which will be on view through December 22. The artist herself was at the opening and will be at ACA Galleries from 1-4pm every Saturday from November 17 through December 15.  Stop by to meet the artist and view works that have rarely  seen. Much of this body of work has never been exhibited.

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Features

Apologia

Apologia

Five Reasons Not to Apologize for Enjoying Apologia

By: Iris Wiener

At first glance it might seem difficult to get behind Apologia. At times the show is a slow burn, but one that is arguably worth sticking out. American-born Kristin (Stockard Channing) survived her formative years in the 60s amid the political protests of Western Europe. Now living in England, the judgemental, complex author and acclaimed art historian is throwing herself a birthday dinner with her two British sons and their significant others visiting for the occasion. Her consistent jabs at those around her are a front for deeper, intriguing issues that are not entirely engaging in this piece, but still add a layer of depth to a story that is ultimately fulfilling. It’s not necessary to apologize for enjoying Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play because…

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Reviews

Ordinary Days ****

Sarah Lynn Marion, Kyle Sherman,

By: Isa Goldberg

October 26, 2018:  Viewing the macrocosm from the microcosm is the raison d’etre of Off Broadway, because seeing the big picture in a small space causes us to see things from a different perspective. In fact, that is the beauty of the Keen Theater’s new musical, Ordinary Days, Off Broadway on Theatre Row.

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Around The Town

My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually

October 29, 2018:

All For One Theater (AFO) is pleased to announce the return of Gideon Irving’s  My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going To Die, Eventually, which is being brought back due to popular demand.  The show will begin performances at The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) on  Friday, November 30th for a limited engagement through Thursday, December 15th

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Reviews

Apologia ***

Hugh Dancy and Stockard Channing in “Apologia”

By Isa Goldberg

October 27, 2018:  Just the name of the actor, Stockard Channing, evokes images of a socialite, an elitist, in various forms. It’s an image she has created in numerous plays and films, the likes of Six Degrees of Separation, the television series, The Good Wife, and even in musicals such as, Pal Joey. That she first made her mark as a gum chewing teenager in the movie, Grease, is entirely consistent with her image.

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Reviews

The Waverly Gallery ****, Apologia ***, My Parsifal Conductor **1/2

Elaine May in “The Waverly Gallery”

By: David Sheward

October 26, 2018:  Mature women involved in the arts and coping with their life decisions are the common thread between three new productions. Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery starring comedy legend Elaine May makes its Broadway debut after a 2000 Off-Broadway run. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia plays Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway Laura Pels space following a London production, both starring the dazzling Stockard Channing. My Parsifal Conductor by Emmy winner Allan Licht, premieres at the intimate Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre in the West Side YMCA. Gallery is a moving chronicle of the deteriorating effects of aging, Apologia offers some riveting theatrics but is ultimately uneven, and Parsifal fails to achieves its lofty ambitions of examining issues of art, sex, religion, and politics, settling for cheap sitcom laughs.

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Reviews

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

October 24, 2018:  David Bowie was born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London, in 1947, and never legally changed his name. According to Raquel Cion, that may have saved his life. And as her show Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie demonstrates, at many times it may have been Bowie who saved her life.

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Reviews

Black Light ***

Daniel Alexander Jones

By: Samuel L. Leiter

October 23, 2018:  Daniel Alexander Jones is unquestionably a multidimensional talent of powerhouse proportions.  Head of the playwriting program at Fordham University, he’s also an innovative, award-winning writer, director, singer, actor, and composer, best known as a performer for his alter ego, Jomama Jones. An 80s-style R&B and disco diva in the Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick vein, Jomama, who even gets her own Playbill bio, is the heart and soul of Black Light, a cabaret cum secular sermon. The show, now at the Greenwich House Theater in the West Village, was first seen during 2017’s Under the Radar Festival, after which it had a successful run earlier this year at Joe’s Pub.

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Features

Tiffany Mills Company

Tiffany Mills Company Blue Room Jordan Morley, Tiffany Mills, Emily Pope, Mei Yamanaka

By: Paulanne Simmons

 October 22, 2018:  With her MFA in choreography fresh in her pocket, in 1995, Tiffany Mills left Ohio State University for New York City. Five years later she founded Tiffany Mills Company, presenting contemporary dance, with an emphasis on community activities, collaboration and the human experience.

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Reviews

Emma and Max ***

Zonya Love, Matt Servitto, Ilana Becker

By: Samuel L. Leiter

October 16, 2018:  Emma and Max is the playwriting debut of controversial, independent filmmaker Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness), who also directed. Part of the Flea Theater’s “Color Brave” season, it’s a well-acted, intermittently interesting, but overly garrulous, tortoise-slow, oddly shaped play satirizing (with too-few laughs) the racial attitudes of white so-called liberals, as well as the nasty effects—including on raising kids and wedlock—of white privilege.

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Around The Town

Jamie deRoy & friends

Nancy Ford, Gretchen Cryer, Ron Abel, Jamie deRoy, Donny Kehr, Joan Ryan,  Allison Blackwell, Richie Goods 

Show at Birdland Theater benefits The Actor’s Fund

October 14, 2018:  Show business ace, Jamie deRoy, an award-winning producer, cabaret, stage, film and TV performer, brought some of Broadway’s favorite stars to the brand-new Birdland Theater for a one night only cabaret show benefitting The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative, which assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns.

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