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2018 Drama League Benefit Gala

Honoree Nathan Lane, Host Mathew Broderick Photo: Barry Gordin

A Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Nathan Lane

By: Patrick Christiano

November 5, 2018:  Some of Broadway and Hollywood’s brightest stars turned out to honor the incomparable Nathan Lane, a three-time Tony Award winning star of film, television and theater. The event at The Plaza Hotel, a festive musical celebration hosted by Matthew Broderick, was the Drama League’s 35th annual benefit gala, and-also honored producer Fran Weissler for Visionary Leadership in the American Theater.

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Gloria: A Life at DR2

Francesca Fenandez McKenzie, Joanna Glushak, Christiane Amanpour, Christine Lahti, Fedna Jacquet, Delanna Studi, Liz Wisan, Patrena Murray, Brittany K. Allen

Powerful and uplifting, Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann with Christine Lahti, is a ‘must see’ play for the moment.

November 4, 2018:  Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Anchor of CNN, was the special guest for the Act II of the “must see” play for the moment, Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann, now playing at the DR2 on East 15th Street in Union Square. Christine Lahti stars as Gloria Steinem in a factual and detailed account of her life directed in the round by Diane Paulus. Steinem’s story just happens to crystalize our political moment today through the lens of one of the most inspiring voices of The Women’s Movement.

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Reviews

The Waverly Gallery *****

Lucas Hedges and Elaine May in “The Waverly Gallery”

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 2, 2018:  At one point in Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” Howard Fine tells his mother-in-law, Gladys, “It’s no fun growing old,” to which she replies, “Why do you always say that to me? Nobody wants to hear that! That’s not a helpful thing to say.”

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Wars Of The Roses: Henry VI & Richard III

Austin Pendleton (left) as King Henry VI and Matt de Rogatis (right) as Richard III in a scene from Mr. Pendleton’s “Wars of the Roses: Henry VI and Richard III” at Theater for the New City

November 3. 2018:  Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) announced that due to popular demand they will be presenting Tony nominated theatre luminary Austin Pendleton’s adaptation of Richard III, Shakespeare’s greatest villain, WARS OF THE ROSES: HENRY VI & RICHARD III for three nights only December 3rd, 4th and 5th. 

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Reviews

The Ferryman *****, India Pale Ale **, Girl From The North Country ***

Niall Wright, Matilda Lawler, Justin Edwards, Mark Lambert, Fra Fee and Willow McCarthy “The Ferryman”

By: David Sheward

November 2. 2018:  Families reacting to crises are the fodder for three current productions, one on Broadway and two Off, two of them are originally from London and one an American original. While all have moments of touching truth, only one has the complete package of gripping theatricality without the excess of melodrama.

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Paul Mecurio’s Permission to Speak ****

Paul Mecurio

By: Paulanne Simmons

November 1, 2018: According to Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning comedian Paul Mecurio, “Everybody has a story, and if you don’t have anybody to talk to, you end up talking to yourself.” To keep people talking to each other, he has developed a show, Paul Mecurio’s Permission to Speak, based on the premise that the story people have to tell will be interesting, amusing and sometimes even quite moving for others.

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Drama Desk Panel

“Expanding the Discourse: Is the Landscape of Theater Changing for Artists with Disabilities?” on Monday, November 12 from 6:30 to 8pm at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 Eight Ave, Studio 17E

November 5, 2018:  The Drama Desk will host an informal discussion led almost entirely by working artists with disabilities, who will share anecdotes, work stories, and insight on their experience in the industry, as well as suggesting best practices for journalists and critics to keep in mind when writing about people with disabilities.

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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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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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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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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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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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