Reviews

Judgment Day *****

Jason Alexander, Patti Lupone

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 29, 2021: In the late 15th century, the morality play, The Summoning of Everyman, examined salvation and determined that the only way we get to heaven is by doing good deeds. Many centuries later, producer and now playwright Bob Ulin’s Judgment Day, a comedic farce, comes to the same conclusion. 

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Laurie Anderson & Julian Schnabel

Laurie Anderson, Christina Moissaides Strassfied, Julian Schnabel Photo: Barry Gordin

John Drew Backyard Theater moved indoors for conversation with renowned artists, Laurie Anderson and Julian Schnabel.

July 18, 2021:  The forecast was not looking great, so Guild Hall moved the John Drew Backyard Theater conversation with renowned artists, Laurie Anderson and Julian Schnabel, indoors.  Attendees were thrilled to witness these multi-talented artists, both Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts honorees, share their post pandemic thoughts on life, art, friends, and projects. The discussion was moderated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall’s Museum Director/Chief Curator.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Features

Paul Huntley

A Notable Death: Broadway’s Veteran Hair Magician Paul Huntley, 88 

By: Ellis Nassour

July 15, 2021 — Paul Huntley, 88, Broadway’s trendsetting go-to wig designer, passed on Friday. Liz Carboni, his longtime friend, confirmed his death in London from complications from a lung infection. He was honored in 2003 with a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater. He also was the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards. 

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Broadway Update

Tina Satter’s Is This A Room

B’way Update: Room and Dana To Play in Rep, Etc.

By: David Sheward

July 15, 2021: The new post-shutdown Broadway season just got really interesting. In an unexpected and startlingly different move, two highly-praised, but bizarre Off-Broadway plays will transfer to Broadway to be performed in repertory. Tina Satter’s Is This A Room and Lucas Hnath’s Dana H will alternate performances at the Lyceum Theater with the former beginning previews on Sept. 24 and opening Oct. 11 and the latter commencing previews on Oct. 1 and opening Oct. 17. The dual-show engagement will play until Jan. 16, 2022. Both plays were presented at Vineyard Theater as part of the foreshortened 2019-20 season.  

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Features

A Yiddish Renaissance: A Virtual Concert Celebration

The Sorceress, featuring Dani Apple, Lorin Zackular, Mikhl Yashinsky and Lexi Rabadi. Photo credit: Victor Nechay, properpix.jpg

By: Paulanne Simmons

July 15, 2021: Confined to their homes during the pandemic, many people decided to master a new skill. For some, that skill was speaking Yiddish. In fact, according to Motl Didner, associate artistic director of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, thousands of people have watched Folksbiene’s “15-Minute Yiddish” over the past year. This, says Didner, is just part of the “Yiddish Renaissance,” which began in the 1970s and received a huge online boost during the pandemic.

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Mike Birbiglia at Guild Hall

Mike Birbiglia after winning a Drama Desk in 2019 for Outstanding Solo Performance. Photo: Barry Gordin

Final shows Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm & 9pm:  The Award-winning comedian, author, and actor, Mike Birbiglia, brings an hour of All new material to Guild Hall. 

July 11, 2021: The gifted comedian, Mike Birbiglia, who happens to be a best-selling author and an actor, also won the 2019 Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards for his solo show, The New One. He was performing that show on Broadway when the pandemic hit, so Birbiglia went from Broadway to Zoom. And now he is back gracing stages and Guild Hall is lucky to have him for several performances. 

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ACA Galleries

A Black Perspective, Jan 8 – Jul 30, 2021

July 12, 2021: ACA Galleries is pleased to announce its current exhibition A Black Perspective will be extended to July 30, 2021.  Since its inception, ACA has been committed to showing work by black artists; giving Aaron Douglas, Ernie Crichlow, Barkley Hendricks and Charles White their first shows and later representing Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden estate, Richard Mayhew, Faith Ringgold and Aminah Robinson among others.

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Jamie deRoy & friends

The weekly variety show has been airing archival footage from past shows. Next up, Tony Award Winners Part I airs Monday July 12 @ 8pm

July 10, 2001: Show business tour de force and seven-time TONY® Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy’s long standing weekly program, aptly titled, Jamie deRoy & friends, announces the theme for this week’s program, TONY® Award Winners (Part 1). “Throughout the pandemic, in an effort to keep fans and audiences engaged, we’ve been airing archival videos from past shows. It’s been such fun going through the archives and revisiting all these fantastic shows”, said deRoy.

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Broadway Update

Terence Archie, Patti LuPone and Katrina Link in Company

Broadway Update: Company Opens Early, Waitress Returns, Etc.

By: David Sheward

July 10,2021: The Broadway calendar keeps shifting in anticipation of the first full season since the COVID shutdown in March of 2020. The gender-reversed revival of Company, which was in previews when all the theaters closed, has pushed up its opening by one month. The show, directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott, had previously announced a preview start date of Nov. 15 and an opening of Jan. 9, 2022. The show will now begin previews Nov. 15 and open on Dec. 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. The cast will include the legendary Patti LuPone, Tony winner Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit), Matt Doyle (War Horse), Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian’s Rainbow, Waitress), Christopher Sieber (Shrek), Jennifer Simard (Disaster, Hello, Dolly!), Terence Archie (Kiss Me, Kate), Greg Hildreth (Frozen, Cinderella), Claybourne Elder (One Arm, Bonnie and Clyde) and Nikki Renee Daniels (Porgy and Bess).

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Reviews

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) **1/2

Jackie Hoffman, Kelly Kinsella

By: David Sheward

July 8, 2021: It’s appropriate that the first indoor production with live actors I’m reviewing since the COVID pandemic shut down all NYC stages over a year ago is a celebration of theater and how it can heal communities and create families. E. Dale Smith’s Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) is such a celebration but this backstage comedy is flawed, and somewhat forced. Fortunately, that prickly comedienne Jackie Hoffman makes it fly. 

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Reviews

Tiny House ***

Sara Bues, Denver Miford, Elizabeth Heflin

By: David Sheward

July 2, 2021: As theaters across the country announce the return of live, post-pandemic performances, the number of Zoom and virtual shows has waned. But there are still companies presenting intriguing and innovative offerings via the Internet. Perhaps this hybrid of theater and technology will become a permanent new media, expanding the possibilities and accessibility of intimate performances. One such computer-broadcast play is Michael Gotch’s pleasant and proficient family comedy Tiny House, presented by the Westport Country Playhouse through July 18. Gotch displays an admirable facility for sharp dialogue, free of gotchas (pardon the pun), and the proceedings are smoothly directed for the small screen by Mark Lamos. 

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Broadway Update: Second Stage Announces Dates

Dame Jasmine Hughes and Reza Salazar in the Guthrie Theater’s production of “Floyd’s” which will open as “Clyde’s” on Broadway

By: David Sheward

July 2, 2021: Second Stage has announced dates for its 2021-22 on and Off-Broadway season, bringing the NYC post-COVID theater schedule into sharper focus. The company will open with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s Clyde’s premiering at the Hayes Theater with previews beginning Nov. 3 and an opening set for Nov. 22.

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