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Anna in the Tropics @ Bay Street

The Cast of “Anna and The Tropics” – Anthony Michael Martinez, Christine Spang, Guillermo Ivan, Christian Barillas, Maria Isabel Bilbao, Serafin Falcon, Iliana Guibert.

July 5, 2002: The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Anna in the Tropics, opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The moving drama directed by Marcos Santana won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. Set in a cigar factory in Tampa, Florida, the story follows the lives of a Cuban-American family challenged by the vices and temptations surrounding them.  The play is the second of the Mainstage Summer Season and runs through July 24.

Opening Night Photography: Barry Gordin

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Reviews

Hamlet ****

Calum Finlay, Alex Lawther, and Tia Bannon.

By: David Sheward

July 4, 2022: Shakespeare’s Hamlet is usually conceded to be the greatest play in world literature, because its essential conflict of the individual with him or herself can be applied to any culture, time period or setting. The most famous line of the text, “To be or not to be,” echoes man’s eternal search for meaning in a seemingly meaningless universe. That journey resonates as much today as it did in the Bard’s time. Hot British director Robert Icke employs video and modern dress to bring the Melancholy Dane into the 21st century, but his thoughtful, passion-packed production at the Park Avenue Armory after a smash run at London’s Almeida Theater, does not rely on gimmicks or technology for its impact. His insightful staging and editing as well as layered performances from a skilled cast led by a intensely emotive Alex Lawther in the title role, keep this version from lapsing into trendiness. The production plays in repertory with Ickes’ adaptation of Oresteia at the Park Avenue Armory after a smash run at London’s Almeida Theater.

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Reviews

Epiphany ***

The Company of Epiphany.

By: Isa Goldberg

July 4, 2022: It verges on being a little too “Arsenic and Old Lace,” but in the agile hands of Marylouise Burke, “Epiphany” is a deliciously acidic satire about people who poison it. Brian Watkin’s new play at Lincoln Center Theater at The Mitzi E. Newhouse plays on the familiar trope of a dinner party. 

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Around The Town

FESTIVAL DE LA POSIBILIDAD

Arts Education Nonprofit Hosts Festival De La Posibilidad, a Festival of Possbilites, celebrating cultural diversity July 16 & 17 at The Clemente Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side, NY.

July 3, 2022: NEWYORK, NY– The Foundation for New American Art, an art education nonprofit dedicated to nurturing the visionary artists of tomorrow, is hosting a two-day festival of multi-cultural arts, music, dance and creative experiences for all ages. 

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Reviews

Hamlet ***

Kirsty Rider, Peter Wight, Jennifer Ehle, Angus Wright, and Luke Treadaway

By: Samuel L. Leiter

July 1, 2022: Another Hamlet. Another chance for a rising conceptual director, in this case Britain’s Robert Ickes, to show what he’s got with a major classic with which most audiences are familiar. Will it be an opportunity to reveal directorial ingenuity? Will it bring the play to convincing emotional, physical, and intellectual life? You can find out by visiting Icke’s well-spoken, somewhat gimmicky, and often tedious Hamlet, now on the huge stage at the Park Avenue Armory, where it’s playing in repertory with Icke’s staging of Oresteia. Both productions premiered at north London’s considerably smaller Almeida Theatre. 

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Broadway Update

Three-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz

Broadway Update: Leopoldstadt Announces Cast; Camelot Shifts Dates, etc.

By: David Sheward

July 1, 2022: We are now officially in the 2022-23 Broadway/Off-Broadway season. The first two shows of the new season will open soon: Into the Woods on July 10 and The Kite Runner on July 21. In addition, Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, opening Oct. 2 at the Longacre has made cast announcements and Camelot will shift opening dates to much later in the season.

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Off- Broadway Update

Jim Parsons: Credit Jesse Dittmar

Off-Broadway Update: Ralph Fiennes and Jim Parsons Return to NY Stages This Fall

By: David Sheward

July 1 , 2022: Oscar nominee and Tony winner Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, Hamlet) and four-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) will return to the New York stage this fall in Off-Broadway productions.

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Reviews

Corsicana ****, Epiphany ****

Deirdre OConnell, Harold-Surratt in “Corsicana”.

By: David Sheward

June 29, 2022: At a recent Off-Broadway production, the gentleman behind me was complaining vociferously during intermission and occasionally during the show itself that he enjoyed “fun” shows like Company or Funny Girl, not the depressing dreck he was forced to sit through that particular evening. My first impulse was to turn around and tell him if he was so unhappy, he could just leave. But then I realized that plays like Corsicana (Playwrights Horizons) and Epiphany (seen at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse a few nights later) can be challenging, but if one is patient and takes these plays on their own terms, their rewards are great.

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Reviews

Epiphany ***

Carmen Zilles, C.J. Wilson, Colby Minifie, Marylouise Burke, Omar Metwally and David Ryan Smith

By: Samuel L. Leiter

June 28, 2022: Dinner party plays, like Kaufman and Ferber’s Dinner at Eight and Margulies’s Dinner with Friends,are nearly as common a theatrical trope as barroom plays, where the playwright uses a distinctive gathering spot to present an assortment of contrasting characters, either to explore their reactions to some specific theme or merely to see how they respond to one another. The latest example is Epiphany,Brian Watkins’s shaggy dog play, saved from the pound by director Tyne Rafaeli’s richly atmospheric, expertly acted productionat the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre.

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Hamptons Life

Pride Celebration @ LongHouse

Hamptons Pride celebrated with a Fundraiser at LongHouse on Sunday.

June 26, 2022:  Hamptons Pride, the East End’s new LGBTQ+ nonprofit that brought you the first Pride parade in the history of the Hamptons celebrated at LongHouse on Sunday. 

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Reviews

Epiphany **1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons

June 27,2022: I must admit I read James Joyce’s “The Dead” so many years ago that I had no idea what the short story was about when I saw Brian Watkins’ Epiphany.  But even if I had remembered it word-for-word, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the play any the better. This is because, absent the characters’ names and the dinner party setting, it’s doubtful even Joyce would recognize his story.

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Hamptons Life

East Hampton First Pride Parade 2022

June 4, 2022: East Hampton First Ever PRIDE Parade 2022: with Patrick Christiano, Publisher of TheaterLife.com and Jerry Larsen, the Mayor of East Hampton,, community leaders and over 500 people in support of Gay Pride, organized by Tom House.

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Reviews

The Orchard ****

Darya Denisova, Nael Nacer, Jessica Hecht, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Nelson. Photo: Maria Baranova

By: Bernard Carragher

June 24, 2022: “The Orchard,” based on Anton Chekov’s 1903 play “The Cherry Orchard” is at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on 37th Street and acted by the Arlekin Players Theatre and (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab. Although “The Cherry Orchard” is accepted as a classic and one of the great dramas written in last twentieth century, this bitter-sweet play is rarely ever acted because of its combination of broad comedy and gentle pathos and requires a stage full of gifted players. The director Igor Golyack, born in Kyiv, Serbia and educated in Moscow, has found a group of nine wonderful actors and fitted them into his own unique staging and Carol Rocamora’s fresh and free translation. They make the play come alive and breathe and laugh and weep as only Chekov can convey.  

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Reviews

Corsicana ***

Jamie Brewer, Will Dagger in Corsicana.

By: Samuel L. Leiter

June 22, 2022: There was no escaping the buzz of anticipation at Playwrights Horizons as I and the rest of the full house waited for a preview performance of Will Arbery’s disappointing new play, Corsicana. After all, actress Deirdre O’Connell, one of New York theatre’s cherished but, to the general public, not-that-well-known actresses, had, only several nights before, gone from the unsung to the sung by winning a Tony for her exceptional performance in Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., in which her tour-de-force performance was entirely lip-synched.

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Reviews

The Orchard ***

Mikhail Baryshnikov & Jessica Hecht. Photo: Maria Baranova

By: David Sheward

June 21, 2022: The prospect of the great ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jessica Hecht, one of our most versatile and expressive actresses, in a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic The Cherry Orchard was an exciting and irresistible prospect. But The Orchard, director-conceiver Igor Golyak’s sci-fi deconstruction of this beloved portrait of a Russian landowning family displaced by overwhelming change, has so much going on that the passions, humor, and sorrow of the original are almost obliterated. 

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