Guild Hall Gala

Bill T. Jones, Andrea Grover, BJorn G. Amelan

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, celebrates 90 years of excellence with Robert Longo in in the Museum.

August 12, 2021: Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, hosted their annual Gala, a celebration of 90 years of excellence. The evening began in the museum with the opening reception for Robert Longo: A History of the Present, curated by Christina Mossaides Strassfield, Guild Hall Chief Curation and Museum Director. In two adjacent galleries Longo juxtaposes America’s past with it present through 17 monumental, highly labor-intensive charcoal drawings that act as mirrors into history. This breathtaking exhibition is truly a “must see” event.  From there the celebration moved to a private home for cocktails overlooking the pond, dinner and the program under a tent, followed by dancing to DJ Mick.

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Camelot Opening Night

Scott Schwartz, Jeremy Kushnier

Bay Street Theater’s intimate staging of Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot soars amidst a Bridgehampton Field.

August 8, 2021: Bay Street Theater returns with a magical staging of Lerner and Loewe’s beloved musical, Camelot, which opened last night in Bridgehampton. The evening, directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, features a strong cast and a superb score by the gifted duo, who gave us another enduring classic, My Fair Lady, which Bay Street staged to stunning effect in 2016. And then, there are classic songs like, “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “Camelot,” “What Do the Simple Folk Do,” and “I Loved You Once In Silence,” songs you go out of the theater humming, which return to you, again, the following day.
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Photography: Barry Gordin

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Voyeur

A LIVE Theatrical Experience, VOYEUR The Windows of Toulouse -Lautrec.

April 24, 2021: VOYEUR, a live, open air, immersive Theatrical Experience, returns to the streets of Greenwich Village after a successful 2020 run.  Produced by Bated Breath Theatre Company, the Spring version of the show features new scenes, additional cast members, a new tour route and a new finale venue. 

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About Love Opens

Dan Domingues, Jeffrey Kringer, Tom Patterson, Silvia Bond, Jean Tafler, Helen Coxe, Will Pomerantz, Nancy Harrow

About Love, a play with songs and music, opened at the Sheen Center.

March 5, 2020: The Culture Project is presenting About Love, a new play by Nancy Harrow and Will Pomerantz, which opened last night at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Based on an exquisite short story, “First Love,” by Ivan Turgenev, About Love follows a young man on a quiet summer vacation with his parents in the Russian countryside, but he soon discovers those months will be the most consequential of his life. 

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Mr. Toole Opens @ 59E59

Ryan Spahn, Julia Randall, Playwright Vivian Neuwirth

Off- Broadway Premiere of an inspirational new play by Vivian Neuwirth opens at 59E59 Theaters

March 5, 2020:   Mr. Toole, written by Vivian Neuwirth and directed by Cat Parker, opened at 59E59 Theaters. The play, produced by Articulate Theatre Company, in association with Lagniappe Productions, will play a limited engagement through Sunday, March 15.  

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The Commons Opens

Ben Newman, Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Katz, Julia Greer, Olivia Abiassi

Lily Akerman’s The Commons directedby Emma Miller makes World Premiere at @ 59E59 Theaters.

February 12, 2020:  The Commons, a tale about living with strangers by Lily Akerman, opened at 59E59 Theaters under Emma Miller’s steady hand. The play commissioned and produced by The Hearth, a group that develops new plays by women, is making its World Premier at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through February 23rd. The opening marks the NYC debut of Akerman, a recent Hunter MFA grad, who is part of the Clubbed Thumb’s emerging writers.

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Forbidden Broadway Opens at York

Tony Award winning parodist Gerard Alessandrini is back with a hilarious all new Forbidden Brodway: The Next Generation!

January 20, 2020: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation opened at the York Theatre last night. Yes, Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway is back, after a 5- year absence, with a new and timely spoof of the theater, which this time arounds includes some current movies as well. The new edition, featuring a stellar cast with Fred Barton on the piano and choreography by Gerry McIntrye, is just as funny as ever. The outstanding performers are Immanuel Houston, Aline Mayagoitia, Chris Collins-Pisano, Jenny Lee Stern, and Joshua Turchin.

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Boom Opens @ 59E59

Rick Miller Photo: Barry Gordin

Rick Miller’s Boom makes NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters

January 15, 2020:   Boom, written, directed and performed by Rick Miller, opened at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through Sunday, February 23rd.  The evening, produced by Kidoons and WYRD Productions, is a tour de force by an award-winning performer, who Entertainment Weekly called, “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.” In the show Miller performs over 100 politicians, activists, and musicians to create a moving retrospective of 25 turbulent years that constitute the “Boomer” generation. 

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Jonathan Groff

Michael Portantiere, Jonathan Groff

Award winning actor, Jonathan Groff, chats with Michael Portantiere for the Drama Desk.

Jonathan Groff, currently starring in the hit Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, was the focus of an exclusive Drama Desk interview/audience Q&A program on Thursday, December 12 from 4:45 to 6pm.The event took place at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue, and moderated by longtime Drama Desk member Michael Portantiere.

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Truffles at the Secret Room

Dinner and mayhem at the Secret Room with the new musical, Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder performed with a talented robust cast. 

November 10, 2019: Would you like to add a little excitement to your dining experience? Truffles: Music! Mushrooms! Murder!!! is returning to New York for a new second “season,” which began performances on Saturday, November 2 and is initially scheduled to run through December 28. The audience-pleasing original ran for four years. The new incarnation will run Saturdays at 6:30 pm at the Secret Room, 707 8th Avenue, between 44th & 45th street. 

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A Woman of the World Opens at 59E59

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant stars as Mabel Loomis in the World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s A Woman of the World”

October 30, 2019: Kathleen Chalfant stars as Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily Dickenson’s posthumous editor, in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman insightful take on the spirited Mabel, an inspired conversationalist, who invited scandal. 

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Drama League Honors Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster

Broadway Stars Celebrated Sutton Foster at the Drama League Annual Benefit Gala

October 28, 2019: The Drama League honored Sutton Foster, a two-time Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Fred Astaire, and Gracie Award winner and star of TV Land’s hit television series “Younger,” and Arts Ally honoree Herb Engert with “A Musical Celebration of Broadway at The Plaza.

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Games Opens @ SoHo Playhouse

Lindsay Ryan, Director Darren Lee Cole, Renita Lewis

American Premiere of Henry Naylor’s potent and cautionary tale, based on the true story of two Jewish/female athletes in Hitler’s Germany, is a mesmerizing account by two immensely skilled actors.

October 21, 2019: Games, directed by SoHo Playhouse Artistic Director Darren Lee Cole, is having its American premiere downtown at the SoHo Playhouse on Vandam Street. The play was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland last year where Cole attended the first performance. The Fringe is the largest arts festival in the World and the play is a powerful cautionary tale for our present times. 

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Only Yesterday Opens @ 59E59

Tommy Crawford, Christopher Sears

Premiere of Only Yesterday, a new play by Bob Stevens, looks at one night in the lives of Paul McCartney and John Lennon before they were famous.

September 13, 2019:  Northern Stages is presenting the NY premiere of Only Yesterday, a new play by Bob Stevens, which opened last night at 59E59 Theaters for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 29th.  Paul McCartney and John Lennon are together again in the playwright’s intimate look at them, one night, in Key West just before fame changes everything.  Stevens, best known for The Wonder Years, Murphy Brown, and Malcolm In the Middle, focuses on an obscure night when John and Paul were just about to become the most famous young men in the world.

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L.O.V.E.R. Opens

Lois Robbins

Karen Carpenter directs Lois Robbins’ solo show, L.O.V.E.R., a witty and self-deprecating look at the actress’ life journey that is both engaging and enlightening. 

September 9, 2019: Kaleidoscope Creative partners is presenting the premier of Lois Robbins’ witty and inspirational tale, L.OV.E.R., directed by Karen Carpenter. The solo play opened last night at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffen Jewel Box Theatre for a limited run through November 2nd. The confessional tale, performed by the actress, is both engaging and enlightening. She reveals her truths about life, love and yes, sex, in a witty and self-deprecating style that goes behind closed doors and under the sheets to explore one woman’s journey to fulfillment and ultimately, motherhood. Robbins has said, “75 per cent of the story is true, but the names, most of them, have been changed. The title is an acronym that has two different meanings during Robbins’ life and probably, most women, as well as men, would agree.

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