Reviews

What Happened? The Michaels Abroad ****

Jay O. Sanders, Maryann Plunke

By: David Sheward

September 18, 2021: “I don’t know” is the answer the characters in Richard Nelson’s What Happened? The Michaels Abroad give when asked what they will do next after a year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gathered in an apartment in Angers, France for a dance festival, the Michaels and their friends ponder their future in an uncertain world. Just like the previous works in his Rhinebeck Panorama, there is very little plot or action and some may find the play dull or uninvolving, but this final work in Nelson’s 12-play cycle offers an intimate and detailed account of the current frightening moment as we deal with the continuing pandemic. Like the previous plays, there are no dramatic fireworks, the acting and staging are low-key. It’s like a visit to catch up with old friends, familiar and comforting after the rug has been pulled out from under you.

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ACA Galleries

Hugh Mangum

The Photography of Hugh Mangum 1897-1922 will be on view at ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor through October 23.

September 12, 2021: ACA Galleries is presenting Where We Find Ourselves -The Photography of Hugh Mangum 1897-1922 through October 23. Mangum was a self-taught photographer born in Durham, North Carolina. As an itinerant portraitist in the shadow of the segregationist laws of the Jim Crow era, Mangum welcomed into his studios a clientele that was both racially and economically diverse. After his death, his glass plate negatives remained stored in a tobacco barn on his family farm for 50 years. Slated for demolition in the 1970s, the barn was saved at the last moment, and with it, this unparalleled document of life at the turn of the 20th century. 

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Reviews

Pass Over ***1/2

Jon-Michael-Hill, Namir-Smallwood, Gabriel-Ebert

By: Isa Goldberg

September 9, 2021: In Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s “Pass Over” a couple of tramps – homeless black guys – dream about getting off the block,” getting some food and regular housing.  

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Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora: Knights of the Realm

By: Alix Cohen

September 9, 2021: Were it not for the selfless efforts of producers Tom and Michael D’Angora, the venerable West Bank Café/Laurie Beechman Theater, to many a home away from home, would have been forced out of business after 43 years of entertaining the community. (This is not hyperbole.) Also on thin pandemic ice, the jazz mecca Birdland (established 1949, in its current location 25 years), The York Theatre (celebrating its 51st birthday), LAByrinth Theater (founded 1992), and The Stonewall Safe Space Initiative, were rescued by the indefatigable pair.

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Hamptons Life

Hampton Classic 2021

Daniel Bluman Gemma W_Grand Prix winner_LONGINES jump

The 45th Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton.   

September 7, 2021: The 45th Hampton Classic Horse Show ended Sunday, September 5th, on a near perfect day, weather wise, and the fans were not disappointed. Canceled last year due to COVID, there was a renewed enthusiasm at last Sunday’s opening on another gorgeous day. The spirited week-long competition was complimented by more outstanding weather for the return of one of the season’s s most anticipated events

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BroadwayHD

Nicole Kidman in “Nine”

The premiere streaming service for Theater fans celebrates the re-opening of Broadway with exclusive access to exciting new productions and titles.

September 4, 2021:  BroadwayHD, the premiere streaming service for theater fans, is celebrating the re-opening of Broadway with exciting new productions, which will come exclusively to the platform, as well as a special playlist dedicated to some of the most iconic theater hits of all time. Kicking off the month of September is Nine, the romantic musical that follows film director Guido Contini as he struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, while engaging in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother. The film adaptation stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Judi Dench and more.

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Guild Hall

Annabella Sciorra, Catherine Curtin, Joy Behar, Brenda Vaccaro, Irene Sofia Lucio, Matt Servitto, Steven Weber, Dave Quay Photo: Barry Gordin

Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting a staged reading of Crisis in Queens, a funny new play by Joy Behar.

September 4, 2021:  Joy Behar, the co-host of The View, a versatile humorist, commentator, comedienne and writer is branching out into playwriting with a witty new play, Crisis in Queens. Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, is presenting the debut staged reading of the full-length comedy on Friday and Saturday of Labor day weekend at 8pm.  When Josh Gladstone, the Artistic Director of Guild Hall, brought Joy to the stage of The John Drew Theater on Friday evening she said, “I just want to laugh and have a good time.” Yes, that is what we came for, Joy’s brand of humor, and she did not disappoint. The reading on Friday, although a tiny bit long, was a peak at a humorous work in progress. There is meat on those bones but the playwright needs to trim the fat. In Behar’s tale, set in Queens, relationships are hard, and marriage is work. 

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Jamie deRoy & friends

The Variety Show continues Monday, September 6th @ 8pm with archival footage, Not Just Good But Great Britain 

September 6, 2021:  Show business tour de force and seven-time TONY Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy’s long standing program, aptly titled, Jamie deRoy & friends, announces the theme for this week’s program, Not Just Good But Great Britain”. Throughout the pandemic, in-an-effort to keep fans and audiences engaged, the Variety show has 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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Guild Hall

Sierra Boggess, Tony Yazbeck

Crazy For You closed out the Stroman Presents series at Guild Hall with Broadway superstars, Tony Yazbeck and Sierra Boggess.

August 31, 2021:  Guild Hall, the cultural center of East Hampton, closed out their star-studded weekend of Stroman Presents with Crazy For You. On Sunday Stroman, who won the first of her five Tony Awards for choreographing the original 1992 Broadway production, brought a marvelous cast, which included Tony Yazbeck, Sierra Boggess, Melissa Errico, and Dee Hoty to perform a few of the classic George and Ira Gershwin songs. Tony Yazbeck’s dazzling dancing was a highlight of the splendid evening, along with the surprise guest appearance by Josh Gladstone, the Artistic Director of Guild Hall.

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The New Group

Abby Merrill, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Jennifer Damiano

Cocktails on the lawn showcased songs from The New Group’s upcoming new musical, Black No More, opening January 2022 at the Signature.

August 27, 2021: Scott Elliott, Founding Artistic Director of The New Group, and Abby Merrill, the Board President, hosted “Cocktails on the Lawn” at Abby’s home in Quoque. The meet and mingle on Thursday celebrated The New Group’s return to live theater in January 2022 with Black No More. Broadway stars Brandon Victor Dixon and Tamika Lawrence performed emotional renditions of songs from the new musical, originally slated for Fall 2020.

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BroadwayHD

Women Behind Bars

Women Behind Bars, a new World Premiere production by Tony and Grammy winner, Tom Eyen, starring RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE STARS and more will debut on BroadwayHD.

August 23, 2021: Get ready for some totally outrageous and unfiltered fun on Thursday! BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theater, will be bringing a brand new film capture of the 1970’s cult hit Women Behind Bars exclusively to the service on August 26th

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Reviews

Pass Over ****

Namir Smallwood and Jon Michael Hill

By: David Sheward

August 22, 2021: The first Broadway show to open since the pandemic shutdown of March 2020 is appropriately a blast of fresh air for the naughty, bawdy Great Bright Way. After productions in Chicago in 2017 and at Lincoln Center’s Off-Broadway Clara Tow Theatre in 2018, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over arrives freighted with history and portend, heralding a new moment in commercial New York theater. Since the COVID crisis and the racial reckoning America has undergone, Nwandu’s powerful allegory on what it means to be young and black in this country has taken on new significance and explores what we’ve gone through, though it was written before the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests for racial justice. (Nwandu has made some scripts revisions since the last staging.)

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Jamie deRoy & Friends

The variety show has been airing archival footage during the pandemic. Next up “More from the Archives, Part 6,” Monday, August 23 @ 8pm

August 23, 2021:  Show business tour de force and seven-time TONY Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy’s long standing program, aptly titled, Jamie deRoy & friends, announces the theme for this week’s program, ­­­­­­­­­­­­More from the Archives, Part 6 . “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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