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Scenes From A Marriage ***

                                          By: Paulanne Simmons
When Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage came out in 1973, first as a Swedish television series and then as a film with Erland Josephson as Johan, the unfaithful husband, and Liv Ullmann as Marianne, the betrayed wife, Bergman's jaundiced view of marriage created quite a stir. Ivo van Hove's stage adaptation of the work, with a script by Emily Mann, is once again getting lots of attention, but for very different reasons.
Dallas Roberts, Roslyn Ruff, Alex Hurt, Susannah Flood, Arliss Howard, Tina BenkoDallas Roberts, Roslyn Ruff, Alex Hurt, Susannah Flood, Arliss Howard, Tina Benko

 

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Love Letters ****

By: David Sheward

Brian Dennehy, Mia FarrowBrian Dennehy, Mia FarrowThere has been a certain amount of carping about the revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, the charming 1988 Pulitzer finalist which requires only two actors, little rehearsal time, and minimal design elements (The only setting is John Lee Beatty's elegant wooden table, lit warmly by Peter Kaczorowski). Gurney specifies that the performers should be reading from scripts so no memorization is involved and most productions including this one employ revolving casts so the stars have a relatively brief commitment of time. The complainers-and there aren't many of them-are up in arms that such a minimalist show is still charging top Broadway prices. Yes, they do have a point, but given the economics of the American commercial theater, the only question about a show should be is it worth the price of admission and your time?

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This Is Our Youth ****

By: David Sheward

Kenneth Lonergan first burst onto the theatrical scene in 1994 with an Off-Broadway production of This Is Our Youth, a scathing but ultimately touching update of Rebel WithoutKieran Culkin, Michael CeraKieran Culkin, Michael Cera a Cause. Like the 1955 James Dean movie classic, Youth focuses on a trio of teenagers struggling to find home and connection when the adults in their lives have let them fend for themselves. But unlike the leather-jacketed delinquents of Rebel, the youngsters here don't even have a motorcycle gang or other misfits with whom to form a makeshift family. Given tons of cash and no guidance by their parents, these kids run wild on the Upper West Side of the early '80s, sniffing coke, indulging in anonymous sex, and bouncing off the walls in Reagan's heartless American.

Features/Fashion

New York Film Festival

52nd New York Film Festival Unreels Biggest Film Roster
Ever for 17 Exciting Days/Nights Beginning September 26

           By: Ellis Nassour

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 30-film Main Slate for the 52nd New York Film Festival [NYFF52], running 17 days, September 26 - October 12, is unreeling with the gala opening night premiere of David Fincher's Gone Girl [20th Century Fox/Regency], based on Gillian Flynn's best-seller about a recession-era marriage and a wife's disappearance, screening three times.

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Career Transition For Dancers

ROLEX presents NEW YORK NEW YORK a helluva town - Career Transition For Dancers' 29th Anniversary Jubilee on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 7:00 pm at New York City Center, 131 West 55 Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.) NYC followed by dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. Angela Lansbury will receive the 2014 Rolex Dance Award. Broadway dancer & choreographer Alex Sanchez has created a special number with some of the best dancers from the great white way for the show. The music has been composed by Steven Jamall, who is the Music Director and Supervisor for Rosie O'Donnell and her Rosie's Theater Kids.

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Scott Siegel

Scott Siegel, Still Going at 103, Celebrates Broadway Ballyhoo Birthday

        By: Ellis Nassour
Impresario Scott Siegel will celebrate his 103rd birthday on September 25 at 54 Below at 9:30 P.M. under the guise of his monthly late-night cabaret Broadway Ballyhoo, where the line-up includes artists we're familiar with and many with whom we're not.

The entertainment roster is still growing, but those already committed are Tony and Drama Desk nominee Barbara Walsh, Drama Desk nominee Karen Mason, Drama Desk nominee John Bolton, singer Carole J. Bufford, actress/singer Jillian Louis, and Nightlife Award winners Scott Coulter and Carolyn Montgomery-Forant. The evening will also feature international cabaret artist Maxine Linehan and the release of her CD, An American Journey.

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Jamie deRoy @ Birdland

Jamie deRoy and Stellar Roster of Friends in Birdland Benefit to Support Actors Fund Cabaret Initiative

                     By: Ellis Nassour
Jamie deRoyJamie deRoyCabaret performer, stage actress, theater/film producer, and general hostess with the mostest Jamie deRoy is presenting a roster of stellar performers in a special evening of her multi MAC Award-winning variety show, Jamie de Roy & Friends on Monday, September 22nd at 7 P.M. at Birdland for its Broadway at Birdland series.

Proceeds benefit The Actors Fund's newest program, The Jamie deRoy & Friends Cabaret Initiative, created to assist people working in the cabaret industry in need of support for medical needs available through the comprehensive services and programs of TAF.

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Rococo Rouge ****1/2

                By: Paulanne Simmons

Louis XIV, also known as "Le Roi Soleil,"
("The Sun King" ) and Louis le Grand (Louis the Great), ruled over France by divine right. He also dictated style by divine taste. And as his reign was during the height of the Baroque era and later as the era was sliding into the Rococo, that meant ornate design, overstatement, and a lighthearted, often naughty spirit.

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ACA "Against The Grain"

Jack Levine:  Card Players, 1940, gouache, 17 x 22"Jack Levine: Card Players, 1940, gouache, 17 x 22"ACA Galleries is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition JACK LEVINE and HYMAN BLOOM: AGAINST THE GRAIN on view September 18 through October 25, 2014. The exhibition will feature a survey of paintings and works on paper from the 1930s to 1990s from the artists' estates and private collections.

Jack Levine (1915-2010) and Hyman Bloom (1913-2009) were close friends who each became a master of a new American realism that blended abstraction and realism. As Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, of a similar age and background, they arrived at their socially conscious art through shared experiences but through different routes of development.

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Divo Night

Randie Levine-Miller's Broadway Showstopper Divo @ Metropolitan Room

RanRandie Levine-MillerRandie Levine-Millerdie Levine-Miller returned with her sold-out show at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. Once again, Ms. Levine-Miller demonstrated her skills as a dynamic hostess and singer.. She always takes a break in her shows for 60 seconds to encourage everyone to introduce themselves to the people sitting around them. The evening turns into a party.

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NYFF "CitizenFour"

NY Film Festival in Unprecedented Move Adds Edward Snowden Documentary to Main Slate

          By: Ellis Nassour

The roster of premieres for New York Film Festival 52, which runs 17 days from September 26-October 12, just grew bigger. Sponsor Film Society of Lincoln Center, in an unprecedented move, has added to the Main Slate the world premiere of Laura Poitras' CitzenFour, a "brave" documentary and "powerful work" on NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. It will screen Friday, October 10 at 6 P.M. in Alice Tully Hall. Tickets are on sale now at www.filmlinc.com/nyff.

 

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Directors Double and Triple Dip

         By: David Sheward
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A former editor of mine used to say "Three times and it's a trend." So we officially have a new Broadway trend: directors having more than one show on in the same season. Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County, Of Mice and Men) staged the revival of This Is Our Youth which opened last night at the Cort to great reviews (here's my review roundup for NewYork.com) and will be helming Larry David's new comedy Fish in the Dark. Youth premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company earlier this year so Shapiro has time to start planning for the Larry David piece.

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B'way Update" Season Starts

                                      By: David Sheward
As Cole Porter wrote "Another Open
in', Another Show/In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo'" (Did anyone call the MarylaTavi Gevinson, Micahel CeraTavi Gevinson, Micahel Cerand city Baltimo' except for Porter just for a rhyme?). Those lines from Kiss Me Kate were going through my head as I got out of the subway last night and walked to the Cort Theatre for the press preview of This Is Our Youth, the first Broadway show of the fall season which opens tomight. It's always a thrill even though I've been going to Broadway as a critic for 30 years.

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Broadway Ballyhoo @ 54 Below

Scott Siegel Plans Special 54 Below Broadway Ballyhoo for 103rd Birthday

                            By: Ellis Nassour

Some artists are reluctant to give their correct age [some writers, too]. So, the best anyone has been able to figure re: producer, writer, host, director, author Scott Siegel [Broadway by the Year, Broadway Unplugged], is that he's of a certain age.

To confuse matters, news now comes information that he's planning a 103rd birthday party on September 25 at 54 Below at 9:30 P.M. under the guise of a Broadway Ballyhoo.

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Uprising of Love Benefit

Star Roster to Join Sting, LuPone for September 15 Equality Benefit
By: Ellis Nassour

Tickets onsale at www.uprisingoflove.org/benefitconcert

An eclectic variety of celebrities including Tony winners along with the casts of two Broadway Musicals are among the first to join headliners Sting and Patti LuPone as performers, speakers, and presenters for Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality on September 15 at 8 P.M. at the Gershwin Theatre. The concert is presented in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.