By: Paulanne Simmons
Two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro‘s Clever little Lies is a polished comedy with a surprising twist in the middle and lots of sad truths about human nature throughout. It is very well directed by David Saint who, with considerable expertise, helps the characters navigate between various psychological and physical locales. The show features George Merrick as Billy and Kate Wetherhead as Jane, a young couple with a baby and marital problems that threaten to end their union; and Marlo Thomas as Alice and Greg Mullavey, as Bill, their earnest and somewhat over-involved parents.
The Sorcerer of Pleasant Lane An alchemist at work
By Mark Segal
Pleasant Lane in East Hampton Village is an unassuming cul-de-sac off Newtown Lane between Mary's Marvelous and the Suffolk County National Bank. Not the kind of street where you'd expect to find an alchemist at work in a studio hidden by dense privet, transforming molten beeswax, resin, and pigment into thickly painted surfaces from which she excavates an expansive range of swirling, mutating forms.
GLUTEN! a madcap comedy explores the paranoia of health at 59E59 Theaters
59E59 Theaters is presenting the Adjusted Realists' US premiere of GLUTEN! by Stephen Kaliski and directed by Mr. Kaliski with Amanda Holston.
By: David Sheward
2015 marks the centennial of Arthur Miller's birth and two of his dramas are receiving strikingly different productions on and Off-Broadway. A View from the Bridge, one of his more popular works, is being given a radical reinterpretation by Dutch director Ivo van Hove in a production transferred from London's Young Vic to the Lyceum. The less frequently produced Incident at Vichy receives a more traditional staging from Michael Wilson at the Signature Theatre Company.
Roundabout to Present 'Holiday Inn' and 'Cherry Orchard'; Streaming Stars at the Drama Desk Jubilee
Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby, Marjorie Reynolds, Fred Astaire, and Virginia Dale, will serve as the basis of a new Broadway musical. Roundabout Theater Company will present a new stage version of the 1942 movie musical Holiday Inn. The score features such Irving Berlin classics as "Cheek to Cheek," "Easter Parade," and "Shakin' the Blues Away." Previews begin Sept. 1, 2016 for an Oct. 13 opening. Press materials indicate the plot will follow the original film relatively closely.
Straight-Talking by Sam Affoumado - An Equity Staged Reading
Mental health experts believe that same-gender sexual orientation and variations in gender identity are a part of the normal spectrum of human diversity and do not constitute a mental disorder. The American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as ‘reparative' or ‘conversion' therapy, which is based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
Though 'reparative' therapy for minors is now illegal in California, New Jersey, and Washington D.C., with pending legislative action
in nine other states, the practice continues throughout the country with some devastating results for the young people forced to undergo the therapy.
Radio City Music Hall Is Decked Out for the Holidays with the Christmas Spectacular Starring the High-Kicking Rockettes and Santa Himself
By: Ellis Nassour
The Showplace of the Nation, Radio City Music Hall, really knows how to
kick [pardon the pun] off the Yule season! The 87th Edition of the Christmas Spectacular not only brings jolly old Saint Nick to the world's greatest stage but also the fabulous Rockettes. The famed glam, 36-strong troupe set the standard for challenging precision dance and high kicks. Through January 3, whether you've been naughty or nice, there's no better place to lift spirits and create lasting family memories than with this cherished holiday tradition
High Priestess of Cabaret Baby Jane Dexter Gets Personal at the Metropolitan Room for the Holidays.
By: Patrick Christiano
The indomitable Baby Jane Dexter is teaming up again for the umpteenth time with her long-time musical director Ross Patterson, on piano, with a brand new show, "IT'S PERSONAL!" giving her adoring fans something to cheer about this season. The 2015 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award winner, who is also a multiple Mac and Bistro award winner, has dedicated the new show to her personal friend Julie Wilson, who passed away in October. With passion and soul she weaves a compelling spell of artistry on an eclectic mix of songs from legends like Cy Coleman, Peggy Lee and Rogers and Hart, to other deities like John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, along with greats like Felix Cavalierre, and Billy Roy.
New York's Home-Grown Big Apple Circus Provides Holiday Delight and Daredevil Thrills
By: Ellis Nassour
The holiday season is upon us - a time for family togetherness, a time to be jolly, merry, and enjoy memorable times. Not a bad time for that trip around the world you've worked so hard to save for, is it? Don't worry about travelers cheques and there's no standing in long airport screening lines or the need to board ships or gas up the auto. Just head to Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park and join The Grand Tour, the 2015 edition and 38th season of New York's home-grown Big Apple Circus, playing under the heated big top through January 10th.
By: David Sheward
Two new Broadway shows (Misery, Allegiance) dish up familiar thrills and emotions while two Off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater (First Daughter Suite, Before Your Very Eyes) dare to be different. Even though the Off-Broadway ventures don't entirely succeed, at least they provide fresh perspectives and innovative staging.
By: T.E. McMorrow
"Of Mice and Men" is the quintessential American play, stark, yet sentimental. Based on John Steinbeck's novella by the same name, the story is a product of The Great Depression.
Published in 1937, the play was brought to the stage the same year, under the guidance of George S. Kaufman. Now being staged at Bay Street Theater this month under thier Literature Live! series, which brings adaptations of great literature to high school students, who are brought in during the week, while also being performed for the general public on weekends.
In this case, teens from schools across the East End are meeting up with not only a great novella, but also a great play.
The Drama Desk Celebrates 65th Anniversary with Diamond Jubilee at Sardi's
The Drama Desk celebrated 65 years of excellence in theater and 60 consecutive years of the coveted Drama Desk Awards with a Diamond Jubilee party Sunday November 15 at the legendary Sardi's on West 44th Street in NYC. Charles Wright, President of the Drama Desk, marked the evening by reading a laudatory letter from Mayor de Blasio commending the Drama Desk for their contributions to New York City for the past 65 years.
Michael McGrath Gets Political at George Street Playhouse
By: Iris Wiener
No one knows better than Michael McGrath that performing is Nice Work if You Can Get It, seeing as how he won a Tony Award for playing the role of Cookie McGee in the 2012 production of said musical. However, he is having no problem getting nice work these days, whether it's in portraying the personal secretary for the president of the United States, singing show tunes in a Broadway revival, or bringing comedy to a stage adaptation of a television classic. McGrath, who is also known for bringing his talent to Broadway's Memphis and Spamalot (for which he was also nominated for a Tony), is currently stepping into his third role in a play written by Joe DiPietro with The Second Mrs. Wilson at George Street Playhouse.
There'll Be a Bevy of High Kickers at Sunday's Performance of Former
Rockette Joanna Rush's Kick
By: Beau Jared
Direct from their festive reunion at Wednesday's opening night of Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, 129 Rockette alumnae will attend Sunday's 7 P.M. performance of Joanna Rush's Kick at St. Luke's Theatre [308 West 46th Street, west of Eighth Avenue].
Rush, Kick's writer and performer, says, "I am absolutely thrilled129 of my Rockette sisters will be coming to see my show. My experience as a Rockette is a vital part of the plot. I look forward to catching up each one and even sharing a few kicks with them."
The ladies are assembled from across the country for the Rockette Alumnae
Association's 90th Anniversary celebration.
By: Paulanne Simmons
Sheer Madness, an interactive whodunit based on a German play "Scherenschnitt" by Paul Pörtner, is the longest running play in the history of the United States, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records." Now, after 36 years in Boston, Washington and other cities, its creators, Bruce Jordan and Marilyn Abrams, are bringing the show to New York's New World Stages, with Jordan at the helm.
Of Mice and Men Opens at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
A strong production of John Steinbeck's OF MICE AND MEN, directed by Joe Minutillo, opened on November 14 at Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts. Literature Live performances will be held at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor with public performances on Friday's and Saturday's November 13-14, 20-21, and Thanksgiving Weekend November 27-28 at 7 pm. Matinees are on Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm and Thanksgiving Weekend Saturday, November 28 at 2 pm. Groups and weekday show times vary and are open to the public based on availability. Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online at www.baystreet.org.
The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® - winning playwright Brian Friel, who passed away on October 2nd at age 86. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on Tuesday, December 8th, at exactly 6:45pm for one minute.
"Known as a gifted storyteller whose work achieved international acclaim for over four decades, Brian Friel's writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas which played notably on the Broadway stage," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. "Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and many fans."
By: David Sheward
Three recent openings offer examples of the most prevalent types of Broadway shows: the British snob hit (King Charles III), the star-vehicle revival (Sylvia), and the jukebox musical, Lifetime-TV bio pic subdivision (On Your Feet!). The first is perfection and the latter two have their share of flaws endemic to their genre, but still contain pleasures of a kind.
By: David Sheward
The Metropolitan Opera's warhorse production of Wagner's Tannhauser was given a magnificent recent rendition under the baton of maestro James Levine. South African tenor Johan Botha strongly captured the passionate struggle of the titular minstrel between the sensual and the spiritual. But the heart of the production was provided by the two female singers representing Tannhauser's opposite attractions. Soprano Eva-Marie Westbrook conveyed the angelic purity of the saintly noblewoman Elisabeth with rich, full tones while mezzo Michelle DeYoung embodied the essence of physical love as the goddess Venus.
The Actors Fund Benefit celebrating 25 years and Jamie DeRoys' 40th annual 30th Birthday Gala.
Proceeds from the evening benefited The Actors Fund's new program, The Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. The program was created to assist people working in the cabaret industry who seek help for medical needs and concerns made available through the comprehensive services and programs at The Actors Fund.
Performance Photography: Maryann Lopinto
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