Month: November 2016

John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at the Café Carlyle

Well they did it again – only better. John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey have returned to Café Carlyle with their 10th annual fall show, this year titled “The Arc Of A Love Affair”. Pizzarelli and Molaskey grow better with the years. Life and love have mixed together and burnished them like fine pieces of copper. Their humor grows lighter and their depth more profound with every year. Simplicity, elegance, style and grace are the hallmark of this pair.

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“This Day Forward”

“This Day Forward” by Nicky Silver at The Vineyard Theater starts out more in “I Love Lucy” sitcom land, but winds up in dysfunctional family “August: Osage County” world. Which is a place most of his work at least visits, if not lodges in firmly. And it’s directed by Mark Brokaw who is a frequent navigator of the Silver waters.

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Sometimes you see something you wish everyone could see. I’m thinking not only of playwright Donald Steele’s writing, which is always engaging, but also of how it was staged tonight, in an elegant apartment in the west village, where actors Shauna Bloom and John Lampe plied their trade in the most noteworthy fashion.

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I was intrigued by the premise of Paula J. Caplan’s play “Shades” currently making its NYC debut at The Cherry Lane Studio Theater. About a family with veterans from different wars, and non-veterans, the play asks the questions “how do people who love each other keep their differences from tearing them apart?” And “what does it mean to be a patriot, and can you be one if you don’t agree with what your government is doing?” The press release says it has been described as “a cross between Eugene O’Neill meets ‘All in the Family’ – because of its combination of drama and humor.” I know, I know, it’s a press release, It’s supposed to sell me.

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A Taste of Things to Come

Can four powerhouse actors with Broadway caliber voices rise above their one dimensional characters and just mildly funny book to bring home a satisfying production? Yes, they manage to deliver the goods, but the goods are less than great.

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