RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S ALLEGRO
Nov21

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S ALLEGRO

What do you call a production that does everything well?

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What Tammy Needs to Know about Getting Old and Having Sex
Nov09

What Tammy Needs to Know about Getting Old and Having Sex

….a good time was had by all audience and performers despite their ages.

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SHUT UP SIT DOWN AND EAT
Nov04

SHUT UP SIT DOWN AND EAT

…the writing is crisp and funny, enhanced by a smooth stand up delivery.

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Ben Rimalower is Bad With Money
Nov04

Ben Rimalower is Bad With Money

I love the cabaret room at The Duplex. It’s cozy, small and narrow. People are seated close to one another in a way that feels like a party is about to begin. The room was packed. When Ben Rimalower made his entrance through the audience belting out an old Judy Garland song; “I’d like to hate myself in the morning” we were ready for the games to begin.

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Inventing Mary Martin
Apr28

Inventing Mary Martin

The writer/director Stephen Cole felt the performer Mary Martin was fading from people’s consciousness.  Her outstanding shows were; “Peter Pan”, “Sound of Music” and “South Pacific”. He decided to work with musical supervisor/arranger David Krane “to re-invent much of her material to give it a new shine”.  The cast consists of three women and one man, Cameron Adams, Lynne...

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The Mystery of Irma Vep
Apr23

The Mystery of Irma Vep

Is your inner child alive and well?  Or does it need a transfusion to revive?  Have I got the prescription for you.  Run, don’t walk to the Lucille Lortel Theater to see  the revival of  The Mystery of Irma Vep!  A combination of silliness, satire and sophistication that no child or adult can resist.  A true laugh fest. This play was originally performed in 1984.  It was written by Charles Ludlam who was the founder of The...

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50 SHADES!  THE MUSICAL
Apr23

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL

Thank you, thank you 50 Shades! The Musical.  You have validated my objections to the glorification of female submissiveness touted in the book Fifty Shades of Gray.  Plus you have done it in a clever fun musical where one has to laugh at the idiocy of female submission.  This show originated in 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  It has had several incarnations in other cities.  The New York production takes place on the second...

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And Baby Makes Seven
Mar24

And Baby Makes Seven

Paula Vogel’s play “HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE” won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  She sensitively shed light on a girl’s relationship with her uncle, who had initiated her sexually during driving lessons when she was 11 years old. It left me clearer on the effect of this on the main character.  I was expecting the revival of Vogel’s And Baby Makes Seven would pull me into these characters in their...

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Intimacy

WARNING !!  WARNING !! WARNING !!  It’s immediately clear in Thomas Bradshaw’s new play “Intimacy” that the emperor definitely has no clothes on.  We visit with three neighbor’s households in suburbia. Eventually everyone sheds their clothes, literally.  In addition to nudity the characters spew their issues:  “mexicans are lazy, jews are cheap,  “kids make fun of me because my mother works in...

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Going East Towards Home

Billy Yalowitz, writer and actor who plays his older self does it all.  He plays guitar, sings, and moves like a trained dancer. We follow him through his life in search of an answer.  He is joined by three other actors.  David  Kreminitzer, who plays the younger Billy, more exuberantly than I imagined the real Billy.  Brian Gunter, who believably plays Woody Guthrie. He has a wonderful singing voice, and thankfully we understand each...

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Peggy Eason – As I See It

Feeling sorry for yourself?  Nothing great from Santa?  New Year’s Eve ho hum?  You need Peggy Eason’s new cabaret show; “As I See It”.    She is an African American woman blind from birth, fifth of twelve children, recently retired from the State Division of Parole, where she was union president.  Bored with retirement, she is pursuing her love of singing.  Early on she sings “I’m Gonna Live...

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Peggy Shaw “Ruff”

Brava, or should I say Bravo to Peggy Shaw, the butch lesbian Sean Penn look-alike for her solo show “Ruff”.  She with Lois Weaver, director and co-author, have been presenting theater work with their company Split Britches since the 1980’s.  Their work has always been original, funny and challenging.  They have dealt with issues like: what is a lesbian, what is a woman, outsiders, and gender issues. This 75 minute...

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Baby Jane’s “MORE Rules of the Road”

Don’t be fooled by Baby Jane’s approach to the stage.  True, she appears frail leaning on an escort’s arm.  But give her a minute to settle herself on a stool center stage.  Make no mistake, this is a powerful performer.  Her voice is strong.  She does not play it safe with her choice of songs or her inspired interpretations.  Yes, she does include some familiar standards, (“They Can’t Take That Away From...

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Tanya Holt & Marcus Simeone in “Quiet Storm”

  The New York cabaret scene is not as big as it once was, but if you want to be transported to a sophisticated boîte listening to two smooth as silk singers?  Have I got a place for you. Close your eyes and you can be back in a 1940’s technicolor movie listening to wonderful music and lyrics from the past to the present. The song list includes Cole Porter, Comden and Green, Vincent Youmans, Mariah Carey and others.   Tanya...

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The Norwegians
Oct03

The Norwegians

BY TAFFY JAFFE   Just when you thought an enjoyable evening in the theater had to cost $100. for a balcony seat, along comes The Norwegians.  For $39.99 you will entertained by a smart, quirky plot, non sit-com laughs, and good to superb acting, in an intimate setting.  The Drilling Company presented this off-off broadway production last March where it was extended.  It reopened in October and will continue the run until October...

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