INDECENT TO PLAY SPECIAL SUNDAY NIGHT SHOW
Jul11

INDECENT TO PLAY SPECIAL SUNDAY NIGHT SHOW

The production will play a special performance on Sunday, July 30 at 8:00 PM, to provide working members of the New York theatre community with an added opportunity to see the Tony Award-winning production.

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From the “Nuff Said” Department.
Jun27

From the “Nuff Said” Department.

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Attack of the Elvis Impersonators
Jun16

Attack of the Elvis Impersonators

This is a talented group of performers and musicians.  In addition, there was a ton of effort put into this production – just the special effects and sound alone are impressive.  And you can feel the enthusiasm among the cast and crew.  Everyone is giving it everything they have.  Still, the level of storytelling only achieves that of a college spoof. 

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Invincible
Jun14

Invincible

“Invincible” the kind of production that drives me around the bend.  Here are actors working so very hard and doing fine work, but the are impeded by an inadequate script and unimaginative direction.  It’s like watching an athlete run up the down escalator over and over again.

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Julius Caesar
Jun13

Julius Caesar

Because of Bank of America and Delta withdrawing their financial support, this production will be getting way more attention than it deserves.  Not that it is a bad production.  It is a ho-hum production that has so many wink-wink elements stuffed into it that it becomes unbalanced.  The concept of making this a contemporary setting started out as one thing and them morphed into a being all its own.

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Amanda McBroom Celebrates New CD “Voices”
Jun12

Amanda McBroom Celebrates New CD “Voices”

By Tulis McCall Well now.  Haven’t I been having a run of good times around town at cabaret watering holes??  With this writing I add Amanda McBroom to my list of extraordinary events.  McBroom (you HAVE to love that name.  HAVE TO.) was toasted recently by Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton in “Beautiful Mistake”.  So suddenly I am familiar with a living (and legendary) composer.  Imagine that! Last Monday, June 5th,...

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End of Longing
Jun07

End of Longing

Whether or not a play is based on facts is none of anyone’s business. As a matter of fact, it is often the last nail in the coffin, because “it happened like this” usually triumphs over plot and story lines. In this case we did not fare too badly. It is not great theatre, but it does stick with you.

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The Government Inspector
Jun02

The Government Inspector

There are two delicious reasons to see Red Bull’s The Government Inspector.  The first is Michael Urie (no surprise there) and the second is Arnie Burton, who should be employed everywhere.

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Stacy Sullivan – A Night At The Troubadour
May26

Stacy Sullivan – A Night At The Troubadour

These songs, as delivered to perfection by Sullivan, are jewels. She closes her evening with Your Face, Your Smiles, which Sullivan heard first at David Ackles memorial service and was was the first song she recorded. It is s song that bypasses the head and dives directly into your heart. You are defenseless. Which is kind of the idea.

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – London Calling
May25

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – London Calling

Wow, wow, double wow, in fact, wow times 6.

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62nd Annual Obie Awards Winners
May23

62nd Annual Obie Awards Winners

See the full list here.

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Sojourners & Her Portmanteau
May23

Sojourners & Her Portmanteau

The most compelling element of this double header is the concept. Mfoniso Udofia is telling the story of a slice of the Nigerian Diaspora as it unfolded, beginning with the late 1970’s. This is a rich territory to mine because it is pretty much untouched.

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The Whirligig
May22

The Whirligig

Hamish Linklater knows from relationships. In The New Group’s The Whirligig now at Pershing Square Signature Center, he lays them out like a card shark fanning a deck. You can take your pick. Father/Daughter. Mother/Daughter. Father/Mother. Daughter/Friend. Friend/Husband. Husband/Bar Customer. That is enough to get you started.

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Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton “Beautiful Mistake”
May19

Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton “Beautiful Mistake”

Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton are together again at Pangea with a new show Beautiful Mistake.  And are we not the better for it? I don’t know if audiences come to these two for the music (which is out of this world) or just to see these two bask in each other’s company. Who cares?

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Derren Brown: Secret
May18

Derren Brown: Secret

If you like your brains scrambled, or over easy, or poached or any way other than the way you usually carry them around, Derren Brown is the fella for you. This one is a Jeeze Louise of the Highest Order.

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