Author: Margret Echeverria

Erich Bergen At Cafe Carlyle

JUST ONE MORE NIGHT! It is such a pleasure to experience a cabaret performer who offers up first-time banter, warm confidence, a voice with genuine range and a willingness to take the ultimate risk – requests from the audience – because you are his instant true friend, even if only for the night.  Erich Bergen is having a great time at The Cafe Carlyle and you should join the party.  It is so good to be back after Covid shut down the cafe; the servers smile and look you right in the eye as they pull out your chair and invite you to have a cocktail. 

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf

Thoughts of suicide are not okay, common wisdom tells us.  Once we learn that, many of us will shut up about it because the last thing we want are people in positions of authority trying to “help.” When you are a woman and colored, there are many authoritarians ignorant of who and what you are dictating what is best for you.  In For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, Ntozake Shange presents us with a sacred space of sisterhood where these hidden stories are delivered through poetry and dance showing us how some sisters ultimately chose pleasurable survival despite assignation of second class citizen statuses. No one asks, Are you okay? because these women are beyond all the ineffective platitudes.  They are honest, passionate expressions of joy won through living and learning their pain over and over again.

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American Buffalo

The passion Rockwell has for the craft of acting is infectious.  He is absolutely enjoying himself as he spreads the fire under Fishburne and Criss immediately bringing the ensemble to a steady sizzle.  Intermission comes quickly when that kind of magic is flowing on the stage and you can hardly wait to get back into the story. I didn’t even go downstairs to pee and I’m fifty-two.

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