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Monday, October 16, 2017

Irish Arts Center Celebrates with Spirit of Ireland Gala by Jk Clarke

  Friday, October 13 was full of good auspices at Cipriani on 42nd Street as the Irish Arts Center celebrated with its Spirit of Ireland Gala. This year’s event honored: Emmy, Gra…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

CSC’s As You Like It by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   To label Classic Stage Company’s new production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It “Marxist” might be at first off-putting…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Photos: American Theatre Wing Centennial Gala by Jk Clarke

      Monday, September 18, The American Theatre Wing celebrated 100 years of service to the musical theater industry with its Annual Gala at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street. …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

RuPaul’s Fashion Does Drag Ball by Jk Clarke

    Fashion icons RuPaul and Marc Jacobs kicked off fall fashion week September 7 at the McKittrick Hotel with the “Fashion Does Drag Ball, benefiting Planned Parenthood. The…

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Just Like That! Public’s Joyous As You Like It by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   William Shakespeare’s plays are far too often slandered as snooty intellectual fare, despite their being, from the beginning, theater for th…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photos – The Terms of My Surrender Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    With red, white and blue-clad drummers and much fanfare, Michael Moore’s Broadway debut, The Terms of My Surrender, opened at the Belasco Theatre Thursday, August 10. …

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Broadway Icon Barbara Cook Dead at 89 by Jk Clarke

    Beloved Broadway and Cabaret legend Barbara Cook died Tuesday August 8 at her home in Manhattan. She was 89. Recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 2011, the legendary Soprano …

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Photos – Curvy Widow Opening Night by Jk Clarke

  Thursday evening, August 3, saw the opening of the new musical comedy Curvy Widow at the Westside Theatre. With Book by Bobby Goldman, Music  & Lyrics by Drew Brody and directed …

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Dating Dame – Curvy Widow by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   Judging by the piece about Curvy Widow in the current issue of Playbill, which notes that it “has been on the express track, taking j…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Dreamy in Central Park by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a fan favorite. It’s one of those plays that survives a heavy editing process and always see…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sam Shepard, Award Winning Playwright, Actor, Director, and Icon — Dead At 73 by Jk Clarke

        by Cooper Lawrence   Sam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize winning, and Oscar nominated playwright, actor and director has died at the age of 73.   To many of us …

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Cole Porter: Easy To Love by Jk Clarke

      by Marilyn Lester   Who couldn’t love a Cole Porter song? Certainly there must be very few, as Jazz in July Artistic Director and host Bill Charlap explained,…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Happening to Celebrate Birthday Girl Annie Ross by Jk Clarke

          by Martha Wade Steketee   July 25, 2017 really is the 87th birthday of Annie Ross and marks the 11th year of regular appearances at the venue by this …

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Linda Lavin and the Women Who Haunt Her by Jk Clarke

        by Martha Wade Steketee   Linda Lavin is a New York City girl who holds audiences rapt by comedic and dramatic performances on television, film, and stage. W…

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Karrin Allyson Swings Low by Jk Clarke

        by Martha Wade Steketee   The scene at Birdland this steamy July evening skews young—tables of college-aged pals, a large group of teens from Britain. The …

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Enterprise — Business as Battlefield by Jk Clarke

          by Alix Cohen   Fanfare. Four business-suited men in an elevator erupt with staccato impressions of ongoing commerce as if finishing each other’s sentences …

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert by Jk Clarke

      A gleeful revival of a musical that still manages to keep audiences laughing.         by Joel Benjamin   It’s impossible to imagine a more tal…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Julius Caesar and the Mean Girls by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   Wouldn’t it be delightfully ironic if gangs of high school girls protested Pocket Universe’s new all-female production of Julius Caesar, in which…

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Great Eggspectations: Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo by Jk Clarke

        by Samuel L. Leiter   Ovo, which means “egg” in Portuguese, is about the cycle of life, or at least that’s the loose theme around which this typically …

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Measure for Measure – Hard Lessons by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   To effectively convey a message about morals and ethics in a theatrical production, it’s probably best to use a contemporary setting. Charac…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Glenn Close Takes Final Bow on Sunset Boulevard by Jk Clarke

        Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close takes her final bow as “Norma Desmond” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece, Sunset Boulevard.…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Outdoor Richard III – Smith Street Stages by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   One doesn’t expect much from free outdoor summer Shakespeare productions (aside from The Public’s professional Shakespeare in the Park, of…

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

She Gets Around: The Traveling Lady by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   Horton Foote, the admired Texas playwright who died at 92 in 2009, wrote so many worthy plays it’s rare for a season to pass w…

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Off Broadway Alliance 2017 Award Winners by Jk Clarke

      The Off Broadway Alliance Announces 2017 Award Winners! Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is Best New Musical Indecent is Best New Play       The Off Broadway Al…

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Mario Cantone at the Café Carlyle by Jk Clarke

        The unique and celebrated stage actor and stand-up comic Mario Cantone makes his Café Carlyle debut June 20-23.       by Linda Amiel Burns   …

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In a Word by Jk Clarke

        by Carole Di Tosti   What happens when you leave your seven-year-old child alone for three minutes in a locked car with the specific instructions not to open…

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Hal David’s Magic Moments in Memory and Song by Jk Clarke

      by Martha Wade Steketee   We make our way to the second floor Buttenwieser Hall at the 92nd Street Y on a sultry June evening without benefit of functioning elevato…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Marilyn Maye By Request and Never Better by Jk Clarke

      by Myra Chanin   I am rarely at a loss for words, but the opening night of Marilyn Maye By Request at the Metropolitan Room rendered me speechless, so I’m letting…

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Underground – Tube of Meet by Jk Clarke

        by Steve Nardoni   Several rows of fixed folding chairs on either side of the stage face sterile and appropriate scenery: merely six wooden benches. As we en…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Terezin by Jk Clarke

          by Carole Di Tosti   Terezin, a tragedy written and directed by Nicholas Tolkien is in a World Premiere at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York City.…

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1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs by Jk Clarke

            One Hundred Years Remembered – 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs   by Marcina Zaccaria   One hundred years is a long time. W…

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