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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Rhythms Opens at Urban Stages by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Opening night on December 12 was a celebratory tribute to The Maestro and His Music – Barry Levitt, who died unexpectedly on September 21, 2017 leaving…

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Broadway Sings the Beatles: Not Your Ordinary Karaoke by Sandi Durell

  by Matt Smith     The joint was jumpin’ at the Highline Ballroom on December 4th. All was lively and abuzz, as the wine flowed, snacks were passed around, and Taylor Swift…

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Joe Iconis & Family Xmas Extravaganza – Preview by Sandi Durell

  A New York City Twisted Holiday Tradition celebrates its Tenth Splendiferous Year! Joe Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks are proud to bring their insane celebration …

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Robert Creighton Returns to 54 Below with Holiday Happy! by Sandi Durell

  Triple threat Robert Creighton is back at Feinstein’s/54 Below with his show Holiday Happy! on December 14 at 7 pm. The award winning Creighton as Cagney is now readying for his…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


  by Samuel L. Leiter   During the early 1950s, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), one of twentieth-century Japan’s greatest and most unusual writers, wrote many original plays for both …

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Not Another Christmas! The Musical by Sandi Durell

  Letters and Christmas Lore   By Marcina Zaccaria   How do you say exactly the right thing at Christmas time? This Christmas, Stomping Ground Theatre Company and Gwen Arment …

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Cruel Intentions:  The Musical by Sandi Durell

      by Adam Cohen   Pop culture has fueled many a debate as to what is entertainment.  The entirety of attitudes, ideas, images, and perspectives are reflected and (re…

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What’s Going On Across the Pond in London by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   There’s something for everyone in London’s whirlwind winter season. And don’t worry – if you can’t make it over till after the holidays, these fine …

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A Room in India by Sandi Durell

    By Joel Benjamin   Legendary theatre director, Ariane Mnouchkine, famous for her imaginatively crafted, large-scale creations has brought her Théâtre du Soleil to the sumptu…

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Dear Evan Hansen – Fan Day by Sandi Durell

    Photos by Maya Werner   Dear Evan Hansen had their special Fan Day performance on Sunday, December 10, with an audience comprised almost entirely of Dear Evan Hansen fans,…

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Here’s Love to the Music Man by Sandi Durell

  By Marilyn Lester   The ninth season of The Ziegfeld Society got off to a boffo start with a celebration of Meredith Willson and his best-known work, The Music Man. To celebrate …

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Siegel Column – Money and SpongeBob Squarepants by Sandi Durell

Let’s talk about Money and SpongeBob Squarepants     By Barbara & Scott Siegel   If talent is the lifeblood of the theater, then money is at the heart of it all, because…

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Marilyn Maye at Iridium Jazz Club by Sandi Durell

    by Susan Hasho   Marilyn Maye appeared at the Iridium Friday and Saturday nights, December 7 and 8th. Question is, how do you capture and write about Marilyn Maye? You can…

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Interview with Sandra Bernhard- Sandemonium by Sandi Durell

  Sandra Bernhard Brings Music, Edgy Wit and Plenty of Laughs to Sandemonium         By Marilyn Lester   For the last several decades, Sandra Bernhard has been …

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Mercedes Ellington – Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award by Sandi Durell

Mercedes Ellington Receives Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award & Surprise film from Columbus State University!  Columbus State University ‘s College of the Arts recently presente…

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Meteor Shower – Steve Martin Zany by Sandi Durell

  by Sandi Durell   It’s raining rocks in Steve Martin’s latest Broadway offering. Meteor Shower is a zany absurdist comedy that keeps repeating over and over again in varying …

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Moira Danis – Celtic Legacy by Sandi Durell

    By Marilyn Lester   Often, when an Irish American returns to the auld sod and discovers ancestral roots, a kind of possession takes place. Such has been the case with sing…

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Acting Company Honors John Guare & Anne L. Bernstein by Sandi Durell

  The Acting Company honored playwright John Guare and film and theater producer/philanthropist Anne L. Bernstein—two individuals whose exemplary work aligns with the artistic and…

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Awake and Sing: David Mandelbaum’s 21st Century Miracle         by Sandi Durell

    by Myra Chanin     The New Yiddish Rep’s current production of Awake and Sing, Clifford Odets’ 1935 American masterpiece, is a 21st century miracle. It valida…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cross That River by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell     Resounding with spirit and vitality, Cross That River tells the tale of a runaway slave in the 1860s who had a dream. . . a dream of freedom. With…

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The Parisian Woman – What Some Women Will Do by Sandi Durell

      By Sandi Durell   In the Washington, D.C. scene there seems to be no end to surprises. Our day-to-day lives are replete with the can-you-top-this kind of politics t…

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Michael Cerveris & Loose Cattle at Sheen Center by Sandi Durell

  On Monday, December 11 at 7:30PM, The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture presents two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris (Fun Home, Assassins, The Who’s Tommy) and…

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Richard Holbrook: The Many Moods of Christmas by Sandi Durell

  by Lisa Reitman-Dobi   The lights dimmed, the music rose and Richard Holbrook took the stage. I scribbled the following: “Starry eyed as boy xmas, child’s sense of wonder, lo…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tina Fey & Don Katz Honored by NY Stage & Film by Sandi Durell

  New York Stage & Film’s annual Winter Gala, celebrating 33 years of service to the American stage and screen, honored Tina Fey and Founder & CEO of Audible, Inc. Don Katz …

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Describe the night by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken   First and foremost, there’s the journal. It’s where Describe the Night, at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, begins, it’s wh…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

SpongeBob Square Pants by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken     He may not look like a sponge, but boy does Ethan Slater act like one. Like one sponge in particular, that is, for he’s the title character in Spong…

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Richard Skipper Celebrates December with Special Guest Kathryn Crosby by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   It’s a joyous holiday time year round when Richard Skipper Celebrates! His successful monthly series at the Laurie Beechman Theatre have come to be kno…

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A Christmas Carol at the Torn Page Townhouse by Sandi Durell

    By Marcina Zaccaria   Chains rattling in your ears? Ghosts flying from the rafters? If you’re aching to consult old colleagues to figure a better future, or are just hop…

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Once on This Island by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Bracken     Twenty-six years after it was nominated for a Tony Award, Once on This Island is back on Broadway, performed in the round at Circle in the Squa…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Downtown Race Riot by Sandi Durell

    By Grace Treston   Financial struggles; racial tensions; the USA. No, these aren’t buzzwords from the headlines of today – though they very well could be. This is Down…

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Believe In Magic- Jason Bishop and His Boxes by Sandi Durell

  Review by Alix Cohen   Jason Bishop has a thing about boxes. Assistant Kim climbs into one that collapses to an empty  12” x 12” x 12” structure which is pierced by sabers…

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