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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Camille O’Sullivan Sings Jacques Brel by Sandi Durell

   by Elizabeth Ahlfors   New York has its own Catagory 5 hurricane crashing into the Irish Arts Center with powerhouse waves of music, madcap energy and a fierce interpretation o…

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S’Wonderful- The Music of George Gershwin- And It Was! by Sandi Durell

  Evening Two of the NY Cabaret Convention   by Alix Cohen    In their 6th successful hosting of a New York Cabaret Convention evening, Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci deli…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Abingdon Theatre Rehearsals for 25th Anniversary Gala by Sandi Durell

  The Abingdon Theatre Company will hold their 25th Anniversary Gala at the Edison Ballroom on October 23 honoring Bebe Neuwirth. But first, Theater Pizzazz’ Magda Katz was on th…

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20th Century Blues Meets the Press by Sandi Durell

  by Maya Werner   The Cast of Susan Miller’s  20th Century Blues met the press for photos and interviews and to present more about the upcoming production. 20th Century Blu…

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Measure for Measure – Elevator Repair Service by Sandi Durell

      by Carol Rocamora     “Problem play?” What “problem play?!!” Leave it to the adventurous Elevator Repair Service company to take a challenging Shakespe…

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Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Songs of Maury Yeston by Sandi Durell

  Spamilton’s Gerard Alessandrini gives songwriter, Maury Yeston his due.     By Joel Benjamin   Gerard Alessandrini’s resume may seem overflowing with his many legendary For…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

28th Cabaret Convention – Evening No. 1 by Sandi Durell

  by Linda Amiel Burns     The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 28th Cabaret Convention had its gala opening at Rose Hall on Oct. 16, 2017 emceed by Award Winning Artistic Director…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Richard III – BAM by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   He’s grotesque. He’s deformed. He’s dangerous. He’s the most charismatic character you’ve seen on stage in years, and you can’t resist him. You’…

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Squeamish – a Bloody Nightmare! by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   A small dark dimly lit stage, a comfortable chair, a lamp and a throw blanket set the mood for Squeamish at the Beckett Theatre. Shortly, Alison Fraser, …

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Turbulence – Fringe Encore Series by Sandi Durell

  By Michael Bracken   Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night. Well, of course it is! Turbulence!, part of the Fringe Encore Series, rocks the Soho Playhouse more…

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The Home Place – Irish Rep by Sandi Durell

    By Beatrice Williams-Rude   Brian Friel’s play, The Home Place, looks at what constitutes home—to the heart. The wealthy landowner, Christopher Gore, a kindly man with…

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Maxine Linehan’s One: The Songs of U2 by Sandi Durell

    By Eric J. Grimm   Cabaret mainstay Maxine Linehan pivots from the Great American Songbook to the Irish rock songbook in her new show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, One: The S…

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Time and The Conways by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   Never has time been so succinctly brought into focus as in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s current revival of J. B. Priestley’s Time and the Conways…

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Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   Writing a theatrical parody of a popular book, film or musical poses a particularly difficult challenge for its authors: how do you satisfy fans of the wo…

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Renee Katz ‘ Never Been Gone’ by Sandi Durell

    by Matt Smith   “Of all the energies that drive us, there is only one that can never be transcended into negative actions toward others, and that is the energy of compas…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Radio City Rockettes Rehearse Xmas Spectacular for Press by Sandi Durell

  by Maya Werner   The Radio City Rockettes rehearsed their iconic Christmas Spectacular this past Thursday for the press. The Rockettes dance company was founded in 1925 in Saint …

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The Siege – 2002 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Sandi Durell

  by Carol Rocamora   The power of The Siege, Freedom Theatre’s heartrending account of the 2002 Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Bethlehem, is that it is told not with rage or ra…

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Betty Buckley -Story Songs #2 by Sandi Durell

  By Brian Scott Lipton   Throughout her decades as one of the world’s foremost cabaret artists, Betty Buckley has practically embodied the phrase “courage of her convictions.…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jay Armstrong Johnson – Not So Scary Halloween Preview by Sandi Durell

  Jay Armstrong Johnson like you’ve never seen him. . . in “Not So Scary Halloween Party” at Feinstein’s/54 Below on October 31 at 7 and 9:30 pm.  Yes, the Sand…

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MCC Theater Preview: African Mean Girls Play by Sandi Durell

      It was press day October 10 for MCC Theater’s World Premiere of School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play. Tony Award winning director Rebecca Taichman and 201…

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A Very Sordid Wedding Hits the Big Apple by Sandi Durell

    by Michael Lee Stever   It’s been a whopping seventeen years since Del Shores tipped his feature length Texas Stetson to his brazen band of lovable misfits from Sord…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Honeymooners Opening Night at Paper Mill Playhouse by Sandi Durell

Paper Mill Playhouse –  recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, by special arrangement with Jeffrey Finn, opened the new …

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Rita Wilson Returns to Café Carlyle by Sandi Durell

    By Sandi Durell   The tall, good looking perky blonde is, once again, in residency at the Café Carlyle and is an appealing sight. Although, audiences are mainly used to h…

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Andrea McArdle at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sandi Durell

  by Brian Scott Lipton   It may not be a news flash that Andrea McArdle is all grown up; all you need to do is basic math to realize that her star-making debut in the title role o…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Kafka and Son by Sandi Durell

by Adam Cohen   Who knew Franz Kafka was the first millennial?  Here he is living at home at 36, struggling with his art and his relationships with women and his father.  Actor Alon N…

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Dawn Derow- My Ship: Songs from 1941- Intoxicating by Sandi Durell

  Dedicated to Barry Levitt 1947-2017         by Alix Cohen   Occasionally I have the pleasure of attending a really good cabaret show. More rare than these are…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Love is Good for Christine Andreas by Sandi Durell

  by Peter Haas   There was a noticeable surge in weekend traffic on the Upper East Side this past summer, as cabaret fans flocked to the Beach Café –newly re-constituted as a c…

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I Lost You There – Iris Bahr by Sandi Durell

  by Michael Bracken   Best known for her recurring role as Rachel Heineman on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Iris Bahr is also a writer to be reckoned with. Her latest solo effort, I Lost …

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Tragedy in Mesquite, NV by Sandi Durell

  by Marcina Zaccaria   The interrogation: does a Mayoral candidate, perfectly dressed, have blood on her hands? Politics can be a dirty business. When so many parties are involved…

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The Serious Side of Gerard Alessandrini by Sandi Durell

  The Serious Side of Gerard Alessandrini (or) Why Did Our Most Hilarious Musical Theater Parodist Conceive and Direct a Show Devoted to the Music of Maury Yeston?     By Barb…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Coffee or Croissant? by Sandi Durell

by Marcina Zaccaria   Café Play is a rare, blissful experience conceived, structured, and directed by Erin B. Mee. Joining a small group at 10:30AM at the Cornelia Street Café, it fel…

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