Sunday, October 13, 2019

Emma Van Heyn at The Bitter End by Jacquelyn Claire

Emma Van Heyn is a quirky millennial memoirist using music as flypaper for her unique perspective. She is one of those actor/pianist/storyteller/composer artists that create instant fans on …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

11 Questions With Carie Karavas: Because This One Goes Up To Eleven by Db Frick

Photo: Courtesy of Google Long Island is a never ending bevy of comedic genius. There is no denying the incredible talent that has poured forth from the mouth of the comedy circuit on this t…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Height of the Storm – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Jeff Myhre

Back in elementary school, we all learned that a story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Apparently, playwright Florian Zeller was absent that day, or perhaps, he merely couldn’t be bo…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Only Yesterday at 59E59 Theater by Db Frick

Photo by Carol Rosegg “Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia”. -Julia- by John Lennon   I was first introduced to The Beatles by my mother, Georgiana …

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Co•Lab Dance at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center by Patricia Contino

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” is a big conversation starter this time of year  Dancers dance, whether on tour, as featured guests at festivals, or for members of American…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ma-Yi Theater Company Presents the World Premiere of “Felix Starro” at Theatre Row by Patricia Contino

  Like many musicals, Felix Starro, opening Ma-Yi Theatre Company’s 30th anniversary season at Theatre Row, is about the tenuous connection between family and faith.  What makes Feli…

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“Bat Out of Hell”, Finishes Up A Stellar Run At The New York City Center Theatre This Sept 8th by Db Frick

Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington ride into hellfire in Bat Out of Hell from August 1st to Sept 8th at The New York City Center. Photo By: The 1970’s were a profoundly prolif…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lara Spencer Won’t Read This and I Don’t Care by Patricia Contino

My first reaction to Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer’s insensitive remarks about young Prince George taking ballet lessons was primal outrage.  Ballet is one of my “things” …

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Joyce Ballet Festival Program C, or The Art of the Arabesque by Patricia Contino

  Arabesque: “One of the basic poses in ballet, arabesque takes its name from a form of Moorish ornament. In ballet it is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which c…

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The Perfect Fit by Joshua Turchin by Julia Ippstein

The Perfect Fit by Joshua Turchin The Perfect Fit is an extraordinary achievement for a 12 year old. I am truly impressed by Joshua Turchin who, not only wrote the book, music and lyrics but…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance’s ‘Under Siege’ at Mostly Mozart by Patricia Contino

  Since there is no longer a Lincoln Center Festival (the moral being never hire a former college president who believed locals could summer in Salzburg or other pricey European festivals j…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

THE BLACK CLOWN Theatricalizes the Experience of Black Americans at the Mostly Mozart Festival by Cindy Sibilsky

The triumphant, masterful production of The Black Clown—that performed its New York City premiere from July 24-27th as part of the 2019 annual Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival—o…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise at The Shed is a 21st Century Kung Fu Spectacle by Cindy Sibilsky

Swords whizzed past heads close enough to cut their opponents’ hair; dancers dropped from or rose to the sky like celestial beings dangling on a mere thread; acrobatic action scenes shifte…

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Friday, July 26, 2019

“Freddie Falls in Love” at the Joyce Theater by Jeff Myhre

Choreographers have a default line in interviews that is some variant of “I tell stories through dance.” Much of the time, though, I watch their work and wonder what the story might have…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

A STRANGE LOOP Raises the Bar for Queer Black Representation and Sets a New Standard for Musicals Today by Cindy Sibilsky

I first encountered A Strange Loop in 2015 at the Musical Theatre Factory when it was still located in a gay porn video warehouse above (the original) Drama Bookstore just around the corner …

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Midsummer Dance Card: Tradition Defined by Patricia Contino

  A delightful part of ballet history was at the Joyce July 7-14. The Dance is an art because it demands vocation, knowledge, and ability. It is a fine art because it strives for an ideal, …

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

“Dog Man the Musical” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre by Jeff Myhre

Dog Man the Musical comes from the pen of one of the most banned authors in America today. Dav Pilkey is the man who gave us the “Captain Underpants” series. And as you might expect, the…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NOTHING HERE IS REAL – Interview with Gary Ferrar by Jacquelyn Claire

  For a single night each month, you can join Gary Ferrar, one of New York’s most sought-after entertainers, for a mind-bending evening of magic and mentalism. You gather around an antiqu…

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Final Performances of Megan Monaghan Rivas’s ‘Three Musketeers: 1941’ This Weekend! by Patricia Contino

    Even if King Arthur didn’t return to the aid of Great Britain during World War II, other heroes like Wonder Woman, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Pimpernel aided th…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Celebrations Two Legends Remembered During PRIDE Month by Patricia Contino

It’s been 30 years since photographer  Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) died from AIDS.  The June-long celebration of civil rights and respect …

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Madame Lynch at New Ohio Theatre by Jacquelyn Claire

Madame Lynch is a buffet of bloodthirsty; maniacal madness, flavored  heavily with every theatrical device imaginable. It’s quite simply delicious from start to end. The Drunkards Wife t…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Pilobolus –The Joyce Theatre by Jeff Myhre

Pilobolus is performing two programs during its three-weeks at the Joyce Theater this summer, and each piece is unique while being ineffably consistent with the style of the company. It is d…

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

NY Philharmonic Ends Its Season with David Lang’s ‘prisoner of the state’ by Patricia Contino

    The New York Philharmonic  began the 2018-2019 season in light and ended in darkness with the world premiere of David Lang’s opera prisoner of the state. The NYP commission, con…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

A Positive Russian Influence: Ballet by Patricia Contino

As the Romanovs’s bewilderingly indifference to the political and socioeconomic upheavals leading to the Russian Revolution worsened, ballet at home and abroad flourished.  French-born Ma…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Remembrance: New York City Opera and The Museum of Jewish Heritage by Patricia Contino

Apologies for the delayed review of New York City Opera’s world premiere of Ted Rosenthal’s Dear Erich. The sold-out performances were January 9-13, 2019 at the National Yiddish Theatr…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

The Day I Became Black at The SoHo Playhouse by Jacquelyn Claire

The Day I Became Black is a heart opener, a mind shifter, a bridge builder. Bill Posley’s life-storytelling is the antidote to desensitizing discourse overload. Today we are inundated wit…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

New York Opera Fest: LOTNY’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ by Benjamin Britten by Patricia Contino

The Metropolitan Opera season is over and summer festivals featuring opera (Bard, Caramoor, Mostly Mozart, not to mention Saratoga Springs and Tanglewood for long weekends) are months away, …

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Spring Weekend Soundbites by Jacquelyn Claire

  With over 7.5 million daffodils planted by 100 000 volunteers in NYC and 194,000 tulips in Central Park – spring is definitely in the air. To celebrate the arrival of this burst of colo…

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Mobile Unit’s THE TEMPEST at The Public Theater by Cindy Sibilsky

The stormy start to May has served as a fitting setting for the debut of The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, that washed up on its home shores near …

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Monday, May 6, 2019

BEETLEJUICE the Musical on Broadway by Cindy Sibilsky

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! Cheering his name three times from the rafters wouldn’t be nearly enough to glorify this utterly fantastic stage adaptation. Praise the dark forces t…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

‘Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie’ at Ars Nova Greenwich House by Patricia Contino

  A show that’s sold old since previews is pretty much reviewer-proof, but, if possible, try to catch Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie  at Ars Nova at Greenwich House  (27 Barrow Street, NYC…

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