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The World According to Micki Grant

An Enemy of the People

Uncle Vanya

"Sally & Tom"

"In Crocodile's Lair"

“Bring Them Back, a Dark Comedy”

The Heart of Rock and Roll

A second look at "In the Common Hour"

The Great Jones Rep revives their "Medea"

In the Common Hour

"The Wiz" returns

Doubt, a Parable


Orson's Shadow

American Rot


Days of Wine and Roses

Two Views of "The Ally"

Make Me Gorgeous!

"Henry V" in the raw

Bronx Opera Company

Beate Hein Bennett on "This is not a time of peace"

Glenda Frank on "This is not a time of peace"

Deadly Stages

Russian Troll Farm

Prayer for the French Republic



"Crime and Punishment"

Two views of "Our Class" at BAM

The Gardens of Anuncia


“All the Devils are Here: How Shakespeare Invented the villain"

The Gospel According to Chaim

Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping

Killin' Republicans


"Questions" by Terry Lee King

Harmony: A New Musical

The Jerusalem Syndrome

Spies for the Pope

Telling Tales Out of School

Melissa Etheridge in "My Window"

"Purlie Victorious" is back.

The Lights Are On

"Partnership" by Elizabeth Baker at The Mint

A second view of "Partnership"

"9/10" by Richard Willett

Here Lies Love

“Once Upon a One More Time"

Another look at "Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground"

"Singin' in the Rain" at Weston (VT) Playhouse

The Rock & Roll Man

The Cottage


“& Juliet”

Rock & Roll Man

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at Weston, VT Playhouse

Bob Fosse's "Dancin'"


New York, New York

Bad Cinderella


The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground

The Shylock and The Shakespeareans

Freedom Summer

The Thanksgiving Play

"Prima Facie" and "Walking With Bubbles"

"Creditors 2023"

Here Are The Blueberries

The Singing Sphere

Bad Cinderella


"The Understudy" at Morningside Players

Life of Pi

A Doll's House

The Rewards of Being Frank

The Hunting Gun

Pictures from Home

Hang Time

"Katy and Jennifer vs. The Flasher on New Year’s"

Irish Rep's "Endgame"

Radio 477!

Henry James' "Washington Square"

Becomes a Woman

Becomes a Woman

Tennessee Rising

The Time Travelers Club, Manhattan Division

"Han!"at La MaMa



Joffrey Concert Group & Limon

Buglisi Dance Theatre



Brenda Neville celebrates women composers

Kari Hoaas at La MaMa

Joffrey Ballet Concert Spring Gala

"Klytaimnestra" according to Alessandra Corona

"Tongue of the Flame"

Erasing Borders Dance Festival

"Passages" by Dances We Dance

Limón Dance Company at 75

“Morning Afternoon Evening” by Beth Jucovy

A Dance to the (eek!) House of Mercy

Anabella Lenzu on film

Loretta Thomas and "The Well"

Kathryn Posin Dance Company

Mimi Garrard Shows Us the Money

"Musik" by Miro Magloire

Periapsis at Dixon Place

Cornfield Dance Outdoors

Alessandra Corona Performance Works

Beth Jucovy streams a multidisciplinary mosaic

Mare Nostrum's Emerging Choreographer Series

Anabella Lenzu and CJ Holm

Beth Soll's Dances of Passion and Peace

Soaking WET's finale at West End Theatre

Martita Goshen, "Between Heaven and Earth"

Neville Dance "53 Movements"

Periapsis Music & Dance

Laura Pawel and Dancers

Jeanette Stoner and Dancers

Alessandra Corona presents two choreographers

Mimi Garrard and Marcus Jarell Willis at NY Live Arts

Francesca Todesco's 20-year journey in NYC

Mimi Garrard Dance at New York Live Arts

Michael Mao Retrospective

Masterpieces by Pina Bausch at BAM

Yin Yue Dance Company at Peridance

Alessandra Corona Performing Works

Jeanette Stoner




United States vs. Reality Winner

"Used and Borrowed Time"

"Nana," a Film of Holocaust Remembrance

"Step": Lethal Ladies Step Out and Step Up in New Documentary

"A Ghost Story": A Mediation on Time, Rememberance, and Loss



“The Lobster,” “Swiss Army Man,” “Wiener-Dog,” “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and “Captain Fantastic”

"The Revenant" and "Son of Saul"

Remember the Ladies: Stellar Performances from 2015

James Crump's "Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art"


Revisiting the Boston bombings through Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out" (1947)

"Ghost Cat of Otama Pond"

"Les Misérables"

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Pariah: Extremely Lesbian and Incredibly Butch

"Crazy, Stupid Love"--A Convincing Argument for Monogamy

"Every Day" -- is it "Ordinary People" Redux?



Stary Theatre of Krakow, Poland

"Singin' in the Rain" at Weston (VT) Playhouse

"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at Weston, VT Playhouse

"Woody Sez" at Weston Playhouse

"The Mountaintop" at Weston Playhouse

Ring of Fire at Weston Playhouse

"An Iliad" in Weston, VT

Herding Cats

Andréa Burns in "Bad Dates" by Theresa Rebeck at George Street Playhouse (streaming)

Live theater in Whitefield, New Hampshire

"Twelfth Night or What You Will" at The Guthrie

"The Father" at Pasadena Playhouse

Cinderella in NJ

Boeing Boeing at Phoenicia Playhouse

Bitef 53 in Brlgrade

"Forgotten Man" at New Jersey Rep

Week 2 Phoenicia Fringe Festival 2019 Reviews

Six Short Reviews from Phoenecia Fringe Festival

The Stratford Festival in Ontario

"The Immigrant" settles in
George Street Playhouse

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Cabaret Convention 2023
Three brilliant evenings of The American Songbook. By Lucy Komisar

Cabaret Convention 2022
Cabaret Convention, highlighting dozens of major cabaret singers in the U.S. and some abroad, is sponsored annually by Mabel Mercer Foundation.
Socialist radical Yip Harburg gets spotlight at NYC Cabaret Convention
American Standards are glorious finish to 2022 Cabaret Convention

Celebrating Two Countries: Australicana
"Australicana," which made its debut at the Triad, is Alexis Fishman’s seventh cabaret show, but it’s her first as an American citizen. The show celebrates her new status with a “deep dive into the chronicles of cultural confusion, hilarity and challenges of life as an Australican.” By Paulanne Simmons.

Love, Noël: the Songs and Letters of Noël Coward
KT Sullivan is a smash in “Love, Noël: the Songs and Letters of Noël Coward," written by Barry Day and directed by Charlotte Moore, at W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre, 32 West 22nd Street. Reviewed by Lucy Komisar and Edward Rubin.

Lionel Cole brightens Dad’s “Freddy Cole Quartet” in blackout
On July 13 there was blackout in New York City, Freddy Cole didn’t make it to his 8:30 set at Birdland last night. He was stuck in a nearby hotel when the power outage struck and, at 87, he couldn’t take the stairs. His son Lionel Cole took over, playing the piano, singing and charming the crowd with his voice, his personality and his kilts. It was a glorious evening at Legendary Jazz Club after all. By Lucy Komisar.

Broadway By the Year, 1943, 1951
For 19 years, impresario Scott Siegel has been delving into the past of American musicals to put before theater and cabaret fans the best known and hidden gems of the decades. And also presenting some of the finest performers to them. He picks a couple of years. The years 1943 and 1951 in this show were typically marked by blockbusters and some shows Lucy Komisar never knew.

Cabaret Convention 2018 hits very good notes with "The Best of Jerry Herman"
Cabaret is not just about the words and the music, it's about telling a story. Sometimes, it's even a mini-musical play. And that is what is good about the Cabaret Convention, in its 29th year, annually four nights in October, at Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The singers and audience are almost a community, many returning for years, meeting and chatting in the expansive lobby at intermission and after the show. By Lucy Komisar.

Linda Glick in "Teach Me Tonight"
Veteran cabaret performer Linda Glick appeared at Pangea in a series of four performances entitled "Teach me Tonight," splendidly accompanied by pianist Ian Herman. A former language teacher of French and Spanish, the charming and likeable Glick wove some songs together with the theme of teaching, making for some interesting choices and very entertaining personal stories. Good music, stories, accompaniment, and a warm feeling between performer and audience made for a most pleasant experience. By Paul Berss.

Cabaret Convention 2017 at Lincoln Center
The Cabaret Convention put on by the Mabel Mercer Foundation has for almost three decades brought together some of the best cabaret performers in the country, each of four days presenting as many as 20 singers, some prominent, some new, some doing standards, others jazz, to keep the tradition alive. One night this year featured the works of George Gershwin, which is why you'll note many singers doing his songs. A nice part about the event is that the performers come out to the lobby at intermission and after the show to chat and schmooz with the audience. Hence these photos. Dozens appeared over four evenings; these are just my highlights of three nights I attended. I notice that most are women. Well, so be it! They had the most pizzazz, the most drama. By Lucy Komisar.

Francesca Capetta sings Dean Martin
Remy.S attended Francesca Capetta's program of songs of Dean Martin at Carnegie Hall and thinks he was in the presence of a star. Not Martin, because although it was his 100th birthday, he didn't live that long. But Capetta, who he thinks is somebody you should keep in your radar.

Stephanie Trudeau channels Chavela Vargas
"Chavela: Think Of Me," written and performed by Stephanie Trudeau, is more than just a musical cabaret based on the songs of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. It is also a documentary theater project that traces the famed ranchera singer's artistic evolution and the key relationships of her life. Trudeau unveiled the piece May 15 at Pangea Supper Club, 178 Second Ave. It was a pleasure from start to finish! By Paul Berss.

Joey Arias Is With You Now
The otherworldly sensationalist Joey Arias is an avid experimentalist both off stage and off.. By Edward Rubin.

Cabaret Convention 2016
The best of New York’s cabaret singers, new talents and veteran stars are featured at the festival. By Lucy Komisar.

Bonita & Billie Holiday
In a velvet ankle-length gown, white gloves and white fur stole, the signature gardenia over one ear, Bonita Brisker glitters like the rhinestones on her costume. “What a little moonlight will do…” she channels Billie Holiday, her songs, her life. By Lucy Komisar

"'Viva Las Vegas,' a celebration of the great performers"
Bobby Nesbitt’s tribute to the cabaret greats of Las Vegas is much richer than any medley of songs from the star singers of the time. His performance at the Tennessee Williams Theatre reprises the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and more. But he also offers some social history that sets "the Rat Pack"– the name given by actress Lauren Bacall –in an American context. (She said, "You look like a goddam rat pack."). Reviewed by Lucy Komisar.

"Fate is Kind," a sophisticated "kids' song" cabaret for adults
Julie Reyburn mixes kids songs and sophistication at Metropolitan Rooma. When she sings, you think you are at a theater stage. Her rich soprano last night entranced an audience at her “Fate is Kind,” a show of mostly kids’ songs for adults. By Lucy Komisar.

Nathalie Schmidt's "Forgotten Lovers" are characters in a comic-dramatic cabaret story
A lot of Nathalie Schmidt's talent is confirmed in the cabaret show, "Forgotten Lovers," at the Metropolitan Room. Her acting enriches a partly comic, partly cynical take on life. She's a personality that the New York cabaret scene needs. By Lucy Komisar

Charlotte Patton in "Celebrating Men."

Charlotte Patton's "Celebrating Men" impeccable collection of upbeat songs about love. By Lucy Kominsar.


A rich theatrical experience, where cabaret becomes Theater. "Sting*chronicity"— songs by Sting, played by Rosemary Loar, who is a major cabaret singer, throaty, breathy, with drama in her strong torch-song voice. By Lucy Komisar.

“Pico and Chown, Back in Town”
From January 10 to the 13 the rick, luscious voice of Miriam Pico and the fine jazz piano of David Chown fill the living room of the Harry Truman Little White House, in Key West, where the 33rd president took winter vacations, playing poker with his buddies. By Lucy Komisar.

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" is a stunning jazz cabaret by Audra McDonald
Wrapped in a white gown, an iconic white gardenia in her hair, Audra McDonald channels Billie Holiday — her voice, her accent, her manner — till you believe you are sitting in the slightly tacky Philadelphia dive where Holiday sang her last songs. By Lucy Komisar.

The wonderfully intimate, 80-seat, Laurie Beecham Theatre, situated across from Theatre Row, and a few blocks west of Broadway, presents "BenDeLaCreme," an extravagant show which celebrates artifice and fantaisie. "BenDeLaCreme" is a subtle combination between performing and visual arts with a love of spectacle and glamour. By Edward Rubin.

"Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody at Pescatore cabaret"
Cabaret singer/song-writer Bonnie Lee Sanders is fanciful and moody. She begins rather optimistically at the second-floor cabaret at Pescatore on Second Avenue singing "Spring is Here," but then moves into musical angst, of loves that are gone.

"The Second Time Around"
The first time around, Karen Wyman was a 16-year-old Bronx belting sensational who sparked viewers of TV's "The Dean Martin Show" to sit up and take notice. This young performer demanded attention and she got it in on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and just about every other variety show on television and in 1969, variety shows were the key to success. Nightclubs and recordings followed and Karen Wyman was looking at stardom.

"Sweepin' the Clouds Away"
You got rhythm, you got music, you got your men - who could ask for anything more? it was all there at Lyrics and Lyricists' second show of the season at the 92nd Street Y. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Holiday in a Barbour Shop
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" -- the 1963 holiday favorite, could not have rung more true. You usually hear the captivating richness of Broadway baritone, James Barbour, on the Broadway stage, acclaimed in major musicals like his portrayal of Sidney Carton in the short-lived, "A Tale of Two Cities." Catching him upfront and personal in the intimacy of a cabaret room, however, brings special rewards. James Barbour deivered them in his "Sixth Annual Holiday Concert: A Broadway Tradition" at 54 Below, 254 West 54 Street. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

A Smooth Texas Blend
This eclectic trio never cut a record. They only performed together for a few years but in those years, they were hot. Sharon Montgomery, Sally Mayes and Billy Stritch created "Montgomery, Mayes and Stritch". This was one of those nights to remember.By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Sherie Rene Scott and a well-done "Piece of Meat"
Sherie Rene Scott takes us on a journey that I suspect will never end, her passionate search for understanding, love and joy in the energy of the universe. In her cabaret show, “Piece of Meat” at 54 Below, Scott is a sexy and energetic performer just as she was in her Tony nominated Broadway show, “Everyday Rapture.” By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Prince of Broadway comes to the cabaret
Tony award winner Faith Prince stars in a rare cabaret show directed by Dan Foster, proving that a star used to a big stage can still connect with a more intimate audience. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Pizzarelli Party Time at the Carlyle
John Pizzarelli brings his quartet and his father, Bucky Pizzarelli, to the Cafe Carlyle. The two Pizzarelli virtuosos share the stage and give-and-take with a mutual admiration and intimacy that envelops the music. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

An Early Night for 11 O'Clock
For a special one-night only performance, producer Scott Siegel has brought together on stage Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter and Christina Bianco to present "11 O'Clock Numbers at 7 O'Clock" at Birdland. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Down Home Diva
Patricia Racette is not opera’s first world-class soprano to share her down-to-earth side in an intimate cabaret. She is, however, one of the few who is a natural. In her show at 54 Below, “Diva on Detour, ” Racette demonstrated a sharp acting talent and a flair for comedy. With her well-tempered chest voice, this star of opera houses like the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala chose some of the American songbooks’ favorite standards and some of the most heart-wrenching ballads and embraced them in true cabaret diva passion. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

"Let's Get Busy" with Tanya Holt
In the words of a 1918 song, “There are smiles that make us happy, ” andd now there is Tanya Holt with a smile that radiates and a voice that shines. Her one-night only show, “Forever Home, ” at the Iridum, was an offering of romance, sass, jazz, pop delivered with the joyful love of entertaining. With a smoky voice and a vocal belt that’s a satisfying burst of clarity, Holt made the evening an appealing commitment between her eclectic song deliveries and her audience. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

The A-Maz-ing Marilyn Maye is Back and 54 Below's Got Her
Conductor Peter Nero stated, "She sets the standard for the way any pop, jazz or big band singer would like to sound." That still holds true. At almost 85, the irrepressible Marilyn Maye remains as good as it gets. As Johnny Carson commented on The Tonight Show, "And that, young singers - is the way it’s done." By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

No Nepotism Needed with Adam Guettel at 54 Below
The son of Mary Rodgers ("Once Upon a Mattress") and grandson of Richard Rodgers (composing partner to Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II), Adam Guettel has developed a singular music sound of his own. While handsome enough to star in one of his own musicals and an expressive singer as well, Guettel invited Stephen DiPasquale and Whitney Bashore, two exquisite performers to join him in a 90-minute show at 54 Below. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

An Evening with Edward Hibbert
Edward Hibbert, familiar to many as "Gil Chesterton, " gourmet critic on the TV series, "Frasier, " does not bound onto the cabaret stage, rarin’ to go. Stylishly, he sails through the audience, head high, back straight, and slight smile, and places himself before the microphone. Slowly his smile expands to a mischievous grin and, with utmost Noel Coward élan, performs "Why Must the Show Go On?" And so begins his one-man show, "Can’t Something Be Done?: An Evening with Edward Hibbert!, " the show where, he says, "I popped my cabaret cherry." A program of clever anecdotes punctuated with songs by Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Cy Coleman and more, whimsically traces his journey from theater to television and now intimate cabaret at 54 Below. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

John Lloyd at the Café Carlyle
It was memory time at the Café Carlyle, remembering as John Lloyd Young’s confident tenor and strikingly clear falsetto hit the money notes in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s oldies. The cabaret show, however, was not about the Four Seasons songbook. Its focus was to introduce Young’s new CD, "My Turn." By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

"The Pixie in Gold Lame"
Ya gotta say, Tovah Feldshuh is an entire vaudeville show wrapped up as one sprightly imp. She makes her “under Broadway debut” at 54 Below, singing, telling stories, cracking jokes and sharing memories. She is a zesty, zany powerhouse who scampers onto the stage and never rests. When she sits, it is to morph into one of her characters, like the old man in the park trying to stay positive and treasuring his memories, or evoking the image of her Grandma Ada who urged her to persevere even when young Tovah wanted to be an actor. “Reach for the stars and you may get to the roof, “ she told Tovah. “If you reach for the roof you may never get off the ground.” By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Amanda McBroom's "A Valentine Rose" at the Cafe Carlyle
“A Valentine Rose” is not kid stuff. It’s “romance, adult style” for singer, songwriter, actor Amanda McBroom’s debut at the Café Carlyle, bringing a zesty lineup of music delivered with perception and humor (“I feel like I’m in Rhonda Fleming’s living room!”) McBroom, a stylish, outgoing, upbeat performer, chooses some of the best from standard songwriters like Dorothy Fields, Sammy Cahn and Jacques Brel. She also adds numerous original songs that reach out and touch love’s various facets. By Elizabeth Ahlfors.

Bronx Opera "Iolanthe"
The Bronx Opera presents a shining example for anyone who wants to see what creative New Yorkers, both onstage and behind, can do under extreme financial duress.

New York Scandia Symphony
Lisa Jo Sagolla wites, "One of the great pleasures of living in New York is that the city’s rich cultural diversity can support a niche organization such as the New York Scandia Symphony. Founded in 1988 by its lauded music director, Copenhagen native Dorrit Matson, the 52-member orchestra specializes in playing Classical, Romantic, and contemporary music by Scandinavian composers. Fueled by Matson’s authoritative knowledge of this musical literature and her long-standing commitment to presenting it to American audiences, the Scandia Symphony’s thrice-yearly concert series are treasured events."

"Telling Tales Out of School"
New Federal Theatre staged "Telling Tales Out of School," a new play by Wesley Brown, directed by Woodie King, Jr., from May 2 to 7, 2023 as a work in progress at Castillo Theatre/ASP, 543 West 42nd Street. The play was a unique take on the Harlem Renaissance, providing a character study of four of the movement's prominent women writers. By Beate Hein Bennett.

The New York Scandia Symphony
The New York Scandia Symphony once again delighted New York City audiences with a fine program of Scandinavian music as conductor Dorrit Matson led a charming performance of Classical- and Romantic-era gems at Alice Tully Hall. This was another concert in the ensemble’s ongoing “Under Northern Lights” series, showcasing Scandinavian music for U.S. audiences. By Brad S. Ross.

Kari Hoaas
In anticipation of the New York performances of "Shadowland" by Kari Hoaas, bringing her company from Oslo, Norway, Frieda Hyman had an on-line chat with the choreographer.  Once again, LaMaMa brings a company from overseas, making it possible for dance folks in NYC to see the work of international groups.

John Kelly gets under the skin of Samuel M. Steward.
John Kelly’s startlingly insightful 85-minute Underneath the Skin, is a prolonged gander at a great man’s life, that of Samuel M. Steward. Mr. Steward was an academic who traded in a 20-year career as a college professor for the vocation of a tattoo artist (as Phil Sparrow). Later he became a writer of gay erotica (as Phil Andros). From unripe to ready to pluck, from simple-hearted to what you might label slightly sardonic and melancholy and always wise, Mr. Kelly has recreated a soul worthy of spending his invaluable talents on. By Brandon Judell.

Images of Her
The American Chamber Opera Company provided an evening of intimate beauty Saturday, October 8, 2022 as it presented the program "Images of Her," consisting of two world premieres by composers Larry Lipkis and ACOO Founder/Music Director Douglas Anderson. By Brad S. Ross.

"My Mother's Courage" by George Tabori
It is ironic that George Tabori (1914-2007), a prolific, cosmopolitan “theatre maker” (his preferred title) has been rather invisible in the theatrical landscape of New York for the past several decades; except for the 2017 production of “Mein Kampf” directed by Manfred Bormann at Theater for the New City, NY, his work has been absent. However, on May 10 and 11, a very special theatrical event took place in a very special theatrical setting: George Tabori’s intimate two-character play, “My Mother’s Courage” was performed at Torn Page, a true chamber theater in Manhattan. By Beate Hein Bennett.

Western Wind 2021 Holidays Concert
Presented by live at the Church of St. Luke in the Field, NYC, and online, Western Wind Vocal Sextet delighted with "The Light Returns: Joyous Music for the Holidays." As always, Western Wind can be counted upon to present an evening of rarely heard, carefully researched, and beautifully performed holiday music in several languages and from around the world. By Paul Bersss, who declares "Having now seen two Western Wind concerts, I again commend them on their outstanding musicianship, their unpredictability, and their daring and scholarly programming."

New Sounds: Mari Kimura and Joseph Kubera at Roulette
New sounds took center stage at Roulette as the composer/violinist Mari Kimura and pianist Joseph Kubera performed an evening of contemporary chamber music. It was the second concert of the 32nd season of Interpretations, a series that focuses “on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters.” By Brad S. Ross.

New Federal Theatre's 2020 Poetry Jam
Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre presented its "2020 Poetry Jam: She Speaks, He Speaks, We Speak, Generations Speak," described as a program to "honor powerful voices, from revolutionary trailblazers to torch-bearing young artists, who invigorate today's Black verse." I tuned in on September 21. The group of poets represented an impressive variety of styles and themes, with an emphasis on social injustice and tragic murders in the Black community.  Most of the poems were delivered by the eminent collection of poets themselves in deeply felt, passionate renderings. By Paul Berss.

LA actress creates a newsletter for performers in quarantine
As showbiz changes, so do actors' needs and the ways they get information. Covid-19 has dealt a knockdown (but not, we trust, a knockout) to the performing arts. So the needs of actors as individual artists--to remain engaged, to grow artistically, to keep mind and body together--have shifted. An admirable resource for them is Jenna Doolittle's newly-created Actors Quarantine Newsletter, which launched March 20, 2020 as an email to 39 people and has gained a readership, as of this writing, of about 5,000. All subscribers have come through the actors' grapevine.

Spiderwoman Theater workshops "Misdemeanor Dream"
Spiderwoman Theater's “Misdemeanor Dream” echoes vaguely Shakespeare’s fantasy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in which shape shifting fairies, gods, rulers, boys and girls, and “rude mechanicals” gambol through a mythical forest. However, while “Misdemeanor Dream” is also a gambol through a mythical landscape of no-time and all-time, the word “Misdemeanor” in the title refers to hurtful behavior. Native experience in encounters with the invading European (white) dominant culture in the Americas has been mostly unjust, deadly violent, genocidal even, but these crimes have been downgraded in the dominant popular histories of Europeans as misdemeanors—“a slap on the hand.” By Beate Hein Bennett.

Western Wind Vocal Ensemble shines in 2019 Holidays Concert
Unlike holiday music performances that offer renderings of "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" and "Santa Baby," the Western Wind presented a scholarly, dazzling display of wide-ranging musical knowledge and impeccable taste when the venerable organization delighted a packed house in the Church of St. Luke in the Fields with an evening of music for the holiday season.  The wonderfully original program included Christmas and Hanukkah songs, selections from Debussy and Poulenc to Charles Ives, and singing in Ladino, Native American, English, Hebrew and French.

Claudia Corrieri Literary Prize
Students of two theater training conservatories will be able to apply for scholarship grants to study acting, playwriting or screenwriting, thanks to a fund set up by Claudia Corrieri, an actor/singer-songwriter, who hopes to encourage emerging writers to grow and challenge themselves.  By Muriel Hanover.

Nathalie Schmidt is a French star in the Internet’s new web series wave
Why does an accomplished French theater and film actress want to act in an American web series? Nathalie Schmidt stars in “I Do,” a story set in Brooklyn about Zoe and her screwball attempts to catch a husband. Each episode will be about another prospective guy. By Lucy Komisar.

The Stratford Festival in Ontario
The Stratford Festival in Ontario routinely employs the talents of two theater geniuses, separated in their endeavors by four centuries. The earlier is William Shakespeare, around whose plays the Festival was founded 67 years ago. By Philip Dorian.

A Night at the Opera
Fusion Theatre's Eilin O'Dea and Bryon Singleton, accompanied by pianist Brian Holman, certainly did not take an easy route in their concert "A Night at the Opera." Seeing a concert with these renowned arias up close and personal, Paul Berss was struck by the extraordinary talent, training, courage, and sheer athleticism called for in grand opera. By Paul Berss.

Dreams of Illumination
In "Dreams of Illumination," Alessandra Belloni, a renowned percussionist and authority on Southern Italian traditional music, dance and theater, had the winning idea of presenting music that celebrates peace and healing representing three different cultures. This was realized at Theater for the New City with the presentation of her own I Giullari di Piazza (The Jesters of the Square), members of the Native American SilverCloud Singers and Dancers and African percussionist Kevin Nathaniel. The uniting of these three cultures--Southern Italian, African, and Native American--provided a unique and much appreciated experience for the audience, which included Mayor de Blasio and his wife. By Paul Berss.

Communication and Relationship
Director Robert Kalfin and costume designer Gail Cooper-Hecht reveal the secrets of a successful designer-director collaboration in preparation for an Off-Broadway show, “The Property.” By Anita Tenjiann

A Meeting of Strategic Minds
This week at the Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, works of London-based composer Arlene Sierra and choreographer Susan Vencl meld, despite their geographical distance. Uniting the two women is a similar perception of logic and the empirical in art and the creative process. By Muriel Hanover.

Penny Arcade's "The Girl Who Knew Too Much"
After three years of touring her one woman show, "Longing Lasts Longer," around the world, the eminently quotable performance artist Penny Arcade, an uncanny in your face truth-telling Cassandra that people actually believe, is back at Joe’s Pub at NYC’s Public Theatre.

Jerry Tallmer archives go to Columbia
The writings and archives of legendary arts journalist Jerry Tallmer (1920-2014) have been added to the Performing Arts Collections of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Columbia University's Butler Library, 535 West 114th Street, where they join the papers of a number of important journalists and critics, including Harrison Salisbury, Herbert Matthews, Andrew Sarris, Judith Crist and others.

Three plays for Word Holocaust Day
World Holocaust Day is January 27. Three plays which will be performed here in New York in the next few months all do what theatre can do: to present through individual voices individual stories of history lived by individuals whose names never graced the history books. Steven Spielberg’s repository of oral history which he began in 1994 in order to capture the myriad fates as told by Holocaust survivors may have inspired these writers. Human history, after all, is not abstract or a statistic but the compendium of individual lives—the individual story is at the heart of human experience. By Beate Hein Bennett.

An Italian Miracle
"An Italian Miracle" was a one-time event to exhibit the work of Dario d'Ambrosi, Italian film maker, theater director and founder of the movement called Teatro Patologico (Pathological Theater), whose work with disabled persons has caught the attention of Italian policy makers. The evening's program was designed to give insight into the philosophy, techniques, and effectiveness of D'Ambrosi's relatively new venture, called "The Integrated Theatre of Emotion," a full-fledged college program in performing arts for the mentally disabled, which is gaining traction in Italy. By Beate Hein Bennett.

Honoring Douglas Turner Ward and Woodie King, Jr.
Two giants of the Black theater movement of the 1960's were specially honored at a ceremony at Theatre 80 St. Marks, a small East Village theatre that has survived gentrification. The honorees are the two "grandfathers" of Black theaer, under whose tutelage serious Black theatre artists, authors, directors, designers, and actors were spawned, cultivated, and promoted for the past fifty years. By Beate Hein Bennett.

Japanese artist Kiku Sakai dramatizes the ancient Hawaiian tale of “Pele and Kamapua’a” with Kuruma Ningyo and Hula Ki’I at La MaMa.
Melding ancient Kuruma Ningyo puppetry from Japan with Hula Ki’I, the indigenous puppet folklore of Hawaii, Japanese artist Kiku Sakai will perform the Hawaiian tale of Pele and Kamapua’a at La MaMa Experimental Theatre August 27, 2015 for one night only. This workshop is a light-hearted prequel to her much-anticipated opus, “Pele and Hi’iaka,” and demonstrates the cultural pluralism of this unique artist.

Theodore Bikel: Lifetime achievement award and the screening of a new play
Glenda Frank attended the NY premiere of the film, "In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem," which stars and features stage icon Theodore Bikel. "In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem" illuminates Bikel's quintessenially jewish experiences with immigration to the new world, Civil Rights and anti-war activism. And Alan Alda, who narrates the film, presented a lifetime achievement award to Theodore Bikel on behalf of the now Century-old National Yiddish Theatre, Folksbiene.

"An American in Paris" and "On the Town" take Fred and Adele Astaire Awards
Sometimes theater awards shows are a chore to sit through. Lots of “thank you, thank you…..” to boredom. But the Fred and Adele Astaire awards June 1 for best dancers and choreographers was a delight. Minimum “thank you’s” and maximum dance. By Lucy Komisar

Margaret Croyden, veteran theather critic and world's authority on Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, dies at 92
New York, Feb. 23 -- Margaret Croyden, the well known critic, commentator, and journalist whose pieces on the theater and the arts have appeared in The New York Times in the Arts & Leisure section as well as The New York Times Magazine, died Sunday, February 22 at Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, NJ, where she had resided for two weeks due to declining health. She was 92.

Book review: “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink”
Pamela Katz, whose film, television and fiction writing demonstrate a longtime interest in Weill and Brecht, concentrates on their collaboration in her new book, “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink.” New Yorkers had the opportunity to get a glimpse of the author and her work on Jan. 9 when the 86th Street Barnes and Noble hosted “A Reading with Music,” featuring the author reading excerpts from her book, and Amy Burton (singer) and Gerald Howard (piano) performing Brecht and Weill’s best-known work. By Paulanne Simmons.

Clowning around like a fish out of water… at The Joyce Theater
The New York premiere of "Hapless Bizarre," a delightful dance for six performers including a new vaudevillian and the reprise of "Mo(or)town/Redux", which revisits, both Shakespeare’s Othello and Jose Limón’s seminal modern dance, choreographed by Doug Elkins Choreography, etc. By Philip Sandstrom.

"Rococo Rouge" at Theater-Lounge
From the serious nature of the first dance, with its period shoes, luscious costumes, tight group work, and fantastic singing by the operatic soprano Brett Umlauf. Umlauf’s exceptional vocal quality, nuanced performance and consistent delivery throughout the show made for pure pleasure. By Philip Sandstrom.

The Dark and Wacky Side of Life
The Amoralists proudly present The Gyre, a two play repertory exploring man's vicious cycles, featuring the World Premiere of Derek Ahonen's "The Qualification of Douglas Evans", directed by James Kautz, and the world premiere of Mark Roberts' "Enter at Forest Lawn", directed by Jay Stull. By Philip Sandstrom.

Anahid Sofian Celebrates 35 Years
The Anahid Sofian Dance Company celebrated its 35th Anniversary June 28 and 29, 2014 at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, presenting a retrospective of its signature works and works by guest artists: Nourhan Sharif and Dancers, The Sera Solstice Ensemble, Souren Baronian Music Ensemble and Carlos Fittante & Robin Gilbert. By Barney Yates.

Reading Voices: The Art of Supertitles
We are accustomed to speaking about many disciplines of the performing arts, but the art of supertitles is almost always overlooked. Althought indispensable to world theater, this art is under-appreciated. Both mysterious art and art of compromise, supertitles is, "A way of connecting different cultures," according to Mauro Conti of Presscott Studio in Italy. By Claire Taddei.

Singing and Dancing towards the Heavens.
The newest Wooster Group work directed by: Kate Valk, "Early Shaker Spirituals" is a performance based on a 1976 LP of Shaker hymns, marches, anthems, and testimony recorded by Sister R. Mildred Barker and the sisters of the Shaker community in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The show features Cynthia Hedstrom, Elizabeth LeCompte, Frances McDormand, Suzzy Roche with Matthew Brown, Modesto Jimenez, Bobby McElver, Bebe Miller, and Andrew Schneider.

Book review: Two views of "New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras"
Jack Anderson writes: People like to parade. People like to party. People like to don extravagant or even outlandish outfits that have nothing to do with the sober stuff they might choose as workaday attire. People simply like to show off. And certain communities are celebrated for allowing citizens and visitors to do just that. One city famous, even notorious, for revelry is New Orleans, with its balls, parades, and carnivals. Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday") may literally be only a single day: the day preceding Ash Wednesday, which opens the penitential season of Lent. But in New Orleans the Mardi Gras spirit seizes the city weeks before that and never really leaves it.Paulanne Simmons adds: Most of all, O'Neill reveals how Mardi Gras epitomizes the best in New Orleans: the sense of family, the love of life that comes with food and drink and dress, and the special magic that are the soul of this great city.

"Daylight Precision" by Douglas Lackey
Jerry Tallmer, who served in World War II as a radioman on B-25 bombers, previews "Daylight Precision" by Douglas Lackey, a play that takes us back to World War II and into the great controversies involving strategic bombing. In that war, the U.S. began by avoiding population centers but ended up destroying them. Lackey shows how the change came about by tracing the careers of Generals Haywood Hansell and Curtis ("Bomb them back to the Stone Age") LeMay. Over 700,000 civilians lost their lives because Hansell lost his command to LeMay and this play characterizes Hansell as the unsung tragic hero of World War II. Theater for the New City presents the provocative history play February 21 to March 16, directed by Alexander Harrington.

Dance in the Body You Have
There are a lot of life's lessons you can learn from productions of mixed-ability companies, where wheelchairs and crutches are danced with as partners, props, or conceptual objects d'art. "The Women's Stories Project," by Kitty Lunn's Infinity Dance Theater, is one such experience. By Barney Yates.

Philip W. Sandstrom interviews Tere O'Connor about his new work “BLEED” that is premiering at BAM Fisher in the Fishman Space.

Ich, Kürbisgeist
Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh, quasi-medieval landscape facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous, specific and completely invented language, where each word is a somewhat-recognizable amalgam of English, Swedish, German and Sid Caesar. Partly centered on the annual harvest, the work includes at least 100 pumpkins, with new ones needed for every performance. By Philip J. Sandstrom.

BAM presents Angelin Preljocaj’s "And then, one thousand years of peace"
A work inspired by the apocalypse as conjured by St. John in the Book of Revelations and created with an international team of collaborations. Interview with Angelin Preljocaj By Philip Landstrom.

My first time at La MaMa
Yara Arts Group's "Fire. Water. Night, " conceived and directed by Virlana Tkacz, was a sudden immersion experience for me into the international, interdisciplinary forms of theater that La MaMa is known for. This combination of dance and theatre based on Ukrainian myth was incredibly dynamic, featuring audience participation in every facet of the piece. By William Gutierrez.

For Jean Stapleton: The Mingling Miracles of Edith Bunker
An emotional goodbye to actress Jean Stapleton, best known for playing loveable wife and mother Edith Bunker on long-running sitcom "All in the Family." By Jerry Tallmer.




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