Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Astoria Times

Serious ambition

Leander “Bunny” Nolan is a very determined fellow. One of the leading characters in S.N. Behrman’s 1932 comedy “Biography,” Nolan is single-minded in his desire to be elected senator from Tennessee. That includes trying to block the publication of an autobiography written by a former lover and celebrated artist, which could undermine his political aspirations. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Broadway ‘Brighton’ closing shows it’s time for a change

What can local theater companies learn from the sudden and shocking Nov. 1 closing of the Broadway revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon? Yes, Neil Simon, the favorite playwright on the community theater circuit, the author of lots of hits on stage and in film, and the 2006 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, is no longer a name that can guarantee ticket sales. Comment.
Astoria Times

Quirky ‘Cell Phone’ offers take on human connections

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” the absurdist comedy by Sarah Ruhl (whose “Vibrator Play” is now on Broadway) at Queens Theatre in the Park starts by asking the question, “What would you do if the guy sitting next to you at a cafe dropped dead, and his cell phone kept ringing?” Comment.

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