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July, 2015

The Play’s the Thing

Can you hear him now? Hopefully not

Today I write about civility and cell phones. I practice one but don’t have the other. Comment.
Woodside

Head outdoors, it’s showtime

Anyone who made it through a 10th-grade English class knows in Shakespeare’s time men performed the roles written for women. Comment.
Middle Village

Maggie’s Little Theater strikes out for ‘Oklahoma!”

“Oklahoma!” is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaway Theatre revives classic musical

While nostalgic fare such as “Oklahoma!” and “The Music Man” is popular with many community theater groups, the Rockaway Theatre Company is looking back in a few different ways with the production of “Guys and Dolls” that it is putting on for the next two weekends. Comment.

June, 2015

Jamaica Estates

Flushing theater group moves to Jamaica Estates

The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theater Group is changing religions. Comment.
Long Island City

Unchained Festival returns to Long Island City’s Chain Theatre

Fiction Writing 101 begins from the premise that budding authors should write what they know. Comments (1).

May, 2015

The Play’s the Thing

Catch a couple of rising stars from Queens

Let’s hear it for the youth of America, ‘cause today I got a couple of 16-year-olds to tell you about. Comment.

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Flushing

New musical buzzes into Queens Theatre

Playwright Rob Urbinati believes the Great American Songbook, those musical standards mostly written for the theater and penned by the likes of Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, is due for Volume 2. Comment.
Astoria

APAC’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ scores with tale of friendship gone sour

About halfway through the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s solid revival of “Merrily We Roll Along,” LilyAnn Carlson utters a toss-away line as character Gussie Carnegie. Comment.
Corona

Queens Theatre honors NYHQ, Astoria Bank execs at gala

The heads of Astoria Bank and New York Hospital Queens were honored for their contributions to the Queens Theatre at the theater’s annual gala Monday night. Comments (1).

April, 2015

Astoria

Let’s start at the very ending: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ opens tonight at APAC

For her first production as the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s artistic director, Dev Bondarin opted to dust off a legendary Broadway flop. Comment.
Flushing

Titan Theatre Co. does it again with brilliant ‘Othello’

An actor appearing in Titan Theatre Co.’s production of “Othello,” at the Queens Theatre through May 2 said the show’s director, Lenny Banovez, isn’t interested in the who, what, when or where of the play, but rather the why. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

‘West Side Story’ hits the stage at St. Francis Prep

Tonight won’t be just any night as St. Francis Prep’s Alvernian Drama Society presents the classic musical “West Side Story,” Friday through Sunday in Fresh Meadows. Comment.
Long Island City

You’re not crazy, Variations Theatre group delivers a knock-out ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Literature is littered with the noble but flawed character who attempts to right a wrong by attacking the hypocrisy or deceitfulness of those in power. Comment.
Long Island City

You could die laughing at this play

If a play about the plague in 14th-century France sounds like your idea of a good time, then get yourself to the Secret Theatre for Nicu’s Spoon Theater Co.’s production of “Red Noses.” Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills playwright pens a New York story about love and loss

After watching John Attanas’ new play, “All Gone West,” at the Teatro Circulo in the East Village through April 18, it’s hard to say if he likes his hometown or not. Comment.

March, 2015

Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens’ theater with a flavor of the islands

In April 2014, Hillcrest High School theater teacher Harlan Penn traveled to Guyana as part of a church mission, but took time to meet with several acting companies while there. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Parkside Players president Glenn Rivano shares the spotlight

Glenn Rivano doesn’t believe in term limits. At least not when it comes to his presidency of the Parkside Players. He’s held the office for 20 years, and there’s a rumor that it may be a lifetime position. Comment.
Maspeth

Student actors from Queens shine on Broadway

Last week, students from Maspeth High School and Astoria’s Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts accomplished something many actors spend their whole lives trying to achieve — they performed on a Broadway stage. Comment.
Astoria

California actors make a home in Astoria

Imagine if a bunch of coworkers from Astoria decided to pack up their belongings and move to Southern California en masse, where they would open a new branch of their company. Comment.
Jamaica

New musical tells the story of southern Queens

Forest Hills resident Mark Lord has lived in Queens since 1969, but it was only a few years ago that he wrote a musical about the borough, “Let’s Hear it For Queens,” which was co-produced by the Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group. Comment.

February, 2015

Astoria

Astoria’s Animal Engine Theater Co.’s show goes to the dogs

Like a lot of New Yorkers working in the theater, Carrie Brown has held numerous part-time jobs over the years, including a four-year stint as a dog walker. Comment.
Theater

Queens theatrics earn our Kudos

When people think of New York theater, it often takes a lot to convince them the best of the city’s performing arts doesn’t only happen in a roughly 50-square-block area of Manhattan. Comments (1).

January, 2015

Rockaway Park

Rockaway Theatre Co. shows its younger side

Although they will most likely find it buried under a couple feet of snow, Dr. Seuss and his cavalcade of characters, including Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat, plan to drop by Rockaway Beach next week. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Secret Theatre makes love not war with new production of ‘Hair’

It takes a lot for a time-specific show to remain relevant and fresh nearly 50 years after its first bow on Broadway. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Censorship is alive and well on American school stages

Freedom of speech is very much in the news these days, so an article in American Theatre with the headline “Who Cares about Censorship on School Stages?” particularly caught my attention. Comment.
Theater

Queens Kudos celebrate borough’s theater scene

Coming next week, TimesLedger Newspapers takes a look back at the best of the borough’s theater scene in 2014. Comment.
Theater

Second annual Queens Kudos to honor tops in boro theater

Just as the new year gets under way, TimesLedger Newspapers takes a look back at the best of the borough’s theater scene in 2014. Comment.
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