The Play’s the Thing

November, 2015

The Play’s the Thing

Memo to Queens theater groups: Stop playing it safe

I’m leaving a wedding reception in Smithtown, hoping my hearing recovers from countless decibels of deejay music, when a couple approaches to tell me how much they miss the Outrageous Fortune Company. Comment.

October, 2015

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Queens community theaters can take a lesson from Brooklyn company

Fifty is a nice round number, and any theater company that’s been around for that long must be doing something right. Comments (1).

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September, 2015

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Queens theater companies should stop playing it safe

Marvin at my gym often wants to know what I’ve seen. He’s talking about theater, of course, ‘cause Marv and his wife get to lots of shows, usually in Manhattan and Off-Broadway. And he gives me his reviews. Comment.

July, 2015

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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.

June, 2015

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Queens theater scene should take a page from D.C.

Washington, D.C. has a population of about 650,000 in 61 square miles; Queens has an official count of 2.3 million, nearly four times as many, in 109 square miles. Which one do you think has more real theaters? Comments (1).

May, 2015

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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.

April, 2015

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Theater lovers gather to celebrate the Astoria Performing Arts Center

I’m at the Museum of the Moving Image, it’s April 1, but no foolin’, the Astoria Performing Arts Center is holding its annual gala. APAC has been around for 14 years and, by measure of 28 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and six wins so far, leads the pack of the growing number of theater companies in Queens. Comments (1).

March, 2015

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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.

January, 2015

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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.
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