The Play’s the Thing

July, 2014

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Summertime and boro theater choices are easy

Whether or not your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’, check out Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of this ballad on YouTube, and put yourself in the mood for some summer fun. Comments (1).

June, 2014

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Queens theater scene keeps columnist rolling

I get out of the house once in a while, and here are some of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve seen in the last few weeks. Comment.

May, 2014

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Dear Madame President Katz: Let’s talk theater

If I get the chance, I’d like to sit down with Borough President Melinda Katz to talk to her about theater in Queens. She should be interested, not only as our newly elected leader, but as someone with artistic genes — her mother, Jeanne Dale Katz, started up the Queens Council on the Arts in 1966, and her father, David Katz, was founder (in 1953) and maestro of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Comments (1).

March, 2014

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S. Ozone Park playwright’s first piece set for its debut

A while ago I saw a Charlie Rose interview with Frank Langella on Channel 13. Langella was starring in “King Lear” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and he had a lot to say about playing such a demanding role and his approach to acting. Three elements of his craft are vital, he said: “Know the lines, know what they mean, and mean them when you say them.” Comment.
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Exploring a tale of two theaters here in Queens

Last week I had the opportunity to revisit two theaters in Queens, both remarkable as the all too rare significant theater venues in our borough of 2.2 million residents. I say significant in that these theaters are dedicated to the performing arts exclusively, and are not in schools or houses of worship or other places where space is shared with many other activities. Comments (1).

January, 2014

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No winter slowdown for Queens theater scene

Have you missed me? It’s been several weeks since my last column, and I was hoping for a barrage of letters, e-mails, texts and phone calls seeking my whereabouts and an immediate resumption of The Play’s The Thing. After all, I’ve been writing this column since June 2007, and some of you may have gotten in the habit of reading it. Comments (1).
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