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December, 2017

The Play’s the Thing

Queens is lacking updated theater venues

My wish list for Queens this holiday season has only one item – new theater venues! Regular readers of this column know that I frequently lament the lack of state-of-the-art locales to house our local community theaters. Mainly confined to churches and other make-do spaces, these companies do their best with minimal budgets and resources in this borough of at least 2.3 million inhabitants, a number larger than most cities. Comments (1)
Corona

True-to-life comedy at Queens Theatre

Therapy continues for Steve Solomon in his self-written show, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays.” Comment
Flushing

‘Gift of the Magi’ is a gift from Queens Opera Theatre

Queens Opera Theatre will present its first full production at Flushing Town Hall as part of its inaugural 2017-2018 season. Comment

November, 2017

Flushing

A Night at the Opera

Like western opera, Kunqu — the oldest type of Chinese opera that dates back to the 16th Century — never saw a tragic story it didn’t like. Comment
Floral Park

‘Diamond Girl’ debuts at Theatre Box in Floral Park

“Diamond Girl,” a comedy of love, superstition and a luster only diamonds can emit, made its debut last weekend, and will wrap up performances this weekend at the Theatre Box. Comment
Bayside

Little Shop of Horrors gives viewers a fun experience in Bayside’s Theatre by the Bay

The Little Shop of Horrors wowed the crowd at Theatre by the Bay. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Young Frankenstein a hit musical for Royal Star Theatre

Mel Brooks has invaded Jamaica Estates in the form of community theater as Royal Star Theatre presents “Young Frankenstein,” the musical. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Plenty of theater options coming up in Queens

This weekend you might be wondering what it’s like to run in a marathon, or perhaps you’re debating whether to finish off the last of the Halloween goodies, or maybe, like me, you’re not sure if time really exists as we change the clocks back from daylight to standard. However, let me suggest that you escape these dilemmas by taking in a local show or two. Comment

October, 2017

Jamaica Estates

Mel Brooks classic comes to Royal Star Theatre

After Royal Star Theatre produced the dramatic musical, “Little Women,” in the spring, they wanted to switch gears and do a lighthearted musical comedy for the fall. There were several options under consideration, but the choice was an easy one to make. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Tune in to these upcoming theatre productions in Queens

Now that I’m back at sea level after nearly two weeks in the state of New Mexico, it’s time to resume my comments and musings on the state of our local theater. Comment
Astoria

Astoria playwright to direct show at New York festival

Let us Talk playwright and director, Ludovic Coutaund, doesn’t typecast. That is, his script doesn’t limit performers to specific appearances. The show includes a diverse cast for its off-Broadway performance at the New York New Work Theatre Festival at the Duke’s Theatre on 42nd Street, Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Comment

September, 2017

Let’s face it, human beings seem to have a secret thirst for blood. Have you noticed how many popular binge-worthy crime/murder programming offerings are out there? It’s shocking: Snapped, It Takes a Killer, Swamp Murders, Killer Confessions, Grave Secrets, Deadly Women, Surviving Evil, The Perfect Murder, Fatal Vows, American Monster, Fear Thy Neighbor, Murder Among Friends, and more. Comment
Theater

Queens Theatre’s season premieres with ‘Jimmy and Carolyn’

Queens Theatre is noted for introducing new plays to the community, one of which was “Jimmy and Carolyn.” Comments (1)

August, 2017

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema recently announced the winners of its inaugural 10-day event that took place earlier this month at Kew Gardens Cinemas and Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens and at the Queens Museum in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment
Surrealistic, curiously bizarre and a bit disturbing, late-medieval Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych entitled “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is by no means your typical Renaissance-era masterpiece. Far from it. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Local theater deserves to spread wings

The more things change, the more they stay the same (French proverb). Comment

July, 2017

Ten stories about Flushing Meadows Corona Park will come to life at the Queens Theater from July 28 to Aug. 6 during the Park Plays festival. Comment
Middle Village

Strong performances highlight ‘Joseph’ at Maggie’s Little Theater

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice maintain their theater reputation of writing musicals minus the spoken word. Maggie’s Little Theater in Middle Village took on one of their oldest with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Biblical story based on the “coat of many colors” of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. Comment

June, 2017

The Play’s the Thing

Some interesting items from my inbox

Once in a while, something interesting shows up in my email inbox. It’s often hard to spot, since it’s surrounded by offers to reduce belly fat, regrow hair, lower blood pressure, increase income, improve one’s sex life — among many other dubious offers. But this one caught my attention. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

A busy year of watching, if not writing

I haven’t written many columns this year, in case you hadn’t noticed, but I have seen a lot of theater — 14 shows to date, usually in the company of my first wife, the former Lois Abramowitz. She is also my only wife, as we are about to celebrate our 54th anniversary on June 16 — which is also Bloomsday for you James Joyce readers. Comment

May, 2017

Prepare yourself for belly laughs with Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of Neil Simon’s hilarious farce “Rumors,” directed by Peggy Press and Michael Wotypka. Comment
Theater

Miraculous work:

Theater

Miraculous work:

Our reviewer says 10-year-old actress gives Tony-worthy performance in “The Miracle Worker” at the Queens Theatre. But get your tickets now because the show’s run ends this weekend! Comment

April, 2017

Jamaica Estates

“Little Women” sing at Royal Star Theatre in Jamaica Estates

The late-19th-century coming-of-age classic “Little Women” was a landmark in highlighting the increasingly independent identity of the American woman. A new production by Royal Star Theatre aims to do much the same in spotlighting the talents of women in community theater. Comment

February, 2017

Bayside

Spring Is In the Air at QPAC

Despite the findings of Punxsutawney Phil, the spring season will start on schedule at the end of February — at least at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Live theater is most lifelike entertainment

If you’re a regular reader of this column, as well you should be, then you’re probably a person who enjoys and values theater. For me there’s nothing like it, introduced to the stage by my parents at an early age — “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Brigadoon” come to mind back in the ‘40s. Comment
Forest Hills

Parkside Players bring Agatha Christie murder mystery to life

A good cup of coffee shouldn’t taste bitter, especially when it’s poured from a fancy silver carafe and served in fine English china. Comment
Bellerose

Poetic license

Actor, writer, director, and former English teacher Mark Lord has a new original show to share. Comment
Long Island City

Come to the Secret Theatre old chum

Over the years, the Kander and Ebbs’ musical “Cabaret” about 1930s Berlin has been a feast for local theatre groups since its Broadway premiere in 1966, and the story of artistic escapism in a time of creeping fascism feels especially poignant today. Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

In the age of hyperbole, make theater heard

It’s official. The age of hype, exaggeration, spin and scam is here. Everything is now the best, the biggest and the most tremendous. We local theater people struggle to put on our shows and get an audience, but we’re often overwhelmed by overstatement and overkill. Comment

January, 2017

Theater

Church of The Safe to Say It

It wasn’t that kind of Inaugural Ball. Comment
Theater

Swords, shields, flips — and the fire to perform

Plenty of people dream about running away to join the circus, but precious few have enough core strength to make it in the world of spandex, sawdust, and high-flying derring-do. Comment

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