Theatre Guide

October, 2016

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Royal Star Theatre brings joy to Jamaica Estates

If the never-ending and demeaning presidential campaign has got you down—and if it hasn’t, you haven’t been paying attention—then I have a remedy that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. It can be found in Jamaica Estates in the auditorium of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy where the Royal Star Theatre is about to open its production of “Spamalot”. Comment

September, 2016

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One man’s mission to bring Bayside culture

I’m over at Donovan’s off Bell Boulevard, enjoying a Malbec and burger and good conversation with Gregg P. Sullivan and an intriguing woman of mystery who must for now remain nameless. We’re talking about the way Bayside used to be and what it will take to revitalize it. And if anyone can do it, Sullivan is the man. Comments (5)

August, 2016

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Bringing necessary publicity to a theater scene

Every now and then, the time comes for me to re-introduce myself to the readers of this column. Many of you, I’d like to believe, have enjoyed my well-chosen words since my June 2007 debut in these pages, about 150 columns ago, and maybe you even learned something. Comment

July, 2016

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Things get hopping at community theaters

I must admit to an unusual fondness for a particular great white rabbit. Comment

June, 2016

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You can take the memories of a community theater production with you

If you had been following the progress of the Parkside Player’s production of “You Can’t Take It With You” portrayed in my last three columns, you may want to know how it all turned out. Comment

May, 2016

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Community actors do it for the love of theater

“You Can’t Take It With You,” the hit comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, opens in Forest Hills in a little more than two weeks. Comment

April, 2016

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Meet some of the cast from ‘You Can’t Take it With You’

Rehearsals are underway for “You Can’t Take It With You,” the Parkside Players’ spring production. Comment
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So maybe you can take it with you

Do you want to be a star? Or perhaps more modestly, do you simply want to strut your stuff in community theater? Comment

March, 2016

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Community theater earns our Kudos

Today we celebrate community theater. Comment

February, 2016

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Diversity in casting is going to take some work on everybody’s part

The current controversy about the lack of diversity in acting nominations for the Oscars prompts me to revisit the subject of non-traditional casting in theater. Comments (1)

January, 2016

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Let’s start the new year on a positive note

As we close the books on 2015, with a plague of pessimism infecting the populace, I give you an antidote — the positive, optimistic and upbeat Susan Stewart. Comments (1)



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