Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

REVIEW | The Humans | by Stephen Karam | Directed by Joe Mantello

… it wasn’t meant to be this way …

Just after World War II, Frank Sinatra filmed and recorded an inspiring song, “The House I Live In,” an expansive, optimistic view of America.  In The Humans, the dwelling that is America has been reduced to a dumpy apartment.

And it’s no longer owned, it’s a rental – and the rent goes to the Chinese landlords.

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NEW YORK INNOVATION THEATRE FOUNDATION AWARDS FOR OFF-OFF BROADWAY

… complete listing … 
THE NEW YORK INNOVATION THEATRE FOUNDATION
HONORS THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST OF OFF-OFF BROADWAY

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Leonard Bernstein conducting. Photo Paul de Heuck, courtesy of the Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

REVIEW | MAESTRO | Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein | 59E59

… doing it all …

In a 90 minute fest of music, wit and insight, the multi-talented Hershey Felder sings, talks, and plays the piano through the life and art of Leonard Bernstein.

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Hecuba and the women of Troy confront Helen in Euripides' The Trojan Women at the Flea Theater, September 2016,

Euripides’ The Trojan Women | Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin |Directed by Anne Cecelia Haney | The Flea Theater

“Another war has ended.  When will the next begin?”  Poseidon    

The Trojan Women is a daring and astonishing a play — it sails against the waves of the expected on  all counts.

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My Fair Lady playing at Bay Street in Sag Harbor, L. I.

OFF-BROADWAY IN SAG HARBOR | My Fair Lady | Book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner | Music by Frederick Loewe | Bay Street Theater

… great ….

This My Fair Lady is so good it made me feel that this wonderful show was even more marvelous than I thought.  I saw new things in it!  It’s thrilling!

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Dance of Life with Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch in FringeNYC 2016. Photo: James Jim

Fringe NYC |New York’s Festival Of New And Independent Theater | August 2016

Contact: Ron Lasko @ 212-505-1700 / ron@spincyclenyc.com

NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

Returns for 20th Anniversary Season
August 12-28, 2016

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Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, Long Island, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo

OFF-BROADWAY IN SAG HARBOR | The Last Night Of Ballyhoo | By Alfred Uhry | Directed by Will Pomerantz | Bay Street Theater

… how do you fit in? …

December 1939, Atlanta Georgia, Hitler has just invaded Poland and Gone With The Wind is premiering in Atlanta, but in the Freitag family,  the big stir is that the end-of-year Ballyhoo party at Atlanta’s German Jewish social club is about to take place.  In keeping with the way human concerns flow from near to far, the global significance of Hitler’s invasion is barely comprehended while the question of who will escort daughter Lala to the Ballyhoo Ball is the concern prime center.

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Radiant Vermin | By Philip Ridley |Directed by David Mercatali | 59E59

… enough is never enough …

This play is quite an accomplishment and delightfully imaginative:  using black comedy, the macabre and fairy tale, Philip Ridley creates a hilarious — but tense and compelling – social critique, and a parable of the downside of contemporary consumerism.  And the acting is phenomenal – witty, energetic, and totally on target.

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OFF-BROADWAY IN SAG HARBOR| The Forgotten Woman | By Jonathan Tolins | Directed by Noah Himmelstein | Bay Street Theater

… opera with no music …

If you think you’re too fat or hate opera, maybe you’ll like this play about a fat but successful opera singer who isn’t so sure she likes opera either.  Otherwise …

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The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois | Written & Directed by Adam Rapp | Atlantic Theater Company

… holding on …

Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois is a tense, brilliant drama that takes you from the worst to the best.

From the first moment we see Ellis, a man in his 40’s in khakis and a plaid shirt, agonizing over deodorant and picking invisible dirt out of the rug, we know that he’s crazily over-anxious about expected visitors, erratically nutty, and trying to seem “OK” like other men.  When two teenage girls arrive, Monique, a Black, fast-talking self-defined “gangsta,” and Catherine, White, thin, on edge, who seems unable to look anybody in the eye, you think you’ve snagged it.  

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