August 6th, 2016 | 0 comments
Written and Directed by Ashley Nicole Audette
Midtown International Theatre Festival
Last year, I attended a performance of the opening scene of Ashley Nicole Audette’s powerful play LIGHTS and, this week, I was lucky enough to see the full-length version of the story, as presented by the Midtown International...
July 14th, 2016 | 0 comments C. Mingo Long- Photo by Corine Cohen
On the 4th of July this year, I remembered all the overly sentimental television specials I used to love to watch as a child each year. (I particularly remember one that had a Claymation version of Mayor Koch and a musical number of “Earth Angel”, sung to the Statue of Liberty.) They no longer...
July 7th, 2016 | 0 comments
Ryan Sheridan concert
Rockwood Music Hall, June 30th, 2017
I have always been a huge fan of all things and people Irish (I actually just had to look up to see if there was a word for it. Apparently, there is a word, and that word is “Hibernophile”), so I was very excited to hear Irish singer-songwriter and...
June 21st, 2016 | 0 comments
Staged Reading of The Second Sun written by James Patrick Nelson
Directed by Jennifer Gelfer
Starring James Patrick Nelson and Eden Epstein
I had the pleasure of talking with playwright James Patrick Nelson before the staged reading of his beautiful play The Second Sun at The Signature Theatre complex Tuesday night and our...
April 1st, 2016 | 0 comments
Dudu Fisher In Jerusalem
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Although I am a devout Catholic, I have also always felt very at home within the Jewish community, and certainly believe that to be a good Christian, you need to be a good Jew at heart first. Last year, I began regularly attending events at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and it...
December 11th, 2015 | 0 commentsThe Golden Bride
Music by Joseph Rumshinsky
Lyrics by Louis Gilrod
Libretto by Frieda Freiman
Directed by Bryna Wasserman and Motl Didner
There was a particular energy in the theatre at the opening night of The Golden Bride. The experience of attending the opening was just as powerful as what was going on onstage. The...
December 11th, 2015 | 0 comments
Written & Performed by Alex Gwyther
Directed by Tom O’Brien
“We’re fighting the same enemy, just on two different sides.”
In the note in the program for Our Friends, The Enemy, Alex Gwyther, the writer and star of the one-man play about the famous Christmas...
November 8th, 2015 | 0 commentsThe Lilliput Troupe
By Gaby Febland
Review by: Diana Rissetto.
Directed by Alex Benjamin
I have written three plays that include both “Holocaust” and “comedy” in their descriptions. Some people automatically assume the worst when they see such a pairing of words, that play is likely offensive and insensitive, but my...
August 16th, 2014 | 0 comments
Ever since I got home from seeing Here Lies Love at the Public Theater, I have been reading about the life of Imelda Marcos. (Most of the stories I have found about her are about her many pairs of shoes.)
However, barely knowing anything about the story before today, I went into the show thinking, “Oh, so is it going to be like...
August 11th, 2014 | 0 comments
ReVision Theatre NJ
Directed by Bob Angelini
Musical Direction by Evan Jay Newman
Written by Jonathan Larson.
Starring Spiro Galiatsatos, Uton Evan Onyejekwe and Brittany Avey
Theatre Bar (610 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ)
They are doing some...
July 14th, 2014 | 0 comments
The Last Five Years
600 Bangs Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Playing thru July 27
I have seen three different productions of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years.
The first time, I wanted to punch Jamie and had no idea what Cathy would ever see in him.
June 17th, 2014 | 0 comments
Photo by Joan Marcus.
Review by Dianna Risseto.
Much Ado About Nothing has always been one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. It just seems so modern—it is so easy to follow the story—and filled with the most delicious dialogue and jokes. And, to top it off, not only do more than one couple fall in love, but nobody dies....
December 20th, 2013 | 0 comments I was very fortunate to see Brian Stokes Mitchell's debut concert with Ted Sperling and the Philharmonic band. Seeing Brian Stokes one of my favorite Broadway singers singing The Grinch melted my heart and made me open up my mind to the Christmas season. The space is glorious and the sound of the music made me so happy I...