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First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City.

Easy Listener: 5 You-Gotta-Have CDS From Five You-Must-Know Women

David Finkle | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

If you like great songs -- not necessarily great songs you already know -- and you like women delivering them, here are CDs that you'd be extremely foolish to think you can live without:

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

Together, Wherever We Go

George Heymont | Posted 07.11.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Togetherness sounds cute but can often be quite challenging. Four short films screened at the 2013 San Francisco CAAMFest show four very different approaches to companionship.

The Music and Its Message: Songs of Protest and Cultural Identity

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-03-22-ochs.jpg Two thrilling new musical documentaries place great emphasis on the importance of a song's lyrics while paying homage to their creators.

Creative Cultural Cross Referencing (How to Link Stephen Sondheim to the Original Siamese Twins)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Let's look at two recent events, play a little cultural mashup, and examine the results.

First-Nighter: The Maude-like, Un-Maude-like Maude Maggart

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What's truly appealing about Maude Maggart is that what you initially see--and hear--isn't what you eventually get. She fools you seven ways to Sunday and plainly gets a kick out of it.

Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano: Viewing "This Thing Called Love" From a Cabaret Stand-Point

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

The husband-wife team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano are currently doing the living-room honors in Manhattan's Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel through the first week of March.

Elaine Stritch -- An Evening of Fire and Wisdom

Adam Hanft | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Adam Hanft

You go to cabaret for an impossible alchemy of exposed emotion, phrasing, the occasional clink of a champagne flute, an evening of enriched uranium. You go to cabaret for Elaine Stritch.