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Soul Doctor Lifts Our Spirits Off Broadway

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

Soul Doctor has an important message--that one person can make a difference, a huge difference in the world. That in itself is worth being reminded. The fact that the difference could be bringing more love, peace and acceptance into our chaotic world.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

Stage Door: The Elephant Man, Lost Lake

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.13.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Now at the Booth Theater, The Elephant Man, which won the Tony for Best Play in 1979, is effective because it isn't literal. Cooper doesn't wear a prosthetic; instead, the audience imagines his disfigurement as he contorts his body. And people gasp in horror at the sight of him.

Stage Door: A Christmas Memory, On the Other Side of the River

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The story opens with a gentle exclaim: "It's fruitcake weather!" Sook, a 60-something Southern woman, and Buddy, a young boy, embark on their yearly Christmas ritual: baking holiday fruitcakes. The tenderness between the two, locked together in a Depression-era world, is the essence of A Christmas Memory.

Scott Elliott and the Theater of the Uncomfortable

Cara Joy David | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I've come to admire people, and theater companies, that take the risk. You have to hand it to Elliott -- more than any other major off-Broadway theater company, The New Group consistently produces offbeat works.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Bonnie Dunn, Burlesque Dancer and Show Producer

Ian Spanier | Posted 12.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Dunn, a nightclub singer, came into her line of work honestly, having been first exposed to burlesque in her hometown, New Orleans. After a stint as...

Stage Door: Side Show, Allegro

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The cruelty of exploitation, just like the public's prurient interest in oddity, is boundless. Marry the two, and you have the backdrop to the real-life tale of conjoined twins and vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton in Side Show, the Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre.

Stage Door: Lypsinka! The Trilogy, Billy & Ray, Mozart's The Magic Flute

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.14.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Part camp, part social commentary, the always-entertaining Lypsinka is back with three shows. The revivals of the acclaimed Lypsinka! The Boxed Set and The Passion of the Crawford are coupled with the premiere of John Epperson: Show Trash, playing the piano and sharing his life.

Stage Door: Wiesenthal

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.06.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Dugan's 90-minute play is heartfelt, deeply moving and compelling; he makes history come alive. The 53-year-old actor nails Wiesenthal's Austrian dialect, elderly mannerisms and mischievous charm. His extraordinary performance pays tribute to one man's lifelong crusade for justice and tolerance.

Stage Door: Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1,2,3, The Belle of Amherst

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Suzan-Lori Parks' ambitious Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3, is an expansive vision that meditates on the experience of African Americans during the Civil War.

Seeing Lennon and Dickinson in 2014

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It is difficult to get me to a one-person show or anything that is essentially a one-person show. That is unless there is a Tony contender in it. So it's odd that at the height of the fall theater season I've seen two.

The Life Of The 'Jewish James Bond' Comes To The NYC Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts

The legacy of one of World War II's most enigmatic figures is being brought to the New York stage in a unique and surprising new one-man play. Wr...

Moving On

Doug Kreeger | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

As I turn the page on a new chapter of my life -- sober, aware, present, instinctual -- it only made sense that I search for a new place to hang my hat.

One Theater Lover Responds to Older Broadway Actors Being Kicked From Equity-League Health Plan

Kryss Shane | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
Kryss Shane

I have always known Actors Equity Association to be on the cutting edge of equality and at the forefront of making progressive choices with a focus on the needs of its members. Until now.

Stage Door: Excuse My Dust, The Brightness of Heaven

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.27.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Assembled from five short stories, various poems and book reviews, Engstrom skillfully recreates Dorothy Parker's cynical, sardonic, melancholy edge.

Your Favorite 'Orphan Black' Star Is Heading Off Broadway

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 12.22.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Tatiana Maslany, the star of "Orphan Black," will be finding a temporary home on an off-Broadway stage. Second Stage Theatre said T...

Stage Door: Indian Ink, Lennon Through A Glass Onion, Timber!

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The playwright, who spent part of his childhood in India, has fashioned Indian Ink as a chamber piece, an intimate story of love, memory and cross-cultural miscues. It's as much a chiding of presumptuous biographers, as it is a study in the sensitivity and caprices of love and time.

I Went to an Orgy Last Saturday Night

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Isa Freeling

Theater Review: SMOKE Of course I was a voyeur in the audience in the snug surroundings at the Flea Theater which can make one feel that they...

Stage Door: Love Letters, Port Authority

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The premise of Love Letters, a chamber piece now on Broadway, is simple: Two people begin writing each other at age 8. Over the next 50 years, from the late 1930s onward, two upper-class WASPS chart their personal voyages via letter.

Curtis M. Wong

Actor-Playwright Brings His Journey As A Black, Gay Christian Man To The Stage | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Billy Porter may be one of Broadway’s hottest stars, but his latest project is very much the antithesis of the splashy musicals in which he made his...

A Simple Drawing Lands This Crafty Mom An Off-Broadway Show

Posted 10.01.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Establishing Boundaries, Preventing Attacks

Doug Kreeger | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

I write when I'm inspired and publish only when I'm ready. I don't read comment forums and I block communication from harassing strangers. I connect with at least one close friend per day, preferably in person. I sing constantly, loudly, and usually only for myself (or dogs). I'm doing the best that I can and trying to greet each new day with wonder and gratitude.

Stage Door: Embers

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Embers is a more inaccessible Beckett drama, yet even as it unnerves audiences, the work is strangely hypnotic. Beckett himself called it "ragged."

Curtis M. Wong

A Fresh Look At An Out, Proud Disco Legend For A New Generation | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.16.2014 | Gay Voices

Depicting the glitzy yet all-too-brief life of disco’s most legendary out performer, “Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical” is giving Manha...

A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether that means onstage or in the audience. I'm not a theater purist -- I still think Christina Applegate should have won the Tony!