Monday, May 11, 2015

Summer and Smoke

Miss Alma and Dr. John, Jr

T. SCHREIBER STUDIO FOR THEATRE & FILM presents

SUMMER AND SMOKE

By TENNESSE WILLIAMS
 
Directed by TERRY SCHREIBER
 
Cast
in order of appearance
John Buchanan...Jacques Mitchell
Rev. Winemiller... Daniel Hawk Hicks*
Mrs. Winemiller...Cynthia Shaw
Alma Winemiller...Taylor Graves
Nellie Eweii...Bevin  Bru
Rosa Gonzales...Aida
Alvarez Roger...lvan  Sandomire
Dr. John Buchanan, Sr...Jim Cyborowski*
Mrs. Bassett...Kathryn  Fray
Rosemary...Kathleen Kuhn
Gonzales...Stephan Antonio Ortiz*
Vernon/Dusty...Philip Rosen
Archie...Evan Silverman*
 
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association
 
Production Team
Director:  Terry Schreiber
Producer/Production Stage Manager:  DaVonne Onassis Bacchus
Assistant Director:  Ana Galang
Set Designer:  Hal Tine
Costume Designer:   Hope Governali
Lighting Designer:  Dennis Parichy
Sound Designer:  Andy Evan Cohen
Props Master:  Salina Polanco
Master Electrician:  Kyrie McCormick
House Manager: Tiffany Jo McNerlin
Dialect Coach:  Page Clements
Publicity:  Bunch of People Press & Publicity (Judd Hollander & Cynthia Leathers)
Graphic Art and Design:  Karen Moreno 

T. Schreiber Studio for Theatre & Film
151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10001 

Visit:  http://tschreiber.org  Tel:  212-741-0209
May 6th - June 6th, 2015 

SUMMER AND SMOKE is about "spirit and sensuality" set in Glorious Hill, Mississippi in 1913.  A Minister's daughter, Alma Winemiller (Taylor Graves) is secretly in love with her next door neighbor's son, John Buchanan (Jacques Mitchell), a recent graduate from John Hopkins Medical School to follow in his father's footsteps as a doctor but loosely based morals, drinking, and gambling almost cost him his respectable lineage. Alma represents Puritanism and spirituality while John mendacity and the flesh, in essence, star-crossed lovers at opposite sides of the spectrum of mores.  How will this life-long loving friendship from childhood resolve itself? The cast performed well and Mrs. Winemiller (Cynthia Shaw) although a nut was quite aware underneath her facade--she added an element of fun and delight to this bittersweet story.

Any story written by Tennessee Williams is remarkable and I'd highly recommend to see Summer and Smoke at T. Schreiber Studio for Theatre & Film.

- Laura Thompson -

 


Lunt and Fontanne


TBE THEATRICAL in association with STAGE LEFT STUDIO  presents

LUNT AND FONTANNE:

"THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY"

 
By MARK E. LANG
Directed by OWEN THOMPSON
CAST:

Lynn Fontanne, et al............ALISON J. MURPHY
Alfred Lunt, et al.......................MARK EDWARD LANG

 Radio Announcer......MILLER LIDE
 

Creative Team:
Costume Design:  JESSA-RAYE COURT
Original Music:  ANTHONY UVA
Sound Design:  RICHARD FROHLICH
Lighting Consultant:  COURTNEY MEGARO
Graphic Design:  TBE DESIGN
Casting:  DEBORAH BROWN
Stage Manager:  KELSEY LANE DIES

Stage Left Studio
214 West 30th Street, NYC

Last Performance May 3rd.
 

LUNT AND FONTANNE: "THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY"  were the most famous couple on Broadway in the first half of the twentieth century and were given the nickname the "celestials." A 21st century husband and wife team played the Lunts synonymous with a theatrical-marital partnership in which they joke that they've become the "Lunt and Fontanne of South Jersey". 

The story is a tribute to this forgotten Broadway couple, an ode to acting, partnership, and marriage, and their undeniable love for the stage over Hollywood. Lynn Fontanne (Alison J. Murphy) and husband Alfred Lunt (Mark Edward Lang) embark on their journey from the 1920s through to the 1950s showcasing the highlights of their lives and matchless careers.

 The play had a short run but the story about "The Celestials of Broadway" was interesting.

- Laura Thompson -

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Belle of Belfast


THE IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE  presents the

THE BELLE OF BELFAST

By NATE RUFUS EDELMAN

Directed by CLAUDIA WEILL

Starring:  HAMISH ALLAN-HEADLEY, PATRICIA CONOLLY, ARIELLE HOFFMAN, KATE LYDIC, BILLY MELEADY

 

Creative Team:

Scenic Design:  JOHN MCDERMOTT

Costume Design:  TERESE WADDEN

Lighting Design:  JUSTIN TOWNSEND

Sound Design:  DANIEL KLUGER

Projections:  JEFF LARSON 

Dialect Coach:  STEPHEN GABIS

Fight Director:  RICK SORDELET

Casting:  DEBORAH BROWN

Production Stage Manager:  CHRISTINE LEMME

Assistant Stage Manager:  REBECCA C. MONROE

Press Representative:  COYLE ENTERTAINMENT

 

The Irish Reportory Theatre Company
The Season in Union Square at the DR2 Theatre

103 East 15th Street

 

Visit http://www.irishrep.org
Opening Night: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Scheduled to run through June 7th.

 

THE BELLE OF BELFAST is a contemporary work focused on the Northern Irish experience in Belfast during 1985 when the centuries-old conflict was high between the Catholics and the Protestants and one of the most contentious and defining conflicts of the twentieth century. However, the story is told in a poignantly, funny way with wonderful Irish humor.

It opens in a confessional with an elderly woman, Emma (Patricia Conolly) asking her parish priest, Father Ben Reilly (Hamish Allan-Headley) to absolve her sins but drinking is not a sin and he sends her away with four Hail Marys. Next, a fiery and profane young woman, Anne (Kate Lydic) confesses her sins and then, meets up with her school mate, Ciara (Arielle Hoffman) and they discuss what normal seventeen year olds would do--love, secrets, boys, drugs, alcohol, and Ciara's weakness for curry chips. Emma turns out to be Anne's crazy great aunt who's often had a few too many drinks and they both end up quite often in the confessional with the handsome Father Reilly at different times unbeknowst to the other. The story unfolds with the unimaginable happening intertwined with the after effects of the Belfast bombings as the senior priest, Father Dermott Behan (Billy Melaeady), although an old, drunken priest turns out to be quite wise and gives sage advice to the much younger, Father Reilly. Twists and turns abound and it's really a delight to watch. Overall, it's a wry, witty, and bittersweet portrayal of a select group of people in a city at war.

 I'd highly recommend to see The Belle of Belfast produced by The Irish Repertory Theatre and presented at the DR2 Theatre in Union Square.

- Laura Thompson -

Friday, April 10, 2015

Unmentionables


NYLON FUSION THEATRE COMPANY  presents the WORLD PREMIERE of

UNMENTIONABLES

By JOSEPH SAMUEL WRIGHT

Directed by MONTSERRAT MENDEZ

Starring:  JEANINE BARTEL, JIMMY BETTS, DANIELLE BOIVIN,

HEATHER E. CUNNINGHAM, MEGHAN JONES, CHRISTINA TOTH, RICK ZAHN

 

Creative Team:

Scenic Designer:  KYU SHIN

Sound Designer:  ANDY EVAN COHEN

Costume Designer:  DEBBI HOBSON

Stage Manager:  LAURA MALSEED

Publicist:  BUNCH OF PEOPLE PROD.

Assistant Stage Manager:  KIM FLORES

Props Master:  GREG KANYICSKA

Fight Choreographer:  JIMMY BETTS

Dramaturgy:  JANET BENTLEY

Management Consultant:  FORM THEATRICALS

(ANTHONY FRANCAVILLA & ZACHARY LAKS)

 

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company
Theatre 54, located at 244West 54th Street

Visit http://www.nylonfusion.org
April 2 - 18

UNMENTIONABLES is a story depicting life in Hollywood in 1937 with undercurrents of another  possible war looming on the horizon in Europe. However, the essence of the story revolves around top talent agent and lawyer James Johnson (Rick Zahn) and his top film star Joan Madison (Jeanine Bartel) on how to land the biggest deal of his life securing starring roles for his long time yet aging client. But Joan has secret plans of her own and something secretive about James has been revealed that could ruin his career. His office assistants are caught up in messy office politics and scandals and Gertie Fowler (Meghan E. Jones) is blackmailed to find the culprit because she's savvy to the secrets that are more than skin deep. Many truths are revealed and it's a bittersweet ending.

If you're interested in scandalous stories with a bit of humor about Hollywood in the late 1930s, then I'd recommend to see Unmentionables at Nylon Fusion Theatre Company.

- Laura Thompson -

The Nomad


THE FLEA THEATER  presents the WORLD PREMIERE of

THE NOMAD

Book and Lyrics by ELIZABETH SWADOS and ERIN COURTNEY

Composed and Directed by ELIZABETH SWADOS

Featuring the Bats:  KYRA ATEKWANA, TOMMY BERNARDI, SYDNEY BLAXILL, MATTHEW BOVEE, GLENNA GRANT, RYAN NEAL GREEN, MICHAEL LAPINSKY, TERI MADONNA, MIKE NELSON, NEIL REDFIELD, DAVE RESULTAN,                     BEN SCHRAGER, RYAN STINNETT

 

Musical Direction by TREVOR BACHMAN
Musical Arrangements by KRIS KUKUL
Set, Props, Costume and Puppet Design by LYDIA FINE

Lighting Design:  DAISY LONG
Sound Designer: JANIE BULLARD


The Flea Theater
41 White Street in TriBeCa, 3 blocks below Canal Street between Broadway and Church Street

Call 212-352-3101 or visit http://www.theflea.org
February 19 - April 6

Elizabeth Swados and Erin Courtney's THE NOMAD is a musical based on the true story of writer and journalist, Isabelle Eberhardt (1877 -1904) who lived the life she wanted to live in an era where women's desires were more or less suppressed. She dreamt of living an adventurous life in the Sahara, converted to the Muslim religion, and dressed like a man to give her freedom to travel and work.  In Algiers, Isabelle associated with the French colonists as well as advocated for the rights of the disenfranchised citizens who were being occupied by the foreign power. In short, Isabelle was a rebel and she desired to live by her own rules.

The Flea is known for its theatrical productions overcoming boundaries and this performance was filled with energy. Isabelle (Teri Madonna)  acted and sang with tremendous force backed by the talented Bats Ensemble. I think there were some superfluous acts but was impressed with the puppetry (Lydia Fine) and how the cast ingeniously used the props on the set. The music transported you to accompany Isabelle on her journey through the Saharan desert where her quest was joined by holy men, kief smokers, spies, soldiers and tribes of nomads. Sometimes, I thought the portrayal of the Arabs a bit stereotypical but not enough to be offensive.

It's the first desert musical I've seen and if you're interested in this young rebellious iconoclast's true life story, then I'd recommend to see The Nomad at The Flea Theater.

- Laura Thompson -


 

Antioch: Skirmish at the Gates


13TH STREET REPERTORY THEATER  presents

ANTIOCH:  SKIRMISH AT THE GATES

A new play by JACK McKEANE

Directed by CHERYL KING

Produced by CYNTHIA KEANE

 

Fight Direction and Choreography: JACK McKEANE
Sound Design: CHERLY KING and ALEX CHMAJ

Technical Director: ALEX CHMAJ
Saracen Costume Design: KC WEAKLEY

Set Design: CHUCK McALEXANDER
Door Construction and Assistance: JEREMIAH BROWN

 

Song"Uamh An Oir" by Talitha MacKenzie


13th Street Repertory Theater
50 West 13th Street, New York City

For information, contact Cheryl King at cking3@gmail.com
February 18, 19, 25, March 2 & 11, 2015

Jack McKeane's ANTIOCH: SKIRMISH AT THE GATES is a new play, 50 minutes long, about an age long conflict that began during the Crusades between a Christian Crusader, Ronan (Jack McKeane), and a Muslim Saracen Warrior, Youssef (Ali Sattar) at the gates of heaven. It's a never ending duel whereby Ronan and Youssef engage in sword fighting with fast, sharp techniques combined with flowing, deep and acrobatic moves.  The two warriors are later joined by a modern day American Soldier, John (Alex Mahgoub) killed in the Iraqi war.

When Ronan and Youssef aren't fighting, Ronan helps John who is also a Christian figure out where he is and in return, John helps Ronan and Youssef figure out how to enter the gates of heaven which proves to be a big mystery difficult to solve. Each of them needs to prove they're worthy to enter the doorway to heaven. John is too tormented and disappears into no man's land while the Christian and Muslim battle it out until they resolve their karma and figure out if it's possible to be a warrior and be free of sin.

It's an interesting take on values and mores across time and how one resolves to enter the gate of heaven.

Pity the play had such a short run as it was entertaining with impactful meaning.

- Laura Thompson -


 

Pillow on the Stairs


the cell in association with Thursday Productions,  presents

PILLOW ON THE STAIRS

By Brona Crehan

Featuring

BRONA CREHAN, JAQUELINE KEALY, JOHN McCONNELL


Directed by JOHN KEATING
Stage Manager: MACKENZIE MEEKS
Lighting Designer: GERTJAN HOUBEN
Sound Designer: M. FLORIAN STAAB
Photography: CAROL ROSEGG
Graphic Design: AMY McLERAN

Pre-show music: The Chieftans, and "Sweet Ellen" composed by Mary Crehan, arranged and performed by Daniel Angioli

the cell
338 West 23rd Street (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues)
www.thecelltheatre.org
February 11-28, 2015; Opening Night -02/11/15

Brona Crehan's PILLOW ON THESTAIRS is a play about love, innocence, denial, and betrayal.  A slice of life in Dublin, Ireland that connects three people for a lifetime but all is not rosy. The starting point of the story revolves around the question--what would your life have been like if you made one decision differently.

A minimalist stage setting. Three chairs. Three actors. It was like a stage reading but their unique point of views expressed poignantly one at a time, the others not knowing their counterpoints side of the story. This format deeply engaged the audience one character at a time.

Annie (Brona Crehan) jilted her boyfriend, Jim (John McConnell), who wanted to marry her. His rebound lover, Margaret (Jaqueline Kealy) ends up getting pregnant and is coerced by Jim to what would be the right thing to do morally, or so they both thought. Haunted by this one decision for the rest of their lives and the consequences on their subsequent partners, they delve into the world of secrets, denials, and betrayal of trust.


The story gives insight into the realities of everyday relationships and ends up leaving the audience in suspense as another twist to the intrigue is later revealed at the end of the play. The audience stays thinking there is another act after the intermission but this is where the story stops leaving it up to the audience's imagination as to how the characters continue on with their lives. I'd recommend seeing Pillow on the Stairs in the quaint theatre setting of the cell.

- Laura Thompson -