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What’s on your calendar?


As always, and as our standard preface for these listings, there’s a lot to do and see. New York City theater can keep a body very busy.

Listings for October-November and maybe even December 2017

PortugueseHow time flies? Is it almost the end of this year? Could Halloween be just a week away?

Women’s Project gave this a go in 2016, and it is being reprised at the Westside Theatre.
The cast in Stuffed, playing through February 18th, has changed, except for creator and star, Lisa Lampanelli, and under the same director, Jackson Gray,  but it is still a very relateable comedy. You or someone you know has been on and off the diet wagon for a long time.  Everyone of us has a relationship to food– love it or loathe it.  Can this lead to funny circumstances? With Lisa Lampanelli giving voice to the issues, you bet it can.

Meanwhile, currently at Women’s Project Theatre, What We’re Up Against, a new dark comedy by Theresa Rebeck, playing from October 28th to November 26th, is directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and features Skylar Astin, Marg Helgenberger, Jim Parrack, Krysta Rodriguez, and Damian Young.

John Patrick Shanley writes wry comedies based in realism with surreal twists. Examples include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, as well as Moonstruck, in which Cosmo’s moon overwhelmes the landscape and Cher’s Loretta tells Nicolas Cage’s Ronny Cammareri
that he’s a wolf who chewed off his own hand. His latest, The Portuguese Kid, at MTC at City Center Stage I through December 3rd, stars Jason Alexander as a lawyer beleaguered by family and clients.


Listings are only represent some of the presentations on NYC stages

American Ballet Theatre is in week two of its two week run through October 29th at the David H. Koch at Lincoln Center. Lots of premieres, including a Millipied World Premiere, as well as classics from Frederick Ashton and Jerome Robbins.

Matthew Bourne has a new ballet, his first in many years, which is spending five days on the City Center mainstage, from October 26th through November 5th. There’s a rotating cast for The Red Shoes, and a suggestion that children over the age of 8 would enjoy it.

Speaking of the kiddies, take them to Symphony Space on the weekend with Just Kidding, a series of programs dedicated to events for children. This weekend, there is a Halloween fun day planned for Saturday, October 28th at 11am with Joanie Leeds who will lead the musical costume party. Check out the full schedule at the Just Kidding website.

On Saturday, November 4th, the Symphony Space program offers a new way to teach your little ones new languages. Future Hits, a Chicago rock group, brings their irrestible mix of song with learning to the Just Kidding series. One show only at 11a.m.

Zoe Kazan, actress, playwright, has written a new dystopian play, After the Blast, which is at LCT3 in the Claire Tow Theater through November 19th.

Tired of the dystopian world view? Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves,  about a girls’ soccer squad, is coming to L.C.’s Newhouse Theater beginning November 1st. The team are highly competitive but there is no end-world scenario here. The Wolves had its well-received premiere with Playwrights Realm last year.

John Leguizamo gives us lessons in Latin History for Morons, another Broadway transfer from the Public, to Studio 54 through February 4, 2018. (You may recall that Hamilton went this route….) Leguizamo was inspired by the ignorance of Latino history in his son’s school to create this primer. More information on Latin History for Morons can be found at its official webpage.



Posted in 1-man show, dark comedy drama, discussions, drama based on real events, events, gaming, history, improv

His Trump(ets) Red Blare

Before he became the President-Elect, Trump was still a blowhard and a bully. Now he has the ultimate “bully pulpit” from which to trumpet his ideas and plans and build more of his own empire. As he would tweet, SAD.

His ego was truly stroked when Taiwan called to congratulate him. Not content with taking the call against US interests and precedents, DJT had to tweet about it. (New developments: December 2, 2016.)

Believe me when I tell you he can certainly blow his own horn. In fact, he’s famous for it, but when the man with the yellow face and huge ego comes out, give him a trumpets-blaring welcome. …

Source: His Trump(ets) Red Blare

Posted in events, festival, party, theater

Festivals and celebrations: it’s summer in the city

South Street Seaport: Dock Rocks
South Street Seaport: Dock Rocls: CANCELLED

Free Shakespeare in the Park and the Mobile Theater Unit courtesy of our friends at The Public Theater is just the tip of the ice-cone for a great New York City summer. Please visit to learn more.

Hamish Linklater, Teagle F. Bougere, and Jacob Ming-Trent in rehearsal for The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline, directed by Daniel Sullivan, running at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park July 23 through August 23. Photo credit: Tammy Shell.
Hamish Linklater, Teagle F. Bougere, and Jacob Ming-Trent in rehearsal for The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline, directed by Daniel Sullivan, running at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park July 23 through August 23. Photo credit: Tammy Shell.

Of course, it’s not all free but it is all fun.

On August 4th, the first annual fundraising bash in support the South Street Seaport features Duran Duran and Wyclef Jean for a five hour celebration. Dock Rocks  – Party on the Piers begins at 5pm on Pier 15 and Pier 16 at South Street Seaport with tickets starting at $55.

Visit and for more information on how you can participate. Due to issues at the site, this event has been cancelled.

Unity (1918), written by Kevin Kerr and directed by KJ Sanchez. begins performances on Thursday, August 6 for a limited engagement through Sunday, August 23 at The Gene Frankel Theatre. Part Gothic tale, part romance, part pandemic horror story, Unity (1918) recounts a historic moment in WWI when the “Spanish flu” killed more people than had been cut down in battle.

The small town of Unity takes drastic action, sealing off its borders and even burning incoming mail.  For more information on Unity (1918), which won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2002, please visit


Not strictly speaking at the height of summer: join The Wild Project for the fifth annual Between the Seas festival beginning on September 8th. Between the Seas is the only festival in New York celebrating Mediterranean performance, and presenting some of the most acclaimed and innovative performers– both theatrical and dance– from the region. Highlights from Between the Seas includean absurdist exploration on the nature of tyranny in The Dictator by Lebanese playwright Issam Mahfouz; The Dictator is offered in its English language premiere during the festival. Catalan artist Borja Gonzales performs a piece based on puppetry and sand drawing; Esperimenti, the Italian dance company is inspired by Italian songs of the 60s and 90s for its presentation; and Rebecca Tomas dances a vibrant flamenco for the Between the Seas audience. For more information, please visit

 The 27th Annual Festival Of New Musicals at New World Stages in October 15-16 is not yet ready for prime time.  NAMT’s goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire, bringing new musical theatre to thousands of audience members around the world. In the meantime, the Festival connects producers with writers, so that their shows can continue their development trajectory. The 27th Annual Festival Of New Musicals, overseen by NAMT New Works Director and Festival Producing Director Branden Huldeen and Festival General Manager Lisa Dozier King, presents eight musicals in 45-minute presentations before an audience of over 600 industry professionals.

The general public is invited to join by making a donation to The National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Visit to see about ticket availablity; there is also a day-of stand-by line for the general public for free admission (based on availability).