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Friday, May 19, 2023

Women’s Voices, presented by Danse Lumière by Sarah Downs

Women's Voices" paid tribute to the work of women in the arts, including excerpts from ballets created by women, and a panel discussion, in which Artistic Director and choreographer Kathryn …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Cecil Beaton’s Diaries by Sarah Downs

In his diaries Beaton bares his teeth more than his soul, choosing to belittle lesser mortals and excoriate in private those whom he had to endure in public. He maintains the façade of the…

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Temple University Orchestra – Jazz at Lincoln Center by Sarah Downs

In a flurry of energetic percussion, daring brass and beguiling strings, the various ensembles shone, performing in several styles, from a pure classical sound, through old school jazz with …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Yes, I Can Say That! by Sarah Downs

In her one woman show Yes, I Can Say That!, Judy Gold shoots from the hip, right across our collective bow, in an impassioned wake-up call to remind us what 'free speech' means. And of how …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The Rewards of Being Frank by Sarah Downs

First there was Ernest, now there is Frank.  The Rewards of Being Frank, at the ART/New York Theatre, a sequel to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest, is a delightful and much need…

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Monday, February 27, 2023

black odyssey by Sarah Downs

black odyssey at the Classic Stage is a brilliant voyage into a world of myth and mystery.  At once epic and intimate, the play follows the hazardous journey of Ulysses as he searches for a…

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Cornelia Street by Sarah Downs

I wanted to like Cornelia Street more than I did, especially because I loved the actual café.  Alas, the musical left me a little cold.  It feels clumsy, as if it is trying to be too many…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Piaf! The Show (2023 world tour) by Sarah Downs

In this solo concert, Nathalie Lermitte personifies Edith Piaf without doing an impression or imitation.  Rather, Lermotte has internalized the spirit of Piaf’s specialty, the chanson ré…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The Far Country by Sarah Downs

In The Far Country, playwright Lloyd Suh explores how far someone will go, and how far away you will travel, in search of what you hope will be a better life -- and how that voyage can compl…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

The Patient Gloria by Sarah Downs

In her delightfully irreverent play The Patient Gloria, Gina Moxley takes aim at those preconceptions, joyously dissecting patriarchy with in-your-face abadon.  Brilliant, funny and subervi…

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Sandra by Sarah Downs

Sandra is a marathon feat of storytelling, following the footsteps of a woman who risks everything in service of a friend, who has apparently disappeared while on a trip to Mexico. As the m…

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Friday, November 11, 2022

East Side After Dark, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at the Cafe Carlyle by Sarah Downs

Everything old is new again in East Side After Dark at the Café Carlyle.  In their return engagement at Café Carlyle, cabaret (and husband and wife) team John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molas…

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Wuthering Heights by Sarah Downs

Wuthering Heights has gotten a makeover at St. Ann's Warehouse in a production that blows across the stage like a tempest on the moors. Imaginative and visually stimulating, with beautiful …

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Death of a Salesman by Sarah Downs

The more I think about it the more I love this production. It's visually striking, beautifully acted and deeply affecting. Previously to me the play has been more of a jagged little pill, …

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Chekhov’s First Play by Sarah Downs

Funny, complex, startling, engrossing -- Chekhov's First Play in the hands the brilliantly creative minds at Dead Centre, is a whoopee, let your hair down theatrical experience. You must s…

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Friday, October 21, 2022

F*CK7THGRADE by Sarah Downs

Backed by her childhood band, "The Secrets of the Vatican" (in reality her multi-talented musical director Julie Wolf, and two members of the all-female rock trio "Antigone Rising," Nini Cam…

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Friday, October 14, 2022

La Divina, The last Interview of Maria Callas by Sarah Downs

Shelley Cooper conveys Callas’s innate elegance and theatricality.  She wisely does not attempt to impersonate Callas; rather she delves into La Divina’s soul, embodying the singer in p…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

1776 by Sarah Downs

Impassioned and well intentioned, this spare production of 1776 benefits from the talents of a strong cast, but eventually suffers from the production’s desire to Get Its Point Across. Yo…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Betty Buckley at Cafe Carlyle by Sarah Downs

The evening had a breezy quality -- a little Sondheim here, some Joni Mitchell there, a touch of Rodgers and Hart, and even a dash of Paul Simon. It is as if Ms. Buckley is rooting around i…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

This Beautiful Future by Sarah Downs

I am sure I am missing something, but reading the many words of praise for this play, extolling its beauty and otherworldly, paradigm shifting style, I have to wonder if I saw the same show …

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Strings Attached by Sarah Downs

Two cosmologists and particle physicist get on a train… Strings Attached explores the softer side of physics, in its various intersections of thought and emotion, science and faith, r…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Bobby Conte at Birdland by Sarah Downs

Bobby Conte is an energy vortex, daring the audience not to be swept away by his charisma and sheer abandon. Supported by a kicking 10 piece band conducted by Pianist and Musical Director ex…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Karen Mason “30 … and Counting” by Sarah Downs

Denny and Mason are like two halves of one being. In his playing, Denny's mastery of both driving and echoing Mason's performance leaves her free to explore. For her part, elegant in her w…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

ReView: Celia Berk @ Laurie Beechman Apr 21, 2022 by Sarah Downs

Celia Berk On My Way to You Laurie Beechman Theatre April 21, 2022 – 7PM By Sarah Downs In her show On My Way to You, Ms. Berk serves up an eclectic list of songs, unified in their examina…

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

ReView: Lane Bradbury @ Pangea Mar 4, 2022 by Sarah Downs

Lane Bradbury Mon Histoire en Chansons Francaises Pangea. March 4, 2022, 7pm By Sarah Downs Lane Bradbury loves everything French. And why not? Renoir, croissants, the Champs Elysées – wh…

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

ReView: Andrea Bell Wolff “Showgirl” @ DTM by Sarah Downs

Andrea Bell Wolff Showgirl Don’t Tell Mama December 1, 2021 at 8:00 pm By Sarah Downs Andrea Bell has a story to tell and boy is it fun.  In her sparkly sequined minidress, Ms. Wolff belt…

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

ReView: Paulo Szot @ F54B by Sarah Downs

Paulo Szot Una Noche Encantada (An Enchanted Evening) Feinstein’s 54/Below Nov. 24, 2022 Hello young lovers wherever you are.  Paolo Szot is singing your song.  In his show An Una Noche …

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

ReView: Jeff Harnar @ Feinstein’s/54 Below by Sarah Downs

Jeff Harnar I Know Things Now Feinstein’s/54 Below November 10, 2021 Jeff Harnar embodies cabaret.  Svelte, handsome and completely at home in the spotlight he inspires the kind of relaxe…

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

ReView: Maria Corsaro @ Pangea by Sarah Downs

Maria Corsaro You Taught My Heart to Sing October 16, 2021 Pangea By Sarah Downs Maria Corsaro returns to her first love, singing, in her new cabaret “You Taught My Heart to Sing.”  Bac…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Katie McGrath – Friends in Low Places 12/26/20 by Sarah Downs

Friends in Low Places, starring Katie McGrath. By Sarah Downs As the year winds down, and life is on that between Christmas and New Year’s pause, we can take a chance to reflect on the pas…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Off-Broadway Theatre Review: JONAH AND OTTO by Sarah Downs

Director Geraldine Hughes has masterfully fine-tuned the work of this pair of enormously talented actors to a razor-sharp attention to detail from the music of the text to the arc of the nar…

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