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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Tonya Pinkins' Truth and Reconciliation: Womyn Working it Out! by Sandra Mardenfeld

The cast; Photo by Katie Walenta While much of Tonya Pinkins' Truth and Reconciliation: Womyn Working it Out, a collective of nine 10-minute plays and songs about women and oppression per…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Queen of Hearts by Sandra Mardenfeld

Ian Spring and LEXXE as Alice. Photo: Mark Shelby Perry This burlesque journey down the rabbit hole transforms Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into a circus-tinged, sex…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth by Sandra Mardenfeld

Sometimes the plot in Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth by Tom Stoppard, first produced in 1979, runs too close to home. But some background first:In Dogg's Hamlet, practically everyone speaks…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Bachelor Girls by Sandra Mardenfeld

Kristen Egenes, Laura Hall, Kathleen Culler, Kelly Berman, Gia Mongell, Timmy Hays, Emma Vielbig, Lucy Anders, Brittany Rodin, Emily Kersey, Mandy McDonell. Photo: Shoshana Medney The Bach…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

League Of Professional Theatre Women 2019 Leadership Luncheon by Sandra Mardenfeld

Andre De Shields Donna Walker-Kuhn Inspiring others was the theme at the League of Professional Theatre Women 2019 Leadership Luncheon celebrating the inaugural Rachel Crothers Leadership…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

75th Theatre World Awards by Sandra Mardenfeld

Nathan Lane The 75th Theatre World Awards celebrated the debut of promising Broadway and Off-Broadway actors on June 3 in a sweet ceremony full of touching stories, even though it ran more t…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Nothing Here Is Real by Sandra Mardenfeld

Mentalist and magician Gary Ferrar Mentalist and magician Gary Ferrar’s open-ended run and residency of Nothing Here is Real at The Cocktail Lounge Below Oxbow Tavern is not glitzy with…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bathsheba's Psalms Or, a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath by Sandra Mardenfeld

Tanyamaria. Background - Elizabeth Kenny, Marisela Grajeda Gonzalez, C. Bain.Photo credit: Jody ChristophersonA fresh take on the Old Testament’s tale of King David and Bathsheba, April Ra…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Sandra Mardenfeld

Cooper Bates PhotographyBurt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg wore many hats during Blanket Fort Entertainment’s New York premiere of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde from Dec. 6-16 at the Soho Playh…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Salome by Sandra Mardenfeld

Salome dances for the tetrarch. Laura Butler Rivera  (Salome);  Background:  Anthony  Simone  (Tigellin),   Ross  Cowan  (Soldier),  Marty&n…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Brecht on Brecht by Sandra Mardenfeld

Brecht on Brecht takes the work of dramatist Bertolt Brecht, a polarizing post-war Germany writer whose work criticized anti-Semitism and fascism, and compiles a provocative grouping of his …

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Blue Room by Sandra Mardenfeld

When David Hare's The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman was on Broadway in 1998, it seemed a thin and cliched story about sexual encounters. The Bridge Production Group at The WhiteBox Art Galler…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

League of Professional Theatre Woman presents Chita Rivera in conversation with Richard Ridge by Sandra Mardenfeld

Richard Ridge and Chita RiveraChita Rivera may be known primarily as an actress and a dancer, but she knows how to choreograph a punchline. She provided plenty of laughs as she spoke about h…

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sandra's Faves of 2017 by Sandra Mardenfeld

Here's seven of my 2017 favorites. Why seven? Well, in many cultures seven is considered sacred, both beneficial and protective for its bearer.Honestly? Seven is all I got. I probably saw ab…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Meteor Shower by Sandra Mardenfeld

"Meteor Shower" by Steve Martin is perfectly cast and great fun, but it's not much of a play. The nonlinear plot makes little sense, the characters aren't compelling - except in their q…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant by Sandra Mardenfeld

Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant has inflated its title a bit. The La MaMa world premiere of Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective Projects was created and features an all Nativ…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Arcadia by Sandra Mardenfeld

Just twice in four decades of theatre have I bought the show's script duringintermission, and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in 1995 was one of them (Shadowlands byWilliam Nicholson was the other). …

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Soot and Spit by Sandra Mardenfeld

JW Guido and EnsemblePhoto: Nina WurtzelFive years in the making, Our Voices' world premiere of Soot and Spit at the Ohio Theatre tells the story James Castle, a profoundly deaf man born in …

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Lou by Sandra Mardenfeld

Mieko Gavia as Lou Salome. Photo credit: Jody Christopherson.More than 100 black and white copies of photos and letters, adhered on black stock, suspend from the rafters and hang on the wa…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie by Sandra Mardenfeld

The Sam Gold-helmed version of The Glass Menagerie isn't for everyone (as you can see by reviews  here   and  here  ), but this stripped-down version of Tennessee William…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Top Five: Sandra Mardenfeld by Sandra Mardenfeld

Jay and his mentor--from The Royale. Photo by Charles Erickson I marvel at how many shows Wendy and Liz saw last year. I come in under two dozen--and, even then, I am still playing catc…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Sandra Mardenfeld

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is a puzzle to me. Because the show is invigorating, original, and evocative and, yet, also overbearing in its intensity. Based on 70-pages of L…

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Taming of the Shrew by Sandra Mardenfeld

There must be something in the water ... at least, in Padua. The first of two productions of The Taming of the Shrew featuring an all-female cast opened on April 16 at the Wild Pro…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top Theater Moments of 2015 by Sandra Mardenfeld

This wasn’t my favorite theater season. Yes, it had the sublime Fun Home, but more often I felt mixed about the just-under two-dozen shows I saw. I enjoyed parts, but not always the whole …

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Allegiance by Sandra Mardenfeld

I saw something I've never seen when I went to an October evening preview of Allegiance: a 69-question survey taped to my seat. From queries about story lines and characters to why you chose…

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cinderella by Sandra Mardenfeld

The intimate atmosphere of the Minetta Lane Theater -- a venue that seats just under 400 -- provides a perfect place for Company XIV's 2015-2016 season. With their signature slinky and sexy …

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Legend of Georgia McBride by Sandra Mardenfeld

The MCC Theater’s latest offering, The Legend of Georgia McBride, shows drag queens at work: those that dress up as a sparkly symbol of protest against discrimination; those who are just b…

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cymbeline--Words for Its Final Four Days by Sandra Mardenfeld

Three Reasons to Go See One of Shakespeare's Least Liked PlaysThere are four days left to see Cymbeline, the second offering of The Public's annual Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delaco…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blood Red Roses: The Female Pirate Project by Sandra Mardenfeld

Yo ho ho ... here be the tales of some of the most infamous women pirates known. Staged on the 100-year-old Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 in Red Hook, also home to The Waterfront Museum, Blood …

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Doctor Zhivago by Sandra Mardenfeld

Doctor Zhivago closes today after just 49 performances (including previews) ... and that's a shame. Because even though it mostly deserves the mixed to negative reviews it received, the show…

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Love Letters by Sandra Mardenfeld

Photo Credit: Carol RoseggAlan Alda and Candice Bergen replaced Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy as the two life-long pen pals that rarely physically connect in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters a…

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