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Here's what I've enjoyed seeing or reading so far...hope you enjoy them as well!

      

 

Friday
Aug212009

A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959 Review

I went to see "A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959" at the NYC Fringe Festival, produced by Sean Bradford ("Simba" cover in Broadway's "The Lion King") & Adam Kantor (final "Mark" in Broadway's "Rent") in association with The Present Company. What a fun show...Robert Bastron has written a show that is cleaver, funny, and enjoyable by all. The show takes you on the journey of two couples from their initial meeting to dating to marriage and ultimately their own self-discovery of what a marriage is. The ups and downs that follow are wonderfully acted by this cast. Autumn Hurlbert & Lee Aaron Rosen are marvelous as "Abigail & Mason Lawrence". Whether it's through a gesture, a look, or her inflection, Autumn's impeccable comedic timing is really shown. Lee demonstrates "Mason's" enthusiasm as he falls love with "Abigail" and then his realization that marriage or this relationship might not be for him. Meredith Forlenza & A.J. Shively are perfectly cast as "Ruth Grundly & Daniel Henry", she trailer-trash turned millionaire and he a child prodigy med student. Meredith gets to show off her sultry and independent woman sides with conviction while A.J. get to reveal his innocence, dedication and wisdom with power. The cast is rounded out by Chris Henry Coffey as "The Narrator" who moves the show along with humor and wit. Colin Israel plays "Michael Henry (the brother of Daniel) &  Jeremy (the gay male nurse)"  whose . Miranda Jackel is precious as "Evelyn Henry" the daughter of "Ruth & Daniel".  Adding zingers both on stage and during scene changes are Francis Mercanti-Anthony & Monica West who play "Abigail's" mother & sister "Dorothy Peck" & "Sheryl Howard" as well as Anna Stone who plays "Burnhilde Henry" (mother of "Daniel") & "Ellen" (the nurse). Finally, Rob Sheridan gives a fine performance as "Henry Henry ("Daniel's" father) & "Dr. Osborne".

If this show comes back around (which I hope it does), go enjoy an evening of laughter!

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Thursday
Aug202009

Review: "Tales From The Tunnel" (NYC Fringe Festival 2009)

Tales from the TunnelI just saw the NYC Fringe Show "Tales From The Tunnel" about our daily scenarios on the NYC subway system. Humorous and touching, this show's topic is easily identifiable. Whether it's the NYC subway, Boston's T, Washington DC's Metro or any other train system you've rode, these are scenarios you can relate to. Tonight's show was unique because unfortunately Wilson Jermaine Heredia was out sick at the last moment, but the whole cast should be applauded for not missing a beat while one of their own, Sam Rosenberg, covered Wilson's parts in addition to his own. If you are thinking of what Fringe show to check out next, "Tales From The Tunnel" should be on your list!

Two of the more humorous scenarios I enjoyed were:

1. A segment of Musical Chairs to see which handicapped/disabled rider gets a seat.

2. A woman is sitting on the subway on a really hot summer day in a dress, the lights go out, and she feels something licking her legs and as she's waiting for the lights to come back on she's imaging it's some crazy guy getting off, but to her delight, it's a seeing eye dog.

Some of the touching scenes that stuck with me were:

1. Recounting a subway ride on September 11, 2006, 5 years after the World Trade Center attack and having the subway conductor remind riders of what they would have seen if they rode the subway 5 years earlier on September 11, 2001.

2. A subway ride that involved a homeless man coming on the subway and saying how "it's so cold, it's so cold, it's so cold" and one compassionate rider giving the homeless man his coat.

3. A homeless guy who had the world at his feet and little by little his life started to fall apart, first by him losing his job, then his girlfriend leaving, and then a falling out with his parents, which left him no where to go but the streets.

Everyone has a "Tale From The Tunnel", come see if yours is lived out!

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Wednesday
Aug192009

Joan Rivers LIVE

I had the pleasure of spending my birthday with the one and only Joan Rivers at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (Thanks Jake, April, & Cathy!). My seat was upgraded to right in front of the stage and yes Joan picked on me. When she found out it was my birthday, she wished me a Happy Birthday and bought me a birthday cake. I then had the distinct privilege of meeting Miss Rivers after the show. She again wished me a Happy Birthday! What a birthday and what an extraodinary performer!

If you have never seen Joan Rivers Live, you need to get to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC either tomorrow (Thurs, August 20) or when she comes back September 16, 22, 23, 30. To get to see a true comedy legend in person is a treat! From Brad & Angelina to Madonna to her take on life, Joan Rivers tells it like it is and you need to be there to see it. It's an evening of pure laughter! Love her or hate her, she knows comedy and how to perform it well!

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Saturday
Aug152009

Review: "The Boys Upstairs"

Of the 200 plus shows featured this summer in the NYC International Fringe Festival, one show you should definitely check out is "The Boys Upstairs" by Jason Mitchell. Funny, humorous, and current, yet timeless. Three gay friends living together and sharing their lives. From boyfriends to one night stands to "is he" or "isn't he" to showing the depths of what it is to have a real circle of friends. The cast is amazing. One might think these boys (Nic Cory who plays "Josh", Joel T. Bauer who plays "Seth", & Kristen-Alexzander Griffith who plays "Ashley") have been friends forever. Their on-stage chemistry is perfect. Josh Segarra who plays "Eric", the boy everyone wants to know about, is wonderfully cast as he keeps you guessing the whole show. David A. Rudd who plays the one-nighters and boyfriends of the other boys, keeps your attention, for you never which boy he'll be cozying up to next. The playwright, Jason Mitchell, is one to keep your eye on. He may be telling a story, but the story is real. If I had to cast each of my friends in a role, I could which says just how identifiable this show is. You never know what kind of show you will see in a festival, but with "The Boys Upstairs", you will be seeing a good one! Get your tickets now before it's too late!

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