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Raising a Glass to Elaine Stritch

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Elaine Stritch, dead at 89 but neither gone nor forgotten, was celebrated on the evening of August 7 at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd.

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49 ½ Shades of Graae – GO! You’ll Thank Me

Friday, May 9th, 2014
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Battling a heavy curtain for access, Jason Graae executes a perfect, Chaplinesque pratfall onto the stage. No, don’t look at me-Please, not just yet/.Why am

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WAT’s Proust Questionnaire: Jan Maxwell –
Broadway’s Best to Rule in The Castle

Friday, June 21st, 2013
by on Woman Around Town

Jan Maxwell is Broadway royalty, only one of two actresses in history (the other is Angela Lansbury) to receive a Tony nomination in all four

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Talley’s Folly – A Captivating Two-Hander

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
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Danny Burstein has the audience at “hello.” Delivering a prologue that breaches the fourth wall with candid sincerity, the actor sweeps us up in Matt

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The Morini Strad Doesn’t Fiddle Around

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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I’m suggesting a new opening for The Morini Strad, one which I think would hold the attention of the audience without giving away the plot.

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I Won’t Sing a Sondheim Song…or Will I?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
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Experiencing Eric Michael Gillett perform Stephen Sondheim, whom even the writer’s ardent fans (I among them) have heard interpreted ad nauseam, is not redundant. That’s

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Hats Off to Barbara Cook and Michael Feinstein

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
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“Hats off/Here she comes/that beautiful girl/That’s what /you’ve been waiting for…” *sings Michael Feinstein, top hat in hand, as he escorts Barbara Cook to the

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Follies Revival Is A Little Demented
—Or Am I Losing My Mind?

Monday, September 19th, 2011
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There’s something about an empty old theater. If you sit quietly, you can almost feel the characters, stuck in their limbo of almost-existence long after

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