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November 2, 2016

If there were ever a theatrical example of ‘simple yet effective’, it would be this production. The hardest thing for me as a theatre director is to go to the theatre and have my disbelief suspended to the extent that I don’t notice the lighting, the staging, the acting, the technical stuff. It didn...

October 29, 2016

Well here's a how-de-do! You have a theatre company named Bedlam, and I think that's the very last thing you'd want in an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel! Shakespeare's language can take that kind of onslaught, as proved in Bedlam's Twelfth Night, but Austen? Not to put down Jane (or Wil...

October 23, 2016

The burlesque scene in New York is an especially vibrant place, a place I do not often frequent, although in the handful of times I have journeyed forth, I have had the best time, and SwitchNPlay's event at Brooklyn's Branded Saloon was no exception. It was a somewhat special night—the first ti...

October 23, 2016

Doomocracy's dystopian perspective seems awfully close-at-hand with an election just around the corner! Skillfully situated in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, with it's concrete balconies and disused train cars, this intense production of a potentially fast-approaching future  was a treat to watch and p...

October 12, 2016

My friend, Charles Ward, had kindly invited me to the New Yorker Festival (October 7-9), to be in the audience of an interview/talkback with Jay and Mark Duplass (HBO's 'Togetherness' amongst many others). As the lights lowered Charles elbowed me to notify me of our snafu—we were in the wrong theatr...

October 7, 2016

Many moons ago, I sat in a theatre with my business partner as guests of the Obie awards. I believe it was 2007. One of the winning shows, for music & lyrics, was 'In The Heights' by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I had not yet seen the show, I did not know who this gentleman was. My business partner reminded...

October 4, 2016

The quote, taken from my latest directorial escapade, 'Tales from the Trundle',  just opened as part of the 7th Annual United Solo Festival at Theatre Row here in New York. Starring and written by the fabulous Francesca Van Horne, the play tells the story of a mother’s survival from a...

August 19, 2016

This year's FringeNYC marks the 20th anniversary of this annual summer festival. Which to me means twenty years ago I was performing as a young actor in the very first New York International Fringe Festival. Whoa! I have many wonderful memories from that time...

This year I was happy a...

August 16, 2016

Part of  The New York Musicals Festival (NYMF) 2016

I do not usually partake of the New York Musicals Festival, and not that I don't like musicals (I love musicals), it's more because I can be a complete New Yorker with great intentions and the next thing I know the final performance has happene...

August 1, 2016

 On July 27 I had the great honor and distinct pleasure of appearing on a dear friend's radio show - an episode entitled 'Cut on the Bias'. How exciting! Margaret Dodge, stand-up comedian and writer, New Yorker and erstwhile Maineiac,