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The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant – The Duplex Cabaret, New York City

(Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant) (Duplex, NYC)

Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Benefiting various women’s shelters throughout New York, the one-night engagement of The Miss Ogynistic Beauty Pageant sets typical beauty pageant tropes on their heads. With men as contestants, the pageant creates clever send-ups of patriarchal constructs outside of the pageant world using the beauty competition format as framework. Featuring one former Miss America (Kirsten Haglund), two former ...

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An Enemy of the People – Gene Frankel Theatre, New York

(An Enemy of the People) (Gene Frankel Theatre) (NYC) (c)Jeremy Daniel

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Jeff Wise Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Focused on themes of political corruption, environmental and economic disaster, and media responsibility, Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People is still remarkably pertinent 135 years after its earliest productions. Wheelhouse Theater Company’s production at the Gene Frankel Theatre highlights the continued relevance of Ibsen’s play. At the center of ...

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Bastard Jones – The Cell Theater, New York

(Bastard Jones) (the cell) (NYC) (c)Carol Rosegg

Book: Marc Acito Music: Amy Engelhardt Lyrics: Marc Acito & Amy Engelhardt Writer: Henry Fielding Director: Marc Acito Reviewer: Robert Price Tom Jones is a sex symbol of 1749, and the star of one of the first (and funniest) novels ever written, The History of Tom Jones. In the new musical adaptation, the lights come up on Tom and Molly ...

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Rare Birds – 14th Street Y Theater, New York

(Rare Birds)(14th Street Y)(NYC) (c)Billy Tompkin

Writer: Adam Szymkowicz Director: Scott Ebersold Reviewer: Jamie Rosler It's not easy to be the strange kid in high school, especially when your bully has a gun and your mom won't stop imploring you to be "normal." Such is life for Evan Wills in Adam Szymkowicz's new play Rare Birds, presented by The Red Fern Theatre Company with proceeds donated to ...

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Silent NO MORE – Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York

Directed by: Michelle Christie Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A collage of stories fills the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. A community of deaf and hard of hearing storytellers from the No Limits for Deaf Children organization out of Culver City, California, create a dialogue and a kinship. Silent NO MORE highlights the lives of several members and alumni of No Limits, ...

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NEWS: Stars of the West End sing out for Childline

By PAUL COUCH Some of the biggest stars of London's West End have re-recorded Jacques Brel’s If We Only Have Love in aid of Childline as the service celebrates its 30th anniversary. Among the array of West End stars singing on the release are Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Spamalot) r (Phantom of The Opera); Cassidy Janson (Beautiful, The Carole King ...

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Hey, Old Friends! – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Composer and Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Bill Deamer Musical Director: Gareth Valentine Reviewer: Scott Stait   In his 85th year Stephen Sondheim’s legacy is still burning bright in London’s West End. In aid of The Silver Line and the Stephen Sondheim Society, this glittering birthday Charity Gala Concert gave an airing to stars of stage and screen, past ...

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West End Heroes – Dominion Theatre, London

Director: Tim Marshall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Now in its third year, the charity concertWest End Heroesis moving quietly into a position of being a firm fixture in musical theatre’s extracurricular calendar. Combining West End songs and performers with armed forces bands and singers, the show’s unique sound certainly helps it stand out. And given that every penny raised goes to ...

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