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NEWS: New theatrical partnership to present Unexpected Joy in New York and London

Award-winning producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment announces a new partnership with New York City-based Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatre and film producer, Jim Kierstead of Kierstead Productions. The pair are joining forces to develop and present new and groundbreaking productions on both sides of the Atlantic in Off-Broadway/Off-West End-sized venues. Their first co-production will be the new Bill Russell and Janet Hood musical, Unexpected Joy, which will receive its Off-Broadway ...

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Frozen – St James Theatre, New York

Music/Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Book: Jennifer Lee Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: John Roberts It would be safe to assume that anything Disney puts its name to, would be a hit, but that’s not quite true when it comes to Broadway for every Lion King, there was its Tarzan, for every Beauty and the Beast there was its Little ...

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Apologies From Men – The PIT, New York

Writer: Lauren Maul Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Humor and music are powerful weapons in the face of inhumane and abusive behavior, and comedian Lauren Maul wields them adroitly. Primarily on the piano, with a switch to guitar for one song, Maul and her talented backup ensemble (Alyson Greenfield, Jen Kwok, Chase O’Donnell, Tahlia Robinson, Alexius Smith, and Lady Kate Weber) perform eight ...

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Locked Up Bitches – The Flea, New York

[Locked Up Bitches] [The Flea, NYC] (c)Hunter Canning

Book: Catya McMullen Music: Scott Allen Klopfenstein, Kerry Blu Choreographer: Michael Raine Director: Michael Raine Reviewer: Robert Price “Are you a Bitch or a Pussy?” Before entering the theatre, patrons must answer this question, and be thus adorned in felt ears. The Flea’s production value for Locked Up Bitches is initially astounding. Some twenty-five actors flood the lobby in the beige ...

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INTERVIEW: Trevor Crane, Actor

[Trevor Crane, headshot]

Editor Jamie Rosler recently sat down for a chat with Trevor Crane, a working theatre actor raised in Canada and built in New York. He can currently be seen in 700 Wives with Triton Talent Productions at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. - Give me and our readers a quick background introduction to you. What brought you to New York, ...

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Soundtrack Review: Apologies from Men – The People’s Improv Theatre, New York

Writer: Lauren Maul Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Comedian, musician and filmmaker Lauren Maul is releasing an audio album, a video album, and performing live in New York City, all on March 9. Using the content of “apologies” delivered by high-profile men that have been accused of sexual assault and harassment, Maul creates songs and videos using the speakers’ words and personae ...

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The Loneliest Number – The Clemente, New York

[The Loneliest Number] [The Clemente, NYC] (c)Sandra Mhlongo

Writer: Lizzie Vieh Director: Maria Dizzia Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Sometimes, after several years of marriage and one bout of prostate cancer, a couple needs to enliven existence and find a way to constantly inject newness into their lives. Wendy and John, commendably played by Leigh Williams and Maurice Jones, is that exact couple in Lizzie Vieh's world premiere, The Loneliest Number. ...

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Platonov, or A Play With No Name – New Ohio Theatre, New York

[Platonov] [New Ohio Theatre] [NYC] (c)Maria Baranova

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adaptor: Laura Wickens Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In 1878, nearly twenty years before he wrote The Seagull, Anton Chekhov wrote his first full-length play, a sprawling work of over 200 pages that is alternately referred to as Fatherlessness, A Play Without a Title, or Platonov. The actress for whom it was written rejected the ...

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