Category Archives: Off Broadway

For Fascinating “BALLS,” There’s No Business Like Busy-Business

[ Click any photo to enlarge. All photos by Russ Rowland. ] As a modest player myself, and a frequent fan of the major tennis championships, I’ve been currently suffering my annual frustration at the elusive, wee-hours-of-the-morning, live telecasts of … Continue reading

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Frothy Fun from Off-Broadway’s MARVELOUS WONDERETTES

When Christina Bianco (Missy), Diana Degarmo (Suzy), Jenna Leigh Green (Cindy Lou), and Sally Schwab (Betty Jean) come bouncing onto the stage of Off-Broadway’s intimate 100-seat Kirk Theatre at 42nd Street’s Theatre Row, their infectious and joyful energy quickly lights … Continue reading

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Twin Pleasures for Jazz Greats Basie & Ellington

For those of us fortunate enough to have become familiar with the brilliant musical talents of the Anderson Twins (via their previous successes with Le Jazz Hot and Those Fabulous Dorseys at New York’s 59E59 Theaters), the new delights of … Continue reading

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Ten months of family business in New York had kept me away from the Conroe theatre scene for a very long time, so it was especially nice last Saturday evening to follow dinner with a dear friend at Joe’s Italian … Continue reading

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A Jazz Age Returns with CAFÉ SOCIETY SWING

New York’s legendary Café Society nightclub debuted in the Greenwich Village of the late 1930’s. For many years that followed it would be the Mecca for many African American jazz greats who would pass into legend themselves. Club founder, Barney … Continue reading

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An end-of-year musical treasure I discovered this past weekend is Beware of Young Girls: Kate Dimbleby Sings the Dory Previn Story, now playing at 59E59 Theaters. Created and performed by Kate Dimbleby, written with Amy Rosenthal, and directed by Cal … Continue reading

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A Royal “Affair” With Anger Management Through Song

The terrorism of the British tabloids is well remembered from such events as the abdication of King Edward VIII (in favor of his marriage to American socialite, Wallis Simpson), or the divorce of Prince Charles and Lady Diana (and the … Continue reading

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NEW YORK 11-22-13 On this date, just exactly 50 years ago, I was a student at The University of Texas in Austin and preparing to join several friends that very afternoon for a little trip out to Austin Airport where … Continue reading

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A Very Choice “HOBSON” at Shetler Theatre 54

For theatergoers who can move quickly there is a rare and limited opportunity this week at the Shetler Theatre just off Broadway. The play in question, Harold Brighouse’s comedy, Hobson’s Choice, is very close to the 100th anniversary of its … Continue reading

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There’s a New Game in Town: Don’t Miss It!

“Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd…” On the other hand, why not just head over to the 59E59 Theaters to enjoy what may well be more satisfying baseball than anything currently being offered up … Continue reading

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