Why is Yiddish the language of so many comics? Because nearly every word is inherently funny. String a random batch of Yiddish words together, and you pretty much end up with a standup routine. Case in point (read this out loud, spittily): Di krant administratsye iz referd durkh veevils. Which roughly translated means ‘The current […]
To a world of Instagram, YouTube, reality television, and other forms of hyped up, electrified media for the short attention span-addled populace, MetroStage offers something different. Catherine Flye, a veteran actor and theatre maker, transports audiences back to a time of gentle humor, delivered not with bells and whistles, projections, and digital sound production but by […]
The greatest sign of stability in a culture is, paradoxically, its ability to absorb change. There was a collective holding of breath when Joy Zinoman announced her retirement in 2009; could Studio stand the absence of its only Artistic Director? We needn’t have worried. Studio’s fine, and so are we.
Christmas traditions can pull you back into memories of your favorite childhood outings, gooey or punchy. MetroStage has delivered a seasonal British music hall with more punch than goo. Even the lobby has been turned into a kind of olde London pub with appropriate grub and adult beverages. Stoked with “crisps,” and a pint, we […]
A writer’s life is peculiarly isolated and the opening sequence of Are you now, or have you ever been… makes that abundantly clear. A typewriter sits on a table with a stack of papers and a wine bottle. The poet Langston Hughes. played by the terrific New York actor Marcus Naylor, enters in ruffled pajamas […]
Langston Hughes was a noted poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and one of the earliest innovators of jazz poetry. It’s no wonder that the literary giant got a “shout out” in Rent’s “La Vie Boheme” along with other historic notables.
Thomas W. Jones II is older and grayer than when I saw his show 25 years ago but The Wizard of Hip is just as poignant and entertaining as he struts his stuff and delivers bucket loads of amazing life-observations. No one delivers lightning bolts of truth like Jones, and here is an opportunity to listen […]
Talking with Janet Langhart Cohen is like stepping back in time and talking to a time traveler –she’s been everywhere and knows everybody. A broadcast journalist and President and CEO of Langhart Communications, Cohen is well known throughout the world. At the same time, she lives and feels life from the inside out and palpably […]
The Tony Award-winning play Master Class, now at MetroStage, is a thrilling tribute to opera, love, passion and artistry. Playwright Terrence McNally includes the audience as part of an actual vocal session with the esteemed Maria Callas, as she shares life-lessons that extend far beyond the music. Watching such an ultimate and demanding artist at […]
Carolyn Griffin and I, co-producers of the Cabaret in Tribute to Joel Markowitz on May 1, 2017, thought we had a handle on all the details. But there was one surprise. Minutes before the house opened, a TV crew from Fox 5 News arrived. While the anchor narrating back at the studio got a few mentions wrong, […]