Eye on Theatre: Curtains By John Simon

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John Kander and the late Fred Ebb are one of the great musical-comedy writing teams, counting among their frequent successes Cabaret, Woman of the Year, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman, as well as the official anthem of the Big Apple, “New York, New York.”

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Audition Call for “Barefoot in the Park”

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Yonkers, NY — Actors Conservatory Theatre (ACT) has scheduled auditions for the Neil Simon comedy, “Barefoot in the Park,  on February 28 and March 2, from 7pm to 10pm, at 20 Buckingham Road, in Yonkers, New York 10701. All roles are open. Tom Kramer is the director. Performances from May 5 – 15.  Learn more: ACT telephone: (914) 391-6558, or ACTshows.org.

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Eye On Theatre: Molly Sweeney By John Simon

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Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney, revived by The Irish Repertory Company, is a terrifyingly beautiful play. What Yeats wrote, in the very different context of the Easter Rebellion, “a terrible beauty is born,” nevertheless applies here too. Friel is one of Ireland’s—indeed the world’s—great dramatists, and this is one of his best plays. It is the story of Molly Sweeney, a …

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Eye on Theatre: The Misanthrope By John Simon

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Although Moliere himself considered his masterpiece,‭ ‬The Misanthrope,‭ ‬a comedy,‭ ‬it is,‭ ‬in some ways,‭ ‬closer to a tragicomedy.‭  ‬Otherwise put,‭ ‬what distinguishes a‭ ‬serious‭ ‬comedy from a mere farce is its having something serious to say underneath,‭ ‬which allows us to see that drama and comedy are the two sides of the same coin,‭ ‬and that that coin is …

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Eye on Theatre: “A Small Fire” By John Simon

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It is no easy thing to write a tragedy nowadays. In hard times, people want to laugh. Besides, are there true tragic heroes these days? Movie stars, sports figures, pop musicians and TV personalities won’t quite do. Oprah and Lady Gaga, even with a possible severe setback, wouldn’t be Medea and Electra. But what about the flawed common man or …

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