THE DANGERS OF LIVING - One Play, Five One-Person Shows

Let's face it, we all want to be heroes.  From an early age, we daydream about performing heroically under pressure - saving the drowning man, pulling the woman to safety before she's engulfed by fire, catching the child who falls out a window - and then being celebrated by...

THE PLAYWRIGHT AS HERO - Shepard, Kushner, Stephens and Yee

I am going to talk about the National Theatre Live screening of Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA with Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, and two new plays at CTG theaters, HEISENBERG and KING OF THE YEES.   But, to be completely honest, I'm having trouble moving on from the death...

What To Do About Trump? Laugh or Cry? 7 Fringe Shows Have an Answer

Donald Trump (Harry S. Murphy) and Barrack Obama (Joshua Wolf Coleman) in Ray Richmond's play Transition. Donald Trump has been ridiculed for years. He is practically a caricature onto himself – like the most extreme example of the Ugly American come to life. We have seen...

THE UNIVERSAL CLICK AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE

Hello beautiful souls! This is Miss Barbie Q! Your friendly neighborhood drag queen! What a thrill it is to be reporting from the frontlines of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival (which I will lovingly refer to as the “Fringe” from now on). But I come to you from a totally different...

A LEISURELY STROLL THROUGH HEAVEN AND HELL

BACK TO THE USSR Do you get it yet, my fellow Americans?  Do you get it yet?  First, the FBI Chief is fired in the middle of an investigation of the White House, then the so-called President meets with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, and American press...

Burn, Baby, Burn, or… Bye, Bye, MY American Pie

As I contemplate my current Actors Equity Association dues statement, I have decided, after sixty-something years of acting and diligently paying my toll come hell or highwater over the years both lean and abundant, I will be requesting a leave from the once-respected union, one of which I used...

Waiting For Godot’s Obamacare Replacement Starring Patrick Stewart

Here's something fun for all you progressive theatre nerds. Stephen Colbert had Patrick Stewart on the show and did not waste the opportunity! They did a spoof of Beckett's Waiting for Godot to create a wonderful satire of the Republicans continual attack on Obamacare and how they will "repeal and...

Lincoln Center Makes a Plea to Save the NEA

Lincoln Center, the world’s largest performing arts center, released a public statement about President Trump’s threats against the National Endowment of the Arts. By contributing $704.2 billion every year to the U.S. economy, the arts not only are a robust facet of American culture, but are also attract private...

"THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE"

"Everything is political." That was the word on the street in the late '60s and '70s, when the Twisted Hipster came of age. The age came by it honestly: From the assassination of JFK to the anti-Vietnam War movement to the killings of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and the...