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Park , provides plenty of laughs as well as serious food for thought in this Pulitzer Prize winning play by Bruce Norris.
The play set in two different eras, with the actors playing different characters in each act, centers around race and real estate, families and gentrification.
Starring an accomplished cast who work well as an ensemble, featuring the fabulous Frank Woods, Clybourne Park is a must see piece for our generation.
Christina Kirk and Frank Woods in Clybourne Park
Photo credit: Nathan Johnson
Directed by Pam MacKinnon,the provocative Clybourne Park has a limited engagement so make plans to see a play that successfully holds up a mirror to society. At the Walter Kerr Theatre on West 48th Street.
Peter and the Starcatcher, on the surface is for the younger set, but really, not so much, even though this clever play with music gives us the back story on Peter Pan and the crew.
It’s a long journey, with the cast playing multiple characters, and clearly enjoying the challenge.
Christian Borle and the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher
Photo credit: O and M Company
Starring the hilarious and super talented Christian Borle (you know him as Tom in “Smash” on NBC), Adam Chanler-Berat and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Peter and The Starcatcher (based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson) by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) is directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Set design by Donyale Werle and costume design by Paloma Young are outstanding.
Don’t Dress for Dinner, a sophisticated comedy about affairs and mistaken identity, written by honored French playwright Marc Camoletti, (the deceased writer also gave us Boeing-Boeing,) is all about marriage, infidelities, and keeping things straight, when life is so complicated.
You can enjoy some fun performances by quirky Jennifer Tilly, lovely Patricia Kalember and Ben Daniels and Adam James. (The night I saw the show, Tom Galantich stepped in for Ben Daniels and did a fine job.)
Spencer Kayden as “Suzette” is a great comic actress. I just wish her French accent was a bit more fleshed out. David Aron Damane rounds out the cast, arriving in the 2nd act.
Beautiful sets, British humor and the frailties of marriage and relationship make for a cream puff of a night at the theatre. At the American Airlines Theatre, Don’t Dress For Dinner plays through June 17th.
Finally, you know that Tony’s di Napoli in Times Square is a mainstay in the theatre district. It’s a lively eating establishment complete with a “Broadway Wall of Fame” sporting dozens of original portraits of Broadway stars.
A second location on the upper East Side closed last year, a casualty of the 2nd Avenue Subway line that has chewed up sidewalks for blocks.
Finally, a new upper east side location has opened. This Tony’s has the same yummy family style dishes as always, but unlike the colorful looking Times Square location, the ambience here is more elegant and subtle
with warm earth tones, black and white photos of vintage race cars, and rustic branches dotting the interior. Find this location on 3rd Avenue between 63rd and 64th streets.
a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Presently, Valerie can be heard on her new daily radio show, Valerie’s New York on WOR.710.com. She is also the voice of numerous commercials and television promos. She has been the “Voice of God” for many prestigious live events including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, and many more. She writes a weekly nightlife column for TheThreeTomatoes.com and writes a theater column for Examiner.com.
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on Internet Radio and Voice-over, coaches talent privately, and produces promo reels and demo tapes for various clients.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!"