652 posts categorized "THEATRE"

Nov 22 2015
Mantiques: Bill Beyers Comments (0)

Bbeyers110309March 17, 1955—May 29, 1992

Bill-BeyersThe face of Bill Beyers was one I was familiar with in the '80s and forgot until a recent Quincy M.E. rerun. As soon as I saw him in the episode, I remembered how cute I'd found him, and I thought he must be retired or dead because I never saw him past the '90s.

Sadly, it was the latter—he died of AIDS in 1992.

Bill-Beyers-Body-LanguageStumped on Body Language (1985)

Interestingly, Beyers had a female co-star on the soap Capitol (1982—1987; which I loved for Carolyn Jones and Julie Adams), Leslie Graves, who died of AIDS, too, presumably as the result of her status as a heroin addict.

Bill-beyersBeyers was on Santa Barbara (1990—1991) and appeared in the Kim Richards flick Tuff Turf (1985)

Keep reading to see an episode of Body Language from 1985 with Bill Beyers, in which he talks about studying acting with Stella Adler ...

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Nov 20 2015
Prose Before Hos: A Review Of TARTUFFE! Comments (0)


516116_e6449b002afd47b38a80e8cea1cb830eMy cousin, Dustin (pictured, left), has lived in NYC for a dozen years ... and we've seen each other approximately three times. All throughout, he's been an actor and has occasionally suggested to me (via social media) shows in which he was appearing that I could attend, but I knew something was up when he implored me to attend his latest. I knew that any smart actor would want to show off a good performance or a good project ... and I was right on both counts.

Three Day Hangover's Tartuffe!—brilliantly updated from Molière's 17-century classic by Jake Brandman and just as brilliantly directed by Beth Gardiner—is a hysterically funny take that imagines the titular fraud (smarmtastic Tom Schwans) as a right-wing politician. The modernization is distressingly topical, retooling Tartuffe as a sort of secretly gay Donald Trump, a buffoon propped up by the money of his clueless benefactress, Olga (Carol Linnea Johnson, who nails her character with a dash of Julia Duffy and a tablespoon of Ana Gasteyer).

516116_dc215bbc36874084849979da00ebe474Mr. Schwans appears in his underwear in this production, which is definitely how Olivier got started.

Olga is so taken with Tartuffe (her mother, a gasbag portrayed in drag by Dillon Heape, is even more entranced) she would do anything to feed his ambitions, including offering up the hand of her pregnant airhead of a daughter (pitch-perfect Abbey Siegworth) in order to resolve the voter-unfriendliness of his devout bachelorhood.

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Aided and abetted by Dustin Charles's subversively heroic-turned-parodic portrayal of a 420-friendly, firebrand liberal reminiscent of Rob Reiner's Meathead and an out-of-this-world turn (more like a pirouette) by Dan Morrison as a coked-up would-be assassin, the production is funny enough to enjoy without getting wasted, and yet the troupe takes no chances: Throughout, the show stops for audience-participation moments of the drinking game Never Have I Ever.

And after you've experienced this show, there won't be many things you never haven't ever seen, done or laughed at.

Catch Tartuffe! closing night, tomorrow, Saturday, November 21, at McAlpin Hall at West Park Church/86th & Amsterdam.

Nov 19 2015
The Boys (And Girl) In The Band: A Review Of STEVE Comments (0)

STEVE-prod-98Malcolm Gets, Jerry Dixon, Mario Cantone & Matt McGrath in Steve, by Monique Carboni

I went into the new Off-Broadway play Steve, directed by Cynthia Nixon, worrying it would be another Jeffrey. But what's in a name?

Steve is less Jeffrey than it is a genuinely insightful update of The Boys in the Band, complete with angst, sexual battle lines, healthy self-loathing and—above all—intelligent humor. There's no hooker, but there's plenty of whoring, all of which is implied rather than shown for cheap thrills, and some of which leads to hysterical and at times unexpectedly heartwarming reactions.

Best of all, in spite of various other plays to which it could be compared, Steve is a new work, and a successful one at that.

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Nov 16 2015
Sounding Groff Comments (0)


Jonathan Groff talked with Kevin Sessums about his career in general, Looking and Hamilton. In the process, he reiterates that Madonna was on her iPad (not phone) for most of the show. This time, it's just a “bummer,” instead of worthy of calling her a “bitch.”

More interestingly, Dick Cheney allegedly loved the show.

Nov 13 2015
Now Hear This: Seth Sikes @ Feinstein's/54 Below Comments (0)

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If you've not experienced the effervescent charm of Seth Sikes, he's back to Feinstein's/54 Below here in NYC by popular demand in Seth Sikes Sings Mostly Judy Garland.

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Check him out Tuesday, November 24, at 9:30 p.m., and use the above discount code—you won't be disappointed!

Need to Know: Amazing Deal + Media Averts Gays + Who's Afraid Of Donald Trump & Ben Carson? + Madonna Isn't More Popular Than Jesus (But She's Close) + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe 2016 Cody Deal calendar seems like a great deal. Images

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*widget boy cultureU.S. thinks “Jihadi John” was killed by drone. Yay!

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*widget boy cultureJudy Garland would approve.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's #2 on Billboard's Greatest of All Time—Hot 100 Artists list.

*widget boy cultureZachary Quinto loves sluts.

*widget boy cultureAren't up-the-shorts shots divine?

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*widget boy cultureKfir's cover of F.R. David's “Words (Don't Come Easy)." Images

*widget boy cultureLooks like Facts of Life-era Cloris Leachman is a wanted criminal.

*widget boy cultureTom Cruise is not Leah Remini's biggest fan.

*widget boy cultureLZ7's bouncy “So Good,” as premiered by Pop Justice. Images

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Nov 10 2015
PAPA, Can You Hear Me? Comments (0)

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Adam Feldman reviews Dada Woof Papa Hot for Time Out New York.

Nov 09 2015
Guys & Dollies Comments (0)

La-et-cm-hello-dolly-lead-role-played-by-man-l-001Reams as Dolly (Credit: Amy Pasquantonio)

I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that Randy Slovacek of The Randy Report is not just a fine blogger (shockingly, most bloggers have other jobs!), but also an accomplished man of the theater—he directs and choreographs, and it sounds like he's got a great project going at the moment.

In Boca Raton, Florida, Randy is rehearsing a production of Hello, Dolly! at the Wick Theater that stars Lee Roy Reams.

HelenReams in the '70s with Helen Hayes, Carol Channing and Myrna Loy

Reams is starring as Dolly, making him the first man in American to play the role in drag ... except he's not playing it as a man in drag, but as a woman. Divine would be proud.

According to this informative post on Randy's blog, Reams says of his portrayal:

"Danny La Rue did it years ago in England," Reams says. "But I never saw that show. In England they are accustomed to men playing women's roles and vice versa."

Reams  has a history of making history: In 1970, he was the first actor to play an out gay character on Broadway (in Applause).

Tickets for this special Hello, Dolly! are available here.


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