Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about MCC’s production of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, Documentary about Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees @ Cherry Lane Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) presents Hamlet, Blackbeard @ Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia, The Band’s Visit (National Tour) @ Eisenhower Theater at The Kennedy Center, Telly Leung Quartet @ 54 Below and NYS Lottery Food Glorious Food
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, his most recent is, “The Great Parade”, available everywhere. His play, God Shows Up is now in performance at The Actor’s Temple Theatre on 47th Street. His columns appear at MTI, Masterworks Broadway, Broadway Select and many other places.
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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist. He is also a theatrical photographer whose photos have appeared in The New York Times and other major publications. You can see his photography work at FollowSpotPhoto.com.
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PF: MCC’s production of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow @ Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 West 52nd Street, through August 17, 2019
By Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman. With Ako (God Said This), Tony Award nominee Steven Boyer (MCC’s Hand to God), Tavi Gevinson (This Is Our Youth), Sas Goldberg (Significant Other), Drama Desk Award winner Rebecca Henderson (“Russian Doll”), Lucille Lortel Award nominee Greg Hildreth (Frozen), Matthew Jeffers (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), Gene Jones, Alfredo Narciso (“Manifest”), Theatre World Award winner Chris Perfetti (Sons of the Prophet), Ryan Spahn (Summer and Smoke), and Ray Anthony Thomas (Jitney).
PF: Documentary about Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
When “Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical.
PF: Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees @ Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, through August 18, 2019
written by and starring Jacqueline Novak, is presented by Natasha Lyonne, and executive produced by Mike Birbiglia. Mike Lavoie and Carlee Briglia are producers, and is directed by John Early.
MP in DC: Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) presents Hamlet @ Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, DC, through July 21, 2019
with Michael Urie as Hamlet
Directed by Craig Baldwin
Original direction by Michael Kahn
MP: Blackbeard @ Signature Theatre, Arlington, Virginia, run completed, June 18 – July 14, 2019
Book & Lyrics by John Dempsey
Music by Dana P. Rowe
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Set sail with the most infamous pirate of all time in a riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix.
After learning he’s a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea.
Hilarious, wildly original, and immersively staged entirely on a pirate ship, Blackbeard is a fresh musical salute to the Seven Seas.
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MP: The Band’s Visit (National Tour) @ Eisenhower Theater at The Kennedy Center, through August 4, 2019
MP: Telly Leung Quartet @ 54 Below, July 10 and 17, 2019
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