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BY JERRY TALLMER Gifted interpreter of Albee and O’Neill joins their ranks I first met Marian Seldes in a sleeping bag.  She was in the sleeping bag. I was out in the seats, there to write a critique of the play and performance. The theater was the Orpheum (still around, at Second Ave. and 7th […]

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June’s busting out all over — with scary shows BY TRAV S.D. About last Month….  Having heard so much over the years about the Chuck Mee-Anne Bogart collaboration “bobrauchenbergamerica,” I was disappointed to find its revival at Dance Theatre Workshop to be a rather limp, lifeless and not very penetrating collage depicting some place called […]

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Likely prospects for the lusty month of May BY TRAV S.D. About April: I’ll start by taking the gloves off. I found the Public Theater’s much-ballyhooed production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (extended through May 30th) to be simple-minded, moronic, tuneless and possessed of the laughable and erroneous thesis that hipsters have some sort of […]

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March fizzled; April’s all about burlesque! BY TRAV S.D. ABOUT LAST MONTH… The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre’s “Revolution!?” at Theater for the New City proved a disappointment. Missing from this production were the beautiful old hand-carved puppets and verbal wit that had charmed me so much in their “Johannes Docktor Faust.” Instead, the troupe presented a […]

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Famed actors, playwrights and assorted theater luminaries packed the lobby of the Public Theater on Tues., March 9, for the groundbreaking of the Lafayette St. cultural hub’s $35 million, two-year renovation project. Above, from left, Sam Waterston of “Law and Order” fame, Oskar Ustis, the Public’s artistic director, and actors Liev Schreiber and Philip Seymour […]

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Groundhogs predict six more weeks of fresh outrages BY TRAV S.D. A peculiar thing happened this past month. It seems the groundhogs (of both Punxsutawney and Staten Island fame) came out of their holes, took a look at all the international and domestic turmoil, turned right around and went back into…a Downtown theatre! In doing […]

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By JERRY TALLMER The birthday greetings from Barack and Michelle Obama were nice, but the more detailed citation from Andrew Cuomo was even nicer. And the revelation that Edith could stay right where she was and had been for almost 40 years — that she and her legendary 50-seat theater could stay right there in […]

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Our Mr. S.D. contemplates March’s lion/lamb conundrum BY TRAV S.D. This year I predict that the month of March, instead of coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, will enter like Pepe LePew and exit like a beautifully plumed peacock — that is, if it is anything like February was. About […]

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BY STEVEN SNYDER Unconventional artists engage audience through their own neutrality This is not theater as you know it — and the New York Neo-Futurists like it that way. Since the group’s inception, its goal has been to tear down the artifice of the conventional theater experience; to conceive a whole new way of acting, […]

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Swell February shows on the boards below 14th Street BY TRAV S.D. ABOUT LAST MONTH… In the interest of quality assurance, your correspondent is obligated to perform a not-so-random spot check on some of the shows he plugged sight unseen the previous month. In January, we hit an avant-garde trifecta. First, some good news. Despite […]

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