Photo by Don Kellogg

Friday, December 30, 2005

A Touch of the Poet

Gabriel Byrne and his cast members gave us an outstanding evening of theater at Studio 54. A classic straight play with a talented supporting cast aptly directed by Doug Hughs brilliantly entertained us for the entire 2 hours and 40 minutes. (Kudos cousin Cindy!)

The story is set in colonial Boston - July 1828 - and focuses on the Maloy family, lead with great pride by Gabriel Byrne (MAJOR Cornelious Maloy). It becomes aparant that he used to be a gentleman of great stature living on an estate in Ireland in days gone by. However, since his transplantation to America - we learn that he seems to have slipped a few notches down to the status of inn-keeper. What keeps him going is the memory of his days in the army - fighting in Spain for England. Seemingly unaware that he is not a "real" gentleman any longer - he fights his family and his inner self as they all struggle with what love and honor really means to each of them.

Irish Family and Booze - all classic O'Neill - but not at all one of his trademark durges - The play, however, does close with a familiar note of "in the end, nobody really wins".

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Beauty of the Father

The sultry sounds of Spanish music softly transformed Theater II at MTC into the Costa del Sol last Thursday evening. A cast as talented as they were good looking supurbly performed the latest work by award winning Nilo Cruz. You couldn't ask for more.

The story unfolds in a cottage on the Spanish coast as we learn about a small family and their rich and unique relationships. Throw in a poor, handsome, young moroccan boy and it all heats up. The play is cleverly narrated by a character we soon learn is the ghost of Federico Garcia Lorca, the Spanish poet.

This play has layers... and lots of 'em. Truly a tale which makes you question if there really is only one true definition of family, sexuality, love, and sacrafice. What would you do and how far would you go for true love?

Check out Beauty of the Father and then give me your answer.

Sunday, December 11, 2005


One Part Trailer Park Musical (B), One Part Golden Girls (I), One Part Alice (N), One Part Roseane (G), and One Part Steel Magnolias (O)!

Boy oh Boy - can it get any better. You get to play BINGO (and they pay out the winners too!) and join in all the melodrama and fun with the gals from Florida who regail you with their game playing and slightly trashy, yet always funny and endearing lives!

You'll be rolling in the aisles as these gals belt out the songs in the basement of St. Luke's Church on 46th Street (could there be a better set?!). If you're like me you could close your eyes and see the stage filled with the likes of Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Christine Baransky, and Estelle Geddy filling the room with song and laughter! A working BINGO setup - big working lite board and all! You even get your own genuine ink dabber and game cards as you enter!

If you get the chance - bring your lucky rabbit's foot and hit the basement of St. Lukes - just don't sit in the front row, if you know what's good for you!

Five Course Love

Billed as "A lip-smacking musical comedy". I say - Smack Me for going! Oh boy - A clever idea, yes. Pretty talented actors, yes. Idea transformed into quality entertainment - NOT!
Five vignettes - each revolving around love in a restaurant. The problem, however, is the lack of comedy. It's dumb. Cliche after cliche. Bad puns and double entendres one after another. Each scene also had one too many musical numbers. I wanted to cry out "OK - we GET your stupid humor already!". (i refrained, however).
Honestly - the best part of the whole show - the barbershop quartet like opening announcment about turning off your cell phones and enjoying the show. Really - it was the best number. It was all a downhill trainwreck after that!