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November, 2013

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Susan Agin runs the show at Bayside theater

When it comes to performing venues, Queens continues to be vastly underserved. Comment.
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Curtain rises on Queens’ fall season of theater

Things are confusing enough without having to turn the clock back this weekend, but I guess we have to. The extra hour gives me more of a chance to savor my Halloween trick-or-treat haul, while adding on another pound or two and watching lots of thin and healthy people run the NYC marathon. Comment.

August, 2013

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Still time to catch a little theater this summer

August is winding down, things are slow and you’re wondering what to do next. Hopefully you realize that life is too serious to be taken seriously. Take politics for instance – you may have heard that local elections are coming up. On the positive side, your mailbox is full and all those robo-calls mean somebody knows your number. TV news leads with crime and natural disasters, sports emphasize those who game the system and the moviemak Comments (1).

July, 2013

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Queens has plenty of performances but not enough playhouses

According to the latest census, Queens has about 2.3 million inhabitants, making it the second largest of New York City’s five boroughs and by itself bigger than most cities in the nation. Yet its theater facilities remain meager, almost to the point of non-existent. Comment.

June, 2013

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Theater company serves up murder mysteries

It was a dark and stormy night when suddenly gunshots rang out! If that sounds like a cliché start to a murder mystery, you’re right, only in this case the weather was real but the bullets were fake. The setting was Riccardo’s in Astoria, near the bridge that I still prefer to call the Triborough, and the host was The Killing Kompany. Comment.

May, 2013

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Flushing writer tackles multiple genres to tell tales

I’m back from a couple of weeks in Central Europe — Prague and Budapest and thereabouts — and now I’m in a cozy corner of the West Village at the Cherry Lane Theatre listening to Richard Vetere tell some of his stories. Comment.

April, 2013

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Astoria PAC’s new musical tackles issues of class and family

One of the pleasures of the spring season in Queens is another musical from the Astoria Performing Arts Center. With production values worthy of Broadway and performers of professional caliber, APAC continues to lead the pack. And at a bargain ticket of only $18, how can you resist it? Comment.
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Middle Village actor takes on his greatest role: Husband

Bernie Bosio is taking the plunge. Or so he claimed when we got together recently at my Douglaston law office, where we used to hold Outrageous Fortune Company auditions, barely tolerated by my attorney colleagues, even though I assured them that lawyers and actors have a lot in common. Comments (1).

March, 2013

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Director gives insight into what it takes to stage a play

What a great time at the theater! Weeks later I’m still on a high after seeing the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff?”, Edward Albee’s masterwork, at the Booth Theatre, its limited run now ended. A production of the acclaimed Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the cast was led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha, complemented by Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as Honey and Nick. All brilliant — I’ve seldom, if ever, seen any better. Comment.

February, 2013

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Theaters in Queens offer a sweetheart’s delight of picks

For another Valentine’s Day, I offer the gift of revisiting The Outrageous Fortune Company, my very own theater company, 17 years and 50 productions at Queens Theatre in the Park, still homeless and out of action for three years this May. Perhaps, in return, one of you faithful readers will lead me to a benefactor who will locate a new venue for our rebirth. Comments (1).

January, 2013

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Groups raise the curtain on LIC musical theater

A lot is happening in Long Island City. Once a mostly industrial enclave in far west Queens, it’s now in the midst of gentrifying with the rise of several new residential buildings, and its main thoroughfares of Vernon Blvd., Jackson Ave. and Borden Ave. are sprucing up with amenities for the new inhabitants. Comment.
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