Plays and Prestidigitation #9 – The Fright Edition

If you are in New York City two weeks from today, I hope you will join me for Plays and Prestidigitation #9 - The Fright Edition.  This is an occasional series I present at Polaris North, a co-operative of theater artists at 245 W 29th Street.  We perform a group of short plays interspersed with … Continue reading Plays and Prestidigitation #9 – The Fright Edition

Review of MICHAEL MOORE ON BROADWAY: The Terms of My Surrender

Michael Moore's show is a liberal rant, history lesson and all around entertaining performance.  It is also a story of his background and involvement in the causes he supports.  He makes very good points and is preaching to the choir here in New York.  You know by now whether you agree with him or not. … Continue reading Review of MICHAEL MOORE ON BROADWAY: The Terms of My Surrender

In praise of New York Theater Lottery and Discount Services

For those of us who live in New York we have a huge selection of live theater available.  But much of it comes at high cost and with limited availability.  Which is why I love the discount services and lotteries available.  Here are several options to consider: Subscribe to Signature Theater.  Their tickets start at … Continue reading In praise of New York Theater Lottery and Discount Services

Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD is my favorite theater musical.  I love the music, the story, the Steampunk atmosphere.  I have seen a fully staged version, a John Doyle version, and a wonderful concert version with the New York Philharmonic.  This was my first intimate version, not what one expects from this property. The Barrow Street … Continue reading Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Review: The Red Letter Plays (IN THE BLOOD and F**KING A)

Recently I saw the two Red Letter Plays written by Susan-Lori Parks at the Signature Theatre in New York.  Parks had off-handedly said she would write a new play based on the classic American novel "The Scarlet Letter."  When she scrapped her first attempt that she titled F**KING A (I use the same attribute used … Continue reading Review: The Red Letter Plays (IN THE BLOOD and F**KING A)

Recent Reads: RAZZLE DAZZLE, THE BATTLE FOR BROADWAY by Michael Riedel

Books about show biz too often focus on the glitter and glamour of the performers but Razzle Dazzle fixates on the theater owners that really rule The Great White Way.  This is a fascinating and fun read on the history of Broadway theaters focusing on the seventies and eighties but providing full context.  It dwells … Continue reading Recent Reads: RAZZLE DAZZLE, THE BATTLE FOR BROADWAY by Michael Riedel

Bonus post: Springtime for our Little Hitlers

Had to add a quick note.  Just read a great piece in the flailing New York Times.  I subscribe but think they allow visitors to read several articles each month.  Give it a read: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/opinion/comedy-protest-taxes-nazis.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region Hope the link works.  It helps me explain why I am both anti-White-Power and anti-Antifa.  Non violence and humor always … Continue reading Bonus post: Springtime for our Little Hitlers

A great Monday Night Magic

This week I attended another version of Monday Night Magic at the Players Theater in Greenwich Village.  The performers are different for each edition and I have learned to watch for certain favorite magicians.  It was heartening to see a nearly full house and enthusiastic audience.  You can check for more information at: http://mondaynightmagic.com/MainMenu.html First … Continue reading A great Monday Night Magic

Leni & Joseph at the New Ohio Theatre

I recently saw a production of a new play by Jacob Marx Rice at the New Ohio Theater on Christopher Street.  It runs only three more performances and is worth seeing.  You can find more information at: https://www.theshelternyc.org/production/threshold-2017/ I have been fortunate to be part of a playwrights group with Jacob and I can attest … Continue reading Leni & Joseph at the New Ohio Theatre

Audience Choice Award for ALWAYS WITH ME

Yesterday I received the following: Congratulations to Walter Thinnes whose play “Always With Me” is the week one winner of the 7thannual Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival – NYC 2017!  This wonderful production was directed by Pamela Wilson with assistant director Chelsea Robinson.  The talented cast included: Max Hanau as John, Kasey Moorhouse … Continue reading Audience Choice Award for ALWAYS WITH ME

MEETING WITHOUT END gets a spin at Mary Baldwin University

This weekend I visited Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA.  There I had the chance to see a performance of the theater department's spring plays titled "The Play's the Thing."  They presented a number of short works directed, performed and generally written by students.  My niece Julianna (Toni) Thinnes chose one of my short plays … Continue reading MEETING WITHOUT END gets a spin at Mary Baldwin University

My play ALWAYS WITH ME at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village

In an earlier post I had mentioned that my play ALWAYS WITH ME was to be featured in the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival in Greenwich Village.  The theme of the festival is: NYC - Only in New York.  Here are the additional details as promised. Performance dates: Thursday, June 8 @ 7:00 … Continue reading My play ALWAYS WITH ME at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village