Post Tagged with: "broadway"

Unraveling the Myth of Small Town America in The Common Swallow

September 21, 2011 6:35 pm0 comments

altKaren, a New York City woman, returns to her midwestern hometown to find that she isn’t the only one who has changed. As the fabric of her family begins to unravel and the idyllic idea of the American Heartland is exposed as fiction, the characters in the new play The Common Swallow find that there are more questions than answers as the American identity fades away from optimism to befuddlement. This dramatic comedy by celebrated emerging playwright David Caudle is making its world premiere at Town Hall this week, starring Sean Maddox, Angela C. Howell, Ethan Paulini, Sunie Pope, Justin Campbell, and Broadway and film actress Annie Golden.

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The First Lady of the Second City: Andrea Martin

August 31, 2011 8:13 pm0 comments

With an earthquake rattling the nation’s capital, Hurricane Irene blowing up the coast, and crazy ass Michele Bachmann rising in the polls, it does indeed seem like “end times.”  But it’s not the end of the world, just the summer, and these “final days” are going to be hilarious with the comic genius and legend Andrea Martin making her Provincetown debut in Andrea Martin: Final Days! Everything Must Go!!
Appearing as the closing show of the summer-long Broadway at the Art House series, Martin’s show features Seth Rudetsky on piano, the man who along with Mark Cortale produced the successful run, bringing some of the biggest names of the Great White Way to Provincetown. Rudetsky and Martin met when she made her Broadway debut in 1992 in My Favorite Year, for which she won a Tony Award. 
“He’s not going to like this, but I really didn’t remember him,” says Martin, with a sly chuckle. “But a few years later when he walked in the room to rehearse for Nude, Nude Totally Nude he began to recite every line I’ve ever uttered in every show I’ve been in. He’s kind of like Rainman. I love him.”
Born in Portland, Maine, and a graduate of Boston’s Emerson College, Martin is best known for her work on the legendary Canadian television show SCTV. Fresh out of college in 1971, Martin landed a role in a touring production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown where she played Lucy.  She fell in love with the Canadian actor who played Linus and followed him to Toronto, where this time she fell in love with the city.  As an American with a Canadian husband, and two sons with dual citizenship, Martin keeps one foot in Toronto and the other in New York.

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Anything Can Happen

August 16, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altShe’s coming to Provincetown as a special and unexpected treat: Ana Gasteyer was scheduled to appear at the Art House but had to cancel because of scheduling conflicts with a new sitcom, and Christine Ebersole graciously agreed to appear in Ana’s place in the Art House Broadway series this summer. And the Art House couldn’t be more pleased. 
    “I am over the moon that Christine Ebersole is coming to Provincetown to play the Art House,” says producing artistic director Mark Cortale. “This is a dream booking for our Broadway at the Art House series, and I am thrilled that this new series has attracted such major talent so quickly. Seth Rudetsky, who hosts the series, says that Christine will be singing incredible songs and that she’ll also have hilarious stories to share.”
The woman whose show the Los Angeles Times described as a “tour-de-force … one of the most vivid performances” is arriving in Provincetown for two shows, August 20 and 21, and the time to get tickets is now.
So what is her favorite among the pieces she’ll be performing? “I have no idea,” she laughs. “I don’t even know what we’ll be doing, yet!”
Christine Ebersole is taking it all in stride, the same way that she’s taken most of her career. It’s a spectacular one, covering Broadway, off-Broadway, movies, and television. She won her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as virtually every Off-Broadway award, for her “dual role of a lifetime” as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. The critically acclaimed musical was nominated for a total of ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the CD recording of the show was nominated for a Grammy Award.  

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The Writer In Question… Mr. Charles Busch

July 16, 2011 6:55 pm0 comments

altGreenwich Village has a reputation for being a haven for poets and performers, artists and intellectuals, from The Beats to the punks. While nostalgic accounts portray it as a breeding ground for all sorts of artistic revolutionaries, there was also a decidedly unpleasant element. Particularly in the East Village, homelessness, high crime and drug rates, and the sheer filth of the area kept the rents low enough for artists to populate it.
And then there was Alphabet City, which even in the 1980s was beyond “edgy,” it was downright scary. And yet amid the filth and squalor, creativity bloomed in the works of playwright/drag performer Charles Busch.
“In a way, what was very exciting in that period was that because it was maybe the last place in Manhattan that there were cheap rents, there were very edgy dance clubs, and art galleries were opening up there, and that was just the milieu of where we did our plays,” he recalls.
One of those plays, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom launched Busch from obscurity at the Limbo Lounge on Avenue C to the famed Provincetown Playhouse in the heart of the Village, where it ran for five years and received a rave review in The New York Times.
“I really was in the right place at the right time. It just literally was that six-month period that suddenly there was a lot of media focus on the wild performance art scene in the East Village. We were doing plays with titles like Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium. So we were in every article. We had our picture in People magazine!”

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Sarcasm, Snark and Jackie Hoffman

June 23, 2011 6:32 pm0 comments

altJackie Hoffman worked really hard to get to Broadway. Really hard.
Hoffman did all that an actresses is supposed to do to make it to Broadway; she took roles where she could get them, wrote her own shows to keep herself on the stage, and practiced, practiced, practiced. It didn’t get her to Carnegie Hall, but rather the operating room.
A cancer scare had her in the hospital for a hysterectomy just as she turned 50, interrupting her run in Regrets Only. As she lay in bed in a drug-induced fog her agent called saying that if she wanted the role of Grandma in The Addams Family she could not miss the read-through scheduled just a few days later. She checked out of the hospital, got the role, and continued performing in Regrets Only, with a cot backstage to rest in between scenes.
“Talk about being desperate to be on Broadway,” says Hoffman, just after a Wednesday matinee of The Addams Family.
One would think that after the surgery Hoffman forever performed without her uterus. Not true. Her womb appeared on stage in her downtown New York cabaret shows, at least in puppet form.

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Living the Dream in “Snail Road”

June 3, 2011 3:14 pm0 comments

alt Reality and Provincetown are not two words that are often found in the same sentence. Reality is relative in Provincetown.
For many, the first glimpse of Provincetown is akin to Dorothy seeing the Emerald City. It’s a place that promises you can be who you want to be, and that your past, and indeed reality, is irrelevant. People all over the world click their heels and end up in Provincetown to fulfill their dreams, and along the way they meet fantastic creatures, mythical characters, and mysterious beasts.
“We make our own reality here,” says musician Zoe Lewis. “And it’s a marvelous thing.”
Snail Road, a new musical by Lewis premiering at the Art House, sets the alternate reality that is Provincetown to music. Gertrude Golightly, played by Lewis as sort of “the love child of Gertrude Stein and Holly Golightly,” is riding her bike down Commercial Street when she has an accident and bumps her head. Waking up, the first thing she sees is a giant Miss Richfield 1981. And so begins her fantastical journey through Provincetown to realize her dreams, which does not necessarily include going back to reality, but embracing the new life she has found.

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