A Write Teacher(s) Spotlight: Romance of the Western Chamber

The Story of the Western Wing  is on old, Chinese dramatic work that was written by Wang Shifu during the Yuan dynasty (1271 – 1368). The title has also been translated as Romance of the Western Chamber and is known as “China’s most popular love comedy.” Often been dubbed the Romeo and Juliet of the East, the Romance of the Western Chamber is about two young lovers who must conduct their love… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Spotlight – Let’s Drink To That: The Music and Lyrics of Drew Gasparini

Lights down at Feinstein’s/54 Below. An announcer is heard: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome….DREW GASPARINI!”….and Zack Zadek took the stage. Huh?! Mid parody song about Drew, the same announcer gave an emphatic “NEXT” and once again proclaimed, ““Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome….DREW GASPARINI!”….and Noel Carey took the stage. Now we get it! His “audition” for the role of Drew was abruptly stopped by the very same “NEXT”…and then Julia Mattison took the… Read More

Lucie Pohl: “Hi, Hitler” at the Cherry Lane Theatre

German-Jews. Immigrants. And Aliens. Oh my! Meet Hi, Hitler, Lucie Pohl’s newly reworked solo-show. Directed by Kenneth Ferrone (Colin Quinn’s New York Story, Tina Landau’s Spongebob Squarepants)  and presented by Austin Pendleton (Tony Award Nominee, Drama Desk Award Winner), Hi, Hitler runs at the Cherry Lane Theatre this month. Pohl tells the story of a German-Jew (herself) who grows up in a wild family of artists, is fascinated by der Führer from age four, and is uprooted… Read More

Tickets to Daniel Koek’s West End Story are $18 via Goldstar!

Tickets to Daniel Koek’s West End Story are $18 via Goldstar! Daniel Koek’s West End Story plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on July 19th 2017, at 7:00pm.  Daniel Koek is an international artist who has made a name for himself in London’s West End, as well as Australia and some of he greatest theaters in Europe. After 180 theatres, 7 leading ladies and a rather worn suitcase, acclaimed tenor Daniel Koek is… Read More

Thoughts on a Play: Present Laughter

When the curtains goes up on Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, the audience cannot help but to break into applause for David Zinn’s set design. It is the London studio of our main character, Gary Essendine, and it sets up his character for us brilliantly. It is beautiful, charming and larger than life, filled with books upon books and paintings upon paintings. Immediately we have an idea of the sort of evening we… Read More

LAST WEEK OF SUNSET BOULEVARD!

We’re approaching the final week to see Sunset Boulevard on Broadway! The music begins to swell, the lights go down, and with one moment, we’re back in Old Hollywood with Norma Desmond. That’s right – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award Winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is back on Broadway, and yes, the magnificent Glenn Close reprises her role of Norma Desmond.  Close is joined by Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as Betty Schaefer,… Read More

Student Art Showcase at Ketcham Inn Foundation

On April 30th, the Cultural Arts Center of the Ketcham Inn Foundation hosted its third annual Student Art Showcase. Located across from the historic inn itself, the center served as a gallery within which student artists from Center Moriches High School displayed their work. The Ketcham Inn along Montauk Highway in Center Moriches has stood for more than three hundred years, serving as a tavern, a public house, and, in recent years,… Read More

Late Nite Comedy at 54 Below

What are you typically doing at 11:30PM on a Sunday Night? My bet is that you fall into one of these categories: A) You’ve got a case of the Sunday Scaries, looking for something to combat the impending Monday Blues. B) You’ve been in your house all weekend catching up on Netflix and need some human interaction. C) You had a boozy brunch, napped all afternoon, and are now wide awake, unsure of… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Spotlight: Sunset Boulevard

The music begins to swell, the lights go down, and with one moment, we’re back in Old Hollywood with Norma Desmond. That’s right – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award Winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard is back on Broadway, and yes, the magnificent Glenn Close reprises her role of Norma Desmond. Close is joined by Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as Betty Schaefer, and Fred Johanson as Max von Mayerling, and Nancy Anderson, Mackenzie… Read More

A Write Teacher(s) Spotlight: The Scarlet Letter

Last week I went to see The Scarlet Letter at Bay Street Theater. Full disclosure – it’s directed by my father, Joe Minutillo, and written by  Scott Eck, and my father.   I truly had no intention of writing about it – I honestly don’t even like The Scarlet Letter that much. I mean, come on – a woman sleeps with the love of her life, and then gets shamed for it? Where’s… Read More