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Book Review: “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life”

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By Rita Plush “Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life: Because You Can’t Go Naked” by George Brescia Non-fiction Gallery Books $21.99 George Brescia wants to get into your closet. Whatever mashup style your wardrobe is in, he wants to put it right. A top-tier New York City-based stylist and image consultant, as well as a Cherry Grove resident who has …

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Von Steuben (1730-1794)

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Friedrich Wilhem von Steuben and the American Revolution By Lorna Luniewski This is a name that many may not be familiar with, myself included, but Baron von Steuben is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army, teaching military drills, tactics and disciplines. He is still considered one of the most important German Americans, as his training …

Roundtable Discussion on FI Archive Collections

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By Shoshanna McCollum On a gray Saturday afternoon on June 23, individuals from every corner of Fire Island quietly filed into the Ocean Beach Historical Society. The meeting was by invitation only, extended to the keepers of repositories on this island that are like beads on a string: Point O’ Woods Archives, Fire Island Pines Historical Society, Cherry Grove Archives …

NYC THEATRE: Fall and Winter Preview

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By Leonard Feigenblatt As Summer 2017 is nearing an end, here is a preview of NYC theater and theatrical events coming in fall/winter 2017-2918. New York City Center Oct. 26-Nov. 5, 2017: Matthew Bourne’s/New Adventures The Red Shoes Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, as well as Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, with music by Bernard …

NYC THEATRE: A Fall Forecast

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By Leonard Feigenblatt Transitioning back from beach to city life? What’s new and interesting in New York City’s thriving theatre scene this season might help smooth the adjustment, with performances in store that will inspire and uplift the spirits. Here is a look at some of the special events that will be happening in New York City over the next …

Happy Days

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (4 out of 5 Stars) Boston Court’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days was presented at the Flea Theatre through July 17 was a telling rendition of this classic allegorical play. There is Winnie, the middle-aged woman buried up to her waist in a mound of dirt. Her husband Willie lurks in the background behind the mound, …

Nice Girl by Melissa Ross

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (3 out of 5 Starts) Josephine is the “nice girl,” in her late 30’s, living with her controlling mother. When she was 18, she left home to attend Radcliffe on a scholarship. When her father died, she left and came back home to take care of her mother and never went back. She catches the eye of …

EVER AFTER

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (Three-and-a Half out of Five Stars) The musical “Ever After” is based on the 1988 film, and is a refreshing take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella. It has a sweet musical score with by Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler. It is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall with her usual aplomb. …

The Way We Get By Neil LaBute

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (3 out of 5 stars) In Neil LaBute’s “The Way We Get By” Doug and Beth emerge from the bedroom where they have just spent the night together; and we learn in an interesting twist – that they have met before. Film star Amanda Seyfried is making her theatrical debut. She is best known for her starring …

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The Audience by Peter Morgan

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Review by Leonard Feigenblatt All hail the Queen! Dame Helen Mirren received a 2007 Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, among others, for her portrayal of the current reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II for the 2006 film The Queen (which had a screenplay by Peter Morgan.) In this play, Ms. Mirren is once again playing Queen Elizabeth, this time …