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Book Review: Images of America – Bay Shore

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By Rita Plush “Images of America – Bay Shore” | Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett | Arcadia Publishers $21.99 If all Bay Shore means to you is going to the Fire Island ferry, please pick up a copy of “Images of America – Bay Shore” by Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett, local historians and professors of American history. The pictorial account of … Full Story

NYC THEATRE: “Six Degrees of Separation”

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by Leonard Feigenblatt “Six Degrees of Separation” opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on Nov. 8, 1990, starring Stockard Channing and Courtney B. Vance. It is John Guare’s best play and it is being revived in a splendid production at the Barrymore Theatre. Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, an art dealer and his very social wife, live in their very ritzy … Full Story

BOOK REVIEW: Fire Island Lighthouse: Long Island’s Welcoming Beacon

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Review by Rita Plush WAY BACK WHEN, A FIRE atop a platform served as a light to warn mariners of ports and possible shoreline dangers. But the times they were changing, and the turn of the 18th Century meant more travelers and a greater need for a more modern way to signal navigators of the watery dangers that might lie … Full Story

NYC THEATRE: “The Boy Who Danced on Air”

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By Leonard Feigenblatt   The musical “The Boy Who Danced on Air” is inspired by the 2010 PBS Frontline documentary, “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.” According to the authors’ note the “documentary about ‘bacha bazi’ – the ancient tradition where wealthy men buy boys from poorer families, train them to dance and often sexually abuse them.” Paiman is one such … Full Story

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NYC Theatre: “Cats” (A Special Edition Holiday Review)

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By Leonard Feigenblatt The Broadway revival of Cats has now opened at the Neil Simon Theatre and it features many facets that are reproduced from the original production. Trevor Nunn reproduces his Tony Award winning direction; John Napier reproduces his Tony Award winning costumes and scenic design, and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler is based on the original Gillian Lynne’s Tony … Full Story

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 … Full Story

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, … Full Story

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 … Full Story