Category Archives: Off-Broadway

Me The People

Dear Friends,

We want to share an off-Broadway musical with you today called Me The People: The Trump America People.  It is currently showing at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd Street.

It is “just what the columnist ordered—an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing down our government and building a stupid wall. The show delivers a topical, up-to-the minute mockumentary of red-white-and-orange America.”
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Sarah Downs from Front Row Center says that it is “a clever, satirical revue set to tunes from the Supremes to the Eagles to CeeLo Green. The talented quartet of Aisha Alia Dukes, Mitchel Kawash, Richard Spitaletta and Mia Weinberger sing with exuberance and commitment, doing hilarious impressions of everyone from Sigmund Freud to Jared Kushner to Hillary Clinton.”

Tickets are on sale through September 02, 2017—you definitely don’t want to miss this!  To learn more or buy tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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Jezebel on Tour

Dear Friends,

We are writing you today about our play, Me & Jezebel—which we have been touring for two years—starring Loretta Swit.

Me & Jezebel, an off-Broadway hit, is a hysterical real-life comedy written by Elizabeth Fuller about a time when Bette Davis came to Westport, CT for a two-day visit and stayed for well over a month!

“The Bette-Davis-in-her-70s look is just right: the too-perfect pageboy, the oversize glasses, the Chanel (or at least Chanel-like) suit and is great fun to watch in Elizabeth’s Fuller’s “Me and Jezebel,” adapted from her memoir”—New York Times

We are happy to report that Loretta has a few dates open in 2017 so if any theatre owners/managers reading this newsletter are interested in booking this wonderful comedy in your theatre, please call us!

212/873-0676

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President Trump: Theatre Muse?

Dear Friends,

We are thinking about the effect of the Trump election on our American theatre.

As we all know, the theatre is an important and powerful mechanism to react to current political environment.  As an example, we think a big reason Hamilton has resonated with so many people right now is the current political climate, and the unrest that parallels the unrest that Hamilton saw.  Furthermore—and even more directly—there have been a resurgence of WWII plays resurrected around New York City in the months leading up to this election.

These plays included a couple of versions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by playwright Bertolt Brecht and The Drumf and the Rhinegold by Wagner.  You can read more about these in the New York Times (link to full article).

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There is no doubt that this is a great time for playwrights to be writing and theatres to be presenting even more plays about the political scene in a more dramatic fashion than newspapers (of course, newspapers are wonderful).

We have always thought of theatre and films as a great means of communicating about the political events of the era.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Me & Jezebel

Dear Friends,

We’re back and hope that you have had a wonderful end-of-summer!

We just wanted to share with you that our newest play, Me & Jezebel, will be playing September 16th and 17th at the Las Cruces Community Theatre Center in New Mexico.  It is starring two very talented actors, with whom we have been working for years:  Loretta Swit and Norman Duttweiler.

Me & Jezebel is a wonderfully funny story told by Elizabeth Fuller (played by Loretta) about the time Bette Davis (played by Norman) came to her Westport house to stay for a night or two and ended up staying a month!  If you are in the Las Cruces, NM area it is worth seeing!

Tickets and more about the play are on the Las Cruces Community Theatre website.

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Celestials of Broadway

Dear Friends,

We are writing to you today to urge you to go see Lunt and Fontanne: The Celestials of Broadway.

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It is playing at The New York International Fringe Festival 64E4 Mainstage: Venue #11 (64 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue & Bowery) for four more performances this month: Wednesday 8/17 at 7pm, Saturday 8/20 at 7pm, Tuesday 8/23 at 2:15pm, and Saturday 8/27 at 4:45pm.

In LUNT AND FONTANNE: THE CELESTIALS OF BROADWAY, Mark E. Lang’s new stage play about the Lunts, today’s audiences get a chance to meet Alfred and Lynn, explore their life on and off the stage, see them perform scenes from their favorite plays– including Shakespeare’s TAMING OF THE SHREW and Molnar’s THE GUARDSMAN; interact with famous friends such as Noel Coward and Laurence Olivier; and share their experiences on Broadway, in London during World War II and on tour.

Alfred and Lynn were very dear to us here at The Guild—they performed in our productions from 1920-1960, with 25 consecutive seasons from 1929-1949!  We are excited that real-life married couple Mark E. Lang and Alison Murphy are portraying these beloved theatre stars and throwing them back into the limelight where they belong.

Click here to purchase tickets or learn more about the play.

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Butler

Dear Friends,

We just received an email about a play that the New York Times calls “splendid!”

Butler, written by Richard Strand and directed by Joseph Discher, is now playing at the 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street).  It is starring Ames Adamson, John G. Williams, David Sitler, and Ben Sterling.

It is a story based on the real-life events of an escaped slave, who demands sanctuary at Fort Monroe, Virginia from General Butler.  This limited engagement runs through August 28, 2016—so if this is something you are interested in seeing (and we earnestly hope you will be!), then don’t wait to book your tickets!  Call the box office (212-279-4200 for non-members of 59E59 or 646-892-7999 for members) or click here to purchase tickets on line.

Don’t wait!  This is a once a year opportunity!

BroadwayWorld.com says that it is “spirited, intense, often humorous dialogue that makes this show completely captivating…

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Cape’s 90th Season!

Dear Friends,

Last August, we told about the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA—which was the very first summer theatre in the US, opening in 1927.

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For their 90th Anniversary Season, they are kicking off with Last of the Red Hot Lovers (June 7-18, 2016).  The rest of the line-up includes The Music Man, Talley’s Folly, The May Queen, Cabaret, and The Mouse Trap.

If you live near Cape Cod or are planning to visit this summer, we highly recommend you visit this amazing historical Playhouse.  Their box office number is 508/385-3911 and their website for more information is www.CapePlayhouse.com

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

 

 

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Sanctuary

Dear Friends,
We are writing to you today about a very limited engagement of a fantastic play, Sanctuary, by Susanne Sulby, which is billed as a “powerful one-woman show about the universal experience of war across the centuries” and is a play about the impact of war on women.
It is currently playing here in New York off-Broadway until January 23rd at the Lion Theatre (410 W. 42nd Street). 
In her own words, Sulby felt compelled to write this play because she could not keep quiet any longer.

This project began for me many years ago when I was watching coverage of the conflict in Serbo-Croatia. As it unfolded, I was shocked and appalled. I couldn’t believe that after the tragedy of the Nazi Holocoust the world could still tolerate ’Ethnic Cleansing.’ I couldn’t understand how this could be happening.

Last year, this 5-star play ran in Washington, D.C. to rave reviews:

She has created a memorable exploration of what war does to us, and why peace matters. Thank you, Susanne Sulby, for your remarkable solo performance.–DC Metro Theater Arts

From my first viewing of “Sanctuary,” a powerful one-woman show about the universal experience of war across the centuries, I knew this was a different kind of theatre experience.–R. Albu, Go! Magazine

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To read more about the play or to purchase tickets, click on the photo above.
PS–We will see if we can get a copy of the play for you, if you’d like.
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Absolute Brightness

Dear Friends,

We have just returned from our vacation and yesterday went to a ONCE IN 10-YEAR EVENT!

At this very moment, an utterly extraordinary play is being performed in New York at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd St. 212-541-8457).  It is called The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, written by and starring James Lecesne.

As we said above, this is a once-in-10-year theatre event and we strongly urge you to see it.  The orchestra tickets are $85.  You can call the box office for tickets at 212-239-6200 or you can click here and purchase them online.  Performances are Monday through Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm.

Charles Isherwood of the New York Times gave the play a glowing review, which you can read here.

must see ASAP!

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