Off Broadway, Kissing Sid James, by Robert Farquhar, is
about bachelor and a divorcee, who spend a weekend in a dreary seaside
town in northern England. The play is delightful, and the two actors,
Charlotte McKinney and Alan Drake, are simply superb. It was
one of the most entertaining theatrical experiences of the season.
The Red Bull Theater presented a staged reading of
The Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol, with a
splendid cast, that included Stephen Spinella, Marsha Mason and
David Greenspan. It was hilarious.
One of the treasures of New York is Albert Bergeret, Artistic
Director of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, who keeps the
tradition of their operettas alive for us to enjoy. From December 28 -
January 1, The Pirates of Penzance is playing at Peter Norton
Symphony Space, and it is an excellent production, with a fine cast.
Elizabeth Swados has composed La Mama Cantata, a musical depiction of the life and times of Ellen Stewart, who passed away this year at the age of 91. I attended the recording session at Aavatar Studios, where I listened to a portion of the work, sung by 18 young singers, accompanied by the musical director Kris Kubul. It is a beautiful tribute to a remarkable lady, who created the off-off-Broadway movement in her tiny theatre.