East End Beacon

On the Fringe: New Theater in Riverhead

by Beth Young Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt Music Hall will be the scene later this month for a series of eight bold experimental theatrical projects. Debbie Slevin and Cindy Clifford, who two years ago staged a series of


In Southold, an Opera House Grows

by William Sertl The North Fork has almost 40 wineries, many more farmstands, and one opera house. Enter Anne-Julia Audray, who bought the 19th Century Methodist church in Southold two years ago and made the old


Delirious Chaos at HTC’s Alarms & Excursions

by Beth Young As audience members were leaving Hampton Theatre Company’s opening night performance of “Alarms & Excursions,” they were delicately choosing words to speak to their theater partners, awkwardly pushing the exit doors and


The Man in Ceiling: Jules Feiffer in the Present Tense

by Kara Westerman Jules Feiffer’s work has always had the quality of immediacy, and at 88, he is still insisting his books should “look like the ink hasn’t dried.” In his new theatrical adaptation of his


Life is a Cabaret at the North Fork Community Theatre

Mattituck’s North Fork Community Theatre has a reputation for fine musical theater, and there are some fine performances in the company’s new production of the Kander & Ebb musical “Cabaret,” which opened last weekend


“Alarms & Excursions” to Open in Quogue

Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue will be presenting “Alarms and Excursions,” Michael Frayn’s deliriously funny collection of comedies of embarrassment, May 25 through June 11. This play offers hilarious commentary on the fiendish new technology


“Cabaret” To Open at North Fork Community Theatre

The North Fork Community Theatre will present the hit musical “Cabaret,” which takes us back to Berlin in 1930 as two couples attempt to find happiness while the looming threat of the Third Reich


Matthew Conlon and Rebecca Edana in HTC's production of "An Act of the Imagination.". Tom Kochie photo.

All in the Imagination: HTC’s Devious Murder Mystery

The mood is a character in Hampton Theatre Company’s spring mystery production of Bernard Slade’s “An Act of the Imagination,” which opened this weekend at the Quogue Community House. Top-notch acting, Diana Marbury’s lush Victorian


Sawyer Spielberg and Eric Svendsen at a read-through of their new production of "Extinction" at Guild Hall.

Friendship, “Extinction” and Immersive Theater

Friendship is at the core of our experience of the world — it is through our friends’ eyes that we reflect their perceptions and social morays and ultimately evolve, and it is the rupture of


Matthew Conlon and Rebecca Edana in HTC's production of "An Act of the Imagination.". Tom Kochie photo.

“An Act of the Imagination” Opens in Quogue

“An Act of the Imagination,” Bernard Slade’s masterful and suspense filled mystery, will be the third play of the Hampton Theatre Company’s 2016-2017 season, opening on March 23 at the Quogue Community Hall and


Susan Hedges, Kelsey Cheslock and Michelle Corbett in NFCT's production of "The Female of the Species."

NFCT’s “The Female of the Species”: When Women Call the Shots, Comedy Takes A Revealing Turn

There’s a big place for comedy in a world that has lately seemed to shun the second wave of feminists who crashed the world’s gender roles in the 1960s, and the heart of that comedy can


Brianna Kinnier, Toni-Jo Pescosolido Birk, Shannon DuPuis, Julie Crowley, Christina Stankewicz and Bethany Dellapolla in Center Stage's production of "Promises, Promises."

A Heartfelt “Promises, Promises” Keeps its Pledge of Fine Humor and Song

International Women’s Day was just one day before Southampton’s Center Stage’s production of “Promises, Promises” opened last week. It was a fitting moment to sit back in your chair at the Southampton Cultural Center


Center Stage: Taking On Office Politics with Song, Humor and Heart

If you’ve been missing the AMC series “Mad Men” since it ended two years ago, Southampton’s Center Stage’s new production of “Promises, Promises” may be the cure for what ails you. The 1960s musical, based


Tamara Salkin as Missy in Center Stage's production of "The Money Shot"

Taking a Bite Out of Hollywood’s Playbook

Our society, which until recently seemed built on some semblance of reality, has now solidly entered an era of alternative facts. If you don’t like the way something is going down, there are always new words you


Tamara Flanell and Colin Palmer in NFCT's production of "Almost, Maine."

The Thawed, Warm-Blooded Hearts of “Almost, Maine”

Our hearts seem to us to be tender, blood-pumping organs from which our desires and commitments stem, but in playwright John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine,” hearts are broken pieces of slate, pixelated paintings, and laundry bags filled


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