Midtown International Theatre Festival
The Trilogy Theatre and OOBR ("the off-off-broadway review"), the
only weekly publication devoted to the Off-Off-Broadway scene, are
proud to announce the First Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Open to theatre companies worldwide, the Festival is scheduled to run from
August 10th - September 3rd 2000.
Although this new theatrical celebration doesn't call itself a
"fringe" festival, it will operate on many of the same principles and
goals. Chief of which is its underlying purpose, to help foster
alternative theatre and provide showcases for such avant-garde, eclectic,
and classical work that might otherwise not have the chance to be seen.
It also offers a metropolitan venue for the various theatre groups to
present their work to New York audiences.
The Midtown International Theatre Festival will occupy both theatre
spaces in the Trilogy Theatre, at 341 W. 44th St. (between 8th and 9th
Avenues), with performances from noon to midnight. Other spaces will be
added as needed. Each show will perform seven times during the first two
weeks of the festival, with the last week consisting of evening
presentations of festival hits.
The Trilogy Theatre is an Off-Off-Broadway flagship. It was founded
five years ago by playwright/actor/producer Norman Siopis as a
hothouse for new theatre. It has also been a venue of choice for
numerous theatrical notables, including Austin Pendleton, Gary
Sinise, and Ellen Greene.
OOBR has also become a fixture over the same period, often being the
only place an Off-Off-Broadway production will receive a review. The
publication (available both in print, and on-line at www.oobr.com)
also sponsors the OOBR Awards, honoring Off-Off-Broadway, held every
For more information, write to:
Midtown International Theatre Festival
165 Christopher St. #5N
New York, NY 10014
or Email: Festival@oobr.com or visit the OOBR Website at www.oobr.com
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successful run at the Booth on July 2nd. On June 4th, the Grand Dame will
receive a special Tony Award for the show. After closing, Edna hits the road.
Touring plans are in the works.
One theatre-goer, Christine Lavin, has seen the show 19 times. Why
would anyone see Dame Edna 19 times? Well, only one way to find
out ... let's ask Linda that very question:
I have never seen a solo performer who works an audience as well as Barry
Humphries does in the guise of Dame Edna. Since he created this character
45 years ago, he's been slowly refining and perfecting it to the point
where going to his performance is like attending a master class in how to
entertain an audience using nothing but your wits.
I tell every performer I know -- no matter what style of work you do --
you MUST go watch this show. You will walk away inspired, and your own
performances will improve just by observing Mr. Humphries work. He's
simply brilliant, and brilliantly simple.
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just extended through September due to popular demand. If you were
planning a closing party I hope you didn't print the dates on your
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fabulous performance given by David Suchet.
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Award Nominations!" and in small print underneath (And we didn't get a
single one.) Gotta love Mason!
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with Bruce Memblatt (Quotable Stephen Sondheim Website) ... what a
night! George Hearn was in great voice, and Patti Lupone
was abfab as Mrs. Lovett. Davis Gaines singing "Johanna" reduced
me to tears. His performance as Anthony was excellent; he even added a
wee bit of impishness to the role, just great. And to hear that score
being performed by the 150 piece New York Philharmonic was indescribable.
A CD will be issued in the fall of this "live" performance. At curtain
call, the entire house cheered and stomped for 20 minutes. When Sondheim
took to the stage, I thought the roof would have blown off the theatre. A
totally unforgettable night in the theatre!
- Next Sunday, David Kenney will be doing a 5 hour Broadway
interactive fundraiser on WBAI radio in New York. He's just added
Johnny Mathis as one of the guests. See our last Rialto column for
details. You can listen to WBAI on the Web if you have Real Audio by
going to www.wbai.org. The show airs Sunday, May 21 from 8 PM til 1