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Here's what I've enjoyed seeing or reading so far...hope you enjoy them as well!

Sunday
Jul072013

Adam's Call: Jackie Hoffman's Old Woman, New Material: Bringing The Laughs Back

Jackie Hoffman has done it again...created a hilarious, fun, and spot-on one woman show called "Old Woman, New Material." Bringing the laughs back to 54 Below, Jackie's new show may still focus on her career, dislike of children, and societal commentary, but she's focusing on these topics in a whole new way! Throughout the hour long show, Jackie riffs on her Broadway, film and television career with new anecdotes and new stories as well as some great new songs. The comparisions she makes between herself and others is very funny. From the lack of press she gets to meeting Stephen Sondheim, Jackie lets the audience know exactly what's on her mind. It is this no-holds-barred presentation I love most about attending a Jackie Hoffman show.

I also really enjoy the diverse comedy style Jackie displays during her show. Not everyone seems to handle the dark humor well, but Jackie has a knack for making off-beat jokes/stories work. I found myself laughing for the full hour, even when some of Jackie's material was on the border of "Did she really just say that?" But that is what makes Jackie stand-out! 

In between comedy bits are some brilliantly written new songs. Jackie hits the mark with songs about iPhones, the New York Times, and her own take on popular theatre songs. These songs just add to the comedy genius known as Jackie Hoffman.

While Jackie is known for ranting about her life, career, and society, she always does it in a fresh new way. "Old Woman, New Material" at 54 Below is no exception! Seeing this show tonight was a great way to end my weekend. With just 3 shows left, I suggest getting your tickets now to Jackie Hoffman Old Woman, New Material at 54 Below. Click here to purchase tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Saturday
Jun082013

Adam's Call: Mark Jason Williams' Straight Faced Lies: Left Me Wanting More

Playwright Mark Jason WilliamsRising playwright, Mark Jason Williams, has a new play in town as part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity at the Rober Moss Theater in NYC called Straight Faced Lies. A smart, well-written, humorous, and intricate script, Straight Faced Lies left me wanting more. Taking the audience inside the home of a family's Thanksgiving celebration, Straight Faced Lies revealed one secret after another and just when you thought you knew them all, another secret came out.

Cast of "Straight Faced Lies" (from left to right): Thom Christensen, Ann Farthing, Hannah Logan Wolfe, Danny HiltThe twists and turns in this hilarious drama is a testament to the strong writing of playwright Mark Jason Williams. I have only seen one other show written by Mark, The Other Day, and was impressed by his writing then too, but with Straight Faced Lies, Mark's writing as really grown. This cast did a fantastic job of bringing Mark's words to life. The cast consisted of Linda Blackstock, Thom Christensen, Ann Farthing, Danny Hilt, Josh Krebs, and Hannah Logan Wolfe. Each of these actors brought something special to Straight Faced Lies. Ann Farthing really stood out to me because of the way she delivered her lines. Whether it was her inflection or facial expression, Ann got the laugh every time, even though behind the laughter, there was quite a story to her character. Linda Blackstock also shined bright as her character went through a real transformation from beginning to end. 

Stringing the story together was wonderful direction by Melissa Skirboll. I really liked how she linked the scenes together, which helped peel back the pieces of Mark's fantastic script. Combing multiple talents, the cast and creatives made a great team.

With just two performances left in the festival, get your tickets to Straight Faced Lies. It's important to support original new work by young playwrights! Mark has a long road ahead of himself as a successful playwright. Let's all help him get there for his work deserves wider exposure! Straight Faced Lies plays Sunday, June 9 at 7:30pm and Saturday, June 22 at 4:30pm at Robert Moss Theater in NYC (440 Lafayette Street). Click here for tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
May302013

Adam's Call: At Hand Theatre's I Wanna Destroy You: Hilariously Provocative

Cast of "I Wanna Destroy You", Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography (Matthew Murphy)At Hand Theatre company is going out with a bang as their final show, Joshua Conkel's I Wanna Destroy You, is hilariously provocative. I Wanna Destroy You takes the audience on a search for love, purpose, strength, and self-worth. When "Beau" is dumped by his lover on his 30th Birthday, the journey begins.

Anthony Johnston, Kieran Mulcare, and Geneva Carr, Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography (Matthew Murphy)Joshua has written a play that made me laugh, think, and be entertained, which is the kind of show I enjoy most. Dan Horrigan has done a great job directing the play, while the cast of six bring this story to life! Geneva Carr, Jamie Jackson, Anthony Johnston, Preston Martin, Kieran Mulcare, and Kathy Searle all do an excellent job. Their comedic skills are on par while some (Kieran, Kathy, Preston, and Geneva) excelled to bigger heights. Everyone seemed to be in tune with their characters' personality and path, which helped make this story work.

Kathy Searle and Preston Martin, Photo Credit: Murphy Made Photography (Matthew Murphy)I Wanna Destroy You showed me that we are all on a path to desruction, some of us detonate, while others are able to put the fire out or at least keep it contained for longer. I have always enjoyed attending shows at At Hand Theatre company because they took risks on new playwrights, especially many new gay playwrights. I sure am going to miss this gem of a company, so here is hoping their hiatus is not a permanent one! With only 3 performances left, I suggest clicking here to get your tickets!

I Wanna Destroy You plays at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through June 1!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Wednesday
May292013

Adam's Call: Charles Busch at 54 Below: Divine Tale

Charles Busch can do it all...acting, playwriting, screenwriting, and now cabaret star! Until tonight, I had never seen Charles Busch do a cabaret show, but I was thrilled to have this opportunity at 54 Below. If there is one thing Charles Busch knows how to do, it's entertain a crowd. And entertain he did!

Charles' show was a mixture of songs, homages to Hollywood starlets, personal stories, and lots and lots of laughter. Assisting Charles was Tom Judson, Musical Director and Pianist. They did a wonderful duet together of The Carpenters' "Close To You." Prior to that, Charles opened the show with a great original song about what he should sing. The song consisted of everything that makes Charles Busch who he is...humor, imitations, and creative writing. One of my favorite songs performed tonight was a great cover version of Gene Raskin's "Those Were The Days." I adore this song and was so happy to hear Charles sing it.

In between songs Charles delighted the crowd with readings from Conversations with Bette Davis and Conversations with Joan Crawford as well as Ask a Man: The Key To Feminity by Arlene Dahl as well as his own monologues performed as some of his favorite Hollywood starlets. Another great thing about Charles Busch's performance style is the way he maneuvers from original work to reading others work while making it his own. He had the audience in stitches the whole evening with his comedic genius!

The best part about Charles' cabaret show was when he performed the original skit that inspired his Tony Award nominated play The Tale of the Allergists Wife. I had seen the play on Broadway, so it was a real treat to see the actual piece that led to the full-fledged production.

Photo Credit: David A. LeeCharles has found a wonderful niche with his cabaret work. I think this is the perfect venture for him to take in between his theatre and film work. He knows how to work a crowd and just looks so happy to be performing. From songs to monologues to readings, Charles Busch definitely tells a Divine Tale up on that stage. The next time Charles is performing his cabaret act, treat yourself to this delightful, wonderful, and hilarious evening!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Tuesday
May282013

Adam's Call: Kim Smith's Joe's Pub NOVA CD Release Concert: Shooting Star

There is a new singer making waves on the pop music scene and that is the one and only Kim Smith! With the release of his debut CD "NOVA," Kim is taking the music world by storm as he demonstrated so seductively tonight at Joe's Pub in NYC. 

Dressed to kill in a tequila suit, Kim sang out his heart and soul. In the two years since I've seen Kim Smith perform live, Kim has grown immensely. With strong vocals and a wicked sense of humor, Kim knows how to entertain an audience. His songs of love and heartache are catchy, relatable, and smartly written. Influenced by The Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, and Robyn, Kim has found his own style in the world of pop music. From his hilarious banter to his infectious voice, Kim doesn't need much to make a show a sparkle because Kim is the spectacle itself. Kim's voice has a pleasant tone that makes your ears perk up for more while his songs have a beat to make your body want to move.

I am in love with the whole album, but a few of my favorite selections are "Jealous," "Never Ever," "Shooting Star," "Zombiez," "Disappearing," and "Radio." Kim wrote "Shooting Star" for his husband during the time of their long distance relationship. It's one of the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard. My favorite part of Kim introducing "Shooting Star" was how he said that he was the souvenier his husband got for coming to Australia. It was so sweet.

Kim's debut album "NOVA" is perfect for any occassion. Whether it's a long trip you have to take, your commute to work, that hot party you're throwing, or getting in shape, "NOVA" is the companion you'll want to have with you! Be sure you pick-up your copy here!

The next time Kim Smith is performing live, make sure you get your tickets. You'll be "Jealous" that you "Never Ever" got to see this "Shooting Star" on the rise up!

For more on Kim Smith:

http://kimdavidsmith.com

Twitter: @KimDavidSmith

Facebook.com/officialkimsmith

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