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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AT MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM Performed in a house known for being visited by considerably more than three ghosts, this Summoners Ensemble production of “A Christmas Carol” is faithful to Charles Dickens’ vision of how his 1843 novella should be presented to live audiences. Based on the author’s own […]

BY MAX BURBANK  (maxburbank.wordpress.com)  |  It’s been 50 years since Rankin/Bass gave the world “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Like the song says, he “went down in history” along with Clarice and Hermey and Yukon Cornelius and that one really tall elf with the glasses. But what happened to them after that? Where are they now? […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Like the game she must master in order to beat a condescending rival, metaphor-hating math whiz Maxine “Max” Kuftinec’s winning strategy for overcoming a series of recent upheavals hinges on learning how to move one step at a time, while keeping her eye on the big picture. It’s a life lesson […]

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  BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK CAROLING  |  There are, of course, other trees in town this time of year — but our favorite is the 45-footer artfully framed by the Washington Square Park Arch. Tastefully (never overly) decorated, you’ll find no pricey skating rink standing between you and the photo op that’s […]

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A MURRAY LITTLE CHRISTMAS  |  It’s not quite the same as being eternally young, but classy impresario Murray Hill has been living up to his “hardest working middle-aged man in show business” moniker for two decades now, even going back before the iconic drag king’s 1996 mayoral bid. What a different town this would be […]

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BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  After an absence of nine long years, a masterful melting pot of gender illusion, golden age Hollywood glam, highly skilled lip-synching and diva deification has returned to New York. From Pyramid Club to Tompkins Square Park to Club 57, the East Village incubators that hatched Lypsinka in the early 1980s are […]

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BY SCOTTT STIFFLER  |  Whether it’s a primal act of brutality, a virtuoso display of artistry or both is a matter of personal taste — but that hasn’t kept skeptics and hardcore fans alike from cheering during the training montage of “Rocky,” wincing during “Raging Bull” slugfests or shedding tears during that deathbed plea in […]

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In 1965, Ronald Tavel went from pitchman to playwright to papa of a new theatrical genre — when Andy Warhol took a look at the 22 scenarios he drafted for 16mm film adaptation by The Factory and suggested they be presented on the stage instead. Tavel recruited his younger brother Harvey to direct, then penned […]

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Cast the talent, not the type, goes an old showbiz axiom — and so it went at Metropolitan Playhouse, when the East Village theatrical heritage hawks found themselves scrambling for a replacement production to match their already-hired ensemble. Specializing in early American (almost always public domain) works, Metropolitan was set to revive George M. Cohan’s virtually […]

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BY NORMAN BORDEN  |  Even if you’ve never seen a Tarot deck, visited a psychic to discover “what’s in the cards” or believed in the supernatural, the 24 photographs in Victoria Goldman’s latest exhibition will open your eyes to the imagery and mythology behind Tarot. Goldman’s misty, soft-focus interpretations may also help you understand why […]

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