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It’s The Thought That Counts

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Who among us does not remember the parental admonition “It’s not the gift, but the thought that counts”? I always think of my mother and my proper upbringing at this time of year. I re-live the powerful Gift of the Magi story and revel in the beauty of the sacrificial spirit of love between a […]

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Once Upon a Mattress

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I am a great fan of the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress. It is a hilarious, somewhat silly romp in which a princess is authenticated by her ability to detect a pea under twelve layers of mattresses. ArtsWestchester’s own somewhat-silly romp began when someone found a mattress hidden out of sight in our building. […]

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A Wake Up Call

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There aren’t too many dates I remember so well as November 22. Like most of my contemporaries, I can picture where I was standing and what I was doing on that date in 1963 as though it were yesterday. It came back to me vividly once again at a performance of “The Assassins” at the […]

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The God Game

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Religion and politics!  These are two topics that are a no-no in polite company.  Or so I thought until I saw the new Hudson Stage Company (HSC) production of “The God Game.”  In “The God Game,” a moderate Republican senator is wooed to be the running mate of a conservative governor…if only he would please […]

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The Moor Unhinged

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Jealousy, racism, deception and betrayal. Sounds like a recipe for the latest HBO series…sort of like The Borgias…only steamier. No, it’s not that at all. It’s The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, written perhaps in 1603, and now given a new spin at a 90-minute performance at the new amphitheater at the Hudson River Museum […]

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A Feast of Arts this Weekend

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What a weekend there is coming up. It’s a veritable feast of arts happening in the county. Every Tuesday morning at 8:20am, I get on the phone with T.J.McCormack at WVOX (1460AM) for a five minute chat about the arts. There was so much on the docket for this weekend that I couldn’t get it […]

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Singing Her Heart Out

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Christine Andreas is Westchester’s “Fair Lady” having appeared in many Broadway revivals including “My Fair Lady,” “On Your Toes” and “Oklahoma.” This Tony-awardee is bringing her  newly arranged cabaret show “Bemused” to a Westchester Community College soiree on April 17th at Tappan Hill.  It’s all about raising funds for need-based scholarships to give deserving students of […]

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Star of Stage…and Now Screen

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Auntie Mame has nothing on Mamie Duncan-Gibbs.  In fact, our Mamie is every bit as talented as the lady who made famous the name Mame.  Mamie Duncan-Gibbs is the Executive/Artistic Director of Youth Theatre Interactions (YTI), an organization dedicated to teaching children the importance of discipline, confidence and creativity through the performing arts. She is […]

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