The Nutcracker Rouge – nice and naughty

A mysterious fog surrounds the stage and auditorium as you enter the Minetta Lane Theater for Company XIV’s production of  Nutcracker Rouge. As the lights begin to dim we see Marie-Clare (a lovely Laura Careless) glide through the audience, making her way onstage, inviting us into her dream-like world. Marie Clare is half Marie-Antoinette, half…

Behind the scenes, Act I with Play-by-Play

Occasionally we’ll be taking readers behind the scenes of organizations or companies of interest (and benefit) to the avid theatergoer. Today a look at Play-by-Play. Founded 15 years ago by Hugh Hayes, Play-by-Play is a papering company that puts “seat fillers” into the myriad seats that need filling for theatrical, musical, comedic … events throughout…

Bravo Dicterow! (and Bronfman and Brey)

It’s not often one gets to see and hear magnificence, AND witness a part of musical history. This is the last week of performances by concert master and violinist Glenn Dicterow, who is leaving the Philharmonic after 34 years and 6,033 performances. It is also Yefim Bronfman’s final performances as this season’s artist in residence.…

City Winery serves up more than just wine

City Winery is much nicer than I expected. Created by Michael Dorf, who also founded the Knitting Factory, it has three dining options. There’s the Barrel Room and a private dining area both of which require reservations. Or you can buy a ticket and eat and drink in the concert dining area. According to their…