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THEATER REVIEW INDEX

THEATER REVIEWS

ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (Broadway, December 1993)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kN

ADDICTED: A COMEDY OF SUBSTANCE (off-Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lG

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (Broadway, May 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ll

ALICE (Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 1995)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-F5

ALL THE WAY (Broadway, June 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AE

AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE (Broadway, February 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lt

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Marquis, March 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ly

ARE YOU DAVE GORMAN? (off-Broadway, December 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lK

ARTS & LEISURE (off-Broadway, May 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-EJ

AS YOU LIKE IT – FRESH (off-Broadway, Sept. 1990)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-F7

THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES (Broadway, April 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hy

AVENUE Q (Broadway, August 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lC

BARBARA COOK: MOSTLY SONDHEIM (Broadway, July 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lP

BARTENDERS (off-Broaday, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-u2

BAT BOY: The Musical (off-Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-u6

BE (off-Broadway, April 2007)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oH

BEA ARTHUR ON BROADWAY: JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS (Broadway, February 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lT

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Broadway, April 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-m1

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Broadway, April 1994)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lX

BELLS ARE RINGING (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-m4

BETTY RULES (off-Broadway, November 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ua

BIG APPLE CIRCUS – Big Top Doo-Wop (off-Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ue

BIG RIVER (Broadway, July 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-m8

BILL MAHER: VICTORY BEGINS AT HOME (Broadway, July 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mc

BLAST! (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mg

BLUE MAN GROUP: Tubes (off-Broadway, August 1994)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-um

BOOBS! THE MUSICAL (off-Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uq

BOOK OF DAYS (off-Broadway, November 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uu

THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (Broadway, September 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mk

BRUTAL IMAGINATION (off-Broadway, January 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uy

BURIED CHILD (Broadway, April 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ey

BURN THIS (off-Broadway, September 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uC

BUTLEY (Boston, MA, November 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uG

BY JEEVES (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mo

BY THE SEA, BY THE SEA, BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA (off-Broadway, May 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-EG

CABARET (Broadway, Jan. 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uO

CABARET (Broadway, March 1998)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uK

CAFE A GO GO (off-Broadway, June 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-t4

THE CARBON COPY BUILDING (off-off-Broadway, October 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-t9

CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE [Todd Robbins] (off-Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-td

CATS (Broadway, June 1997)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sJ

CATS (Broadway, 1994)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sF

A CELEBRATION OF SILLINESS! [Fred Anderson] (San Francisco, CA, August 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tK

THE CHANG FRAGMENTS (off-Broadway, 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ED

CHICAGO (Broadway, November 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sM

CINDERELLA [aka Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella] (Broadway, April 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hD

A CLASS ACT (Broadway, March 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sS

THE COLOR PURPLE (Broadway, December 2005)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sW

COMEDIANS (off-Broadway, January 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tz

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) (off-Broadway, October 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tC

COOKIN’ (off-Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lp

THE COUNTESS (off-Broadway, September 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tG

CRASHING (off-off-Broadway, November 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tN

CRIMES OF THE HEART (off-Broadway, May 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tR

CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK (off-Broadway, December 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tV

THE CRUCIBLE (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-t0

CYMBELINE (off-Broadway, January 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tZ

DANCE OF DEATH (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rL

DANGEROUS CORNER (off-Broadway, October 1995)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-F9

DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES (Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rP

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rT

THE DAZZLE (off-Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sd

DE LA GUARDA: VILLA VILLA (off-Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sh

DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Broadway, May 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-D0

DEBBIE DOES DALLAS (off-Broadway, February 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sl

DEF POETRY JAM ON BROADWAY (Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rX

DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN (Broadway, March 1995)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-s1

DESIGN FOR LIVING (Broadway, March 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-s5

DESPERATE MEASURES (off-Broadway, October 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-v6

DINNER AT EIGHT (Broadway, January 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-s9

DISGRACED (Broadway, Jan. 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-z0

DRAGAPELLA! WITH THE KINSEY SICKS (off-Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sB

EARS ON A BEATLE (off-Broadway, April 2004)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rq

ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY (Broadway, February 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-st

THE ELEPHANT MAN (Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sp

ELI’S COMIN’ (off-Broadway, June 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rv

ENDPAPERS (off-Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rz

EPIC PROPORTIONS (Broadway, October 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sx

EVERETT BEEKIN (off-Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rD

THE EXONERATED (off-Broadway, October 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rH

THE FANTASTICKS (off-Broadway, March 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qk

FAR AND WIDE (off-Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qr

THE FATHER (Broadway, January 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qT

FIRST LOVE (off-Broadway, September 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qv

FISH IN THE DARK (Broadway, July 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cv

THE FLAMING IDIOTS (off-Broadway, January 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qA

FLOWER DRUM SONG (Broadway, October 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qX

FOOTLOOSE (Broadway, October 1998)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-r1

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY CLEANS UP ITS ACT (off-Broadway, January 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qE

FORTUNE’S FOOL (Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-r5

42ND STREET (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rd

45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-r9

FOSSE (Broadway, January 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rh

FOUR (off-Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qI

THE FOURTH WALL (off-Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qL

FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIRE DE LUNE (Broadway, August 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rl

FRED ANDERSON: A CELEBRATION OF SILLINESS! (San Francisco, CA, August 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tK

FROM DOOR TO DOOR (off-Broadway, March 2004)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qP

THE GATHERING (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-px

GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE (Broadway, May 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pB

THE GIN GAME (Broadway, December 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-c3

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY (off-Broadway, October 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-v2

THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pF

GOD SHOWS UP (off-Broadway, Feb. 2019)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Fd

GOLDA’S BALCONY (off-Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nt

THE GOOD THIEF (off-Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nx

THE GRADUATE (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pJ

GREASE! (Broadway, May 1994)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pN

THE GUYS (off-Broadway, September 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nB

GYPSY (Broadway, May 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pR

HAIRSPRAY (Broadway, August 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pV

HAND TO GOD (Broadway, July 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cv

HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY (off-Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kV

HEDDA GABLER (Broadway, October 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pZ

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (off-Broadway, January 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kZ

HENRY IV (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-q4

HIGH DIVE (off-Broadway, February 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-l3

HIGH FIDELITY (Broadway, December 2006)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oj

HOLLYWOOD ARMS (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qc

HOMECOMING (off-Broadway, January 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lb

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS… (Broadway, January 2006)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qg

HOWARD KATZ (off-Broadway, March 2007)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ow

I AM MY OWN WIFE (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ms

I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (off-Broadway, August 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kR

I’M NOT RAPPAPORT (Broadway, August 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mA

IF YOU EVER LEAVE ME, I’M GOING WITH YOU (Broadway, September 2001)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cI

IMAGINARY FRIENDS (Broadway, January 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mE

INTO THE WOODS (Broadway, May 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mL

THE INVENTION OF LOVE (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mP

IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES (Broadway, June 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mT

IT’S ONLY A PLAY (Broadway, Dec. 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-A6

JACKIE MASON: LAUGHING ROOM ONLY (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mX

JACKIE MASON: PRUNE DANISH (Broadway, October 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-n1

JEKYLL & HYDE (Broadway, April 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hu

JEKYLL & HYDE (Broadway, May 1997)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-n5

JOE EGG (Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-rT

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (Broadway, March 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nd

KAT AND THE KINGS (Broadway, September 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nh

KING HEDLEY II (Broadway, May 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nl

THE KINSEY SICKS: DRAGAPELLA! (off-Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-sB

KISS ME, KATE (Broadway, September 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-np

LA BOHEME (Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nF

LAUGHING ROOM ONLY [Jackie Mason] (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mX

LES MISERABLES (Broadway, 1997)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nJ

LIFE (x) 3 (Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nN

THE LION KING (Broadway, November 1997)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nR

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nV

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Broadway, May 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-nZ

THE LOOK OF LOVE (Broadway, May 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-o3

LYDIA (Los Angeles, CA, April 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kD

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Broadway, March 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oL

MAJOR BARBARA (Broadway, July 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oP

THE MADRAS HOUSE (February 2007)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-os

MAMMA MIA! (Broadway, October 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oT

MAN OF LA MANCHA (Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oY

THE MAN WHO HAD ALL THE LUCK (Broadway, May 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-p2

MASTER CLASS (Broadway, November 1995)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-p6

MAURITIUS (Pasadena, CA, April 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kJ

MEDEA (Broadway, December 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pa

METAMORPHOSES (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pe

MISS SAIGON (Broadway, 1994)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pi

MORNING’S AT SEVEN (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pm

MOVIN’ OUT (Broadway, November 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pq

THE MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS (Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-pt

NEVER GONNA DANCE (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-i1

THE NEW FACES OF AMERICA (Greeley, CO, Nov. 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yM

THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (Broadway, April 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ES

NINE (Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-i6

NOISES OFF (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ic

NUDE NUDE TOTALLY NUDE (Andrea Martin) (off-Broadway, April 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-EM

OKLAHOMA! (Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ij

OLD HATS (off-Broadway, April 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hH

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-in

ONE MO’ TIME (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-is

THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Broadway, Dec. 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-B7

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Broadway, September 1994)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ix

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (Broadway, July 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-9X

THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE (Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-iC

POPCORN FALLS (off-Broadway, October 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uX

PRIVATE LIVES (Broadway, May 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-iH

THE PRODUCERS (Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-iL

PUMPGIRLS (off-Broadway, Dec. 2007)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ui

QED (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-iP

RAGTIME (Broadway, January 1998)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-iT

RENT (Broadway, May 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-iX

REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (off-Broadway, Feb. 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-EP

THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW (Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-j1

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA (Broadway, April 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hD

SACRILEGE (Broadway, Nov. 1998)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-EY

SALOME (Broadway, May 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-j5

SAY GOODNIGHT GRACIE (Broadway, October 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-j9

SEXAHOLIX (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jd

SIDE MAN (John Golden, January 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jh

THE SLOW DRAG (off-Broadway, April 1996)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-EV

THE SMELL OF THE KILL (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jl

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (Broadway, March 1995)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jp

STONES IN HIS POCKETS (Broadway, April 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jt

STUFF HAPPENS (off-Broadway, April 2006)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-od

THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Broadway, March 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jx

TABOO (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jB

TAKE ME OUT (Broadway, March 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jF

TARTUFFE (Broadway, January 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jJ

TARZAN (Broadway, May 2006)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ok

THAT PHYSICS SHOW (off-Broadway, July 2016)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bJ

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ (Broadway, October 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-o8

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Broadway, April 2002)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jN

THOU SHALT NOT (Broadway, October 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jS

A THOUSAND CLOWNS (Broadway, July 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-jX

TOM SAWYER [The Adventures of] (Broadway, May 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ll

URBAN COWBOY (Broadway, March 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-k2

URINETOWN (Broadway, October 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-k6

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Broadway, April 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hr

VICTORY BEGINS AT HOME [Bill Maher] (Broadway, July 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-mc

VINCENT IN BRIXTON (Broadway, March 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ka

VOICES IN THE DARK (Broadway, August 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kf

THE WEIR (Broadway, April 1999)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kj

WICKED (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kn

THE WOMEN (Broadway, November 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kr

WONDERFUL TOWN (Broadway, December 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kv

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Broadway, April 2003)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-kz

ZELDA AT THE OASIS (off-Broadway, January 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hV

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http://wp.me/pzvIo-bE

Aug. 2017: Rebounder: Mackenzie Phillips on Wellness, Loss, and Love
(An interview with “One Day at a Time” star and recovery expert, Mackenzie Phillips)
First published in Long Island Woman magazine, NY, Aug. 2017.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-w4

July 2017: Sometimes a Grain of Sand – Olivia Newton-John Reflects on Glory and Grief
(An interview with pop songstress and actress Olivia Newton John)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-aK

July 2017: Wrong Turn: When Nothing Goes Right
(Theater review of Broadway’s The Play that Goes Wrong)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, July 2017.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-9X

May 2017: Karen Allen and the World of Yes
(An interview with “Raiders” actress Karen Allen about her latest film project, “A Year by the Sea”)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY, May 2017
http://wp.me/pzvIo-aP

May 2017: Moonlighting: In Bloom – Christopher Hackert Gets his Theatrical Wish
(A profile of longtime Long Island florist–and playwright–Christopher Hackert)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bk

April 2017: The Ceiling’s the Limit: Jules Feiffer Collaborates on a New Musical
(An interview with Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer about his work on The Man in the Ceiling, a musical premiering at Long Island’s Bay Street Theater)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-a8

April 2017: To the Oval Office from the Bunion Derby: Allison Janney’s Slow Rise to Stardom
(An interview with “West Wing” and theater actress Allison Janney
First published in Long Island Woman, NY, April 2007.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-aV

March 2017: Spring on Broadway – Old Friends and Oddballs
(A preview of Broadway’s sprawling spring 2017 season)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-ba

March 2017: Valerie Bertinelli – Taking Life one Dish at a Time
(An interview with “One Day at a Time” and cooking-show star, Valerie Bertinelli)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-b0

Jan. 2017: Serving Love – Billie Jean King Still Winning for All of Us
(An interview with tennis legend and activist, Billie Jean King)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-b5

December 2016: When Success is the Option – Jillian Michaels
(An interview with exercise guru Jillian Michaels)
First published Dec. 2016 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yP

Dec. 2016: Kelli O’Hara on Living the Theater Life
(An interview with Tony-winning actress Kelli O’Hara)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bq

Nov. 2016: L.I.’s Lantern Still Burns Bright
(A look at Long Island’s 64-year-old Lanter Theater Company)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bu

Oct. 2016: Life Beyond Hamilton – Broadway’s Fall Shows Open on Their Own Terms
(A preview of Broadway’s fall 2016 season)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-by

Sept. 2016: The Show Goes On: Theater Three Starts a New Season without an Old Friend
(Jeffrey Sanzel, artistic director of Long Island’s Theater Three, reflects on the new season and the passing of longtime musical director Ellen Michelmore)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bG

May 2016: Aria Grande – Playwright Jonathan Tolins and his Fandom of the Opera
(Playwright Jonathan Tolins discusses his latest, A Forgotten Woman, premiering at Long Island’s Bay Street Theater)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bM

May 2016: Sprinkled Cupcakes and Tofu Turkeys – Patricia Heaton
(A chat with actress Patricia Heaton)
First published May 2016 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yS

April 2016: Springtime in New York – Where Broadway is Blooming
(A preview of Broadway’s spring 2016 season)
First published April 2016 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bP

March 2016: A Chance to Shine: Syosset Dons a Shiny New CAP
(A chat with Bruce Grossman, artistic director of Syosset, Long Island’s Cultural Arts Playhouse)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bU

March 2016: A Club of One – Our Good Friend, Kathy Griffin
(A chat with comedian Kathy Griffin)
First published March 2016 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zf

Feb. 2016: Women on the Verge – Daughters Arrives at the Merrick Theater
(A preview of Daughters, John Morgan Evans’s comedy-drama at Long Island’s Merrick Theater)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bX

Jan. 2016: Lori Loughlin: House Proud
(A chat with actress Lori Loughlin)
First published Jan. 2016 in Long Island Woman magazine, NY
https://wp.me/pzvIo-x7

Dec. 2015: The Game’s Afoot
(As part of my monthly theater column, a review of Broadway’s The Gin Game revival)
First published Dec. 2015 in Long Island Pulse, NY
https://wp.me/pzvIo-c3

Dec. 2015: No Second Takes: Laurie Metcalf
(A profile of actress Laurie Metcalf)
First published Dec. 2015 in Long Island Woman
https://wp.me/pzvIo-za

Nov. 2015: The Tin Man Writes a Play Full of Heart
(A profile of playwright Sean Grennan on the eve of his drama, The Tin Woman, opening at Long Island Bay Street Theater)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cc

Oct. 2015: She was My Mother – Melissa Rivers
(An interview with TV personality Melissa Rivers)
First published Oct. 2015 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zq

Oct. 2015: Lemmon’s Pledge
(An interview with actor-singer Chris Lemmon, son of legendary actor Jack Lemmon)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cl

Oct. 2015: Theatrical Island Hoppers
(A look at famous theater people born and/or raised on Long Island, including Alec Baldwin, Charles Ludlam, Patti LuPone, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, and Edie Falco)
First published on LongIslandPulse.com, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cf

Sept. 2015: Fall Approaches Quietly
(A preview of the fall 2015 Broadway season)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cp

Sept. 2015: Jane Lynch – Still Gleeful
(A chat with actress Jane Lynch)
First published Sept. 2015 in Long Island Woman, NY
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zu

July 2015: With Comedy Comes Responsibility
(As part of my monthly theater column, reviews of the Broadway comedies Hand to God and Fish in the Dark)
First published July 2015 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-cv

June 2015: Sincerely Yours, Bay Street Theater
(Featuring interviews with playwright Alena Smith and director Bob Balaban, a preview of the comedy, The New Sincerity before its opening at Long Island’s Bay Street Theater)
First published in Long Island Pulse, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cB

April 2015: Vanessa Williams – Inspired
(A chat with actress Vanessa Williams)
First published April 2015 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zO

April 2015: Bones About It
(A chat with Bare Bones Theater artistic director Jeff Bennett about The Motherfucker with the Hat)
First published April 2015 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-z6

March 2015: Signs of Intelligent Life – Lily Tomlin
(A chat with actress Lily Tomlin)
First published March 2015 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ak

Feb. 2015: Annie Lennox: Making Brand – New Nostalgia
(A chat with Eurythmics musician Annie Lennox)
First published Feb. 2015 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zT

Jan. 2015: From Here to the Moon – Dolly Parton
(Based on a press Q&A, a profile of musician Dolly Parton)
First published Jan. 2015 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ab

Jan. 2015: Disgraced: A Broadway Dinner Party
(A review of the Broadway drama Disgraced for my monthly theater column)
First published Jan. 2015 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-z0

Dec. 2015: Play Time: Lane and Broderick Reunite on Broadway
(For my monthly theater column, a review of Broadway’s It’s Only a Play)
First published Winter 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-A6

Nov. 2014: Never Say Never – Joely Richardson Goes Solo
(A chat with actress Joely Richardson)
First published Nov. 2014 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-An

Nov. 2014: Hamlet in East Hampton
(Morgan Vaughan directs her husband Tristan in an East Hampton Hamlet)
First published Nov. 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zF

Oct. 2014: So Much to See, So Few Leaves
(A preview of the fall 2014 Broadway season)
First published Oct. 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-A0

Sept. 2014: Madonna & Madness – J. Stephen Brantley
(A chat with J. Stephen Brantley about his Madonna-based solo show)
First published Sept. 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Az

July 2014: 2014 Summer Stage Preview
(Long Island theater offerings in summer 2014)
First published July 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AN <P.

June 2014: You Scratch My Back – All the Way
(A review of Broadway’s All the Way and sidebar about movie stars doing shows)
First published June 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AE

May 2014: A New Leader and a New Season – Bay Street Moves Forward
(Bay Street Theater’s new artistic director, Scott Schwartz, and new season)
First published May 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-At

April 2014: Ben Vereen – Another Way to Move
(A chat with actor Ben Vereen)
First published April 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AR

March 2014: August: Osage County in Southampton
(A chat with director Michael Benton Disher about staging August: Osage County at Southampton Cultural Center)
First published March 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AW

March 2014: Queen for a Daytime: Queen Latifah
(A chat with actress and musician Queen Latifah)
First published March 2014 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bl

Feb. 2014: Nothing Tastes as Good as I Feel (Robin Quivers)
A chat with “Howard Stern Show” radio co-host Robin Quivers)
First published Feb. 2014 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bq

Feb. 2014: The Bard is Back
(After a drought, Shakespeare plays return to NYC stages)
First published Feb. 2014 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-B2

Dec. 2013: Through a Glass, Tenderly
(A review of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway as part of my monthly Broadway column)
First published Dec. 2013 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-B7

Dec. 2013: Dionne Warwick – “Now” and Then
(A chat with songstress Dionne Warwick)
First published Dec. 2013 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BJ

Nov. 2013: Old is New – A November to Remember
(A fall 2013 Broadway preview)
First published Nov. 2013 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BA

Nov. 2013: Cartwheeling with Andie MacDowell
(A chat with actress Andie MacDowell)
First published Nov. 2013 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bv

Oct. 2013: Wandaful World – Wanda Sykes
(A chat with comedian Wanda Sykes)
First published Oct. 2013 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BE

June 2013: 10 Shows in Search of an Audience
(Summer theater highlights on Long Island)
First published June 2013 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bc

May 2013: Perl Vision – HITFest Buzzing Over
(Profile of the Hamptons Independent Theater Festival and founder Joshua Perl)
First published May 2013 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bg

March 2013: A Heart to Heart with Ann Wilson
(A chat with Heart musician Ann Wilson)
First published March 2013 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Cn

Feb. 2013: Happily Drescher
(A chat with actress Fran Drescher)
First published Feb. 2013 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ct

Jan. 2013: Kristin Chenoweth – With Gratitude
(A chat with actress Kristin Chenoweth)
First published Jan. 2013 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Cy

Nov. 2012: Laugh Along with Mitch
(Robert O’Neill of Long Island’s Studio Theater discusses Duck Hunter Shoots Angel)
First published Nov. 2012 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-CD

Nov. 2012: Sherri Shepherd: A Bumpy Ride to a Perfect View
(A chat with TV personality Sherri Shepherd)
First published Nov. 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ci

Oct. 2012: Jennifer Warnes – Where She Belongs
(A chat with musician Jennnifer Warnes)
First published Oct. 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-CJ

Sept. 2012: Lisa Rinna Gets her Mojo Back Big Time
(A chat with television personality Lisa Rinna)
First published Sept. 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-CR

June 2012: 2012 Summer Stage Preview
(A preview of summer shows at Long Island theaters)
First published June 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-CW

May 2012: Death of a Salesman
(As part of my monthly theater column, a review of Broadway’s Death of a Salesman)
First published May 2012 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-D0

May 2012: Linda Evans – Looking Inside
(A chat with actress Linda Evans)
First published May 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-D5

April 2012: Rita Rudner – The Right Place at the Right Time
(A chat with comedienne Rita Rudner)
First published April 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Da

March 2012: Bebe Neuwirth – All Those Cheers
(A chat with actress Bebe Neuwirth)
First published March 2012 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Dr

March 2012: Car Talk – Hampton Theater Company
(A chat with Hampton Theater Company artistic director Sarah Hunnewell)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Dg

Feb. 2012: Winter on Broadway – From Venus to Mecca
(Some winter shows on Broadway)
First published Feb. 2012 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Dw

Nov. 2011: Dixie Invades Islip
(Islip Town Hall presents Dixie Swim Club)
First published Nov. 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DB

Oct. 2011: Whoosh – Autumn on Broadway
(A look at Broadway’s fall season)
First published Oct. 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DP

Sept. 2011: Wendie Malick’s Hot Spots
(A chat with actress Wendie Malick)
First published Sept. 2011 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DS

Sept. 2011: Sky Writing – Deja vu Dramatist Lanford Wilson
(Off-Broadway’s Keen Company revives Lemon Sky)
First published Sept. 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DF

Aug. 2011: Meredith Baxter – Owning Up
(A chat with actress Meredith Baxter)
First published Aug. 2011 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DX

Aug. 2011: Fringe Benefits
(A look at funny entires in the New York International Fringe Festival)
First published Aug. 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DF

June 2011: Quick Thoughts on the 2011 Tony Awards Show
(Penned quickly after the live Tony broadcast, a look at highlights and low)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-uS

May 2011: Shirley MacLane – Over But Not Out
(A chat with actress Shirley MacLaine)
First published May 2011 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-E5

May 2011: Darrell Hammond’s Aim is Tru
(A chat with actor Darrell Hammond about playing Truman Capote)
First published May 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DK

April 2011: Standing Pat – Pat Cooper
(A chat with comedian Pat Cooper)
First published April 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-E2

March 2011: Medium Rare But Well Done
(Arena Players stages Dale Griffiths Stamos’s One White Crow)
First published March 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ea

Feb. 2011: The Laramie Project
(Adelphi University stages The Laramie Project)
First published Feb. 2011 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ce

Dec. 2010: Mighty Meta
(A look at Broadway shows that self-comment)
First published Dec. 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-C7

Nov. 2010: A November to Remember
(A fall Broadway preview)
First published Nov. 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-C4

Sept. 2010: Lucie Arnaz – On Mom, Dad, and the Muse
(A chat with actress Lucie Arnaz)
First published Sept. 2010 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Eg

Aug. 2010: Wonder of Wonders
(A chat with Rabbi Sol Solomon about his synagogue’s theatrical endeavors)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yk

July 2010: Broadway: Where Men are Men…Sort Of
(A look at various shows, Broadway and Off, treating aspects of masculinity)
First published July 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-C0

June 2010: Jackie Oh! An Interview with Jackie Collins
(A chat with novelist Jackie Collins)
First published June 2010 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BO

June 2010: Cognitive Dissonance (Damian Lanigan)
(A preview of Damian Lanigan’s Dissonance at L.I.’s Bay Street Theater)
First published June 2010 in Long Island Pulse.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BV

May 2010: Joy Behar: On Innocence…
(A chat with comedienne and talk-show Joy Behar)
First published May 2010 in Long Island Woman, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xV

May 2010: Studio Theater
(A profile of Bob O’Neill, new proprietor of Long Island’s Studio Theater)
First published May 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ye

April 2010: The Spring Onslaught
(An overview of Broadway shows opening in the spring)
First published April 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yy

March 2010: From Ashes to Paradise
(Headed by Frederick DeFeis, L.I.’s Arena Players stages the drama, Paradise Key
First published March 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yC

Feb. 2010: Road to Ruin
(The top 15 ways to continue ruining Broadway)
First published Feb. 2010 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yJ

Dec. 2009: Battle of the Sexes (On and Off Broadway)
(Various plays and musicals of the late-fall Broadway/Off season, with a concentration on male/female conflicts)
First published in the Dec. 2009-Jan. 2010 issue of Long Island Pulse magazine, NY
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wi

Nov. 2009: Lorraine Bracco on Life as a Post-Doc
(An interview with “Goodfellas” actress Lorraine Bracco)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2p

Nov. 2009: Golden & Shining: November is Far from Theater’s Twilight
(A preview of NYC shows opening in November 1999, plus some current NYC picks)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, Nov. 1999.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wm

Oct. 2009: Carrie Fisher – She Moves On
(An interview with “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2D

Oct. 2009: Broadway Oktoberfeast
(A preview of the 2009 Fall Broadway season)
First published Oct. 2009 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yG

Sept. 2009: Comedies Tonight
(A look at comedies playing in Long Island theaters)
First published Sept. 2009 in Long Island Pulse, NY
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yp

Sept. 2009: Call Her Anna – Patty Duke
(An interview with “Miracle Worker” actress Patty Duke)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2x

Aug. 2009: Now, About These Women – Airmid Theater Company
(A chat with Tricia McDermott, artistic director of Long Island’s Airmid Theater Company)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, Aug. 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wg

July 2009: Hot Flashes: Menopause the Musical Comes to Port Washington
(A chat with Menopause author Jeanie Linders)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, July 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wp

June 2009: 2009 Summer Stage Preview
(An overview of Long Island summer theater offerings))
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, June 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wz

May 2009: Women of Manhattan
(Director Jere Jacobs discusses John Patrick Shanley’s play, Women of Manhattan, at Northeast Stage)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, May 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wu

May 2009: Two Rivers Run Through It: Joan & Melissa Rivers on The Truth, The Past, and the Plastic
(A chat with comedian Joan Rivers and her actress daughter, Melissa Rivers)
First published in Long Island Woman magazine, May 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wQ

April 2009: Facing Off Without a Net
(The Long Island Improv troupe Friday Night Face Off, plus a sidebar of NYC picks)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, April 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wE

March 2009: Too Jewish? No Such Thing
(A chat with Too Jewish actor and creator Avi Hoffman)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, March 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-x3

Feb. 2009: Cashing In
(Theater Three’s Jeffrey Sanzel helps preview the Johnny Cash revue Ring of Fire)
First published in Long Island Pulse magazine, NY, Feb. 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xc

Dec. 2008: Christmas Cometh
(A look at all the Christmas Carols playing on Long Island that season)
First published in the Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009 issue of Long Island Pulse magazine, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xk

Dec. 2008: Curb Your Ensusiessman: The Comedian Speaks Out on Being Fair – and Foul
(An interview with “Curb Your Enthusiasm” comic actress, Susie Essman)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2A

Nov. 2008: Hey, Ricky!
(A chat with Greg Purnhagen about his Desi Arnaz tribute show, Babalu-cy!)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY, Nov. 2008
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xg

Oct. 2008: Diahann Carroll Looks Back – and Forward
(An interview with Tony-winning actress Diahann Carroll)
First published in Long Island Woman, NY.
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2r

Oct. 2008: Chiller Theater
(A look at Hallowen-appropriate theater offerings on Long Island)
First published Oct. 2008 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xr

Sept. 2008: Multiple Choices
(A look at September’s varied theater offerings on Long Island)
First published Sept. 2008 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xv

Aug. 2008: Chew on This
(Cannibal the Musical comes to Long Island!)
First published Aug. 2008 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xy

July 2008: Beyond Therapy
(A preview of Bay Street Theater’s revival of Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy)
First published July 2008 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xE

June 2008: Summer Stage Preview (2008)
(A look at summertime offerings at Long Island’s theaters)
First published June 2008 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xG

May 2008: BroadHollow Brings Maine to Long Island
(Preview piece about L.I.’s BroadHollow Theater staging Almost, Maine)
First published May 2008 in Long Island Pulse, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xG

April 2007: Here to Stay
(Michael Sgouros’s plans to revive off-Broadway’s Players Theater)
First published April 2007 in Stage Directions magazine.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xL

March 2007: Katz Prowls at the Pels
(A preview piece about the off-Broadway comedy, Howard Katz)
First published in TheaterSceneOnline.com.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-oC

June 2006: Tony Preview: With no Big Heavyweight, Counterpunchers…
(Previews and predictions for the 2006 Tony Awards)
First published June 2006 in The Improper.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-y2

May 2006: With Theater Awards Looming, Broadway Puts Best Foot Forward
(A look at a flurry of shows opening to end the 2005-06 Broadway season)
First published May 2006 in The Improper.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-y5

April 2006: Greenberg’s Rain Pieces Together Tangled Childhood Relationship
(A preview of the Three Days of Rain revival on Broadway)
First published April 2006 in The Improper.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ya

Jan. 2002: The Fantasticks Bids Farewell, Jan. 13, After 42 Years…
(New York’s longest-running musical leaves the Sullivan Street Playhouse)
First published in Playbill.com.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-qo

Jan. 2002: Weedman’s OB Homecoming Starts at ArcLight Jan. 17
(The off-Broadway return of Lauren Weedman’s solo, Homecoming)
First published in Playbill.com, Jan. 2002.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-lf

Feb. 2001: Brief Encounter with Leslie Ayvazian
(An interview with off-Broadway playwright Leslie Ayvazian)
First published in Playbill.com.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-l7

May 1997: Uhry, Bricusse & Others Discuss Evolution of Shows on the Road
(Coverage of a panel by the American Theater Critics Association)
First published May 1997 in Playbill.com, reprinted in Critics Quarterly.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ev

Oct. 1996: Andrea Martin’s Nude Gets West Coast Premiere
(A news item about Andrea Martin’s solo show coming to California)
First published in Playbill.com, Oct. 14, 1996
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ti

Sept. 1996: David Lefkowitz Joins Playbill On-Line Staff
(A short autobiography for my first day on the job)
First published in Playbill.com, Sept. 16, 1996
https://wp.me/pzvIo-tv

Feb. 1977: All About PCC
(A profile of Woodmere, NY’s Peninsula Counseling Center)
First published in: The South Chronicle, Woodmere Junior High School South, Woodmere, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-h8

Feb. 1977: Mrs. Kolb’s Corner
(An interview with Barbara Kolb, principal of Junior High School South, Hewlett, NY)
First published in: The South Chronicle, Woodmere Junior High School South, Woodmere, NY.
https://wp.me/pzvIo-h4

INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

(This is a list of notables who were either interviewed, or served as profile subjects, in my writings. Hundreds more have appeared on my podcast, Dave’s Gone By. You can hear those archives at http://www.davesgoneby.com.)

KAREN ALLEN (actress, May 2017):
http://wp.me/pzvIo-aP

LUCIE ARNAZ (actress, Sept. 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Eg

LESLIE AYVAZIAN (playwright, Feb. 2001)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-l7

BOB BALABAN (actor-director, June 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cB

ANNE BASS (Lantern Theater executive producer, March 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bu

MEREDITH BAXTER, actress, Sept. 2011)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DX

GLEN J. BECK (director, May 2008)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xG

JOY BEHAR (comedian, May 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xV

JEFF BENNETT (artistic director, April 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-z6

VALERIE BERTINELLI (actress, March 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-b0

LORRAINE BRACCO (actress, Nov. 2009)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2p

J. STEPHEN BRANTLEY (actor, Sept. 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Az

TONI BRAXTON (singer, Jan. 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-vT

DIAHANN CARROLL (actress, Oct. 2008)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2r

LYNDA CARTER (actress, Oct. 2017)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-eR

KRISTIN CHENOWETH (actress, Jan. 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Cy

JACKIE COLLINS (writer, June 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BO

PAT COOPER (comedian, April 2011)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-E2

FREDERICK DEFEIS (artistic director, March 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ai

MICHAEL BENTON DISHER (director, March 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AW

FRAN DRESCHER (actress, Feb. 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ct

PATTY DUKE (actress, Sept. 2009)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2x

SUSIE ESSMAN (actress, Dec. 2008)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2A

LINDA EVANS (actress, May 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-D5

JULES FEIFFER (author-cartoonist, April 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-a8

CARRIE FISHER (actress, Oct. 2009)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-2D

TONY GEORGAN (Merrick Theater founder, Feb. 2016)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bX

SEAN GRENNAN (playwright, Nov. 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cc

KATHY GRIFFIN (comedian, March 2016)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zf

BRUCE GROSSMAN (Cultural Arts Playhouse producer, March 2016)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bU

CHRISTOPHER HACKERT (playwright, May 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bk

DARRELL HAMMOND (actor, May 2011)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DK

MARCIA GAY HARDEN (actress, Nov. 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-vj

PATRICIA HEATON (actress, May 2016)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yS

CHERYL HINES (actress, Sept. 2017)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-eY

AVI HOFFMAN (actor, March 2009
https://wp.me/pzvIo-x3

LINDSAY HOWE (dancer, Dec. 2017)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-w1

SARAH HUNNEWELL (artistic director, March 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Dg

JERE JACOB (director, May 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wu

ALLISON JANNEY (actress, April 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-aV

BILLIE JEAN KING (athlete, Jan. 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-b5

TARMO KIRSIMAE (director, Feb. 2016)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bX

BARBARA KOLB (principal, Feb. 1977)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-h4

CHRISTINE LAHTI (actress, July 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ve

DAMIAN LANIGAN (playwright, June 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BV

CHRIS LEMMON (actor-singer, Oct. 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cl

ANNIE LENNOX (musician, Feb. 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zT

JEANIE LINDERS (playwright, July 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wp

LORI LOUGHLIN (actress, Jan. 2016)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-x7

JANE LYNCH (actress, Sept. 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zu

ANDIE MacDOWELL (actress, Nov. 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bv

SHIRLEY MACLAINE (actress, May 2011)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-E5

KATHLEEN MADIGAN (comedian, Jan. 2019)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Dm

WENDIE MALICK (actress, Sept. 2011)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-DS

JOY MANGANO (entrepreneur, May 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-vL

TRICIA McDERMOTT (director, July 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wg

LAURIE METCALF (actress, Dec. 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-za

JILLIAN MICHAELS (entrepreneur, Dec. 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yP

FRANCINE NEMEROFF (director, Aug. 2008)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xy

BEBE NEUWIRTH (actress, March 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Dr

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (actress-singer, July 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-aK

KELLI O’HARA (actress, Dec. 2017)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bq

ROBERT (BOB) O’NEILL (artistic director)
Nov. 2012: https://wp.me/pzvIo-CD
May 2010: https://wp.me/pzvIo-ye

DOLLY PARTON (musician, Jan. 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ab

JOSHUA PERL (director, May 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bg

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS (actress, Aug. 2017)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-w4

PAULA POUNDSTONE (comedian, Nov. 2017)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-eV

GREG PURNHAGEN (actor, Nov. 2008)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xg

QUEEN LATIFAH (musician, March 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bl

ROBIN QUIVERS (radio personality, Feb. 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Bq

JOELY RICHARDSON (actress, Nov. 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-An

LISA RINNA (actress, Sept. 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-CR

JOAN RIVERS (comedian, May 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wQ

MELISSA RIVERS (TV personality)
Oct. 2015: https://wp.me/pzvIo-zq
May 2009: https://wp.me/pzvIo-wQ

RITA RUDNER (comedian)
April 2012: https://wp.me/pzvIo-Da

VINNY RUSSO (director, April 2009)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wE

JEFFREY SANZEL (Theater Three artistic director)
Sept 2016: http://wp.me/pzvIo-bG
Feb. 2009: https://wp.me/pzvIo-xc

SCOTT SCHWARTZ (artistic director, May 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-At

MICHAEL SGOUROS (Players Theater artistic director, April 2007)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-xL

SHERRI SHEPHERD (comedian, Nov. 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ci

ALENA SMITH (playwright, June 2015)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-cB

RABBI SOL SOLOMON (Rabbi, Aug. 2010)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-yk

RONNIE SPECTOR (singer, March 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-vQ

DALE GRIFFITHS STAMOS (playwright, March 2011)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ea

WANDA SYKES (comedian, Oct. 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BE

REBECCA TAICHMAN (director, Oct. 2017)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-w9

JONATHAN TOLINS (playwright, May 2016)
http://wp.me/pzvIo-bM

LILY TOMLIN (actress, March 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Ag

MORGAN VAUGHAN (director, Nov. 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zF

TRISTAN VAUGHAN (actor, Nov. 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zF

BEN VEREEN (actor, April 2014)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-AR

SELA WARD (actress, 2019)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-ys

JENNIFER WARNES (musician, Oct. 2012)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-CJ

DIONNE WARWICK (singer, Dec. 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-BJ

ALI WENTWORTH (writer, Dec. 2018)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-wJ

VANESSA WILLIAMS (actress, April 2015)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-zO

ANN WILSON (musician, March 2013)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Cn

PLAYS INDEX: One-Acts

Blind Date
1986, revised 2008 (Dark Comedy. Synopsis: A man, a woman, a bad restaurant)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-i

Death of a Manure Salesman
1996 (Synopsis: Comedy. A family mourns, so attention must be paid)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-y

Down Came the Sun
2000 (Synopsis: Drama. A March-October romance in Key West)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-B

Howard’s Near End
2010 (Synopsis: A writer in crisis)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-Em

King Solomon the Wise
1990 (Synopsis: Dark Comedy. Synopsis: Sol’s got a decision to make)

Seaweed for the Gambler
1995 (Synopsis: Solo Drama. What’s it worth to work in the U.S. Mint?)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-s

The Sky is Calling
1994 (Synopsis: Drama. Unhappy traveler hindered by airline security)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-6

The Trickle-Down Lullaby
1986 (Synopsis: Solo Dark Comedy with Music. Father worries about raising his baby)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-2a

Uphill
2017 (Synopsis: Comedy. Sisyphus meets a sports reporter)
https://wp.me/pzvIo-76

PLAYS INDEX-One-Act: https://wp.me/pzvIo-hQ

SONGS INDEX

SONGS

Below please find a list of many of my songs — funny, serious, satirical, dark — with links to their lyrics on this website. Many of these songs were performed on my radio program, Dave’s Gone By, or may be heard on my youtube channel.
For more information, including rights and permissions, please contact me at davesgoneby_at_aol.com.

All songs (c) by David Lefkowitz, unless otherwise noted.

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ALEPH BAIS (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6b
(a fat-free parody tune from a Rabbi’s perspective when he teaches Bar Mitzvah bochers their Haftorah portions)

ALMOST A SONNET (1981): http://wp.me/pzvIo-O
(a lightly serious love song with a nod to the bard)

AMAGANSETT PRINCESS (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-T
(a fairly serious song about a girl looking for all the wrong things in all the wrong ways)

ANAL DREIDEL (2007, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3y
(Thanks to a new medical procedure, Rabbi Sol Solomon discovers a new toy…and talent)

THE ANSWERS TO BLOWING IN THE WIND (1980): https://wp.me/pzvIo-eJ
(Who said the questions had to be rhetorical?)

THE ANTLERS ARE BLOWING IN THE WIND (aka “Moose You Around”) (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-2g
(An absurdly romantic waltz)

AR-15 (2018): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gh
(Yet another real-life psychopath turning a school into a mausoleum)

AROUND THE OOSTERHUIS (2017): https://wp.me/pzvIo-vI
<em(What else is there to do in an oyster house except run around it?)

BACH PRELUDE #1 IN F.U. MAJOR: https://wp.me/pzvIo-fn
(A goofy plateful of hateful)

BAD, BAD MAN (2017): https://wp.me/pzvIo-eD
(Yet another sociopath doing satistic things, parodically)

THE BAGEL BOAT SONG (1985, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-13
(A “Banana Boat Song” parody, kosher-style, which was performed in the stage play, Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon)

THE BALLAD OF PETE TOWNSHEND (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3A
(A tune penned when The Who balladeer was having legal troubles with the interwebs)

THE BALLAD OF TEENY PEENIE (1985, co=author: Scott Rodolitz): http://wp.me/pzvIo-16
(A silly song. Infantile even)

BAXTER HOLVOE’S VOLVO SONG (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8v
(A creepily comic ballad for a sociopathic seducer. Ah, love!)

BEFORE THE GOLDRUSH (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-19
(A semi-serious song about the way rock bands rise and crash.)

BEN GAZZARA (1994): http://wp.me/pzvIo-2d
(A deeply earnest lament about missing this fine actor — written many years before he’d actually died)

BETTER DO IT NOW (1984, auths: Scott Rodolitz, Jay Auerfeld, and Kevin Gerber): http://wp.me/pzvIo-9t
(Wish I’d written this catchy, sharp song about Long Island life, but I didn’t. My bandmates did.)

BRUNO (1981): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gL
(Carey may get out his cane, but Bruno breaks out objects on a whole other level)

CAPTAIN LIFLANDER’S MADRIGAL (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3C
(A satirical tune about American exceptionalism and weaponry)

CAUGHT (w.t.c.o.h.c.) (1986): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1f
(A thoroughly reprehensible comic song about a young girl’s evening proclivities)

CHANUKAH WISHES (2008): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3E
(A comic song about a Jewish boy’s true hopes for the Chanukah holiday)

CHERRY ON TOP (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1k
(A satirical tune mocking 1980s Long Island youth culture, such as it was)

COMING AND GOING (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1q
(A downright depressing song about friendship and betrayal)

COMMUTED SENTENCE (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-e2
(A serious number about the, um, joys of commuting to and from NYC

CONSTIPATED (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6T
(A parody song about a poor woman whose stones aren’t rolling)

COVER’D WITH CRAP (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3G
(A comical and aptly disgusting sea shanty)

CRACK OF A WHITE MAN’S ASS (1992): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8t
(A song as anatomical as it is comical)

CRAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN (2008): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3I
(A song parody penned in the midst of the recession)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1u
(A song parody of Joe Cuba’s “Bang Bang” featuring a very bad mother)

DAMN SCHOOL, APPROXIMATELY (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-er
(A Dylan song parody knocking and mocking the education system

A DAY IN THE LIFE (OF A PSYCHOPATH) (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fC
(I wrote about a sociopath today, oh boy)

DAYENU (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-46
(A Passover parody song that thanks God for…well, something)

DEAD AIR (1985, co-author: Scott Rodolitz): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1A
(A fairly serious tune about the ills of American radio)

DEAD BLOWFISH (2015): http://wp.me/pzvIo-49
(A parody of “Dead Puppies” dedicated, with apologies, to Miley Cyrus’s departed pet)

DEEP IN THE HEART OF DALLAS (2016): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4d
(In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, a darkly satirical song parody of “Deep in the Heart of Texas”)

A DINGO ATE MY BABY (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3t
(A darkly comical number, to be bellowed in a thick Aussie accent)

DO THE ONION (2008): http://wp.me/pzvIo-9f
(A slow, gloomy dance for people who have no interest in dancing)

DO THE PHOENIX (1994): http://wp.me/pzvIo-2j
(A darkly satirical song instructing lucky teens on how they can die just like River Phoenix)

DON’T MESS WITH US (2003, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4h
(A plucky tune, loosely based on an old Yiddish melody, about Jews’ resiliency)

DON’T THINK TWICE, JUST GO (2009): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4m
(A song parody of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” dedicated to GWB)

DOUBLE HERNIA (HERNIA BOTH SIDES) (1980): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gT
(With apologies to David Bowie and my intestines)

DRINK TILL I’M DRUNK (2010): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fg
(A jolly Irish song about Irish activities)

ELEPHANT WOMAN WANT GO HOME (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8H
(An a cappella, call-and-response tune perfect for hauling…stuff)

ENEMA BLUES (1978): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5o
(A happily Elvis-ish tune about going with the flow)

EVERY DAY ON THE 5:09 (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1N
(A fairly serious song about enduring life on the Long Island Rail Road)

FLOWERS WEREN’T MEANT TO LAST (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4p
(The plaintive complaint of a singer-songwriter)

FRONTAL LOBOTOMY BLUES (1979 co-author: Scott Rodolitz, revised 2006): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1J
(With apologies to “Mannish Boy,” a sick tune about a sick tot)

FUN IN THE KITCHEN (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5r
(A sick calypso ditty that will not be a hit with PETA)

(I’M HAVING A) GAY CHRISTMAS (2004, co-author: Peter Fitzgerald): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4u
(A pervy nod to alternative holiday celebrations)

GO CIALIS (2014): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4A
(To the tune of “White Rabbit,” this pharmaceutical tribute rocks, um, harder)

HAIR ON MY KNUCKLES (1980): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gF
(Though it’s not true that having hair on one’s knuckles signifies retardation, that doesn’t deter the muse…)

HAPPY FOOT SONG
(see listing under MY FOOT)

HE’S GOT THE SHITHOLE WORLD (IN HIS HANDS) (2018): https://wp.me/pzvIo-g3
(A timely immigration song for our President)

HELLUVA LIFE (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fs
(The joys of castration, Bee Gees style)

HERE’S TO THE HIGH SCHOOL (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5t
(A bitter alma mater for bitter alma martyrs)

HOLIDAY CONGA (co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon, 2008): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gt
(The beauty of Jewish holidays is not their sacredness or spirituality; it’s that there’s so many of `em)

I KNOW WHAT GOYS LIKE (2012): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4G
(A parody tune, co-written with Rabbi Sol Solomon for his stage show, Shalom, Dammit!)

I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU (author: Scott Rodolitz, 1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-dU
(A catchy tune about finding the right girl at the wrong time)

I WANNA DECOMPOSE (1979, co-author: Scott Rodolitz): https://wp.me/pzvIo-f3
(Nihilism at its goofiest)

I WANNA HOLD YOUR STUMP (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5H
(Look ma, a Beatles song parody with no hands!)

I’M GONNA PISS MYSELF (2017): https://wp.me/pzvIo-ev
(A Beatles parody about something yellow that isn’t a submarine)

I’M ME (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8K
(A jaunty tune celebrating the self)

I’M TOO SEXY (FOR MY PROSTATE) (2017, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-cN
(A parodic disco ditty about the Rabbi’s various ailments)

IN HIS ASS (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-ea
(A spirited spiritual about items actually inserted by people into their interstices)

IS IT GOOD FOR THE JEWS (2004, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4J
(A Yiddishy ditty that asks the age-old question)

IT WAS AN ALL RIGHT DAY (2017, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-70
(a parody of Ice Cube’s “It was a Good Day” from a Jewish perspective.)

IT’S A STIFF (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4M
(a dark song parody, to “Let it Snow,” about a true New York story)

JEOPARDY KEN (2004): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4P
(A song parody, to the Beatles’ “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” written to celebrate “Jeopardy” celeb Ken Jennings)

JERREE (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-dx
(Jerry Lewis is no longer with us, but don’t tell that to the retarded boy who loves him…)

THE JERRY LEWIS TELETHON HOP (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-dv
(Penned by Scott Rodolitz and Kevin Gerber, a mostly instrumental tribute to the nutty telethon host)

JOEY, THE SPASTIC KANGAROO (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4R
(A bouncy comic tune about an Aussie animal that bounces too freely)

KENNEDY CAR CAR (fka Song for Ted Kennedy) (1980): http://wp.me/pzvIo-de
(A folkie number about the chap acquitted)

KILLIN’ THE CANDIDATES (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5J
(A darkly comic look at the trigger happy)

KISS ME, I’M IRISH (2018): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gA
(A song for the Irishman in all of us)

THE KOSHER HOT DOG PICNIC (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-as
(A children’s folk song about–what else?–depravity)

LA-LA LAND (1988): http://wp.me/pzvIo-J
(A song parody of John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” written specifically for a “Howard Stern Show” contest)

LADY LIBERTY (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5L
(A playful number about a statuesque lady)

LAMENT #9 (1982): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5P
(If John Lennon heard this song parody, he’d primal scream)

LET HIM PEE (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-ez
(Even early on, I was a “whiz” at Beatles parodies)

LOOK WHAT THEY DONE TO MY HEAD, MA (2004): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4U
(With apologies to Melanie, a dark song parody for the age of terrorism)

M-O-T-H-E-R (2003): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4Z
(Inspired by moms and Theodore Morse & Howard Johnson’s alphabetical tribute to them)

MANY WAYS (2004): https://wp.me/pzvIo-x0
(A teachable moment about language, Mr. Rogers-style)

MAOZ TZURIS (2007): https://wp.me/pzvIo-wW
(A traditionally non-traditional Chanukah tune))

MADE IN THE USA (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5X
(With apologies to The Boss, a parody song of planned obsolescence)

MAKIN’ POOPIES (2004): http://wp.me/pzvIo-4W
(A song parody for when you’re in the dumps)

THE MARRIAGE SONG (All You Do is Bitch) (2013): http://wp.me/pzvIo-3w
(A marital song parody of Lennon-McCartney’s “All You Need is Love”)

ME (1988): http://wp.me/pzvIo-20
(A joyfully comical-egocentrical tune)

MEM’RIES OF SCRANTON (1988): http://wp.me/pzvIo-9h
(A country-tinged, comical tune about family travels)

MICHAEL, ROW (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-65
(An environmentally conscious song parody)

MONSTERS OF THE WORLD (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-67
(A political song, both serious and ambivalent. Oh joy.)

MOOSE YOU AROUND (1985):
(see listing under The Antlers are Blowing in the Wind)

THE MOST OFFENSIVE SONG EVER WRITTEN (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7G
(No, really, it’s vile. I dare you…)

MY BLUES (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fd
(A disease parody from my diseased mind)

MY DOGGY’S CHRISTMAS GIFT (2004): http://wp.me/pzvIo-51
(A comical tune about how to keep your pet happy during the holidays)

MY FOOT (aka Happy Foot Song) (1990): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7C
(A comical marching tune about our neglected tootsies)

MY LADY’S A WILD BUZZARD (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-f5
(A tender parodic ballad extolling the behavior of a harridan)

NADINE (written by Scott Rodolitz, Jay Auerfeld & Kevin Gerber; 1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-dA
(A doo-wop number about teenage love…from behind)

NAPERVILLE (1989): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1V
(A comical tribute to a somewhat underrated Chicago suburb)

THE NIPPLE SONG (1980): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6s
(A celebration of all things nipular)

NIRVANITY (2002): http://wp.me/pzvIo-54
(A parody with all apologies to the late Kurt Cobain)

NOT A FRIEND (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6y
(A serious tune about the limits of platonics)

NOT THE CLAM BAR (1983): http://wp.me/pzvIo-da
(A Clash parody that chooses pastrami over prawns)

NOTHING IN THIS WORLD (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6C
(A seriously depressing song about about muddling through the mundane)

O THURM (a.k.a. THURMAN MUNSON) (1980): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gW
(A Dylanesque tribute, of sorts, to a ballplayer’s demise)

OFF COLOUR (2018): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gm
(A parody song for, and about, young and old)

OH CUM ALL YOU FAITHFUL
(see listing under THE TWELVE PERVERSIONS OF CHRISTMAS)

OH DAT BEN (2015): http://wp.me/pzvIo-56
(A wry tribute to the early years of presidential candidate Ben Carson)

OH, MY LOVE (1984): http://wp.me/pzvIo-61
(A serious love song from a long time back)

ORGY BOY (1987): http://wp.me/pzvIo-22
(A joyfully depraved comic tune about naughty activities)

OY OY (2015, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-58
(A not-so-traditional Jewish hand-clapping song)

PHOENIX ENVY (2004): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fU
(A song for when Glen Campbell was more naughty than tragic)

PISHES SWEETER THAN WINE (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5a
(A parody song about the fountain of aging)

THE PITY ME I’M POLISH POLKA (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5d
(Well, at least it’s not an oberek)

PSYCHO BLUES (2006): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1C
(A darkly comic tune about the activities of a psychopath. Not autobiographical)

PUBIC HAIR (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8M
(An ode to our nether feathers)

RABBI PEARL’S LAMENT (aka “The Schvartze Rubbed My Shmekel”) (1987, co-author Jeff Rothstein): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6G
(A comical cautionary tale for a man of soiled cloth)

RABBI SOL SOLOMON’S RABBINICAL REFLECTIONS THEME (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5h
(How the good Rabbi opens his sermons)

RAIN ON THE BORDERLINE (1986): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6K
(A bit of unhappiness, in serious song form)

THE RECTUM OF EDMUND FITZGERALD (2004): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5l
(With apologies to Gordon Lightfoot and a lot of dead sailors, a dark parody tune inspired by a true Long Island travesty)

RING MY BELL (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-94
(A joyful number in Wild Man Fischer style)

SANDY DUNCAN’S EYE (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5x
(a rhythmic and visionary tribute)

SANTA QUITS (2012): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6h
(a mashup piece, in Buchanan & Goodman style, using short samples from other artists).

SANTASIA (2004): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6m
(a not-safe-for-the-north-pole holiday poem about Santa’s depravity)

SEAMUS THE URINE MAN (1998): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6p
(An Irish tune, based on the true story of a Dublin shop owner with a unique bouquet)

SERVE SOMEBODY (1980): https://wp.me/pzvIo-gZ
(A parody tune ruing Bob Dylan’s stillborn again period)

SEW BUTTONS (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8Y
(A bit of pure absurdist whimsy, with sprinkle of Wild Man Fischer)

SEX WITH A CHICKEN (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-9R
(A comical song for the bestial years of our lives)

SHAKING LIKE A MONKEY (1992): http://wp.me/pzvIo-1Q
(an absurdly happy comic tune about, well, doing the title)

SHEEP ARE MOIST (1982): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7J
(A comical, country-folk number that became the anthem of the band I was in at the time, The Moist Sheep)

THE SHIT SONG (2012, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6X
(A comic ditty about world religions penned for the stage play, Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon)

SNIPER’S LULLABY (2002): http://wp.me/pzvIo-aE
(Written for my radio show, a song–to the tune of “Hobo’s Lullaby”–to celebrate the capture of the Beltway snipers)

STUCK INSIDE OF HEWLETT WITH THE BROOKLYN BLUES AGAIN (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fp
(A parody, of course, about rampant corruption, of course)

SUGAR, SPICE, AND A VERY SHARP AXE (co-author, Scott Rodolitz; 1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-dh
(Lizzie Borden has nothing on this girl)

SWIMAWAY (2005): http://wp.me/pzvIo-ax
(A parody song inspired by the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, yet another iteration of “Mbube/Wimoweh/The Lion Sleeps Tonight)”

TAKE YOUR UNDEROOS DOWN (The Rolf Harris Song) (2014): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7w
(A Rolf Harris parody…and pillory)

TEN MORAY EELS (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8B
(A strange poetic chant for those who find the little Indians too un-P.C.)

THAT SONG ABOUT THE LADY OF THE BOWERY: https://wp.me/pzvIo-gP
(Ah, when love is blind, deaf, and impervious to odor)

THE SCHVARTZE RUBBED MY SHMEKEL
(see listing under RABBI PEARL’S LAMENT)

THEN YOU’RE JEWISH (2012, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-73
(A comic ditty about modern Jewish life. The song is performed in the first act of the stage play, Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon)

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5j
(The second — yes, second — song I wrote about enemas…and hopefully not the last)

THE TRICKLE-DOWN LULLABY (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-2a
(A darkly satirical number about a desperate man. The piece was written with stage directions and can be performed as a brief one-act solo)

THE TWELVE PERVERSIONS OF CHRISTMAS (aka “Oh Cum All Ye Faithful”) (1979, co-author: Scott Rodolitz): http://wp.me/pzvIo-6O
(The melody is traditional the exploits are not)

THURMAN MUNSON
(see listing under “O THURM”)

TUMOR IN MY HEAD (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8a
(A jaunty, non-autobiographical tune)

VEGETABLES ARE BAD FOR YOU (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7L
(A comical country song about mercy killin’. Yee haw)

WAKKA WAKKA BOOM BOOM PIG (2001): http://wp.me/pzvIo-9o
(Penned in Italy and dedicated to the man selling splat pigs there)

WALK ON THE WEIRD SIDE (1980): http://wp.me/pzvIo-do
(And you thought Lou Reed was kinky?)

WHAT AM I? (1991): http://wp.me/pzvIo-8j
(A joyful song of the self)

WHEN I’M NINETY-THREE (1979): http://wp.me/pzvIo-dq
(A parodic ode to decrepitude)

THE WHITE JEW BLUES (1985): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7S
(Kind of an “oy is me” song for members of the tribe)

THE WORST SONG EVER WRITTEN (2017): http://wp.me/pzvIo-7y
(A love song utilizing every possible cliche and groaner rhyme. Someone should sing it through a megaphone)

YESHIVA BOY (2011, co-author: Rabbi Sol Solomon): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5U
(A bouncy Bob Seger parody that served as the opening number of Shalom Dammit!)

YAYS AND BOOZE (1979): https://wp.me/pzvIo-fi
(A parody ballad with a rather startling blood-alcohol content)

YOU DON’T GET ME HIGH (1980): https://wp.me/pzvIo-eO
(A song parody about love gone up in smoke)

YOUR MEAT’S TOO BIG (2008): http://wp.me/pzvIo-5A
(In Fats Waller parodies, size matters)

HUMOROUS POEMS

Sept. 2018: Colorado Limericks of the Damned
https://wp.me/pzvIo-hd

Jan. 2016: Lech Mipo
https://wp.me/pzvIo-8h

Jan. 2013: Rabbi Lacey
https://wp.me/pzvIo-8o

Jan. 1991: JoAnne Worley, Bea Arthur, and Me
https://wp.me/pzvIo-24

POETRY INDEX: https://wp.me/pzvIo-ts

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GOD SHOWS UP

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reviewed off-off-Broadway Feb. 2019 by David Lefkowitz. This review was first published in New York Theater News/theaternewsonline.com, Feb. 2019: http://www.theaternewsonline.com/NYTheaterReviews/SPECIALGUEST.cfm

God is literally in the details in a new comedy having its world premiere at midtown’s Playroom Theater. When the deity himself is booked as a guest on a mega-vangelist’s TV broadcast, the talk soon turns, understandably, to His feelings about the planet. It is one of the charming conceits in God Shows Up that while the minister (convincingly Osteen-ish Christopher Sutton) expects humanity to be chastised for its wickedness, the lord is instead impressed by man’s ingenuity, with big cities and the invention of music garnering particular praise.

Of course, God’s visit to earth has an ulterior motive: to unmask the Lexus-driving preacher as a hypocrite—a satirical point that isn’t exactly fresh in 2019. Still, it’s not as if the defrocking of Oral Roberts and Jim Bakker types has dented the coffers of all the blithering yahoos on Sunday morning television. So maybe playwright Peter Filichia, revered in theater-journalism circles for turning his encyclopedic knowledge of musicals into playful essays—isn’t merely hammering an old nail.

That said, God Shows Up is more about epigrams (which land about a third of the time) and sub-Shavian religious debates than plot, so 75 minutes feels like 20 too many—especially after a gender switch and Armageddon-like twist extend the already obvious. Happily, Lou Liberatore (`memba him from the original Burn This?) makes an exceedingly ingratiating God—someone we’d want on our side not only as footprints on a beach but toasting us from a nearby bar stool. If he can’t rescue God Shows Up from its more laborious triflings, his buoyancy is a blessing nonetheless.

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Staged by Christopher Scott, God Shows Up ran Jan. 31-Feb. 21 at off-off-Broadway’s Playroom Theater.

SELA VIE: Sela Ward Stays in Sync

by David Lefkowitz

(This article is scheduled to be published in 2019 in Long Island Woman magazine)

 

She’s played a U.S. President, First Lady, detective, medical lawyer, artist, news anchor, and zoologist. That’s almost as cool as her real-life jobs as actress, model, painter, author, philanthropist, wife, and mom. No one can say Sela Ward didn’t make the most of her looks and talent in journeying from college homecoming queen to TV series regular, and given her wealth, status, and still-stunning features, the 62-year-old enjoys a life more enviable than most. But even the luckiest get bumps and bruises, and from childhood through her husband’s recent failed senatorial campaign, Ward has learned the value of rebounding and always “marching forward.”

Of course, time remains an enemy for every person in show business—especially models-turned-television stars—so Ward is quite conscious of her exceptionally long shelf life as a leading lady, as well as how precarious that can be. “When you get close to 40, that’s when you start worrying,” she recalls. “At that point, I hadn’t even done botox or anything, and I look back on it now and go, `You were so young! You looked so great!’ But the pressure is heartbreaking. Everybody’s trying to live up to an ideal that doesn’t even exist.

“I hosted a documentary for Lifetime called The Changing Face of Beauty,” she continues. “They wanted to make it more about plastic surgery, while I wanted to ask the question, `why in this culture do we not honor age and wisdom like other cultures do? Why are we so youth obsessed?’ I mean, in the film, we went to a fashion magazine, and they were retouching photographs of 17-year-olds! I was stunned. Or young models reach 20 and start worrying if their career is over. That’s just tragic to me.”

And yet, Ward admits she does what she must to remain camera-ready. “You can’t look like this at 62 and not have had a little help along the way,” she chuckles. “I’m not gonna say what I’ve done, but any little thing—that’s not drastic—to help the cause. But  importantly, it’s to enhance how you feel about yourself. It isn’t about not looking older or wanting to be another age. It’s about looking in the mirror and thinking, `I don’t wanna look so tired. I don’t feel tired!’ What frustrates most women is that you want reflected back to you how you feel on the inside.”

The futility of racing the life clock was brought home to Ward at—of all places—a traffic light. “I’ll never forget,” she says. “I pulled up alongside a car. And the woman in the car alone happened to be a dear friend of mine. But she didn’t know I was there. Just before I was going to roll down the window to say `hi,’ I watched her adjust the rear-view mirror to look at herself. With disgust, she whipped the mirror back, rolled her eyes, and let out a sigh. As women we’re always internally fighting this natural process.”

It’s no coincidence, then, that our phone conversation takes place amidst the pulsing music and steel-on-steel noise of the Equinox gym. Yet Ward’s exercise regimen—cardio every day and a workout three times a week “minimum”—and feelings about her physique changed radically two years ago when she was injured on the set of the Nick Nolte cable series, Graves. “In the last

episode, I got knocked down accidentally by these two humongous guys playing Secret Service agents who slammed into me. I went flying off the stage and landed on my left hip. I hit so hard, it gave me a little hairline fracture. It healed, but I have to take it slowly now, which is such a drag, to build myself back up. I was in great shape until that!

“And not being able to exercise for awhile after that injury took its toll,” she sighs. “I had to say, `Okay, I’m starting to really see the age. It’s time to embrace it.’ So my whole focus has shifted more to how I’m living my life as opposed to being ever vigilant of Father Time.”

Granted, the life Sela Ward currently lives involves being married to entrepreneur Howard Sherman; raising their two grown kids, actress Annabella Raye and musician son Austin Ward; founding Hope Village for abused and neglected children, and playing Special Agent-in-Charge Dana Mosier on the new CBS series, FBI. To an outsider glancing at her IMDB page, Ward’s path from being a Wilhelmina model and the face of Maybelline, to compiling a filmography that includes movies by Blake Edwards, Garry Marshall, and WKRP creator Hugh Wilson; to becoming a veteran TV presence on Sisters, Once and Again, House, and CSI: NY would appear as smooth as her visage. Not so.

“It took me a long time to study and study harder and catch up with everyone,” Ward recalls, “because I didn’t start acting at 18. I started at 27. I would have agents literally say to me, when I went to audition, `Well, you stunk up that room.’ This business is cruel; people are tough and heartless. But things just fly off me like hitting Teflon.”

An example Ward brings up concerns her third feature film, Nothing in Common, which starred no less than Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason. They were fine; it was Ward’s teacher who rocked her. “I was paying this well-known acting coach to work with me. So I show up for our session, and she looks at me and says, `I’m just not sure how you got this job. My daughter would have been so much better for the role.’ Now, I could have gone home with my tail between my legs. But I just laughed and worked with her, and kept working, and proved her wrong. Maybe not in that movie, but down the road. I was fierce in my conviction that I could do this. So I just got back up and kept going.”

That perseverance has come in handy for the Sherman-Ward clan following Howard’s unsuccessful bid for a Senate seat in Sela’s native Mississippi during last year’s midterms. He beat fellow Democrat David Baria in the primary, but the margin was close enough to require a run-off. Baria won that handily but then got trounced by incumbent Republican Roger Wicker in the general election. “That was really disappointing,” admits Ward. We were very naïve going into this, and I’m not sure why. I tend to think the best of people, so when you get into situations with the contrivances of lies and so many things twisted, you just stand with your mouth open thinking, `It’s not supposed to be like this!’”

Chuckling, Ward adds, “It was an eye-opener that some people will do anything at any cost to get elected. The lack of humanity in politics was really startling. I really care about the plight of Mississippi, but it’s its own worst enemy. So it’ll be awhile before there’s tremendous progress there—because people like it this way. But at the same time, being on the campaign trail was a fascinating experience. I learned so much about the state, the people, the mindset. We had a very rich experience, and Howard and I would take nothing for that.”

Certainly, Ward has to be tactful in talking about her upbringing. Criticism about her 2003 memoir, Homesick, generally picked at the nostalgic picture it paints of her Southern heritage—replete with “sweet tea and porch swings, corn bread and courtesy” versus, well, lynchings and apartheid. “There is no defense of Mississippi,” Ward acknowledges. “There was a really ugly side, and underbelly, that still exists there. And there’s nothing about it that I respect, admire, or would hold a flag up for. People like me who grew up there have a lot of shame connected to the reality of the racism in that state and the horrific abuse. Even in the Senate campaign, I saw a lot, and the rose-colored glasses came off. I saw many people in positions of power—black and white, but most shockingly, black—who are participating in keeping their own people down.

“But despite that, nothing is completely black and white—pardon the pun,” she adds. “There’s always a grey area of people you can’t put into one of two boxes. People who are sophisticated, well-traveled, living on a higher level of consciousness. And I wanted to be part of the voice for positive, progressive changes. It will happen, but in a slow, grass-roots way.”

Ward’s ability to power through the dark side to pursue the silver lining comes from childhood experience. Her father was an alcoholic who didn’t get sober until he turned 79. “It wasn’t like we repaired anything at that point,” she notes. “But it became a really great last chapter of his life. And all along, I was never estranged from my father; I admired him greatly—when he wasn’t drinking. He just became a different person, and I grew up with that. But it’s amazing the resiliency human beings have.”

That strength applies, even more so, to the children of drinkers and the way they approach the world later on. “Alcoholism is a very specific disease,” cautions Ward. “They have it down to a science how it affects the blueprint of a family. You learn to read people very quickly, their body language. You are much more sensitive to your surroundings and the energy in a room. And this actually helped me, because you develop survival skills as an actor that I never would’ve had without that experience. So I’m actually grateful for it in many ways. I am a much more knowing and aware and sensitive person to others.”

Those survival instincts helped brace the actress for her early years of modeling in New York, particularly during the wild “Studio 54 years.” Amazingly, considering that scene, she never endured a #MeToo incident—well, at least not on a Weinstein/Moonves/Cosby level. “Nothing as egregious as what would happen when people would go up to Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room,” she recalls. “The only things I encountered are what I would chalk up to men being typical men. Like after waiting for some guys to finish a set of tennis and hearing, `You wanna take a shower with me?’ `No, thank you, I’m fine.’”

“The weirdest thing that happened to me,” continues Ward, “was when the agency had set up a photo shoot. So I went to this photographer whose office was down the hall from his studio. At the end of shooting, I changed and went back to the office to retrieve my bag and say goodbye. Now, you gotta remember when this was. The photographer had been doing line after line of coke—which in those days was commonplace. So I walk in, and he’s lying on the floor naked except for a chastity belt. And he says, `I have this chastity belt, and no one has the key but me, in a safety deposit box.’ He was so high. And I just stepped over him, grabbed my bag, and said, `Well, that’s nice. Thank you so much, this was great.’ And I walked out.”

Laughing at the memory, Ward then explains that once she got into TV and movies, she was working almost immediately with “A-team level people,” so the chances of bad behavior were much less likely. “Usually a lot of the bad stuff happens in independent projects or things that are very low budget,” she says. “There’s a lot of room in those scenarios for mishaps and stranger things. But I learned enough to stay clear of people who were devious. And I would never, ever compromise my own integrity or personal values to put myself in those positions.”

Ward also appreciates being in the fortunate position to choose projects that suit her. She holds fondest memories of her six years on Sisters and three on Once and Again because they were family dramas that concentrated on relationships. “Once the writers start writing for the sensibilities you bring to the role,” Ward notes, “you really become in sync.” She contrasts those experiences with her time on House, as the ex-girlfriend of the crusty titular surgeon. “I signed up for a nine-episode arc,” she explains, “with the potential of doing more. But I realized after those nine that it wasn’t something I enjoyed. A procedural in the medical field was not my cup of tea, so I was out of sync.” That said, Ward places the blame not on people, but on the show’s literal environment. Because her mother spent several years dying of ovarian cancer and undergoing “three major operations, on and on and on, I had some PTSD from that. Being in a hospital setting on that show was just not good for my psyche at all.”

And yet, oddly enough, had Ward not succeeded in show business, she says medicine would have been her go-to career: “I really should have been a doctor. When I was in the fifth grade, a friend of mine’s brother had a major chemistry lab. So I went to the library on my own and memorized all the abbreviations for the elements. I really was obsessed. But I grew up in a time, the early 60s, where that just wasn’t honored in girls and wasn’t really encouraged.  So my mother took my chemistry set away from me; she thought I would poison myself or blow something up.”

If Ward regrets ditching doctoring, another of her passions that got sidetracked but never discarded was her major at the University of Alabama: art. More than four decades after taking her first formal art lesson, Ward went back to the brushes with a vengeance and has since seen her work displayed and sold at galleries in New York and L.A. “If you’ve ever read the books, Passages and New Passages” explains the actress-artist, “Gail Sheehy said that because all of us are living longer now, we have a entire second adulthood. So what do you do with that? The most important thing is to look back at what, when you were 12 years old, occupied you for hours on end—to the point where you didn’t notice the passing of time. For me, it was always design or art. So that’s my serious next chapter.”

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SIMPLY SELA

What songs have you been listening to lately?

The past several days it’s been Yo-Yo Ma doing the Bach Concertos. I can’t stop playing it. Also Cesária Évora. And my son, Austin Ward, who’s a 24-year-old wannabe musician and working his tail off. He’s doing it.

What are you reading?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (by Yuval Noah Harari) and Jessica Shattuck’s The Women in the Castle. I read more than one book at the same time because I get bored with one and pick up another.

Favorite Food?

Pasta. Something Italian. And tiramisu for dessert.

Favorite Vacation Spot?

I’m always drawn to the Caribbean. I love that turquoise water and the whole island vibe.

Favorite movie?

I love Cinema Paradiso. The Wedding Crashers is so funny. And for years, my sister and I would watch The Party with Peter Sellers and just howl. I doubt it would hold up today, though. My daughter and I watched the little promo for it, looked at each other and went, “never mind.” So maybe it was more about time and place.

Is there a role of yours that you wish more people would seek out?

Graves. We did two seasons, but no one saw it because Epix didn’t have proper distribution. I love doing comedies and also watching them. Real life is tough enough; when I go home, I just wanna laugh.

Best advice you ever got?

It’s the old expression: pick yourself up by the bootstraps.

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David Lefkowitz hosts the long-running radio podcast, Dave’s Gone By (davesgoneby.com). He also publishes TotalTheater.com, co-publishes Performing Arts Insider (TotalTheater.com), and adjunct teaches at the University of Northern Colorado. 

 

ONE IN SEVEN: Kathleen Madigan is Still Standing

by David Lefkowitz

(This article was first published Jan. 2019 in Long Island Woman magazine.)

 

These are tricky times for comedians. Gone are the heady years when a good set at “Catch a Rising Star” and a thumbs-up from Leno or Letterman automatically led to a network sitcom. Our fragmented era of podcasts and web series may offer more outlets, but not necessarily more careers. At the same time, established comedians find themselves attacked for their behavior (Cosby), their material (Kathy Griffin, Roseanne), or both (Louis C.K.). Meanwhile, Americans have become so virulently polarized, taking on any serious socio-political topic risks losing half the room.

Through it all, however, veteran comic Kathleen Madigan endures and thrives. A former journalist, she’s not averse to picking at controversial topics (e.g., her celebrated bit on the still-missing Malaysian Flight 370), yet fans of all political stripes accept the Missouri-born Irish Catholic as a one-of-us, blue-collar type in the vein of Ron White and Bill Engvall. She’s entertained the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but you won’t find her on a Fox News panel anytime soon. Where you will find her, week after week, is in concert halls across America doing her “Boxed Wine and Bigfoot” tour, which reaches Huntington’s Paramount Theater April 12.

Madigan’s appeal, then, lies in her down-to-earth style, her work ethic, and, of course, the jokes: “I always give homeless people money, and my friends yell at me, ‘He’s only going to buy more alcohol and cigarettes.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh, like I wasn’t?’.”

Even offstage, Madigan speaks frankly about her background, material, and career choices—especially her continued pursuit of stand-up while so many in her field jump to television and movies at the first opportunity. “I never wanted a sitcom, she notes. “I don’t want one, and still would say `no’ to one. For a while at ABC, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner ran the ship, and they were big fans of women. They helped Roseanne and Brett Butler. And Ellen’s show ran on ABC. But then Carsey-Werner kind of went away. The people now in their 60s—Ray Romano, Brett—that was the last group where stand-ups just got a sitcom (except maybe Kevin James, who’s my age). But ABC was the only option.

“NBC was white-guy central. Period,” Madigan continues. “They gave Bill Cosby a show, and that was it, as far as black comedians go. It was so obvious back then. NBC would pull from its stable at Saturday Night Live, but they never gave a female stand-up a sitcom ever, in the history of existing.” [Editor’s note: Well, one: Whitney Cummings, who had a failed solo that led to her producing the six-season hit, 2 Broke Girls.] “Even now,” noted Madigan, “when I don’t pay a lot of attention because there are so many other things on TV, I imagine it’s pretty much the same.”

Asked if there was anything she would change about her most visible network television credit—two seasons on Last Comic Standing a decade agoMadigan confesses to being a bit out of sync with the reality-TV audience. “The parts I didn’t like…the general public seemed to like,” she says. “And that’s because I didn’t like all the drama. I don’t watch The Voice or any of these music contests because this whole idea of Competition/Elimination/Challenge—I just think it’s done, it’s over. That whole thing of, “Oh, you can save your side!” or “So and so’s returning!” I can’t imagine that people would still be hanging off the edge of their couches waiting for that.”

Perhaps Madigan’s desire to ease away from competition stems from her childhood years as one of seven siblings. As she has often joked in her act, you can never be the center of attention when you have four brothers and two sisters; you just follow along and fall into line. In fact, even when it comes to comedy, she readily admits she has one brother and one sister who are just as funny as she is. “I just beat `em to the punch,” she laughs. “And when everybody around you is kinda funny, you don’t think of it as `funny’; you just think that’s how people are—until you meet unfunny people. And then you’re like, `Oh wow, there are very serious people out there. We are not those people.”

Sensing a riff, Madigan adds, “Even greeting cards. I look at them and think, `Do people really send these sappy things to each other?’ We would never… We just would never do that. Unless you’re dying, nobody’s gonna say serious, nice things to you. It’s not gonna happen!”

Still, when Madigan names those who influenced her style, she points neither to her family nor, surprisingly, to female comedians. Instead, she offers such strong male personalities as Ron White, Lewis Black, and the late Richard Jeni. That said, it’s not as if she ever sought out icons to emulate because she “never even wanted to be a comedian,” she reveals. Having `influences’ implies that you watched something and later went and did it—and that you drew from them by watching them. That never happened. No influences would be the real truth. But when I say that, for some reason, people don’t believe it.”

As to the reason she—unlike other comediennes who might cite Joan Rivers or Rita Rudner—offers male counterparts as her examples, Madigan explains, “When I started being a comedian and doing open-mic nights, the only people that I saw were the ones in the clubs. And at the time, with the exception of Brett Butler, who was a very good stand-up, I can’t even think of a female headliner. I was familiar with Roseanne, but I didn’t really pay attention to TV for being a comedian. So if you ask me, `Okay, in the `90s, in the clubs, what people were actually, physically, in front of my face doing stand up?’ It was 99 percent men.”

Among those men were the aforementioned Lewis Black, whom she briefly dated and with whom she remains a close friend. “I think we just have a lot of the same interests,” Madigan notes. “We both like to golf and drink wine. We like the news and politics and sports and all the same stuff.”

Black is one of the few comedians for whom Madigan has written material: “he had this big thing in Montreal, and we had to put together something quickly and write jokes towards a theme. Since Lewis is one of my best friends, I can write in his voice.” Another was the late, great Garry Shandling, when he was hosting the 2004 Emmy Awards. Recalls Madigan, “I was a fan of Garry’s. He was crazy, but that’s okay. Not harmful crazy. I mean, comedians tend to throw around words that aren’t politically correct, so `crazy’ might get me in trouble. But he was so smart and so funny and so nice.

“He was just scattered,” she remembers. “Even his papers. He’d put his thoughts on legal pads, but it looked like the Unabomber wrote `em. You’d go, `What is this, Garry?’ `Well, I have these ideas,’ and then he’d point to a weird corner of the page, and there’d be drawings next to some words. I mean, I get that. I don’t write out a whole joke; I write out key words to remember the idea. But for the Emmys, we were supposed to meet at the club, sit in the Green Room and go over stuff, and then he’d go out and do it. But when we’d get there, he wouldn’t do anything that we worked on. He’d tell me, `I know, I know. We’ll do it tomorrow.’ And I’d think, `You’re the child in the Catholic grade school that doesn’t apply yourself, Garry. You’re clearly capable of it!’ But eventually, he’d still go out there and just kill it.”

Though an admitted news junkie and former editor of The Alestle, the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she received a B.A. in journalism, Madigan waves off the idea that this background affects her comedy writing. “I’m not being facetious,” she vows. “They really are two totally different things. My jokes are more conversational—just the way I talk. I heard Ron White trying to explain to someone his style, and he said, `I’m not funny all the time, but I am naturally funny.’ That’s a good way to put it because Ron is just a funny person. It’s the way he talks and what he says, but he’s not thinking about that. That’s just who he is. So for me, the effort is getting to the shows and the travel; thinking of jokes and then doing them is the easy part.”

Indeed, considering Madigan’s personal interest in current events and the country’s increasingly absurdist news cycles, it remains surprisingly easy for her to eschew topical themes from her material because, she says, “I think 90 percent of the people who come to see me are excited about Irish-Catholic-drinking-family jokes. I know it because I read all my social media, and I meet a ton of people after a show, and that’s the stuff they like the best. I could write sports jokes or political jokes till the day is done, but that’s what they come for, so that’s what I mainly focus on.”

Asked if that stance might make fans believe she leans politically to the right, Madigan responds, “There’s a show on Fox called The Five. And they’re always trying to find comedians to go on there. I’ve said `no,’ like, 50,000 times. I’m like, `Are you high? I’m not gonna support that.’ Lewis won’t go on it, either. They have a tough time finding comics who even would agree to jump into that because we’d be making their show better. They could easily get serious left-wing people who could argue a point in an intelligent way. But they want entertainment. I guess for a comedian who has nothing else to do and wants to help Fox, have at it. But my fans probably see me in the same way they think of Ron [White]. People can be amazed that he’s…I don’t know if you’d call it `liberal.’ Maybe practical or just more in the middle. But for me, I don’t even know enough…I mean, to really understand healthcare and what is the answer? I have no idea.

“Granted,” she adds, “Do I think pot should be legal?—and I don’t even smoke pot—yes, I do. Because I’ve been around enough comics who smoke pot that I don’t see any issue. It’s way better than drinking for a million reasons—and I’m a drinker. But those kinds of ideas are more social than political. Especially with comedians because we’re the most mixed-up, messed-up group. Well, not messed-up, but certainly diverse. You couldn’t find a more diverse group in terms of occupation.”

As is the case for many entertainers who spend their nights onstage and lives on the road, Madigan hasn’t settled down and doesn’t see doing so in the near future. In terms of dating, she says she’s “out there” but won’t specify further—especially since, even in terms of her career, she doesn’t plan “more than six months in advance.”

She does say that, considering her chosen profession, she’s been lucky in never having to endure a Harvey Weinstein-style encounter. Lucky and savvy. “Look, in this business, we all know—even the dudes know—who’s a pervert, who are the nice guys, who are the aggressive people,” she explains. “It’s like any other office: `Stay away from Bob in accounting; he’s a total perv.’ Nothing that has come out in the news has surprised any of us. I mean, people go, `Oh my God, can you believe Charlie Rose? Isn’t that shocking?’ No. It would be shocking if you told me he was a furry. Then I’d be like, `wow! What animal does he pick? I wanna see his outfit!’”

More seriously, Madigan adds, “Granted, I’m talking about me and my own circle of friends. I don’t know about 20 or 30-year-olds in the business. But friends my age have had this information for awhile. It’s just that nobody believes us till the guy gets caught.”

Asked if the ugly behavior of Bill Cosby and Louis C.K. should affect our appreciation of their skills and older work, Madigan answers, “You’d have to decide whether you like those comics to begin with. Whatever Bill Cosby has done—his comedy was always too slow for me. I don’t have the patience. I’m not a long-story person; I want bam bam bam bam bam! But I guess if you were a Cosby fan…could you go backwards in time? He’s probably still funny to those people.

“I used to do a joke in my act about Stevie Nicks—I’m a lifelong fan. Let’s say I have tickets to go see Stevie Nicks four months from now. And then someone came on CNN and said, `Stevie Nicks ate a baby.’ I would be, like, `Well, yeah. But I bought those tickets before she ate the baby. I mean, I gotta hear “Landslide.” So do we have proof she ate the baby? I don’t believe it till there’s proof.’”

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MORE MADIGAN

Do you recall your first stand-up routine?

I know I did some jokes about the Olympics because it was an Olympic year. But otherwise, I don’t remember.

Didn’t you used to smoke?

I quit a long time ago. I just stopped.

How do prepare just before a show?

I usually just sit there drinking a cup of coffee.

Favorite comedy club?

Zanies in Nashville. [Mark Ridley’s] Comedy Castle in Detroit.

Favorite Food?

Mashed potatoes.

Favorite Vacation spot?

Southwest Ireland.

What’s on your iPod?

Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Anita Baker, Arcade Fire, Jann Arden. Those are what I listen to the most in my house.

Most recent books you’ve read?

Nick Tosches’s Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story, and David Corn’s Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump.

Favorite Funny movies?

I still love Arthur. If it’s on, I still watch it. Or anything by Christopher Guest—especially Best in Show—but anything with Fred Willard in it.

Favorite TV shows?

As a kid, I liked M*A*S*H. Now, I don’t even watch regular TV; I watch Netflix. So there’s Queen of the South and Ozark and a British thing called Broadchurch. Being on the road and always working at night, I don’t even know what’s out there.

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David Lefkowitz is an adjunct professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. He also co-publishes Performing Arts Insider (TotalTheater.com) and hosts Dave’s Gone By (davesgoneby.com) live on Saturday mornings (facebook.com/radiodavelefkowitz).