Richard Mazda is LIC’s man about town


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Childhood dreams usually have more to do with odd imagery and delusions of grandeur than career-oriented success. But on rare occasions, the whimsical visions of youth become the fruitful reality of adulthood. Richard Mazda grew up in England wanting to make it in America. When he was five years old, his grandmother asked him what […]

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LIC’s Secret Theatre to stay open after surpassing fundraising goal


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Photo by Orestes Gonzalez

The show will go on at one Long Island City theatre thanks to a successful online fundraising campaign.

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LIC’s Secret Theatre turns to fundraising campaign to survive


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Photo by Orestes Gonzalez

Richard Mazda, founder of the Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd St., has started an Indiegogo fundraising campaign after having to deal with financial difficulties starting in late 2012.

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2014 LIC Arts Open kicks off Wednesday


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The art scene in Long Island City is heating up and opening its doors during the fourth annual LIC Arts Open – a 5-day extravaganza where over 250 artists will occupy galleries, performance studios and open their studios to visitors.

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‘Punk’ Shakespeare at Secret Theatre


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 Single Line! ID’s ready! You’re time traveling to 1980s England. The smoke filled basement at the fictional club, Roxy sets the stage for a battle of the bands.  It’s Shakespeare’s “Richard III” with an incredibly new “punk” interpretation by the Secret Theatre’s Queens Players. Director Alberto Bonilla invites young and old to this bold presentation; […]

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LIC community voices outrage against upcoming No. 7 train suspensions


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Long Island City residents and business owners are telling the MTA enough is enough. The No. 7 train will soon be going through another round of suspensions causing it to not run in parts of western Queens and Manhattan for more than a dozen weekends this year, starting in the end of February, according to a notice from the MTA.

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Oliver! At Secret Theatre in LIC


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A dozen ragamuffins in torn striped shirts and grimy faces hunch over their morning’s gruel. One bold boy asks for more. It’s Oliver! And this is Secret Theatre’s “steam punk” version of the beloved musical. Another sell out audience is bustling with adults and children. It’s Friday night and some tired little ones lean on […]

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Pirate Pete’s Parrot at Little Secret Theatre


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It’s Ana’s birthday. A dozen or so of her closest friends have an important job. They have to find Pirate Pete’s runaway parrot! She’s sick of birdseed and just flew the coop! Meanwhile, there’s a pirate ship full of colorful characters that interact with all the children. They hunt for buried treasure, make new friends […]

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

James Darren

Saturday, October 19 On Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m., former teen idol and television sensation James Darren teams up with funnyman Sal Richards for an evening of music and laughter at Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC). “QPAC is the only place you can see James Darren share the stage with Sal Richards.  Every time […]

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Klein, Shakespeare are Queens Clowns


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A Midsummer Night's Dream at Secret Theatre

Comedian Robert Klein and Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are among the latest contributions to Queens’ comedy. Obie Winner, Tony/Grammy nominee Klein An enjoyable evening of music, song and comedy greeted an appreciative crowd recently at Queens Theatre at Flushing Meadows/Corona Park. Comedian Robert Klein whose portfolio includes an Obie along with Tony and Grammy […]

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Miller’s ‘Bridge’ at Secret Theatre


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Miller's Bridge at Secret Theatre

Symmetry. Symmetry. Symmetry. The chaos of emotions beneath the Brooklyn Bridge competes with the undeniable logic of life. The result is an eerie symmetry at the Secret Theatre. The riveting interpretation of playwright Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is running in Long Island City for one final weekend. Symmetry? A painted rear wall […]

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‘Macbeth’ rules in LIC


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Eerie silence. Ominous smoke. Suddenly, the battle begins!! Swords and axes clash inches from the audience. Bare-chested warriors howl as they hurl their death blows. Barefoot witches shriek with seductively sinister intent. Yes, it’s a riveting night of intrigue, assassination and madness. Who but William Shakespeare could weave such a devilish web? The play? “Macbeth!” […]

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Frankenstein upstairs in LIC


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Photo courtesy Gideon Productions

Dr. Vicky Frankenstein is a nice old gal, or is it ghoul? She spies on her neighbors from her room upstairs. She’s busy eavesdropping through the air vent! Are you hungry? At least she’ll share her protein bars. What if you suddenly breathe your last? She’ll bring you back to life! The latest version of […]

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in LIC


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Although the mere mention of Shakespeare often draws yawns from those who should know better, the current version of “Much Ado About Nothing” continues to attract enthusiastic audiences at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Director Richard Mazda has snared talented performers, musicians and designers for his resident troupe, The Queens Players. At Friday evening’s performance, they delivered a very unique interpretation of […]

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Tony winner at Secret Theatre


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Another packed house greeted Tony winning “Urinetown, The Musical” at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. The mood on Saturday night was especially electric. Greg Kotis, the show’s author and co-lyricist, was in the house with his daughter, Asia. Let’s take a seat at the show and see what all the excitement is about.  The […]

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