Author Archives: Cliff Kasden

A View from the Cliff
A View from the Cliff

A View from the Cliff continues to be a frequent, upbeat visit to live, family entertainment in Queens. My reviews began close to 20 years ago. This blog is a chance for readers to praise or pan our local performers. It’s also a venue for uncovering hidden talent in our borough.

‘Oklahoma!’ at Maggie’s Little Theater is very OK!


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Photo courtesy of Jorge Corona

Rousing songs, creative choreography, folksy dialogue and a smart script have made Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” a national treasure for close to 80 years. This tradition continues at Maggie’s Little Theater, where a talented group of entertainers offers an energetic interpretation for enthusiastic crowds. On opening night, the show’s success was guaranteed by Nic Anthony […]

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‘Guys & Dolls’ is a sure bet at Rockaway Theatre Company


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Several hours before curtain, Fort Tilden at Gateway National Recreation Area is bustling with beachgoers, bicyclists and ballplayers. An hour before showtime, dozens of actors, musicians and staffers stream through the backstage doorways. Soon the packed house buzzes with excitement. Finally, Rockaway Theatre Company’s version of the beloved musical “Guys and Dolls” is off and […]

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Nostalgia Thrives at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park


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Photo courtesy of Queens Theatre

The good 1960s vibrations continue to fill Flushing Meadows-Corona Park this spring. The short list includes an upcoming anniversary celebration of the 1964/65 Worlds Fair (and the 1939/40 event). There’s also ongoing attention to the New York pavilion with movie screenings. But the most enthusiastic and impressive illustration of this nostalgia thus far belongs to […]

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‘Lost in Yonkers’ finds laughs in Rockaway


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Photo courtesy of Norm Scott

The ticket line snaked outside the theater and down the block for Sunday’s performance of playwright Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.” The crowd filled the auditorium for Rockaway Theatre Company’s latest project. Director David Risley, who usually performs onstage, and producer Susan Jasper offer a crisp, well-timed comedy/drama with outstanding actors. The players deliver a […]

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Titan’s ‘Othello’ is groundbreaking Shakespeare


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Photo: Lloyd Mulvey

While fireworks exploded over Citi Field on Saturday evening, a different kind of explosion electrified the audience at Queens Theatre. The all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Othello” by Titan Theatre Company kept the audience at the edge of their seats with fiery emotions, riveting fight scenes and well-executed, suspenseful deliveries. Most importantly, the troupe continues to […]

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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ in LIC


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Photo courtesy of Chain Theatre

The cruel, claustrophobic kingdom of 1950s psychiatric facilities is revealed in Variations Theatre Group’s “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The story unfolds in the hospital day room. In it, we are witnesses to a combination of horror, suspense and black comedy. Ultimately, we are left breathless from this intense and unforgiving indictment of once […]

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