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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.

‘With Over Two Pieces of Luggage’ Opens


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Contrasting displays of unguarded vulnerability and sophisticated wit punctuate writer/director/actor Alex Malaos’ original comedy/drama entitled “With Over Two Pieces of Luggage.” His personal journey of emotional discovery that starts on the island of Cyprus becomes even more complex on the island of New York City. Along with fellow actors Nikos Karas and Evelyn Burnett, the […]

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Cowboys at QTIP, Vampires at GCC


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A spectacular world premiere at Queens Theatre in the Park (QTIP) entitled “One-Ride” and a cult comedy at the Greek Cultural Center (GCC) called “The Mystery of Irma Vep” are anchors in this week’s entertainment round up. Rodeo legend Chris LeDoux is the inspiration for the brand new musical, “One Ride,” which is kicking up […]

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Mayor opens Latino Festival at QTP


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Queens Theatre in the Park is abuzz with excitement for opening night. It’s the 14th edition of an eagerly anticipated event – the 2010 Chase Latino Cultural Festival. The audience is expecting the customary greetings from corporate sponsors, QTP staff and local politicians. Instead, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg takes the stage. He welcomes the audience […]

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A View from the Cliff: ‘A Funny Thing…’ for RTC


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Summer’s sea breezes swirl across the eager crowd as they await the opening night performance of the classic musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum.” The Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) offers their version at Fort Tilden in the beautiful Gateway National Recreation Area. Appealing, colorful sets and costumes fill the […]

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World Premiere Spotlights John Denver Classics


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“I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky . . .” – John Denver. Sold out performances for the world premiere weekend of “A Moment in Time” confirm Tony Award winner Stewart F. Lane’s vision. It’s a compassionate glimpse into a lonely Marine’s personal struggles in Afghanistan. Lane wrote and directed this inspiring project utilizing […]

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The Secret Theatre presents ‘Ortonesque’


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               The Secret Theatre continues to emerge as an oasis of creativity amid the cold steel girders of Long Island City. Currently, a tribute to irreverent British playwright Joe Orton is on a limited run at 44-02 23rd Street. Consisting of four separate plays, “Ortonesque” offers not-for-the-kids entertainment that combines macabre humor, farce […]

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Review: ‘Get Mad at Sin!’


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Bustling Long Island City continues to stand tall against difficult times. While dozens of restaurants prepare for their upcoming 5th Annual Taste of LIC, The Chocolate Factory Theater maintains its artistic commitment.              Currently, the Obie Award-winning troupe is offering an impressive one-man re-enactment entitled "Get Mad at Sin!" The time is 1971. The place […]

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Phoenix Players perform Neil Simon


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“Man is the only creature capable of laughter.” Anton Chekhov. For the first time in their twenty five year history, the Phoenix Players are presenting a Neil Simon comedy, “The Good Doctor.” Nevertheless, Director Ben Fabrizi remains true to the troupe’s intellectual roots by offering a project based on the classic novelist Anton Chekhov. Whether […]

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‘The Uninvited’ is classic horror


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A chilling melodrama, with gruesome ghosts and mysterious murders, is playing at the Douglaston Community Theatre on 44th Avenue off Douglaston Parkway (Zion Episcopal Church Parish Hall). “The Uninvited” brings a classic horror genre to center stage, complete with special effects and contact with the supernatural. Director Tom Williams has brought together some of Queens’ […]

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Tony Winner writes/directs ‘A Moment in Time’


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An exciting world premiere is just a few weeks away and just a few miles down the road. Written and directed by four-time Tony winner Steven F. Lane, it’s entitled “A Moment in Time.” Set to the music and lyrics of the great singer/songwriter John Denver, the story unfolds in war torn Afghanistan. This special […]

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