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.

RTC opens the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’


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Photo courtesy of Rockaway Theatre Company

“Feed me, Seymour, feed me!” demands Audrey II, the man-eating, skid row plant. What’s a flower shop to do? Business has gone to seed and is getting worse. Luckily the Rockaway Theatre Company can nip it in the bud. Their version of the sci-fi musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is as fresh as a daisy. […]

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‘Inspector Descending’ at Secret Theatre’s ‘UNfringed Festival’


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Photo courtesy of The Secret Theatre

The world premiere of playwright Eddie Aronoff’s dark comedy “Inspector Descending” has received overwhelming approval at Secret Theatre’s “UNfringed Festival.” The festival continues through the end of the month in Long Island City. It showcases six new productions that are irreverent and distinctive. At Aug. 20’s ’s premiere, director Thomas G. Waites and producer Shelley Molad […]

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‘Seussical the Musical’ is magical, fastastical!


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“I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” say the lyrics from “Horton Hears a Who.” “An elephant’s faithful one hundred percent!” Beloved writer/storyteller, Dr. Seuss, weaves his magical message, thanks to the JC Players in Middle Village. They celebrate their 20th anniversary this month as they present “Seussical.” It’s an affectionate, […]

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‘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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