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.

Titan Theatre Co.’s ‘A Christmas Carol’


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Photo by Lloyd Mulvey

Bah, humbug! What possible spin could be added to this holiday classic? Just include some wit and warmth to compete with Charles Dickens’ original version. The result is the Titan Theatre Company’s “A Christmas Carol.” This new adaptation by Emily Trask and director Lenny Banovez begins with a kindly “grandfather” who shares his storybook introduction. […]

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‘The Gingerbread Lady’ at DCT


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Photo courtesy Douglaston Community Theatre

Award-winning playwright Neil Simon is appreciated for his humorous dialogue and poignant plots. In “The Gingerbread Lady,” his wit is as sharp as always but the plot is much darker than usual. Director Vincent Scott alternates his leading actors during the play’s short run. On opening night, Evy and Polly Meara are played by Karen […]

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‘Damn Yankees’ is darn good at RTC


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Photo courtesy The Rockaway Theatre Company

The house is full. The crowd is eager. The game starts any minute. No. Not the World Series. It’s even better. A certain Shoeless Joe will lead his ragtag lineup against the blockbuster team of the last century. You know. Those Damn Yankees! Director John Gilleece in his 1950s Washington Senators uniform leads the audience […]

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‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is thoroughly likable


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The Roaring Twenties are remembered as an outlandishly uninhibited era in American history. Whatever your point of view, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is an eminently likable and extremely fictional version of that decade. The songs are clever and the characterizations are charming caricatures. At Sunday afternoon’s opening performance, director Maryellen Pierce introduces three young faces to […]

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‘South Pacific’ at Theatre by the Bay


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Strong performances and timeless music make the beloved musical “South Pacific” a popular choice at Theatre by the Bay. The story unfolds during World War II, but its emotional conflicts are still relevant today. On opening night, director/producer Lawrence F. Bloom, along with producers Barbara Koenig and Martha Stein enhanced their usually minimal sets (by […]

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‘Night Watch’ is worth watching


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Have you heard about the perfect crime? How about the boy who cried wolf? Well, Theatre Time Productions has emphasized these time-honored themes in their current suspense/thriller “Night Watch.” At opening night’s performance, artistic director/producer Kevin C. Vincent, and co-producer Judy Vincent utilized a “theater-in-the-round” staging arrangement. The effect is striking, with most of the […]

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