Klein, Shakespeare are Queens Clowns

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Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Secret Theatre.
Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the 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 nominations over a four decade career opened the 2013-2014 season.

Klein was introduced by Managing Director Taryn Sacramone and “Front of the House” manager Willy Mosquera.  Klein then offered his mostly mellow, always very clever observations on American life. Self deprecating songs and Broadway hits punctuated the evening. His monologues included criticisms of hypocritical politicians, airport discomforts, observations on Florida retirees and fond tributes to past comics and composers.  His “schtick” was sometimes racy but never vulgar.

Soon, more entertainment will brighten the venue’s three stages. Call (718) 760-0064 or surf to www.queenstheatre.org.

“Circus Shakespeare” at Secret Theatre

Hurry, hurry, hurry for the greatest spills and thrills!  In-ta-ro-ducing the Queens Players under the big top!  Watch their version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”!  Hear lions roar, see clowns juggle and behold as sweethearts are stolen from their lover’s arms!

Before the ringmaster (Jeff Dickamore) performs feats of daring; Applause for Executive Producer Richard Mazda who welcomes us to the Secret Theatre’s newest intimate venue.

Isn’t that Puck (Jonathan Emerson) centerstage? Yes, he’s a prankster’s prankster with a Cheshire cat’s mischievous smile. Well done indeed!  There’s Lysander (Jason Spina) with his beautiful Hermia (Aurora Florence). Come on, Egeus (Charles Baker), can’t you see they belong together?  If only Demetrius (Robin Rightmyer) could appreciate Helena’s (Kathleen Fletcher) devotion.

Feast your eyes on the multicolored, neon bright costumes (Isabelle Fields designer) and cleverly overdone make-up (Emily Lambert designer).  Prepare for the gloriously inept play within a play. Play your kazoos thespians (Blaine Smith, Evan Greene, Zack Friedman, Megan Greener, Marcus Watson and Ryan Krause).  See the dazzling fairies (Sheree V. Campbell, Sabina Friedman-Seitz, Jaz Zepatos and Megan Greener).

Yes, it’s a three ring circus that would make Shakespeare proud.  Kudos to director Illana Stein, producers Alberto Bonilla and Jonathan as well as assistant director Emily Jackson.  Bravo to the entire troupe!

Located at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City, call (718) 392-0722 or surf to www.secrettheatre.com for tix.  Look for the  Secret Theatre’s next production. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.