Blog: 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.


‘Joseph’ is amazing at Rockaway Theatre Company
‘Joseph’ is amazing at Rockaway Theatre Company
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 3/07/2013 at 1:59PM

The resilient performers of the Rockaway Theatre Company (RTC) have teamed with the Gracian Players for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Despite the devastation inflicted by Sandy, the troupes are determined to rebuild. Their strategy includes one final weekend of fundraising performances in Howard Beach. Director Chazmond J. Peacock has moved behind the scenes [...]

The Wizard lands in Bay Terrace
The Wizard lands in Bay Terrace
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 3/05/2013 at 10:36AM

You might as well just “follow the yellow brick road” to Theatre by the Bay. Then find a seat with your children and grandchildren for a slightly different and extremely family friendly version of the beloved classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Director and producer Larry Bloom with co-producers Barbara Koenig and Martha Stein has selected [...]

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in LIC
‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in LIC
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 2/22/2013 at 1:52PM

Although the mere mention of Shakespeare often draws yawns from those who should know better, the current version of “Much Ado About Nothing” continues to attract enthusiastic audiences at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Director Richard Mazda has snared talented performers, musicians and designers for his resident troupe, The Queens Players. At Friday evening’s performance, they delivered a very unique interpretation of [...]

Rob Schneider at QPAC: Yes, you can do it!
Rob Schneider at QPAC: Yes, you can do it!
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 1/28/2013 at 11:06AM

A running gag in many of comedian Rob Schneider’s movies is the phrase, “You Can Do It!” His enthusiastically received stand up performance at Queensborough Performing Arts Center proved that he follows his own advice. Yes, he can do it! The packed house first welcomed comedian Ted Alexandro. The forty-something performer confessed that he had [...]

Tony winner at Secret Theatre
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 1/15/2013 at 10:36AM

Another packed house greeted Tony winning “Urinetown, The Musical” at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. The mood on Saturday night was especially electric. Greg Kotis, the show’s author and co-lyricist, was in the house with his daughter, Asia. Let’s take a seat at the show and see what all the excitement is about.  The [...]

‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at Rockaway Theatre Company
‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at Rockaway Theatre Company
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 10/18/2012 at 11:58AM

The 2012 New York Yankees were facing their postseason rivals. But the 1937 Yankees were facing much tougher opponents—Eugene Jerome and his eccentric family in Neil Simon’s award winning comedy, “Brighton Beach Memoirs”. Opening night’s performance brought bona fide talent onstage. Unlike some other troupes who merely recite the playwright’s lines, the actors of Rockaway [...]

‘Blithe Spirit’ happily haunts RTC
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 9/05/2012 at 6:15PM

Charles lives with two wives. Is it bigamy? Not exactly. There are no such laws when one spouse is a ghost! The continuing resurgence of psychics and mediums throughout the media has turned this 1930s Noel Coward farce into a surprisingly relevant event. The Rockaway Theatre Company’s current production of “Blithe Spirit” stays true to [...]

‘Sovereign’ Ends Honeycomb Trilogy
‘Sovereign’ Ends Honeycomb Trilogy
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 6/28/2012 at 1:00PM

The war’s over! The insects lost! Or did they? The final presentation of Gideon Production’s Honeycomb trilogy “Sovereign” by Mac Rogers will run for just one more weekend at the Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. The troupe’s first two installments, “Advance Man” and “Blast Radius,” have drawn us inexorably [...]

Phoenix Players Offer “Quality of Life”
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 6/15/2012 at 10:04AM

After more than two decades of intelligent, thought provoking projects, the Phoenix Players continue to provide ensemble performances that deserve more credit and more coverage than they have generally received. Artistic Director Bob Combe has been actively involved in the troupe’s twenty seven year history. At the opening night performance of the heart wrenching drama, [...]

‘Murder Takes the Stage’ in Douglaston
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 5/23/2012 at 1:57PM

Someone will be murdered at summer stock rehearsals in Ivytown, USA. Everyone in the cast has a motive but only one villain will actually commit the crime. Can you guess whodunit? You’ll have an opportunity to select your suspect at the Douglaston Community Theatre’s “Murder Takes the Stage.” During Saturday evening’s show, several variations on [...]