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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.


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 [...]

You’ll WANT to visit these in-laws
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 4/30/2012 at 11:00AM

  Every seat was filled at The Greek Cultural Center’s recent performance of the hysterical comedy “In Laws From Tirana.” The actors tackled the difficult subjects of corruption, racism and greed with humor and professional skill. Their level of excellence was only surpassed by the levels of laughter in the audience. The show has been [...]

‘Oliver!’ at Theatre By The Bay
‘Oliver!’ at Theatre By The Bay
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 3/06/2012 at 4:00PM

“Consider yourself at home. Consider yourself one of the family…” These popular lyrics from the equally popular musical “Oliver!” ring true for the community theatre version of the Broadway smash, currently onstage at Theatre By The Bay. The cast and crew total more than 60. This celebration of local performers is standard strategy for director/producer [...]

‘Advance Man’ lands at Secret Theatre
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 1/18/2012 at 9:29AM

Is your spouse acting strangely?  Do your children attract the wrong crowd?  If so, catch “Advance Man” at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. After all, nothing’s the same since dad returned from Mars! On opening night, Gideon Productions, part of the BFG Collective Residency 2012, delivered a cast of characters who were paradoxically [...]

Parkside Players Share Community Colleagues
A View from the Cliff Cliff Kasden 11/25/2011 at 10:57AM

On opening night of the British farce “See How They Run,” the Parkside Players offered nine talented performers. Most of them have one thing in common—they are major players in other local production companies. Rene Bendana, co-founder of Beari Productions, portrays a dastardly Russian spy.  Rich Weyhausen, as an impatient British constable has performed and/or [...]