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Sharon Washington, Libya V Pugh, Colin Hanlon, Stephen Conrad Moore

Sharon Washington, Libya V Pugh, Colin Hanlon and Stephen Conrad Moore Photo Carol Rosegg

Colman Domingo’s comedy-drama Dot takes on the plight of Alzheimer’s through the eyes of the patient and the people who love and take care of them. Dotty (Marjorie Johnson), is clearly in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and she is in decline. From sharp witted and catty to blank stares like a deer in headlights, she is becoming too much for her 45-year-old single parent daughter, Shelly, (Sharon Washington) to take care of. Shelly has decided it is time her siblings take some of the burden, before she loses it. The play takes place during the Christmas holidays as everything unravels. Dotty 65, is the widowed matriarch of a black middle-class family from Philadelphia. She has decided to use this holiday to teach her children about what she is going through.

Marjorie Johnson, Finnerty Steeve

Marjorie Johnson and Finnerty Steeve Photo Carol Rosegg

Originally staged at the Humana Festival in Louieville, the Vineyard Theater’s production has a lot to offer, though when dissecting the whole play it is flawed.

As Shelly is waiting for her siblings Jackie (Finnerty Steeves), her gay brother’s white high school girlfriend arrives. Jackie is fleeing an emotional problem, but her character adds nothing to the plot and you wonder why she is even here. When younger brother, Donnie (Stephen Conrad Moore) and his husband, Adam (Colin Hanlon), arrive, we learn that they are battling relationship issues. When younger sister, Averie (Libya V. Pugh), who lives in Shelly’s basement, arrives and it is clear she and Shelly get on each other’s nerves. Shelly is responsible, Averie is out to enjoy life. We also meet Fidel (Michael Rosen), the hired caregiver from Kazakhstan who works three days a week, but Shelly needs either more money or her siblings to pitch in so she can go back to being a public defender. The problem is Donnie’s finances are limited due to his career as a music journalist. Averie is actress whose claim to fame is being a 10-minute Internet sensation. When Dotty has Donnie take a test that allows him to understand her plight, the family comes to realize they are in this together for better or worse.

Marjorie Johnson

Marjorie Johnson

The cast is excels in this work especially Ms. Pugh’s lively Averie and Ms. Washington, as the hair changing, solid as a rock Shelly, who is losing it as much as her mother. These two are opposite sides of the coin and balance the piece. Make no mistake without an actress displaying the humor, the will to strive against the odds with a warmth that make the audience love you Dot is just another play about Alzheimer’s. With Ms. Johnson at the helm, we see the slow decline mixed with the will to keep her dignity and proceed with grace. We see Dotty unpeel like an onion slowly by layers.

Ms. Stroman’s direction keeps away from the musical theatre though we do get a dance scene, which could be trimmed. There are scenes that go on a little too long and the acts are uneven, but she does keep and bring out the humor.

Dot, Alzheimer's

Mr. Domingo, who besides being a playwright is a talented actor/singer/ dancer shows promise as a writer. In Dot his characters are complex, but I would have like to have learned more about the siblings and less of the boyfriend, ex-girlfriend and the caregiver. This is a family that is only on the verge of this journey. I know because I have several friends who’s parent’s have gone down this road. Though we see Donnie lose it in the Alzheimer’s test, his freaking out seems to come from nowhere. Why does it unnerve him so much? Is it because of the fasting or is it because he knows he is now predestined for this disease. None of the characters talk about that issue.

I am glad that this play is out there because the pain, suffering and how siblings choose to gang up on the sibling, who gives up their lives for the parent …happens. Sadly I have witnessed this in a much stronger way, especially if there is money involved. Alzheimer’s is like a virus, it spreads and effects everybody in it’s wake.

Dot: The Vineyard Theatre, 108 East 15th until March 20th

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option

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On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park Part Two

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106.7 LITE FM’s brought Disney to Broadway in Bryant Park. We brought you the video and now the pictures so you are there.

Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Ben Jeffrey

The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland

Chad Burris

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

Michael James Scott

Adi Roy

Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

106.7 Lite FM’s Hosts-Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Chad Burris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

 

 

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park

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106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

 

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces.

To see Allison’s work and learn more click here.

I am so grateful to my guest Allison Eden.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

Suzanna, Allison and Rommel

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

The Daily Geek Report” has also named host Suzanna Bowling on the list of Most Engaging Hosts. Thank-you so much for recognizing us and thank-you Eileen Shapiro who has helped us get noticed, we are so grateful.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

Pandora:

https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

Apple Podcasts:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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