“Mandela!” Lands Off-Bdwy – Final Perf Aug 28)

The critically acclaimed play “Mandela!” lands off Broadway.
Now playing Saturdays at 4:30 PM.
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Mandela Off Broadway Show Tickets

What promises to be the #1 Off Broadway play this year is full of scenes with music, laughter, dance and thought-provoking moments. It unveils the gripping untold story of Nelson Mandela in a world changed forever by apartheid. Confrontational, uncompromising and fearless in their pursuit for freedom of oppression, Mandela, Winnie and The ANC fight against enormous odds, all the while maintaining their dignity and compassion. With all its depth, the creativity of “Mandela!” gives such a profoundly unforgettable experience that pleasantly surprises the audience, making them want to see more. With all of its layers, “Mandela!” manages to fluidly enact how the U.S and South Africa mirrored each other with how protesting blacks suffered similar social injustices while fighting against oppression.

“Mandela!” is not your typical revolutionary type of performance. This performance is highly entertaining, while brilliantly and tastefully performing the depiction of sensitive subjects . If you’re ready to laugh, cry and enjoy moments of celebration then come experience the unforgettable performance of “Mandela!”

“Run, don’t walk to get tickets to see “Mandela!” The actors deliver an award-worthy performance. Audiences leave empowered and uplifted!! I’m glad saw this before it hits Broadway!! A masterful interpretation of one of the greatest leaders of our time..for All Time!!” – Cheryl Wills, Anchorwoman, NY1


Mandela Cast Members:

The East Harlem Repertory Theater
Starring Robert Greene as Nelson Mandela (Also starring) Nadijah A.K., Thaddeus Birkett, James Garrett, Lamine Thiam, John Shortt, Ivan Goris, Keith Wright, Tyler McCall, La-La McGriff

Mandela Creative Team

Authors: Yolanda Brooks and John Ruiz Miranda
Director: John Ruiz Miranda
Producer: Yolanda Brooks Productions
Sound and Lighting Tech: Patricio Pereira
Voice Overs: John Ruiz Miranda
Lighting Design: John Ruiz Miranda
Visual Design & Special Effects: John Ruiz Miranda & Patricio Pereira
Video Design Programmer: Patricio Pereira
Backstage Manager: Melanie Ruiz
Stylist/Make-up: Lala McGriff


Mandela Special Information :
blank guns are used in this production.

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“The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+” (Now Playing)

Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ Tickets Off BroadwayA modern inclusive spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, The Importance of Being Earnest, re-imagined with LGBTQ+ representation.

John “Jack” Worthing loves NYC and Gwyn Fairfax, and he can have both when he assumes the name of his made-up brother, Ernest. When Agernon, “Algy” (John’s best friend) falls in love with Cecil (John’s ward), he too decides to take on the name of Ernest. With John pursuing one man and Algy pursuing another, Lady Bracknell (who happens to be Gwyn’s mother) slowly unravels the odd strings of potential matchmaking. Of course, with two men and one name they share, what follows is a mess of imaginary identities, good natured gossip, and ridiculous romance. The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ brings Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people ” to contemporary times with new laughter, color and heart.

“I’m proud to create a world where coming out is never a thing, allowing our heroes to be unapologetically themselves. We will root for each one of them in our own way as we identify their fallible struggles and triumphs as everyone’s allowed to be complete human beings in love.” –Maarten Cornelis

Original February 14th, 1895 Review from Opening Night –
“The Importance of being Earnest, belongs indubitably to the first class. It is delightful to see it, it sends wave after wave of laughter curling and foaming round the theatre…”

Now Playing Tuesdays at 7 PM. Contact Telecharge for Tickets

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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+

Jul 12, 2021 | Theater

Review By Michael Tingley

While flipping through the program before the show, I stumbled on two quotes that would capture the beauty of this adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. The first is from Producer/Director/Lighting Designer Maarten Cornelis, “What if members of the LGBTQ+ community never had to step out of the closet because we never had to be in it in the first place?” The other is from Michael Morley’s bio — who plays the bubbly and wonderfully petulant Cecil Cardew — “Michael Morley is thrilled to make Oscar Wilde even more gay!”

Wilde, as we all know, was born too early, we’re still catching up to him. Morley reminds us that in Earnest, Wilde held himself back to fit the milieu. Cornelis wants to imagine Wilde freed from his time and goes beyond adaptation; Earnestly LGBTQ+ more than places the Victorian Earnest into the present, more than swaps paisley for Pride parades, opium dens for trap-houses, Victoria for Biden, and buttonholed green carnations for mesh tops and death drops. Instead, Earnestly LGBTQ+ imagines if Wilde, equal parts wit and iconoclast, wrote today — what would it be like? It asks, and it answers, fabulously. Let me explain.

First, all the relationships in the play are LGBTQ+. It is not such a simple change as one might expect as the actors are acutely aware. By making Earnest “even more gay” the show reveals how “gay” it was in the first place. The actors have found that the dialogue subtly changes when the relationship is queered, and the players emphasize these nuances wonderfully. Next, no one walks in this show, there’s only strutting (the stomping tantrums of Cecil Cardew being the exception). Lady Bracknell, played by Denise Turkan — think Eastern European/Turkish Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep — has become Cerberus-like, splitting lines with her two tremendous…assistants? Lovers? It’s unclear but it’s clearly hilarious. J. Mahal and Lyman Heung sass, bend, and seduce their way around the stage.

Playing Miss Prism is the confident and dynamic Lauren E. King. The love affair between Prism and Dr. Chasuble, played by Marie Angelo, is moving in a play that ridicules moving emotions — or any movement at all (“It is awfully hard work doing nothing”). The cynical, if not positively pessimistic, Lane finds multiple facets when played by Alison Wien. The added scene where Mahal and Heung change Lane into Merriman, Jack Worthing’s butler in the country, gives the butlers a sexuality often ignored in other productions.

But if we’re speaking of seduction — and really one can’t avoid it when talking about this show — Kenon Veno is unsurpassed. He plays by far the most dynamic, attractive, (adjectives don’t do the performance justice) Gwyn I have ever had the fortune to watch. The charged scenes between Veno and Preston Fox, as John Worthing, and Michael Morley, Cecil Cardew, should not be missed. Always a favorite of mine, the scene between Cardew and Gwyn in the country garden is the best rendition I’ve seen. Morley and Veno are exceptional together, sharing an energy and play only possible to achieve by actors who love their roles and fit them.

Finally, the outrageous best friends turned brothers, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, played by Preston Fox and Clint Blakely, interrogate, rouse, and trick each other. In most productions, Jack Worthing is an uptight Victorian wrestling with his desires. The Jack in Earnestly LGBTQ+ has to be all that in lace shirts with bleached hair. Fox pulls it all off though, and still manages to be an exceptionally engaging partner for Blakely’s Algernon, a character famous for his desire to eat everything – including the play. Blakely plays this voracious part exceptionally well, delivering some of Wilde’s most memorable lines with grace and humor.

Earlier I mentioned Cornelis was Producer/Director/Lighting Designer, each of these roles is as important as the last in this show. The lighting is playful, neon, romantic. The actors have fun competing for their best light. Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a romp, a delight, and an imaginative liberation of Wilde’s most loved work.

Produced by Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment at The Actors Temple, 339 West 47 St., NYC

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“Wackiness abounds as Wilde’s classic is updated to present day NYC with same-sex couples, a Grindr reference, fashionistas and nightclub-style dances.” The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a theatrical alternative romp.
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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Cast Members:

Preston Fox (John / Earnest), Clint Blakely (Algy), Kenon Veno (Gwen), Michael Morley (Cecil), Denise Turkan (Lady Bracknell), and Lauren E King (Miss Prism), Marie Anello (Dr. Chasuble), Samantha Randolph (Merriman / Lane), with J. Mahal (Dancer 1) and Lyman Heung (Dancer 2)

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Creative Team

Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Maarten Cornelis
Choreographer: J. Mahal and Lyman Heung
Producer: John Lant and Maarten Cornelis in association with Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment
Press Agent: Daniel DeMello

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Maria Caruso’s greatest solo creations “Metamorphosis” (Now Playing)

And as in the line from Milton’s ode The Hymn: “The stars with deep amaze, stand fix’d in steadfast gaze,” Caruso’s dancing appeared to transfix the heavens and the sold-out audience.”
Metamorphosis at Actor’s Temple Theatre

Hailed as one of Maria Caruso’s greatest solo creations to date, Metamorphosis, has been performed across the globe since its premiere at Israel’s Karmiel Dance Festival in 2018. A dance theatre work, heavily influenced by the artist’s ballet and modern vocabularies, the audience is immersed in the emotion of the creator’s true story and selfless expression on the stage.

The evening length performance took root after Caruso’s extensive work with the Martha Graham Contemporary Dance Company and the artistic evolution resulting from her performances of Martha Graham’s iconic solo Lamentation. Hungry to create an expansive work for the world’s stage that showcased the culmination of her over 20-year career as a classically trained ballet and contemporary dancer, Metamorphosis was born.

The work is a spiritual and emotional journey through life’s many transitions, and it is based on Caruso’s own experiences but broadened to be more universal. Throughout the performance the audience is immersed in Caruso’s drastic emotional shifts as she uses a series of costume changes into differently-colored dresses as a metaphor for turning points in her character’s journey.

“Embracing the gravity of the moment, Caruso unleashed in her solo a passionate portrayal of a woman knowledged in the heartaches and joys of life that was bursting with her anxieties, sadness, soaring giddiness and breathless embracing of love and desire.” – Steve Sucato

“…rage, sadness, sensuality. Caruso conveys these feelings with her entire body, which extends and contorts in ways that would leave us mere mortals breathless if we tried.” – Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania)

“At the last moment, Maria Angelica Caruso walks through the center aisle, striding past the fabrics tossed to the ground. Not only has she conquered the memory of a dancer’s past, she has also brought the audience through every step.”- Marcina Zaccaria (Theater Pizzazz)

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“Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag!” (Now Playing)

“The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag!” Is now playing Fridays at 9:30 pm and Saturdays at 8 pm. Contact Telecharge to purchase Tickets

 The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag! is a dragulous new interactive musical comedy. The Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag! spoofs those popular housewife shows you love to hate. Hold onto your wigs, because five queens of the Garden State are about to ‘werk-it’ at the annual Mad Hatters Brunch – competing for ‘Best Hat,’ ‘Woman of the Yearm’ and even mayor of ‘Beautiful’ Secaucus, New Jersey. Who will be unfriended? Who’s having an affair with who? Could the competition be… dun dun dun… rigged? Queens are spilling tea everywhere at this interactive extravaganza!

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Cast Members:

Cammerron Baits
Jacob P.S. Lemmenes

Ryan Stutz
Philip McLeod

Sam Brackley
Korey Harlow
Joshua Oates

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Creative Team
Author: Anthony Wilkinson
Director: Hank Kiraly
Social Media: Alex Carter Van Pelt


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The FunikiJam Show: Totally Awesome Summer (Now Playing)

Last year, FunikiJam was touring the world and starring in their own TV show in China. Now, they are helping families say “Goodbye, Lockdown” and “Hello, Off Broadway” when The FunkiJam Show: Totally Awesome Summer opens at Actors Temple Theatre.

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”What happens when Agent Melody thinks she is going to have a Totally Boring Summer? Grab your passport, fanny pack and neon maracas because Captain Jam is launching a one-of-a-kind musical vacation around the world and back in time! He’ll take her – and you – to totally awesome destinations like: the Beach, the Islands, Australia, and even the 1980’s! But he can’t do it alone. That’s why he and the Agents of Jam (a highly trained team of elite experts in music, movement, and cool) are training the audience as “new recruits” to help with the Special 3-Part Mission: to have FUN, to JAM, and to celebrate summer about the WORLD! You, too, will be “feeling fine when you Jam-along” with this original musical that blends engaging action, energizing music, colorful film, and interactive theatre into a joyful journey the whole family can enjoy.”

“A tuneful trip around the world” – (The NY Times).

“Fun for families, not just kids” – (Mommy Nearest).

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Cast of International Artists features:

Brian Barrentine as Captain Jam

Andrea Galata (Italy)

Shawday Graves (United States)

Andre He-Cohen (China)

Shiho Matsuoka (Japan)

Sarah Rose (United States)

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Creative Team

Playwright and Composer: Brian Barrentine (The FunikiJam Shows)
Consulting Director: Rosemary Newcott
(Director of Theater for Youth and Families, Alliance Theater)
Music Producer: Joe Mazza (The FunikiJam Shows)
Producer: Maarten Cornelis (Gatehouse Entertainment)
Video Production: David Moriya (Strong Asian Lead)

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Box Office opens 1 hour before the performance.
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Spoolie Girl: A Family-Friendly Fractured Rock Fairy Tale- CLOSED

Spoolie Girl: A Family-Friendly Fractured Rock Fairy Tale Summary

In Spoolie Girl, a suddenly orphaned eco-friendly teenager from Kenya comes to New York City and wearing magical spoolies in her hair that enables her to read people’s thoughts as songs, she navigates a world consisting of her narcissistic, fashionista Aunt, a Fairy Godmother (but way wackier), and a quirky neighbor who walks an invisible dog.

And this is her support group.

“. . . Mixes fairy tale fun and social consciousness in a truly wacky story.” – Stephen Flaherty, Composer, Anastasia, Once On This Island

“Everybody sitting next to me–from the 10-year-old to the elderly couple–was having a great time” – Jamie Winters, Montclair (New Jersey) Times

“Fabulous! Great score! This is a fantasy with a heart! Funny and warm with a rock beat.”- Karen Mason, Broadway and Cabaret Star

Spoolie Girl: A Family-Friendly Fractured Rock Fairy Tale Cast Members:

Claire Lilley, Rosemary Loar, Kristy Cates, Mollie Downes, Michiko Sasaki, Inga Ballard, Antoinette DiPietropolo, Raissa Katona Bennett, Allie Radice, Lily Tobin, Emily Briggs

Spoolie Girl: A Family-Friendly Fractured Rock Fairy Tale Creative Team

Book: Robert W. Atwood and Rosemary Loar
Music and Lyrics: Rosemary Loar
Director: Jay Dunn
Music Director: Gary Schreiner
Choreographer: Antoinette DiPietropolo
Lights: John Burkland
Set: Marina Mazzamuto
Stage Manager: Andrea Wales
General Manager: Marla Mase
Promotions and Press Rep: Stephen Hanks
Producer: Jonatina Barksdale

CLOSED Aug 2018 -” Black Sparta” Now at Actors Temple Theatre

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Black Sparta Summary

Black Sparta is inspired by the Dahomey Amazons or Mino, an all-female military regiment of the Fon people of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. The female warriors in the Marvel mega hit movie Black Panther were inspired by these women. They existed from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. While European narratives refer to the women soldiers as “Amazons,” because of their similarity to the semi-mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia, they called themselves “Mino” (our mothers) in the Fon language. Black Sparta is written, directed, and choreographed by award winner Layon Gray.

Dahomey shared with the Spartans an intense fighting method and sense of collectivism. Tough, violent blood-and-guts women single-mindedly devoted to hardening themselves into ruthless instruments of battlefield destruction, these machete-sword, slinging lady terminators were rightly-feared throughout Western Africa for over 250 years, not only for their fanatical devotion to battle, but for their refusal to back down or retreat from any fight. They are the only documented frontline female troops in modern warfare history. Their motto was “conquer or die”.

Black Sparta begins in 1892; thirty years after the transatlantic slave trade has been virtually at an end. France has already taken over apart of Dahomey and has established a colony called Porto-Novo. They have made it very clear that they want more. Their invasion is unwelcome and the Dahomeans will not go quietly.

Black Sparta Special Information

Gunfire is used in this production.

Black Sparta Creative Team

Author: Layon Gray
Director: Layon Gray
Producer: Layon Gray American Theatre Company
Press Agent: Dorothy Spellman

Black Sparta Related Links – Black Sparta Official Show Website

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FunikiJam Holiday Beat Opened Actors Temple Theatre December 9th, 2017 (NOW CLOSED)

FunikiJam Holiday Beat Summary

FunikiJam Holiday Beat: NYC’s only holiday show to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and Shichigosan – for kids!

Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam invite Junior Agents and New Recruits to sing, dance and play along with their globe-spanning musical adventure to celebrate holidays around the world. Will they complete Special Mission: HOLIDAY PARTY in time to throw the ultimate celebration?

FunikiJam Holiday Beat Cast Members:

Brian Barrentine, Ryan McCurdy, Alicia Thomas, Victoria Raiogorodsky, Patito Grippo Alterio, Andrea Galata

(CLOSED) Beginning December 9th: Saturdays – 3;30 pm / Sundays 10:30 am

Family show. Appropriate for all ages.

CLOSED: “Growing Up Gonzales ” with Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez at Actors Temple Theatre

Growing Up Gonzales Play Off Broadway Show Tickets


Growing Up Gonzales
is a bittersweet one man comedy of two brothers growing up in the Bronx. Johnny, the rough and rugged older brother who spent most of his life trying to toughen Cisco up finds himself drowning in a pool of guilt, emotionally claiming responsibility for Cisco’s death. Cisco, the needy, innocent free spirit with a flair for the outrageous, shares, through diaries he left behind, his unusual wit and wisdom with Johnny. The result is a warm, affectionate and hilarious love letter from one brother to another.


Andres “Chulisi” Rodriguez

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Written and Directed by: Felix Rojas
Lighting Design: James “Pres” Carter

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Andres Chulisi Rodriguez is an HOLA award winning and AUDELCO nominated actor, self published author of his book “Slips, Trips and Falls” a collection of personal essays and poetry. a performance poet and facilitator to acting and writing workshops. He has produced and directed a comedy troupe LoseControltv which can be found on youtube. His one man show “I’m Just Saying” sold out The National Black Theater this September and he performed it again on stage Feb 2016 at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. He was nominated for a people’s choice award for solo performer for an H.O.L.A award for 2016. He just performed his new one man show -Welcome To The Ghetto in October 2016 to a sold out crowd at Mott Haven Bar and grill. Brooklyn born and raised he now resides in Harlem and is a facilitator to Full Circle Ensemble- a group of writers from the Bronx. Laughter cures all!

CLOSED -“Late Nite Catechism” Returns to Off Broadway- September 17, 2017

Late Nite Catechism Off Broadway Show TicketsClosed October 22, 2017 -Late Nite Catechism returns to Off Broadway. After more than a 5 year run through 410 cities around the world. It made it’s debut in May of 1993. Late Nite Catechism will play Sundays at  2pm – at Actors TempleTheatre –339 West 47th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)beginning on September 17, 2017.

Late Nite Catechism is, an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back – sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school, with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.