Sunday, August 02, 2015

Karen Oberlin's Elvis Costello Show - "His Aim is True" receives excellent review in NY Times

"For Ms. Oberlin, “His Aim Is True” is a major leap forward into full-scale noir, an artistic demimonde that she illuminates with a dark blue glow."

"Extensively researched, beautifully executed tribute to the music of Elvis Costello"

The Show returns for 2 nights on September 25th and 30th 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Andrea Martin (Tony Winner & SCTV) & Cady Huffman (Tony Winner Producers) added to New Years Cast of Celebrity Autobigraphy

Rick Holmes (Star of Broadway's Spamalot)
Cady Huffman (Tony Winner for The Producers / Iron Chef America)
Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun / Bride Wars)
Andrea Martin (SCTV/Two Time Tony-winner/My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
Eugene Pack (Emmy nominee and Drama Desk winner)
Dayle Reyfel (Drama Desk Winner)
Christopher Sieber (Tony-nominee, Spamalot!, Shrek the Musical)
Celebrity Autobiography is the international smash hit comedy where outrageous and true celebrity memoirs are acted out live on stage by the funniest performers on earth.
As seen on Bravo TV, audiences will enjoy a night of non-stop laughter as they experience the jaw-dropping vignettes performed from celebrity tell-alls: from the "he-said, she-said" accounts of Burt and Loni... how Tiger Woods strokes his putter....Mr. T's acting tips... the re-enactment of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson's courtship, to the most famous love triangle in Hollywood history - Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
Running for three sold-out years in New York City, Celebrity Autobiography has been profiled in virtually every major media outlet including Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, NPR's All Things Considered and The View, and won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.
Audiences will leave the show asking "Did these celebrities really write that?" Yup--we are not making any of it up!
Premium Seating — includes 2 glasses of champagne - $150.00
Gen. Admission - includes 2 glasses of champagne - $100.00
Balcony - includes 1 glass of champagne - $75.00
Weeping with laughter - priceless.
(*Cash bar available all evening)

You've Got Hate Mail Reviews in New York Post - 3 out of 4 Stars

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Last Updated: 12:19 PM, December 15, 2010
Posted: 10:38 PM, December 14, 2010
"You've Got Hate Mail" is the perfect bedroom farce for an era in which there's more action online than in actual bedrooms.
Composed entirely of e-mails and text messages riotously enacted by a five-person ensemble, it may encourage you to keep your BlackBerry under lock and key. At least if you have anything to hide.
Hapless Richard (Billy Van Zandt, one of the playwrights), is cheating on wife Stephanie (co-playwright Jane Milmore) with sexy co-worker Wanda (Fran Solgan). After Richard accidentally sends his wife a self-incriminating e-mail, he frantically tries to cover it up. But his wife's best friend, Peg (Bonnie Deroski), long aware of Richard's indiscretions, sets her straight.
Watching the action gleefully is Richard's leering co-worker/best friend, George (Glenn Jones), whose chief online activity consists of sending out fake nude photos of Hillary Clinton.
Richard sheepishly agrees to couples therapy, a seething Wanda plots her revenge, and George and Peg discover a mutual attraction as the plot becomes ever more farcically complicated.
Anyone who's ever hit "reply all" by mistake will find much to relate to. Playwrights Van Zandt and Milmore wrest much comic mileage from the endless gaffes of electronic communication, such as George's endless e-mail malapropisms ("HMOG," he writes when shocked) and a lengthy riff involving the phrase "I can't tell you" that's like a 21st-century "Who's on First?" routine.
The comic momentum -- there's even a chase scene! -- never flags, even though all of the dialogue is spoken by performers seated in front of computers.
Expertly directed by Gary Shaffer, the piece is enlivened by some terrific performances, especially Van Zandt's sleazy, Jon Lovitz-like philanderer and Jones' wacky, electronically clueless cohort. Look for this limited-run show to return in March.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Gay City News - Triad Shows win 2 of the 10 Best Live Performances of the Year

Two shows at Triad this year, Kate Dawson's The Asshole in My Head and Jon Peterson's Song Man, Dance Man won best of the year awards from Gay City News.    These shows were in good company as some of the other winners were big Broadway shows such as Hair and West Side Story.      Some quotes from the article below:

Kate Dawson’s “The Asshole in My Head” at the Triad: The Triad scored again, performer-wise, with Dawson’s bracingly fresh reinvention of cabaret, taking every performer’s worst enemy, namely herself, and making her into a hilariously obnoxious, though unseen, other character onstage. It was deliciously absurd, as well as tellingly real, and offered the funniest line of the year: “Oh God, not another ballad!” Dawson’s gorgeous voice didn’t hurt, either. With her lovely looks and screwball take, she was like a cabaret version of Carole Lombard.

Jon Peterson’s “Song Man, Dance Man” at The Triad: There was no better dancing to be seen all year than this spirited, moving tribute to Peterson’s idols: Astaire, George M. Cohan, Gene Kelly, Anthony Newley, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Peterson transformed the Triad’s tiny stage into Radio City with his dazzling versatility and infectious love of performing.

Complete Article at the link below:

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Photos of Sherri Shepherd, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig in Celebrity Autobiography at Triad Nov. 23rd Show

It was a great night for stars and comedy at the Nov. 23rd Celebrity Autobiography shows.         Ryan Reynolds and Kristen Wiig (SNL) joined regular cast members Sherri Sherpherd (The View) Carol Kane (Academy Award Nominee) Steve Schirripa (Sopranos) Rachel Dratch (SNL) Scott Adsit (30 Rock) etc.    Two sold out shows in a row and two of the best audiences made for a great evening.

Blake Lively attended to see some of her friends in the cast.      

Monday, November 16, 2009

From NY Times - Ryan Reynolds to appear in Celebrity Autobiography at Triad

November 15, 2009, 6:45 PM

Ryan Reynolds to Read From the Book of Loggins

The heartthrob actor Ryan Reynolds (”The Proposal,” “Definitely, Maybe”) will make his debut next week in the New York edition of the theatrical comedy “Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words,” where stars read humorous snippets from memoirs of the entertainment world’s A-list through D-list.

Given Mr. Reynolds’s popularity in movies and on “Sexiest Man Alive” lists, a second show has been added for the Nov. 23 production at the Triad Theater on the Upper West Side; performances will be at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Mr. Reynolds is scheduled to read from Kenny Loggins’s “The Unimaginable Life: Lessons Learned on the Path of Love.” Other performers that night include Rachel Dratch, Carol Kane, Sherri Shepherd, Michael Urie andKristen Wiig.

Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Mark Karan and Ratdog perform Historic Live Show at Triad

Billed as Mark Karan and friends but really the entire band Ratdog (which is Bob Weir's band after the Grateful Dead) made a historic appearance for a post Beacon Theater show at Triad on Friday October 23rd. The show started at 1am as the band had to load in some large cabinets and equipment from the Beacon Theater. It was an amazing night of music that did not end until 4am. The entire band Ratdog performed with Mark. Bob Weir played on Wang Dang Doodle and Smokestack Lightning. Truly a magical night of music.

From RELIX Magazine:
Late Friday night, the members of RatDog also played a surprise show at New York’s 150-person club Triad after their Beacon gig. The show was originally billed as Mark Karan and Friends and the RatDog guitarist opened the night with a version of “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.” Weir, RatDog saxophonist Kenny Brooks, RatDog drummer Jay Lane, RatDog bassist Robin Sylvester, Citizen Cope keyboardist John Ginty, keyboardist Dred Scott and saxophonists Doug Yates and George Garzone all emerged for the song and remained onstage for “ Wang Dang Doodle,” “Smokestack Lightnin‘” and “Spoonful.” Though Weir left the stage, the collaborations continued late into the night. At one point singer Emory Joseph—who also recently released an album of Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter covers—emerged for a take on “What Did I Do Wrong” and the night climaxed with “Sugaree” and “And We Bid You Goodnight.”

New York Times Review of Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at Triad

Published: November 4, 2009

Forty-five years after his death, Cole Porter has never truly left town. His songs are a staple of Manhattan’s cabaret scene: one performer finished a tribute at the Algonquin last month, while two others just opened shows that prominently feature his work.

Haley Jane Samuelson

Stevie Holland in her one-woman musical show, "Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter."

None are as ambitious as Stevie Holland, a jazz singer who has tried to steer into somewhat more daring precincts. Apparently drawing on sources like William McBrien’s fine Porter biography and the 2004 film “De-Lovely,” Ms. Holland and her husband, the composer Gary William Friedman, have written “Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter.”

It’s billed as a one-woman play, directed by Ben West. Really, though, it’s cabaret. Ms. Holland takes the nightclub stage of the Triad Theater as Linda Lee Porter, the dazzling divorced socialite from Kentucky who wed Porter, eight years her junior, in 1919 when both were expatriates in Paris. Despite her husband’s homosexuality — Ms. Holland has Linda saying she “accepted his romantic appetite for men because I had his love” — the couple stayed married for 35 years, until Linda’s death from emphysema in 1954.

With a trio playing smoothly behind her, Ms. Holland runs through truncated versions of some of Porter’s best-known songs — “In the Still of the Night,” “I Love Paris,” “What Is This Thing Called Love?” — as well as a handful of comparative rarities. Instead of conventional patter, she ladles out bits of the Porter chronology in a Southern-tinged lilt.

There’s a lot of ground to cover, even for a more polished actress than Ms. Holland: the couple’s time in Europe; the return to the States and Porter’s first great Broadway successes; the move to Hollywood; the horse-riding accident that disabled him; Linda’s failing health. As a result, the piece, which clocks in at just about an hour, feels rushed. Not only does it make great demands of Ms. Holland, who between her singing and narration barely has time to pause, but it also shortchanges the audience, which for the most part gets only bits and pieces of songs that cry out for full, lustrous renditions.

This is a shame because Ms. Holland, tall and stately, has a graceful, silken voice that glides easily through her material. “Love for Sale,” which she sang after discussing the Porters’ growing estrangement in Hollywood, carried emotional weight, and she gave the closing number, “When a Woman’s in Love,” a real sense of triumph.

“Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter” runs through Nov. 21 at the Triad Theater, 158 West 72nd Street, Manhattan; (212) 352-3101,

Friday, September 04, 2009

Sherri Shepherd (The View) will be in Celebrity Autobiography Sept. 14th @ 7:30pm

Congrats to Sherri Shepherd for winning an Emmy award. The picture above is from The View and pictured with Sheri are the other co-hosts from The View along with the Triad's Celebrity Autobiography show team. A few months ago The View featured Celebrity Autobiography
on one of their episodes. Sherri is absolutely hysterical in Celebrity Autobiography and there are a few seats left for the Sept. 14th show at Additional cast members include
Michael Urie of Ugly Betty, Kristen Johnston of 3rd Rock fame & Craig Bierko.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Brenda Braxton (Tony Nominee Smokey Joe's Cafe) to appear this Monday in Erotic Broadway

Brenda Braxton, whose powerhouse performance in Smokey Joe’s Cafe earned her a 1995 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and recently seen Starring in CHICAGO on Broadway joins the cast of this stimulating and irreverent, adult’s-only variety series, showcasing Broadway’s brightest talent.

The hottest and most exciting talent on Broadway will offer their own unique interpretation of the genre featuring an erotically-charged evening of dance, slinky love songs, risqué stand-up comedy, steamy story telling…and well, who knows what else?

The August 10th performance will also feature Tony Nominee John Selya (Movin’ Out, Guys & Dolls), Tonya Wathen (Chicago), Ioana Alfonso (9 to 5), Joe Ricci (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Michelle Pruiett (The Little Mermaid), and many more of Broadway’s hottest performers.

Tricia Brouk and James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) at Triad attending Erotic Broadway