Author Archive: Mark Dundas Wood

Mark Dundas Wood is an arts/entertainment journalist and dramaturg. In addition to reviewing for BistroAwards.com, he contributes regularly to theaterscene.net and clydefitchreport.com. Other reviews and articles have appeared in American Theatre and Back Stage. As a dramaturg, he has worked with New Professional Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

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Michael Osso

Michael Osso

September 9, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Although he has sung publicly throughout his life—as, for example, a musical-theatre actor, a member of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and one-fourth of a quartet called The Broadway Four—Michael Osso made his debut as a solo cabaret artist only earlier this year, when he first performed his show, Words Matter. Directed again […]

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Joseph Keckler

Joseph Keckler

August 4, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Some cabaret performers are born entertainers—there to give the audience a good time. Some are interested in educating their listeners or rousing them politically, while others are adept at moving people emotionally. Then there’s Joseph Keckler, who takes his listeners on rollicking adventures. You never quite know where he’ll lead you after you turn that […]

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Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz

Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz

July 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Audiences seem to enjoy theatrical “back-stagers” featuring estranged couples in the entertainment world who squabble their way to a happy denouement. Think of the scrumptious love-hate relationship between Lilli Vanessi and Fred Graham in Kiss Me, Kate or the similarly tasty one between Lili Garland and Oscar Jaffee in On the Twentieth Century. Now, performers […]

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Joanne Halev

Joanne Halev

July 8, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

For her show Like a Perfumed Woman (directed by Lina Koutrakos), recently at Birdland Theater, Joanne Halev drew on her career experience in the world of “fragrance creation.” (For years, she traveled the globe in search of exotic and intoxicating scents.) She had fun with the “fragrance” motif, noting that songs and fragrances alike are […]

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Andrea Axelrod

Andrea Axelrod

June 20, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

For every “We’ll love each other madly forever” anthem, it seems that there are at least a couple of “Waaah!—we’re through” songs. At Don’t Tell Mama, the talented Andrea Axelrod investigates the latter category in After the Bawl (Recovery from Hearthache), with musical director John Cook at the piano. I’m mentioning Cook at the outset […]

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New York Old Friend

New York Old Friend

June 17, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Sometimes it seems that songs about New York City are as plentiful as songs about affairs of the heart and the blessings of the good God above. But if there’s a glut of music about the big burg, it hasn’t dissuaded songwriter Kenneth Laub. He has fashioned not just one new New York anthem, but […]

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Everybody Rise: A Resistance Cabaret

Everybody Rise: A Resistance Cabaret

June 10, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

The art of political song parody has been reinvigorated in the era of Donald Trump. You can find this in the online videos of the clever, intrepidly campy Randy Rainbow, also famed for his spoof interviews. A less-visible practitioner of the genre—at least until now—has been Joe Keenan, formerly a writer and producer on TV’s […]

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Susanne Mack

Susanne Mack

May 20, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Early in her new show at Pangea, Where I Belong, German-born singer Susanne Mack tells about growing up along the Swiss-German border. She speaks of being fascinated by a bridge with a line down the middle—a border marker that you could straddle so that your left foot was in one country and your right in […]

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Celia Berk

Celia Berk

April 28, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In the last few years, Celia Berk has established herself as a serious player on New York cabaret stages. She’s been honored with multiple awards (including a 2015 Bistro Award). In Comes Love, her recent one-nighter at the Birdland Theater—a collaboration with accomplished jazz pianist Sean Gough, along with talented bassist Steve Doyle—she proved yet […]

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Ali Levin: Melania’s Day Off

Ali Levin: Melania’s Day Off

April 6, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

“Have you ever been to hell?” asks Melania Trump (Ali Levin) early in Melania’s Day Off, an ongoing show at The Duplex. “Because I live there.” The premise of the show is that the third Mrs. Trump needs a break from the rigors of being First Lady and decides that the Duplex would be the […]

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