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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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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Steve Grand

Steve Grand

April 2, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Steve Grand—a singer and model from the Chicago area—writes and performs pop songs, some with a country edge, about being young and gay. He’s attracted a following, in part because of the music videos that illustrate his recordings. He is especially known for his song “All-American Boy,” which is about falling in love with a […]

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Teresa Fischer

Teresa Fischer

February 17, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

In More Than You Know, her Rosemary Clooney tribute show at 53 Above, Teresa Fischer tells us that she has long been drawn to Clooney’s singing because of the warmth and clarity of her voice and her ability to make every lyric understandable. Happily, Fisher is able to replicate those positive qualities herself. It’s not […]

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Mark Farrelly – Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Mark Farrelly – Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

February 5, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Within post-Stonewall gay culture, Quentin Crisp has not been universally beloved. And how could he have been, really? The British-born writer and raconteur—who died in 1999 at age 90—was a stubborn contrarian. He advised his readers and listeners to seek happiness by looking inward rather than by seeking true love or taking up causes. Claiming […]

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Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone

Sean Harkness, Lina Koutrakos, Marcus Simeone

December 25, 2018 | By | 3 Comments

Group cabaret shows can be wonderful, but they can also be tricky. You want to provide variety both in musical content and in terms of who sings what. You want a balance of solos, duets, and ensemble numbers. And you need to make certain that the voices and personalities truly blend well. Being a talented […]

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Mischa Kischkum

Mischa Kischkum

December 9, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

There is a kid-like exuberance about Mischa Kischkum that quickly spreads through the audience. In his debut solo cabaret show, Off the Charts: Songs You Don’t Know By Writers You Love (directed by Jason Ellis), the performer comes to the stage and quickly commands it, wearing (among other things) a sly smile and a leopard-print […]

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