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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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Scott Raneri

Scott Raneri

January 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The Marvelous Mr. Marzo (written by Joey Virgo and directed by Mark Copron) is one of those cabaret shows that is also a confessional monodrama. But instead of telling and singing of a troubled romantic relationship or a battle with personal demons, singer and actor Scott Raneri relates the tale of a family secret that […]

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Robin Westle

Robin Westle

January 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

1969 was famous as a year full of political tumult and social upheaval. Richard Nixon began what would be a troubled presidency in January. A draft lottery was instituted to conscript American men to fight in the prolonged conflict in Vietnam. And the Stonewall riots put the nascent Gay Liberation movement in the spotlight that […]

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Michele Brourman

Michele Brourman

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Watching Michele Brourman play to a packed house in a recent one-nighter at Birdland Theater, I felt that I gained a deeper understanding of the work of singer-pianists in cabaret and how their art differs from that of vocalists who don’t accompany themselves. Some of what struck me is rather obvious. Singer-pianists seem to have […]

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Julie Reyburn

Julie Reyburn

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Julie Reyburn has been relatively inactive in the cabaret scene in recent years, but that doesn’t mean that she has been otherwise idle. She’s been busy raising children and working in the nonprofit sector. She now returns to her art with a new show at Don’t Tell Mama called Anywhere We Are. It’s a big, […]

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Goldie Dver

Goldie Dver

January 7, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

After a decade away from cabaret performing, Goldie Dver returns to the stage in an energetic and polished show called Back in Mama’s Arms (directed by James Beaman). The “Mama” in question is, of course, the venue at which the show takes place: Don’t Tell Mama. At one point in the set, Dver points out […]

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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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