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THE GREENROOM DISCUSSIONS - December, 1996

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NOTE:

I'm not giving out any HULA WHOOPS till the 3rd of January, but The Theater Mirror was just notified that Lee and I have something we probably ought to be proud of. To whit:

"Huzzah, huzzah!!"
===Lee VanderLaan

Posted-Date: Sun, 22 Dec 1996 18:04:09 -0800 From: John Wallace
Reply-To: wally@wwwa.com
Organization: World Wide Web Associates
To: eastcomp@shore.net
Subject: Top Ten Web Site Awards

Congratulations!

Your site has been selected by World Wide Web Associates as a Top Ten winner in its category.

This places your site in the "top 1/10th of 1%" of your category and qualifies your Webmaster team for the Best Site of the Year Award: a trip to Hawaii (for two!), including United airfare, accommodations and rental car.

Top Ten and Best of the Year awards are based on Organization & Functionality, Graphic Design, Innovation, and Overall Contribution to the Internet.

Your award also qualifies you to use the attached image on your site. If you choose to show your award on your site, please link to the Awards page at
http://wwwa.com/awards.htm

The Best Site of the Year award finals will take place this month! You'll be notified via email if you are our Grand Prize winner, and will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise, a new winner is chosen.

All Top Ten Sites nominees will have a final review by eight judges on December 31st to determine the Grand Prize winner. To submit other sites for consideration, please include the site URL anywhere in the body of your email and send to:

awards@wwwa.com

Thank you for your submission and for your contribution to the Internet.

Aloha, and good luck!

Sincerely,
John Wallace
World Wide Web Associates
wally97@wwwa.com
http://wwwa.com
1-800-914-4615

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?"
~ Robert Browning

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From: tseebach@vax.bhs.umn.edu
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 08:35:50 -0600
Subject: Congratulations!

Hi!

Congratulations on your special recognition! Way to go. I for one, am impressed. If you win the trip to Hawaii and just can't make it you let me know ok? Anything for a friend.

Have a great holiday and I may talk to you in the next day or so.

Take care!
Love-
Tanya


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 10:52:24 +0000
From: mkaplan
Subject: Congrats

HURRAH! Congratulations on the award. It is very much deserved. The recognition is long overdue.---

MY BEST. HAVE A HAPPY HOLLIDAY AND....L'CHAIM:
Live Long and Prosper.


From: RickLom@aol.com
Date: Tue, 24 Dec 1996 08:02:13 -0500
Subject: Re: Whoop, Whoop!

Congratulations!
Rick Lombardo


From: "BRUCE GELLERMAN"
Organization: WBUR Radio, Boston
To: critick@genie.geis.com
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 10:14:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Whoop Whoop!!!

I didn't even know you had a web site!?

Bruce Gellerman
-------------------
Executive Producer
WBUR-FM
National Public Radio Boston
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
phone: 617-353-0675
fax: 617-353-9380


Date: Mon, 23 Dec 1996 13:23:39 -0800
From: sharyns@ix.netcom.com (Sharyn Shipley)
Subject: Jolly Season
Dear Larry,

All the best for you and yours. If you see someone in a jolly bright mood singing ho ho ho in the sky on Christmas eve, it's me it's me. On my way to California. When I come back I'll update you.

Someday I'll have an opening and all my friends will come. Wish it were this year.

Sharyn


Date: Tue, 24 Dec 1996 00:32:13 -0500
From: Rosann Hickey: aseltine
Subject: A Prezzie! (Sort Of)

Big Congratulations to you and Lee on the award--hope you get to Hawaii! That would certainly take some of the misery out of the long tail end of winter for you. I'll think lovely thoughts for you.

Love, Rosann


From: E Noonan
Subject: RE: Happy Xmas!!!!!!!
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 1996 23:40:33 -0500

Congratulations and good luck! You deserve it!

>>
>>"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
>> Or what's a heaven for?"
>> ~ Robert Browning
>>

do you know, that is my favorite quote? I even put it in my high school yearbook, 'lo those many years ago.

Hope your Christmas was wonderful. By the way, the show has been extended through January!
You still have time to come see it! (*8

E Noonan


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Lee and I are grateful that The Theater Mirror has been considered part of the top tenth of one percent of the entire Internet for excellence. But some of the many people who have helped us throughout this first year have sent the congratulatory notes reproduced above.

We'd really like to thank all the contributors, all those who've kept the Greenroom lively, and everyone who has just dropped in to read things here. You've all helped us make this first year what we hope is a good Beginning.

Happy New Year, every one!

Love,
===Anon.


From: StuGetz@aol.com
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 1996 00:06:26 -0500
Subject: Linda Amendola

Hi Larry,

I am a great friend a young lady named Linda Amendola. She is an actress in the Boston area. I'm assuming she's in Boston because I found a review of "Lady Windermere's Fan".

I last was in touch with Linda when I accompanied her to the opening of "Patriots" an independant film in which she starred.

I'm a musician and with both of our schedules we lose touch now and then, but we always seem to find eachother... this time I'm having trouble!!!

Any leads would be appreciated.
Thanks for your time.
Stuart Getz


LARRY STARK REPLIES:
Well, we'll see if we can get any information from the Greenroom's readers. If not, best bet would be to inquire of The Lyric Stage about a possible address or phone number. They'd at least know where she WAS during the run of the show...


Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 07:28:35 -0800 From: Frank De Simone
Reply-To: netquest@earthlink.net
Subject: "The Mario Lanza Story" (Be My Love)

Dear Sir,

The Mario Lanza Story is a two hour musical on Mario Lanza's life, and performing to standing ovation audiences. We plan to bring this great musical to Boston. Would like some info on bookings. This truly is a great musical story. We would like to dedicate this first showing to the late BILL MARLOWE, Boston's best D.J.

You may contact me at the above E-Mail Address

Sincerely
Producer/Frank E. De Simone


Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 15:08:52 -0700
From: Zella Evans
Subject: RENT

Ok, do owe ever need help. My sister and I (two hicks from Idaho) will be in your 'neck of the woods' the Week of March 16- 24th. We want to see a show. A good show, we were thinking RENT.

I would love for her to see the Wang theatre, but the Shubert is beautiful. Think of us as 'hicks out on the town' and suggest something we will never forget. The ballet is a little too formal, wouldn't want to shock our systems with culture or anything. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you very much. Happy Holidays.

Oh....my e-mail is zevans@idahonews.com

Thanks again
Zella Evans

LARRY STARK RECOMMENDS:

If I were you, Zella, I wouldn't see a show --- I'd see TWO.

'Rent" will probably be at the Shubert forever; if you go, do the whole nine yards: camp out all night in the Bostonian chill to make certain you get two $20.00 front-row seats, so that you'll remember the Experience no matter what you think of the Show.

But remember the Shubert's been in moth-balls for years; the smaller Wilbur Theatre, and the Colonial (which was recently renovated and is, hands down, the most beautiful theatre in Boston) are probably cleaner.

The Wang is old, seedy, and merely big, and it has the acoustics of an abandoned airplane hangar. Still, those are your choices for The New York Experience here --- and that's really what a couple of hicks on the town really ought to be looking for. No telling what will be at either of the non- RENT houses by late March, but look into The Mirror about March 3rd and you should know more about what you'll have to choose from after the Ides.

But, really, try a smaller house for good measure. A.R.T.'s "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" will still be up across the river --- if your tastes run to snob-hits --- and "Juno & The Paycock" will be playing at The Lyric Stage.

A trolley-ride will get you to The New Rep, and I'm betting "American Buffalo" in that intimate house directed by Rick Lombardo will blow any memories of "Rent" into a cocked hat. But, if you DO get the rush-seats at "Rent" you'll be able to afford to spend what you'll save on a second, smaller-house show!

Of course, you've got to remember that when I was first in London for two weeks I saw fifteen plays and a movie, and when I was there again for ten weeks I saw sixty plays --- so the thought oF coming to The Athens of The East to see only "Rent" is, to me, a little short-sighted. ("Don't get t'town very often, but when I do, gol'durn --- fifty-cents don't mean Nothin'!!!")

Tell you what: buy the "Rent" tickets now, and call me when you get to Boston and I'll maybe have a second gem for you.

And, of course --- break a leg!

Love,
===Anon.


Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996 14:23:15 -0500
From: Gina Giachetti
Subject: Dramaturgy Work

Hello! I was visiting Theatre Mirror and decided to email you. I graduated with a double major in Theatre and English lit in 1995 from Mount Holyoke College.

I would like to go to grad school in fall of 1998 in dramaturgy, but as of now I have no links with the theatre world here in Boston, and want to start dramaturging some shows to gain experience and build my resume. Do you have any tips on how I could get myself started? Any advice would be appreciated! Right now I'll work part time (I have a full time job to pay the bills) and for free!

Email: =giachetti@bigfoot.com
Name: =Gina Giachetti
home page url- http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/2127/

I hope to hear from you soon!

LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Gina, I haven't even any idea what a dramaturg DOES!

I did hear that the A.R.T. had one, and the Huntington possibly does. Maybe you could ask them for an unpaid-internship as an assistant. The CENTASTAGE people might be able to answer your questions; Dean O'Donnell out at Worcester Polytech might; and Ron Ritchell and Polly Hogan at The Lyric Stage are approachable and know more about theater than ten of me ever will.

On a totally different tack, however, do you know ANYONE still at Mount Holyoke who would review plays for The Theater Mirror? Seriously. We really ought to have a pair of "western eyes" telling us what's happening in theater west of Framingham.

Tell you what: I'll do what I can to find you a dramaturg's position (Understand: I've never knowingly Met a dramaturg anywhere in Boston), if you'll do what you can to find us a reviewer. Deal?

Love,
===Anon.


From: DAVIDSRO@aol.com
Sat, 7 Dec 1996 05:47:35 GMT
Subject: Re: Coming Attractions to dat...

Thank you very much for your support and sending along this information to me. It has been very helpful filling in some gaps in the Standing Room Only Calender. And, as always, thank you for listening.

---David DelGrosso

LARRY STARK EXPLAINS:

Once we completed a thorough month's update on productions announced and expected in December, I emailed a copy to David, who is one of the people creating the STANDING ROOM ONLY program on WERS-fm every Saturday from 10 a m to 2 p m. It's more than they need, and they always pick up a lot of shows every week that weren't publicized when we did the update, but I thought it might be helpful.

Their Calendar covers a four-state area very thoroughly, and anyone doing theatrical p/r ought to get information directly to them at the station as early as possible. (Email to: DAVIDSRO@aol.com An awful lot of theater people find the show just as addictive as I have.

Love,
===Anon.


Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 12:51:49 -0500 (EST)
From: Nathaniel B Aldrich
Subject: Re: Send Season,,,

thanx so much for the e-mail regarding Durham Centerstage listings. i looked, but obviously missed our frankie and johnny listing. i'll get the whole season with days dates etc.asap.

yours is a terrific service and i hope people appreciate you in the theatre community.

by the way, the musical we're doing that you've never heard of is a twentieth century american opera. we do a modern opera (in english) every other season in conjunction with the University of NH's Opera Workshop, as two of us here believe it is a genre far overlooked and really the exciting frontier of opera.

if you ever get a chance, come on up to a show and we'll provide the comps. we're about an hour from boston.

thanx again
nate aldrich


Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 15:26:42 -0500
To: shubert@shubert.com
Subject: Shubert Performing Arts Center December Newsletter
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SHUBERT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
247 College Street, New Haven, CT
**********************************************************
December, 1996 NEWSLETTER
Theater Where It Was Meant To Be Seen
**********************************************************

This letter is being sent to addresses that have expressed interest in the Shubert's web site (http://www.shubert.com.) If your address has been included in error, or if you do not wish to receive future mailings, please let us know and your address will be removed.
**********************************************************

PENN & TELLER
TRY OUT THEIR NEW BROADWAY-BOUND SHOW
AT THE SHUBERT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 AND 29 AND NEW YEAR'S EVE

Party at Bash to Follow New Year's Eve Performance

Celebrated illusionists Penn & Teller will introduce their new show, scheduled to open on Broadway next year, at the Shubert Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 28, at 8 pm, Sunday, December 29 at 2 and 7 pm and New Year's Eve at 9 pm. The New Year's Eve performance will be followed by a party at Bash, New Haven's newest night club, located next door to the Shubert Theater.

Penn & Teller have been called (by Genii, the professional magicians' magazine) "the most important magic act of our time." The New York Times calls them "genius." They call themselves "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned to do a few cool things."

Penn & Teller's shows are different from traditional magic acts. They are theater pieces with content and context, not to mention considerable hilarity.

For years the pair rejected the term "magicians," because of their differences with others in the field. Pen & Teller never condescend to their audiences. Their tricks are never arbitrary or intended to show up the audience. Their shows are to entertain, enlighten and delight.

Regular guests on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Lettermen and Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Penn & Teller have also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show and Saturday Night Live. Penn & Teller Go Public, a PBS special, won two Emmy Awards and the International Golden Rose. They have written two best-selling books, Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends and How to Play with Your Food. A third book, How to Play in Traffic, is in the works.

Ticket Prices for Saturday and Sunday are $28, $19, $10 -- New Year's Eve Show Only tickets are $35, $26, $17. Call the Box Office at 203-562-5666 or 1-800-955-5566

You can visit Penn and Teller on the Internet at http://www.sincity.com. Visit the Shubert homepage http://www.shubert.com for more information on this and other Shubert performances.

Also coming to the Shubert Theater:

Mummenschanz
January 17 & 18, 1997

La Boheme, New York City Opera National Company,
January 25 & 26

Ben Vereen & Leslie Uggams On Broadway!
January 31 & February 1

A Chorus Line
February 4 - 16, 1997

The Shubert Theater Home Page has gone through some big changes over the last couple of months. If you have not checked us out in a while, come in, take a look and let us know what you think. I also always welcome suggestions on new features that you would find useful.

Thank you for your interest in the New Haven Shubert Theater.

Randall Rode
General Manager
Shubert Performing Arts Center
247 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
shubert@shubert.com
http://www.shubert.com


From: MINORK@WCSUB.CTSTATEU.EDU
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 04:20:13 GMT

Larry: just discovered your website. I tip my hat to you-great work. As a theater writer in Connecticut and New York, I find your site a wealthy font of info. As a Brandeis grad, I'm particularly warm to the Boston area, and this makes it seen closer.

Do you need any additional features, reviews, stories? I cover Goodspeed, Hartford Stage and Long Wharf now for a couple of papers in Conn, the "Stamford Advcate" being the most prominent. I'd be happy to e-mail samples, send tear-sheets, whatever. Resume too. I do this (and teach writing & theater at Western College State University), so if you could use the pieces, I wouldn't be wasting your time. Please advise when you come up for air.

Keep up the grand work and hope to hear from you anon.
Kyle Minor


Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 05:07:40 GMT
From: Mail Delivery Subsystem
Subject: Returned mail: Host unknown
(Name server: wcub.ctstateu.edu: host not found)
Subject: Send Them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I'd like to see some reviews from your area.
Anything that's still running.
Will there be any copyright problems, any citations of publishers we have to include?
And thanks for the offer!

I've been trying every way I know to get people outside Boston to tell us what the hell is happening in stages in their area.
You're the second, and I hope not the last!

I'm tethered, you see. I'm retired, I don't drive, and there's only so much you can do with the MBTA, as anyone who has tried to get to or from Brandeis knows.

So you will be doing us an immense favor by broadening The Mirror's horizons.

You got a BY JEEVES review I can see? I really wondered about a show built of that material...

So, send us some stuff, and you'll probably see it reflected in The Mirror next week.
Thanks for thinking of us.
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Sun, 01 Dec 1996 21:05:28 -0800
From: "rdumont@cyberportal.net"
Subject: Web Site

Hi!!

Great Web Site!! I am looking for any information you may have on RiverDance. I understand they are performing at the Wang in Jan'97. Have the tickets gone on sale do yu know. Do you have there phone #.
Thanks Rob Dumont


Tickets must be on sale, since a listing was in the GLOBE:

10 - 26 January
"RiverDance"
THE WANG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
270 Tremont Street, BOSTON
1(617)931-2787

From: E Noonan
Subject: NEW SHOW: The Mistletoe Murders Date: Tue, 3 Dec 1996 05:56:02 -0500


                            Class Act Productions,
              in association with Jackson's Restaurant presents

                            THE MISTLETOE MURDERS
                           by Robert Lawlor Mattson

                    Fridays and Saturdays through 12/31/96

                             Jackson's Restaurant
                         478 Lowell Street (Rte. 110)
                                 Methuen, MA
                                (508) 688-5021

The neurotic staff of the 'I Luv You' Greeting Card company is desperately trying to come up with a theme that sells and frazzled nerves are rampant! Trailblazing President, Custard T. Owens, has offered a limited partnership to the employee that comes up with *THE* brilliant festive slogan to save the company and their jobs! Iit's cutthroat competition as everybody wants to succeed....or do they?
Is there a bitter employee with an axe to grind...or bury? Who would have thought that mischievous mistletoe may inspire not a budding romance, but the *kiss of death*.

Join the fun for just $32.00 per person! Includes your choice of 5 mouth-watering meals, dessert, coffee, tax, and extraordinary talent as well (gratuity not included)!!!

WHEN YOU CALL FOR RESERVATIONS, BE SURE TO SPECIFY THAT YOU WANT TO SEE THE "HEPBURN" CAST AND E GRACE NOONAN!

Directions:

From Boston, take 95 north to 93 north. *Take the 2nd exit, Rte 110. This empties into a rotary. Take the 3rd exit off the rotary for 110 west (you will go under 93).
Jackson's is approximately 1 mile down the road, on the left hand side.

From the Central Massachusetts area, take 495 north to 93 north, and follow the directions from the * above.

From New Hampshire, take 495 south to 93 north, and follow directions from * above.


Hi Larry!
If it's not too late to get the following reminder in the greenroom, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

OPEN AUDITIONS "CROSSING DELANCEY"
WED, DECEMBER 4TH @ 7:30
SUN, DECEMBER 8TH @ 2:00

BURLINGTON PLAYERS
PARK PLAYHOUSE, BURLINGTON, MA

ROUTE 128 TO THE EXIT FOR
WINN STREET (SOUTH) WOBURN
HEAD SOUTH TOWARDS WOBURN ON WINN STREET
GO STRAIGHT AT LIGHTS PASS STRIP MALL ON RIGHT
TAKE RIGHT ONTO HARRIET AVE (SULLIVAN FUNERAL HOME ON CORNER) GO STRAIGHT UP HILL
TAKE LEFT AND GO THROUGH GATE TO THEATER.

FOR INFO CALL DIRECTOR, NANCY CURRAN WILLIS (617) 270-0869.

PRODUCTION DATES: MARCH 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22
REHEARSALS START IN JANUARY


Date: Sun, 01 Dec 1996 22:05:34 -0500
From: SherryeLyn
Reply-To: starlynd@ma.ultranet.com
To: themirror@shore.net
Subject: Happy Few

Hello!

I'd like to be included in the "Happy Few" mailing, if possible. I'd like to spend a little more time at the theater in 1997!

Regards,
Starlynd@ma.ultranet.com (SherryeLyn Weinstein)


From: MCGARTYM@aol.com

Subject: New Theatre Web Page

The Harvard Community Theatre in Harvard Mass has just put up a web page with information about our organization and current season. Please add it to your theatre links page.
URL http://members.aol.com/mcgartym/hct.html
Thanks,
Michael McGarty, Artistic Director HCT


Online Repertory announces
Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
All roles are OPEN! Needed are 12 men and 12 women and chorus of 15 children.
Audtions are Jan 3, and 4th; Callbacks Jan 5.
Call (800)577-4383 for more information
Thanks,
Deb Abberton


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