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Magic and Mystery at Plaxall Gallery
Waves of smoke curl ominously across
open space. Darkness and light intermingle
between eerie sculptures and artwork.
A bold immersive experience unites the
audience and actors for a mystical presentation
of “Th e Tempest”. Th is very popular
Shakespearean comedy/drama has
made frequent appearances on Queens
stages. Th e current incarnation is staged
over hundreds of square feet at the
impressive Plaxall Gallery (in association
with LIC Artists).
Th e story focuses on warring sorcerers
and statesmen who reunite for
a fi nal confrontation when a tempest
shipwrecks their seafaring vessel. Secret
Th eatre’s founder Richard Mazda plays
the wily protagonist, Prospero. As the
backbone of the production, he off ers a
fi rm, even-handed interpretation. His
daughter Miranda is played with energy
and charm by Joy Donze.
Director Owen Th ompson and choreographer
Shoko Tamai, along with producer
Stef Wilson use seven graceful sprites to
repeatedly break the “fourth wall”. Th ey
dance, play instruments and make eye
contact. Gliding on ballet slippers, their
chiff on- like costumes carry them eff ortlessly.
Th ey gracefully guide the audience
throughout the performance. Nimble
nymph Ariel (Noelia Antweiler) performs
draw- dropping feats of acrobatics. She
dangles from colorful sashes as she twists
and turns far above the ground. Brava!
As thunder crashes and lightning
fl ashes, colorful landscapes
and mystical seascapes are projected
against the gallery’s many
walls. Th e overall eff ect successfully
relays the sense of magic
and mystery. Meanwhile, comic
relief is portrayed admirably by
Stephano the drunken butler
(Keith Howard) and Trinculo the
jester (Josh Miccio). Th e amphibious
monster Caliban (Zachary
Clark) paradoxically yet very
capably earns both our respect
More conservatively clad
Europeans possessing varying
degrees of good and evil are
young Ferdinand (Kevin Th iel),
the scoundrel Sebastian (Greg
Warren), usurper Antonio (Mark
Edward Lang) conscience plagued
Alonso (Karl O’Brian Williams)
and good natured Gonzalo (Kurt
Kingsley), the boatswain (Joshua
David Scarlett) and the shipsmaster
(Landon Tate Boyle).
Kudos to the dancing sprites (Darby
Fulcher, Emily Morrison, Koyu Ugiya,
Kelly Vaghenas, Steph Seiden, Samantha
Randolph and Sammy Goold). Curtain
calls for the entire production team
including Adriana Alter, Jessica Fornear,
Melissa Barry, Anthony Logan Cole
(lighting), Jeremiah Clay Neal (sound)
, Sadah Espii Proctor (projection), Ivy
Swinksi (choreographer), Samantha
Cancellarich (set), Daniel Valle (sculptor),
and Caroline Cavallo.
For information on this and future productions,
call (917) 287-3093, (718) 392-
0722 or surf to www.secre heatre.com.
As always, save me a seat on the aisle.
On this week’s
PODCAST: SEEMA HINGORANI
Th e weekly podcast featuring Power
Women has featured Judge Judy, Pat
DiMango of “Hot Bench,” Julie Menin
and other women who have achieved
Th is week, Victoria Schneps will
be featuring on her podcast Seema
Hingorani, founder and Chief
Investment Officer of SevenStep
Capital, founder and chair of Girls
Who Invest, a nonprofi t organization
dedicated to increasing the number of
women in portfolio management and
leadership in the asset management
industry. Hingorani was also a “WOW:
Women of Wall Street” honoree.
During the podcast, Hingorani discusses
her parents’ unique immigrant
story, growing up in a high achieving
family and helping women get
involved in investing.
Hingorani talks about being inspired
to start Girls Who Invest when investment
managers would meet with her
and show their organizational charts
and she saw that there were so few
“I didn’t realize how bad it was,” she
said. “I asked every single one of these
men who run these fi rms and everybody
told me don’t get resumes from
women. So I thought, maybe we do
have pipeline problem and let’s fi x
The theme of this 15-minute
podcast is to learn these women’s
secrets of success. Listen to it at
SchnepsBroadcasting.com and wherever
Love beer? Then you’ll love the
huge World’s Fare beer samplings
Citi Field will host lots of international
brews and global food for the 2nd Annual
World’s Fare on May 18 and 19.
Craft beer lovers will be able to have
UNLIMITED tastings of over 40 types of
craft brews from around the world. Ticket
buyers can choose from two 3 hour long
sessions off ered; the fi rst session is from
12 to 3 p.m. and second session is from
4 to 7 p.m.
Pair your beer or cocktail with some
of the most authentic food around the
world. Empanada Papa, D’Abruzzo,
Destination Dumplings, Antico Noe and
more will be on site off ering up their delicious
cuisine for sale. We will also have
International Cocktail bars where you can
enjoy a specialty cocktail.
Don’t miss out on all of the curated
international food vendors, our international
beer garden, cocktail bars representing
diff erent regions of the world,
live music & dance and the exciting
International Shopping Pavilion.
Prices start at $19 and Unlimited Beer
Tickets start at $49. Don’t wait – get your
tickets to Th e World’s Fare 2019 today!
Citi Field is centrally located in New
York City with parking and many public
transportation options. Check out www.
Th eWorldsFare.nyc for more information.
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