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The Present, Reviewed by David Richardson, Theatre Critic

Jan 12, 2017

It seems to be the season of Russia. Not only are we tied up with Putin in his daring do of wrecking our democratic party but on Broadway we now have two more reasons to either love or hate Russia and perhaps their writers. First, we had a very good production about one chapter of War and Peace called Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and now we have a totally unknown Chekov play first seen by at least one person back around the turn of the century and transposed to the 1990's. It opened at the Barrymore on Broadway and it’s called, somewhat confusingly, The Present.

This Week: NABUCCO by Giuseppe Verdi

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

This Saturday, don't miss What's Up Doc? at 10AM on 88.3 WPPB-FM. Pinky Mehta, MD and Denise Kauckey join this week's program to discuss repeat Bariatric.

WPPB has joined forces with Peconic Bay Medical Center to present their new program, What’s Up Doc?, hosted by PBMC’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mitchell. Andrew Mitchell states, “Peconic Bay Medical Center is thrilled to be partnering with WPPB to share tips and information for listeners to help them make smart health and life-style choices.

This best of all possible scores by Leonard Bernstein has as many adventures as its optimistic hero. A variety of renditions featuring Barbara Cook, Jason Danieley, and Lewis J. Stadlen, with guest appearances by Madeline Kahn and Barbra Streisand. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

Toasting in the New Year with an auld favorite from 2014, filled with songs of new expectations and new dreams, from West Side Story, Mame, She Loves Me, and Lady in the Dark. This Sunday at 3PM, live or streaming.

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