Category: APAC

APAC Presents The Insiders: Musicals from the Quarantine

[From Astoria Performing Arts Center] Astoria Performing Arts Center in association with Teresa Lotz presents The Insiders Musicals from the Quarantine Six original musicals responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Astoria Performing Arts Center (Dev Bondarin, Artistic Director), in association with Teresa Lotz, presents six new musical shorts written in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Featuring… Read more »

Theater review: Jump

I was the first one to arrive to the theater with about twenty minutes to spare. A few others trickled in and Charly Evon Simpson’s Jump, began. The material could be triggering for some, as it’s about intense grief. I don’t want to give anything away, but the story centers around a mysterious bridge where… Read more »

Musical review: Marguerite

This past Monday I went to see Marguerite presented by Astoria Performing Arts Center. Despite the rainy evening, several patrons filled the pews of the Church of the Redeemer, an appropriate location for a show depicting the life’s work of the first saint of New France. One can’t help but feel a sense of awe… Read more »

APAC presents Marguerite

[From Astoria Performing Arts Center] Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) presents Marguerite – The New York Premiere Starring Cady Huffman Book and Lyrics by Anton Dudley Music by Michael Cooper Directed by Dev Bondarin (APAC’s Artistic Director) Remaining shows: Thursday 11/14 at 8pm  Friday,11/15 at 8pm Monday, 11/18 at 7pm Thursday, 11/21 at 8pm  Friday,… Read more »

Musical review: Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change, which takes place in 1963 but was first performed 15 years ago, has arguably more social relevance today than ever before. Written by Tony Kushner, best known for the play Angels in America, he explores the issues of societal, class, race and religious inequalities that had boiled over in the 60’s and are… Read more »

Q&A with APAC’s Executive Director Jesse Marchese

Astoria Performing Arts Center’s 2019 season is upon us, as the play Queen runs January 31 through February 16 at The Black Box at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens. To give some insight into the play, the new season, and the new (old) location, we did a Q&A with Jesse Marchese, Executive Director… Read more »

APAC Announces 2018-19 Season featuring “Caroline, of Change” & “Queen”

[From Astoria Performing Arts Center] Astoria Performing Arts Center Announces 2018-19 Season Award-Winning Theater Presents 18th Season Featuring New York Premiere of Queen and Tony-Nominated Musical Caroline, or Change Following an acclaimed 17th season that included sold-out performances, critical accolades, and multiple New York Innovative Theatre (NYIT) Awards for its record-breaking production of Follies, Astoria… Read more »

Review: Veil’d

Veil’d, now playing at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, is a show that positively sparkles with life while dealing with some heavy topics: Is the opportunity to be isolated from the problems of the world a blessing or a curse? How does what young women, particularly young Muslim women, choose to wear affect others’ opinions of… Read more »

APAC Summer Stars Program

[From Astoria Performing Arts Center] WHO? Astoria Performing Arts Center, “Adventurous theater in Astoria,” The New York Times says about the award-winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2001. APAC’s mission is to bring high-quality theater to Astoria, Queens, and to support local youth and senior citizens through community programs at schools,… Read more »

Review of Raisin

Grasping for a Glimmer of Sunshine: Lisa Huberman on Raisin at Astoria Performing Arts Center There’s something that is so comforting about jazz music on a rainy evening—the melancholy mixed with seductive combination of nostalgia and longing. Astoria Performing Arts Center’s deeply felt, soulful revival of Raisin left me warmed and transported on the misty… Read more »