Film buffs across six states stare wide-eyed at large cinema screens, losing themselves in first-run Hollywood movies and the smell of fresh, buttery kernels within Your Neighborhood Theatre's 17 locations. Though all theaters prioritize comfortable seating, old-fashioned friendly service, and high-stakes preshow trivia slideshows, each location encompasses its own distinct charm, be it through arthouse décor, 3-D screens, or Rhode Island's vintage 1950's drive-in setting.
Cultural Arts Playhouse has been fostering the development of up-and-coming actors for more than 15 years. At its Musical Theatre and Acting Academy, students from 1st–12th grade hone their on-stage skills by taking classes on singing, acting, and improvisation under the tutelage of an experienced teacher. Kids get to show off these skills in full theatrical productions, with main-stage shows opening up auditions to the entire community so people can see their neighbors' acting chops and dusted-off fake skulls. Cultural Arts Playhouse alumni have found success in New York and throughout the country, appearing in HBO's The Sopranos, and such Broadway productions as Les Miserables and Aladdin.
The Governor's locations are ranked among 10Best's Editor's Picks for live Long Island entertainment; they have featured some of the best-known names in the business, such as Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, and Jerry Seinfeld. Upcoming performers include Mike Yard with Eric Tartaglione at McGuire's, Andy Pitz at the Brokerage, and Greg Fitzsimmons at Governor's. Check the schedules to find out which club will make you laugh so loudly area birds will be too scared to sing for days.
Seasoned comedian and teacher Brad Trackman, whose resume boasts appearances on NBC, ABC, MTV, CBS, Spike TV and Comedy Central, guides burgeoning chuckle-inducers through the finer points of laugh acquisition in his four-hour workshop, Comedy A through Z. Students learn to develop and write for performance persona, as well as sharpen their wit and enhance their abilities to care for newborn microphones. In addition to leading students through material-crafting exercises, Trackman will sling out advice on the business of comedy and what it takes to pursue a career in it, including tips for acquiring representation and landing TV roles. Students will dissect the ins and outs of the standup circuit, as well as hone their joke-crafting skills by observing actual chickens crossing actual roads.
• For $20, you get a ticket for seating in section 8L, 8R, 10L, 10R, 12L, 12R, or 14L (a $29 value before fees, or up to a $39.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $31, you get a ticket for seating in section 11L, 11R, 13L, 13R, or 15 (a $49 value before fees, or up to a $62 value online, including all ticketing fees).
With more than 60 million albums sold, the dynamic duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates has amassed an army of fans with its ageless anthems, silky ballads, and dance-floor staples. Since the mid-1970s and the release of their 10-hankie weeper "She’s Gone," Hall & Oates have rained down rock and soul on thirsty eardrums around the world. Supporting their career-encompassing box set Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall and John Oates, Hall & Oates take to the stage armed with a songbook packed with favorites such as "Maneater," "Rich Girl," and other tunes as mellifluous as a songbird serenading his mother-in-law.