There’s no argument that New York is the center of the theatrical world. Second best is London’s West End and actors there pine for the opportunity to appear on a New York stage.

 

But Broadway isn’t the only opportunity for actors. Even top-notch actors from around the world flock to New York’s Off-Broadway theaters. They are smaller, far less expensive, offer an opportunity to get up close and personal with the audience and more often than not provide a quality performance.

 

One such show on a limited run I The Big Uncut Flick by Grayce Productions. They have brought Todd Michael’s loving parody of Hollywood films The Big Uncut Flick to Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC, running through December 17th. The limited  engagement is directed by Synge Maher and features Timothy J. Cox, Melissa Firlit, Craig MacArthur, Meg Mark, Todd Michael, Dan Morrison, J. Richey Nash and David L. Zweirs.

 

The year is 1953.  As Senator Joseph McCarthy battles the red menace in Washington, DC, the rest of America tunes into TV’s top rated midday show, The Big Uncut Flick, with Mr & Mrs. Matinee, where the 1934 crime drama Say Your Prayers, Ya Mug, comes to life on stage.

 

Playwright TODD MICHAEL, who plays Arlene Lewis, is the author of and appeared in Bad Dames Go To Hell, The Poverty Row Double Horror Show, The Cobra Lady Strikes, Say Your Prayers, Mug!, Right Cross Rhapsody (Horse Trade Theatre Co.), The Greatest B-Movie Ever Told (FringeNYC/Access Theatre), Vice Girl Confidential (FringeNYC/Studio at Cherry Lane), which won the FringeNYC 2006 Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Ensemble, and The Asphalt Christmas.  He played Saul in NYC’s first revival of William Hoffman’s As Is (The Studio Theatre/Theatre Row).  Todd’s plays are available on www.indietheaternow.com.

 

Director  Synge Maher’s recent directing credits include Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Children’s Hour and Tartuffe.  Synge is the founder of www.voicesinsideout.com, a program dedicated to the artistic exchange of those inside and outside prison.

 

The cast includes Timothy J. Cox (The Asphalt Christmas, Talk Radio), Melissa Firlit (National Theatre Institute), Craig MacArthur (The 1s and the 2s, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Auto Graphic Novel), Meg Mark (Everscape, The Asphalt Christmas, Don’t Dress for Dinner), Todd Michael (The Asphalt Christmas, As Is), Dan Morrison (A Lie of the Mind, Steve Got Raped/NY Fringe), J. Richey Nash (Burning/Rattlesnake, Hoopz, Hitting the Cycle) and David L. Zweirs (Psycho Sorority Girl, Bad Dames Go To Hell, The Cobra Lady Strikes), who also designed the costumes. The technical and sound designer is Louis Lopardi.

 

$25 tickets for THE BIG UNCUT FLICK at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC are available through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200.  Discounts are available for some performances at www.telechargeoffers.com or (212) 947-8844.

 

The performance schedule Dec 1-17 is Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 pm.

 

 

OFF BROADWAY THEATRE LISTING INFO

THE BIG UNCUT FLICK a loving parody of Hollywood films by Todd Michael, directed by Synge Maher, through December17 at Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC. www.thebiguncutflick.com  Tickets: $25.  Performance schedule: Thursday-Sat @ 8, mats Sat @ 2 and Sunday @ 3.  www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200

 

Elysee at its most grand

 

 

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