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Google Places & Stage Rush announce the Relatively Speaking ticket giveaway contest

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In Relatively Speaking, four-time Oscar winner Ethan Coen and two-time Oscar nominee Elaine May join with Woody Allen for a one-of-a-kind Broadway experience directed by John Turturro. Julie Kavner, Steve Guttenberg, Mark Linn-Baker and Marlo Thomas head a cast of 16 in this hilarious evening of one-act plays that explore the often outrageous reality of relatives (each one-act play springs from a different branch of the family tree).

So, what’s better than attending a performance of Relatively Speaking with a friend at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre? How about getting to attend a performance of Relatively Speaking with a friend  for free, courtesy of Google Places and Stage Rush?

Stage Rush is proud to be teaming up with Google Places, the new personalized local recommendation engine powered by the reviews of users and their friends. Google New York wants to give you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to Relatively Speaking, just for sharing your opinions about your favorite places in New York City—and all the winners will go out to the theater together on the evening of Tuesday, January 10. And, after the show, you’ll all go out for drinks—on Google! Read more »


The No. 1 Reason To See: Relatively Speaking

relatively speaking broadway play poster woody allen ethan cohen elaine mayFamilies are complicated, and there’s a deep ocean of theatrical works that illustrate this point. We can add another hefty addition to that list with Relatively Speaking, a collection of three one-act comedies by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen that examine the effects of familial kookiness in three different ways. “Talking Cure,” “George Is Dead,” and “Honeymoon Motel” feature a cornucopia of Oh yeah, that guy actors from TV and film, such as Marlo Thomas (That Girl), Steve Guttenberg (Three Men and a Baby), Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown), and Julie Kavner (The Simpsons). The three plays all maintain differing tones, but surely will feature someone that resembles a member of your own clan.

The No. 1 Reason To See Relatively Speaking: Marlo Thomas acting like a child Read more »


Ticket giveaway: Relatively Speaking

Seeing a Broadway show is always an exciting experience. Seeing three in one night is what we call Broadway magic. The new comedy Relatively Speaking has all that and more, comprised of three new one-act plays by Woody Allen, Ethan Cohen, and Elaine May. Stage Rush is giving away two free pairs of tickets to see this trio of plays about familial hijinks, which stars Steve Guttenberg, Marlo Thomas, and more!
relatively speaking broadway play poster woody allen ethan cohen elaine mayHere are the easy steps you need to take to have your chance to win these tickets:

  • Enter on Facebook by writing on Stage Rush’s Facebook wall (“Like” us, if you haven’t already done so)
  • Enter on Twitter by retweeting a link to the Relatively Speaking contest page (a retweet button is located at the top of this page) OR one of Stage Rush’s tweets about the contest (@StageRush must be mentioned somewhere within your tweet, or else we won’t receive your entry)
  • Subscribe to Stage Rush’s weekly newsletter. (Previous subscribers will automatically be entered into the contest.)

You can enter this contest one time via each method. So if you enter through Facebook, Twitter, and the newsletter subscription, you will have three entries in the contest. No more than three entries per person will count. If you play through Facebook, you must be able to be contacted via private message. If you play through Twitter, I must be able to direct message (DM) you (you must be following @StageRush in order for this to happen).

The giveaway will end on Friday, September 30. I will notify the winners through email, Facebook, and/or Twitter private message.

All participants must be able to see the show by  October 19, 2011—Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday performances. The tickets are not valid for resale.

What are you waiting for, Rushers? Get over to the Stage Rush Facebook wall, retweet us on Twitter, and sign up for the weekly newsletter—it couldn’t be easier!

Tickets are provided by Relatively Speaking.


The suite magic of Steve Cohen

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Photo: Clay Patrick McBride

Most people want to separate their work environment from their home, but most people are not Steve Cohen. Cohen, his wife, and two children live in the Waldorf Towers in the same suite where he works, inviting over 200 strangers in every weekend. Cohen is known as the Millionaires’ Magician, and he performs his acclaimed show, Chamber Magic, five times a weekend in his residential suite. Yet Cohen’s is drastically different from the popular magic acts found in Las Vegas; he performs in front of no more than 50 people at a time, with close-up tricks steeped in Vaudeville culture.

And he’s made it into a multi-million-dollar business.

Cohen looks the part of a Waldorf resident. Dressed in tails with a yellow vest and thick-knotted necktie, Cohen, 40, the Magician in Los Angeles not only appears dapper, but as if he’s not of this period. Even without him admitting so, it’s clear from his act that he has an affinity for old world style. Audiences of Chamber Magic are required to wear cocktail party attire (don’t even think about wearing jeans). Between the formal dress of the audience and the performer, the elegance of the setting, and Cohen’s charming delivery, Chamber Magic transports to a much older era. Yet Cohen delivers with boyish wonderment in his eyes.

That look is something that has never left him. Cohen began performing magic when he was 6 years old, growing up in Chappaqua, New York. His great uncle was an amateur magician and taught him card and coin tricks. Cohen was hooked. “That’s 34 years of a lot of magic,” Cohen said.

In 2001, Cohen commandeered a friend’s Greenwich Village apartment a few nights a week for one of the first iterations of Chamber Magic. This engagement didn’t last long, however; the friend’s wife got tired of constantly rearranging the furniture for Cohen’s magic shows. So it was off to the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, where Cohen performed for a few months. It was there that Cohen made connections that lead to the Waldorf and it wasn’t long until he took up his current residency.

Cohen refers to the kind of tricks he performs as “thinking-man’s magic.” “If I’m just doing fancy flourishes and random rolls of coins across my fingers, you enjoy it while you’re watching it, but then it’s over and it doesn’t leave you with any impact,” Cohen said. “My design parameter when creating a magic show is to make magic that lasts in your head longer.”

VIDEO: Steve Cohen talks about wooing his wife with magic, and one of his biggest fans—Stephen Sondheim. Read more »