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Thursday, February 12, 2009

RAGTIME takes on Astoria!

The Fab Marquee News Desk.

New York, NY-February 10, 2009: The new Artistic Director at the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) “triumphs” with Ragtime. The award-winning APAC (OOBR Award for Is There Life After Highschool and 8 IT Award Nominations for various productions) furthers its mission to “bring professional high quality theatre and entertainment to Astoria/Long Island City” by offering the borough an “enormously ambitious and brilliantly executed new production that scales the show down to a very personal level...There's not a weak link in this solid group of performers!” – Curtain Up.

Ragtime is re-imagined, more intimate and offers a unique opportunity to connect with the actors on stage. Wojtunik’s use of space, three-quarter round seating, and utilizing every created entrance is “ingeniously staged ... [making] what was distant and didactic on Broadway seem wonderfully intimate...It's the combining of the actors' voices that appeals, of course, but also Walker's car sitting three feet before the audience. Indeed, Walker's car had been assembled earlier before the audience's eyes -- a triumph of Michael P. Kramer's streamlined and fascinating set design. – Back Stage

Ragtime is the realization of what APAC has been building for eight years in the heart of Astoria. The show is performing just blocks from 30th Avenue, Queen’s restaurant row, and mirrors the community which is “filled with hard-working immigrants, aging life-long residents, and struggling young artists (and, really, anyone else you might imagine), this is a place where you can both see and hear change happening — from the slick new condos creeping up between mom-and-pop Greek diners to the rush of languages that dance through your ears on any street corner.” – Curtain Up.

I strongly suggest you get to see it any way you can - by car or by subway. Even if you have to walk, it would be worth it. What an incredible achievement. It's a triumph on every level... To be moved and entertained by a troupe of so many creative and talented people. The Astoria Performing Arts Center has created something magical and memorable. Go.
- Talk Entertainment

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RAGTIME plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, February 22:

Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advanced and $18 at the door. Available online at or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to showtime. TDF vouchers accepted.

Directions to the theatre: Take the N or W Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road.

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