Thursday, December 18, 2008 at midnight (Broadway Time)
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Piven doc prescribed 'Plow' exit By MICHAEL FLEMING, GORDON COX

Physician stands by mercury diagnosis

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ArtsBeat Blog: Norbert Leo Butz, William H. Macy Replace Jeremy Piven in 'Speed-the-Plow' By Dave Itzkoff

The Times has spoken with Mr. Piven's doctor, Dr. Carlon M. Colker, about his departure from the show. A full report will follow.

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PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Matthew Risch

It happened to Shirley MacLaine, Sutton Foster and Cheyenne Jackson. Now it's Matthew Risch's turn for a spin on the understudy's wheel of fortune.

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Trusting Material Key to Good Film Adaptations by Richard Ouzounian

Why does Frost/Nixon work on screen, while Doubt doesn't?

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Speed of sound (design) By Isaac Butler

Outside of a Richard Foreman or a Wooster Group show, there were probably few plays ten years ago that would be undone by faulty sound equipment. Not so anymore.

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In defense of All My Sons By Isaac Butler

In the age of cookie-cutter Broadway and Off Broadway play direction, McBurney's vision is a breath of fresh air.

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Opening Night: An IM postmortem By David Cote and Melissa Anderson

David Cote (Theater) and Melissa Anderson (Film) discuss Ivo van Hove's Opening Night at BAM.

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Color us surprised By Isaac Butler

It's hard to know whether Bart Sher directing August Wilson is progress or another setback, but I am hoping it's the former.

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Video Feature
Barbour Song By: Valerie Smaldone and Joe Tavano

Broadway's James Barbour discusses his early inspiration, starring in A Tale of Two Cities, auditioning for Stephen Sondheim, and imitating Mandy Patinkin.

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(High) Kickin' it with Ian Liberto by Lewis Whittington

Ian Liberto plays Bobby in the national touring company of A Chorus Line and talked about this vibrant revival the night after they opened in Baltimore.

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Next to Normal: Kiss Me, Medicate By Bob Mondello

At Arena, a stunning musical about depression-and pills. Lots of pills.

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Interview: Peter Brook says a long goodbye to his Paris theatre

In his only British interview, the veteran theatre director explains why he has chosen to hand over the day-to-day running of the Bouffes du Nord - but insists it's not the end

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Peter Brook: a peerless showman, an expert shaman

Michael Billington, the Guardian's theatre critic, on the news of Peter Brook's withdrawal from directing

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Exit stage slowly: director who tore up the rules of theatre makes way for new blood by Angelique Chrisafis

Peter Brook steps down at Paris venue after 34 years and is to hand over reins to theatre entrepreneur

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Les Miserables

DC reviewer Gary McMillan weighs in on Signature's fresh take on Les Mis

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Les Miserables
Reviewed by: Michael Toscano

Eric Schaeffer's revolutionary restaging of the Broadway blockbuster really works.

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Coward at Christmas: A Cabaret for Noel
Reviewed by: David Finkle

Simon Green shows off both the philosophical and jovial sides of Noel Coward in this hour-long treat.

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Coward's Alchemy: Forging Rage and Sadness Into Wit By STEPHEN HOLDEN

To watch Simon Green trot through more than 20 Coward songs is to understand why Anglophilia persists within a certain upwardly mobile stratum of New York society.

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He May Have Left His Heart, but He Brought His Hands By BEN RATLIFF

On Tuesday night at the Apollo Theater, where he performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett kept demonstrating the meaning of lyrics with perfect hand gestures.

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TONY BENNETT By DAN AQUILANTE

Like Tony sang near the show's close, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" - and this show had plenty.

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The Diva-lution of Molly Pope - Reviewed by DAVID FINKLE

Molly Pope has a pile-driver alto, and she's going places with it - whether you like it or not.

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Shrek the Musical
Review by Adam Feldman

So much of the show is good that you can't help wishing it were just a bit better.

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Slava's Snowshow
Review by David Cote

Despite the occasional lovely stage picture (lots of giant snowballs and floating bubbles bathed in dreamy lights), this group-sales trifle comes close to being a snow job.

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Chair
Review by David Cote

This Theatre for a New Audience production might be tagged medicine by some, but I'd prefer to call it inoculation for the future.

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Women Beware Women
Review by Adam Feldman

If wickedness in Middleton's play is sexually transmitted, it is also a symptom of the larger societal ills of hypocrisy and materialism, which encourage the trafficking of women among fathe…

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Prayer for My Enemy
Review by David Cote

Prayer for My Enemy unfolds like a loose, Thornton Wilder-esque meditation on family and social ethics.

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Beasley's Christmas Party
Review by Adam Feldman

Adapted from a 1909 story by Booth Tarkington, this heartfelt fable is a sweet, humble gift to the season.

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Home
Review by Raven Snook

Its optimistic where-the-heart-is message is just as moving as it must have been three decades ago.

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Improbable Frequency
Review by Andy Propst

The fiendishly clever, blithely loony musical Improbable Frequency plunges headlong into World War II espionage and politics in ways that might make even Tom Stoppard arch an eyebrow.

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The Only Tribe
Review by Helen Shaw

Mask designer Roland Gebhardt's bizarrely compelling multimedia dance-drama The Only Tribe is a a wordless piece exquisitely choreographed by Peter Kyle to Stephen Barber's intense, clever s…

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Potatoes of August
Review by Helen Shaw

Want something impeccably julienned? Look elsewhere. But if you want to see the new Fornes (or Churchill or Kennedy) before she's even peeled, get thee downtown.

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Dust
Review by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Wobbly and weak, Dust should have stayed on the shelf.

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Out Cry
Review by Diane Snyder

By the end, these lost characters aren't the only ones who want out.

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The Truth About Santa
Review by Diane Snyder

Ho ho ho? Try no no no.

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The Granduncle Quadrilogy
Review by Pamela Newton

There may be an edifying lesson here (make love, not war?), but only one moral really comes through: a cliché in woolly mammoth furs is still a cliché.

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Caligula
Review by Rob Weinert-Kendt

De Mussa's distracting performance is the only seriously wrong note in this Horizon Theatre Rep production, which otherwise makes a lovely and compelling case for Camus's cold-burning fervor…

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Too Much Memory
Review by Andy Propst

Too Much Memory only loses momentum in this remount.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales by Lorraine Treanor

A new adaptation of A Child's Christmas in Wales features 23 of Washington's finest actors. Gather friends around the glow of your laptop, sip some parsnip wine, watch the snowfall, and open…

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Off the Marx by David Anthony Fox

Roy Smiles' Schmucks

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Ticker: ' Jersey Boys' Coming To Bushnell
Frank Rizzo | TICKER

It's wedding bells for two pairs of actors with Connecticut ties.

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Obituary: Lady Rumbold

Hermione Baddeley's daughter and society beauty who enchanted the young Lucian Freud.

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