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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Theater to Stream: Stars Gather for ‘Miscast’ and More by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Other highlights include a new show by Kristina Wong, Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews” and “Broadway by the Year.”

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

‘Taxilandia’ Review: The Mouth is Running, but Not the Meter by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Modesto Jimenez, known as Flako, has turned cab theater into a genre, and his latest show takes place on a ride through Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Theater to Stream: A Musical Throwback and ‘The Normal Heart’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Highlights include concerts by Melissa Errico and Sutton Foster, and an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.”

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How a Multimedia Whiz Seized Digital Theater’s Big Moment by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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Dark. Messy. Assaultive. Inscrutable. Even From Your Couch. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Without international tours, streaming high-concept, director-driven European theater is the next best thing to being there.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Theater to Stream: ‘Assassins’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Highlights include a virtual production of Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” and a new reading series by Roundabout Theater Company.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Theater to Stream: ‘Broadway Backwards’ and Starry Readings by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Among the offerings are a well-matched double bill, Ute Lemper’s tribute to Marlene Dietrich and a virtual revival of Michel Legrand’s musical “Amour.”

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Listening Party’ Review: Can Songs Heal a Brotherly Divide? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In “The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests,” the musician is simultaneously central and peripheral to the story.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Theater to Stream: Lincoln Center Joins the Fray by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Presentations include a star-studded reading of “The Thanksgiving Play,” musicals crossing the Atlantic and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Derek DelGaudio and the Great Unburdening of Secrets by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The magician explains how he worked up to “In & Of Itself” in a new memoir, “Amoralman,” a prequel of sorts to the show.

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Theater to Stream: Star-Studded Digital Shorts and Escape Rooms by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The past year has made us rethink the boundaries between theater and film. Many of these shows are a little bit of both.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Review: Kafka Meets Twitch in ‘Letter to My Father’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Audience members can shift from camera to camera in this streaming solo show, like security guards keeping watch.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Review: The Internet and Real Life Blur in ‘Sin Eaters’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Anna Moench’s play, about a woman working in social media content moderation, begins with dark humor but slides into psychological horror.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Theater to Stream: Revisiting ‘Rent’ and ‘Angels in America’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Presentations include the 30th anniversary of George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum”; Andréa Burns in “Bad Dates”; and a solo show by Riz Ahmed.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Theater to Stream: Shakespeare Villains and Hot-Tub Dreams by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Patrick Page looks at bad guys, Steven Carl McCasland gives us literary women, and Jill Sobule mines her own history, including the dreaded seventh grade.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

‘Blood Meal’ Review: Just Us, Locked Down in a Dollhouse by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Cleverly edited and darkly funny, the latest Theater in Quarantine show finds a nervous couple afraid to go out or let anyone in. Sound familiar?

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Friday, January 22, 2021

‘Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself’ Review: Wow Factor Meets Why Factor by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A film of Derek DelGaudio’s idiosyncratic show captures its surreal vibe and unconventional approach.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Theater to Stream: Jerry Herman’s Tunes; Marisa Tomei, Twice by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Pasadena Playhouse has a new tribute to Herman, the composer of “Hello, Dolly!,” and Tomei turns up in “Beirut” and “Three Hotels.”

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Overflow’ Review: The Bathroom Battleground by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Travis Alabanza’s monologue starring Reece Lyons examines agency and safety, here inextricably intertwined with identity.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

A ‘Marvel Universe’ for Musicals? Meet the Makers of Averno by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The shows have not been staged, but three concept albums are at the center of a sprawling fictional world created largely by teenagers.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Shakespeare, Swing and Louis Armstrong. So What Went Wrong? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Three theaters are exploring “Swingin’ the Dream,” which tanked on Broadway in 1939, but opens a window on the racial and artistic dynamics of its time.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Theater to Stream: Festivals, Festivals, Festivals by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Under the Radar, Prototype and Exponential festivals are ready to open our minds with experimental work, even if their doors are shut.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

How the Spectacle of British Pantomime Looks From Across the Pond by Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Thanks to streaming, two American critics got to binge a bunch of the holiday extravaganzas. So how does this silly British tradition translate?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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Actors and Writers and Now, Congressional Lobbyists by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Be an #ArtsHero started with a failed effort to extend unemployment benefits. It’s gone on to be a prime proponent of the message: Cultural work is labor.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Theater to Stream: ‘Spring Awakening’ and Audra McDonald by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Plays by Mike Bartlett, Christina Anderson and Halley Feiffer are watchable at home, too. And for an alternative holiday hit, “Burning Bluebeard.”

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

What’s Playing in Dallas? With Streaming, I Could Find Out. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Open-air shows. Joint productions. Filmed dress rehearsals. Here’s a faraway close-up on how one theater community has stayed reasonably robust in adversity.

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Theater to Stream: Holiday Specials Edition by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone add their voices to this season’s tidings, plus a gender-bending Scrooge and a live broadcast of “The Grinch Musical!”

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

A Theater’s ‘Last Gasp’ Doesn’t Look Like the End by Elisabeth Vincentelli

As Split Britches, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have made off-kilter theater for 40 years. Memory loss, and a pandemic, haven’t stopped their creating.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Theater to Stream: ‘Uncle Vanya’ and an Ayad Akhtar Revival by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Constance Wu and Samira Wiley star in a Zoom-ified Chekhov play, and Ars Nova punches above its weight with a 24-hour telethon.

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