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Friday, March 5, 2021

Jericho review. One-liners, grief and guilt about New Yorkers’ previous great trauma by New York Theater

“Jericho,” Jack Canfora’s 2011 play about two characters directly affected by 9/11, should have repelled me. It uses sitcom rhythms, Jewish stereotypes, the hoary devices of a sympathe…

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Adjust The Procedure review. How bureaucracy fails the pandemic moment by New York Theater

“We are in an irregular time,” one college administrator says to another, an excuse for why the school bureaucracy has so failed to meet the challenge of the pandemic period that its los…

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Theater Blog Roundup: Getting Around the Pandemic Wall. Rethinking Race in The Book of Mormon. by New York Theater

An actor on the autism spectrum writes about how theater is “a surprisingly welcoming place,” and you can see how some theater bloggers over the past month have been reacting to a year o…

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Broadway and “Flexible” NYC Theaters Reopening April 2, 2021 in Pilot PopsUp Program by New York Theater

The Music Box Theater on Broadway is among the theaters scheduled to reopen on April 2nd for a series of NY PopsUp events, that will serve as a “pilot program” for safety protocols “th…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Theater Quiz for February 2021 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the theater news and reviews in February? Answer these ten questions to find out. Loading… Never miss another answer: Enter your email address to subs…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

NYC Mayoral Candidates on Bringing Back Broadway. Liza Love. Bette’s Bye. Meryl’s Broadway Blackout. #Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

Voting for the Tony Awards starts today, and in less than four months New Yorkers will start voting for mayor. The candidates have been offering their plans on how to bring back Broadway, wh…

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March 2021 Theater Openings, Week 1: Rent Returns! Festivals of women, science and dance! by New York Theater

Below are the day-by-day listings of online theater that is opening between March 1 and March 7, including the launching of galas and festivals celebrating Women’s History Month, science, …

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Book Review: Mike Nichols A Life by New York Theater

Among his many talents, Mike Nichols had a talent for celebrity, which meant in part a talent for friendship, as we learn early and often in Mike Nichols: A Life (Penguin Press. 688 pages.).…

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Theatre: A Love Story. Caridad Svich’s riff on art, the world and sofas. by New York Theater

“Theatre: A Love Story” by Caridad Svich, which opened tonight and runs through March 27, begins with a vertiginous video tour through the streets of the theater district in Cincinnati, …

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Watch André De Shields As Frederick Douglass by New York Theater

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” André De Shields thunders as Frederick Douglass, the great 19th century Black orator, writer, social reformer and statesman, in the 45 m…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

An Unspoken Upside, And Possible Downside, to Online Theater by New York Theater

After watching last night’s streaming of six short plays by the students of Labyrinth’s summer workshop as part of the theater company’s Barn Series 2021, I was struck by what these sh…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Watch Love Life, the lost musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill by New York Theater

The first reaction to “Love Life” (before even watching the Encores! 15-minute video about it with Kate Baldwin and Brian Stokes Mitchell below) has to be: Where have you been all my lif…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bad Dates Review. Andréa Burns in Theresa Rebeck’s Crafty Comedy by New York Theater

In this virtual production of Theresa Rebeck’s 2003 one-woman comedy, Andréa Burns portrays Haley Walker, a Texas divorcee who moved with her daughter and her 600 pairs of shoes to Manhat…

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Monday, February 22, 2021

NY Pops Up, but Online Theater Connects. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

There was a powerful if unintended lesson over the weekend with the start of the state-sponsored NY Pops Up performances at the cavernous and near-empty Jacob Javits Convention-turned-vaccin…

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

February 2021 Theater Openings Final Week: De Shields as Frederick Douglass. Baryshnikov in a Computer Chekhov. A New Labyrinth Play Every Day by New York Theater

Below are the day-by-day listings of online theater that is opening between February 22 and February 28. In this final week of the month, Labyrinth Theater is offering an original new play e…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Shows That Leave Me Speechless (Or, Why I Should Retire): Clippy and Ms. U. Before Fiddler. Little Miss Perfect. House Rules. by New York Theater

I have spent the past week watching one online theater piece after another that, for remarkably varied reasons, left me debating whether I should commit to saying anything publicly about the…

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The Past is The Past Review. A Black Son Confronts His Absent Father by New York Theater

At the start of MTC’s new virtual reading of Richard Wesley’s short play “The Past is the Past,” available for free through February 28th, a middle aged man named Earl (Ron Cephas Jo…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Watch “Empty Stage.” Does it make you weep, swoon, or groan? by New York Theater

Benjamin Scheuer (“The Lion”) and the Birmingham Royal Ballet collaborate on this five minute video, “dedicated to the ambition to keep ballet and performance alive.” It illustrates …

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Delejos (from afar) Review. Jose Zambrano, brought back to life by his girlfriend. by New York Theater

Jose Zambrano courted Julie Piñero so playfully that he Photoshopped silly made-up pictures of them together as a couple – outside Times Square without pants, for example.  This caused s…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Celebrating Iconic African American Performers by New York Theater

A 19th century Shakespearean actor, 20th century opera stars, a 21st century choreographer — these are among the artists that the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Village Song 3: Nostalgia for Ellen Stewart, Kenny’s Castaways and Bob Dylan, Contempt for Zero Irving. by New York Theater

In this third and final episode of Rattlestick Theater’s Village Song, the young songwriting students from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts illustrate once again the paradox of Greenwich …

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Are we really ready to reopen, re-up and show up? #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

Indoor dining reopened in New York City last week, area arenas are scheduled to reopen next week, New York State is launching  New York Pops Up initiative (in-person performances in unc…

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U.S. Presidents on Stage: From Washington to You Know Who by New York Theater

Whatever the future holds for a certain criminally inclined former President of the United States, one thing seems assured: Somebody will eventually portray him on Broadway. (He’s already…

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

February 2021 Theater Openings Week 3: New York Pops Up Festival begins. Lillias White as Sarah Vaughan. by New York Theater

Below are the day-by-day theater openings from February 15 to 21st. In this third week of what’s normally a fallow theater month, we get a return to in-person performances, with the launch…

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Remember Stage Kisses? by New York Theater

Smooching is not exactly a lost art this Valentine’s Day; it’s more like in storage, along with many other practices, onstage and off. But it’s a good day to remember how much theater …

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Thank You, Impeachment Prosecutors. Rep Raskin’s Closing Argument, Video and Transcript. by New York Theater

These nine members of Congress served as the impeachment “managers,” prosecuting the cast against former President Donald Trump, in a trial that resulted in an acquittal, although the vo…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” by New York Theater

On Abraham Lincoln’s 212th birthday, which happens to be the day that lawyers mount a defense of the impeached 45th president, a member of a Republican party that the 16th president of the…

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Black Liberation Reading List, Theater Division by New York Theater

Of the 94 books on the Black Liberation Reading List from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, only three are plays: “Fences” by August Wilson, “A Raisin in the Sun” by …

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Negro Theatre Project WPA Photo Gallery: From Horse Play to Haiti to Macbeth by New York Theater

Below are photographs from productions of the “Negro Unit” of the Federal Theatre Project, some 30 of which were staged at Lafayette Theater in Harlem, between 1935 and 1939. They range …

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Village Song 2: Self-Indulgence and Art; Plus: McSorley’s Drinking Song by New York Theater

I was so enthusiastic about the first episode last week in this Rattlestick Theater series about Greenwich Village written by musical theater graduate students at NYU – that my disappointm…

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NY Pops-Up: 50 Stars, 1000 Performances by New York Theater

Below are photographs of 50 of the stars, listed alphabetically by first name from Alec Baldwin to Tina Landau, who have signed up so far for NY Pops-Up, the series of free performances thro…

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