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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Goat and Two Lizards by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Patrick J. Adams, Cynthia Mace, Brian Kerwin, and James Eckhouse in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum in 2005.I've seen a fair amount of Edward Albee's work in my time, ind…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How Sondheim Writes by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The hoariest question songwriters get asked is: Which comes first, the words or the music? Stephen Sondheim’s answer has always been: the dramatic situation. (With all apologies to Merrily…

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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Stew Files by Rob Weinert-Kendt

I first saw Stew performing in the mid-1990s with a band improbably named Crazy Sound All-Stars at a place called Onyx Echo in Los Feliz; I was invited by a college friend, Carey Fosse, who …

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What’s New for Stew? A Blues Fable Told in Story and Song by Rob Weinert-Kendt

In his new show, “The Total Bent,” the music is always the play, and vice versa.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark on Opera, Joy and Showing Off by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The moving interview between two dear friends and “Mothers.”

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Dangerous Nerves: Laurie Metcalf by Rob Weinert-Kendt

This interview originally appeared in the April 12, 2001 issue of Back Stage West."How's my light?" asked Laurie Metcalf as the cover photo for this story was being taken, and then she reali…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

‘The Body of an American’ Visits Battle Zones of the Field and the Heart by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The poet-playwright Dan O’Brien has a collaborative bond with the former war photographer Paul Watson, manifested in “The Body of an American.”

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

From the Review Vaults: Mother Courage and Her Children by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Mother Courage and Her Children: Alexandria Wailes, Streep, Geoffrey Arend, and Frederick Weller. (photo by Michal Daniel)Improbably, Brecht's Mother Courage is in the news--the theatre news…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Snapshot: Lauren Gunderson on ‘I and You,’ a Play With an Explosive Twist by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The playwright talks about her incentive for injecting a cathartic surprise into the play, which centers on two teenagers bonding over poetry homework.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

From the Review Vaults: "Fiddler" with Harvey & Rosie by Rob Weinert-Kendt

photo by Sara Krulwich for The New York TimesThis excellent piece by my colleague Eric Grode, looking back at 50 years of Fiddler memories as the musical's newest revival readies for its ope…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

How Bent Made Gay History by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Tom Bell and Ian McKellen in the London premiere of Bent, 1979.A major revival of Martin Sherman's play Bent begins performances on July 15 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, directed b…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Up With Hamilton by Rob Weinert-Kendt

I was recently contracted to write a preview of the Broadway transfer of Hamilton for Time Out NY, but the piece was spiked in favor of a no-doubt-excellent preview by the estimable Adam Fel…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 11 O'Clock Matrix by Rob Weinert-Kendt

So the Times just had me contemplate the tradition of the Broadway musical's "11 o'clock number," and specifically, whether the great new musical Fun Home has one in the stunning "…

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In ‘Fun Home,’ a Wife’s Late, Desperate Outcry by Rob Weinert-Kendt

A musical likes the Broadway tradition of an “11 o’clock number” so much, it has more than one.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"A Free-Ranging, Even Frenetic Power" by Rob Weinert-Kendt

A striking number of people involved in the May 2006 production of columbinus at New York Theatre Workshop went on to have careers I've followed, and/or I've gotten to know: actors Anna …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sort of a Salon, Sort of a Church by ROB WEINERT-KENDT

Once a kind of fortifying ritual for beleaguered theater artists, the Secret City has grown into a half-irreverent, half-earnest blend of revival meeting.

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Director’s Fancy Leads to a Tale-Spinning Cat by ROB WEINERT-KENDT

The playwright-director Moisés Kaufman is playing with puppets for his “Puss in Boots” opera.

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Lisa Kron - Interview by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The playwright returns to the painful divisive years of the recent Bush regime.

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Even Stephen by Rob Weinert-Kendt

You've got to hand it to Elisabeth Vincentelli: Of New York's daily critics, she's the only one out there truly blogging. I do admire the Times' Theater Talkback idea, which forces Ben and C…

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Pampered Critics? No, Critics in Pampers by ROB WEINERT-KENDT

Theater for the very young seems to be a growing trend. Three new fathers explore the possibilities.

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Clothes Make the Man-Boy by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Designing costumes for Broadway’s The Pee-wee Herman ShowOne night back in 1977, Paul Reubens, a wiry sketch comic at the Los Angeles improv company the Groundlings, came up with the c…

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Rare Reprises for an Unlikely Collaboration by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “Knickerbocker Holiday” and “Lost in the Stars” — entirely coincidentally — are back for concert readings i…

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Catching Up Before Summer by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Dakin Matthews and Helen Mirren in "The Audience." (Photo by Joan Marcus)The Broadway season has come to an end, and while much of the exciting work this past year was Off-Broadway (and ther…

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Way Is Clear, the Light Is Good, But It's Not Into the Woods by Rob Weinert-Kendt

My review of the Disney film of Into the Woods is in the current issue of The Sondheim Review, and the editors have graciously allowed me to publish it in full here; it should be said that t…

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

‘Finding Neverland’ and the Pop Heart Inside J. M. Barrie by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Once a member of the boy band Take That, Gary Barlow and his writing partner Eliot Kennedy brought a hit-song sensibility to the score of “Finding Neverland.”

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sweating Equity by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The last thing I wrote about the controversy over L.A.’s Equity 99-Seat Plan, for American Theatre magazine, was more personal than the typical news report; I felt I couldn’t help but in…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

American (and L.A.) Revolutions by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The rest of 2015 will have a lot to live up to: In quick succession, I've already seen/written about/considered two of the best productions I'll probably see in years, let alone this calenda…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Afterlife of Theater by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Mercedes Reuhl and Bill Pullman in The Goat(photo by Sara Krulwich/NY Times)Bill Pullman said something really interesting in this interview--and it wasn't the fact that he's playing Othello…

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Would You Have an Affair for the Sake of Your Memoir? by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Anna Camp plays an artist in crisis in Verité — “This play is definitely keeping me up at night,” says Anna Camp, the star of Verité, Nick Jones’s unsettling new co…

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hamilton's New York Moment by Rob Weinert-Kendt

From left, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. from the cast of “Hamilton.” CreditDamon Winter/The New York TimesOne of the most infectious sen…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Others From ‘Hamilton’ Talk History by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The composer-performer Lin-Manuel Miranda meets with cast members from his new musical, “Hamilton,” to discuss hip-hop hustle and the founding fathers.

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