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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO’ CREATOR JAMES LIPTON DIES AT 93 by Robert Shuman

(Reuters, 3/2; via Pam Green; photo: articlebio.com) James Lipton, the creator and host of the long-running U.S. television show “Inside the Actors Studio” has died at the age of 93, his…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: ‘A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE’ WITH ANNE MARIE DUFF (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 3–LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

A Streetcar Named Desire Listen Drama on 3 Anne Marie Duff leads a stellar cast in a new landmark production of Tennessee Williams’s iconic play, telling the story of a catastrophic confro…

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ MEETS AN ARENA FULL OF STUDENTS by Robert Shuman

(Julia Jacobs’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/26; via Pam Green; Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times.) Madison Square Garden opened its doors for the first time to a Broadw…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (74) by Robert Shuman

What road was one to take in the approach to a social and political play? One must himself live with the thoughts and feeling of the role and act in concordance with them. Just as logical ac…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

IN ‘COAL COUNTRY,’ MEMORIES FROM A MINING TRAGEDY LIVE ON by Robert Shuman

(Julia Jacobs’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/18; via Pam Green; photo: Devin Yalkin for The New York Times.)    A new documentary play at the Public Theater weaves together …

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (73) by Robert Shuman

The creative goal of the author and the tendency of the play were created not by the actor but by the spectator, as the result of all that he saw and heard in the theatre. (MLIA)

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Monday, February 24, 2020

ZOE CALDWELL, REST IN PEACE by Robert Shuman

(Neil Genzlinger’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/18; via Pam Green; Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times.) ZOE CALDWELL, WINNER OF FOUR TONY AWARDS, IS DEAD AT 86 Her sig…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

MYSTERIOUS RUSSIAN ARTIST NICHOLAS ROERICH’S NEW YORK ‘HEADQUARTERS’ by Robert Shuman

(John Varoli’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 2/20; ; photo: John Varoli, Alexander Krasavin/Sputnik.)  The Nicholas Roerich Museum in Manhattan is North America’s onl…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

DRUID, CHEKHOV AND THE POLITICS OF POWER by Robert Shuman

(Gemma Tipton’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 2/15.) Garry Hynes directs The Cherry Orchard, a play she says that’s still of the moment Power comes in many forms. There is physica…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A BELOVED NEIGHBOR LEAVES THE BUILDING by Robert Shuman

(Peter Khoury’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/13; via Pam Green.) An Illinois farm boy who came to New York to be a singer left an indelible mark on the Upper West Side co-op w…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

IVO VAN HOVE ON ROUGHING UP WEST SIDE STORY:  “THE VIOLENCE SHOULD BE TANGIBLE” by Robert Shuman

(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/27; via the Drudge Report.) Ivo van Hove likes it in America. Broadway rarely warms to avant-garde Belgian directors, but it has embr…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (72) by Robert Shuman

Perhaps in our art there exists only one correct path—the line of the intuition of feelings! And out of it grow unconsciously the outer and inner images, their form, the idea and the techn…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

RADICAL NEW WEST SIDE STORY PAINTS AN ANGRY YOUNG AMERICA by Robert Shuman

(Brian Schaefer’s article appeared on Bloomberg, 2/13.) In spring 2016, Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove was in New York, preparing his Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s The Cr…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

‘THE MIKADO’ FROM THE ‘THE MIKADO’ FROM THE NEW YORK GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLAYERS (NYGASP)—REVIEW FROM NEW YORK by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) brought its production of The Mikado to the Kaye Playhouse over the holiday season (12/27-1/5)—perhaps especially top…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL IS WIPED OUT BY VIRUS by Robert Shuman

(Norman Lebrecht’s article appeared on Slipped Disc, 2/10.) Message from HKAF: We regret to inform our friends and supporters that the February and March performances and events of the 48t…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

NEW APP LETS YOU HEAR CHAUCER’S THE CANTERBURY TALES IN ORIGINAL 14TH-CENTURY ENGLISH by Robert Shuman

(Ellen Gutoskey’s article appeared, 2/4, on mentalfloss.com; via Pam Green.) One of the many reasons Geoffrey Chaucer’s 14th-century magnum opus The Canterbury Tales is considered a gr…

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

FREE THINKING: SAMUEL BECKETT & THE PURPOSE OF CULTURE by Robert Shuman

(Released On: 05 Feb 2020, BBC 3.) Listen  Lisa Dwan tells Philip Dodd what playing Beckett taught her about herself and feminism; playwright Mark Ravenhill, arts editor Jan Dalley & s…

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KIRK DOUGLAS: LAST OF HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE by Robert Shuman

(Robert Berkvist’s article appeared in The New York Times, 2/2; via Pam Green.) Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving movie stars from Hollywood’s golden age, whose rugged good looks a…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (71) by Robert Shuman

Playing a role in a play that was one of the social and political productions, I struck on the line of the intuition of feelings and forgot the politics in the play, which became all the str…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

LIZA MINNELLI OPENS UP ABOUT MOM JUDY GARLAND, WORKING WITH FOSSE AND GOING TO REHAB by Robert Shuman

(Marc Malkin’s article appeared in Variety, 2/4.) Liza Minnelli is getting ready to be photographed for the cover of Variety. She’s wearing an off-the-shoulder black beaded shirtdress…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

REVIEW:  CARRIE COON IN ‘BUG’ IS THRILLING, OLD-SCHOOL STEPPENWOLF — THE GREATEST ‘BUG’ EVER (SV REVIEW PICK, CHI) by Robert Shuman

(Chris Jones’s review appeared in the Chicago Tribune, 2/4.) Like a sleeping Midwestern beast loosed from its cage of self-imposed timidity and graduate-school moralism, the old-school Ste…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (70) by Robert Shuman

I only had to assume the manners and habits [of the character], on the stage or off, and in my soul there were born the feelings and perceptions that had given them birth. In this manner, in…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

WHY ALL NEW YORK HOTELS TURNED AWAY FAMOUS SOVIET WRITER MAXIM GORKY by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Guzeva’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 1/28.) America in the early 20th century turned out to be an even more puritan country than Russia. In the spring of 19…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

FOR 13 YEARS, HE HAS HUMANIZED THE VILLAIN OF ‘OKLAHOMA!’ by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/20; via Pam Green.) There was blood on the floor as usual, and on the costumes, too, when “Oklahoma!” finished its Bro…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (69) by Robert Shuman

From the intuition of feelings I went to the outer image, for it flowed naturally from the inner image, and the body and soul of [the character]-Stanislavski became one organically. (MLIA)  

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

TOM STOPPARD INTERVIEW: ‘I ASPIRE TO WRITE FOR POSTERITY’ by Robert Shuman

(Douglas Murray’s article appreared in The Spectator, 1/27.) Tom Stoppard talks about inspiration, growing older and his new play, Leopoldstadt Sir Tom Stoppard is Britain’s — perhaps …

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (68) by Robert Shuman

From the intuition of feelings I passed naturally to the inner image with its peculiarities and details. (MLIA)

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

CURSING CORIOLANUS by Robert Shuman

(Lauren Shook’s article appeared in Shakespeare and Beyond, 1/7; via Pam Green.) In 1608, famine plagued England. Preachers responded with sermons begging the gentry to show compassion for…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (67) by Robert Shuman

I sincerely sympathized with Stockman (“The Enemy of the People”) and understood his feelings when his eyes saw the rotten souls of the men who had once been his friends. I feared in tho…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

IN HAMLET AND IN LIFE, RUTH NEGGA DOES NOT HOLD BACK by Robert Shuman

(Robert Ito’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/17; via Pam Green.) The Ethiopian-Irish actress returns to a “completely destroying” stage role. Next: a film adaptation of a 19…

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

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