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Monday, March 22, 2021

'I got a job on a fishing trawler' – Covid: one year on, stars of music and theatre look back by Dave Simpson , Imogen Tilden, Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

In the second of our two-parter, rock stars, roadies, actors, dancers, composers and comics describe how their lives have been transformed without live shows – and imagine what now lies ah…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Night New York's Theaters, Museums and Concert Halls Shut Down by Michael Paulson, Julia Jacobs and Jason Farago

Chocolate fountains, Debbie Harry and an artist’s swan song cut short. We gathered scenes from the New York City cultural landscape in the last moments before lockdown.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture by Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza Macdonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist Interviews By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film his…

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Carlos Acosta: ‘There’s a danger we’ll lose a whole generation of young dancers’ by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

The Cuban star talks about his battle to lift spirits at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the film he has made to rally performers as their stages stay dark When Carlos Acosta, considered one…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Seattle restaurants and arts and culture institutions are hoping for a big boost in latest round of COVID-19 relief by Paul Roberts, Tan Vinh, Brendan Kiley and Michael Rietmulder

Tucked inside Congress’ latest round of small-business relief is some rare good news for restaurants, hotels and the performing arts — sectors that have been especially hard hit by COVID…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Cash for Cate? Struggling arts groups offer donors online access to stars by Vanessa Thorpe, Arts and Media Correspondent

As Zoom fatigue sets in, organisations are seeking creative ways to bring art to patrons to keep them – and their wallets – engaged A concert from your favourite opera singer, delivered …

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Jerusalem, Beckett and Bridget Christie: theatre, comedy and dance to book in 2021 by Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

Modern masterpiece Jerusalem storms back and Trevor Nunn goes underground with Beckett, while Bob Marley gets a musical and Frankenstein becomes a ballet Continue reading...

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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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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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020

We Begin Again: a musical for 2020 – video by Noah Payne-Frank, Jess Gormley, Amy Hodge, James Graham, Jim Fortune, Emily Lim and Lara Taylor

Written by the Olivier award winner James Graham and produced by the Guardian in partnership with the National Theatre, this short musical film is a unifying song for the country to take …

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Hudson imposes curfew to tamp down late-night rowdiness by James Walsh, Paul Walsh and Mary Lynn Smith

City hopes to makes crossing border less appealing to subset of Minnesotans causing trouble after 10 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

AP sources: Biden picks Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense by Robert Burns, Michael Balsamo, Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense, according to four people familiar with the decision. If confirmed by the Se…

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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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Monday, November 30, 2020

Barbra Streisand Is, as Ever, Firmly in Control by James B. Stewart, Collier Schorr and Mel Ottenberg

Since her breakout in the 1960s, she’s been able to convince the world around her to listen — not by chasing trends but by remaining always and fully herself.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

“Parts of Life Will Be Damaged Forever” — Arts Workers Describe the Pandemic’s Impact on Their Mental Health by Jacinthe Flore, Averyl Gaylor, and Natalie Hendry

The arts industry is among the most devastated by the pandemic. Artists and arts workers often rely on casual, project-based, or fixed-term contracts, and COVID-19 restrictions have left ma…

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t) by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Cambodia Is An Inspiration For The Healing Power Of Art After A Crisis by François Audet, Alexandre P. Bédard, and Caroline Coulombe

Even though history has seen different disasters and humanitarian crises, one fact remains: we try to understand what is happening by seeing how others coped, comparing our reaction to their…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10 Monologues That Make Solo Music by Ben Brantley, Laura Collins-Hughes, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

In a few minutes or a full show, these performers capture heartbreak, fury and laughs. For the words of Samuel Beckett, a disembodied mouth did the trick.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

“Fission”: Entangling Science, Theatre and Mātauranga Māori. by Hilary Halba and David O’donnell With David Hutchinson, Rua McCallum and Martyn Roberts

In the era of Covid 19, when our theatres have been forced to close throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand, we find ourselves unable to rehearse or to present our work to a live audience. This has …

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Friday, September 11, 2020

6 months after COVID restrictions began, how are music venues, arts groups and musicians doing? by Michael Rietmulder, Moira Macdonald, Brendan Kiley and Megan Burbank

How are local arts groups and musicians holding up and what do they have planned this fall, despite the restrictions? Here, they tell us in their own words, offering a snapshot of how some a…

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How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Direct from Edinburgh: Theaters Are Closed, but a ‘Zoo’ Is Open by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Among the performances you can catch online are a one-woman show about sexual assault and riffs on “Heart of Darkness” and “Rocky.”

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

At Moments Like These, We Need a Cultural Policy by Julian Meyrick, Julianne Schultz, and Justin O'Connor

Written by Julian Meyrick, Julianne Schultz, and Justin O’Connor National crises, like the pandemics that can provoke them, come in stages. Each stage presents leaders with unique problem…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Missing Theater Under the Stars (Even the Bugs and the Rain) by Nancy Coleman, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Alexis Soloski

Shakespeare in the Park and other outdoor venues are shut. But for performers and directors, open-air memories are as sharp as the bite of a mosquito.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Better Access To Stories Can Improve Adolescent Lives In Africa by Elleke Boehmer, Zimpande Kawanu and Archie Davies

Across cultures, the self-making powers of storytelling are widely recognized. Steve Biko, the South African Black Consciousness thinker, once said that we need to speak from where we st…

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Support For Artists Is Key To Returning To Vibrant Cultural Life Post-Coronavirus by Colleen Renihan, Ben Schnitzer, and Julia Brook

Artists are crucial to the futures we’re imagining beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The vitality of the societies we wish to return to are vibrant in large part because they sound and lo…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

'He's so strapping and virile': Patrick Stewart at 80 – by Shatner, McKellen, Tennant and more by Interviews By Chris Wiegand, Catherine Shoard and Toby Moses

Horse rides in stockings, rehearsals in deep freezes, fights in string vests ... as Patrick Stewart hits 80, friends from Harriet Walter to Brian Blessed pay tribute to the great actor Conti…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

This Is Theater in 2020. Will It Last? Should It? by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

Our critics discuss the last four months, which thanks to Zoom (and Meryl Streep) have been full of experimentation and playfulness.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

12 Streamable Plays That Depict Black Lives Pierced by Racism by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

From the documentary works of Anna Deavere Smith to brief monologues written in this moment of unrest, dramatists are sounding an alarm.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre