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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Billy Crudup Plays a Man, His Alter Ego, and All His Friends in ‘Harry Clarke’ by Harry Haun

Crudup says that preparing to play an entire cast of characters, not to mention the titular alter ego of the mid-western protagonist, was "intimidating"

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chloë Sevigny Revisits Washington Square Park in ‘Downtown Race Riot’ by Harry Haun

The New Group's 'Downtown Race Riot' returns actor-turned-it-girl Chloë Sevigny to the location that made her a star: Washington Square Park.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Female Friendship Takes Center Stage in Emily Mann’s ’20th Century Blues’ by Harry Haun

Emily Mann's new Broadway show, '20th Century Blues,' tells the story of four friends whose lives have been captured in a series of yearly photographs.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Thanks to Betty Corwin, Broadway’s Best Live on in Film by Harry Haun

No one cared about creating a record of theater history, until Betty Corwin came along.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rising Star Katrina Lenk Finds Her Rhythm in Broadway’s ‘The Band’s Visit’ by Harry Haun

Katrina Lenk is another 15-years-in-the-making 'overnight star.' She returns to Broadway after a career-making role in 'Indecent' on November 9 in 'The Band’s Visit' at the Barrymore.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

There Are No Heroes in Ayad Akhtar’s Wall Street-Set Play, ‘Junk’ by Harry Haun

The tale of 1980s bankers is more complicated than good vs evil.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Marilyn Maye Shares Her Secret to a Happy Life at Jazz at Lincoln Center by Harry Haun

Marilyn Maye will be singing her way through classic American tunes this weekend—October 27 and 28—in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s gorgeous Appel Room.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

‘Lonely Planet’ Revival Sparks Stars’ Recollections of Life During AIDS Crisis by Harry Haun

Actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath recall New York of the 1980s during the AIDS crisis, which they return to nightly in the Broadway revival of 'Lonely Planet'.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Downton Ditto: Elizabeth McGovern Plays an Affluent Matriarch Across the Pond by Harry Haun

After 25 years, Elizabeth McGovern crosses the pond to star on Broadway as a Downton-esque affluent British matriarch.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Deanna Dunagan on Playing Yet Another Unlovable Mother by Harry Haun

Deanna Dunagan makes a specialty—and a rather good living—out of playing the hard-to-love matriarch.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Carrie Coon on Why the Stage Is More Empowering Than Film or TV by Harry Haun

“After doing TV and film, the thing you really start to appreciate about being on stage is you get to tell a story in order from beginning to end."

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Driving Robert De Niro: Rising Star C.J. Wilson on Getting His Start by Harry Haun

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was the first to spot the white-knight potential of the talented and handsome C.J. Wilson.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s New Work Is a Birthday Present to Her Mom by Harry Haun

Sarah Ruhl's new play opens in a hospital room where five quibbling siblings are doing a deathbed vigil for their dad.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Actress Julie White on Reinventing Nora in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ by Harry Haun

Knock knock. You’ll never guess who’s there. Then, again—given it’s 'A Doll’s House, Part 2'—you will.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No ‘Sweat’: Lynn Nottage’s Long-Overdue Broadway Debut, With Help From Johanna Day by Harry Haun

They aren’t. Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson play best friends and line workers on the floor since high school, caught up in an old socioeconomic squeeze play brought on by hard-nosed, cos…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘Come From Away’: New Musical About 9/11 Reminds Us About the Kindness of Strangers by Harry Haun

When someone asks you where you were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, not only do you know precisely where you were, you also know what you were doing and how you somehow made it through the r…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

In ‘Significant Other,’ Twentysomethings In Love and War by Harry Haun

The Franco-Prussian War almost started this week. That was the original title of the Joshua Harmon play that just bowed at the Booth, but the author chickened out. “I love that title,” h…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Barbarie Barrie: ‘Significant Other’ Star Keeps Her Blithe Spirit by Harry Haun

In Barrie's new play, granny gets her guy.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Taking His Musical Shot in ‘Sunday in the Park With George’ by Harry Haun

t’s good to report that Jake Gyllenhaal, who just made his Broadway musical debut in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, was spared this special terror even hardcore career singer…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Playwright Steven Levenson’s Split-Level Family Life by Harry Haun

Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater, former home of The Humans and Bad Jews, is now housing a potent blend of both in Steven Levenson’s play, If I Forget, bowing February 22.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Santino Fontana: The Happy Hyphenate by Harry Haun

Terrence McNally recently stumbled into the perfect compliment for Santino Fontana. “I don’t think of you as a singer,” he told him. “Are you singing a lot now?”

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Glenn Close-Up: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Opens on Broadway by Harry Haun

“Glenn,” Lloyd Webber still insists, “is the best Norma Desmond that I’ve ever seen.”

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

‘Everybody’ Wants Some! Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Is a Young Playwright on the Rise by Harry Haun

“I notice this eagerness to attach the word provocateur to me," says Jacob-Jenkins. "My feeling is: you can really only provoke once. After that, you’re attracting people who want to be …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Rose By Any Other Name: Ed Dixon’s ‘Georgie’ Showcases the Scheherazade of Showbiz by Harry Haun

One doesn’t, of course, set out to become a character actor. That’s just something that happens over the long haul of an evolving career—through age or theatrical seasoning or maybe ev…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

At Long Last, August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Pulls Into Broadway by Harry Haun

The first attempts at playwriting of two of the greats are currently nestled together in neighboring theaters on West 47th Street: At the Barrymore at present is The Present, the latest latt…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mary Mullen Returns to Martin McDonagh’s ‘Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Harry Haun

 Marie Mullen has made only one stop on Broadway, but it won her the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. She played Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old plain Jane resigned to a life of terminal spins…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

‘The Present’: Director John Crowley Delivers a Birthday Cate (Blanchett) to Broadway by Harry Haun

During the past decade, Cate Blanchett from faraway Down Under has dazzlingly paraded some world-famed females before New York audiences—Hedda Gabler, one of The Maids, Blanche DuBois, Van…

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

David Oyelowo v. 007: A New Color of Money by Harry Haun

David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”) is a super-serious Shakespearean actor, Oxford-born to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ethnicity, raised a Baptist and schooled in the classics at LA…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Live on Fifth Avenue: Dining With ‘The Dead’ by Harry Haun

After “amazing,” “awesome” and “iconic”—on the short list of the Most Overworked and Banishable Words in the English Language—is “immersive,” but the Irish Rep’s rich, …

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tony Shalhoub: Leader of the Band by Harry Haun

“Not another Tony Shalhoub musical, surely!” The line cracks up Shalhoub, who tomorrow night tentatively sticks his big toe in the strange, shifting, uncertain sand of musical comedy …

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cheech & Sonny & All That Chazz by Harry Haun

Chazz Palminteri’s budding career as a nightclub doorman slammed swiftly shut the night he refused admission to super-agent Swifty Lazar, but another door sprang open, and it’s still ope…

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