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Monday, September 18, 2023

‘An active social act’: the Ukrainian playwright paying tribute to her mother on stage by David Smith In Washington

In her new play, based on WhatsApp correspondence, Sasha Denisova uses her 82-year-old mother Olga to tell a vital story of resistance and survival For a year Sasha Denisova didn’t tell he…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

‘One of the great American stories’: the incredible life of August Wilson by David Smith In Washington

The legendary playwright’s humble beginnings and Pulitzer-winning career are explored in the first authoritative biography of him The host was Bill Moyers, former White House press secreta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:49AM
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

‘A really precarious time’: regional US theatres face a mounting crisis by David Smith In Washington

With audience attendance still down, many theatres across the US are struggling to adjust to a post-pandemic landscape In his four years as US president, Abraham Lincoln was said to have at…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33PM
Saturday, April 15, 2023

‘An extraordinary feat’: Phantom of the Opera ends its 35-year Broadway run by David Smith In Washington

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical is set for its final performance in New York, leaving behind an intense fanbase He is used to having the worst seat in the house. Playing trumpet in the o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

‘It’s a hard time’: why are so many Broadway shows closing early? by David Smith In Washington

A slew of well-reviewed productions have closed with poor ticket sales while blockbusters dominate the market With ineffable talents and six Tony awards, Audra McDonald is box-office gold. B…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:28AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

‘I have to stand up and fight’: can a playwright save his Broadway show from closing early? by David Smith In Washington

Jordan E Cooper became the youngest Black American writer to have a show on Broadway but Ain’t No Mo is set to close after only 17 days It is the call that every playwright dreads. Jordan …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:43AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

My Body No Choice: taking the fight for abortion rights to the stage by David Smith In Washington

A new stage production tells the stories of women and their bodily autonomy, or lack thereof, as part of the fight to reverse the supreme court decision to restrict abortion Theirs was a sec…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:27AM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Frederick Douglass gets the Hamilton treatment with new musical by David Smith In Washington

American Prophet, focusing on the abolitionist, orator and polymath, is the latest marker of a Douglass renaissance in popular culture For Kenneth Morris, sitting in a darkened theatre among…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:00AM
Monday, January 10, 2022

‘We will weather this storm’: Omicron wreaks havoc on Broadway by David Smith In Washington

After a successful reopening, Covid-19 has yet again forced many hit shows to either take a hiatus or close for good but industry insiders are optimistic At the curtain call, Hugh Jackman pu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:06AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘It’s the balm we need right now’: how Broadway fought its way back by David Smith In Washington

The long theatre shutdown in New York has taken its toll on the industry but a renewed and reinvigorated outlook towards diversity could have a major impact When Ruben Santiago-Hudson walks …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:23AM
Saturday, February 6, 2021

To be Trump, or not: what Shakespeare tells us about the last five years by David Smith In Washington

To the author Jeffrey Wilson, the former president is Caesar, Lear, Bottom and more, all rolled into one The time is out of joint. When lost for words, as many have been over the past five y…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Celia and Fidel: why the timing is perfect for a new play about Castro by David Smith In Washington

Playwright Eduardo Machado discusses his revealing new play that looks at the relationship between the Cuban revolutionary and Celia Sánchez Fidel Castro is back in the news. Senator Bernie…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:06PM
Sunday, June 16, 2019

'Hamilton for the Maga crowd': behind the pro-Trump play hitting Washington DC by David Smith In Washington

Dean Cain heads up a dramatic retelling of the controversial anti-Trump FBI texts aimed at a rightwing audience It was not your typical Broadway or West End crowd. On Thursday night, audienc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:03PM
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Simon Godwin: how the British director is taking on US theatre by David Smith In Washington

In his new role as artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, the National Theatre and RSC star talks about swapping Brexit for Trump As Donald Trump surged towar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Performing Putin: behind 'the most dangerous play' of the season by David Smith In Washington

In the new show Kleptocracy, a House of Cards writer takes us back to a pivotal moment in history and shines a light on the Russian president’s interior lifeThere is a bear in the woods. V…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Fall: what the hit South African play can teach us about the US by David Smith In Washington

In retelling the story of students dismantling a colonialist statue in Cape Town, a vibrant dance-filled production carries prescience for contemporary America“Rhodes was suspended in the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:54PM
Friday, June 15, 2018

Hamilton makes triumphant DC debut despite past contention with Pence by David Smith In Washington

Hit musical, which vice-president was booed at during a 2016 performance, opened at Kennedy Center for three-month runThe mega-hit musical Hamilton made a triumphant debut in Washington on T…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:04AM
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Iron & Coal: the story behind the unlikely Holocaust rock-opera by David Smith In Washington

Composer and lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld has created a multimedia event to pay tribute to his father’s journey in AuschwitzStories of the Holocaust have been told in memoirs, novels and film…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:36AM
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Heather Raffo: the Iraqi-American playwright challenging stereotypes by David Smith In Washington

The actor and writer has brought Noura to the Washington stage and believes that the political climate in Iraq has predicted the current state of the USA decade ago, Ni Qasey, an Iraqi who i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:30AM
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kwame Kwei-Armah: 'I believe our strength lies in integration' by David Smith In Washington

The British playwright, who works as the artistic director of the Baltimore Center Stage theatre, talks about the role of art in troubled times like theseAs a Briton who has lived in America…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sam Gold on Trump and theatre: 'We have a place to put our anger and fear' by David Smith In Washington

The Tony-winning director talks about bringing Fun Home to Washington on the doorstep of a president whose cabinet threatens to roll back LGBT rightsDonald Trump has proved a gift to TV sati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Monday, January 9, 2017

Telling the story behind Roe v Wade: 'The play illuminates choice' by David Smith In Washington

As Roe, a stage production centered on the landmark abortion case of the 1970s, hits Washington DC, playwright Lisa Loomer discusses its presicenceIn a normal election year, without the doze…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kathleen Turner: 'Americans really don't want to deal with death' by David Smith In Washington

She’s worked on stage with Edward Albee, befriended Maggie Smith and, in Body Heat, played one of the definitive screen femme fatales. Now Kathleen Turner is turning her thoughts to bereav…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:30PM
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Come From Away: the musical that dares to deal with 9/11 by David Smith In Washington

The musical tells the story of travellers grounded in the remote Canadian town of Gander on 9/11 – yet despite the sensitive subject matter, it has received huge ovations and is bound for …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Saturday, September 3, 2016

As he likes it: John Kerry says Rosalind is his favourite Shakespeare character by David Smith In Washington

Secretary of state for whom all the world’s a stage writes essay for British Council, praising heroine’s diplomatic skills and the restorative effect of comedyPoliticians around the worl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:33AM
Friday, July 1, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda's ancestry is as multifaceted as Hamilton by David Smith In Washington

A leading genealogist has traced the family tree of the creator and star of Hamilton, discovering a forbidden interracial relationship and flight to MexicoHe has dazzled audiences with his v…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:09AM
Friday, June 3, 2016

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: 'theatre is about controversial ideas' by David Smith In Washington

His play An Octoroon has been called the most eloquent drama about race this decade – but, says the playwright, his work is really about the human conditionIt started when he was about 13.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:10PM
Monday, May 16, 2016

'A terrible beauty': US festival reflects on Ireland's Easter Rising 100 years later by David Smith In Washington

The 1916 Irish rebellion against British rule that in six days left 485 people dead is the cue for a festival of Irish arts and culture in WashingtonWhile on the election campaign trail for …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:02PM
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A war photographer's image of hell – recreated in a play he can't bear to see by David Smith In Washington

Paul Watson’s photo of a US soldier’s corpse being desecrated by a mob in Somalia won him the Pultizer – but resulted in decades of trauma explored in a new play called The Body of an …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:31PM
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Martin Charnin: he wrote Annie, but he is for ever a Jet by David Smith In Washington

The legendary lyricist and director has had the opposite of a hard-knock life in theatre, starting in West Side Story and writing one of the biggest musicalsAmerica’s National Theatre in W…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:20PM
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Lynn Nottage: 'Nostalgia is a disease many white Americans have' by David Smith In Washington

Taken from interviews with residents of America’s poorest city, the Pulitzer-winning playwright’s Sweat has new resonance in the era of Trump and SandersWhen playwright Lynn Nottage bega…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37AM

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