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Friday, July 10, 2020

Review: A Legal Battle Over Adoption in ‘The Copper Children’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s streaming series begins with a “historical fable” about Catholic orphans and their new families in 1904 Arizona.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

We Got ‘Hamilton.’ Why Can’t We Stream Every Broadway Show? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Even in lockdown, it’s still hard to cut a streaming deal for a professional show. Here’s what viewers can expect, for now.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Queer Kids, Nerds and Sword Fights: It’s the Hot School Play by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“She Kills Monsters” is hugely popular in high schools and colleges. Even in lockdown, performers have found novel ways to make the battles come alive.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Theater Streams Make Room for Molière (and Imelda Marcos) by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The online bounty also includes a rare Lorraine Hansberry play, two Lincoln Center stagings and black British responses to the killing of George Floyd.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Misery and Megalomania: How David Adjmi Became a Playwright by Elisabeth Vincentelli

His new memoir “Lot Six” traces the Syrian-Jewish enclave that spawned him, the instructor who unnerved him, and the biting comedy that made his name.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Hungry for Some Unclassifiable Theater? Dinner is Served. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

If BAM is your jam (or places like it), here are digital offerings that offer weird Americana and bold visions from Europe. Plus: a 24-hour variety show.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

For One Theater, a ‘Marvelous’ Way to Perform in Lockdown by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With actors on payroll, Seacoast Rep has removed seats, added tech equipment and is selling tickets for a musical livestreamed every weekend.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’: From Broadway Tear-Jerker to Covid-Era Anthem by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Versions of the “Carousel” song by Aretha Franklin, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Liverpool F.C. fans have turned it into something universal.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Theater Performances to Stream This Week by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Dolly Parton, Meryl Streep and Jon Bon Jovi in a star-studded benefit concert; a play written specially for Zoom; Shakespeare on YouTube; and more.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Fire Up Your Laptop: A Curated Guide to Theater Now Online by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Watch as the virtual curtains rise, from “Acquanetta” to the Wooster Group, with stops at Shakespeare and “Fun Home.”

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

‘The World Goes Away’ and Other Lessons From Online Acting Class by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Remote learning may not be ideal, but Zoom encourages acting students to be more nuanced, more private and more intimate.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Cast Album I Love: ‘Hair’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

We continue our cast album series with more recommendations for wonderful musicals to listen to at home.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Where to Find Drama Now? All the Internet’s a Stage by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A roundup of streaming theater that covers classics and new shows, endearingly D.I.Y. webcasts and slick Broadway extravaganzas.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

‘I Never Knew Anyone Less Jaded’: Admiring Terrence McNally by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joe Mantello on a versatile collaborator who came to know “he didn’t have to repeat himself.’

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Monday, March 23, 2020

From the Basement to the Bathtub, With Time to Sing and Schmooze by Elisabeth Vincentelli

For over three hours online Sunday night, Rosie O’Donnell praised, kibitzed and made room for Broadway stars to check in with their fans and share music.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

No Theater? No Problem. Plays and Musicals Switch to Streaming. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

As bans on public gatherings have proliferated nationwide in response to coronavirus, shows and special programs are announcing streaming plans daily.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘Coal Country’ Review: Songs and Stories in a Disaster’s Aftermath by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s show at the Public Theater, with live music by Steve Earle, is based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Tumacho’ Review: The Strange Delights of a Supernatural Horse Opera by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ethan Lipton’s delirious Western comedy features a pigtailed gunslinger, a soul-sucking demon and singing puppet cactuses, among other inspired flights of fancy.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review: ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Has Its Ups and Ups by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A “revisal” of a Meredith Willson musical has a strong female lead who doesn’t quit, and her unrelenting energy makes for a static production.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bob Dylan Found Them, Whether They Knew It or Not by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Girl From the North Country” cast members talk about the first time they heard Dylan’s music.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

‘Sabbath Girl’ Review: A Meet-Cute with Art and Knishes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Cary Gitter’s throwback romantic comedy, about an Orthodox Jew and his Italian-American neighbor, is kind of sweet and kind of clunky.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Review: ‘Happy Birthday Doug.’ Here’s a Vodka Stinger. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Drew Droege’s solo show is a laugh-out-loud funny social sendup, but it doesn’t add up to more than a series of vignettes.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Carla Gugino Has Range, From ‘Spy Kids’ to Experimental Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Hollywood has long cast her as a bombshell (“Sin City,” “Karen Sisco”), but the actress has found an entirely different track onstage. Next up: “Anatomy of a Suicide.”

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Review: ‘Stew’ Takes Deeper Emotions Off the Back Burner by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Zora Howard’s new drama, the kitchen is where the characters reveal their bickering-but-loving true selves.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ Review: An Unwieldy Ride by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A tale about the 18th-century African-American mathematician includes actors, a vibrant marching band and wackadoo puppetry.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Oscar Wao’ Review: The Tragedy, and Comedy, of Manhood by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a Spanish-language stage adaptation of the Junot Díaz novel, the friendship between two Dominican men is a testing ground for competing visions of masculinity.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Review: Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Barra Grant’s autobiographical solo play plumbs her fraught relationship with her mother, the famous politician and beauty queen Bess Myerson.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Review: ‘Cartography’ Hops Around a Fractured World Map by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This documentary show, created to teach young audiences about the experiences of refugees, focuses on optimism and hope, perhaps to a fault.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Call Charles Busch a ‘Drag Legend,’ if We Must Use Labels by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With a gown and love for old Hollywood, Busch stars in his latest zany romp, “The Confession of Lily Dare.”

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Review: Five Pieces From ‘Nine,’ and Plenty More From Its Composer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston” is an old-fashioned revue that ably showcases the Tony-winning songwriter.

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