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Monday, April 19, 2021

Watch David Hare read new satirical poem about Boris Johnson – video by David Hare, Noah Payne-Frank and Charlie Phillips

Playwright David Hare has written a new poem, Agony Uncle, about Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus crisis. Written in the tradition of 18th century satire, the poem castigates the…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Review: If/Then by Frank

Idina Menzel in If/Then (©Joan Marcus) When a performer’s mere opening utterance of “Hello, it’s me” garners huge sustained applause, you know you’re in the presence of a star. …

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Review: Bullets Over Broadway by Frank

Marin Mazzie in Bullets Over Broadway (©Paul Kolnik) Imagine a splashy Broadway musical comedy based on a beloved film, written by its original creator who once toiled for Sid Caesar on Y…

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Review: A Raisin in the Sun by Frank

David Cromer, Bryce Clyde Jenkins, LaYTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Denzel Washington, and Sophie Okonedo in A Raisin in the Sun (©Brigitte Lacombe)   If director Kenny L…

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Review: Of Mice and Men by Frank

James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Of Mice and Men (©Richard Phibbs) John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a beloved classic that is a staple in high school reading lists and has been adap…

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Review: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill by Frank

Audra McDonald in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (©Evgenia Eliseeva) Audra McDonald doesn’t look or sound anything like Billie Holiday. So it’s a credit to the five-time Ton…

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Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Frank

Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (©Joan Marcus) The colorful title character of Hedwig and the Angry Inch can be described as many things, but loveable is not usually one …

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Review: The Cripple of Inishmaan by Frank

Daniel Radcliffe in The Cripple of Inishmaan (©Johan Persson) His face may be prominently displayed on the Playbill cover and theater marquee, but Daniel Radcliffe melts seamlessly into …

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Review: Macbeth by Frank

Kenneth Branagh in Macbeth (©Stephanie Berger) It’s doubtful you’ll ever see as compelling and visceral a interpretation of Macbeth as the one being performed for much too brief a run…

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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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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Theater Review: THE PROJECT(S) (Stage Left Theater, Chicago) by Tony Frankel and Lawrence Bommer

THIS YEAR MORE THAN EVER, THE PROJECT(S) MUST BE SEEN It’s a continuing crisis seen from the inside out, fleshed out with warmth and truth. In The Project(s), the late, great American Thea…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Theater Preview: THE MAGIC PARLOUR AT HOME (New Virtual Show by Chicago’s Dennis Watkins) by Tony Frankel and Lawrence Bommer

JUST AS MAGICAL REMOTELY Is stuff magical only because it can’t be explained? Perhaps it’s more than just the absence of logic, probability, or reason. There’s a presence too: Magic ev…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Theater Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (National Tour) by Tony Frankel and Lawrence Bommer

THE PLAY ABOUT THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG GOES WRONG The title of this play is brutally honest — and you can’t say you weren’t warned. In the style of Monty Python and Michael Frayn’s …

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

'Dance gave me a way to find a life’: English National Ballet's Isaac Hernández by Iman Amrani, Noah Payne-Frank, Bruno Rinvolucri and Jess Gormley

The 28-year-old lead principal of the English National Ballet talks to the Guardian's Iman Amrani about his plans to make dance a human right in his home country of Mexico and elevate it as …

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

'There's a lot of power in being young': Hamilton lead actor Jamael Westman on making change - video by Iman Amrani, Jess Gormley, Noah Payne-Frank and Marina Costa

Jamael Westman, the lead actor in the West End production of Hamilton, talks to the Guardian's Iman Amrani backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre, discussing the power of youth to make cha…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Brexit Shorts: The End by Abi Morgan, starring Penelope Wilton – video by Jess Gormley, Noah Payne-Frank, Liese Spencer and Chris Wiegand

‘There’s no coming back from this’ … After 43 years together, Helen is shocked that her husband is leaving Continue reading...

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Brexit Shorts: The Pines by Gary Owen, starring Steffan Rhodri – video by Jess Gormley, Noah Payne-Frank, Liese Spencer and Chris Wiegand

‘But if I don’t do this, what else can I do?’ … A Welsh dairy farmer reflects on the real cost of a flat white Continue reading...

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Brexit Shorts: Shattered by Maxine Peake, starring Nasser Memarzia – video by Jess Gormley, Noah Payne-Frank, Liese Spencer and Chris Wiegand

‘People are petrified’ … An immigration lawyer in Manchester sees fear – and hope – in his community Continue reading...

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Brexit Shorts: Burn by James Graham, starring Joanna Scanlan – video by Jess Gormley, Noah Payne-Frank, Liese Spencer and Chris Wiegand

‘I’m a warrior who’s been waiting for a war’ … Internet troll Carol whips up Brexit fury in Mansfield Continue reading...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Impressions masterclass with Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner – video by Stephen Moss, Jess Gormley, Tom Silverstone, Noah Payne-Frank and Kara Fox

Stephen Moss learns the art of impersonation from two masters: Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner. Will Moss impress his tutors with his Boris Johnson? Can he manage to stretch his words and …

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Juste Debout: the world's biggest street-dance competition – video by Iman Amrani , Noah Payne-Frank and Jess Gormley

Dancers from all over the world compete in the international tour of Juste Debout in the hope that they will get the chance to battle in the preliminary rounds in France and perform at the f…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tobias Menzies' self portrait: 'I feel younger than my years' – video by Tom Silverstone, Noah Payne-Frank, Jess Gormley and Juliet Riddell

Actor Tobias Menzies analyses his reflection while looking down the lens of the camera and drawing his self-portrait on an iPad. Through this intimate process he reveals his thoughts about h…

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Video: Alan Cumming Reads Anything We Give Him -- Vulture by Sarah Frank and Abraham Riesman

In the ranking of sexy accents, the Scottish brogue has to be near the top. And in the ranking of sexy Scottish brogues, Alan Cumming's is definitely in the top five. But just how powerful a…

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Connecticut's Oscar Favorites From Those In The Know by Susan Dunne and Frank Rizzo

Who Will Win? Who Should Win? And Why? The Academy Awards bring out the critic in everyone. It starts when the nominations are announced — "Whaddya mean, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated?…

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Hands-on drama by Elisabeth Vincentelli and Frank Scheck

Maybe it’s because we live in a world where everybody’s connected, but this year has seen an explosion of “immersive” shows that blur the line between audience and performers. In som…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Los Angeles Theater “Reviews”: PLAYS IN THE PARK (Santa Monica Playhouse) and GRACE NOTES & ANVILS (Odyssey Theatre) by Tony Frankel and Jason Rohrer

TWO CRITICS; TWO STAGED READINGS; BASICALLY ONE OPINION From Jason Rohrer: Plays in the Park, Brian Conners’ collection of one-acts (only one of which is set in a park), intends to sho…

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Artists as Critics by Frank “fraver” Verlizzo, Broadway and Off-Broadway Theater Poster Designer

As a Manhattan-born teenager at the High School of Art & Design on East 57th Street, I was star-struck. I would go to a Broadway show whenever I could afford it. I practically lived at t…

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