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Friday, August 18, 2017

Howard Sherman: Are indie films a smarter investment than theatre on Broadway? by Howard Sherman

Despite the difference in scale between theatre and movies, those of us connected to the stage can occasionally be forgiven for feeling

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Howard Sherman: American theatre bosses are playing musical chairs. Let’s widen the pool of leaders by Howard Sherman

Whenever several artistic leadership positions open at once in US theatre, it fires the starting gun on a variation of the children’s

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Howard Sherman: How bad producing decisions made Great Comet musical crash to earth by Howard Sherman

The Great Comet is burning out, and taking Natasha and Pierre with it. Unlike the recent closing of the play Indecent, which

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Monday, August 7, 2017

James Franco Won’t Like This and There’s Nothing He Can Do About It by Howard Sherman

Those who have followed the career of James Franco, and at times it has almost been hard to avoid, are aware that the actor had a period where he was a perpetual student, described in 2008 i…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

“Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by Howard Sherman

If you happen to be going to see the current production Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco the next ten days, you’ll find an i…

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Howard Sherman: Stage-to-screen ‘indies’ can help bring audiences back to the theatre by Howard Sherman

This month, as blockbusters wane and before Oscar contenders start piling up, there’s a window during which smaller features may slip into

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Howard Sherman: The great Sam Shepard plumbed the dark recesses of the American soul by Howard Sherman

To read, suddenly, unexpectedly, that playwright Sam Shepard had died was a shock on Monday morning. He was only 73 and his

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Howard Sherman: Is 1984’s bloody staging really leaving audiences fainting in the aisles? I don’t buy it by Howard Sherman

Producers of 1950s horror films used to rely on outlandish promotional gimmicks to lure audiences into their low-budget, low-scare B-movies. The vintage

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Monday, July 24, 2017

David Mamet Doesn’t Feel Well by Howard Sherman

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published an essay by the playwright and screenwriter David Mamet, entitled “Charles Dickens Makes Me Want To Throw Up.” As it turns out, the essay w…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Howard Sherman: How Broadway play Indecent was saved from an early closure by Howard Sherman

The last-minute reprieve is the stuff of legal thrillers. It rarely applies to the fate of Broadway shows. But on June 22,

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Monday, July 10, 2017

“Assassins” in the Age of Trump by Howard Sherman

This week, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s 1990 musical Assassins will have its first major New York performances since the 2004 Roundabout Theatre Company production, in a concert ver…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Howard Sherman: Why are we obsessed with being Shakespeare? by Howard Sherman

Shakespeare and parks seem to go hand in hand, certainly in the US, where the once singular innovation of Joseph Papp’s New

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Howard Sherman: Can Canadian theatre up its export game? by Howard Sherman

I dare say that very few people reading this column are aware that tomorrow, July 1, marks the celebration of Canada Day,

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Howard Sherman: Should reviews be held socially accountable? by Howard Sherman

Deep anger generated by the theatre reviews of Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss is nothing new. But the scale of the reaction

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Howard Sherman: How I got caught up in the Julius Caesar/Donald Trump controversy by Howard Sherman

Lots of digital ink, and not a little actual ink, has been used reporting and opining on the events that have surrounded

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Howard Sherman: Do Broadway casting directors need a union? by Howard Sherman

It wasn’t a picket line last Thursday morning, but rather a demonstration, as Broadway casting directors and their supporters walked back and

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Monday, June 12, 2017

So Are They All, All Honorable Corporations by Howard Sherman

Does anyone remember last summer’s The Taming of the Shrew in Central Park? It opened with an entirely non-Shakespearean beauty pageant and talent show, led by a buffoonish figure costumed…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Howard Sherman: How can straight plays survive on Broadway? by Howard Sherman

For the past few weeks, the narrative about the four Tony-nominated plays was that they were all struggling at the box office

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Howard Sherman: Things I learned watching Hamlet in Farsi by Howard Sherman

I imagine that I could be dropped into a theatre seat most anywhere in the world and, without a translator or supertitles,

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Howard Sherman: Who’s getting rich on Broadway (and who’s getting left behind)? by Howard Sherman

They seem to come like clockwork, roughly every six months, the press releases announcing a new record on Broadway. They come twice

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Howard Sherman: Dousing the flames of Rebecca on Broadway for good by Howard Sherman

It has been, for much of the present decade, one of Broadway’s longest-running stories, without ever actually reaching the stage. I refer

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Howard Sherman: It’s speculation season on Broadway by Howard Sherman

Admittedly in the theatre community, the month of May (and early June) is thought of primarily as awards season or, if your

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Was Boston Children’s Theatre Censored for Pushing Boundaries? by Howard Sherman

One doesn’t expect to hear the words “nudity” and “children’s theatre” discussed in the same sentence. But there’s been a lot of that juxtaposition going around up in Boston as…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Howard Sherman: If you don’t buy these theatre tickets, we’ll kill this dog by Howard Sherman

It is not unusual to hear a theatre company announce that if it doesn’t raise a certain amount of money by such-and-such

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Howard Sherman: Charity fundraising is fitted as standard in US theatre culture by Howard Sherman

I do not typically find myself watching a show in a Broadway theatre at 2pm on a Tuesday, but I dare say

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Staff Bites Board, at a Seattle Service Organization by Howard Sherman

According to an old aphorism, “dog bites man” is not big news, however “man bites dog” is something to report. Consequently, in the arts world, “board of directors fires staff” m…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Howard Sherman: Should we be amazed by the return of magic to the stage? by Howard Sherman

When people talk about how theatre isn’t really the same thing when it is translated on to television or film, they could

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Howard Sherman: Broadway’s peak capacity is short-lived by Howard Sherman

Last week and this current week mark a fairly rare moment on Broadway. Every available theatre – all 40 of them –

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When A Censored Play Was Already In Violation of Copyright by Howard Sherman

The shutting down of a high school play at East Newton High School in Granby, Missouri last week may have set a new low in bad timing for such incidents. The show was not canceled after cast…

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Howard Sherman: What can Charles Isherwood’s new job tell us about the future of arts journalism? by Howard Sherman

The stories of arts critics losing their posts have made for a sad and continuing saga in recent years as both print and broadcast outlets

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In Minnesota, Change Play’s Title Or Lose A Production? by Howard Sherman

If you happen to have been giving any thought to producing Langston Hughes’s 1935 play Mulatto at the Ames Center in Burnsville MN, save yourself some time and either move on to another p…

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