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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

US actor Lois Smith: ‘People retire because they think it’s time – I haven’t felt that way’ by Howard Sherman

In her seven-decade career, the veteran actor has worked with everyone from James Dean to Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She tells Howard Sherman

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Howard Sherman: For too long Off-Broadway has failed to find a model to keep worthy shows running by Howard Sherman

While the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in New York is billed as “a premier launching pad for new

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Howard Sherman: New York Musical Festival’s closure forces the question – where will new work be developed now? by Howard Sherman

The New York Musical Festival, which launched in 2004, announced last week that it was bankrupt and has closed its doors. As

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Howard Sherman: Last year introduced me to some great playwrights, but in 2020 I want to hear more diverse voices by Howard Sherman

The end of 2019 brought a double whammy of cultural ‘best of’ lists: not just best-of-the-year rundowns, but also assessments of the

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Howard Sherman: Beetlejuice’s shock closure shows how Broadway expectations are changing by Howard Sherman

The Broadway musical Beetlejuice’s press release issued last week with the headline ‘a strange and unusual announcement’ – echoing a line of

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Howard Sherman: This is why Stephen Sondheim is in all our movies now by Howard Sherman

Earlier this week, Vulture – part of New York Magazine – ran a feature headlined: ‘Why is Stephen Sondheim Karaoke in All

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis: ‘I don’t feel like I fit in anywhere – I’m a guest in every ethnic group’ by Howard Sherman

As his latest play opens Off-Broadway, straight-talking playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis speaks to Howard Sherman about life on the Upper West Side

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Howard Sherman: The post-play discussion that went viral shows theatre can really touch a nerve by Howard Sherman

It was, quite possibly, the most widely heard post-performance discussion in theatre history. Well, the last few minutes were anyway. Last week

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Howard Sherman: Political pundits must stop using theatre as a punch bag by Howard Sherman

When pundits want to ridicule what they see as shallow displays of governance, or stunts on the campaign trail, they tend to

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Producer Mara Isaacs: ‘I can be nimble in how I support these crazy, experimental projects’ by Howard Sherman

As the producer behind Hadestown’s success, on Broadway and internationally, Mara Isaacs could be forgiven for resting on her laurels. But, as

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Howard Sherman: The suits may be smaller but Talking Heads’ frontman is still pushing boundaries on stage by Howard Sherman

When does a concert become theatre? When does movement become choreography? Why the big suit? Okay, that last one is an old

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Howard Sherman: Will A Christmas Carol finally break out on Broadway this year? by Howard Sherman

Stage versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are to American theatres what The Nutcracker is to ballet companies – or what

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Playwright Lauren Gunderson: ‘I like daunting. I want to go to places I haven’t been’ by Howard Sherman

Lauren Gunderson is America’s most produced playwright but she has never staged a play on Broadway. She tells Howard Sherman why Shakespeare’s

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre can be great when it doesn’t tell you what you want to hear by Howard Sherman

Theatre is often accused of confirming people’s biases and US theatre’s bias is viewed – not necessarily inaccurately – as being left-leaning

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Howard Sherman: Seeing a favourite show performed in Sing Sing gave it a fresh meaning by Howard Sherman

Seeing a theatrical production in a prison, performed by incarcerated men, places a unique context on the work presented. The experience of

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Playwright David Henry Hwang: ‘It’s great being the first, but then the expectations are impossible’ by Howard Sherman

David Henry Hwang got his first break in 1980, when a New York theatre sought to redress accusations of ‘yellowface’. In the

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Howard Sherman: In looking for film-to-musical adaptations, producers should head off the beaten track by Howard Sherman

I’ve always meant to see the 2001 indie movie Scotland, PA – an adaptation of Macbeth set in a fast-food restaurant –

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Howard Sherman: In a world of entertainment on demand, theatre needs to tinker with start times by Howard Sherman

Four matinees a week is not typical on Broadway. But that’s exactly what the new musical The Lightning Thief is offering. The

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Robert Schenkkan: ‘I looked to Shakespeare when I wrote my Lyndon Johnson plays’ by Howard Sherman

The Pulitzer prize-winner wrote his first play about the 36th US president in 2012. He tells Howard Sherman how he went All

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Howard Sherman: Why Netflix playing Broadway makes sense on both sides by Howard Sherman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will be the draws at the Belasco Theatre in November. Unfortunately, they won’t be

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Howard Sherman: When it comes to representation, opera has some serious catching up to do by Howard Sherman

The wheels of cultural change grind slowly. While theatres are making headway in addressing historical inequities regarding gender, race, ethnicity, disability and

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Meet Robert O’Hara, the theatremaker who wants to make Broadway audiences choke by Howard Sherman

Never afraid to provoke and challenge audiences, Robert O’Hara is making his Broadway directing debut with Slave Play. He tells Howard Sherman

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatres are showing how to act on a play’s message after the curtain comes down by Howard Sherman

It is not uncommon, in these days of electronic patron databases and customer relations management software, to receive an email from a

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Howard Sherman: Artists must learn the truth of the stories they tell by Howard Sherman

Ahead of last Monday’s community gathering presented by the Broadway Advocacy Coalition the event had looked interesting. In the room, it went

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Howard Sherman: Don’t knock transatlantic transfers – good theatre benefits us all by Howard Sherman

Two weeks ago, when considering a spate of closings and announcements of new productions on Broadway for this column, I intentionally made

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Actor Carrie Preston: ‘I love it when people can’t figure out why they recognise me’ by Howard Sherman

Known for roles in TV hits The Good Wife and True Blood, theatre stalwart Carrie Preston is directing a show about RSC

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre shouldn’t take itself so seriously, even when the work is weighty by Howard Sherman

At first glance, the post from SHN: Broadway in San Francisco, a presenter of major theatre tours on the west coast, looks

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Howard Sherman: Every time a stage door closes on Broadway, a new show opens by Howard Sherman

Much has been made of the closing of five Broadway shows in the past two weeks: Be More Chill, King Kong, Pretty

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Playwright Lynn Nottage: ‘Theatre is uniquely in the position to be at the vanguard of change’ by Howard Sherman

Following the success of Sweat on Broadway and in London, Lynn Nottage’s latest play is a comedy that revisits the same de-industrialised

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Howard Sherman: Theatre often moves us but our response depends on what we bring to it by Howard Sherman

One line started it. “You know that he loved you, don’t you?” That was the moment in Nick Payne’s A Life when

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Howard Sherman: Chekh-mate – why modern playwrights are turning to the classics for inspiration by Howard Sherman

Anton Chekhov has been cursing up a storm this summer in New York. Sort of. There are currently two – fairly swearey

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