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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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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

At Princeton, A New Layer for “Hairspray” by Howard Sherman

Despite its origin in a 1988 film from John Waters, the underground master of camp, shock and transgression, the story of Tracy Turnblad, as told in multiple iterations, has become wholly ma…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Howard Sherman: Let’s cut out the snobbish divide between Broadway talent and everyone else by Howard Sherman

When The Play That Goes Wrong opens on Sunday, the entire cast will be making its Broadway debut. This same landmark was

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In Hell, Damning That Accursed Howard Sherman by Howard Sherman

I cannot claim that I was completely surprised. By the same token, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. A press release first made me aware of Diva: Live From Hell, and I lingered on it …

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Disrobing “The Foreigner” at a Minnesota High School by Howard Sherman

Context is everything. If you ask the average parent whether, in the abstract, they want to hear a student, any student, saying the n-word from the stage of their local high school auditoriu…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Howard Sherman: Trump hasn’t destroyed the arts yet, but not for want of trying by Howard Sherman

It comes as no particular surprise that Donald Trump has made it known he’d like to eliminate the National Endowment for the

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Howard Sherman: Critics should learn the language of disability by Howard Sherman

Sam Gold’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie produced a wide range of critical responses when it opened last week, and

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Howard Sherman: When ushers become part of the show by Howard Sherman

It’s not terribly odd, in the US, for a member of the theatre’s staff to walk on to the stage before a

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Howard Sherman: In-theatre dining doesn’t have to be disruptive by Howard Sherman

Cutting into my meat pie, at the New York transfer of the Tooting Arts Club’s pie shop Sweeney Todd, I must confess

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Two High School Shows That Couldn’t Be Saved by Howard Sherman

When incidences of high school theatre censorship arise, the point at which they occur, and when that breaks out beyond school walls, can be central to efforts to reverse the decision. At ot…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

 Zeros and Ones Don’t Add Up To Live Action by Howard Sherman

For those who work in the theatre, the idea of defending the term “live action” would seem an unnecessary task. But as movie marketers, abetted uncritically by the entertainment press, s…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Howard Sherman: Andrew Lloyd Webber is riding high on Broadway all over again by Howard Sherman

Broadway is celebrating an Andrew Lloyd Webber festival. It’s not as though he ever said goodbye. But it’s hard not to look

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winston Churchill’s Famous Arts Quote Is, Alas, Bogus by Howard Sherman

Even if you’ve never read the quote, you’ve no doubt seen the meme, in all of its arts-affirming, damn the torpedoes glory. Just one small detail: it isn’t true. I am referring to …

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Supposition Is No Support As NEA Is Threatened by Howard Sherman

Let’s start with the positive, though I’m afraid that won’t last long. In her New York Times article, “Might Ivanka Trump Speak Up If Her Father Guts The Arts?,” Robin Pogrebin mak…

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