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Monday, July 6, 2020

‘Hamilton’ and the Historical Record: Frequently Asked Questions by Jennifer Schuessler

The Disney+ filmed version has fans wondering what’s accurate. Historians are fans, too, and they have answers, along with caveats.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

How ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Survived the Pandemic by Jennifer Schuessler and Su-Hyun Lee

The musical’s world tour, now in Seoul, weathered a cast outbreak to become perhaps the only major show running. Can theater learn from its example?

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Friday, March 27, 2020

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Gets New Director by Jennifer Schuessler

Jennifer Schantz, an executive at the New-York Historical Society, will lead the library, which is home to more than 8 million items relating to music, theater and dance.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

To Help Performers in Need, Funky Videos at Your Fingertips by Jennifer Schuessler

The performer Taylor Mac and the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks have signed on to a video-sharing subscription service to raise money for New York colleagues in crisis.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

‘West Side Story’: How We Covered the Classic N.Y.C. Musical by Jennifer Schuessler

Since its 1957 premiere, The New York Times has tracked the musical’s evolution, covering its casting, its politics and its role in the Cold War along the way.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Play ‘Meant to Trouble’ From a Writer Raised in Conservatism by Jennifer Schuessler

Will Arbery has brought the “secretive” world of Catholic intellectuals to the stage in “Heroes of the Fourth Turning.” He’s pleased to find that they appreciate being seen, not ju…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

MacArthur Foundation Announces 26 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners by Jennifer Schuessler

This year’s fellows include artists, writers, scientists, urban designers, community activists and others who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality.”

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Milton’s Shakespeare Was Just a Trans-Atlantic Tweet Away by Jon Hurdle and Jennifer Schuessler

A scholar in England suspected annotations in a First Folio at the Free Library of Philadelphia were John Milton’s, so he connected the dots with someone who had studied the work for a dec…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A Shakespeare Festival Presents Modern Translations. Cue the Debate (Again). by Jennifer Schuessler

A series of readings at Classic Stage Company will present the fruits of a project that charged people with “translating” Shakespeare into accessible (and faithful) modern English.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

He Changed ‘Oklahoma!’ But ‘Oklahoma!’ Hasn’t Changed Him. by Jennifer Schuessler

Even his closest friends and colleagues marvel at how the director Daniel Fish has managed to stick to his vision — and even lighten up — while shepherding his dark take on the beloved m…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Late-Night Philosophy Festival Expands to Five U.S. Cities by Jennifer Schuessler

This year’s American installment of the Night of Ideas will feature appearances by philosophers, musicians, artists and a puppet of Noam Chomsky.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Portrait of a Marriage, Onstage and at the Barricades by Jennifer Schuessler

The archive of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, now at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, traces more than 60 years in the theater, in the movies and at the front lines of social a…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rip Van Winkle, Newly Awake, Meets His Neighbors Onstage by Jennifer Schuessler

An outdoor production that draws from the Hudson Valley community aims to unearths the strangeness in Washington Irving’s classic story.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Stage Version of Bolaño’s ‘2666’ to Stream Free Online by Jennifer Schuessler

The Goodman Theater’s five-and-a-half-hour stage adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s mammoth, seemingly unstageable novel will be available for at least two years.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Noam Chomsky, Elon Musk and Ayn Rand Walk Into a Puppet Show by Jennifer Schuessler

A puppet play by the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes explores technology, freedom and inequality (and the lost rap version of “The Communist Manifesto”).

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Friday, March 16, 2018

They Talk About Porn in This Show. Audience Participation Is Encouraged. by Jennifer Schuessler

“Prurience,” a new immersive theater piece by Christopher Green, is set at a self-help group for pornography addicts.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Inside the Battle for Arthur Miller’s Archive by Jennifer Schuessler

After a discreet tug-of-war with the playwright’s estate and Yale, the University of Texas has acquired the papers, including an “Aladdin’s cave” of unpublished material.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Putting the Ghosts of Princeton’s Racial Past Onstage by Jennifer Schuessler

Four of the contributors to the Princeton and Slavery Plays project talk about the hidden histories that inspired them.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jewish Center Faces Backlash After Canceling Play Criticized as Anti-Israel by Jennifer Schuessler

The American Jewish Historical Society is facing charges of censorship after it canceled a play and a panel that had been targeted by right-wing activists

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners by Jennifer Schuessler

The MacArthur fellowship this year honors 24 artists, scholars, activists and others chosen for exceptional “originality, insight and potential.”

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Hat. Rabbit. Spy Cam? Claims of Skulduggery at a Hot Magic Show by Jennifer Schuessler

The magician Derek DelGaudio has tried to keep his work invisible on the internet. Did another professional secretly film his show?

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Children of ‘1984’: Dystopia Down the Decades by Jennifer Schuessler

George Orwell’s novel has led to adaptations and variations since its publication in 1949, including a coming Broadway version. Here’s an overview.

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With ’1984’ on Broadway, Thoughtcrime Hits the Big Time by Jennifer Schuessler

A British adaptation of George Orwell’s classic arrives on Broadway with Tom Sturridge and Olivia Wilde, bringing contemporary political resonance.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Unknown Edith Wharton Play Surfaces by Jennifer Schuessler

The 1901 script for “The Shadow of a Doubt” turned up in an archive in Texas, where scholars discovered it after noticing a cryptic reference to it in a letter.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Taylor Mac Will Take His ‘24-Decade’ Show to West Coast and Beyond by Jennifer Schuessler

Mr. Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” will be performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with abridged versions staged elsewhere.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Theater to Commission 38 Modern Riffs on Shakespeare by Jennifer Schuessler

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of 38 companion pieces to Shakespeare’s plays.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How Six Degrees Became a Forever Meme by Jennifer Schuessler

A revival of John Guare’s play “Six Degrees of Separation” opens April 25. His enduring title concept has hopscotched through pop culture.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Theater of War Director Named New York City Artist in Residence by Jennifer Schuessler

Brian Doerries, the director of Theater of War, will use classic texts to explore violence, trauma and community at free events at 60 locations around the city

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History by Jennifer Schuessler

Mr. Mac’s marathon “24-Decade History of Popular Music” was praised as “a vast, immersive, subversive, audacious and outrageous experience.”

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Scholarly Scrapbook for Taylor Mac by Jennifer Schuessler

A newly announced scholarly collection will analyze, and chronicle, Mr. Mac’s epic “24-Decade History of Popular Music.”

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Alexander Hamilton Documents Fetch $2.6 Million at Auction by Jennifer Schuessler

Hundreds of manuscripts and letters held by Hamilton descendants for 200 years — some of them previously unknown — were sold at auction on Wednesday.

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