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Friday, October 22, 2021

Chad Kimball Sues ‘Come From Away’ Over His Termination by Jennifer Schuessler

The actor, who is Christian, said in an interview he was let go because of his religious beliefs. The show’s producers declined to comment.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Taylor Mac’s ‘Joy and Pandemic’ Is Postponed as Covid Cases Surge by Jennifer Schuessler

The play, which had been set to have its world premiere in September at the Magic Theater in San Francisco, takes place during the 1918 flu pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Harvey Fierstein Donates $2.5 Million for Public Library Theater Lab by Jennifer Schuessler

The gift from the writer and performer will help create an educational hub at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Next from Taylor Mac: A Post-Pandemic Pandemic Play — Set in 1918 by Jennifer Schuessler

“Joy and Pandemic” is slated to be performed this fall before an in-person audience at the Magic Theater in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

‘He Missed Nothing’: Nathan Lane, Chita Rivera and Others on Joe Allen by Laura Collins-Hughes and Jennifer Schuessler

The man was taciturn, but his Theater District restaurants were like Broadway clubhouses. Even the posters of flops were placed with affection.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Exhuming a Monster of a Flop by Jennifer Schuessler

Dissecting the failure of “Frankenstein,” which closed on Broadway on opening night 40 years ago, came with its own set of reporting challenges.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

A ‘Frankenstein’ That Never Lived by Jennifer Schuessler

On Jan. 4, 1981, the effects-heavy production opened and closed on the same night. Forty years later, the creators revisit a very expensive Broadway flop.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

The Sound in Their Ears? Black Thinkers Sharing ‘Lessons in Survival’ by Jennifer Schuessler

A Vineyard Theater streaming project re-enacts verbatim interviews with James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and others to explore echoes between the past and the present.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

20 Theater Figures on How to ‘Revolutionize’ Their World by Jennifer Schuessler and Scott Heller

End unpaid internships. Set term limits for leaders. Get real about inclusion. Take performances to the streets. Say yes to joy, and no to couch plays.

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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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