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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Theater Quiz for October 2020 by New York Theater

How well were you following theater news and reviews in the month of October? Answer these ten questions to find out. Loading…

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Friday, October 30, 2020

A Touch of the Poet Review: The Irish Rep’s Grand Illusion of Eugene O’Neill’s Play about a Delusional Immigrant by New York Theater

Con Melody is a drunk saddled with a run-down tavern outside Boston, who fancies himself a European war hero born in an Irish castle. He’s a vain, moody character living an illusion in “…

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

It Can’t Happen Here Review: American Fascism by 9 Theater Companies in 6 Languages by New York Theater

Eighty-four years after theaters in 17 states across America simultaneously opened “It Can’t Happen Here,” a dramatization of Sinclair Lewis’ cautionary tale imagining the rise of fa…

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Book Review: The 24 Hour Plays’ Viral Monologues. Is this Pandemic Literature? by New York Theater

Reading these monologues from the early days of COVID-19, many of which I had watched online, made me think of the way Trump impersonator Adam Baldwin on Saturday Night Live recently spoofed…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Obama on Biden and Trump in Orlando, Video and Transcript: “Tweeting at the TV doesn’t fix things. “ by New York Theater

Below is the video and transcript of the speech by former President Barack Obama in Orlando, Florida on October 27, 2020, in which he lets loose on President Donald Trump. “…you’ve got…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A Week Until Election Day! Political Theater Every Night, from Verdi to Wallace Shawn. by New York Theater

In the week until Election Day, there are overtly political plays, musicals, and operas opening every day, listed below. Also check out political shows that have already opened and are avail…

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Off-Broadway Theaters Sue Cuomo to Reopen by New York Theater

  The owners of six Off-Broadway theaters and two comedy clubs filed suit against New York on Friday demanding to be allowed to reopen. “Casinos, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, gyms,…

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Ma Rainey, The Prom Sneak Peeks. RIP Ming Cho Lee, Marge Champion, Edith O’Hara. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Week in Theater Videos: Trailers for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Prom. To Be Human from Hercules. I’m Losing You from Ain’t Too Proud. There will be no Village Halloween Parade ne…

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

2020 Olivier Awards Videos and List of Winners: Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the Roof by New York Theater

“Dear Evan Hansen,”  “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Death of a Salesman” were among the plays and musical familiar to American audiences whose recent British productions won 2020 Ol…

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

A West Wing Special on HBO and the merging of theater and politics, stage and screen, Democrats and democracy by New York Theater

The staged reading of an 18-year-old episode of the TV series “The West Wing” might seem like a peculiar exercise in nostalgia, and maybe vanity, by its creator Aaron Sorkin, who’s gon…

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Theater This Weekend October 23-25: 5 Must-See Shows Before They Close by New York Theater

These five highly recommended plays opened earlier this week, most of them ending this weekend, all of them worth seeing. There are other, terrifically-sounding shows that are actually openi…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Theater Blog Roundup: 49 Plays about U.S. Politics, especially It Can’t Happen Here by New York Theater

On a day when non-theater people are revving up talk about “political theater,” theater bloggers Janice Simpson and Samuel Leiter offer a different take on the term — theater about pol…

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Watch Broadway for Biden’s Star-Studded Concert for the Soul of a Nation by New York Theater

Watch this starry line-up in support of Biden/Harris, by Broadway for Biden. Featured some 200 artists, including: Billy Porter, Judith Light, Derrick Baskin, Laura Benanti, Victoria Clark, …

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Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy. Review and pics by New York Theater

“I think what we do is evil but I still want to do a good job at it,” says Nikolai, one of the Russian trolls trying to sway the American Presidential election in Sarah Gancher’s funny…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Back on Broadway: A Tour of Times Square Favorite Spots by New York Theater

Shortly after the Tony Awards announced its much delayed 2020 nominations in the middle of a pandemic-induced shutdown, I brought actor and writer Kevin James Doyle back to Times Square for …

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Tony Award Fever? Political Fervor! New Theater Editor. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

  With 15 days left to Election Day,  the theater community’s focus on voting – such as the Hamilton Town Hall for Biden/Harris this weekend featuring the original cast of the musical,…

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

That Kindness: Nurses in Their Own Words by New York Theater

Even nurses dedicated to kindness have their breaking point. Connie Britton portrays a nurse forced to care for a COVID patient who had worked at a risky job never wearing a mask, and then p…

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Review: What The Constitution Means to Me on Amazon. Timely, yet again. by New York Theater

Viewers might be astonished that Heidi Schreck’s funny, poignant and pointed play feels like a direct response to the Senate hearings on Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Cou…

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#HamiltonTownHall: The Zoom Where It Happened by New York Theater

We got many questions that we’ll be answering tonight, “most of them about Jonathan Groff’s spit,” Tommy Kail,  the director of “Hamilton,” announced at the outset of a 90-minut…

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Theater to See This Weekend October 16-18: Wendy Wasserstein trilogy, Heidi Schreck’s Constitution, David Byrne’s Utopia. Tony Talkers. by New York Theater

Below are six must-see* theater “opening” this weekend, plus five more still available,  two Meet The Tony Nominees events, and another two pro-democracy soirees. The theater — two re…

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Happy 95th Birthday, Angela Lansbury! “It’s terribly important to get out of yourself…” by New York Theater

Angela Lansbury, born 95 years ago today the daughter of an Irish actress and a British politician, came relatively late to Broadway, appearing in her first role on the Rialto at the age of …

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

2020 Tony Award Nominations: Jagged Little Pill and Moulin Rouge Lead by New York Theater

    Jagged Little Pill and Moulin Rouge lead in the much-delayed 74th annual Tony Award nominations for the much-truncated 2019-2020 Broadway season, selected from 18 eligible shows, which…

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David Byrne’s American Utopia on HBO: Review and pics by New York Theater

Spike Lee filmed David Byrne’s American Utopia on the stage of Broadway’s Hudson Theater earlier this year; it is arriving on HBO on October 17,  in a completely different era. Taking e…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

2020 Theater Book Award Winners and Finalists from TLA by New York Theater

Books about dancer Ted Shawn and New Orleans theater before the Civil War have been named the best theater books of the year by The Theatre Library Association, which is presenting its TLA B…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Broadway Battles The Dark in 4 Ways. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

With exactly three weeks to go until Election Day and, as we learned officially last Friday, at least another eight more months until Broadway reopens, it’s hard not to feel anxious. But t…

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Senator Amy Klobuchar Testimony at Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Hearing video and transcript: “This hearing is a sham.” by New York Theater

“It has been said that the wheels of justice turn slowly. Injustice, on the other hand, can move at lightning speed, as we are seeing here today.” – Senator Amy Klobuchar. Full video a…

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Christopher Columbus As a Disreputable Character, in Irreverent Theater Of the Past 150 Years by New York Theater

Larissa FastHorse, who last week was announced as one of the winners of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Awards, riffed on Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day in her satirical play “T…

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Static Apnea. Disorienting but Safe Theater, then Familiar but Unsafe Theater. by New York Theater

When “Static Apnea” began its theatrical run, live and indoors, a big selling point for me was that it would be safe: One theatergoer at a time  (mask required) would watch a single per…

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Theater to See This Weekend October 10-11. Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening, stars of Six Musical in 7 Must-See Shows by New York Theater

Below are seven must-see shows this weekend, two of them “reunion readings,” another two star-studded new versions, of acclaimed plays; a fifth a reunion concert of the original cast of …

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Broadway Will Remain Shut Down Until June 2021 (At Least) by New York Theater

Broadway will remain shut down at least through May 30, 2021, The Broadway League announced today., the fifth implicit target date for reopening since Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the theat…

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The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America. by New York Theater

Watch “The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America” below, available through October 15, a 50-minute video written by Tony Kushner, and directed by Ellie Heyman, featuring Glenn…

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