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Monday, August 3, 2020

Not Doomed to Zoom. #SaveTheArts in Limbo. #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

The Week in Reviews . The Week in News. The Week in Videos  Broadway Bares;Tangled the Musical. #Stageworthy News of the Week. If Broadway won’t return until Summer 2021, as UK impresario…

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Watch #WhileWeBreathe anthology and read my review by New York Theater

Watch the hour-long video of 11 short new plays below. In “Holla,” a serial killer (Will Swenson) wearing the  distorted white mask from the Scream series, makes an ominous phone call t…

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Poll: Which Play Used Zoom Best? by New York Theater

Theatergoers have complained about Zoom plays in the months since the pandemic shut down physical theaters, but it’s one of the only ways to “attend” live theater these days, and some …

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 2020 Online Theater Openings: What’s streaming day by day by New York Theater

Click here for August 1 openings Below is the day-by-day calendar of “theater openings”* in August, 2020, a month of abundance: Two theatrical celebrations of the 100th anniversary of wo…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Theater Quiz for July 2020 by New York Theater

How well were you following theater news and reviews in the month of July? Take this quiz to find out.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

NYC’s Only Theater Bookstore is Open for Business by New York Theater

There are some 750 books on display in Bravo’s Book Nook, the only theater bookstore in New York, and possibly the only one open in the country. That’s not a lot of books for a bookstore…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

American Utopia The Book: David Byrne’s Lyrics and Maira Kalman’s Theater Curtain by New York Theater

Publishing a big colorful book as a companion to a Broadway musical is nothing new, but  “American Utopia” the book is surely unique. In the last few years, there have been coffee table…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Watch Hamilton in Japanese, translated and performed by Gen Parton-Shin by New York Theater

Gen Parton-Shin sent me the two videos below of songs from “Hamilton” — “My Shot” and “Helpless” — that he translated into Japanese. I had questions. He answered them. Shin-P…

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Not the Hamilton Logo! Performers to Politicians: Save the Arts by Saturday! by New York Theater

The Week in Theater The Week in News The Week in Videos #Stageworthy News. “Dear Senators: Without your immediate action for financial relief by Aug. 1, we will collapse, and the result wi…

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

How Heroes of the Fourth Turning became a vision of what theater can be online. Director Danya Taymor Q and A by New York Theater

“Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” Will Arbury’s much-acclaimed play about a gathering of former classmates at a conservative Catholic college in Wyoming, not only  worked amazingly well…

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RIP Olivia de Havilland, 104! by New York Theater

Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving leading lady of Hollywood’s Golden Age, five-time Oscar nominated actress and Broadway veteran who helped  take down Hollywood’s studio system wi…

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Book Review: Flop Musicals of the 21st Century by New York Theater

Was “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” a flop? Joe Allen didn’t think so, refusing to put its poster up on the famous flop wall of his restaurant, saying: “Any show that plays for thre…

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Friday, July 24, 2020

What Theater to Watch July 24: Diva Dilemma! by New York Theater

Below are some of the rich theater offerings available on screens today: Julie Andrews, Laura Benanti and Marga Gomez all star in shows that maddeningly overlap tonight. And Marilyn Horne at…

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Can Theater Change Climate Change? Watch Facing the Rising Tide Theater Festival by New York Theater

Below are videos of the five plays of the Facing the Rising Tide theater festival, organized by the New Group Theater with the Natural Resources Defense Council. In each video, a discussion …

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Broadway from Booth to Bernhardt to Brando to Beckett: Photographs from the Museum of the City of New York by New York Theater

The photographs of Edwin Booth as Iago in “Othello” in 1871, Paul Robeson in the title role of the same play 72 years later and Dianne Wiest as Desdemona in a production 40 years after t…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Theater Blog Roundup: Yes, Hamilton, but also Summer Theater Books, Disability Rights Month, Albee on Stage and Screen by New York Theater

Two of the theater bloggers below wrote about Hamilton this month, but not in a way you might expect. There is a summer theater book reading list, a guide connected to Disability Rights Mont…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

NYC’s Summer Theater Festivals Reimagined. NYC “reopens” by New York Theater

#Stageworthy News. Every year for the past decade, I’ve written a preview guide to the dozen or so annual summer theater festivals in New York. Most have been canceled this year, at least …

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Amadeus at National Theatre: Review and Pics by New York Theater

Watch Amadeus below or at National Theatre. Historically, “Amadeus” is baloney. Theatrically, it’s a feast. Musically, the National Theatre’s 2016 production of Peter Shaffer’s 197…

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Watch Sing Gently by a virtual choir of 17,572 singers! by New York Theater

A friend passed along this video of 17,572 singers from 129 countries performing Eric Whitacre’s “Sing Gently,” and included a poem by Bertolt Brecht In the dark times Will there also …

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

6 to See This Weekend July 18-19: Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Good As New, Homebound, Copper Children, Amadeus, Line by New York Theater

An 2020 Obie winning play about conservatives who hurt too;  Julianne Moore as a mother whose daughter complains about her plastic surgery; a starry anthology on the theme of “promise.”…

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We Are Freestyle Love Supreme on Hulu: Lin-Manuel Miranda et al before Hamilton by New York Theater

So there is Lin-Manuel Miranda, ten years before “Hamilton,” three years before even “In The Heights,” galloping across the street to join his fellow members of Freestyle Love Suprem…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Good As New Review: Julianne Moore and Kaitlyn Dever in MCC’s latest play that works online by New York Theater

  In “Good As New,” a funny and pointed 25-minute play that MCC streamed live online, Julianne Moore as Jan is arguing with her daughter Maggie (Kaitlyn Dever) on Maggie’s 16th birthd…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Watch Broadway Barks 2020 Online by New York Theater

Watch the 22nd annual Broadway Barks, renamed Broadway Barks across America because this year for the first time it’s online, with co-founder and host Bernadette Peters, an adorable lineup…

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Homebound Project 4 Review: Promises with Tommy Dorfman, Cherry Jones, Judith Light, Marquise Vilson… by New York Theater

Tommy Dorfman, in sexy black corset and purple wig, exclaims “I’m a Queen…I’m hot,” does an interpretive dance on the bed, puts on lipstick as if host of a makeup show, plays a tam…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Book Review: Broadway in the Box: Television’s Lasting Love Affair with the Musical by New York Theater

Before it even opened on Broadway in 1954, the producers of the musical “Peter Pan” had struck a deal with NBC to present it live on television, after its Broadway run, with its cast int…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

2020 Obie Awards Winners, celebrating downtown theater virtually by New York Theater

The list of winners of the 65th annual, and first virtual, Obie Awards, delayed twice, which celebrates Off and Off Off Broadway. Presenters, performers and winners of the 2020 Obie Awards D…

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Four Months of Shutdown: What “theater” now means by New York Theater

#Stageworthy News. If “Hamilton” on Disney+  having become the most-viewed streaming video is not evidence enough of the expanding definition of “theater,” I saw nine plays last we…

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Few Review and Pics: Samuel D. Hunter’s Play About Loneliness, via Play-PerView by New York Theater

Watching Gideon Glick’s expressive face in The Few–  elated one moment, defeated the next,  then adoring, angry, hurt, resigned —  is one key to unlocking the mystery of how this Pl…

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Mint Theater’s Summer Stock Streaming Festival: 3 Women-Centric Plays of Yore by New York Theater

The Summer Stock Streaming Festival is a free triple feature online through July 19th from The Mint Theater, which has been unearthing forgotten old plays and making them shine for a quarter…

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Theater This Weekend: 5 Plays To Catch Before They Expire + Bernadette, Kelli and Audra by New York Theater

I’ve seen the five plays below — The Copper Children,  The Mint’s Summerstock Streaming Festival, The Deep Blue Sea, Gloria: A Life, and The Line, in order of expiration date — and …

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Friday, July 10, 2020

The Deep Blue Sea Review and Pics: Terence Rattigan’s Love Triangle Like a Prism, and a Prison by New York Theater

On the surface, The Deep Blue Sea might seem a love triangle, but Helen McCrory’s performance makes it a prism — multifaceted, disorienting, and brilliant – in the National Theatre’s…

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