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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Watch Immigrant Artists Sing and Dance by New York Theater

Watch the video below for highlights of the concert that concluded the Immigrant Arts in America Summit. The summit was a two-day event that included panel discussions, a speech by John Legu…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

John Leguizamo on his life, career, being a theater nerd, and the coming power of Latinos by New York Theater

“We’re the kind of people that Trump wants to keep out of the U.S.,” John Leguizamo says in the video below, about his family, who immigrated to New York from Colombia (“the country,…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Ticket Giveaway Contest: Indecent by New York Theater

Ticket Givewaway: Win two tickets to see Indecent for free. I loved this show, a fascinating backstage tale written by Paula Vogel and wondrously staged by  Rebecca Taichman (who won a Ton…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Antigone in Ferguson. Uma! Euan! Emmy! Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

“I am a foolish man…I am crushed, I have been crushed by fate,” cried out Reg E. Cathey as King Creon, at a climactic moment in  the free Saturday performance of “An…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pipeline Review: A Mother and Teacher Worries About Her Son by New York Theater

As “Pipeline” begins, we learn that a black teenager has gotten into a physical scuffle with his teacher and is in danger of being expelled, and arrested. But playwright Dominique Moriss…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

NYMF Review: Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil, An American Myth by New York Theater

The actor Matthew McConaughey sells his soul to the devil, and then tries to get it back, in this musical that opened the 2017 New York Musical Festival, which describes the show in its prog…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: Hamlet Starring Oscar Isaac at the Public Theater. Directed by Sam Gold by New York Theater

As you might have heard, Oscar Isaac walks around in his underpants in the Public Theater production of “Hamlet.” But the most startling visual occurs much later. There’s a sudden, str…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Opening Skinner’s Box Review: Psych Experiments 101 at Lincoln Center Festival by New York Theater

There are two kinds of questions posed by the Improbable Theater Company’s production of “Opening Skinner’s Box,” a stage adaptation of the 2004 book by Lauren Slater that describes …

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Amerike The Golden Land Review: 50 Years of Yiddish Songs about Jewish Immigration by New York Theater

Near the end of this musical revue surveying 50 years in song of Jewish immigration to New York, one of the talented performers, Daniel Kahn, delivers an astounding rendition of “Roumania,…

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Will on TNT: Shakespeare in A Punk TV Series by New York Theater

“Who will want a play by William Shakespeare?” his wife Ann asks him, unkindly, in their home in the hick town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, as he is about to depart for London in 1589 to beco…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer Takes Center Stage. Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Summer means outdoor entertainment, much of it free– like the Broadway in Bryant Park lunchtime concerts… Watch Groundhog Day at Bryant Park – three songs …and Broadw…

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Acting with Animals: Watch Celebrities at Broadway Barks Dish Their Furry Co-Stars by New York Theater

Actors don’t realize how hard it is to work with animals, observes animal trainer William Berloni in the video below, during the 2017 Broadway Barks animal adoption event at Shubert Al…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

To T or Not To T Review: D’Lo’s Tamil Transgender Adventure by New York Theater

In “To T or Not To T,” a fascinating and funny autobiographical monologue, the performer known as D’Lo impersonates his father giving a speech at D’Lo’s wedding ceremony: “Even t…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Cost of Living Review: A tart take on people who need people by New York Theater

In “Cost of Living,” an eye-opening play featuring a quartet of extraordinary performances, playwright Martina Martok offers a tart retort to that sappy Barbra Streisand song about the l…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Watch Groundhog Day at Bryant Park, 3 Songs by New York Theater

Andy Karl, Barrett Doss and more than a dozen other cast members of the Broadway musical “Groundhog Day” performed three songs at the Broadway at Bryant Park lunchtime concert to…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kim’s Convenience Review: Immigrant Korean Story, Via Canada. by New York Theater

Before the start of “Kim’s Convenience,” Soulpepper artistic director Arthur Schultz introduced it to the New York audience as “the most successful new Canadian play of the last deca…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth of July Patriotism on Broadway: Excerpts from Hamilton to Hello Dolly by New York Theater

As Americans celebrate our 241st Fourth of July, it’s bracing to realize that the most patriotic new show on Broadway is “Come From Away,” a musical about Canada. But American patrioti…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

July 2017 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

This is an unusual month for New York theater: While there are no shows opening on Broadway, and few Off-Broadway, there is plenty to see – the annual summer theater festivals, such as the…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

New York Musical Festival NYMF 2017 Preview by New York Theater

A ninth century Pope, a 21st century female Buddha,  Liberace with a notorious gangster, Errol Flynn with Fidel Castro, Matthew McConaughey with the devil, a Conquistador’s daughter w…

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

It’s Canada Day! Soulpepper Theatre Invades New York by New York Theater

Canada Day, almost always on July 1st, is special this year for two reasons: 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary. And it’s the first day of Soulpepper on 42nd Street. Starting …

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Ghost Light Review: Immersive Theater About Theater by New York Theater

Third Rail Projects, the dazzling experimental and self-described “experiential” company that has created engaging site-specific theater in an old mental institution in Williamsburg (“…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

New York Theater Quiz June 2017 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news and reviews this month? Answer these 11 questions and find out.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Marvin’s Room Review: Dying, and Laughing, and Loving by New York Theater

There’s a story told in “Marvin’s Room” of a young man named Clarence who took a swim during a beachfront picnic, dunking down into the water and popping back up several times, each …

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Seeing You Review: Immersive Theater About World War II and the Bomb by New York Theater

  Near the end of “Seeing You,” a dance and theater piece about World War II written and co-directed by Randy Weiner (a producer of both Sleep No More  and Queen of the Night ), I …

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Frozen Breaks The Ice. Indecent Lives On, With Pride! Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Indecent, which announced it would close on Broadway today, suddenly reversed itself this week, and will play on until August 5. It seems a fitting Pride Day gift for this backstage play abo…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

1984 Review: Orwellian Horror Show on Broadway by New York Theater

It would seem just the right timing for the first adaptation on a Broadway stage of “1984,” George Orwell’s chilling 1949 novel of a future totalitarian society. The book long has been…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Kilroys List of 37 Good But Little Produced Plays by Female and Trans Playwrights of Color by New York Theater

Below is the 2017 Kilroys list of 37 plays by women and trans writers of color most recommended in a survey of “273 influential new play leaders”  Most of the plays have never b…

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Ticket Giveaway: Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady. by New York Theater

Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to “The Traveling Lady,” a play by Horton Foote at the Cherry Lane Theater. The play, about a woman who journeys to a small town in 1950’s …

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Traveling Lady Review: Back with Horton Foote in Harrison, Tx by New York Theater

With the new production of Horton Foote’s “The Traveling Lady,” we are back on familiar Foote territory. The play, about a woman hoping to reunite with a husband recently released from…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In A Word Review: A Missing Child, An Unsolved Puzzle by New York Theater

Lauren Yee’s “in a word” is, on one level, about a married couple whose seven-year-old son has been missing for two years, the mother’s grief and guilt causing a breakdown in her rel…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

From Sarah Bernhardt to Meryl Streep: the new BAM Archives by New York Theater

Performances by Sarah Bernhardt, Martha Graham, and Meryl Streep; meetings about equal rights with Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass  in 1869; a lecture by Helen Keller in 1913.  The…

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