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Friday, March 27, 2020

World Theatre Day 2020. Celebrate Theater Without Theaters! by New York Theater

  Today is the 59th annual World Theatre Day. Created in 1961, it  is celebrated annually on March 27. With much of the world in lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, we may not …

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quarantine Advice from Those Who Lived In Isolation: Read. Exercise. Laugh. by New York Theater

Step-by-step advice for surviving isolation from an astronaut, a journalist, and a political prisoner, who each spent long stretches alone. Click on the links and look at the videos for elab…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Siblings Play Review: Harlem Kids Taking Care of Themselves, In a Debut Play That’s Moved Online by New York Theater

In “The Siblings Play,” a teenage girl and her two brothers are left to raise one another in a Harlem apartment where the rent is past due, after first their father and then their mother…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Teenage Dick Review. Theater Wit brings Mike Lew’s updated Richard III streaming to the nation by New York Theater

Theater Wit’s production of Mike Lew’s play, which is running online through April 19th, has changed the way we view this teenage comedy turned melodrama based on Shakespeare’s “Rich…

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“Theater changes hearts” – Terrence McNally (November 3, 1938 – March 24, 2020), by New York Theater

Playwright Terrence McNally, 81, has died,  reportedly from complications from the coronavirus. His prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Sondheim in the Bathroom at Rosie’s Party! Support for Artists. When Will Broadway Reopen? #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

On his 90th birthday, Stephen Sondheim sang Happy Birthday to Andrew Lloyd Webber…while washing his hands for 20 seconds in his bathroom sink — a playful gesture that is an instantly ic…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Watch The Rosie O’Donnell Show Live by New York Theater

Check out on the YouTube channel below for the one-night only return of the Rosie O’Donnell Show with a cavalcade of Broadway stars — Rosie promises “3,000 guests.” Donation page for…

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#Sondheimat90: Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim! by New York Theater

Today Stephen Sondheim turns 90 years old, a milestone birthday that theater lovers have been celebrating for weeks now. Here are 10 videos of terrific permeances of his songs, and some Twit…

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

La MaMa’s Downtown Variety #1 and the new pandemic aesthetic by New York Theater

“It’s a challenging time, but it’s also an inspiring time,” said John King, one of the eight downtown artists who performed in La MaMa’s Downtown Variety #1 (full video below), the…

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Shuttered Broadway Agrees to Emergency Relief. Hangmen, Virginia Woolf drop out. by New York Theater

The Broadway League and the 14 Broadway unions have reached an “emergency relief agreement,” which means that producers will pay cast and crew during the first few weeks of the shutdown …

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Theater Lovers’ Daily Fix: Schedule for March 20: Taylor Mac, Patrick Wilson, Norbert Leo Butz, Fandango for Butterflies, etc. by New York Theater

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Where to Get Your Theater Fix, here’s today’s schedule, which includes Taylor Mac’s launching of #stillHere; the debut of LaMaMa’s Downtown Vari…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Where To Get Your Theater Fix Online, Old Favorites and New Experiments (Plus Lin-Manuel Miranda & Joshua Henry) #DontScreamLiveStream by New York Theater

The threat of COVID-19 is shutting down theaters across the world, but it’s not killing theater – which is increasingly going online. There are two types of online theater now – the on…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Sneak Peak by New York Theater

Since the 1957 Broadway debut of  “West Side Story,” the adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” with a score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, there have been five Broa…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New Live Theater Online Preview Guide. Don’t Scream, Livestream! by New York Theater

As a follow-up to my post “What can I watch online that’s like Broadway?” below is a list with links to newly created/promised livestreamed theater, mostly free,  from La MaMa to the …

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Theater Banned On Stage; Goes Online. Resources for Coping. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Within just the last two weeks, after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in New York City on March 1, the number of cases in NYC alone grew to 329, all of Broadway has been shut down at l…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Remaining NYC Theaters Ordered Shut — And Movie Theaters, Schools, Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs by New York Theater

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the closing of the remaining small theaters, as well as schools, movie theaters, restaurants, bars and nightclubs “Our lives are all changing in ways t…

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Returning to The Flea, for Taylor Mac’s The Fre. Theater in a Time of Crisis Again by New York Theater

With a virus threatening the city, it made sense to me to see Taylor Mac’s “The Fre,” at the Flea, although all Broadway and most Off-Broadway theaters had already shut down. The Flea …

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Outstanding Life of an Awkward Theater Kid. A theater kid book from Trumpland by New York Theater

The theater kids are putting on a school show, and, like the TV series Glee, the lead actor is a recently recruited football player. But unlike Glee, or Smash, or Rise, the show they’re do…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Theater That Is Still Running Off and Off-Off Broadway by New York Theater

Although Gov. Cuomo shut down for a month all venues with 500 or more seats, which includes all of Broadway, that left the option of smaller venues staying open, but at 50 percent capacity. …

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What can I watch online that’s like Broadway? by New York Theater

With Broadway shut down for at least a month, I asked on Twitter: Anything online that’s like a Broadway show? Here are some of the choicest responses. (And stay tuned, because there is se…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

All Broadway theaters ordered closed as of 5 p.m. today by New York Theater

All Broadway theaters will close at 5 p.m. today, and all Broadway performances will be suspended at least until April 12th, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference today. Cuom…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Biographic Audrey: Audrey Hepburn’s Life as A Book of Infographics by New York Theater

  Biographic Audrey(Ammonie Press, 98 pages) by Sophie Collins is less a biography of the actress Audrey Hepburn than a PowerPoint presentation about her — a deeply weird book of infograp…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Broadway and the Coronavirus: Questions and Answers by New York Theater

To the main question on New Yorkers minds – how bad will the Coronavirus epidemic get in New York? — New York theatergoers are asking several more: Will Broadway theaters be shut down be…

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Unknown Soldier Review: Michael Friedman Musical about Memory and Love and Loss by New York Theater

In this musical by Michael Friedman making its New York debut 30 months after his shocking death from AIDS at the age of 41, it would be impossible not to think of him from the very first s…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Responding Theatrically. #Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

As local news of the spread of the coronavirus grows more alarming (with Governor Cuomo having declared a state of emergency in New York over the weekend), the theater community has been re…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Dancing Man. Bob Avian’s six decades on Broadway. by New York Theater

Bob Avian’s memoir begins with a list of 32 “leading ladies,” including Barbra Streisand, Katharine Hepburn and Patti LuPone, which might be misleading in a couple of ways. Dancing Man…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

I Am Nobody Review. Modernity as evil 20 years after Urinetown by New York Theater

A man in a hazmat suit came on stage, to give us the usual spiel about the location of the exits and turning off our cell phones, and I thought: Ok, yes, the governor has declared a state of…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

How Theaters Can Prepare for Coronavirus: A TCG Webinar by New York Theater

Below is the hour-long video and audio of the TCG Webinar, in which various experts, such as a professor of epidemiology based in Seattle and the director of theater at the National Endowme…

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Anatomy of a Suicide Review. Suffering Women, Puzzled Audience by New York Theater

It’s been a battering couple of weeks, what with abandonment, abduction, desperation, murder, genocide, and pandemic – all but the last one happening on New York stages. So although I sa…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Girl From the North Country, Dylan on Broadway: Review, Pics, Video by New York Theater

“Girl from the North Country” is largely the same slow, sad, elliptical and occasionally exquisite theater piece I saw Off-Broadway. But my reaction to it has changed, for better and for…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Headlands Review. San Francisco Noir Murder Mystery…and More by New York Theater

The first of the many surprises in “The Headlands,” the latest, cleverly crafted play in New York by trickster San Francisco playwright Christopher Chen, comes after Henry (Aaron Yoo) in…

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