All stories by Peter Marks on BroadwayStars

Friday, August 7, 2020

Listen in as Dan Rather anchors the story of his own highly theatrical life by Peter Marks

“Stories of a Lifetime” jumps from off-Broadway to Audible, revealing glimpses of the CBS newsman on and off the job.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I am a theater critic in New York. Not a hair salon in Dublin. Let me explain. by Peter Marks

How a comedy of errors on Irish Twitter led to an honorary doctorate in hairdressing.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

This actor and choreographer are on a mission: More black people running Broadway by Peter Marks

Theater vets Warren Adams and T. Oliver Reid have teamed up with a philanthropist to find jobs for young black colleagues.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

This prestigious New York theater has an unlikely season coming. All of the titles are TBA. by Peter Marks

New York Theatre Workshop, the birthplace of “Rent,” puts its faith in artistic “instigators.”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Arena Stage is pinning its hopes on a five-play in-person season beginning in January by Peter Marks

“Celia and Fidel” is set to be the first play on a roster that includes two new musicals.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre Company sheds a third of its staff by Peter Marks

Pandemic losses force more ‘tragic’ cuts, but the company vows to come back strong.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

These works by Richard Nelson and Lorraine Hansberry are some of the best plays online now by Peter Marks

“And So We Come Forth” and “Les Blancs” are powerful in very different ways.

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Once more unto the breach: Shakespeare returns to the Shenandoah Valley by Peter Marks

With coronavirus measures on and off the stage, American Shakespeare Center readies a July 25 restart.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

4 ideas for satisfying your imaginative appetite, online and on the page by Peter Marks

Your fine arts to-do list: Lorraine Hansberry, Michaelangelo, Richard Nelson and Shakespeare.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway will remain shuttered until at least January by Peter Marks

No reopening date is scheduled, though producers are looking at next spring.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens by Peter Marks

Lin-Manuel Miranda says “conventional wisdom is wrong”; now is the perfect time to stream the filmed version of his juggernaut stage musical.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Signature Theatre co-founder steps down amid accusations of sexual assault by Peter Marks

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer leaves the Arlington company after allegations resurface on social media.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

What does a theater company do when it can’t make theater? Make a film. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage enlists playwrights, actors and ordinary people to represent one single day in the covid era. “May 22, 2020” debuts online this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

D.C. area theaters are mixed on reopening this year by Peter Marks

Theater J and Round House will stay shuttered until 2021. But Mosaic may be back this summer.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

In wake of George Floyd’s death, black theater leaders want more than sympathetic words by Peter Marks

Yet another police killing galvanizes the theater community, but will it change what they produce?

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Friday, May 29, 2020

This remarkable ‘Hairspray’ video raises the roof. Even better, it raises money for entertainers in need. by Peter Marks

Through collaborations like “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the Actors Fund has amassed more than $27 million in aid.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Arts groups in distress call on a former Kennedy Center president for help by Peter Marks

Michael Kaiser puts his turnaround skills to work dispensing survival advice for a pandemic.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This Zoom magic show delivers a box to your house. Then it blows your mind. by Peter Marks

Helder Guimarães’s buoyant magic show is a tonic for what ails us in isolation.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Stage actors union says no theaters are safe without these guidelines for reopening by Peter Marks

Actors’ Equity issues “core principles” to ensure the coronavirus-related safety of its members.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Round House Theatre’s sweet and funny new Web series serves up covid-19-era life in 10-minute slices by Peter Marks

Weekly episodes of ‘Homebound’ are a welcome tonic for our time in isolation.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Theaters may be dark, but theater-makers are still finding ways to dazzle you by Peter Marks

One upside of the pandemic: Dramatists, producers and directors are filling the online space with innovative, creative endeavors — and involving the viewer.

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Citing the pandemic, Disney puts Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ permanently on ice by Peter Marks

The musical is the first major long-standing Broadway property to shutter.

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Pandemic taps the brakes on ‘A Strange Loop,’ the Broadway-bound Pulitzer winner by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth postpones Michael R. Jackson’s unconventional musical to summer 2021.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Four ways to help you through your days of theater deprivation by Peter Marks

In print and online, dramatic art can still be devoured.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is postponed at the Kennedy Center. It’s okay to grieve. by Peter Marks

The chain reaction of cancellations continues, with the scrapping of a national tour’s summer launch.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Play It Again | These songs from musicals changed my life. Now they can sustain me. by Peter Marks

This is the first in a series in which our critics reflect on artistic endeavors that have inspired and moved them.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Not even a pandemic could stop this D.C. artistic leader from building the acting school of her dreams by Peter Marks

Joy Zinoman’s conservatory moves closer to opening a new home in the District.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

A Tony-winning director finds a rewarding new way to build a musical in the age of covid-19 by Peter Marks

Assembling “1776” proves deeply emotional for a gallery of actors and designers.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

A blessed event for hard times: Sondheim sung by Broadway’s best by Peter Marks

A dream team comes to the web to pay tribute to a 90-year-old composer, and lift all spirits.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

No one will ever see this play, and no actors are coming either. But the show will go on. by Peter Marks

A production of a Greek tragedy that can’t be seen becomes a metaphor for what we are going through.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

To survive, this Shakespeare troupe is offering online classes and videos. Are branded masks next? by Peter Marks

American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., like all arts groups, is scrambling to make up box-office revenue.

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