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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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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rejoice, ‘Hamilton’ fans: Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his student program free online by Peter Marks

The creators of the hit musical move up the launch of a digital version of a popular school program.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

In the midst of the virus, theater migrates to the web. The results are spotty. by Peter Marks

All the world is no longer a stage. Except online.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Broadway extends its shutdown for nearly two more months as anxieties rise about its future by Peter Marks

Some shows with box-office jitters will have a harder time coming back, experts say.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

The nightly ovation for hospital workers may be New York’s greatest performance by Peter Marks

The new ritual is a collective expression of a stricken city’s anxiety and appreciation.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New York is one of the world’s great cities for the arts — but the damage from the pandemic is proving to be catastrophic by Peter Marks

Covid-19 has turned an epicenter of culture into one of artistic struggle.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tony Awards, Broadway’s biggest night, postponed because of virus’s spread by Peter Marks

A new date will be announced once Broadway is back in business, Tony officials said.

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Tony Awards, Broadway’s biggest night, postponed because of virus’ spread by Peter Marks

NEW YORK — Citing concerns for “the health and safety of the Broadway community,” representatives of the Tony Awards announced Wednesday a postponement of the June 7 ceremony. They add…

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With Terrence McNally’s death, the theater has lost a voice of consummate wit and passion by Peter Marks

The prolific author of “Love! Valour! Compassion!” won four Tonys, for both plays and musicals.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The virus has arts groups hanging by a thread. Michael M. Kaiser has ideas about saving them. by Peter Marks

‘If this goes on for six months, … I think we’re really starting the arts ecology over,’ says the former Kennedy Center president.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The virus is already pushing small theaters to the brink. One Shakespeare theater hopes it can make it back. by Peter Marks

American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is trying to rise to a daunting challenge: survival.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

ƒIn virus’s wake, theaters are putting their plays on film, so that they still might be seen and enjoyed by Peter Marks

Coronavirus has put a temporary halt to live performances, and these tapings — for posterity and for patrons — are emotional affairs.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Broadway to go dark, as coronavirus fears intensify by Peter Marks

All performances have been canceled until the week of April 13.

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Theater is a haven. But with the coronavirus, it’s become an incubator for our fears. by Peter Marks

A contagion spreads worry and uncertainty in a fragile art form.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Woolly Mammoth Theatre hopes it has the next big Broadway musical in ‘A Strange Loop’ by Peter Marks

Nurturing Michael R. Jackson’s irreverent show marks a first for the iconoclastic D.C. theater company.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Listen up, Bob Dylan fans: You’ll want to journey to Broadway’s ‘North Country’ by Peter Marks

Writer-director Conor McPherson brings a gorgeous Depression story to the Belasco Theatre.

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