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Monday, September 4, 2017

Gotta 'Like It' by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The 1950 Broadway production of As You Like It, with Katherine Hepburn as Rosalind/Ganymede. Tonight I'm taking my eight-year-old son to see his first Shakespeare: Public Works' adaptat…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Old School Throwback by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Zilah Mendoza in Electricidad at the Mark Taper Forum, 2005. (Photo by Craig Schwartz)Luis Alfaro has been retrofitting Greek tragedy to L.A.'s Latinx gang culture for many years now, and by…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Martin Landau on Acting by Rob Weinert-Kendt

I had the pleasure of interviewing the late, great Martin Landau back in 2005 for the shortlived magazine Moving Pictures. Here's my story in its entirety.Martin Landau has been places,…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

'Monsoon' Overflow by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Vishal Bhardwaj.One of the joys of reporting on the upcoming Monsoon Wedding musical, apart from the chance to chat over chai with one of my idols, director Mira Nair, was that everyone invo…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

‘Monsoon Wedding’ Lifted Moods Onscreen. How About Onstage? by Rob Weinert-Kendt

A musical based on the popular 2002 film will debut at Berkeley Repertory Theater in California. It has Broadway ambitions.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Next! by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Orville Mendoza at Stephen Sondheim's piano.I first saw Orville Mendoza in the lead role of Sweeney Todd at East West Players in 1994; I later had the distinct joy of reviewing him…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Big Sister's Clothes by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Patrick Wilson and Amanda Peet in Barefoot in the Park. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)Amanda Peet recently contributed this funny, lightly harrowing essay about the weird contortions she put hersel…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

An Open Letter to Both Sides by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Dear New York theater friends who think this L.A. 99-seat thing sounds like B.S. and a clear-cut case of exploitation that Equity has every good reason to shut down: I might not go so far as…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

TBT: 'Sweeney' Stripped Naked by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Michael Cerveris, Patti LuPone, Manoel Felciano, and Donna Lynne Champlin in "Sweeney Todd" (photo by Paul Kolnik)It's hardly controversial that Sweeney Todd is Sondheim's masterpiece (and, …

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

TBT: Weeden's Othello, OSF's Company by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Derrick Lee Weeden and Anthony Heald in Othello at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 1999. (Photo by David Coooper)I'm about to take in New York Theatre Workshop's new production of Othello,…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Goat and Two Lizards by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Patrick J. Adams, Cynthia Mace, Brian Kerwin, and James Eckhouse in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum in 2005.I've seen a fair amount of Edward Albee's work in my time, ind…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How Sondheim Writes by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The hoariest question songwriters get asked is: Which comes first, the words or the music? Stephen Sondheim’s answer has always been: the dramatic situation. (With all apologies to Merrily…

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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Stew Files by Rob Weinert-Kendt

I first saw Stew performing in the mid-1990s with a band improbably named Crazy Sound All-Stars at a place called Onyx Echo in Los Feliz; I was invited by a college friend, Carey Fosse, who …

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What’s New for Stew? A Blues Fable Told in Story and Song by Rob Weinert-Kendt

In his new show, “The Total Bent,” the music is always the play, and vice versa.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark on Opera, Joy and Showing Off by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The moving interview between two dear friends and “Mothers.”

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Dangerous Nerves: Laurie Metcalf by Rob Weinert-Kendt

This interview originally appeared in the April 12, 2001 issue of Back Stage West."How's my light?" asked Laurie Metcalf as the cover photo for this story was being taken, and then she reali…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

‘The Body of an American’ Visits Battle Zones of the Field and the Heart by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The poet-playwright Dan O’Brien has a collaborative bond with the former war photographer Paul Watson, manifested in “The Body of an American.”

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

From the Review Vaults: Mother Courage and Her Children by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Mother Courage and Her Children: Alexandria Wailes, Streep, Geoffrey Arend, and Frederick Weller. (photo by Michal Daniel)Improbably, Brecht's Mother Courage is in the news--the theatre news…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Snapshot: Lauren Gunderson on ‘I and You,’ a Play With an Explosive Twist by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The playwright talks about her incentive for injecting a cathartic surprise into the play, which centers on two teenagers bonding over poetry homework.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

From the Review Vaults: "Fiddler" with Harvey & Rosie by Rob Weinert-Kendt

photo by Sara Krulwich for The New York TimesThis excellent piece by my colleague Eric Grode, looking back at 50 years of Fiddler memories as the musical's newest revival readies for its ope…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

How Bent Made Gay History by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Tom Bell and Ian McKellen in the London premiere of Bent, 1979.A major revival of Martin Sherman's play Bent begins performances on July 15 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, directed b…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Up With Hamilton by Rob Weinert-Kendt

I was recently contracted to write a preview of the Broadway transfer of Hamilton for Time Out NY, but the piece was spiked in favor of a no-doubt-excellent preview by the estimable Adam Fel…

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The 11 O'Clock Matrix by Rob Weinert-Kendt

So the Times just had me contemplate the tradition of the Broadway musical's "11 o'clock number," and specifically, whether the great new musical Fun Home has one in the stunning "…

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In ‘Fun Home,’ a Wife’s Late, Desperate Outcry by Rob Weinert-Kendt

A musical likes the Broadway tradition of an “11 o’clock number” so much, it has more than one.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"A Free-Ranging, Even Frenetic Power" by Rob Weinert-Kendt

A striking number of people involved in the May 2006 production of columbinus at New York Theatre Workshop went on to have careers I've followed, and/or I've gotten to know: actors Anna …

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Sort of a Salon, Sort of a Church by ROB WEINERT-KENDT

Once a kind of fortifying ritual for beleaguered theater artists, the Secret City has grown into a half-irreverent, half-earnest blend of revival meeting.

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Director’s Fancy Leads to a Tale-Spinning Cat by ROB WEINERT-KENDT

The playwright-director Moisés Kaufman is playing with puppets for his “Puss in Boots” opera.

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Lisa Kron - Interview by Rob Weinert-Kendt

The playwright returns to the painful divisive years of the recent Bush regime.

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Even Stephen by Rob Weinert-Kendt

You've got to hand it to Elisabeth Vincentelli: Of New York's daily critics, she's the only one out there truly blogging. I do admire the Times' Theater Talkback idea, which forces Ben and C…

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Pampered Critics? No, Critics in Pampers by ROB WEINERT-KENDT

Theater for the very young seems to be a growing trend. Three new fathers explore the possibilities.

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Clothes Make the Man-Boy by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Designing costumes for Broadway’s The Pee-wee Herman ShowOne night back in 1977, Paul Reubens, a wiry sketch comic at the Los Angeles improv company the Groundlings, came up with the c…

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