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Saturday, October 19, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (48) by Robert Shuman

The prevalent mistake of beginning stage directors and actors is that they think that the heightening of tone is the quickening of tempo; that playing in full tone is loud and quick talking …

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LET’S GO:  ‘SUGIMOTO BUNRAKU SONEZAKI SHINJU’ (OCTOBER 19–22, 2019 AT LINCOLN CENTER’S FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL) by Robert Shuman

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki U.S. production premiere October 19–22, 2019 Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall At the turn of 18th-century Japan, a clerk and a …

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (47) by Robert Shuman

The work of stage direction began. As was the custom I wrote a detailed mise en scène,—who must cross to where and why, what he must feel, what he must do, how he must look. . . . (MLIA)

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PLAY FOR TODAY: REWRITING ‘PERICLES’ by Robert Shuman

(Adam Smyth’s article appeared in The London Times, 10/24.) Ben Jonson’s comedy The New Inn (1629) was, by all accounts, a theatrical disaster: ‘negligently played’ at the Blackfri…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (46) by Robert Shuman

Chekhov was most enthusiastic about Hauptmann’s “Lonely Lives.” He saw it for the first time and he liked it more than any of his own plays. (MLIA)

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Monday, October 14, 2019

“TONYA PINKINS’ TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION: WOMYN WORKING IT OUT!” AND “THE GLASS MENAGERIE” (REVIEWS FROM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman Director Tonya Pinkins asked six American women of multi-cultural backgrounds to compose one-acts on the theme of women oppressing women—her seven actors are all women, too…

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (45) by Robert Shuman

The Chekhov mood is that cave in which are kept all the unseen and hardly palpable treasures of Chekhov’s soul, so often beyond the reach of mere consciousness. The cave is that vessel in …

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STREAMING LIVE: TUNE IN FOR THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR JESSYE NORMAN (TODAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019) by Robert Shuman

Tune In for the Funeral Service of International Opera Star JESSYE NORMAN Today, Saturday, October 12, 2019 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT/10:00 a.m. PT) ABC-TV (Augusta, GA) NBC-TV/CBS-TV (Aug…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (44) by Robert Shuman

I know of no greater idealism than that which believes in a better future although it is surrounded by hopeless circumstances. (MLIA)

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WHITE LIGHT FESTIVAL THEATER ADVISORY: TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF FESTIVAL INCLUDES TWO U.S. THEATER PRODUCTION PREMIERES by Robert Shuman

White Light Festival Theater Advisory   Tenth Anniversary of Festival Includes Two U.S. Theater Production Premieres   The premiere of Sugimoto Bunraku Sonezaki Shinju: The Love Suicides…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (43) by Robert Shuman

There are plays written on the simplest of themes, which in themselves are not interesting. But they are permeated by the eternal, and he who feels this quality in them perceives that they a…

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PETER HANDKE: AN ADVERSARIAL TALENT AND CONTROVERSIAL NOBEL LAUREATE by Robert Shuman

(Hugo Hamilton’s article appeared in the Guardian, 10/10.) Since his 1966 debut The Hornets, the Austrian playwright and author has tested, inspired and shocked audienceshares It was, undo…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (42) by Robert Shuman

Everyday cares, politics, economics, the larger part of general social interests—these make the kitchen of life. Art lives higher, observing from the height of its birdlike flights all tha…

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REVIEW: ‘CAESAR & CLEOPATRA,’ DRESSED DOWN YET WISED UP (SV PICK, NY) by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/3; via Pam Green.) George Bernard Shaw gets sensitively streamlined in a briskly entertaining production with winning per…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (41) by Robert Shuman

Let us leave trivial matters at home, let us gather here in a common effort and not engage in petty squabbles and the settling of scores. . . . Let us be guided by the motto of “common wor…

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A BLACK ACTOR’S UNREQUITED LOVE FOR SHAKESPEARE by Robert Shuman

  (Patricia Storace’s article appeared in The New York Review of Books, 10/5.) Keith Hamilton Cobb in American Moor The first recorded African-American theater troupe, the African Compan…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

HOMECOMING SERVICE FOR INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR JESSYE NORMAN SET WITH 4-DAY WEEKLONG SERVICES AND CELEBRATIONS by Robert Shuman

(via Gwendolyn Quinn) (New York, NY – October 7, 2019) – The family of international opera star Jessye Norman announces today through the family spokesperson, Gwendolyn Quinn, the Hom…

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BRECHT/EISLER: ‘THE MOTHER’ (‘DRAMA ON 3’) by Robert Shuman

Listen  The Mother by Bertolt Brecht with original musical score by Hanns Eisler. Translated by Mark Ravenhill, from a literal translation by Marc Funda, with song lyrics translated by Stev…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (40) by Robert Shuman

It is necessary to play a role hundreds of times, to crystallize its essence, to perfect the crystal, and in showing it, to interpret the quintessence of its contents.  (MLIA)

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LET’S GO: AUSTIN PENDLETON AND PETER BLOCH RETEAM FOR CHILLING NEW VERSION OF ‘THE GLASS MENAGERIE’ by Robert Shuman

LET’S GO: AUSTIN PENDLETON AND PETER BLOCH RETEAM TO HELM CHILLING NEW VERSION OF THE GLASS MENAGERIE TO USHER IN THE HALLOWEEN SEASON AT THE WILD PROJECT  New York, New York — Ruth Sta…

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (39) by Robert Shuman

It is a hard nut to crack—the Symbol.  It is successful when it has its source not in the mind, but in the inner soul.  In this sense symbol and grotesque are alike.  (MLIA)

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GILLIAN SLOVO: LETTER FROM INSIDE by Robert Shuman

Gillian Slovo Listen Novelist Gillian Slovo’s letter to her mother, the anti-apartheid activist, Ruth First. Part of a series in which writers from around the world read letters on the the…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

DIAHANN CARROLL, ACTRESS WHO BROKE BARRIERS WITH ‘JULIA,’ DIES AT 84 by Robert Shuman

(Margalit Fox’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/4; via Pam Green.) Diahann Carroll, who more than half a century ago transcended racial barriers as the star of “Julia,” the…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

‘THIS IS WHY WE LIVE’ AND ‘OEDIPUS, SEX WITH MUM WAS BLINDING’ (REVIEWS FROM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman   A cello stands at the center of This Is Why We Live, at La Mama, which closed September 29 and Oedipus, Sex with Mum was Blinding, at BAM Fisher, which also ended on that…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

REVIEW: A SPELLBINDING ‘ANTIGONE,’ BOTH TIMELESS AND URGENT (SV PICK, NY) by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/26; via Pam Green.) An easily legible production of the ancient Greek tragedy borrows from the tradition of Noh theater at…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (38) by Robert Shuman

The fantastic is a glass of foaming champagne. . . . In The Snow Maiden there is exceptionally beautiful Russian epos, and in The Blue Bird an artistically interpreted symbol. It is engaging…

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STATEMENT REGARDING THE PASSING OF INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR JESSYE NORMAN by Robert Shuman

(via Gwendolyn Quinn) (New York, NY — September 30, 2019) — It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing of international opera star Jessye Norman, in a statement iss…

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PLÁCIDO DOMINGO LEAVES MET OPERA AMID SEXUAL HARASSMENT INQUIRY by Robert Shuman

(Michael Cooper’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/24; via Pam Green.) The star singer, accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, dropped out of Verdi’s “Macbeth” and …

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (37) by Robert Shuman

We are sentimental . . . we actors, and we love to play the part of injured innocence not only on the stage, but in life also.  (MLIA)

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IN PRAISE OF TOVE DITLEVSEN — THE GREATEST DANISH WRITER YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF by Robert Shuman

(Boyd Tonkin’s article appeared in the Spectator, 9/26.) The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood, Youth, Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen reviewed Pick up a Penguin Classic from a cult Danish author…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (36) by Robert Shuman

My business of stage directing was done, it was behind me; the matter lay in the hands of the actors now.  Only they could bring the performance to life, and I could do nothing more than st…

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