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Saturday, April 4, 2020

LIFE SKETCHES (SHORT SCENES AND MONOLOGUES): “AT THE DOG PARK” (5) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman Photo of Juno (Junie) SCENE: A dog park in the Bronx. There are two benches. The first is near the entrance to the run—the second is toward the opposite end. MARY JANE, early…

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

THE PAGE’S THE THING – TAKE IT FROM SHAKESPEARE’S EARLIEST READERS by Robert Shuman

(Emma Smith’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/1.) With theatres closed, now is the time to find pleasure in Shakespeare’s texts. His first fans used them for chat-up lines – and re…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘KINGDOMS OF FIRE’, STARRING KHALED NABAWY by Robert Shuman

New for Stage Voices, from our Mideast correspondent. Keep an eye out for: KINGDOMS OF FIRE  By: Adam Sullivan International Egyptian Actor Khaled Nabawy as Tuman in Kingdoms of Fire The p…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

HEAR BOB DYLAN’S ABSOLUTELY MIND-BLOWING NEW SONG ‘MURDER MOST FOUL by Robert Shuman

(Brian Hiatt’s article appeared in Rolling Stone, 3/27; Photo: Rolling Stone.) Bob Dylan, who hasn’t released an original song since 2012’s Tempest, unexpectedly dropped a previously…

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WHAT TO STREAM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A FAILED STEPHEN SONDHEIM PRODUCTION   by Robert Shuman

(Richard Brody’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 3/27; Photo Source: Atlas Media via Pam Green.) March 27, 2020 The coronavirus lockdown adds wild emotional lurches to the movie-view…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

LIFE SKETCHES (SHORT SCENES AND MONOLOGUES): “AT THE DOG PARK” 4 by Robert Shuman

(Photo of Jasper) SCENE: A dog park in the Bronx.  Today, it is warmer—and there is sun.   (MARY JANE, early 70’s, sits on a bench in the dog park. Using a launcher, SHE plays fetch w…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

GREAT THEATER, DANCE AND CLASSICAL MUSIC TO TUNE INTO WHILE STUCK AT HOME by Robert Shuman

(Published 3/20 in The New York Times; via Marit Shuman.) If you’re stuck at home and hankering for the fine arts, there’s plenty online. Since the coronavirus pandemic began temporaril…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (78) by Robert Shuman

Oftener and oftener [Chekhov] would repeat: “I have written a great deal already, a whole library, in fact. I am not a dramatist. Hauptmann is a dramatist, and Naidenov.” (MLIA)

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

TERRENCE MCNALLY, TONY-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT, DIES OF CORONAVIRUS COMPLICATIONS by Robert Shuman

(Richard Natale’s and Brent Lang’s article appeared in Variety, 3/24.) Terrence McNally, the playwright behind “Master Class” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” has d…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

STARS ON SONDHEIM: DONNA MURPHY REVEALS HER INTENSE PREPARATION FOR A SONDHEIM AUDITION by Robert Shuman

(by Broadway.com Staff,  Mar 22; Photo: The New York Post; via Pam Green.) March 22 marks Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. It’s impossible to state the great contribution and influence…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY CANCELED AS CORONAVIRUS LOCKS DOWN GERMANY by Robert Shuman

(The post Oberammergau Passion Play Canceled as Coronavirus Locks Down Germany appeared first in The New York Times; Photo: The New York Times; via Pam Green.) Over 400 years ago, villagers…

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

FILM ACADEMY MIGHT CHANGE OSCAR RULES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS by Robert Shuman

(Brandon Katz’s article appeared in the Observer, 3/20;  via Pam Green.) We’re such Oscar fanatics that mere days after this year’s ceremony we began predicting the nominees and winn…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

LIFE SKETCHES (SHORT SCENES AND MONOLOGUES) 3 by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman SCENE: A wet dog park in the Bronx.   (MARY JANE, early 70’s, sits on a bench in the dog run. Using a launcher, SHE plays fetch with her spaniel, HUDSON—although CHRISTIE…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (77) by Robert Shuman

Chekhov had decided to gather all his friends and relatives in one place while he married Olga Knipper at another, and to leave for their honeymoon on the Volga and the Oka without unnecessa…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

15 BROADWAY PLAYS AND MUSICALS YOU CAN WATCH ON STAGE FROM HOME by Robert Shuman

(Logan Culwell-Block’s article appeared on Playbill.com,  3/18 and 10/6; photo: Playbill.com; via Pam Green.) (Don’t forget  the current free Nightly Opera Stream from the Met Opera.)…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (76) by Robert Shuman

Chekhov was in reality a practical joker and a schoolboy in spirit. (MLIA)

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Monday, March 16, 2020

A FIRST LOOK AT STEVEN SPIELBERG’S WEST SIDE STORY by Robert Shuman

(Anthony Breznican’s article appeared in Vanity Fair, 3/16; photo: Vanity Fair; via the Drudge Report.) The director talks about reimagining the musical that riveted him as a child.H 16, 2…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

SONDHEIM IS NOT JUST A GREAT COMPOSER. HE’S A GREAT PLAYWRIGHT by Robert Shuman

(Jesse Green’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/12; photo: love4musicals.com;  via Pam Green.) “Where you going?” a person asks the lady leaving his mattress one morning — …

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

ITALIANS ARE SINGING SONGS FROM THEIR WINDOWS TO BOOST MORALE DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN by Robert Shuman

(Matt Clinch’s article appeared on CNBC 3/24; via the Dridge Report.) KEY POINTS Italy is one of the worst affected countries by COVID-19. It has 17,660 confirmed cases and 1,266 deaths, a…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

WHY NEW YORK SHUT DOWN FASTER THAN LONDON by Robert Shuman

(Norman Lebrecht’s note appeared on slippedisc.com, 3/12; photo: reviewtimes.com.) Two reasons: 1 Insurers 2 Lawyers (Read more)   

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

BROADWAY SHUTTING DOWN ALL PRODUCTIONS OVER CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC by Robert Shuman

 (Michael Riedel’s article appeared in the New York Post, 3/12.) Broadway will shut down tonight until April 12, due to the coronavirus outbreak, several sources told The Post. In what …

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LIFE SKETCHES (SHORT SCENES AND MONOLOGUES): “AT THE DOG PARK” (2) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman SCENE: A dog park in the Bronx. There are two benches. The first is near the entrance to the run—the second it toward the opposite end. MARY JANE, early 70’s, sits on one s…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (75) by Robert Shuman

The production of “The Cherry Orchard” was accomplished with great hardships. The play is delicate, it has all the tenderness of a flower. Break its stem and the flower dries, its odor v…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

MAX VON SYDOW, STAR OF ‘SEVENTH SEAL’ AND ‘EXORCIST,’ DIES AT 90 by Robert Shuman

(Robert Berkvist’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/9; photo: BFI.) Widely hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Mr. von Sydow formed a close relationship with the…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

‘GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY’ REVIEW: BOB DYLAN’S AMAZING GRACE (SV PICK, NY) by Robert Shuman

(Ben Brantley’s review appeared in The New York Times, 3/6; photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times; via Pam Green.) This ravishing and singular musical, written and directed by Conor McPh…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

BOOK: RIOTOUS PERFORMANCES–SHAKESPEARE IN A DIVIDED AMERICA BY JAMES SHAPIRO by Robert Shuman

(Emma Smith’s article appeared in the Spectator, 3/6; photo: The Spectator.) Shakespeare’s single explicit reference to America is found in The Comedy of Errors. The two Dromios are ana…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

LIFE SKETCHES (SHORT SCENES AND MONOLOGUES): “AT THE DOG PARK” by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman SCENE: A dog park in the Bronx. (MARY JANE, early 70s,  sits on a bench in the dog run. Using a launcher, SHE plays fetch with her spaniel, HUDSON. CHRISTIE, male, late 50s, i…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

IMPORTANT VIRUS INFO by Robert Shuman

(via Rita Battat Silverman.) Written by: James Robb, MD FCAP Information: PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE Corona virus: Dear Family and Friends, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor o…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

VIACOMCBS WILL LOOK TO OFFLOAD ITS SIMON & SCHUSTER PUBLISHING UNIT, BOB BAKISH SAID WEDNESDAY DURING AN INVESTOR CONFERENCE by Robert Shuman

(Tim Baysinger’s article appeared in the Wrap, 3/ 4.)  “We’ll engage in a process and look at strategic alternatives for Simon & Schuster,” the ViacomCBS CEO said during the Mor…

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