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Saturday, July 24, 2021

THE EXTRAVAGANT EXUBERANCE OF IVO DIMCHEV (PERSONS OF INTEREST) by Robert Shuman

(Dimiter Kenarov’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 7/23; Photo: During the coronavirus pandemic, Ivo Dimchev embarked on a series of small-scale shows in private homes. Photographs by …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:25PM
Friday, July 23, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (123) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: The auditorium was filled by a crowd of simple workingmen and peasants. They listened to what was going on on the stage in the deepest of sil…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:12PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

5 FOREIGNERS WHO HAVE BECOME BALLET STARS IN RUSSIA by Robert Shuman

(Anna Galayda’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 7/7; Photo: Olga Kereluk.)   Young dancers from other countries frequently come to study at Russia’s prestigious ballet …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:10PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

FUNDING CUTS TO GO AHEAD FOR UNIVERSITY ARTS COURSES IN ENGLAND DESPITE OPPOSITION by Robert Shuman

(Sally Weale’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/20; Photo: The education secretary, Gavin Williamson. Arts groups have warned cuts would affect the viability of some courses at universi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:10PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

OPERA: THE SUBLIME TERROR OF KAIJA SAARIAHO’S “INNOCENCE” by Robert Shuman

(Alex Ross’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 7/19; illustration: The opera’s atmosphere is at once sensual and unsettled—dread in vivid colors. Illustration by Jun Cen.) The new o…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:34PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

MABOU MINES: ‘VS.’–A NEW DIGITAL THEATRE PIECE BY CARL HANCOCK RUX by Robert Shuman

Vs. indulges in a virtual game of ‘tag’ Mabou Mines presents  Vs.  written by Carl Hancock Rux directed by Mallory Catlett Online premiere July 30 – August 8 Fridays and Saturdays…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:28PM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

WALLACE SHAWN’S ‘DESIGNATED MOURNER’ FEELS LIKE WATCHING THE NEWS by Robert Shuman

(Jessa Crispin’s article appeared in the Spectator, 7/15; photo:  Wallace Shawn in 2004—Getty.) Films, plays and novels can lurk, waiting for the right cultural context to resonate in a…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:23AM
Friday, July 16, 2021

***** ‘SOUTH PACIFIC’ REVIEW – A ROOF-RAISING RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN TRIUMPH by Robert Shuman

(Mark Lawson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/14; Photo: The tones converge … South Pacific, with choreography by Ann Yee. Photograph: Johan Persson.) Old shows often pass nervousl…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:34PM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

THE HISTORY BEHIND SHAKESPEARE’S HENRIAD SERIES by Robert Shuman

(Marty Rosen’s article appeared in Leo Weekly, 7/14.) In 1398, King Richard II of England did something that astonished the cutthroat, blood-soaked world of medieval England: he stopped tw…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:02PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

I’VE BEEN CAST AS BITCHY THEATRE CRITIC MR SNARL – IT’S A ROLE I COULDN’T TURN DOWN by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/13; Photograph: Marilyn Kingwill.) Starring in a Zoom production of the play Masks and Faces tested my acting skills – not to me…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:55PM
Monday, July 12, 2021

‘HAMLET’ IN JAPAN (FOLGER FINDS HISTORIC 1930s PHOTOS) by Robert Shuman

(from Shakespeare & Beyond, 7/ 6/ 2021.) In a recent post on the Folger’s Collation blog, assistant curator Elizabeth DeBold shared a small set of photographs, newly added to the Fol…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:54PM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

AVIGNON FESTIVAL SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES by Robert Shuman

(from France24 ) The Avignon Festival is back after 2020’s Covid-19 hiatus. France’s biggest performing arts festival sees thousands of actors, dancers and musicians from around the worl…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:07PM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (122) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: Our art is not eternal, but it is the most inescapable of all arts so far as our contemporaries are concerned. What strength there is in it! …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:40PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELDS (SV REVIEW PICK, IRELAND) by Robert Shuman

(Mary Coll’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 7/8; Photo: Kathy Rose O’Brien stars as Vera in In the Middle of the Fields.) ★★★★ West Wall Walkway, Kilmallock Timing is every…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:44AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

***** ‘ALL OF THIS UNREAL TIME’ REVIEW – CILLIAN MURPHY CONFESSES ALL IN POUNDING SOUND AND BLINDING LIGHT by Robert Shuman

(Kate Wyver’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/4; Photo:  Contrition mission … Cillian Murphy in All of This Unreal Time. Photograph: MIF.)  Central Hall, Manchester Central, and o…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:54PM
Monday, July 5, 2021

PHYLLIS WHEELER SHINES A LIGHT ON HER TEEN NOVEL: ‘THE LONG SHADOW,’ FROM ELK LAKE PUBLISHING, INC. (INTERVIEW) by Robert Shuman

In her second interview for Stage Voices, Phyllis Wheeler talks race in America, during three different time periods; stranger danger and comfort zones; and walking a mile–in someone else…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:21PM
Friday, July 2, 2021

STOREFRONTS TURNED STAGES FOR ‘SEVEN DEADLY SINS’ by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/23; via Pam Green.) One afternoon in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, a small crowd gathered around a storefront window…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:20PM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

STEVEN SPIELBERG’S ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ ADAPTATION IS GOING TO GET HIM CANCELED by Robert Shuman

(John Podhoretz’s article appeared in The New York Post, 6/30; via the Drudge Report.) For more than four decades, screen mavens have been eagerly awaiting the time when Steven Spielberg w…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:50AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

YALE DRAMA GOES TUITION-FREE WITH $150 MILLION GIFT FROM DAVID GEFFEN by Robert Shuman

(from The New York Times, 6/30; via the Drudge Report.) The billionaire David Geffen is giving $150 million to Yale School of Drama, allowing one of the nation’s most prestigious programs…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:58PM
Monday, June 28, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (121) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: It remains unknown why certain places in a play are laughed at by everybody at all performances in one city, while altogether different place…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:10PM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN REOPENS BROADWAY by Robert Shuman

(Johnny Oleksinski’s article appeared in the New York Post, 6/27; via the Drudge Report; Photo: Broadway — and The Boss is back: Bruce Springsteen performs during reopening night of “S…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:16AM
Saturday, June 26, 2021

KEY UNION AGREES TO HEALTH AND SAFETY RULES FOR BROADWAY TOURS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/14; via Pam Green; Photo: Shoshana Bean as Elphaba in the musical “Wicked” at the Gershwin Theater in 2005. A tour of the l…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:11PM
Friday, June 25, 2021

9 NEW NAMES IN RUSSIAN BALLET THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW by Robert Shuman

(Anna Galayda’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 6/21; Photo: Elena Svinko; The Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theater.) We have rounded up the rising stars, n…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:47PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

CONTROL OF NEW YORK’S STAGES REMAINS IN WHITE HANDS, A STUDY FINDS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/18; via Pam Green; Photo: Credit…David S. Allee for The New York Times.) The Asian American Performers Action Coalition is ho…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:15PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

LET’S PLAY ‘BEAT THE BARD’ (41) by Robert Shuman

Can you beat the Bard? Questions by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D. All rights reserved.   Can you beat the Bard? Questions by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:32AM
Monday, June 21, 2021

OPINIONS | THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CIRCUS FROM AMERICAN LIFE LEAVES US LONELIER by Robert Shuman

(Les Standiford’s article appeared in the Washington Posts, 5/20; Photo: Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson says farewell to the crowd alongside Paulo Dos Santos, center, and Tatiana Tchalab…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:08PM
Sunday, June 20, 2021

TOP 10 BOOKS ABOUT BALLET by Robert Shuman

(Erin Kelley’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/26; Photo: The Bolshoi ballet premieres its production Krakatuk in Moscow in January 2020. Photograph: Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Tass.) From N…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:11AM
Saturday, June 19, 2021

THEATRE OF SCREAMS: TERRIFYING VIDEO SHOWS A PACK OF 30 WOLVES CHASING ACTORS ON STAGE AND LUNGING INTO THE AUDIENCE IN CHINESE THEATRE SHOW by Robert Shuman

(Jacob Bentley-York’s article appeared in the Sun, 6/18; via the Drudge Report.) Terrifying video shows a pack of 30 wolves chasing actors on stage and lunging into the audience in Chinese…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:50AM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

HOW A FAMILY TRANSFORMED THE LOOK OF EUROPEAN THEATER by Robert Shuman

(Joseph Cermatori’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/11; via Pam Green; Illustration: Rotating the perspective to depict massive, magnificent interiors, the Bibiena family transfo…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:46PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

RITA MORENO DEFENDS LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA OVER ‘IN THE HEIGHTS’ COLORISM CRITICISM: ‘YOU CAN NEVER DO RIGHT’ by Robert Shuman

(Ellise Shafer’s article appeared in Variety, 6/15; Photo: Samantha Okazaki.) Rita Moreno is defending Lin-Manuel Miranda and “In the Heights” following criticism over the film’s …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:27PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

BARD DAY’S WORK: WHAT I LEARNED FROM EAVESDROPPING ON RSC REHEARSALS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/14; Photo: ‘It’s about the process, not the product’ … Lily Nichol as Joan la Pucelle. Photograph: Ellie Kurttz. Copyrigh…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:37PM

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