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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI by Robert Shuman

Craftsmanship teaches the actor how to walk on the stage and play.  But true art must teach him how to awaken consciously his subconscious creative self for its superconscious organic creat…

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JAPAN THEATRE OLYMPICS GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS FOR NINTH ITERATION by Robert Shuman

(Andrew Eglinton’s and Mika Eglinton’s article appeared in the Japan Times, 8/13.) Since the late 1970s, people from all over the world have traveled to the village of Toga in rural Toya…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI by Robert Shuman

One accidental touch, the bud opened and from it burst fresh young petals, seeking he warmth of the sun.  And with me, an accidental touch of the makeup brush on my face served to open the …

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GETTING THE GUTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” DIRECTOR, DON ROY KING by Robert Shuman

By Tania Fisher So how does the son of a mailman, from a small town near Pittsburgh, end up directing more live network television than anyone else in the history of the medium–and being …

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GUGGENHEIM, ANNOUNCES FALL 2019 SEASON by Robert Shuman

WORKS & PROCESS, THE PERFORMING ARTS SERIES AT THE GUGGENHEIM, ANNOUNCES FALL 2019 SEASON   Highlights ·  New commissions by Machine Dazzle and Caroline Shaw ·  Rotunda performances…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI by Robert Shuman

One feature in my makeup gave a living and comic expression to my face, and something suddenly turned within me.  All that was dim became clear, all that was groundless suddenly had ground …

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ON ADJACENT STAGES, TWO HAUNTED HOUSES, CIRCA 1882 AND 2019 (SV REVIEW PICK, MA) by Robert Shuman

(Jesse Green’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/12; via Pam Green.) A sumptuous Ibsen revival starring Uma Thurman and a knockout premiere by Adam Bock close the Williamstown seas…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

5 GREAT RUSSIAN PLAYWRIGHTS YOU SHOULD KNOW by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Guzeva’s article appeared in Russia Beyond, 8/16.) Russian plays are no less famous in the theater and opera world than the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky in the literary. If …

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

FREDERICK DOUGLASS, A SHAKESPEAREAN IN WASHINGTON by Robert Shuman

(John Muller’s article appeared in Shakespeare and Beyond, 7/19; via Pam Green.) In his life and times Frederick Douglass was known around the world as an orator, abolitionist, suffragist,…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

ANDREA ANDRESAKIS: MY WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE by Robert Shuman

 Andrea Andresakis, Stage Director/Choreographer, has written about her Woodstock Anniversary Tribute: “I just finished editing this short video in time for the 50th Anniversary of Wo…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

BECKETT’S LAST TAPES by Robert Shuman

Listen Robert McCrum explores the elusive Samuel Beckett’s astonishing literary career through rare audio tape recordings from the Samuel Beckett Research Centre at the University of Readi…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

THEIR SHOWS FLOPPED. HERE’S WHAT THESE 7 ACTORS DID NEXT. by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Time, 8/8; via Pam Green.) With plays and musicals folding left and right, Broadway stars impart wisdom they gained when it happene…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

EXIT BURBAGE – THE MAN WHO CREATED HAMLET by Robert Shuman

Listen on BBC Radio 3 Imagine where we’d be without Shakespeare’s plays. It’s difficult to contemplate now. But it was thanks to another man that many of them were brought to life.  T…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

ROUGH MAGIC THEATRE, 35 YEARS ON: ‘DUBLIN IN THOSE DAYS WAS SO BOHEMIAN’ by Robert Shuman

(Gemma Tipton’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 7/27.) Company reflects on decades of casting spells and pushing the envelope with its productions It’s fascinating how the same set …

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

FRANK GAGLIANO ON HAL PRINCE by Robert Shuman

(Frank Gagliano is a playwright who has held many positions in the world of theatre, including being the Artistic Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Showcase of New Plays and the Benedum Profes…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

VENICE HAS A BIENNALE FOR THEATER, TOO by Robert Shuman

(Laura Cappelle’s article appeared in The New York Times,  8/2; via Pam Green.) Despite a history stretching to 1934, it feels like a David to the art exhibition’s Goliath. but its prog…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

TONY HARRISON’S PRAGUE SPRING by Robert Shuman

Listen Chris Bowlby travels with Tony Harrison to Prague, to discover how one of Britain’s best known poets was shaped by the cultural energy and tragedy of 1960s Czechoslovakia. Harrison …

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Friday, August 2, 2019

PTP/NYC (POTOMAC THEATRE PROJECT):  ‘HAVEL: THE PASSION OF THOUGHT’ AND STOPPARD’S ‘DOGG’S HAMLET’ AND ‘CAHOOT’S MACBETH’ (REVIEWS by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman Historians, looking back at contemporary American theatre, will have to evaluate whether our stages were reflections of society or partisan distortions. Were our artists “liv…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

TOWERING BROADWAY DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER HAL PRINCE DEAD by Robert Shuman

(Mark Kennedy’s article appeared on the AP,  7/31.) NEW YORK (AP) — Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking…

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Friday, July 26, 2019

RESURRECTING MAYAKOVSKY by Robert Shuman

Listen on BBC Radio 3  Vladimir Mayakovsky was THE poet of the Russian Revolution. A revolutionary in his personal life as well as in his art, Mayakovsky sought to overthrow traditional pra…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

LET’S GO: PTP/NYC’S (POTOMAC THEATRE PROJECT)–WORKS BY TOM STOPPARD, VACLAV HAVEL, HAROLD PINTER & SAMUEL BECKETT by Robert Shuman

PTP/NYC’S (POTOMAC THEATRE PROJECT) INCLUDES WORKS BY TOM STOPPARD, VACLAV HAVEL, HAROLD PINTER & SAMUEL BECKETT THAT RESONATE WITH OUR CULTURAL AND POLITICAL MOMENT PTP/NYC (Potomac T…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED ANNOUNCES FREE INTRODUCTION TO TRU’S PRODUCER PROGRAM by Robert Shuman

FREE INTRODUCTION TO TRU’S PRODUCER PROGRAM Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm Polaris North Theatre Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a Free Introduction to TRU’s P…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

AT AVIGNON FESTIVAL, COMPETITION COMES FROM THE FRINGE by Robert Shuman

(Laura Cappelle’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/18; via Pam Green.) An underwhelming official lineup led many festivalgoers to branch out into the less well-known complimentary…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

THE PLEASURES OF BRECHT by Robert Shuman

              Listen A celebration of the simple joys of life, and the story of Brecht’s much-loved poem that described them. In 1954, poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht was the lea…

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BLACKOUT DARKENS BROADWAY, BUT SONGS BRIGHTEN SIDEWALK SCENES by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/13; via Pam Green.) Most theaters closed down on their most lucrative night of the week, but some casts gave their fans a memor…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

HIP TO HIP THEATRE COMPANY–SUMMER DATES & VENUES FOR 2019 SEASON TOUR OF FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS by Robert Shuman

(From Andrea Alton, Alton PR and Production) Hip to Hip Theatre Company Announces Summer Dates & Venues for 2019 Season Tour of Free Shakespeare in the Parks A Midsummer Night’s Dream …

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE: THE PIONEERS OF A SUMMER TRADITION by Robert Shuman

(Georgianna Ziegler’s article appeared in Shakespeare & Beyond, 7/9; via Pam Green.) Shakespeare by the sea, on the river, in the park or garden, on the common – in the summertime Sh…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

*****LIFE OF PI REVIEW – TRIUMPHANT TIGER BURNS BRIGHT IN A STUNNING SHOW (SV PICK, UK) by Robert Shuman

(Mark Fisher’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/9.) Crucible, Sheffield Transformative puppetry, design and direction, and a great human lead, make this adaptation of Yann Martel’s bo…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

DAVID RABE:  “UNCLE JIM CALLED” (FICTION FROM THE NEW YORKER) by Robert Shuman

UNCLE JIM CALLED (Rabe’s story appeared in the 7/8 & 15 New Yorker.) A week ago Thursday, my uncle Jim called. When I picked up the phone and said, “Hello,” he said, “Hello.” T…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

LORCA (IN OUR TIME, BBC RADIO 4–LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

Listen LORCA Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), author of Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba, who mixed the t…

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH VERSUS HARVEY WEINSTEIN: INSIDE THE BATTLE TO RELEASE ‘THE CURRENT WAR’ by Robert Shuman

(Adam White’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 7/3; via Pam Green.) Spare a thought for the Benedict Cumberbatch of an alternate end-of-2017. Having said goodbye to Sherlock, fresh fro…

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