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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Obit: ROBERT FLETCHER (Costume Designer) by Tony Frankel

FROM STAR TREK TO NUTCRACKER, ORSON WELLES TO NOËL COWARD, ROBERT FLETCHER LEFT HIS WHIMSICAL MARK Robert Fletcher, the prolific costume designer for both stage and screen, died peacefully …

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Sunday, April 4, 2021


On April 10 and 11, 2021, REDCAT, CalArts’ center for contemporary arts in downtown Los Angeles is presenting DRAGÓN (THE RETURN OF THE DRAGON), the newest work from internationally renow…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Theater Review: AMOUR (Art Lab and ShowTown Productions) by Tony Frankel

YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH AMOUR “I wanted to write an opera-bouffe, an intimate evening with light, lyrical singing and delicate charm,” wrote composer Michel Legrand. “Marcel Aymé…

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Auction: STAGE AND SCREEN (Benefitting the Actors’ Fund) by Tony Frankel

The Actors Fund, Doyle Auctioneers  & Appraisers and Christine Baranski are teaming up on an auction event without precedent: “Stage & Screen.” Featuring a diverse array of me…

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Theater Review: FEEL THE SPIRIT (Shotgun Players in Berkeley) by Tony Frankel

THE SPIRIT OF THIS PIECE RESIDES IN PERFORMER VERO MAYNEZ What I left with from Feel the Spirit, which opened last night virtual-but-live from Shotgun Players, is the central performance of …

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Theater Obit: ARTHUR KOPIT (Playwright) by Tony Frankel

Arthur Kopit, the legendary dramatist, died yesterday morning at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Garis; his children Alex, Ben, Kat; his grandchildren Arthur, Beatrix, and…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Theater Review: TRYING (North Coast Rep) by Tony Frankel

NORTH COAST REP SUCCEEDS, BUT THE PLAY IS STILL TRYING The eagerness of youth; the decay of old age; cynicism in a world of injustice; literature; mortality; idealism; FDR; and timeless quot…

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Dance: CHASING MAGIC (Ayodele Casel world premiere, streaming from The Joyce in NYC) by Tony Frankel

SHE’S TAPPING OUR TROUBLES AWAY Tap superstar Ayodele Casel returns to The Joyce in NYC for a world premiere digital engagement that explores the joys of everyday life and the art of tap d…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Theater: JOHN CULLUM: AN ACCIDENTAL STAR (Vineyard Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Irish Rep) by Tony Frankel

HIS CAREER IS NO ACCIDENT John Cullum: An Accidental Star is an 80-minute intimate evening of stories and songs spanning Cullum’s illustrious career is told and sung by the 91-year-old tw…

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Theater Review: [HIEROGLYPH] (San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre) by Tony Frankel

AS WITH A HIEROGLYPH, THIS PLAY IS DIFFICULT TO READ Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s [hieroglyph], now streaming from San Francisco Playhouse and and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, belongs to a ge…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Theater/Film Review: COCK (Studio Theatre in D.C.) by Tony Frankel

I FOUND THE PERFECT COCK. NOW SEE IF YOU CAN TAKE IT. D.C.’s Studio Theatre production of Cock is a most successful outing in the world of pandemic theater — that which is filmed as a th…

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Theater: AN ILIAD (Live from the New Vic in Santa Barbara, Ensemble Theatre Company) by Tony Frankel

A HOMER RUN The 90-minute one-act play An Iliad is a stunning marvel. This retelling of the famous epic The Iliad, attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer, is not a straight reading of T…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Theater: MYTHS AND HYMNS (Adam Guettel’s Theatrical Song Cycle (MasterVoices) by Tony Frankel

DON’T MYTH THIS Myths and Hymns is a kaleidoscopic song cycle that explores the nature of faith and longing in a secular world. With it, MasterVoices is exploring the nature of choral pe…

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Audio Theater Review: ROMEO Y JULIETA (The Public) by Tony Frankel

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER LANGUAGE… Since COVID-19’s halting live theater, there have been two different entertainments emerging. One is plays, concerts and music performed either through ZOOM…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Opera / Film: RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE: THE MAKING OF A WESTERN OPERA (Quantum Leap Productions) by Tony Frankel

A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT THEATRE STARRING PETER COYOTE PREMIERES VIRTUALLY MARCH 25 – APRIL 11, 2021 Quantum Leap Productions will present Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Wester…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

TV Review: AUDRA MCDONALD (Late Night with Seth Myers) by Tony Frankel

Hey, folks, last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Audra McDonald discussed a year without Broadway, raved about the star-studded cast of The Good Fight and shared her experience meeting…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Theater: SPITE AND MALICE (Part of Post Theatrical) by Tony Frankel

THEATER BY MAIL..? HEAVEN SENT! A collective of 13 theater companies and individual artists from 8 cities across the globe have joined forces for Post Theatrical, a festival of works that us…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Broadway Podcast: JERRY HERMAN: POET OF THE SHOWTUNE (The Fabulous Invalid) by Tony Frankel

AN INSIDE TWO-PART LOOK AT THE LIFE AND WORK OF BROADWAY LEGEND JERRY HERMAN Broadway’s podcast, The Fabulous Invalid, has today released an epic two-part episode, Jerry Herman: Poet of t…

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Theater: UNRAVELLED (Global Brain Health Institute / UC San Francisco / Trinity College Dublin) by Tony Frankel

Art, music and science intersect in UnRavelled, a new drama by award-winning, Los Angeles-based playwright Jake Broder (Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara) and directed by Nike Doukas…

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Dance: AFTER IT HAPPENED (Invertigo Dance Theatre at The Ford) by Tony Frankel

THE FORD CONTINUES FREE ONLINE SERIES FROM THE FORD IN L.A. WITH INVERTIGO DANCE THEATRE Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:30pm PT Set in the aftermath of a natural disaster, Invertigo Dance Theat…

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Theater: THREE DAYS OF RAIN (Manhattan Theatre Club Reading with Original Cast and Director) by Tony Frankel

Reuniting The Stars of the Original Cast: Patricia Clarkson, John Slattery, and Bradley Whitford Streaming on demand from Thursday March 11 through Sunday March 21, Manhattan Theatre Club …

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Theater: CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM REUNITE FOR ASSASSINS 3OTH ANNIVERSARY (Patrick Cassidy and Studio Tenn) by Tony Frankel

FREE ONLINE ANNIVERSARY EVENT ON MARCH 8 INCLUDES SONDHEIM Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on December 18, 1990, and closed on …

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Dance Review: JOFFREY STUDIO SERIES (The Joffrey Ballet) by Tony Frankel

The world premiere of The Joffrey Ballet’s Boléro, filmed at the Gerald Arpino Black Box Theatre, has been playing since last Friday. Now it has been extended, and I highly recommend a v…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Theater: JULIUS CAESAR ([email protected] Home) by Tony Frankel

CAESAR THE MOMENT Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s best known and most oft-quoted plays, chronicling the political and moral crisis of Brutus and his fellow conspirators as they plot …

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Preview: SANTINO FONTANA (Seth Concert Series) by Tony Frankel

SANTINO AND SETH Get ready, kids. This Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8 (LIVE!) and Monday at 3 (EST), the gregarious, gadfly Seth Rudetsky will have as his guest Santino Fontana. Seth — acc…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Theater: SPOTLIGHT SERIES (A Little New Music) by Tony Frankel

NOT SO LITTLE ANYMORE On February 2, 2021, A Little New Music continues its “Spotlight Series” with the music of multi-talented composer/lyricist Rob Rokicki of The Lightning Thief: The …

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Music: STREAMING CONCERTS (92Y in New York) by Tony Frankel

NEED A REASON TO WATCH GREAT ONLINE CONCERTS? HERE’S Y. Beginning Monday February 1, 2021, NYC’s 92Y is presenting quite the cavalcade of concerts. From Emanuel Ax to Richard Goode and D…

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Preview: FILMS.DANCE (Jacob Jonas Dance Company with The Soraya, The Wallis, Los Angeles, and The Harris, Chicago) by Tony Frankel

CONNECTING ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD Here comes Films.Dance, an extremely ambitious and most promising global project from one of the hottest leaders in dance. This stunningly shot series exi…

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Review: RIDING THE RAILS (American Experience) by Tony Frankel

RAILING AGAINST DEPRESSION Being a lover of railroads, especially railroad travel, I still remember this absorbing documentary from PBS’s American Experience. Back in 1998, I learned of th…

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Theater: COURT THEATRE UNVEILS NEW 2021 SEASON (Chicago) by Tony Frankel

NEW SEASON TAKES CENTER COURT Chicago’s great Court Theatre has sadly had to postpone its production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, but Owen McCafferty’s Titanic (Scenes from t…

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Theater Review: BORDERS AND CROSSINGS (Public Theater’s Under the Radar) by Tony Frankel

PERSONALIZING DIASPORA Perhaps one of the reasons more people aren’t wearing masks in the U.S. to protect themselves and others during the COVID pandemic is that, even with 369,000 deaths …

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