Saturday, February 21, 2004 at midnight (Broadway Time)

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There is a rumor going around the internet that Amanda Plummer has walked away from the new play Bug, which is scheduled to have it's first preview on Feb 24. The play, written by Tracy Letts also stars Michael Shannon at the Barrow Street Theatre, was to have begun previews on Feb 21, and was unexplainably delayed. Perhaps a we will hear more about this from our readers?

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A Leering King Lear Exorcises the Curse of Captain von Trapp by JESSE GREEN

Christopher Plummer has thrived in roles that reveal the human muck beneath the noblesse, which makes him perfect for the part of King Lear.

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Rapper, Mogul, Designer, Runner. So Why Not Broadway Actor? by KELEFA SANNEH

In an era of fame for fame's sake, Sean Combs's role in a Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" makes perfect sense.

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Broadway Escapes From Escapism, Just in Time by BEN BRANTLEY

After all that entertaining silliness, the New York theater is finally poised to provide deliverance from triviality.

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New Faces, New Ideas, New Cause for Optimism by MARGO JEFFERSON

Despite short runs and scant funds, off Broadway is still the place to discover fresh talent or experienced artists trying something new.

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Star Power

A celebrity can draw audiences to a Broadway show, and a stage role can enhance a celebrity's career. But it doesn't always work that way.

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Eight to Watch, Onstage and Behind the Scenes

Profiles of up-and-coming theatrical talent: two actors, two actresses, two playwrights, a director and a composer.

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The Lineup, from 'Fiddler' to 'Frogs' by BRUCE WEBER
This list of upcoming theatrical productions includes brief synopses and information on ordering tickets.

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Whistle while you direct by Mike Boehm

Eric Schaeffer has gone from staging Sondheim at the Kennedy Center to 'Snow White' in Fantasyland. What will they say on Broadway?

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It's off to work they go by Evan Henerson

A dream team of theater artists brings a 'sassy' 'Snow White' to Disneyland
Thanks to American Theater Web for the link.

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The Public Faces Life Without Its Dynamo by BEN BRANTLEY
The director George C. Wolfe has had a significant hand in almost every memorable production at the Public Theater in the last ten years.

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Hard Acts to Follow by Linda Winer

Suddenly we are confronting the necessity of replacing leaders at three of our most vibrant cultural institutions.

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Photo Op: Stars Embrace Matthew Shepard Foundation

This was a WONDERFUL concert.

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Wicked Witch of the Best by PETER D. KRAMER

L. Frank Baum created her. Gregory Maguire gave her a name. Stephen Schwartz gave her a voice. But Idina Menzel brings her to life.
Thanks to penguin on All That Chat for the link.

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Old pro, new con by Catherine Foster

Dreyfuss, 'Sly Fox' sneak into Boston before hitting Broadway

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Michael Rispoli: Crime Boss to Good-Hearted Lug

"That's what I play -- blue-collar Italian-Americans. You got to be typecast in order to work. I've been blessed." So asserts actor Michael Rispoli.

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London Calling

For our annual British Alternative issue, London correspondent Mark Shenton offers an insider's guide to living, working, and playing in London.

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JOANNE Woodward had never seen the first act of "Can-Can," she explained to Kurt Vonnegut and Jill Krementz during the intermission of Encores! revival of the Cole Porter classic starring Pa…

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Exploring subtler shades of prejudice by Michael J. Ybarra

Dael Orlandersmith, no stranger to color issues, has a potent take on black-on-black bigotry.

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Do Not Resuscitate by JEREMY McCARTER

"Drowning Crow", "Pericles", and Sarah Jones

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'Drowning Crow' produces dead meat BY MICHAEL SOMMERS

"Drowning Crow" is one very dead duck, so let's not carry on too much -- carrion indeed -- and instead simply warn everybody away from the wretched thing.
Who expected the dread avian flu to strike Broadway?

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Soloing the Roles of Everyimmigrant by Gordon Cox

"Bridge and Tunnel" may not add up to much of a revelation, but when so many of its parts radiate so much warmth and intelligence, that's easy to forgive.

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The Magic of 'Pericles' by Gordon Cox

BAM showcases an obscure Shakespeare romance

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Odysseus Goes Home. Slowly. By NEIL GENZLINGER
Theodora Skipitares's "Odyssey: The Homecoming" at P.S. 122 stars a colorful collection of shadow and other puppets, and lots of slow motion.

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Smoochy musicals: Winsome, lose some by RICHARD OUZOUNIAN

Reports on A Little Night Music and Light In The Piazza.

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Internment-camp life has resonance today by Daryl H. Miller

A new theater piece about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII reanimates history with breathtaking immediacy.

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Joanne Gordon to lead Cal Rep by Don Shirley

California Repertory Company, the professional theater company based at Cal State Long Beach, is no longer the Howard Burman Repertory Company.

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Broadway/L.A. season to include nonunion musicals by Don Shirley

Broadway/L.A. has announced a season of musicals that includes the local premiere of the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaboration "Movin' Out" and six revivals, at least two of which will be tou…

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9:00 p.m. (CBS) "Hack." One of my favorite actresses, Jane Krakowski, guest-stars, in an episode of "Hack" that's essentially an extended flashback - and casts her as a femme fatale from, an…

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