Monday, February 16, 2009 at midnight (Broadway Time)

'Dirty Dancing' to end Toronto run

Producer David Mirvish on Sunday announced a March 29 closing date for the Toronto run of "Dirty Dancing, the Classic Story on Stage." When it shutters, the tuner will have played 582 perfor…

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Saving Federal Arts Funds: Selling Culture as an Economic Force By ROBIN POGREBIN

There was a whiplash quality to the action surrounding the preservation of $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts in the final version of the economic-stimulus bill.

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New theater rises in Camden By Howard Shapiro

On Feb. 6, the theater opened Davis' slightly revised Mass Appeal, which will run through Sunday.

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Zippel It Up! By: Brian Scott Lipton

Tony Award winner David Zippel will present his favorite songs as part of the 92nd Street Y's Lyrics & Lyricists series.

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Following The Tapioca Miracle

Get inside the private readings of this miracle musical that is already amassing its group of true believers.

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East West didn't say 'Ixnay' By Karen Wada

Paul Kikuchi has written six screenplays -- all unproduced, so far. But he landed a spot in the theater's David Henry Hwang Writers Institute and wrote his first play. It opens Wednesday.

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MATTHEW Modine, who's at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut rehearsing "To Kill a Mockingbird," is pleased that the production, set to open on Feb. 24, has already racked up the biggest advan…

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Bright spark: the rise of the lighting designer by Lyn Gardner

Lighting is integral to create interesting productions - it is the secret language of theatre

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Sailor Man/ Rumspringa

A double feature, one an excellent reprise from the Fringe Festival

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Culture Monster: Review: 'Noises Off' at South Coast Repertory by Charles McNulty

If "Noises Off," Michael Frayn's perfect geometric proof of backstage zaniness, isn't the most ingeniously calibrated farce of the last few decades, then there's an Einstein writing screwbal…

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'Noises Off' is an antidote for depression By PAUL HODGINS

Art Manke's SCR production is rough at times but smartly cast.

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What You Will

This, cool and energetic, hip-hop Shakespeare is well worth the drive north on I-95 from Center City Philadelphia.

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Spring Awakening

London welcomes the hit musical

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A View from the Bridge

Ken Stott's Eddie Carbone is more sympathetic than some I have seen giving the play an interesting balance

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Three Days of Rain

A new opportunity to see Greenberg's play with a talented, acclaimed cast led by James McAvoy

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Misery Times Two By Scott Brown

Uncle Vanya's jumpy, star-studded Russian melancholy, and Lynn Nottage's grimly lyric Ruined.

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For Valentine's Day, a Pair Of Songbirds at Kennedy Center By Nelson Pressley

Broadway lovebirds Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie wasted no time setting a Valentine's Day mood Saturday night at the Kennedy Center. As Mazzie trilled "Indian Love Call" from the stage, Da…

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London's Pizza on the Park Will Relaunch in March; McGovern, Marcovicci and More to Perform

London's Pizza on the Park, which in the 1980s and 1990s was London's leading musical cabaret venue, will permanently reopen in March as a supper club under the stewardship of American perfo…

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Your False Start Choices

Charles Busch's new play The Third Story may be confused and disappointing, but it does offer one interesting perception that fits in with the readers' comments I'm detailing today. Busch says that every script endures two false starts, and not until the third version does the story take flight. Maybe some of our musicals only went through Stage One and Stage Two.

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Today in Theatre History

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So Inviting, That Dark at the Top of the Stairs, by Ben Brantley

Edgar Oliver's one-man show is a sweet and sinister memoir.

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It Packs a Bit of a Punch, by Frank Scheck

It's nice that the Theaters at 45 Bleecker Street are offering a "Recession Special Double Bill" of two one-act plays for the price of one with their pairing of Fringe Festival favorite Sailor Man with the new Rumspringa. But cash-starved theatergoers could really save some money by skipping this wildly disjointed double-bill altogether.

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