Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 10am (Broadway Time)

Pasadena Playhouse Closes – has the domino effect begun? Is this the first of many? by Jodi Schoenbrun Carter

The Los Angeles Times reported some sad news yesterday, but not the least bit surprising.  News like this was coming for a while now it was just a question of which major theatre would be t…

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Sunday, January 31, 2010 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Tuners tubthump on TV by Gordon Cox

It's expensive. It's labor-intensive. And it may or may not lead to a quantifiable box office benefit. But Broadway shows still push to get musical numbers featured on TV talkshows and other…

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HD grows in Brooklyn by Sam Thielman

In the expanding world of live theatrical HD broadcasting, most of the business gets done not in some bustling hi-tech office space, but by a husband and wife in a Brooklyn brownstone with a…

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Do playwrights moan? Damn right - and so we should by Theresa Rebeck

As long as Broadway remains in thrall to movie-star revivals, contemporary American theatre will stay in the doldrums

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Noises off: Are audiences just too old? by Chris Wilkinson

Theatres are convinced the only way to survive is to cram in youngsters, but are they guilty of ageism? Some bloggers reckon so

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Does theatre have any value? Well, it depends ... by Chris Wilkinson

As a recent debate at the ICA revealed, the real value of art lies in its capacity to be contradictory - even agonisingly boring

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On New, Spare Broadway, Less Scenery to Chew By PATRICK HEALY

Some of the most critically praised dance scenes in "Billy Elliot: The Musical" involve no more than a chair or an empty stage.

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New Search for the Truth in 'A Lie' By PATRICK HEALY

A roundtable discussion about the revival of Sam Shepard's classic play "A Lie of the Mind."

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The Decade That Never Was by Cara Joy David

Showbiz is a tough business. And sometimes "Broadway" shows are announced that simply never make it to the Great White Way.

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Quick Q&A: Nina Arianda by Patrick Lee

The rising star of "Venus In Fur"

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Turning Enron's misfortune into fortune by Jasper Rees

Lucy Prebble's second script, Enron, has gone from Chichester to Broadway in a year. Meet the 28-year-old playwright

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Broadway star was bitten by the acting bug at GRHS BY STEPHANIE WAYNE

Although he now calls the Broadway stage home, Eric Morris was born and raised in Glen Rock.

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With Fresh Makeup, The Dreams Hit the Road

Direct from the Apollo, Dreamgirls - revised for this revival - takes off on a national tour.

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Roger Rees: The wait is over by Nick Smurthwaite

After an absence of more than a quarter of a century, Roger Rees is returning to the London stage opposite Ian McKellen in Waiting for Godot. He talks to Nick Smurthwaite about life in the U…

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Second act By Tenley Woodman

After more than 30 years, Boston's Paramount Theatre makes a comeback

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A Re-"Purpose" for Avenue Q

The Tony-winning Avenue Q comes back to Off-Broadway, where it all began for the show about people and puppets realizing their purpose.

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A Life in the Theatre: Bernard Gersten

Meet Bernard Gersten, executive producer of Lincoln Center Theater since its founding in 1985.

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'Dog' loses bark in Brit transfer by DAVID BENEDICT

Greig glows in scenestealing agent role

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The Diarist of a Scene That Never Gets Old By LAURA M. HOLSON

Michael Musto - who has chronicled the lives of drag queens, club kids, and an array of freaks and celebrities for The Village Voice for 25 years - still turns heads.

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Still Here By: Joseph Marzullo; Text by Dan Bacalzo

Alan Alda, Vincent D'onofrio, Adriane Lenox, Michael McKean, Julianne Nicholson, Amy Ryan, and Brooke Shields help Laura Linney and the Broadway company of Time Stands Still celebrate their opening night.

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Global terror, once over lightly by TOBY ZINMAN

The playwright Donald Margulies likes to flirt with serious social issues. His trouble is, as Time Stands Still reminds us, that he isn't serious about any of it.

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U.S. Drag
Review by Matthew Murray

Disconnection is rarely as disarming as it is in U.S. Drag, Gina Gionfriddo's sparkling little meditation on the pros and cons of big-city alienation.

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A very long night at the opera by DAN ROTTENBERG

In the backstage bickering of singers and composer during the opening night of Bellini's I Puritani, Terrence McNally has the raw materials for an intriguing drama. Unfortunately, McNally's Golden Age consists of more than three interminable hours of operatic name-dropping and hackneyed expository dialogue.

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A coupla white dudes sitting around talking by TOBY ZINMAN

Ages of the Moon finds Sam Shepard in a meditative mood, ruminating on life, hilariously and painfully. His reunion of two aging Western geezers is classic American dramatic metaphor- a long day's journey into night if ever was one.

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When you think about it, this was really a match made in mashed-up paradise: Robert Rauschenberg, the American collageist as seen through the eyes of Charles L. Mee, a playwright who borrows…

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Not Just About Quilts, but About a Post-Plantation Society By ANITA GATES

"Gee's Bend" is not just about poor, culturally isolated quiltmakers, but about Gee's Bend, on an old plantation, where many residents are descendants of the last owner's slaves.

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An Ordinary Man: Both His Wives Say So By AILEEN JACOBSON

In "Run for Your Wife," by Ray Cooney, serious concerns are disregarded in favor of frantic escapes and wild explanations.

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Guare's play throws a lot of dramatic devices at people s prejudices but falls short in hitting his targets.

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Present Laughter - Review OSCAR E. MOORE

Who's the star? Victor Garber or the jaw dropping, ultra dazzling, decadent and unfortunately overpowering deco duplex set designed by Alexander Dodge?

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The Evolving Vision of a Belgian Auteur By DAVE KEHR

A Criterion Collection set of Chantal Akerman films and a Blu-ray edition of "The Music Man" arrives this week.

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