Friday, October 22, 2021

Five Observations on the Arts 18 Months into COVID: Finances by Douglas McLennan

Many arts organizations are coming out of the COVID shutdown in better financial shape than they were going in. [More]

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:03AM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

ArtsJournal Turned 22 Today: A Chronicle of a Remarkable Cultural Era by Douglas McLennan

Over the past year, while compiling 150,000 stories in the AJ archives, I realized that this is a unique record of an extraordinary period in our cultural history. Sorry – that sounds gran…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:54AM
Saturday, August 28, 2021

Make Google Pay for Linking to Content? Hmnnn. by Douglas McLennan

You might think this is just a journalism issue, but one can draw parallels of paying to read stories to paying for music streaming, which has not proven to "pay off" for the vast majority o…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:54PM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

How Has Technology Changed Orchestras? — My Talk for the League of American Orchestras Conference by Douglas McLennan

I was asked to deliver a "provocation" for this week's League of American Orchestras annual conference with the prompt "How has Technology Changed Orchestras Forever?" Here's a video of the…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:18PM
Friday, March 19, 2021

The Royal Shakespeare Company At 60 by Artsjournal1

“In 1960 Peter Hall created a theatrical revolution. He turned a summer Shakespeare festival in Stratford-on-Avon into a year-round enterprise based on a permanent ensemble, a second home …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:01PM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Has COVID Changed Standup Comedy For Good? by Artsjournal1

If so, it’s got nothing to do with illness or quarantine as subject matter; it’s that the lockdown pushed everyone — audiences, colleagues, and (crucially) gatekeepers such as casting …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:03PM
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Yet Another Director Forced To Resign From Berlin’s Volksbühne by Artsjournal1

Three years after Chris Dercon ended his brief, dissension-plagued tenure at the theatre, his successor as artistic director, Klaus Dörr, quit after it became public that 10 women at the Vo…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 08:35AM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Theatre Leaders In Five Countries Talk About How Their Companies Have Coped With The Pandemic by Artsjournal1

Ivo van Hove at the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Stéphane Braunschweig at the Odéon in Paris, Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne in Berlin, Kajsa Giertz at the Helsingborg (Sweden) …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:28PM

Study: One Quarter Of UK Theatre Freelancers Have Quit by Artsjournal

Theatres have collectively reported losses of nearly £200 million following a year of closure, according to a survey which also reveals that a quarter of freelancers have gone out of busine…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:28PM

‘Little Did I Know’: A Theater Critic Considers The Anniversary Of The COVID Shutdown by Artsjournal1

Helen Shaw: “The pandemic has been a period of getting a lot of ‘little did I know’ stuff out into the open, including (but hardly limited to) the troubling ethics of the industry and …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:03PM
Sunday, March 14, 2021

We’re Longing For The Communion That Only Theatre Can Provide by Artsjournal2

We mourn together for our lost months and years. “Every day the theatre is dark, an opportunity for transformation is lost—yes, for the performers, remaking themselves so completely that…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:30PM

A Broadway Pop-Up Concert Slash Rally Briefly Invigorates New York by Artsjournal2

With Chita Rivera, André De Shields, and an array of singers and dancers, the pop-up on the anniversary of Broadway’s shutdown gave paying work to performers who haven’t seen much of it…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:00PM

Live Theatre Finally Gets Its Own Guidelines In Los Angeles by Artsjournal2

The guidelines are stringent – each county must cycle completely out of “colors” of COVID-19 infections before indoor theatre can open, and they have to cycle way lower rates before ou…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:00PM
Friday, March 12, 2021

Theatre In America After A Year Of The Pandemic by Artsjournal1

Rob Weinert-Kendt: “So what happened — what changed — in this past 12 months, and how will this lost, frantic year be remembered? I asked dozens of theatre workers from all over the U.…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 09:34AM
Thursday, March 11, 2021

UK Theatre’s Darkest Year by Artsjournal

Ridiculous as it might seem now, eight to 10 weeks was initially discussed as a likely closure period. The more pessimistic were talking about the summer of 2020. – The Stage

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:31PM

Hindu Supremacists Force Shutdown Of Indian Theatre Festival by Artsjournal1

“The annual theatre festival organised by the Indian People’s Theatre Association in the small town of Chhatarpur became the object of abuse and violent threats by Bajrang Dal, a hardlin…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:01PM

Touring Broadway Shows Are Gearing Up To Restart In The Fall by Artsjournal1

“Subscription packages for some of Broadway’s biggest hits are being sold at a handful of the nation’s performing arts centers, while a host of others have booked dates and plan to [st…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 09:32AM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Constant Crises Of British Theatre by Artsjournal

The UK’s theatrical culture is obsessed with the idea of theatre as storytelling, both as a discourse and as a conditioning of what the work is and should be like. This is extremely rigid:…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 04:29PM

Hollywood Stars, The Theater Needs Your Help! by Artsjournal1

“In one of the more surprising revelations of the shutdown, it turns out that the American theater has no towering figure even attempting to lead it through this crisis, the way Andrew Llo…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:04PM

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Will Pay Its Employees To Get Vaccinated by Artsjournal

“We are incentivizing each one of our employees with a payment of $200 to get vaccinated,” Chad Bauman said. “We believe it’s incredibly important not only in terms of protecting our…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 11:32AM
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

So What Will The Financiers Who Bought Second City Do With It (Or To) It? by Artsjournal1

“Though private-equity firms are notorious for ruthlessly wringing efficiencies out of the properties they pick up, the investors who just bought one of Chicago’s most treasured cultural…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 02:03PM

I Miss Theatre. I Didn’t Know I’d Miss The Audience Too by Artsjournal

“What it has taken me a year to realize is how much I also miss the community of the audience — the strangers surrounding me, obscured by the dark, who have tacitly agreed to escape and …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:31PM

Marie Antoinette’s Private Theatre Has Been Restored by Artsjournal1

The queen had the little playhouse built as part of her pretend village at Le Petit Trianon; she and her friends attended plays and operas there and even performed themselves. (Her Majesty o…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 01:04PM
Monday, March 8, 2021

“Queen’s Gambit” To Be Made Into Theatre by Artsjournal

Level Forward, a company whose founders include Abigail Disney, a grandniece of Walt Disney, said on Monday that it has won the rights to adapt Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel, which has become …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:29PM

A Year Of Turmoil At The American Shakespeare Center by Artsjournal

Over the last year, American Shakespeare Center—a $4.3 million theatre company in Staunton, Va., known for producing the Bard’s work in repertory with a stripped-down style and a residen…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 11:44AM

Will European Theatre Bounce Back? by Artsjournal2

Basically, the pandemic has changed the performing arts audience. “Fans have had access to virtual theater from all over the world. Some venues have expanded their audiences far beyond wha…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 10:00AM

Melbourne Theatre Company Starts Rehearsals With Hope by Artsjournal2

The director of a play in tech rehearsal says of the theatre building, abandoned a year ago as the pandemic swept the world, “I walked in, it was very quiet and I found myself touching eve…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 07:30AM
Friday, March 5, 2021

Will European Audiences Come Back To The Theatre? by Artsjournal1

“The shift [to streamed performances during the lockdowns] has raised questions about whether audiences will return to theaters in the same numbers as before, and whether a blend of online…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 03:03PM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

A Tour Of Plays In Storefront Windows by Artsjournal

Presented as a “walking tour with theatrical displays,” and running Feb. 19-21, the performance was not a traditional narrative play, but rather a collection of six short individual vign…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 05:01PM

COVID Could Not Stop The Wooster Group by Artsjournal1

“They’re our holy fools, who — even when no one is watching — keep the art’s sacred fires burning. Rehearsal isn’t so much a preparation-to-show as it is a kind of religious prac…

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 12:02PM

How Weird Are This Season’s Tony Awards Going To Be? by Artsjournal1

Weirder than ever before, no doubt. As the voters fill out their ballots this week and next, none of the shows they’re considering have been onstage for a year, and they can’t vote in a …

SOURCE: ArtsJournal at 10:01AM

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Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre