Friday, February 15, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Suspended in Air, Searching for Connection in Two High-Flying Shows by Laura Collins-Hughes

“When Angels Fall,” at Peak Performances, and “Non Solus,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, blend circus with dance in feats of perfect equilibrium.

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The Week in Arts: Kamasi Washington, Amy Sedaris, Farruquito’s Flamenco by The New York Times

The brash saxophonist performs at the Apollo; Season 2 of “At Home With Amy Sedaris" begins; and the Spanish dancer returns to Manhattan.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Face Death Onstage by Jesse Green

In “Sea Wall/A Life,” at the Public Theater, a pair of monologues gives the two stars ample opportunity to shine and mourn.

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Family Guide: Kids and Culture? There’s So Much to Talk About by Alexis Soloski, Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim and Daniel McDermon

Arts writers for The New York Times share their strategies (snacks) and budget-friendly options (outdoor events) in a discussion about introducing children to the arts.

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Family Guide: 27 Ways to Keep Your Kids Culturally Engaged This Winter

Classical concerts, children’s film series and a festival where technology meets art are among the events that can keep young minds occupied (and having fun) through a school sabbatical an…

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‘Stomp’ Turns 25. Here Are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About It. by Sopan Deb

There’s more to the show than banging on a can. Ask George Lucas, Hillary Clinton — and the performer who’s been doing it for 20 years.

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Michael Jackson Estate Cancels Chicago Musical Run by Michael Paulson

The estate attributed the change in plans to labor issues and not a forthcoming documentary detailing abuse allegations against the late pop star.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge Will Make You Laugh So Hard It Hurts by Amanda Hess

The writer-actress behind the wild, disorienting comedy of “Fleabag” and “Killing Eve” is bringing her sneak-attack humor to New York.

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London Theater: A Hit and a Miss for 2 Russian Productions in London by Matt Wolf

The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theater, on a short visit to Britain, impressed with Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan,” but fell short with Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.”

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: ‘All About Eve’ Gets the Vampire Treatment from Ivo van Hove by Ben Brantley

This London adaptation of the Oscar-winning satire, starring a misused Gillian Anderson and Lily James, is like a horror movie without a pulse.

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#SpeakingInDance: The Heartbeat of ‘Choir Boy’ by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Camille A. Brown deftly uses the tradition of step to add “a heartbeat to the story” of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s musical play, now on Broadway.

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Isabelle Huppert Is Busy. But There’s Always Time for Theater. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The French actress has five films coming out in 2019, including one while she stars in Florian Zeller’s play “The Mother” at Atlantic Theater Company.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: At ‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ Attention Must Be Paid. Really. by Jesse Green

Since you provide the content for this group’s delightful hip-hop musical improvisation, you really have to lend them your ears (and phones).

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Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’ Is a Comedy That Goes Bang by Alexis Soloski

Sean O’Casey’s tragicomic 1923 play has returned to the Irish Repertory Theater, the first production in a season devoted to his work.

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Cultural Studies: Why Do We Love Scammers So Much? by Abby Ellin

These days, the con artist is as much a cultural figure as the antagonist of our personal horror stories.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘Raisin’ and ‘Ghosts’ Will Be Featured in Williamstown Season by Lauren Messman

Among the performers who will journey to the Berkshires: Uma Thurman, Mary Steenburgen, S. Epatha Merkerson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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C.Y. Lee, ‘Flower Drum Song’ Author, Is Dead at 102 by Katharine Q. Seelye

His novel of generational and cultural conflict among Chinese immigrants became a hit Broadway musical and then a film that earned five Oscar nominations.

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Brantley in Britain: How She Survives: Strategies for Women on London Stages by Ben Brantley

Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney and Katherine Parkinson are three heroines in search of elusive selves in plays by Martin Crimp, Rona Munro and Laura Wade.

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9 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas by Sean L. McCarthy

Whether you want to dance early in the morning or watch stand-up comics vie for a bachelor, here are some events for you.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: ‘The Light,’ an Unexpected Mix of #MeToo and Rom-Com by Alexis Soloski

Loy A. Webb’s tear-struck thesis play starts with an engagement and swerves into the territory of sexual-assault trauma.

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Reviews: ‘Mies Julie’ and ‘Dance of Death,’ Love and Madness in Strindberg by Ben Brantley

Two productions at the Classic Stage Company channel the electric ambivalence of August Strindberg.

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Carry On: What Tituss Burgess Can’t Travel Without by Nell McShane Wulfhart

The Emmy-nominated actor and singer prefers staycations in New York City. But when he travels for work, an electric fan and Pond’s face cream are must haves.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Landmark Broadway Deal Gives Actors a Piece of the Profits by Michael Paulson

Performers and stage managers who help develop hit shows will share in the riches following an agreement reached Friday between their union and producers.

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This Week in Arts: Jake Gyllenhaal on Stage; Penélope Cruz in ‘Everybody Knows’ by The New York Times

In Nick Payne’s new play, Gyllenhaal stars as a man in mourning — a much more sympathetic role than his art snob in “Velvet Buzzsaw.”

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Married With Children: New Gay Options, Explored Onstage by Andrzej Lukowski

Two new theater productions in London give fresh perspectives on marriage and parenthood, by looking at them from a gay point of view.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Staging ‘Hair’ With Actors Who Are Losing Theirs by Dominic P. Papatola

Theater 55, a Minnesota company that celebrates elders as artists, is making its debut presenting the musical with performers with wrinkles and dad bods.

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Review: Without Ethel Merman, a Limp ‘Call Me Madam’ at Encores! by Jesse Green

This 1950 musical has some charming numbers, but without a monster personality at its center it seems like less of a comedy than a requiem.

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Critic’s Pick: ‘High Flying Bird’ Review: A Thrilling Dunk on Capitalism by A.o. Scott

The director Steven Soderbergh teams up with Tarell Alvin McCraney and André Holland to take on the contradictions of modern sports culture.

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A Costume Designer With Low Budgets and High Style by Alexis Soloski

Whether he’s capturing David Lee Roth or Bed-Stuy street style, Montana Levi Blanco’s secret: an anthropological attention to detail and “amazing aggressive shopping.”

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Onstage in France: Spanish Takes on Sex, Violence and Social Change by Laura Cappelle

The annual Reims Scènes d’Europe festival showcases contemporary creation from around Europe. This year, it is focused on emerging artists from Spain.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Theater as Moral Meditation in ‘Catonsville Nine’ and ‘The Courtroom’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Two shows enlist their spectators as witnesses, exhorting the Americans in the room to consider what our nation is doing in our name.

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