Friday, March 5, 2021

Bill C. Davis, Who Had a Hit Play With ‘Mass Appeal,’ Dies at 69 by Neil Genzlinger

He was an unknown playwright in his 20s when his comic drama about a priest and a seminarian drew raves off and on Broadway. It was turned into a movie.

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Tony Hendra, a Multiplatform Humorist, Is Dead at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

He took his British brand of satire to nightclubs, TV, film (“Spinal Tap”) and National Lampoon. But a memoir led to a sex-abuse accusation.

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When Europe’s Theaters Reopen, Will Fans Return? by Thomas Rogers

People from across the continent told us about the ups and downs — mostly downs — of loving and streaming theater during a pandemic.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Review: Your Arm Is a Canvas, in ‘As Far as Isolation Goes’ by Jesse Green

Because of pandemic restrictions, a performance piece about refugees requires you to draw on yourself, in both senses

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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: Still Square by Maya Phillips

This new franchise installment, “Sponge on the Run,” wants to be clever in nodding toward genre conventions. But its execution is poor.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.

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A Digital Festival, in the Spirit of Bertolt Brecht by A.j. Goldmann

The directors of the Brecht Festival Augsburg have curated an online-only event that runs the gamut from experimental films to poetry slams and puppetry.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

New York to Allow Limited Live Performances to Resume in April by Michael Paulson

The state will allow plays, concerts and other performances to start again April 2 for audiences of up to 100 people indoors, or 200 outdoors.

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Derek DelGaudio and the Great Unburdening of Secrets by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The magician explains how he worked up to “In & Of Itself” in a new memoir, “Amoralman,” a prequel of sorts to the show.

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A ‘Rent’ Reunion Measures 25 Years of Love and Loss by Maya Phillips

A fund-raiser, a tribute, a documentary — and a reminder that Jonathan Larson’s musical remains especially inspiring in hard times.

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Theater to Stream: Star-Studded Digital Shorts and Escape Rooms by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The past year has made us rethink the boundaries between theater and film. Many of these shows are a little bit of both.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Now You See It: A Magician’s Memoir Promises Truth and Other Lies by Errol Morris

In “Amoralman,” the sleight-of-hand artist Derek DelGaudio turns to philosophy in an attempt to understand the nature of reality and deception.

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For Many Golden Globe Winners, the London Stage Came First by Matt Wolf

At Sunday’s ceremony, a whole host of British winners and nominees got their training in the theater before they made it to the screen.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Golden Globes 2021: Where to Stream the Winners by Scott Tobias

Nearly all of the big winners from the evening are available to stream. Here’s a look at where find them and what The Times first had to say about them.

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Tony Awards Voting Starts Now. And It’s Going to Be Weird. by Michael Paulson

No shows are playing, and no one knows when they will come back. Here are answers to six questions about a process even more idiosyncratic than usual.

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Chadwick Boseman wins best actor Golden Globe and his widow accepts in an emotional speech. by Sarah Bahr

It was the final role — and first win — for the late star of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” who died in August from colon cancer at age 43.

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Review: Kafka Meets Twitch in ‘Letter to My Father’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Audience members can shift from camera to camera in this streaming solo show, like security guards keeping watch.

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Making Black Lives, Not Just Black Deaths, Matter Onstage by Jesse Green

The tragedy of racism is only part of the story in two very different plays from London that carry a dimension of meaning not usually seen in this country.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

How to Watch the Golden Globes 2021: Date, Time and Streaming by Sarah Bahr

Here’s a quick guide with everything you need to know for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association film and television awards.

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Broadway is Dark. London is Quiet. But in Australia, It’s Showtime. by Damien Cave and Michael Paulson

Temperature-taking robots, scanning codes for contact tracing, and generous refund policies are helping shows like “Frozen,” “Come From Away” and “Hamilton” get back onstage.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Meet the Songwriters (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) Behind the ‘Wandavision’ Hit ‘Agatha All Along’ by Sarah Bahr

The Disney songwriting power couple behind “Frozen” and “Coco” wrote the very spoiler-y “WandaVision” theme that has permanently lodged itself in people’s brains.

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Amazon Moves From Film Industry’s Margins to the Mainstream by Nicole Sperling

With several films competing for Golden Globes on Sunday and a number of high-priced movies coming this year, the streaming service has altered its reputation in Hollywood.

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‘First Love’ Review: Stop and Smell the Corpses by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bill Camp stars in JoAnne Akalaitis’s creepy, funny streaming production of this Samuel Beckett short story.

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California Lost 175,000 ‘Creative Economy’ Jobs, Study Finds by Colin Moynihan

“There is no economic recovery in our area unless a working creative engine is driving it,” said Representative Karen Bass of California.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Florence Birdwell, Singing Teacher to Broadway Stars, Dies at 96 by Richard Sandomir

She was a tough yet empathetic voice professor at Oklahoma City University for 67 years. Two of her students, Kelli O’Hara and Kristin Chenoweth, won Tony Awards.

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The Birth of ‘Rent,’ Its Creator’s Death and the 25 Years Since by Eric Grode

With a virtual performance marking the Broadway musical’s anniversary, original cast and creative team members talk about losing Jonathan Larson and carrying on his legacy.

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‘WandaVision’ Lives Inside TV. Just Like We Do. by James Poniewozik

After a year of pandemic life, the superhero show’s inventive premise — television as both escape and prison — is all too relatable.

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‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ Review: Singing for Her Life by A.O. Scott

Lee Daniels’s hectic biopic portrays the singer as a victim of abuse, addiction and government persecution.

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Lincoln Center Will Head Outside Its Closed Theaters to Perform by Matt Stevens

Officials announced plans to create 10 outdoor spaces for pandemic-era performances and rehearsals, and to work with blood drives and food banks.

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With 'The Father,' Florian Zeller Pivots From Stage to Screen by Laura Cappelle

Florian Zeller has found success in the theater and as a novelist. Now, his first movie as a director is nominated for four Golden Globe Awards.

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Podcasting Is Booming. Will Hollywood Help or Hurt Its Future? by Ben Sisario

A frothy adaptation market is just one sign of the rapid evolution of the industry. But some worry that big money will stifle the D.I.Y. spirit that has driven much of its success.

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
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