Friday, August 23, 2019

Ethical Drama Wins Edinburgh Theater Prize by Steven McElroy

“Mouthpiece” by Kieran Hurley won $25,000 to fund a transfer from the Edinburgh Fringe to New York.

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How Do You Stage Disney’s ‘Hercules’? Invite Everyone by Nancy Coleman

The world premiere adaptation of the 1997 animated film puts everyday New Yorkers — 117 of them — in the production at the Delacorte.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘#DateMe’ Review: Not Feeling a Love Connection by Laura Collins-Hughes

A frenzy of strained joke-making and audience participation overwhelms a promising exploration of romance in the internet age.

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‘Slava’s Snowshow’ to Storm Back to Broadway by Nancy Coleman

The surrealist production filled with clowns and, yes, snow, joins the ranks of this season’s limited-run holiday shows.

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‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Review: Inside a Broadway … Tradition! by Jason Zinoman

A fascinating love letter to “Fiddler on the Roof” asks: What makes the quintessentially Jewish musical speak to everyone?

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Rewriting the Rules of Drag in Paris by Laura Cappelle

There is a cross-dressing show for everyone in the city, from traditional cabarets to RuPaul-inspired productions.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review: A Nose by Any Other Name in a Hudson Valley ‘Cyrano’ by Ben Brantley

Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers’s adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival asks us not to take anything at face value.

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Tom Hiddleston on ‘Betrayal’ and the Art of Self-Protection by Laura Collins-Hughes

The screen and stage star is making his Broadway debut as the bottled-up husband wearing a “mask of control” in Harold Pinter’s romantic triangle.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

At Edinburgh Festivals, Climate Awareness Comes at a Cost by Andrzej Lukowski

International arts events are a platform to discuss the planet’s future. But traveling performers and visiting audiences arrive with their own environmental baggage.

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Taking the Lead on Broadway by Michael Paulson

In the theater world, women are wielding more power as producers.

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Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More by Michael Paulson

The Lincoln Center Theater show is written by James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie, and will star Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton and Tony Yazbeck.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

San Francisco Theater Owners Settle Litigation by Michael Paulson

Robert Nederlander and Carole Shorenstein Hays can compete to program shows in their now separately operated playhouses.

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‘Caroline, or Change’ and ‘A Soldier’s Play’ to Be Revived on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The Roundabout Theater Company productions each explore race in America.

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A ‘Soul Train’ Musical Sets Its Sights on Broadway by Katie Van Syckle

The production, inspired by the long-running television dance show, is aiming for a 2021 premiere.

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George Bernard Shaw’s 6-Hour ‘Beast’? She’s All In by Eric Grode

Kimberley Rampersad will present “Man and Superman” at the Shaw Festival.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Barry Manilow’s Original Musical Is (Finally) Making It to New York by Nancy Coleman

After more than two decades and three out-of-town runs, “Harmony” is scheduled for early next year.

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A New Festival Shows Off Creators Ready to Launch by Jose Solís

If the eclectic clutch of productions in its first week is any indication, the Rave Theater Festival is off to a promising start.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: In ‘Make Believe,’ Four Children Meet Their Inner Adults by Jesse Green

Bess Wohl’s daring, mysterious new play is a comedy of underparenting and a tragedy of selfishness. Or is it the other way around?

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Onstage in Edinburgh, the Mood Is Grim by Matt Wolf

Theatrical productions at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe give the impression of a world coming apart at the seams.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Show Their Sensitive Sides by Ben Widdicombe

Plus, Cate Blanchett attends a screening of her new film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

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Who Calls the Shots on Broadway? She Does by Michael Paulson

Female producers, migrating from nonprofit theater and the entertainment industry, are bringing new skills and values to the commercial stage.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

‘How I Learned to Drive’ Is Finally Coming to Broadway. With Its Original Stars. by Michael Paulson

Mary-Louise Parker will reunite with her original co-star, David Morse, in the spring for the Broadway debut of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play.

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Libraries’ Culture Pass Signs Up 70,000 in First Year by Nancy Coleman

The Queens, Brooklyn and New York libraries’ initiative has partnered with 17 new cultural institutions since its inception, bringing the number of participants up to 50.

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Campbell Scott to Star in Broadway ‘Christmas Carol’ by Michael Paulson

The film and TV actor will portray Scrooge in Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Dickens, which has been a London holiday hit since 2017.

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On Adjacent Stages, Two Haunted Houses, Circa 1882 and 2019 by Jesse Green

A sumptuous Ibsen revival starring Uma Thurman and a knockout premiere by Adam Bock close the Williamstown season with a metaphysical “boo!”

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Bachelorettes, Brawls and Body Cameras: A Night at the Theater in London by Alex Marshall

Some West End theaters are fitting staff members with recording devices to deal with alcohol-fueled bad behavior.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Hot Priests and Wayward Libidos Run Wild on London’s Stages by Ben Brantley

Andrew Scott, John Malkovich and Clive Owen are among the West End actors portraying men hopelessly in thrall to erotic impulses.

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‘Diana,’ a Musical, Is Heading to Broadway by Nancy Coleman

The royal new musical with an American creative team will open at the Longacre Theater in March.

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‘The Lightning Thief’ to Open on Broadway in September by Katie Van Syckle

The beloved Percy Jackson musical will have a limited run at Longacre Theater.

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Audible Shows by Margaret Trudeau and Diana Nyad Coming to New York by Sara Aridi

Mrs. Trudeau, the former first lady of Canada, and Ms. Nyad, the endurance swimmer, will perform in three-night limited engagements at the Minetta Lane Theater this fall.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: In ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Paradise by the LED Light by Alexis Soloski

A post-apocalyptic Peter Pan story with book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman is a masterpiece of overstatement. But try not to sing along.

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