Monday, August 20, 2018

Aasif Mandvi’s One-Man Show Will Return to New York by Peter Libbey

“Sakina’s Restaurant,” which originally ran in 1998, will play at the Minetta Lane Theater in October. A Patti Smith show is also in the new lineup.

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Review: ‘R.R.R.E.D’ is a Bad Hair Day by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A future-shock musical comedy about redhead rights could use a makeover.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies by Anita Gates

A Broadway hoofer who went to Hollywood to tutor William Holden, Kim Novak, Ingrid Bergman, Jerry Lewis, Tuesday Weld and Jane Fonda, to name a few.

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John Glines, Who Helped Bring ‘Torch Song’ to Broadway, Dies at 84 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Glines was a producer who was committed to plays with gay themes and instrumental in bringing them into the mainstream.

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Brantley in Britain: What’s in a List? Two Critics on Theater’s Special Relationship by Ben Brantley

Ben Brantley and his London counterpart Michael Billington find much that’s enthralling about the state of playwriting in their countries.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review: Chasing Shopworn Dreams in ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ by Ben Brantley

This wan resuscitation of the 1990 movie about a Cinderella prostitute is likely to make you nostalgic for Julia Roberts’s original performance.

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A Revamped Fringe Festival Returns to New York by Peter Libbey

The New York International Fringe Festival will be split into two, with one slate in Manhattan and a “bring your own venue” slate in the other boroughs.

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Theater Review: In Edinburgh, the Plays Are Short (and Some Are Sweet) by Matt Wolf

There are hundreds of shows to see in the Edinburgh International Festival and its ancillary Fringe event. But finding the good ones can be hard work.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wigstock Returns From the Dead by Jacob Bernstein

The outdoor drag festival will feature Lady Bunny and Neil Patrick Harris on Sept. 1 at Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan.

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Keri Russell and Adam Driver Are Headed to Broadway Together by Andrew R. Chow

The pair will co-star in a revival of “Burn This” by Lanford Wilson, which comes to Broadway in March.

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Critic’s Notebook: In the Berkshires, a Powerful Play and a Classic Musical About Prejudice by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s harrowing “Dangerous House” and a revival of “West Side Story” join a conversation about racial and sexual violence.

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In This ‘Oklahoma!,’ She Loves Her and He Loves Him by Laura Collins-Hughes

A production with same-sex leads is one of many signs that directors are approaching the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with new eyes.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Familiar Rock Dreams in ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ by Jesse Green

A new “original” musical is usually something to welcome, but when it’s a Frankenstein monster created from spare parts, maybe stay out of its way.

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He Used to Move Pianos. Now He Moves Audiences. by Alexis Soloski

Stephen Payne, a longtime understudy, gets his first Broadway starring role in “Straight White Men.”

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Front Burner: Shakespeare With an Eight-Course Feast by Florence Fabricant

The Shake & Bake theater company brings “Love’s Labour’s Lost” to the meatpacking district, and dinner is included with the ticket.

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Brokers With a Song and Dance by Joanne Kaufman

Bohemia Realty caters to (and draws talent from) New York City’s theater community.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review: ‘Pushkin’ Squanders a Russian Poet’s Real-Life Drama by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jonathan Leaf sticks close to historical fact in his ambitious new verse play, but the action in this production always feels removed, like a diorama.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: A Housekeeper Claims Center Stage in ‘Member of the Wedding’ by Ben Brantley

Roslyn Ruff gives a wondrous performance in the Williamstown Theater Festival revival of the Carson McCullers play.

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Critic’s Notebook: So, You’re Going to Call Your Play _____? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Naming a show can be tricky. Some recent titles are obscure, others extremely long. And then there’s the weird punctuation. What’s going on?

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: A High School Meltdown Heats Up ‘Be More Chill’ by Ben Brantley

This high-energy, high-anxiety musical, a hit on social media even before it opened, reflects the metabolism of its teenage audience.

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After Years Helping to Reinvent 42nd Street, Cora Cahan Will Step Down by Amanda Svachula

Over 28 years, the arts administrator helped spearhead the refurbishment of a once-seedy district and kept several classic theaters in use.

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Paris Theater: Paris Cabarets: Can We Ask for More Than the Cancan? by Laura Cappelle

Many visitors to Paris take in a cabaret. But it gives them a strange view of the city, women and what theater is, our critic says.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

‘Carousel’ Will Close on Broadway in September by Amanda Svachula

The revival, which won two Tony Awards, will wrap after a six-month run.

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Stacy Keach Had a Heart Attack Onstage. Now, the Show Goes On. by Stacy Keach

First Stacy Keach got healthy. Then he began work again on a one-man play about Ernest Hemingway, now at the Goodman Theater in Chicago.

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Stage Version of ‘Network,’ Starring Bryan Cranston, Sets Broadway Opening by Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Cranston will reprise his role as the unraveling news anchor Howard Beale in this adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy Award-winning satire.

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At Edinburgh Fringe, a Spotlight on Mental Health by Andrzej Lukowski

Even as many performers focus on psychological well-being in their work, the grueling annual event can take a toll.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Brantley in Britain: Far from Home, but Not Far Enough

Political tensions and populist hostilities familiar to the American scene find their way to London stages, too, in “Imperium” and “The Jungle.”

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The Literati: Henry James’s Final Curtain Call by Edward Sorel

Edward Sorel illustrates the great turn-of-the-century author’s fumbling foray into the theater.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: Whimsy, Horror and Missing Bones in ‘Hunter John and Jane’ by Alexis Soloski

Two lost souls (one literally back from the afterlife) meet in a gritty city park in Amina Henry’s overstuffed but empathetic play.

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Charlotte Rae, Star of ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ Dies at 92 by David Belcher

A fixture on Broadway and television for six decades, the actress found her greatest success as a warmhearted, wisecracking housemother in two sitcoms.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Go-Go’s Gave Us the Beat and So Much More by Evelyn McDonnell

The new wave band, whose music is being celebrated in a Broadway musical, provided a blueprint for girl-powered groups. But the Go-Go’s weren’t always taken seriously.

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