Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: 1 Actor, in 8 Roles, Wrestles Nuance From Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Strange Interlude’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

David Greenspan’s performance in the 6-hour melodrama is masterful in its clarity and endurance.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Governor Cuomo Outlaws Use of Elephants for Entertainment by Reggie Ugwu

The New York governor signed a bill that is the latest salvo in a growing movement to preserve the animals.

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‘The Prom’ Gets a Date for Broadway by Michael Paulson

The musical, about publicity-seeking performers who challenge small-town small-mindedness, will arrive in the 2018-19 season.

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Book News: A New Novel From the Late Sam Shepard to Be Published in December by Alexandra Alter

Knopf will publish “Spy of the First Person,” which the actor and playwright wrote in the final months of his life.

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Your Week in Culture: Kendrick Lamar, Leonard Bernstein and Crime Scene Dioramas

Also the week of Oct. 22: Wooster Group channels voices from prison, Benjamin Millepied dances about architecture, and the Bernstein centennial celebration starts early.

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Sunday Routine: How Patrick Willingham, of the Public Theater, Spends His Sundays by Tammy La Gorce

The executive director of the theater, which is celebrating its 50th season on Lafayette Street, lives nearby. He irons, goes to church and has one — just one — Bloody Mary.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a Keen Company revival of Steven Dietz’s play, the comic actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath trade quips to keep the fear at bay.

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Review: A ‘Torch Song’ Burning With Emotion Behind the Laughs by Ben Brantley

Portraying mother and son in a fierce revival of Harvey Fierstein’s comedy, Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie are in peak form.

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Review: Life is Soccer, and Soccer is Life, in ‘/peh-LO-tah/’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s dance-theater show considers racism, colonialism and aging as refracted through the world’s most popular sport.

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Danielle Darrieux, French Film Star, Is Dead at 100 by Anita Gates

Ms. Darrieux’s career of sophisticated roles spanned eight decades and indelible incarnations as ingénue, coquette, femme fatale and grande dame.

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Upright Citizens Brigade to Leave Chelsea Theater and Move Uptown by Sopan Deb

The Upright Citizens Brigade will be leaving its famed space in Chelsea and moving to a location on West 42nd Street by early December.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Scalpel, Sponge, Magic Beans: When Doctors Moonlight as Actors by Suzy Evans

The Bard Hall Players, a theater company made up of Columbia University medical students, is marking its 50th season with a production of “Into the Woods.”

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Warming Up to the Frozen North in ‘Alaxsxa / Alaska’ by Alexis Soloski

Ping Chong creates a deceptively warm multimedia production about a very cold place.

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New Flight for a New ‘Butterfly’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

David Henry Hwang has reworked his gender-blurring, career-launching Tony-winning play to assure that it feels “resonant with the culture today.”

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5 Artists on How ‘M. Butterfly’ Changed Their Lives

Actors and playwrights describe how David Henry Hwang’s 1988 play inspired their work.

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Critic’s Notebook: Bodies in Pain, Protest and Resistance by Ben Brantley

Works from the Belarus Free Theater and the Freedom Theater explore the drama of confronting authority.

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Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.

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When They Met: In a Bygone New York, John Epperson Invited Charles Busch to a Show by Adam Sank

The two old friends — and one-time frenemies — both became famous wearing women’s clothing. But don’t call them “drag queens.”

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Hello, Hodor! A ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Spoof by Andy Webster

This spirited riff on the long-running HBO hit displays affection for its subject, tempered with a keen eye for its shortcomings.

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Roy Dotrice, Veteran Actor and Tony Winner, Dies at 94 by Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Dotrice, who began acting in a P.O.W. camp, had a long career in movies, on TV and onstage, winning his Tony in “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

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Critic’s Notebook: Making Shakespeare Their Own, Serious and Silly by Alexis Soloski

Two productions that draw on the Bard: an “As You Like It” with echoes of the refugee crisis and a goofy musical based on “Measure for Measure.” In this case, fun wins.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Heard the One About Asia’s Comedy Scene? First, You’ll Need a Permit by Charlotte Graham

Comedians in some Asian countries must have their scripts approved while finding creative ways to joke about sex and politics so as not to offend the government.

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Decipher James Thierrée’s Entangled Dreams at BAM

Step onstage with James Thierrée and Compagnie du Hanneton as they return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival with “La Grenouille Avait Raison” (“The Toad Knew…

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Encounters: Waiting for Bruce by Stuart Emmrich

Bruce Springsteen has a triumphant night for his Broadway debut, but leaves his fans at the Hard Rock Cafe to party on their own.

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Festival Moves Event After Church Objects to Gay-Themed Content by Sharon Otterman

A human rights festival slated for a church hall has moved to a new venue after archdiocese officials expressed their disapproval of some parts.

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Harvey Weinstein May Get Kicked Out of the Oscar Club by Brooks Barnes

The academy has long insisted that professional achievement is what counts, but now it stands at a precipice, and Harvey Weinstein could change everything.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: A Requiem Mass With a Southern Twang in ‘Animal Wisdom’ by Ben Brantley

Heather Christian communes with — and possibly exorcises — the spirits of the dead in a truly one-of-a-kind performance piece

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Houston’s Wortham Theater Center, Weeks After Harvey Struck by Alastair Macaulay

Repairing the damage to the home of the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet, which have relocated temporarily, will take at least eight months.

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Behind the Poster: An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair by Erik Piepenburg

The designer Paula Scher talks about her artwork for a revival of the Thornton Wilder play at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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LuPone Surgery Forces ‘War Paint’ to Announce Early Closing by Peter Libbey

The musical, about dueling cosmetics executives, will wrap up on Nov. 5.

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Your Week in Culture: Jay-Z, Eugene O’Neill and ‘Princess Bride’ in Theaters Nationwide by The New York Times

Also the week of Oct. 15: Monteverdi’s groundbreaking “Orfeo” in Manhattan, and Mona Hatoum’s sly sculptures in Houston.

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