Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘He Never Quit’: Nick Cordero’s Widow on Grief, God and Perseverance by Michael Paulson

Amanda Kloots kept the world informed while her husband, a Broadway actor, lost a battle with Covid. After many grueling months, she’s trying to look ahead.

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Bryan Fonseca, Independent Voice in Indianapolis Theater, Dies at 65 by Sarah Bahr

He directed unconventional works and championed diversity, both in the material he staged and in the actors performing it. He died of the coronavirus.

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‘The Humans’ Review: Surviving in a New World and New Medium by Jesse Green

Stephen Karam’s celebrated play about economic distress looks very different in 2020 than it did in 2015 — and streaming is only part of the change.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

How ‘Sophocles in Staten Island’ Gains in Translation by Maya Phillips

This comic short about an actor and his kids staging Greek tragedies under lockdown slyly comments on links between the politics of the family and the state.

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Playing Jesus in a Pandemic Summer by Michael Paulson

Nicholas Edwards starred in the closely watched “Godspell” production. “Usually the stage is a safe place,” he said, “but it became a place where I was anxious all the time.”

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

‘Zero Cost House’ Review: Could Thoreau Save Us Now? by Laura Collins-Hughes

In the dreamscape of Toshiki Okada’s play, the American philosopher is a 21st-century presence, and an author meets his younger self.

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‘Faith Healer’ Review: Michael Sheen Stirs the Embers in the Ashes by Ben Brantley

In this enthralling streaming production of Brian Friel’s 1979 play, an itinerant miracle worker is grounded in a gritty reality.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

‘Static Apnea’ Review: Breathing Together, Remaining Apart by Maya Phillips

In this brief but eerie installation, one viewer and one performer, separated by glass, share the feeling of being trapped underwater.

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New York City Center to Revive a Pair of Musicals About Black Lives by Sarah Bahr

“The Life” and “The Tap Dance Kid,” which focus on people of color in Manhattan, are planned for the 2020-2021 season of Encores!, the center’s popular series.

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The Nigerian-British Writer Putting Black Joy on Stage and Screen by Allison McCann

“There’s so much more that comes with being Black apart from dealing with racism,” says Theresa Ikoko, a Londoner whose movie “Rocks” opened this week.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Steve Carter, Playwright in a Black Theater World, Dies at 90 by Nathaniel G. Nesmith

He emerged from the Black Arts movement and the famed Negro Ensemble Company, writing dramas and satires about the Black and Caribbean-American experiences.

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7 Things to Do This Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually.

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‘Hidden or Niche’ Productions Shine at Venice Theater Biennale by Laura Cappelle

This year’s edition of the festival, held under social distancing measures, is devoted to works made on a limited budget by under-the-radar Italian theater-makers.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

For Kara Young, a Zooming Career is Followed by a Zoom Role by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Before lockdown, she won praise for three fierce Off Broadway performances. Next: starring in an online reading of a rarely seen Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Review: ‘In Love and Warcraft’ Serves Romance for Noobs by Maya Phillips

A naïve young woman struggles with the pitfalls of intimacy in the digital age, on and off the battlefield of a multiplayer online game.

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Looking to Past Pandemics to Determine the Future of Theater by Jake Nevins

Throughout most of Western history, plays typically went on hiatus when plagues hit. But could contemporary designers, or perhaps outdoor settings or spaced-out seats, provide novel solution…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Let’s See: Outdoor Theater Is Welcome, but Sightlines Are Vital by Laura Collins-Hughes

It might seem churlish to criticize productions improvising through a pandemic. But for audiences taking the chance, design makes a difference.

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Jiri Menzel, Oscar-Winning Czech Director, Dies at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

His 1966 feature, “Closely Watched Trains,” won an Academy Award and was part of a burst of creativity in Czech filmmaking.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

‘Twelve Angry Men …and Women’ Review: Tales of Brutality by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Billie Holiday Theater’s brilliantly designed performance, staged for a live audience in Brooklyn and filmed for YouTube, is an urgent response to police misconduct.

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West End Shows Announce a Return, Even as U.K. Coronavirus Cases Rise by Alex Marshall

“Six,” the hit musical, will start an 11-week run in November, with other shows including “The Mousetrap” also slated to resume soon.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Review: Four Intimate Screen Encounters (One From Far Away) by Maya Phillips

The second grouping of these excellent “Here We Are” monologues includes a raucous report from outer space and a small gem from Lynn Nottage.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Fauci Says It Could Be a Year Before Theater Without Masks Feels Normal by Sarah Bahr

Dr. Anthony Fauci said a vaccine would need to exist for nearly a year before people might feel comfortable returning to theaters unmasked, which he said would likely be mid- to late 2021.

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For These Shows, Take a Hike by Alexis Soloski

If you participate in a sound walk and no one is there to applaud, does it count as theater? Our critic argues that it does. Or at least that it can.

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Review: A Family Gropes for Words in ‘Incidental Moments’ by Ben Brantley

Richard Nelson’s profound conclusion to his Zoom-format trilogy about the Apple siblings examines the perils of conversation in 2020.

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20 Theater Figures on How to ‘Revolutionize’ Their World by Jennifer Schuessler and Scott Heller

End unpaid internships. Set term limits for leaders. Get real about inclusion. Take performances to the streets. Say yes to joy, and no to couch plays.

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How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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How Paul Rudnick, Humorist, Spends His Sundays by Paige Darrah

In his new socially distanced HBO satire, “Coastal Elites,” five New Yorkers and Angelenos handle the curveballs of 2020.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ronald Harwood, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter, Is Dead at 85 by Steven Kurutz

A prolific writer of books and plays as well as screenplays, he won an Academy Award in 2003 for “The Pianist.”

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When the Audience Is Stuck at Home, the Play Is in the Mail by Jesse Green

That package in your hallway may be an exciting new theatrical experience. Or maybe not.

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Pulitzers to Consider Canceled Plays and Streamed Productions for 2021 Prize by Michael Paulson

The coronavirus pandemic has prevented most in-person theater this year, so the prize board is changing the eligibility rules for its annual drama honor.

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7 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch, as well as see in person at a gallery.

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