Friday, April 28, 2017

Lincoln Center to Host Theater Festival for Autistic Audience by Andrew R. Chow

The Big Umbrella Festival, arriving in April 2018, hopes to make theater a safe space for children on the autism spectrum.

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Cate Blanchett to Star in ‘All About Eve’ in London by Joshua Barone

This stage version of the 1950 film, which will be adapted and directed by Ivo van Hove, is planned for the West End in spring 2018.

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Review: Forced Merriment in a ‘Twelfth Night’ for the Masses by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit winds up its five-borough tour of Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identity.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: A Sequel Asks, Who’s Knocking on the Door at ‘A Doll’s House’? by Ben Brantley

Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” funny and illuminating, dares to wonder what Ibsen’s Nora Helmer has been up to since she slammed that door.

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Martha Lavey, a Leading Lady of Chicago Theater, Dies at 60 by William Grimes

An actress by training, Ms. Lavey was artistic director of Steppenwolf Theater during a period of great expansion.

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James Earl Jones to Receive Lifetime Achievement Tony Award by Michael Paulson

Mr. Jones, 86, has appeared in 20 Broadway plays since 1958 and has won two Tony Awards, for “The Great White Hope” in 1969 and “Fences” in 1987.

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Ten Years Later, a One-Woman Show is Still One Man’s Work by Carey Purcell

Kris Andersson keeps on touring as Dixie Longate, an indefatigable Tupperware queen.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Singing and Dancing the Postwar Blues in ‘Bandstand’ by Alexis Soloski

Laura Osnes and Corey Cott star in a new Broadway musical, set in 1945, about a musician, a singer, trauma and healing.

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Ex-Theater Agent Admits to Tricking Friends Into Investing in Fake Play by James C. McKinley Jr.

Roland Scahill pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny and fraud over a scheme built around a nonexistent play he claimed would star the actress Lupita Nyong’o as the opera singer Kathle…

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Review: To Be or Not to Be? Oh, Who Cares? A Different ‘Hamlet’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Boris Akunin’s take on Shakespeare’s broody prince is full of intrigue, but it often feels like a “Hamlet” highlight reel.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ Is Coming to the Apollo by Andrew R. Chow

The work that won the National Book Award will be staged in a multimedia production in April 2018.

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Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Unite for Science by Joshua Barone

The musicians will perform in “Time, Creativity and the Cosmos,” a multimedia spectacle, to open the World Science Festival’s 10th anniversary.

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Taylor Mac Will Take His ‘24-Decade’ Show to West Coast and Beyond by Jennifer Schuessler

Mr. Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” will be performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with abridged versions staged elsewhere.

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Theater: ‘Happy Days’ for Dianne Wiest by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ms. Wiest plays the beleaguered but unbowed heroine of this Beckett comedy.

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The Pen and the Trigger Finger: Examining Gun Violence Onstage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Live performance is a most direct way to make the fear and heartbreak palpable.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: A Scam Artist’s Masterwork in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ by Ben Brantley

Corey Hawkins soars as a great pretender in this otherwise earthbound revival of John Guare’s masterwork.

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A Red State’s Arts Blues by Michael Cooper

South Dakota, which voted decisively for Donald J. Trump, is also a prime recipient of grants from the arts agencies the president wants to eliminate.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: ‘Anastasia,’ a Russian Princess With an Identity Crisis by Ben Brantley

This epic musical about an amnesiac princess suffers from its own identity crisis.

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Michael Bogdanov, Shakespearean Stage Director, Dies at 78 by Richard Sandomir

Mr. Bogdanov also directed plays by Molière, Goethe, Chekhov, Gogol and Dylan Thomas, as well as musicals and operas. But a contemporary play nearly put him in jail.

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With Help From City, Soho Rep Will Return to Theater It Vacated by Michael Paulson

This company plans to go back to its Walker Street location in TriBeCa next spring now that officials have helped it address issues regarding the space.

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With Clock Ticking, a New Musical Makes Its Final Fixes by Erik Piepenburg

The director of “Bandstand” had to introduce changes — then let go.

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Review: Shakespeare for the Very Young (Sheep Ears Included) by Alexis Soloski

“In a Pickle,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is “The Winter’s Tale” for 2- through 5-year-olds. More emphasis on the sheep, less on the scary stuff.

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Trial for Broadway’s ‘Rebecca’ Scandal Begins by Sopan Deb

A court case involving one of the most high profile scandals in Broadway history began on Monday.

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Table for Three: Misty Copeland and Sally Field on the Social Significance of Their Success by Philip Galanes

The two women talk about overcoming barriers in their careers, fighting for better roles and how it is important for artists to be politically active.

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London Theater Reviews: Adultery With a Difference on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Portraying marriages under siege, Nina Raine’s blistering “Consent” and Edward Albee’s “The Goat” aim to shake up audiences.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: Some Sugar but Not Enough Spice in This ‘Chocolate Factory’ by Ben Brantley

Christian Borle is the eccentric Willy Wonka in this tentative musical based on the Roald Dahl children’s classic.

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Review: ‘The Antipodes’ and Ambiguous Brainstorming by Ben Brantley

In this endlessly fascinating work, Annie Baker, the author of “The Flick,” considers the art and necessity of fabulation.

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Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff by Jeanette Winterson

In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.

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Nonfiction: Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World by Stephen Greenblatt

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, London’s Globe Theater performed “Hamlet” in 190 countries. Dominic Dromgoole looks back on the run in “Hamlet Globe to Globe.”

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‘Secret Life of Bees’ Part of Powerhouse’s Summer Season at Vassar by Andrew R. Chow

Lynn Nottage will write the book for a musical adaptation of “The Secret Life of Bees,” and Lisa Kron and Josh Radnor also have projects.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Night Out: Bette Midler, Michael Kors and Lucas Hedges Celebrate After ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Opening by Stuart Emmrich

New York’s celebrity elite feted Ms. Midler’s return to Broadway as Dolly Levi.

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