Monday, June 5, 2023

Léonora Miano On “What Must be Said” by Brian Valentine-Quinn

The stage adaptation of Léonora Miano’s Ce qu’il faut dire (or “What Must be Said”) addresses a longstanding taboo in French society around the open discussion of race. A central te…

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Danny Robins’s 2:22 A Ghost Story At The Apollo Theatre: Populist Shocker Is Pretty Chill Free by Aleks Sierz

Can you enjoy a ghost story during summer? Usually the idea of a haunted house suggests images of dark winter nights, thunder and lightning, and howling wolves. These atmospheric factors are…

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

“KPOP” on Broadway: A Multisensory Feast of HEUNG by Walter Byongsok Chon

KPOP is a new musical, with a book by Jason Kim and music by Helen Park and Max Vernon. It premiered at A.R.T./New York as a co-production by ArsNova, Woodshed Collective, and Ma-Yi Theater …

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

“Geometry of the Soul”, “Frozen Songs” and “Clowns’ Houses” at Novi Sad Theatre Festival by Emilija Kvočka

The second Novi Sad Theater Festival again provided an exciting seven-day festival repertoire for children, and young people, as well as sensitive enjoyers of refined, gentle, and irresistib…

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Bombastic Intimacies: Sophie McIntosh’s “cityscrape” by Rhiannon Ling

Empty Gregory’s coffee cups and PureLeaf bottles reside on a table, Trader Joe’s bags are against the coat rack. String lights are hung with haphazard care, and, perched beneath the coff…

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Robert Patrick, Playwright, Has Passed Away by Magie Dominic

Robert Patrick, playwright, passed away on April 23, 2023, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 85. He was born on September 27, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas. He began his theatrical career at the l…

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

“The Arabian Nights” in Taiwan: Deserted in the Oriental Dream by Kuan-Ting Lin

  Originally a collection of West Asian folktales, The Arabian Nights may be the series of bedtime stories with which many in the West, as little kids, doze off into a good night’s sleep.…

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Drag Queens in Musical Theatre by Lisa Monde

Dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the first publication of the play by Jean Poiret  La Cage Aux Folles and the 30th anniversary of the musical of the same name. This essay includes parts…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead, Barbican Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Imagine yourself in a remote place: it could be a mountaintop, or a lost village, or the Amazon. These are the locations that Simon McBurney and his Complicité theater company take us to wi…

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Vinnie Heaven’s “Faun” at Theatre 503: queer show is both joyful and thought-provoking by Aleks Sierz

We are watching history being made: after decades of being in the shadows, queer drama is now singing and dancing into the mainstream. Theatre after theatre is staging stories about queer, t…

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

“Young Barbarians”: Non-serious Seriousness and Hungarian Drive by Emiliia Dementsova

Young Barbarians –  director: Attila Vidnyánszky Jr. They say the best way to get to know each other is to go on a trip. The best way to get to know contemporary theatre is to go to the …

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Sydney Theater Company’s “Julia” Powerfully Imagines the Life and Emotions of the Woman Behind the “Misogyny Speech” by Camilla Nelson

Just over 10 years ago, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up in the House of Representatives to deliver one of the most unforgettable political speeches in recent memory. Office worker…

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Friday, April 28, 2023

“Sea Creatures,” Hampstead Theatre by Aleks Sierz

Is it possible to successfully challenge naturalism in British theatre today? At a time when audiences crave feelgood dramas, uplifting musicals and classic well-made plays, there is very li…

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The Theatre We Want In 2040? We Used “Strategic Foresight” To Plan On The Prairies by Christine Brubaker, Taiwo Afolabi, Yvette Nolan, Jessica Thornton, and Heather Russek

Does it seem far-fetched to imagine a future where the government subsidizes theatres and theatre artists at a living wage, and land-based art hubs rely heavily on new technologies while nur…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” at the National Theatre: Josie Rourke’s Spirited Revival of This 1990 Classic Is More Fun than Subtle by Aleks Sierz

Brian Friel’s classic play about the blending of Paganism and Christianity in 1930s Ireland is more than 30 years old — and I remember seeing the original production from Dublin’s Abbe…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

“Report to an Academy”: To Be or Not to Be Human? by Emiliia Dementsova

No matter how trends, themes, agendas and moods of society change, the focus of the study of art will always be human. After all, it is created by people for people. The message to the man i…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

“Nora”: Present Continuous Hell by Emiliia Dementsova

Get inside a woman’s head and, by understanding her, unravel the mystery of how the world works. Theodoros Terzopoulos, whose play Nora (Attis Theatre) opened the MITEM festival as part of…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Easy Reading (or not): Cristina Morales’s “Lectura fácil” on the stage by Maria Delgado

There is nothing easy about Alberto San Juan’s Lectura fácil. His adaptation of Cristina Morales’ prizewinning novel, published in English by Penguin as Easy Reading in 2022, follows th…

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A Question of Diversity: In Conversation with Paulien Geerlings by Rhiannon Ling and Kasia Lech

Paulien Geerlings is the head dramaturg at Amsterdam’s The Toneelmakerij, a theatre company devoted to children and teens. Currently, she serves as the artistic lead of Young Europe IV.  …

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Miriam Battye’s Little Scratch At The New Diorama Theatre: Restaged Adaptation Of Rebecca Watson’s Novel Is Powerfully Theatrical by Aleks Sierz

The popularity of plays that feature trauma is certainly a trend in British theatre today. But is this a good thing? On the one hand, staging stories of sexual assault might offer consolatio…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

The brilliance of Nuria Espert: secrets, lies and “La isla del aire” by Maria Delgado

Alejandro Palomas has transformed his acclaimed 2005 novel La isla del aire (The Island of Air) into a play. The textured novel weaving together the voices of three generations of women deal…

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Friday, April 14, 2023

The Sphinx’s Riddle Remains Unsolved. Scattering Chinese Art with “The First-Ever Metaverse Theatre Festival” by Anna Gryszkiewicz

Even though for the last decade there have been numerous attempts to unleash Chinese theatre’s potential due to the growing global discussion on technology interference with the arts and i…

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Exploring Palestinian Allyship in “Decolonizing Sarah” by Tim Hamilton

Hummus is not appropriated hipster dip, it’s Palestinian food. So argues Wally, a Palestinian-American, to his white ex-girlfriend Sarah early in Samer al-Saber’s new play Decolonizing S…

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Arden of Faversham: A True Crime Thriller by Clare Cioffero

A small boat sails the stage while a trap door serves as the river depths for one of the characters to sink beneath the waves. And as the story reaches its inevitable conclusion, a snowstorm…

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Sunday, April 9, 2023

IOTF 2023: INTERNATIONAL ONLINE THEATRE FESTIVAL – “Theatre and Its Others” – Launches April 17-30 by The Theatre Times

IOTF 2023: International Online Theatre Festival will launch April 17 – 30. Now in its fourth edition, IOTF 2023 will feature 39 shows from 23 countries, across all six continents, includi…

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Ryan Calais Cameron’s “For Black Boys…” at the Apollo Theatre by Mert Dilek

Contemporary Black British theatre is admirably adamant about pushing its own boundaries and expanding its audience. A recent case in point is Ryan Calais Cameron’s bracing play For Black …

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

“The Iliad” at Betty Nansen Theatre, Copenhagen by Duška Radosavljević

It’s about two years since I moved to the Oresund region, the liminal place between southern Sweden and eastern Denmark – also known as the greater Copenhagen area. Though I have begun t…

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Sunday, April 2, 2023

Theater, A Major Job Sector by Heather Waters

That AI is poised to take over countless jobs, wipe out entire job sectors, is all over the news these days. Concerns about how displaced workers will support themselves tend to be met with …

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Friday, March 31, 2023

The House Where Phantom Lived.  Part II – Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. by Lisa Monde

Аn Exclusive Interview with James Paterson who was part of the original cast of the legendary musical The Phantom of the Opera, later on, the resident director at Her Majesty’s Theatre on…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

“TRACES:” An Interview With Co-Creators James Clements and Sam Hood Adrain of What Will the Neighbors Say? by Emily Cordes

TRACES is a new devised documentary theater piece presented by the investigative theatre group What Will the Neighbors Say? and commissioned by CUNY Queens College in Queens, NY. Researched …

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Friday, March 24, 2023

With Faith and Trust into the Future: The 10th International Theatre Olympics in Hungary by Emiliia Dementsova

When the world is engulfed in flames of enmity, would another flame be superfluous? Not if it is the flame of the Olympic fire, the fire of art. It can be salutary, transformative and gracef…

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