Thursday, February 26, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Theater for a New Audience

Going large was the right move for this transfer of “An Octoroon,” Soho Rep’s madly popular, 2014 OBIE Award-winning hit show. Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ subversively fu…

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Cast Takes Over New York Stages as Kunal Nayyar Heads Off Broadway

Just as Jim Parsons gears up to return to Broadway in “An Act of God,” his co-star on “The Big Bang Theory,” Kunal Nayyar, will make his New York stage debut around …

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‘Fish in the Dark’ Director Anna D. Shapiro on Why She Talks Just Like Larry David

In the last 12 months, theater director Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”) helmed the Broadway debuts of James Franco (“Of Mice and Men”), Michael Cera (“This Is Our Youth…

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Off Broadway Review: Superhero Musical ‘Brooklynite’

The basis for “Brooklynite” reaches back to Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” about two cousins wh…

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London Theater Review: Ralph Fiennes in ‘Man and Superman’

What a piece of work is “Man and Superman”? Hard work, to be frank. George Bernard Shaw’s experimental juggernaut — deemed unstageable in 1903 — makes for three and a half …

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Nether’ Starring Emmy Winner Merritt Wever

It takes a lot of doing to put together a boring production of a play about pedophilia. Nonetheless, that’s the dubious achievement of MCC’s lackluster presentation of “Th…

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Kevin Spacey to Pick Up Special Honor at London’s Olivier Awards

Kevin Spacey will be presented with a special award at the 2015 Olivier Awards, the London equivalent of New York’s Tonys. Spacey, while juggling film work and his starring role in &…

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Nathan Lane to Improve Box Office Outlook at Broadway’s ‘It’s Only a Play’

Starry Broadway comedy “It’s Only Play,” which became a box office juggernaut in the fall but saw sales drop with a cast changeover in January, looks poised to step back u…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘Lives of the Saints’ by David Ives

In “Lives of the Saints,” David Ives has gone from Venus in Furs to Polish Church Ladies in Housedresses. Those dear old things show up in the title piece, which ends this evenin…

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How to Fix the Oscars in 5 Easy Steps by Ramin Setoodeh

This year’s Oscars weren’t just a disappointment in terms of viewership — down 16 percent, with tepid reviews for host Neil Patrick Harris — it also speaks to a much larger …

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Hot Musical ‘Hamilton’ to March on Broadway This Summer

Producers of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rave-magnet musical “Hamilton” have opted not to rush the show onto Broadway in time for the eligibility cutoff for the 2015 Tonys, setti…

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ESPN Suspends Keith Olbermann After Heated Twitter Debate by Brian Steinberg

ESPN said it would suspend Keith Olbermann for the rest of the week in light of snarky remarks the popular broadcaster on Twitter made about a Pennsylvania State University fundraiser and so…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Actors Jailed in Thailand for Performing Play

Military government uses 'lese majeste' laws to silence critics

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IATSE to Launch Safety Hotline by Ted Johnson

IATSE plans to launch a safety hotline for its members, the latest effort to address on-set safety issues following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Ri…

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Broadway Box Office: Before Oscars, Bradley Cooper Wraps ‘Elephant Man’ on High Note

Star-driven plays stormed the Broadway charts this week, with Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” landing the fifth slot in the Top 10 while Bradley Cooper topliner “The…

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London Review: Mark Rylance in ‘Farinelli and the King’

Long before he became a major international stage actor with three Tony Awards under his belt, Mark Rylance used to run Shakespeare’s Globe. No surprise that he should be keen to try out i…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

TV Review: Neil Patrick Harris’ Academy Awards Opening by Brian Lowry

Neil Patrick Harris brought an obvious bag of tricks to his role as Oscar host, and his opening number took clever advantage of talents he has showcased in stints emceeing the Tonys and Emmy…

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Academy Awards: J.K. Simmons Wins for ‘Whiplash,’ Neil Patrick Harris Offers Diversity Jokes by Brent Lang

J.K. Simmons scored the first major award of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a demanding jazz instructor in “Whiplash.” Th…

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris? by Variety Staff

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars on Feb. 22, but how much do you know about the multi-hyphenate performer? Test your knowledge with Variety‘s quiz to find out whether you&…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Laura Benanti Cast as Melissa Benoist’s ‘Supergirl’ Mom in CBS Pilot by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Supergirl” has found her mom in “Nashville’s” Laura Benanti. Benanti has been cast in a major recurring role, as Alura Zor-El, the birth mother of Kara Zor-El…

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Andrew Upton to Exit Sydney Theatre Company Post

After an eight-year tenure as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company – five of which he shared with wife Cate Blanchett – Andrew Upton is set to step down at the end of this yea…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘Hamilton’ by Lin-Manuel Miranda

What musical idiom comes to mind when you think of Alexander Hamilton, a revered Founding Father of this nation, aide de camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, first…

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Broadway Box Office: Helen Mirren’s Queen Draws Crowds to ‘The Audience’

Helen Mirren made a grab for the Broadway box office crown last week in “The Audience,” with her first two performances in the show racking up regal sales while another star-driven new p…

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Darren Criss to Rock Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ by Gordon Cox

Darren Criss will return to Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” stepping into the title role after John Cameron Mitchell, the musical’s co-creator and its original st…

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Helen Mirren on Winning an Oscar and Why She’s Revisiting The Queen by Jenelle Riley

Helen Mirren insists that she wasn’t that nervous at the 2007 Academy Awards while awaiting the opening of the Oscar envelope for best actress. But her actions would suggest otherwise. Whe…

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West End Review: Ivo Van Hove’s Definitive ‘A View from the Bridge’

It will be a long time before London sees “A View From the Bridge” again. Ivo van Hove’s stripped-back staging, now in the West End after a sell-out Young Vic run last year, is…

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Iceman Cometh’ Starring Nathan Lane

At long last, Robert Falls’ vaunted 2012 Goodman Theater production of “The Iceman Cometh,” Eugene O’Neill’s searing epic drama about existential alienation, ha…

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Colleen Atwood on Designing ‘Into the Woods’ Costumes by Terry Flores

The best designers realize that the best costumes can only truly pop when they’re worn by talented actors. Take for example the witch outfit worn by Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods” or…

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Jeremy Jordan on ‘The Last Five Years,’ a ‘Newsies’ Movie and the End of ‘Smash’ by Ramin Setoodeh

Jeremy Jordan is a four-time Broadway star (Tony-nominated for 2012’s “Newsies”), TV heartthrob (thanks to NBC’s short-lived “Smash”) and now he can add movie actor to hi…

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Cinderella’ by Peter Debruge

In Disney’s new live-action “Cinderella,” four mice are ballooned into elegant white horses, two lizards are yanked by their tails to serve as makeshift footmen, and an oblivious old g…

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‘Younger’ Star Sutton Foster on Her ‘Thoroughly’ Classic First Big Role

It sounds like the plot of a Broadway musical: Sutton Foster was the understudy in the La Jolla production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” when the lead dropped out — and the producers o…

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