Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid world is brought to the stage in the engrossing ‘Ink’ by Peter Marks

James Graham’s play establishes a template for the publisher’s raw, red-meat style.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

If you loved the movie ‘Tootsie,’ then you’ll be delighted with the new Broadway show by Peter Marks

Santino Fontana inherits the mantle from Dustin Hoffman in this truly funny, old-style musical.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Nathan Lane and Adam Driver are both starring on Broadway. Only one of them gives us a good time. by Peter Marks

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” never lights up; “Burn This” flames on with Driver.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Calling Marie Kondo! The archives at the Kennedy Center and the National Theatre are a mess. by Nelson Pressley

The theaters are aiming to get their old programs, photos and other archival material in order, perhaps for public access.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

This new Broadway play about the Clintons’ marriage is as fascinating — and sad — as you’d expect by Peter Marks

“Hillary and Clinton” has its official opening at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.

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Maboud Ebrahimzadeh was nearly an athlete or a doctor. Life’s plot twists led him to theater. by Thomas Floyd

Mahmood and Jaleh Ebrahimzadeh escaped the Iran-Iraq War to give their son a better a life. After following in their career footsteps, the Maryland-based actor then found his own path.

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This actress in the financial scandal play ‘Junk’ has a background on Wall Street by Geoffrey Himes

“We used to say, ‘We bleed Lehman green.’ The play captures all that.”

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Hadestown’ arrives on Broadway, and well, it all goes to you-know-where by Peter Marks

Anaïs Mitchell’s score turns out to be no match for the devil.

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I watch plays for a living. The most dramatic moments aren’t always onstage. by Peter Marks

A career as a professional member of the audience is rewarding, except for the time someone threw up on me.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jay-Z and Kanye set the tone in premiere of ‘Les Deux Noirs’ at Mosaic Theater by Nelson Pressley

The James Baldwin-Richard Wright flap goes hip-hop in the new Psalmayene 24 play.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

In Ayad Akhtar’s play about Wall Street’s wicked ways, even the good guys live in a world of moral ambiguity by Peter Marks

Arena Stage gives a smooth treatment to the playwright’s “Junk,” tightened up since its New York debut in 2017.

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Can Beppo the bellhop sing? Olney’s ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ is more frenzy than finesse. by Nelson Pressley

Ken Ludwig’s 1980s hit “Lend Me a Tenor” gets a sequel, but the backstage farce doesn’t quite hit its mark.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Bringing Suzanne Farrell back into the New York City Ballet studios is a step in the right direction by Sarah L. Kaufman

Fired by Peter Martins in 1993, the former prima ballerina and Balanchine muse is now coaching dancers in “Diamonds.”

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

This revival of ‘Grand Hotel’ offers only cold comfort by Peter Marks

Signature Theatre applies opulence to an ’80s Broadway hit that otherwise lacks pizazz.

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She’s a playwright. He’s a scholar. Their mutual admiration was ordained and established by the Constitution. by Peter Marks

Heidi Schreck was thrilled when Laurence Tribe of Harvard contacted her after he saw her play “What the Constitution Means to Me.”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

‘Pygmalion’ meets hip-hop in a satire on race at Studio Theatre by Nelson Pressley

A Bieber figure gets the reality-TV treatment in “P.Y.G., or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle”

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An 18-year-old new ballet star salvages an outmoded tale of pirates, slaves and stereotypes by Sarah L. Kaufman

Mariinsky Ballet's “Le Corsaire” is at the Kennedy Center through Sunday.

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‘I don’t want to write a slave’: A Q&A with playwrights Psalmayene 24 and Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm by Nelson Pressley

A discussion that touches on the “Hamilton” effect, directing and white patronage, August Wilson and more.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

This galvanizing new play tries to humanize lives lived behind bars by Nelson Pressley

‘The Peculiar Patriot,’ Liza Jessie Peterson’s solo show at Woolly Mammoth, is a personable take on our prison system.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

A radical new Broadway ‘Oklahoma!’ says it’s not such a beautiful mornin’ in America by Peter Marks

Daniel Fish’s off-Broadway hit moves to musical-theater’s big tent.

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The Latest: ‘The Inheritance’ named best new play in London by Associated Press

“The Inheritance” has been named best new play at British theater’s Olivier Awards

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Stars to celebrate British stage at Olivier theater awards by Associated Press

Actors and other theater professionals are preparing for Britain’s annual Olivier Awards ceremony, where musicals “Come From Away” and “Company” lead the nominations with nine apie…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Celebs talk politics, love scenes and much more at CinemaCon by Marcela Isaza and Ryan Pearson | ap

At the just-wrapped CinemaCon, celebrities talked about their upcoming movies but much much more

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The ballet dancers dived into the ball pit. That’s when the evening really took off. by Sarah L. Kaufman

Works by McIntyre, Stiefel and Genshaft end Washington Ballet’s season on a high note.

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Lies, drugs, cheating and all that jazz: Nicole Fosse opens up about her famous Broadway parents by Sarah L. Kaufman

New FX show explores the relationship between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Glenda Jackson as King Lear was a good idea. Why is everything around her so wrong? by Peter Marks

A misfire of Shakespeare’s tragedy has its official Broadway opening.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

It’s hit or miss for New York City Ballet in first Kennedy Center program under new directors by Sarah L. Kaufman

Jonathan Stafford and Wendy Whelan took the rare step of addressing the audience before a program of Balanchine, Robbins and Reisen.

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Trump’s White House doesn’t support the arts. Nancy Pelosi is rallying the cause instead. by Peter Marks

The House speaker invites the “To Kill a Mockingbird” cast to Washington, and even Broadway pros choke up.

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Wole Soyinka, Nigerian ‘Chibok Girls’ slated for Georgetown’s international CrossCurrents by Nelson Pressley

At the Kennedy Center, the Fukushima-set “Falling Out” opens the festival.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How a new generation of black playwrights is taking on race and privilege in the age of Trump by Peter Marks

“Our blackness in white spaces is so much more present than it ever was,” says “Slave Play” author Jeremy O. Harris.

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