Thursday, May 28, 2020

Arts groups in distress call on a former Kennedy Center president for help by Peter Marks

Michael Kaiser puts his turnaround skills to work dispensing survival advice for a pandemic.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This Zoom magic show delivers a box to your house. Then it blows your mind. by Peter Marks

Helder Guimarães’s buoyant magic show is a tonic for what ails us in isolation.

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How Natalia Makarova changed the ballet world with this landmark production by Sarah L. Kaufman

“It was exhausting,” the Russian ballerina recalls of her overhaul of “La Bayadere” for ABT in 1980.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Stage actors union says no theaters are safe without these guidelines for reopening by Peter Marks

Actors’ Equity issues “core principles” to ensure the coronavirus-related safety of its members.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Round House Theatre’s sweet and funny new Web series serves up covid-19-era life in 10-minute slices by Peter Marks

Weekly episodes of ‘Homebound’ are a welcome tonic for our time in isolation.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

DC Improv lives up to its name, winging it with a virtual alternative to live comedy

Audiences can watch two online stand-up shows on Zoom as the club adapts to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Theaters may be dark, but theater-makers are still finding ways to dazzle you by Peter Marks

One upside of the pandemic: Dramatists, producers and directors are filling the online space with innovative, creative endeavors — and involving the viewer.

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Citing the pandemic, Disney puts Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ permanently on ice by Peter Marks

The musical is the first major long-standing Broadway property to shutter.

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Pandemic taps the brakes on ‘A Strange Loop,’ the Broadway-bound Pulitzer winner by Peter Marks

Woolly Mammoth postpones Michael R. Jackson’s unconventional musical to summer 2021.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Four ways to help you through your days of theater deprivation by Peter Marks

In print and online, dramatic art can still be devoured.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is postponed at the Kennedy Center. It’s okay to grieve. by Peter Marks

The chain reaction of cancellations continues, with the scrapping of a national tour’s summer launch.

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Inside one of the few places where dancers still perform, founded by a glamorous disco impresario by Sarah L. Kaufman

In southern India, a commune devoted to Odissi dance keeps a 2,000-year-old art alive despite the pandemic.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Play It Again | These songs from musicals changed my life. Now they can sustain me. by Peter Marks

This is the first in a series in which our critics reflect on artistic endeavors that have inspired and moved them.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Covid-era opera is getting more intimate, accessible and experimental by Michael Andor Brodeur

Forced online, opera companies are finding new ways to connect.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Not even a pandemic could stop this D.C. artistic leader from building the acting school of her dreams by Peter Marks

Joy Zinoman’s conservatory moves closer to opening a new home in the District.

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Camels, monkeys and lions at the ballet: Marius Petipa was just getting started by Sarah L. Kaufman

A new documentary explores the savvy showman behind the art form’s most famous choreographer

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Monday, May 4, 2020

‘Hamilton’ run postponed as Kennedy Center extends closure through Aug. 8 by Peggy McGlone

The 14-week return of the blockbuster musical may be rescheduled.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

How do you do live theater in a pandemic? U-Md. experiments with Zoom-staged version of ‘She Kills Monsters’ by Thomas Floyd

The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies reinvents Qui Nguyen’s play as a live-streamed production.

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A Tony-winning director finds a rewarding new way to build a musical in the age of covid-19 by Peter Marks

Assembling “1776” proves deeply emotional for a gallery of actors and designers.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

In ballet, conductors are the dancers’ guardian angels by Sarah L. Kaufman

“The dancer’s fate is in the hands of the conductor,” one ballerina says of the hidden heroes of the art form.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

A blessed event for hard times: Sondheim sung by Broadway’s best by Peter Marks

A dream team comes to the web to pay tribute to a 90-year-old composer, and lift all spirits.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

No one will ever see this play, and no actors are coming either. But the show will go on. by Peter Marks

A production of a Greek tragedy that can’t be seen becomes a metaphor for what we are going through.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

To survive, this Shakespeare troupe is offering online classes and videos. Are branded masks next? by Peter Marks

American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., like all arts groups, is scrambling to make up box-office revenue.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The first great Zoom music video has arrived by Sarah L. Kaufman

How the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down created “Phenom,” helping us get down while staying home.

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4 ways to reconnect with dance, theater, opera — and joy — during your self-quarantine by Sarah L. Kaufman

These digital outlets offer the joys of organized, musical humanity.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rejoice, ‘Hamilton’ fans: Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his student program free online by Peter Marks

The creators of the hit musical move up the launch of a digital version of a popular school program.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

In ‘Homebound,’ 10 playwrights write a Web series as unpredictable as the life we’re living by Peggy McGlone

Round House Theatre presents ‘Homebound,’ a weekly series about life in isolation.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mark Morris, one of the world’s leading choreographers, takes dance to Zoom by Sarah L. Kaufman

The dancemaker retools himself as a filmmaker as his dancers rehearse in their hallways, making entrances and exits through bathroom doors.

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Friday, April 10, 2020

In the midst of the virus, theater migrates to the web. The results are spotty. by Peter Marks

All the world is no longer a stage. Except online.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Broadway extends its shutdown for nearly two more months as anxieties rise about its future by Peter Marks

Some shows with box-office jitters will have a harder time coming back, experts say.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

The nightly ovation for hospital workers may be New York’s greatest performance by Peter Marks

The new ritual is a collective expression of a stricken city’s anxiety and appreciation.

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