Friday, February 14, 2020

Are They Acrobats, Martial Artists or Dancers? All of the Above - The all-male Compagnie Hervé KOUBI brings its hybrid style to the Joyce

The all-male Compagnie Hervé KOUBI brings its hybrid style to the Joyce---Hervé Koubi's pharmacology degree may not impact his work as a choreographer, but it's a telling indic…

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Think You Know Frankenstein? You've Never Seen Him Like This - African American actress Stephanie Berry plays the creature and his creator at Classic

African American actress Stephanie Berry plays the creature and his creator in this new production at Classic Stage Company---The original mad scientist story, Frankenstein, is alive on stag…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Finding the Off-Kilter Comedy in Everyday Life - With a pair of witty new plays running this spring, Sarah Einspanier is a writer to watch

With a pair of witty plays in the East Village, Sarah Einspanier is a writer to watch---Considering Sarah Einspanier has two productions running in New York this spring, it's jarring to hear…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Revisiting My Past Through Encores! - Often at City Center's signature series, I find myself time traveling…

Often at City Center's signature series, I find myself time traveling…"Well, I saw the original production…"It was inevitable that I would utter those words at City Center's En…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

70 Years After Her Broadway Debut, She Still Loves Being on Stage - Black theatre great Vinie Burrows on her latest role and her life's work

Black theatre great Vinie Burrows on her latest role and her life's work---Vinie Burrows made her Broadway debut in 1950 and has been working on stage ever since. Yet incredibly, the 95-year…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

10 New Musicals to See This Spring Off Broadway - You just may catch a future Broadway hit

You just may catch a future Broadway hit---What do the Tony Award-winning best musicals of the past five years have in common? They all began Off Broadway. Fun Home, Dear Evan Hansen, The Ba…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Bringing Real-Life Tales of the Undocumented to All Five Boroughs - 'Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)' and 'Border People' give audiences a visc

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) and Border People give audiences a visceral sense of the immigration crisis---At a recent rehearsal for Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes), current…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How Two New Comedies Are Subtly Combating Anti-Semitism - How 'Goy Friendly' and 'The Sabbath Girl' bring people of different faiths together

How Goy Friendly and The Sabbath Girl bring people of different faiths together---On the surface, Ashley Blaker's solo show Goy Friendly and Cary Gitter's rom-com The Sabbath Girl don't seem…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Why I Love Binge-Watching Theatre - Attending marathon or multipart shows is a challenge I embrace

Attending marathon or multipart shows is a challenge I embrace---Water bottle? Check! Lozenges I'll unwrap before the curtain goes up? Yup. A change of clothes? That last one might seem like…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

15 Dance Performances to See This February - Catch two takes on 'Swan Lake,' the Martha Graham Dance Company and a wide range of international dance t

Catch two takes on Swan Lake, the Martha Graham Dance Company and a wide range of international dance troupes this month---February is overflowing with worthy dance performances from all ove…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Why Charles Busch Hopes You Cry at His New Comedy - Why 'The Confession of Lily Dare' is the playwright-performer's most personal parody

Why The Confession of Lily Dare is the playwright-performer's most personal parody ---For the past 35 years, Charles Busch has made audiences cry with laughter at his over-the-top sendups of…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Alexei Ratmansky Goes Experimental at New York City Ballet - The lauded choreographer leaves the classics behind with his latest creation for the comp

The lauded choreographer leaves the classics behind with his latest creation for the company---There's an electricity in the air as ten New York City Ballet dancers rehearse a brand-new danc…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

How Inviting Kids to 'Show Up' Changed My Life - I had no idea a theatrical experiment would turn into one of the most rewarding experiences of my car

I had no idea a theatrical experiment would turn into one of the most rewarding experiences of my career---Three years ago I had this notion to show up at a theatre and create a show on the …

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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Joy of Teaching Teachers to Unlock Their Inner Artist - Instructors become the students in TDF's Be Your Own Hero: A Playwright's Journey Course

Instructors become the students in TDF's Be Your Own Hero: A Playwright's Journey Course---One of the first things Crystal Skillman did when her students arrived for their first session of T…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

A Downtown Puppet Master Returns With Her Latest Epic - Theodora Skipitares' new spectacle celebrates a pair of pioneering African Americans

Theodora Skipitares' new spectacle celebrates a pair of pioneering African Americans---In an exchange of letters with Thomas Jefferson in 1791, Benjamin Banneker—a free black man, inde…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Why 'A Soldier's Play' Belongs on Broadway - Tony-winning director Kenny Leon on his new production of the Pulitzer-winning drama

Tony-winning director Kenny Leon on his new production of the Pulitzer-winning drama---Director Kenny Leon didn't see Negro Ensemble Company's original mounting of A Soldier's Play in 1981, …

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Atlantic Theater Company Launched Her Acting Career. Now She Returns as a Playwright - Eboni Booth talks about premiering her play 'Paris' at her long

Eboni Booth talks about premiering her play Paris at her longtime artistic home---Eboni Booth was a teenager when she made her professional acting debut in a stage adaptation of The Cider Ho…

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Atlantic Theater Launched Her Acting Career. Now She Returns as a Playwright - Eboni Booth talks about premiering her play 'Paris' at her longtime art

Eboni Booth talks about premiering her play Paris at her longtime artistic home---Eboni Booth was a teenager when she made her professional acting debut in a stage adaptation of The Cider Ho…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Why Michael Urie Has Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Thank for His New Broadway Gig - The stage star chats about 'Grand Horizons' and why he's not worried abo

The stage star chats about his role in Grand Horizons, acting opposite Jane Alexander and why he's not worried about being typecast---Michael Urie acknowledges that he often plays gay charac…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Your Broadway Spring Preview! 2020 Edition - A guide to 22 upcoming musicals and plays

A guide to 22 upcoming productionsThe Broadway season is about to kick into high gear with 21 new shows opening between now and the end of April, plus one big summer entry. From acclaimed Of…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Why Ann Harada Is Excited About Her Crappy New Job - The 'Avenue Q' star has a great sense of humor about her role in 'Emojiland: The Musical'

The Avenue Q star has a great sense of humor about her role in Emojiland: The Musical---"Sometimes you get to play glamorous roles, and sometimes you get to play a pile of poo," says Ann Har…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Oh Hey, Boomer - Solo artist Rick Miller examines the cultural influence of his parents' generation in 'Boom'

Solo artist Rick Miller examines the cultural influence of his parents' generation in Boom---How do you measure, measure a year? How about four minutes? That's how long Rick Miller spends ex…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

She Swore Off Adapting Novels, Then She Read 'My Name is Lucy Barton' - Why Rona Munro agreed to turn Elizabeth Strout's book into a stage play starri

Why Rona Munro agreed to turn Elizabeth Strout's book into a stage play starring Laura Linney---"It can feel like wearing someone else's clothes," says Rona Munro about adapting another auth…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

How a Johannesburg Choreographer Created an African Opera - Gregory Vuyani Maqoma's singular 'Cion' comes to The Joyce Theater

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma's singular Cion comes to The Joyce Theater---Most choreographers who've set dances to Maurice Ravel's Boléro lean into its sensuality and drama. But when South A…

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Wendy Wasserstein Took Her to Her First Show. Now She's Paying It Forward - An alum of TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project returns to the program as a tea

An alum of TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project returns to the program as a teacher---Growing up in the Bronx in the '90s, Erica Vargas-Catucci saw a Playbill long before she ever saw a play. "At…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

An Unlikely Master of an Ancient Japanese Art Form - How Katsura Sunshine is introducing New York audiences to the timeless humor of rakugo

How Katsura Sunshine is introducing New York audiences to the timeless humor of rakugo---How did Katsura Sunshine, a white guy from Canada, become a master of rakugo, a traditional Japanese …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Man Out of My Dreams - A longtime theatregoer recalls a life-changing realization he had at a production of 'Oklahoma!'

A longtime theatregoer recalls a life-changing realization he had at a production of Oklahoma!---"Did seeing theatre when you were a kid make you gay?" I've been asked that question—bo…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

5 Theatres You Need to Know: Bronx Theatres - Where to see shows, dance performances, concerts and family entertainment in the borough

Where to see shows, dance performances, concerts and family entertainment in the borough---The boogie down borough is well-known for the Yankees and the Zoo, but it's live arts scene deserve…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

My New Year's Resolutions, All Inspired by Show Tunes - How I'm letting Broadway help me make 2020 a success

How I'm letting Broadway help me make 2020 a success---"What will this day be like? I wonder. What will my future be? I wonder."Like Maria in The Sound of Music, who sings those lines in "I …

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Shining a Spotlight on Artists with Disabilities at Under the Radar - The latest edition of The Public Theater's performance festival is more inclusiv

The latest edition of The Public Theater's performance festival is more inclusive than ever---The Public Theater's annual Under the Radar festival has always been about breaking boundaries b…

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

12 Dance Performances to See This January - The return of Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake,' New York City Ballet's new season and more

The return of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, New York City Ballet's new season, international companies and more---Welcome to a new year of eclectic dance performances. January brings three dis…

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