Friday, October 11, 2019

Why Is This Couple Dressing Up and Sword Fighting? - A new romantic comedy puts live-action role-playing center stage

A new romantic comedy puts live-action role-playing center stage---There are adults who meet for poker; some play chess; others host book clubs. But the protagonists of Liba Vaynberg's new r…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

What Type of Choreography Does a Ballet Dancer, Drag Queen, Pop Star Do? - Veteran principal dancer James Whiteside makes his American Ballet Theatre

Veteran principal dancer James Whiteside makes his American Ballet Theatre choreographic debut---American Ballet Theatre's fall season is a two-week whirlwind of revelations. The troupe's fu…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who's That Hunk Romancing Marisa Tomei? - Emun Elliott on his steamy Broadway debut in Roundabout's revival of 'The Rose Tattoo'

Emun Elliott on his steamy Broadway debut in Roundabout's revival of The Rose Tattoo---Scottish actor Emun Elliott came this close to acting on Broadway four years ago. "I did a play called …

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

One Musical's Epic Quest to Get to Broadway - After seven years and multiple incarnations, 'The Lightning Thief' hits Broadway

After seven years and multiple incarnations, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical hits BroadwaySince 1961, TheaterWorksUSA has touredlit-based showsfor young audiences to 49 states…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Finding the Heart of an Easy-to-Hate Character - Ian Barford on his challenging role in Tracy Letts' 'Linda Vista' on Broadway

Ian Barford on his challenging role in Tracy Letts' Linda Vista on Broadway---Ian Barford realizes that some audience members may view the 50-year-old divorcé he portrays in Tracy Let…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Something Wickedly Funny This Way Comes - Broadway belter Alysha Umphress on body diversity, romance and her role in 'Scotland, PA'

Broadway belter Alysha Umphress on body diversity, romance and her role in Scotland, PA---Alysha Umphress gets the first word in Scotland, PA, a dark musical comedy based on the eponymous 20…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Broadway Is His Day Job - How Ty Jones is running the Classical Theatre of Harlem while acting in 'The Great Society'

How Ty Jones is running the Classical Theatre of Harlem while acting in The Great Society---The timing was perfect. After a four-year stint on Starz's crime drama Power, Ty Jones' special ag…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

How Grief Helped Bring the Daughters of Two Theatre Luminaries Together - Playwright Lily Houghton and director Kylie M. Brown discuss their world-pre

Playwright Lily Houghton and director Kylie M. Brown discuss their world-premiere collaboration---Artists often channel their grief into their work, and that's just what playwright Lily Houg…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Is Everyone in This New England Town Having a Life Crisis? - Jeff Augustin's new play at Manhattan Theatre Club explores multicultural existential dre

Jeff Augustin's new play at Manhattan Theatre Club explores multicultural and multigenerational existential dread---Eisa (Kara Walker), the biracial teen at the center of Jeff Augustin's wor…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

What Do Conservatives Really Sound Like? - Why Will Arbery's new play at Playwrights Horizons is not preaching to the choir

Why Will Arbery's new play at Playwrights Horizons is not preaching to the choir---Playwright Will Arbery was raised in Texas in a Republican Catholic household. His parents were academics b…

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Friday, September 27, 2019

13 Dance Performances to See This October - Big companies like ABT and Paul Taylor return, plus ice theatre, dance plays and Misty Copeland!

Big companies like ABT and Paul Taylor return, plus ice theatre, dance plays and Misty Copeland!---New York's dance scene reaches a critical mass this month with a slew of impressively varie…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

What's Your Worst Parenting Nightmare? - How the new play 'Mothers' is challenging audiences -- and artists -- to rethink how we parent

How the new play Mothers is challenging audiences -- and artists -- to rethink how we parent---There aren't any flesh-and-blood children on stage in Mothers, Anna Moench's shattering new pla…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

What Happens When a Show Hits Too Close to Home? - A theatre lover has an unexpected catharsis in the dark

A theatre lover has an unexpected catharsis in the dark---Someone in the audience was crying -- loudly. It took me a while to realize that hysterical sobbing was me. The way the protagonist …

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Why Are These Teenage Girls Practicing Witchcraft? - Latinx playwright Alexis Scheer on the origins of her pitch-black comedy 'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord

Latinx playwright Alexis Scheer on the origins of her pitch-black comedy Our Dear Dead Drug Lord---Playwright Alexis Scheer dabbles in witchcraft. "It's a spiritual practice for me," she say…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Challenges of Staging 'The Height of the Storm' - Jonathan Kent on directing Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in a slippery new drama about memory

Jonathan Kent on directing Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in a slippery new drama about memory---Jonathan Kent started out as a painter and actor, but everything clicked into place for him…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

What Can We Learn From Interrogating 'The Jazz Singer?' - Why two theatre artists are reclaiming the infamous 1927 film

Why two theatre artists are reclaiming the infamous 1927 film---Although it was once considered a classic and remade twice, the original Jazz Singer is rarely seen these days. While the 1927…

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Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry on Their Ever-Evolving Collaboration - Usually the 'L.A. Law' costars act together, but this time he wrote the play

Usually the L.A. Law costars act together, but this time he wrote the play---Michael Tucker is an enthusiastic storyteller. Even mundane questions spark amusing tales, which his wife, Jill E…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Edwaard Liang's Exciting Return to His New York City Ballet Roots - The former NYCB soloist on his circuitous journey from dancer to choreographer for

The former NYCB soloist on his circuitous journey from dancer to choreographer for the company that launched his career---The past and present are colliding for Edwaard Liang. The former New…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

She's Playing One Role in Two Shows at Once - Patrice Johnson Chevannes portrays a matriarch over the years in two plays at New York Theatre Workshop

Patrice Johnson Chevannes portrays a matriarch over the years in runboyrun and IN OLD AGE at New York Theatre Workshop---"Girl, I'm tired," admits Patrice Johnson Chevannes about her latest …

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

How Do You Follow Up Winning a Tony for 'Harry Potter?' - Playwright Jack Thorne talks about his two new shows opening in NYC

Playwright Jack Thorne talks about his two new shows opening in NYC---When Jack Thorne was 11 years old, he was kicked out of choir for lying. "I was absolutely devastated," recalls the Tony…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Fusing Break Dancing, Ballet and Modern Moves - The Montreal-based RUBBERBAND makes its Joyce Theater debut

The Montreal-based RUBBERBAND makes its Joyce Theater debut---Choreographer Victor Quijada's eclectic background accounts for his signature fusion style. The son of Mexican immigrants, he wa…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Let's Hear It for the 'Wives' - Jaclyn Backhaus' new time-hopping play puts the women behind the great men center stage

Jaclyn Backhaus' new time-hopping play puts the women behind great men center stage---Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus doesn't do straightforward linear narratives, which she describes as "patriar…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Why Are There So Many New Plays About AIDS Right Now? - Three new works, including Broadway's 'The Inheritance,' explore the impact of the virus on mu

Three new works, including Broadway's The Inheritance, explore the impact of the virus on multiple generations---Playwright Matthew Lopez was 10 when he first learned about AIDS from the TV …

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Finding a Way to Love 'Phantom' After Trauma - How the #MeToo movement made me see my favorite musical from a new perspective

How the #MeToo movement made me see my favorite musical from a new perspective---When someone says she has a complicated relationship in her life, she's usually referring to her mother or an…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

What If Rabbis Were Kung Fu Fighting? - A new physical theatre piece turns the Talmud into a butt-kicking adventure

A new physical theatre piece turns the Talmud into a butt-kicking adventure---What do an ancient Jewish holy book and Chinese kung fu flicks have in common? More than you might realize accor…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Your Broadway Fall Preview! 2019 Edition - A guide to 21 upcoming (or recently opened) productions

All those shows closing over the summer means Broadway is getting an impressive influx of new titles this fall. Between now and December, 19 new productions are bowing on the boards (and tha…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

When's the Last Time You Tasted, Touched or Played at a Show? - A pair of offbeat world premieres challenge audiences to experience theatre in unexpec

A pair of offbeat world premieres challenge audiences to experience theatre in unexpected ways---"I wasn't a very playful child," admits Jonathan Matthews, the co-writer/performer of the dan…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Shining a Much-Needed Spotlight on Black Men Living with HIV - Art meets activism in the immersive theatre piece 'As Much As I Can'

Art meets activism in the immersive theatre piece As Much As I Can---The Normal Heart, Angels in America, Broadway's upcoming The Inheritance -- epic tales about white men living with HIV/AI…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Making an Anti-Vaxxer Sympathetic - In the new play 'Eureka Day,' Tina Benko makes sure her combative character is not a villain

In the new play Eureka Day, Tina Benko makes sure her combative character is not a villain---The private Northern California school depicted in Jonathan Spector's timely dark comedy Eureka D…

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Complicated Characters Are Her Comfort Zone - In 'Eureka Day,' Tina Benko makes sure her anti-vaxxer character does not come across as a villain

In 'Eureka Day,' Tina Benko makes sure her anti-vaxxer character does not come across as a villain---The private Northern California school depicted in Jonathan Spector's timely dark comedy …

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Friday, August 30, 2019

At 13, He's TDF's Youngest Donor - Meet Val Zvinyatskovsky, a California middle schooler who's as committed to theatre accessibility as we are

Meet Val Zvinyatskovsky, a California middle schooler who's as committed to theatre accessibility as we are---At TDF, we're proud to attract a diverse array of generous donors. But this past…

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