Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Nether Playwright Jennifer Haley: Merging Online With On Stage by New York Theater

Jennifer Haley did not set out to become the first major playwright of the digital age, but that is what has happened. “The Nether,” which imagines a future where people lose th…

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Today Is World Theatre Day — How will you be celebrating? by New York Theater

World Theatre Day, created in 1961, is celebrated annually on March 27. How will you be celebrating? The author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2015 is the Polish director Krzysztof War…

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

After Katrina: Saenger Theater, The Most Beautiful in New Orleans by New York Theater

Restored after Katrina, Saenger Theater — built in 1927, shut down by flooding in 2005, re-opened in 2013 after a $52 million restoration — is beautiful…on the inside. Clic…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tom Hanks Acts Out His Entire Film Career in 8 Minutes by New York Theater

With the help of Tony-winner James Corden and lots of backdrops, Tom Hanks acts out the movies in which he has starred over the last three decades, from Splash (1984) to Saving Mr. Banks (20…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Me and Tennessee in New Orleans by New York Theater

This year’s American Theatre Critics Association conference is taking place in New Orleans, to coincide with the 29th annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, March 25 …

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and Other Theatrical Birthdays! Monk Giving Millions to Theater. Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

It’s March Madness for theatrical birthdays. Good morning. Happy birthday. — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 22, 2015 Happy 100th Birthday, Patricia…

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Posterity Review: Ibsen, Hoping for Immortality (As Are We All) by New York Theater

It was only at the end of “Posterity,” Doug Wright’s new play that imagines the real-life encounter between Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen and a sculptor doing a bust of him, that th…

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

What Audience Engagement Means…and What It Shouldn’t Mean (Ageism) by New York Theater

Melissa Hillman has written a new essay, The Lies We Tell About Audience Engagement, that is both inspiring and infuriating. One of the smartest theater writers on the Internet, Hillman i…

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Heidi Chronicles Review: Elisabeth Moss As Wendy Wasserstein’s Everywoman by New York Theater

All that’s right and wrong with “The Heidi Chronicles,” the 1989 play by the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein getting its first Broadway revival, is on display in a scene that…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Must-See Shows Closing in March by New York Theater

Theatergoers in the know have already seen these four shows closing Off-Broadway by the end of March, 2015 – or meant to see them. This is the last chance in New York. (Two of them are goi…

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beware the Ides of March? No, Celebrate! The Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Kristin Chenoweth may have paused at the new opening date for “On The Twentieth Century” – the Ides of March. Her co-star Peter Gallagher had been out sick, and Chenoweth h…

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On The Twentieth Century Review: Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher On Glorious, Hilarious Train Trip by New York Theater

Train travel is hot again, at least at the (ironically named) American Airlines Theater, where “On The Twentieth Century” turns out to be one of the funniest and most entertaining shows …

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Nether Review: The Horror of Online Life by New York Theater

  In playwright Jennifer Haley’s cleverly imagined, disturbing future — just a step or two ahead of our present — people lose themselves in a virtual world. “Your login …

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Friday, March 13, 2015

See The Lion For Free With Benjamin Scheuer: Ticket Giveaway Contest by New York Theater

Ticket Giveaway: Win a pair of tickets to see The Lion starring Benjamin Scheuer, the much-praised solo show running through March 29th at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. Arm…

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Audience Review: Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth Over Her 60-Year Reign by New York Theater

“The Audience,” a middle brow British export starring the quick-change artistry of Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth, imagines what happens during Her Majesty’s private weekly m…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Oprah vs. Bruce Willis on Broadway. Larry David in the Dark. The Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

In their Broadway acting debuts, Oprah wants to be happy; Bruce Willis is going for Misery. And much that happened this week in New York theater is somewhere in-between. Several days left to…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

The Liquid Plain Review: The Slave Trade, Presented Poetically by New York Theater

The captain of the slave ship, afraid that the sick woman would infect the rest of his cargo, lashed her to a chair and lowered the chair into the sea, drowning her. “After the captain thr…

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fish in the Dark Review: Larry David on Death and Recycling by New York Theater

Fish in the Dark,” which marks Larry David’s Broadway debut as a writer and performer – indeed his first stage performance since the eighth grade — feels like a couple of…

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Friday, March 6, 2015

The Visit Ticket Giveaway: See Chita Rivera’s New Musical For Free by New York Theater

Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Chita Rivera and Roger Rees in The Visit, “a stunning tale of young love, timeless seduction, and sweet revenge.” The Visit marks the fina…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Larry David’s Fish in the Dark: Video Preview by New York Theater

In the dark about Fish in the Dark, Larry David’s new Broadway comedy about two brothers struggling to deal with the death of their father, which opens on March 5th at the Cort Theater…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Hamilton on Broadway! SpongeBob too? Big Love, Brooklynite. The Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

The Sound of Music premiered in movie theaters 50 years ago today, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, an anniversary marked far more prominently than the opening of this Rodgers…

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Justin Bieber Turns 21: Ready for Broadway? by New York Theater

Today is Justin Bieber’s 21st birthday, which he reportedly celebrated by renting out an island in the Caribbean (see below.) But now that he has reached his majority he surely will se…

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March 2015 Openings Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway by New York Theater

Four Broadway shows are opening in March, marking the return of Dame Helen Mirren after 14 years and Larry David’s first stage appearance since the eighth grade. Another 18 openings ar…

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

New York Theater February 2015 Quiz by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater-related news in February? Answer these 11 questions to find out. Some are theater-related questions involving the Grammys and the O…

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Meryl Streep Sings New Stephen Sondheim Into The Woods Song, Deleted From Film by New York Theater

“Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall introduces “She’ll Be Back,” the new song Stephen Sondheim wrote for the film adaptation of his musical — and expla…

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brooklynite Review: Superheroes in Brooklyn by New York Theater

If and when future theater nerds recall “Brooklynite,” the musical about superheroes in Brooklyn that has now opened at the Vineyard Theater, my bet is that we’ll see it as an …

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rasheeda Speaking Review: Office Racism, Directed by Cynthia Nixon by New York Theater

“Why can’t white people and black people just get along?” Jaclyn asks her boss, who is secretly trying to get her fired. That this question remains so current surely explains h…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Big Love Review: Soothing, Sexy, Shocking by New York Theater

Even before it begins, the astonishing revival of “Big Love,” one of Charles Mee’s most popular plays, surrounds us with a soothing and soaring beauty. The set by Brett Banakis is, per…

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The Insurgents Review: Connecting Harriet Tubman to the Oklahoma City Bomber to Today by New York Theater

The first thing we know about Sally is that she likes guns. She also likes to read books about four figures in American history with whom she identifies — John Brown, Nat Turner, Harri…

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“The Spirit of This Bridge”: Glory Song Acceptance Speeches by Common and John Legend by New York Theater

Below is a transcript of the speeches by the writers of the Oscar-winning song “Glory,” from the film Selma: Lonnie Lynn (Common): First, I would like to thank God, who lives in …

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“Stay Weird, Stay Different” moving speech from Oscar winner Graham Moore by New York Theater

Graham Moore, 33,  in accepting the 2015 Oscar for adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game, gave the following acceptance speech: “When I was 16, I tried to kill myself because I fe…

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