Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘SHAKE IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS’: THE CONFOUNDING WORLD OF JAMES THIERRÉE by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/25; Photo:  The instrument of the human body … James Thierrée in Room. Credit: Richard Haughton.) The circus star turns singer in …

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’ AT 40: THE PLANT THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD by Robert Shuman

(Sarah Bahr’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/19; via Pam Green; Photo:  The cast and creative team of the original production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” In the front at c…

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Monday, May 23, 2022

***** TWO PALESTINIANS GO DOGGING REVIEW – DEVASTATINGLY HUMAN PORTRAIT OF CONFLICT SEARS ITSELF ON THE MIND by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s aricle appeared in he Guardian, 5/2; Seething with anger … Hala Omran as Reem in Two Palestinians Go Dogging at the Royal Court, London. Photograph: Ali Wright.) Royal Co…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

AUSTIN PENDLETON IS STILL ON BROADWAY, STILL A BABE MAGNET by Robert Shuman

(Henry Alford’s article appeared in the The New Yorker, 5/16; Photo: WFMJ.com.) The actor and director hangs at the lounge of Studio 54, where he is performing in “The Minutes,” to dis…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

‘WE KEPT OUR BEARDS’: OBERAMMERGAU’S PASSION PLAY EMERGES FROM PANDEMIC by Robert Shuman

(Kate Connolly’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/14/22; Photo:  Frederik Mayet as Jesus Christ in the 42nd Oberammergau passion play. Photograph: Lukas Barth/Reuters.) In 1633 the Ba…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:02PM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

‘A STRANGE LOOP’ REVIEW: A DAZZLING RIDE ON A MENTAL MERRY-GO-ROUND by Robert Shuman

(Maya Phillips’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/26; Photo: Jaquel Spivey, center, as Usher, a 25-year-old Broadway usher, in “A Strange Loop” at the Lyceum Theater in Manhat…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2022–NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED  by Robert Shuman

DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2022 NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED     (via Scott Klein / Logan Metzler at Keith Sherman & Associates; visit www.DramaDeskAwards.com .)     (Monday, May 16, 2022) – Nom…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

‘SOMEWHERE IN THE BODY’: SHINING A LIGHT ON THE REAL LUCIA JOYCE by Robert Shuman

(Michael Seaver’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 5/14; Photos (top to bottom): Choreographer Áine Stapleton has spent eight years exploring Joyce’s artistry; Lucia Joyce: Whenever…

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

‘IT’S HARD TO FIND A TEACHER FOR SWORD-SWALLOWING’: THE THRILLING SKILLS OF CIRCUS SHOWWOMEN by Robert Shuman

(Kate Wyver’s article appeared in the guardian 5.9; via Pam Green;  Photo: The stars of Showwomen: (left to right) Fancy Chance, Marisa Carnesky, Lucifire and Livia Kojo Alour. Photograph…

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Friday, May 13, 2022

‘THE LIDO IS FINISHED’: FAMED PARIS CABARET SET FOR FINAL CURTAIN AMID MASS LAY-OFFS by Robert Shuman

(from France24, 5/13; Photo: Dancers perform at the Lido cabaret in Paris on September 10, 2019. © Christophe Archambault, AFP.) High-kicking showgirls and nightly cabaret shows at the fam…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

PUSSY RIOT MEMBER LEAVES RUSSIA DISGUISED AS DELIVERY COURIER by Robert Shuman

(By AFP-Agence France Presse, 5/11/22; via Drudge Report.) Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has left Russia, she said in an interview, after disguising herself as a food delivery courier to…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘FAT HAM’ WINS 2022 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BEST DRAMA (MORE)   by Robert Shuman

(Hillel Italie’s article for the Associated Press, appeared in USA TODAY, 5/9.) Joshua Cohen’s “The Netanyahus” has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The work, titled in full “…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

REVEALED: NOËL COWARD’S UNSEEN PLAYS AIMED TO DEAL WITH HOMOSEXUALITY by Robert Shuman

(Dalya Alberge’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/8; Photo:  Noël Coward in 1953. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Getty Images.) Playwright planned scenes on same-sex relationship at a tim…

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

AP EVIDENCE POINTS TO 600 DEAD IN MARIUPOL THEATER AIRSTRIKE by Robert Shuman

(Lori Hinnant’s, Msyslav Chernov’s, and Vasilisa Stephenko’s article appeared on the AP, 5/5; Photo: GMToday.com.) LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — She stood in just her bathrobe in the freezing…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

***** STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S ‘OLD FRIENDS’ REVIEW – A GLORIOUS ALL-STAR MEMORIAL SERVICE by Robert Shuman

(Mark Lawson’s article appeared in the Guardian 5/4; via Pam Green; Photo:  A vast cast for a huge talent … the curtain call for the gala performance. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

THE REDISCOVERY OF A LOST BLACK PLAYWRIGHT by Robert Shuman

(Michael Schulman’s article appeared in the New Yorkers, 5/2; Illustration: The New Yorker.) How a dramaturge and a director resurrected Alice Childress’s play “Wedding Band,” about …

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

***** ‘AN OCTOROON’: THEATRE’S PAST CRIMES REWRITTEN AS A MAGNIFICENT MASTERPIECE (REVIEW PICK, IE) by Robert Shuman

(Chris McCormack’s review appeared in the Irish Times, 4/27; Photo:  Patrick Martins as M’Closky in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh.) Centuries of obscen…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

U.K. EXAM BOARD ADDS NEW PLAYS BY WRITERS OF COLOUR TO DRAMA GCSE AND A-LEVEL by Robert Shuman

(Sally Weale’s article appeared in the UK Guardian, 4/27; The Empress by Tanika Gupta is one of four new plays added to AQA’s GCSE drama curriculum. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guar…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS POSTPONED BECAUSE OF CORONAVIRUS DELAYS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/22/22; via Pam Green;   The Tony Awards ceremony will return to Radio City Music Hall on June 12, after being presented at th…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

JAMIE LLOYD’S MINIMALIST HIP-HOP “CYRANO DE BERGERAC”   by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Schwartz’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 4/28/ 22; The mania and melancholy of James McAvoy’s Cyrano disguise a desperate rage.Illustration by Matt Williams.) A new stag…

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS SHAKESPEARE MAY HAVE STOLEN THE PLOT OF CYMBELINE by Robert Shuman

(Dalya Alberge’s article appeared in the Observer, 4/24; Photo:  Tom Hiddleston as Posthumus and Jodie McNee as Innogen in Cymbeline at the Barbican in 2007. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:01PM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

***** HENRY VI: REBELLION / WARS OF THE ROSES REVIEW – THRILLING GAMES OF THRONES by Robert Shuman

(Mark Lawson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/21; Photo: Frail body, strong mind … Mark Quartley in Henry VI: Rebellion at the Royal Shakespeare theatre. Photograph: Ellie Kurttz/R…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:49PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

LIZA MINNELLI:  STOP TRYING TO HUMILIATE HER AT THE OSCARS—FIRST, ELLEN–NOW, THE CHAIR by Robert Shuman

(Brian Marks’s article appeared in the Daily Mail, 4/19; via Pam Green.)  FRAIL LIZA MINNELLI, 76, FELT ‘SHAKEN’ AND ‘SABOTAGED’ AFTER BEING FORCED ON STAGE IN WHEELCHAIR AT OSCAR…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

OVER THE BRIDGE, ONCE A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR THE BELFAST ESTABLISHMENT, IS BACK by Robert Shuman

(Connal Parr’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 4/18; The cast of the new production of Over The Bridge; Photo:  The cast of the new production of Over The Bridge. ) Sam Thompson’s …

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Monday, April 18, 2022

DAVID SERERO STARS AS MOSES IN THE U.S. PREMIERE OF ‘THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE MUSICAL’—MAY 5TH (3PM), 8TH (6PM – PREMIERE), 10TH AND 12TH (8P by Robert Shuman

(via The Culture News [email protected] ) LET’S GO! Under star and director David Serero, the French musical The Ten Commandments—finally in English–based on the biblical story …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:23PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

A “HAMILTON” FOR THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Schwartz’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 4/11; Illustration: “Suffs” braids the tangled history of the American suffrage movement into drama. Illustration by Kati Szi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:50PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

AT A CONTEMPORARY DRAMA FESTIVAL, STAGING THE FRIGHTENINGLY REAL by Robert Shuman

(A.J. Goldmann’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/7/22; via Pam Green;  Photo: The ensemble in “Oasis de la Impunidad” (“Oasis of Impunity”), directed by Marco Layera, at…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:11PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

THE GREATEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL PLAY EVER, WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF SHAKESPEARE by Robert Shuman

(Rebecca Mead’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 4/11; Mike Bartlett Illustration by João Fazenda.) A few years ago, the British playwright Mike Bartlett offered an ingenious take on f…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:36PM
Monday, April 11, 2022

OLIVIER AWARDS 2022: THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/10; Photo:  Tom Larkin and Hiran Abeysekera in Life of Pi. Photograph: Johan Persson.) Find out who won what at the Royal Albert Hall…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:19PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

BROADWAY BETS BIG ON A SPRING REBOUND. WILL THE VIRUS COOPERATE? by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/10; via Pam Green; Photo: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker celebrated the long-delayed opening of “Plaza Suite,” …

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Friday, April 8, 2022

***** ‘THE MEANING OF ZONG’ REVIEW – A MASTERFUL MEDITATION ON THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY by Robert Shuman

(Gareth Llŷr Evans’s review appeared in the UK Guardian, 4/8; Photograph: Curtis Richard Photography.) Bristol Old Vic Giles Terera’s lyrical and inventive drama about a brutal episode …

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