Sunday, June 16, 2019

ITALY’S ‘GENIUS’ FILM DIRECTOR FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI DIES by Robert Shuman

(Frank Iovene’s article appeared on AFP, 6/15.) Rome (AFP) – The world of cinema was in mourning Saturday after Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli, feted for his lavish prod…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 12:18AM
Friday, June 14, 2019

ROGER HENDRICKS SIMON – NEW YORK’S OWN by Robert Shuman

By Tania Fisher Sitting down with Roger Hendricks Simon is always an interesting experience.  Director Oliver Stone put it most succinctly when he referred to Roger as “that wonderful act…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 03:22PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

LET’S GO: ’13 FRUITCAKES’ AT LA MAMA by Robert Shuman

2018 Tony Award-winning LA MAMA PRESENTS 13 FRUITCAKES WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY BYUNGKOO AHN AS PART OF STONEWALL 50 AT LA MAMA JUNE 13 – 16, 2019   ‘MOre’ Zimin from 13 Fruitcakes P…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:10PM
Monday, June 10, 2019

TONYS 2019: “HADESTOWN” THE BIG WINNER (FULL LIST) by Robert Shuman

(CBS News, 6/10.) “Hadestown,” the brooding musical about the underworld, had a heavenly night at the Tony Awards, winning eight trophies Sunday night including best new musical and gett…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 03:30PM
Saturday, June 8, 2019

IN THIS ‘DEATH OF A SALESMAN,’ WILLY LOMAN IS BLACK by Robert Shuman

(Matt Wolf’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/30; via Pam Green.) LONDON — This city’s season-long love affair with Arthur Miller reaches an intriguing if emotionally muted co…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 09:52PM
Thursday, June 6, 2019

HOW KELLI O’HARA GETS READY FOR BROADWAY, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT by Robert Shuman

(Taffy Bodesser-Akner’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/30; photos by Brenda Ann Kenneally; via Pam Green.) THE TONY-WINNING ACTRESS TAKES US INSIDE HER DRESSING ROOM AND SHARES …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 08:56AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2019 DRAMA DESK WINNERS by Robert Shuman

(via  Scott Klein/Logan Metzler at Keith Sherman & Associates)                                                 WINNERS ANNOUNCED Awards were presented Sunday, Ju…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 03:15PM
Saturday, June 1, 2019

SEAN O’CASEY:  ‘THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS’ AT IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE (REVIEW FROM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman The Plough and the Stars (1926), by Sean O’Casey, is an inflammatory play, which insulted the families of those who died in the 1916 Easter Rebellion and started a riot at th…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:29PM
Friday, May 31, 2019

QUENTIN TARANTINO: HOW SPAGHETTI WESTERNS SHAPED MODERN CINEMA by Robert Shuman

(Tarantino’s article appeared in the Spectator, 3/30.) The movie that made me consider filmmaking, the movie that showed me how a director does what he does, how a director can control a m…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 12:52PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

2,000-YEAR-OLD MARBLE HEAD OF GOD DIONYSUS DISCOVERED UNDER ROME by Robert Shuman

Photo © EPA-EFE/MUNICIPALITY OF ROME (Nick Squires’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 5/28.) The head of a deity emerges during excavations under Rome Town Hall Archeologists in Rome …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 07:36PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

AT 11, I SAT IN SEAT D8. NOW I’M ONSTAGE IN ‘BEETLEJUICE.’ by Robert Shuman

(Rob McClure’s article appeared in The New York Time, 5/6; via Pam Green.) When did “sentimental” become a bad word? I’ve always felt the opposite. I became an actor because I enjoy …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 05:00PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

FULL LIST OF THE 2019 TONY AWARD NOMINEES by Robert Shuman

(from The New York Times, 4/30; via Pam Green.) The Tony Award nominees were announced Tuesday. Below is a list of all the nominees. This morning’s announcement held a few surprises, inclu…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 05:15PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019

SEAN O’CASEY:  “THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN” AT IRISH REP–NOW THROUGH JUNE 22 (REVIEW FROM NEW YORK by Robert Shuman

                By Bob Shuman In the splendid revival of The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), now running at Irish Repertory Theatre until June 22, Sean O’Casey describes his central cha…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 12:28PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

HOW THESE BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS ARE CHALLENGING AMERICAN THEATER by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s and Nicole Herrington’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/25; via Pam Green.) Jackie Sibblies Drury, Jeremy O. Harris, Antoinette Nwandu and Jordan E. Cooper, …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 10:39PM
Monday, April 29, 2019

SHAKESPEARE: ‘THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 3–LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

  Listen This and the Two Gentlemen of Verona are the least performed of the Shakespeare cannon and I wanted to see the progression between the first and the last. It is for this reason tha…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 07:48PM
Sunday, April 28, 2019

ALIEN THE PLAY FULL SHOW NORTH BERGEN NJ HIGH SCHOOL 4K by Robert Shuman

ButtonSmasher Published on Apr 27, 2019 Alien The Play Full Show North Bergen NJ High School 4K including introduction and thank you from Sigourney Weaver #AlienThePlay #Alien #AlienDay #Sig…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 10:12AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘TOOTSIE’: THEATER REVIEW by Robert Shuman

(David Rooney’s article appeared on The Hollywood Reporter, 4/23; via the Drudge Report.) Santino Fontana steps into Dustin Hoffman’s Spanx in this contemporary musical update of the cla…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 07:09PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

GEORGIA ENGEL, GENTLE-VOICED ‘MARYTYLER MOORE’ ACTRESS, IS DEAD AT 70 by Robert Shuman

(Neil Genzlinger’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/15; via Pam Green.) Georgia Engel, whose distinctive voice and pinpoint comic timing made her a memorable part of “The Mary T…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 01:36PM
Monday, April 22, 2019

ON ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ WITH MELVYN BRAGG by Robert Shuman

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Listen  Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of Shakespeare’s most popular works, written c1595 in the last years of Elizabeth I. It is a comedy of love and des…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 12:01PM
Friday, April 19, 2019

‘THE CRADLE WILL ROCK’ AT CSC AND ‘FAUST 2.0’ FROM MABOU MINES (REVIEWS FROM NEW YORK) by Robert Shuman

By Bob Shuman Theatre watchers may contemplate how two plays, both once directed by Orson Welles for the Depression’s Federal Theatre, have devilishly reappeared, not during a time of low …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 03:59PM
Sunday, April 14, 2019

BIBI ANDERSSON, SWEDISH ACTRESS AND MUSE OF INGMAR BERGMAN, DIES AT 83 by Robert Shuman

(Harrison Smith’s article appeared in the Washington Post, 4/14.) Bibi Andersson, a Swedish actress whose portrayals of chaste schoolgirls, beguiling young women and tortured wives made he…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 07:58PM

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON: ‘A GERMAN LIFE’ REVIEW – MAGGIE SMITH SHINES AS GOEBBELS’ SECRETARY by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billlington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/12.) Absent from the stage for 12 years, Maggie Smith returns in triumph. But this is no barnstorming performance. She plays, w…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:13PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

LET’S GO: ‘THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN’ AT IRISH REP by Robert Shuman

THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN The Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage by Sean O’Casey directed by Ciarán O’Reilly Visit Irish Rep  With Una Clancy, Terry Donnelly, Rory Duffy, Meg Hennessy, Jo…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:54PM
Monday, April 8, 2019

INGMAR BERGMAN, NOVELIST by Robert Shuman

(Daniel Mendelsohn’s article appeared in the New York Review of Books, 4/18.) The Best Intentions by Ingmar Bergman, translated from the Swedish by Joan Tate Arcade, 298 pp., $16.99 (paper…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 05:17PM
Sunday, April 7, 2019

***** WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME REVIEW – A FIVE-STAR BROADWAY TRIUMPH by Robert Shuman

(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/31; via Pam Green.) Shattering, galvanizing and very funny, Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me close reads an old tex…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:06PM
Thursday, April 4, 2019

TRANSFORMING THE TRADITIONAL WORLD OF KABUKI by Robert Shuman

TRANSFORMING THE TRADITIONAL WORLD OF KABUKI WITH KINOSHITA-KABUKI (Nobuko Tanaka’s article appeared in Japan Times, 3/12.) For many people, the mention of kabuki brings to mind images of …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:35PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

THE IRISH TIMES IRISH THEATRE AWARDS: AND THE 2019 WINNERS ARE . . . by Robert Shuman

(Published 3/31.) Cillian Murphy and Sarah Morris win main acting awards BEST PRODUCTION Richard III –A Druid Theatre production of Shakespeare’s play, in association with the Abbey Th…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 05:15PM
Monday, April 1, 2019

TOM STOPPARD: ‘ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4) by Robert Shuman

Listen Mathew Baynton, Andrew Buchan and Toby Jones star in an energetic new production of the play that made Tom Stoppard’s reputation overnight in 1967. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are …

Linked From stagevoices.com at 05:44PM
Sunday, March 31, 2019

A MAGNIFICENT ROAD TO RUIN IN ‘THE LEHMAN TRILOGY’ by Robert Shuman

(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Time, 3/28; via Pam Green.) In the beginning, there is nothing. And in the end, there is — nothing, once again. Such is the way of all fl…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 05:32PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

HE’S THE STAR OF ‘TOOTSIE’ ON BROADWAY. WEARING HEELS IS THE EASY PART. by Robert Shuman

(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/20; via Pam Green.) The actor Santino Fontana had his legs waxed for the first time last year. His chest, too. He mastered, most…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 04:59PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL ‘ALIEN’ PRODUCTION WINS INTERNET RAVES by Robert Shuman

(Dave Itzkoff’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/25.) There are those perennial stage works that are perfectly suited to be performed in high schools across the country every year…

Linked From stagevoices.com at 06:35PM