Monday, July 3, 2017

A Fringe Peek at Clara Bow: Becoming ‘It’ by Guest Writer

We like to pretend that the rise of social media has forever changed America’s relationship to celebrity culture. That somehow Facebook and Twitter have ripped our Hollywood icons from the…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: ‘Private Lives’ at Reston Community Players by Terry Byrne

Some plays are like peeping through your eye doctor’s phoropter — layer upon layer of filters. Say, a playwright of the Roaring Twenties borrows a style of the 1660s English Restoration …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Let it all out: The Antipodes, Pershing Square Signature Center, NY

Annie Baker’s satire tilts at the tech industry’s commodification of our private lives

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: Private Lives at the Gate Theatre, Dublin by Chris McCormack

Cowardly nostalgia: Chris McCormack lingers in the halcyon bliss of Noël Coward's 1930 comedy. The post Review: Private Lives at the Gate Theatre, Dublin appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Consent review – love and justice on trial in fierce courtroom drama by Michael Billington

Dorfman, London The audience become judge and jury in Nina Raine’s intelligent play about a rape case full of opposing narratives, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Ben ChaplinAside from Jo…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

‘Vides Privades’ at Teatro Borrás, Barcelona by Blouin Artinfo

The Borrás Theatre, Barcelona, presents “Vides Privades” on view through May 21, 2017.The comedy show is directed by David Selvas and Norbert Martinez. “Vides Privades” translates t…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Echo's End review – everyday lives shattered by war's contradictions by Michael Billington

Salisbury PlayhouseA rural Wiltshire community during the first world war is depicted with quiet poetry in Barney Norris’s play on childhood friendship and adult expectationBarney Norris i…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

People You Should Know . . . Michael Cabot by Zack Calhoon

Michael Cabot (Director of Angel) Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, a touring company who’s productions have played to over 500,000 people at mor…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hay Fever review – hate is love in Coward's midsummer night of warped romance by Mark Fisher

Royal Lyceum, EdinburghDominic Hill’s production of this sharply observed comedy is at its best when mocking the social embarrassments of polite societyNoël Coward’s silly, subversive 1…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spotlight On...William Broderick by Michael Block

Name: William BroderickHometown: Woodside, QueensEducation: BA Hunter College, English; Acting: E. Katherine Kerr; Voice: Richard GordonSelect Credits: Robert in Company; Emile in South Paci…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

From Brecht to Lorca, the playwrights who became theatre's freedom fighters by Michael Billington

It’s wrong to characterise 1930s theatre as escapist or frivolous. In Europe and America, many plays were alerting audiences to the dangers of fascism – led by the German fugitive Bertol…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Riverside’s Private Lives Is Study In Perfection Of Wit And Polish by Bill Hirschman

Take Noel Coward's sophisticated wit, add exquisite direction and elegant acting, then tie it up with visuals you could plotz for, and it's no wonder that Riverside Theatre's production of P…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Yours Unfaithfully Takes On Marital Fidelity by Broadway & Me

A card-carrying member of the Bright Young Things, the bohemian artists and aristocrats who flouted conventional norms in England during the 1920s, the actor and playwright Miles Malleson ha…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

RIP Photographer Martha Swope, 40 Years Of Broadway by New York Theater

Below are some of the photographs by Martha Swope, who died Thursday at age 88.   In a professional career that officially spanned from 1957 to 1994, she focused on ballet and Broadway. Her…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Tony Winner Tammy Grimes, Original Star of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Dies at 82 by Ryan McPhee

Tammy Grimes, a two-time Tony winner whose raspy timbre captivated audiences in performances such as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, died on October 30 at the age of 82. Her death was confirmed …

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Review: ‘Breathe Smoke’ at Orbiter 3 by Tim Dunleavy

Douglas Williams’ Breathe Smoke, a world premiere being presented by the Orbiter 3 Collective, tells the story of four people whose public lives and private lives are markedly different. I…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Howard Davies, acclaimed director on London and New York stages, dies at 71 by From Staff Reports and News Services

He directed ‘Private Lives’ and ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses,’ both starring Alan Rickman.

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Olivier-Winning Director Howard Davies Dies at 71 by Ryan McPhee

Olivier Award-winning director Howard Davies died on October 25 at the age of 71. His death, which followed a brief battle with cancer, was confirmed to BBC News by his family. Davies won O…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Willemijn Verkaik Will Return to Wicked in the West End by Lindsey Sullivan

The West End's Wicked will welcome back Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba on January 30, 2017. Sue Kelvin and Sarah McNicholas are also scheduled to start performances on that date as Madame …

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Morality by John Simon

Clearly, justice must be the same for all, but is this not true also of morality? Yet for some people, under certain circumstances, this is hardly the case. There exist certain persons by wh…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Private lives: the tricky ethics of confessional theatre by Lyn Gardner

This year’s Edinburgh fringe is full of personal stories and real-life drama, but not every production mines the lives of others with equal success“I’m just raw material,” complains …

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

New flames: the Edinburgh festival shows that tell stories with torch songs by Lyn Gardner

Torch songs are lighting up the city this year, from Alan Cumming’s take on Adele’s Someone Like You to Lady Rizo’s anthem of a sleep-deprived mum“Extraordinary how potent cheap musi…

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bitches review – Bola Agbaje reveals the private lives of vloggers by Michael Billington

Finborough, LondonThe award-winning playwright uses YouTube as a medium to explore body anxiety and racial tension in this punchy two-handerBola Agbaje has written a number of very good play…

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: Implications of Cohabitation by Lauren Yarger

Connie Saltzman, Andres de Vengoechea, Gladys Perez, Vanessa Verduga. Poto: Michael BlaseNew Theater Group Features Work by Promising PlaywrightBy Lauren YargerSummer is a great time to find…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

What DID the Butler See? by Westport Country Playhouse

by Hope Ventricelli and AnnaBeth CrittendenMarketing Associate and Marketing InternThe title of our next play What the Butler Saw is derived from a popular and scandalous pastime i…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Interview: Choreographer Myrna Packer on Video Partnering, Voyeurism in Art, and Her Upcoming Show at the Sheen Center by Hanna Oldsman

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer of Bridgman|Packer fuse dance with video technologies in what they call “video partnering.” They’ll be performing two pieces using this t…

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

NYMF Interview: Ed McNamee on “Lisa and Leonardo” and the Mysteries of the Mona Lisa by Jose Solis

The 2016 New York Musical Festival, which runs July 11 through August 7, will bring audiences four full weeks of new musicals, concerts, readings, and panel discussions. We spoke with Lisa a…

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Anna Chancellor: ‘I’m a bit “light ent” for those monumental classic parts’ by Nick Curtis

The actress talks about her dream role in The Seagull, her debt to Four Weddings… and why we need more working-class writersAnna Chancellor, 51, lived a “chaotic” life before finding s…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Spotlight On...Ran Levy by Michael Block

Name: Ran LevyHometown: Grew up both in San Diego and Israel. By the time I was twenty I had moved so often that it’s hard to think about a place I can truly call my “hometown”.Educati…

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

I’m back with Odd Shaped Balls… by Chris Grady

But for me the play does that extra thing – it takes a very specific subject, and elevates it to have universal themes and journeys which will touch the minds and hearts of a very wide aud…

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Episode 411 - Tim Eliot and Lauren Sowa (Acting, Photography, Stage Combat, and More!) by Joel B. New

In Episode 411 of "Something New" -- a musical theatre podcast that interviews artists and premieres original songs -- award-winning songwriter Joel B. New sat down with Tim Eliot and Lauren…

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