Review: A Perfect Storm of Weather and Racism in ‘shadow/land’

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play about Black women struggling to survive Hurricane Katrina gets an ear-tingling podcast production.

#dickerson-despenza-erika, #jones-candis-c, #public-theater, #shadow-land-play, #theater

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‘Romeo y Julieta’ Review: Young Love in Two Languages

Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano star in a podcast adaptation that delivers the poetry — in Spanish and English — but not the fire.

#ali-saheem, #castano-juan-1989, #monge-julio, #nyongo-lupita, #podcasts, #public-theater, #romeo-y-julieta-play, #shakespeare-william, #spanish-language, #theater, #wnyc

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A Woman Leading N.Y.C.? This Could Be the Year.

Female candidates in the mayoral primary argue that the governor’s sexual harassment scandal makes the case for why they should be elected.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #delacorte-theater, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #public-theater, #sexual-harassment, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #summer-season, #wiley-maya, #women-and-girls

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You’re New Here, Aren’t You? Digital Theater’s Unexpected Upside

Companies and venues that put work online are finding big, new and younger audiences — but little revenue.

#center-theater-group, #geffen-playhouse, #lied-center-for-performing-arts-lincoln-neb, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #pittsburgh-public-theater, #public-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rattlestick-playwrights-theater, #steppenwolf-theatre-co, #theater, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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You’re New Here, Aren’t You? Digital Theater’s Unexpected Upside

Companies and venues that put work online are finding big, new and younger audiences — but little revenue.

#center-theater-group, #geffen-playhouse, #lied-center-for-performing-arts-lincoln-neb, #oregon-shakespeare-festival-theater-co, #pittsburgh-public-theater, #public-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rattlestick-playwrights-theater, #steppenwolf-theatre-co, #theater, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Conspicuous Consumption, Getting More Conspicuous Onstage

Forget tragic lovers. At the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, fast cars and other luxuries fuel tragedies about the love of things.

#alipoor-javaad, #espiritu-play, #gonzalez-trinidad-actor, #housley-kirsty, #public-theater, #rich-kids-a-history-of-shopping-malls-in-tehran-play, #theater, #under-the-radar-festival

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Theater to Stream: Festivals, Festivals, Festivals

The Under the Radar, Prototype and Exponential festivals are ready to open our minds with experimental work, even if their doors are shut.

#beth-morrison-projects, #exponential-festival, #festivals, #here-arts-center, #prototype-festival, #public-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #under-the-radar-festival

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Review: Manly Trump Sinks Waterlogged Liberals in ‘Shipwreck’

Anne Washburn’s would-be epic of power and powerlessness, presented as a podcast, may be too close to current events to fulfill its big ambitions.

#ali-saheem, #public-theater, #shipwreck-play, #theater, #washburn-anne, #woolly-mammoth-theater-co

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Anne Washburn Just Wants Her Trump Play to Be Irrelevant

“Shipwreck,” a fantasia about white liberals and the president’s infamous dinner with James Comey, has been adapted into an audio play.

#ali-saheem, #podcasts, #public-theater, #shipwreck-play, #theater, #washburn-anne, #woolly-mammoth-theater-co

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Determined to Salvage the Fall, Cabaret Plots Its (Outdoor, Online) Return

Making performances more accessible to audiences is part of the mission. Presenting shows that reflect the moment is another.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #birdland-manhattan-ny, #broadwayworld-com, #club-cumming-manhattan-ny-bar, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cumming-alan, #dont-tell-mama, #douglas-natalie-singer, #feinsteins-54-below-manhattan-ny-music-venue, #joes-pub, #pangea-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #pop-and-rock-music, #public-theater, #starlite-tammy-faye, #stritch-billy, #theater, #ventura-susana-penny-arcade

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There’ll Be a Theater Season. But How and Where and When?

Announcing stage productions, and timing, has become a matter of wishful thinking, guesswork and experimentation. Case in point: the no-show plan.

#baltimore-center-stage, #center-theater-group, #hartford-stage-co, #new-york-theater-workshop, #playwrights-horizons, #playwrights-realm, #public-theater, #theater, #woolly-mammoth-theater-co

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At Theaters, Push for Racial Equity Leads to Resignations and Restructuring

“It takes a lot of work and humility, and it requires that white people step aside,” says one of several artistic leaders who have done just that.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baltimore-center-stage, #bellamy-sarah, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #bradford-rich-actor, #carden-william, #curio-theater-co, #ensemble-studio-theater, #finn-meghan-theater-director, #fords-theater, #kuhn-paul-1967, #penumbra-theater, #public-theater, #race-and-ethnicity, #stage-directors-and-choreographers-foundation, #theater, #theatrefirst-theater-co, #tracy-jon, #we-see-you-white-american-theater-theater-coalition, #ybarra-stephanie

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‘Richard II’ Review: A Radio King With a Tottering Crown

Electric performances, led by André Holland, transcend didacticism in an audio rendition that replaced a Shakespeare in the Park production.

#ali-saheem, #holland-andre-1979, #hyman-miriam-a, #public-theater, #richard-ii-play, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #shakespeare-william, #theater

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This Is Theater in 2020. Will It Last? Should It?

Our critics discuss the last four months, which thanks to Zoom (and Meryl Streep) have been full of experimentation and playfulness.

#belarus-free-theater, #cooper-jordan-e, #love-letters-play, #lungs-play, #mad-forest-play, #molly-sweeney-play, #old-vic-theater, #public-theater, #state-vs-natasha-banina-play, #theater

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Five Years and 100-Plus Stories: What It’s Like Covering ‘Hamilton’

From the very beginning, it was clear the musical was going to be a big news story. I’ve been reporting on it, from the East Village to San Juan, ever since.

#disney-plus, #hamilton-play, #miranda-lin-manuel, #public-theater, #puerto-rico, #theater

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‘Hamilton’ Is Coming to the Small Screen. This Is How It Got There.

The film, a live capture of the hit Broadway show, will stream on Disney Plus beginning July 3. That wasn’t always the plan.

#disney-plus, #goldsberry-renee-elise, #hamilton-play, #iger-robert-a, #kail-thomas, #miranda-lin-manuel, #movies, #public-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #walt-disney-company

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On Second Viewing, First Impressions Don’t Always Hold

Watching familiar plays online can be a comfort — and sometimes a revelation.

#bioh-jocelyn, #buyercellar-play, #diversionary-theater, #goodman-theater, #hall-miranda-rose, #nelson-richard-j, #plot-points-in-our-sexual-development-play, #public-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #school-girls-or-the-african-mean-girls-play-play, #scott-andrew-1976, #sea-wall-play, #stephens-simon, #theater, #tolins-jonathan

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Bernard Gersten, Offstage Star of Nonprofit Theater, Dies at 97

He helped run Joseph Papp’s Public Theater (shepherding “A Chorus Line”) and the New York Shakespeare Festival, then helped revive Lincoln Center Theater.

#a-chorus-line-play, #deaths-obituaries, #gersten-bernard, #lincoln-center-theater, #papp-joseph, #public-theater, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #south-pacific-play

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The Apple Family’s Checking In on Zoom. You’re Invited, Too.

Richard Nelson’s new play, “What Do We Need to Talk About?” will be performed online, but live, restoring some of theater’s ephemerality.

#actors-and-actresses, #eustis-oskar, #nelson-richard-j, #plunkett-maryann, #public-theater, #sanders-jay-o, #theater, #what-do-we-need-to-talk-about-conversations-on-zoom-play

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Alas, Poor New York: Shakespeare in the Park Is Canceled

The Public Theater, which runs the festival but is closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, anticipates a shortfall of up to $20 million.

#as-you-like-it-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eustis-oskar, #joes-pub, #nelson-richard-j, #public-theater, #richard-ii-play, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #theater

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