Eat Up! Drama is Served at These Family Dinners

With fewer guests at the table this Thanksgiving, theatrical reminders that food, drink and reminiscence can unsettle as well as comfort.

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Depending on the Kindness of Sound Engineers

Williamstown Theater Festival’s summer season is now a winter experiment, all on audio. That includes “A Streetcar Named Desire,” recorded in actor’s closets.

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Dinner Is No Longer Served: Theater That Built Careers Is Gone

The Westchester Broadway Theater was one of the last remaining professional dinner theaters in the country.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater, #westchester-broadway-theater, #westchester-county-ny

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Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute

Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA’s agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sag-aftra, #theater, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Theater to Stream: ‘Uncle Vanya’ and an Ayad Akhtar Revival

Constance Wu and Samira Wiley star in a Zoom-ified Chekhov play, and Ars Nova punches above its weight with a 24-hour telethon.

#theater

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The Director André Gregory Has Written a Memoir, but He Says He Hasn’t

In “This Is Not My Memoir,” the co-star of “My Dinner With André” remembers his many theatrical provocations.

#books-and-literature, #gregory-andre, #lincoln-todd-author, #shawn-wallace, #theater, #this-is-not-my-memoir-book

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When Political Theater Ditches the Disguises of Fiction

Four new shows are part of a movement to engage more directly in the debates of our times — sometimes even stealing the script.

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When the Critic Is Also the Star. And the Audience.

Connection or isolation? Intensity or escape? This spate of shows that put the watcher to work are rewarding, but often in contrasting ways.

#600-highwaymen, #a-thousand-ways-play, #dutch-kills-theater-co, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #read-subtitles-aloud-play, #temping-play, #theater, #wild-project-theater

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Israel Horovitz, Playwright Tarnished by Abuse Allegations, Dies at 81

Mr. Horovitz found success Off Broadway, working with actors who later became household names, but he was also accused by multiple women of a pattern of sexual misconduct and assault.

#deaths-obituaries, #gloucester-stage-co, #horovitz-israel, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #theater, #writing-and-writers

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Revives Broadway for a Day

Among the things to be thankful for: Turkey is on the menu, your Uncle Charlie is not coming and, after a long absence, Broadway casts will be back onstage.

#aint-too-proud-the-life-and-times-of-the-temptations-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hamilton-play, #jagged-little-pill-play, #macys-inc, #national-broadcasting-co, #new-york-city, #parades, #the-nutcracker-ballet, #theater, #trujillo-sergio

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Strangers on a Phone, Theatrically Speaking

Social distance has left us rusty when it comes to connecting with strangers. The latest piece by 600 Highwaymen aims to help us practice — starting with a call.

#600-highwaymen, #a-thousand-ways-play, #browde-abigail, #content-type-personal-profile, #on-the-boards, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #silverstone-michael-s-1980, #theater

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Gigi Proietti, Actor Who Embodied the Roman Spirit, Dies at 80

Beloved in Italy, he was best known as the star of a TV series playing a small-town police chief. He also had a long film career and a popular one-man stage show.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #il-maresciallo-rocca-tv-program, #italy, #proietti-gigi-1940-2020, #rome-italy, #theater

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For the Arts in Europe, Lockdown Feels Different This Time

Many of the continent’s museums, theaters, concert halls and bookshops have been forced to close again, and now, people’s reactions have changed.

#belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #england, #europe, #france, #germany, #italy, #museums, #music, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #switzerland, #theater

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Escape Rooms in an At-Home Era? Here’s the Key

The immersive games are reinventing for online, at-home play — which is no surprise, an industry expert said: “These folks are deeply creative, and they’re scrappy.”

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #escape-room-game, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t)

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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David Henry Hwang’s ‘M. Butterfly’ Followup: ‘M. Turkey’

The goal: a comedy about mistaken racial identity inspired by protests over “Miss Saigon.” The result: a backstage farce that never got to opening night.

#asian-americans, #cort-theater-manhattan-ny, #face-value-play, #hwang-david-henry, #theater, #torres-gina-1969, #wong-b-d, #zaks-jerry

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Patti LuPone Was a Constant. The Other Ingredients Never Cooked.

With a marquee creative team, this romantic musical should have been a sure bet. One great song survived the out-of-town turmoil.

#lupone-patti, #merrick-david, #paper-mill-playhouse, #schwartz-stephen, #stein-joseph-1912-2010, #the-bakers-wife-play, #theater, #topol

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‘Hamilton’ Was Just the Beginning. Hollywood Loves Broadway, Again.

Theaters may be closed, but streamers and studios are flocking to the stage to meet the insatiable demand for content.

#hamilton-play, #ma-raineys-black-bottom-play, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-prom-play, #theater, #what-the-constitution-means-to-me-play

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Bob Dylan’s First Musical Had a Devil of a Time

The task: write songs for Archibald MacLeish’s adaptation of a classic New England morality tale. What audiences saw (briefly): A play without music.

#benet-stephen-vincent, #dylan-bob, #macleish-archibald, #music, #ostrow-stuart, #scratch-play, #the-devil-and-daniel-webster-book, #theater

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A Golden Team, a Terrible Title and a Show That Vanished

Would you like to see a new musical from the people who brought you “West Side Story”? For better or worse, you probably never will.

#a-pray-by-blecht-play, #bernstein-leonard, #brecht-bertolt, #guare-john, #lincoln-center-theater, #mostel-josh, #robbins-jerome, #sondheim-stephen, #theater

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Review: A Poet’s Urgent Questions Fuel ‘November’

Five Black women narrate a filmed rendition of Claudia Rankine’s heady play, which was rethought after an initial version was shut down by the pandemic.

#art, #black-people, #dickinson-crystal-a, #documentary-films-and-programs, #howard-zora, #matthis-april, #nicholls-king-melanie, #november-play, #rankine-claudia, #shed-manhattan-ny, #stewart-tiffany-rachelle, #theater, #youmans-phillip-film-director

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A Not-So-Merry Mix: Shakespeare, Bluegrass and Randy Quaid

The Broadway marquee was up, but this crowd-pleasing musical never made it out of Seattle. Among the creative differences: How fat should Falstaff be?

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #burke-ed-theater-producer, #haber-john-l, #herrick-jack-musician, #horn-robert, #lone-star-love-play, #quaid-evi, #quaid-randy, #shakespeare-william, #the-merry-wives-of-windsor-play, #theater

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Don’t Eat the Breakfast Cereal. It’s Made of Plastic.

Robin Frohardt has turned a vacant space in Times Square into a colorful installation that slyly doubles as an eco-warning. Puppets have their moment, too.

#frohardt-robin, #plastic-bags, #puppets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #the-plastic-bag-store-play, #theater, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny

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8 Things to Do This Halloween Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually or in person in New York City.

#annoyance-theater-the, #babys-all-right-brooklyn-ny-music-venue, #bad-plus, #brookfield-place-manhattan-ny, #children-and-childhood, #childrens-discovery-museum-of-san-jose, #classical-music, #comedy-and-humor, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #dancing, #four-quartets-dance, #halloween, #jack-quartet, #jazz, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #opera, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #satyagraha-opera, #theater, #titus-andronicus-play, #twitch-interactive-inc, #village-vanguard

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Yes, We Liked the Berkshires Shows. Here’s $2 Million.

This summer, a woman went to outdoor shows at two beloved theaters in Massachusetts. She and her brother are now helping them to cover their costs and survive this winter.

#barrington-stage-co, #berkshire-theater-group, #boyd-julianne, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #maguire-kate-theater-director, #theater

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How Trump Destroyed American Culture

How this president invaded our brains and destroyed American culture.

#art, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #presidential-election-of-2020, #theater, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

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Sheldon Harnick: Working From Home for 55 Years

The lyricist of “Fiddler on the Roof” and many other shows has always worked at home, in the Beresford apartment he shares with his wife, Margery.

#bock-jerry, #burstein-danny, #fiddler-on-the-roof-movie, #fiddler-on-the-roof-play, #great-performances-tv-program, #harnick-sheldon, #if-i-were-a-rich-man-song, #luker-rebecca, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stein-joseph-1912-2010, #theater

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Ming Cho Lee, Fabled Set Designer, Is Dead at 90

His work in theater, dance and opera helped redefine American stage design.

#dancing, #deaths-obituaries, #design, #lee-ming-cho, #opera, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

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Arts Bailout in U.K. Buys Time, but No Peace of Mind

In Liverpool, England, whose tourist trade is built on culture, more than 40 venues received money from a $2 billion fund. That life support lasts until April.

#art, #bars-and-nightclubs, #cavern-club, #comedy-and-humor, #hot-water-comedy-club, #johnson-boris, #liverpool-england, #museums, #national-museums-liverpool, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #walker-art-gallery

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‘JQA’ Review: Fictional History That Resonates Today

In Aaron Posner’s play, there is more than one John Quincy Adams, but only one way to ensure that American democracy endures.

#jqa-play, #posner-aaron, #powell-tim-film-director, #san-diego-repertory-theater, #theater, #woodhouse-sam-theater-director

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How Matthew Warchus Generated ‘Heat’ in an Empty Theater

London’s Old Vic has sold 30,000 tickets to three livestreamed shows, with more to come. “There’s a huge appetite out there,” said Warchus, the artistic director.

#faith-healer-play, #london-england, #lungs-play, #old-vic-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #three-kings-play, #warchus-matthew

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‘Russian Troll Farm’ Review: Clock In, Undermine Democracy, Clock Out

A trenchant workplace comedy about the folks who tried to promote Pizzagate, confuse Wisconsin and, ultimately, elect Donald J. Trump.

#civilians-the-theater-co, #gancher-sarah, #hartford-theaterworks, #mezzocchi-jared, #russian-troll-farm-play, #theater, #theatersquared-fayetteville-ark, #williamson-elizabeth-theater-director

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Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

#content-type-personal-profile, #contests-and-prizes, #henry-savannah-lee, #jazz, #mcneill-kylie, #music, #new-york-cabaret-convention, #parasram-julia, #poroye-jennifer, #reno-anais, #shepherd-leonay, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #theater

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Tony Todd on the Joy of ‘Candyman,’ and the Role of Black Horror

Frightening movies help fans gain a “new understanding,” says the veteran star of scary stories, including the new “Tales From the Hood 3.”

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #candyman-movie, #content-type-personal-profile, #dacosta-nia, #movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tales-from-the-hood-3-movie, #theater, #todd-tony-1954

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Two New York Neighborhoods Set the Stage for Decadence and Loss

Performers share fragmented reveries in “Electric Feeling Maybe,” while “Voyeur” brings a touch of Paris to the West Village.

#doxsee-theater-brooklyn-ny, #electric-feeling-maybe-play, #lieberman-mara, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sunset-park-brooklyn-ny, #target-margin-theater, #theater, #voyeur-the-windows-of-toulouse-lautrec-play

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‘Temping’ Is a Workplace Drama for One. You’re Hired.

An immersive work at the Wild Project asks the sole audience member to consider the value of life while role playing as an office worker involved in calculating risk of death.

#crowley-michael-yates, #dutch-kills-theater-co, #rau-michael, #temping-play, #theater, #wild-project-theater

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New Musical by Weinstein Accuser Set for Screening

“The Right Girl,” about a film executive who confronts sexual exploitation, was aimed for a live production. Instead, it was recorded by actors at home.

#metoo-movement, #barrington-stage-co, #geiss-louisette, #kagan-howard, #pittsfield-mass, #sex-crimes, #stroman-susan, #the-right-girl-play, #theater, #warren-diane, #weinstein-harvey

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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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It’s a Party at Gatsby’s Mansion. No Dancing, Please.

An immersive theater show of “The Great Gatsby” has returned in London. Can it keep the novel’s spirit alive while obeying the coronavirus rules?

#actors-and-actresses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #london-england, #the-great-gatsby-book, #the-great-gatsby-play, #theater

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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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Why I’ll Never Stop Being a Theater Critic

After 27 years on the job, the writer Ben Brantley bids farewell with one last recommendation: Watch a show as if you were a reviewer.

#brantley-ben, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #theater

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Jeremy O. Harris, Author of ‘Slave Play,’ on the Show’s Record Haul

Twelve nominations, including one for Best Play, is an encouraging sign: “It feels very invigorating that the community wants to have this conversation right now.”

#black-people, #harris-jeremy-o, #race-and-ethnicity, #slave-play-play, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

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Full List of the 2020 Tony Award Nominees

The 74th annual Tony nominations were announced at noon.

#theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

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Live Tony Award 2020 Nominations Tracker

In a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, only 18 shows were eligible for awards. The ceremony is expected to take place in December or January.

#american-theater-wing, #broadway-league, #harris-jeremy-o, #morissette-alanis, #moulin-rouge-the-musical-play, #parker-mary-louise, #slave-play-play, #the-inheritance-play, #theater, #tony-awards-theater-awards

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‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show

A rural locale. Few Covid-19 cases nearby. Performers in a bubble. And a man-eating plant that couldn’t quite chow down on its victims.

#little-shop-of-horrors-play, #new-hampshire, #paulini-ethan, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater, #weathervane-theater, #white-mountains-nh

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Review: What’s ‘Inside the Box’? A Rewarding (Rewording) Time

In a new show by David Kwong, the noted cruciverbalist offers a collection of games built for Zoom that let the audience be part of the puzzle.

#geffen-playhouse, #inside-the-box-play, #kwong-david-crossword-constructor, #puzzles, #theater

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Conchata Ferrell, Memorable Maid on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ Dies at 77

She first achieved acclaim on the stage. But she was best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Berta, Charlie Sheen’s gruff housekeeper.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #ferrell-conchata, #sheen-charlie, #television, #theater, #two-and-a-half-men-tv-program

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‘Carolyn Bryant’ Review: Reliving a Lie That Never Goes Away

This stylized, two-character play finds the woman whose false accusation led to the lynching of Emmett Till bound to him, and to racist myths, forever.

#calarts-center-for-new-performance, #garrett-nataki, #leblanc-andrea, #the-carolyn-bryant-project-play, #theater

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Ben Brantley on Shutting the Stage Door Behind Him

After 27 years and more than 2,500 reviews, The Times’s co-chief theater critic reviews his own tenure and talks about why he’s (quietly) making an exit.

#albee-edward, #an-octoroon-play, #annie-warbucks-play, #baldwin-alec, #being-harold-pinter-play, #belarus-free-theater, #brantley-ben, #butterworth-jez, #drury-jackie-sibblies, #fairview-play, #finley-karen, #franco-james, #harris-aleshea, #harris-jeremy-o, #new-york-times, #of-mice-and-men-play, #parks-suzan-lori, #pinter-harold, #rich-frank, #roberts-julia, #rylance-mark, #safire-william, #slave-play-play, #the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-the-night-time-play, #the-little-mermaid-play, #theater, #twelfth-night-play, #womens-wear-daily, #writing-and-writers

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Review: Seriously Satirizing 231 Years of Flotus in ‘45 Plays’

From a pro-slavery Martha Washington to a blank-screen Melania Trump, the wives and other women of the U.S. presidents get sent up and dressed down.

#45-plays-for-americas-first-ladies-play, #chicago-ill, #neo-futurist-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theater

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