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Brantley in Britain: Review: Agatha Christie’s Murder Most Orderly and the Comfiest Seats in London

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:31:07 GMT

David Yelland, as Sir Wilfrid Robarts QC, in the London revival of Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution.”A site-specific revival of “Witness for the Prosecution” finds the comfort factor in a murder trial.

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Review: ‘School Girls’ Is a Gleeful African Makeover of an American Genre

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:45:13 GMT

From left, Nike Kadri, Nabiyah Be, Paige Gilbert and Mirirai Sithole in “School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play” at the Lucille Lortel Theater.Jocelyn Bioh’s new play takes the “Mean Girls” genre to a boarding school in Ghana, refreshing and deepening it in the process.

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The ‘Lion King’ Effect: How a Broadway Smash Changed South African Lives

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:31:59 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Lindiwe Mkhize, Gugwana Dlamini, Ntsepa Pitjeng and Brenda Mhlongo, South African Rafikis in productions around the world.Over 20 years, hundreds of performers have joined the show in cities around the globe. These are some of their stories — laced with hope, tragedy, homesickness and triumph.

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Review: A Brief ‘Brigadoon’ That’s Almost Like Falling in Love

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:49:34 GMT

Sara Esty and Robert Fairchild in Christopher Wheeldon’s City Center production of “Brigadoon,” which nods to Agnes de Mille’s original choreography.City Center’s gorgeous revival of the Lerner & Loewe musical, staged by Christopher Wheeldon and starring Kelli O’Hara, disappears after Sunday.

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Review: John Leguizamo Goes for Easy Laughs in ‘Latin History’

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:45:27 GMT

In the lectures John Leguizamo gives in “Latin History for Morons,” at Studio 54 until Feb. 4, he comes off as “a cross between Howard Zinn and Professor Irwin Corey.”Two millenniums of oppression may not seem very funny, but in his latest one-man show, Mr. Leguizamo hones the art of comic revisionism.

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Review: In ‘Actually,’ a Case of She Said, He Said and They Said

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:45:15 GMT

Joshua Boone and Alexandra Socha in the Manhattan Theater Club production of Anna Ziegler’s “Actually.”In Anna Ziegler’s new play, a charge of sexual assault on a college campus leads to a hearing that may be worse than the events that prompted it.

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Old Vic Inquiry on Kevin Spacey Finds 20 Reports of Misconduct

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:47:09 GMT

The Old Vic theater in London said 20 people have come forward with allegations of inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey from 1995 to 2013.The London theater released the findings of an investigation into Mr. Spacey’s behavior before and during his time as artistic director there.

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Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ Is a Ravishing Musical That Whispers With Romance

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 02:45:25 GMT

Strangers in the night: Tony Shalhoub and Ari’el Stachel are members of an Egyptian ensemble who meet an Israeli cafe proprietor, played by Katrina Lenk, in the musical “The Band’s Visit.”This singularly seductive show, based on an Israeli film, finds the ecstasy in ennui in a small desert town.

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Cultural Studies: ‘Torch Song Trilogy’ and Me: A 35-Year Love Affair

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:18:59 GMT

Harvey Fierstein as Arnold and Estelle Getty as Mrs. Beckoff in “Torch Song Trilogy” at Broadway’s Little Theater in 1982.Before Harvey Fierstein came along, most gay-themed plays featured characters who were either closeted or bitter or suicidal, and usually all three.

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Review: A Raucous Day at the Beach With ‘The Sisters Macaluso’

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:53:31 GMT

Marcella Colaianni, Daniela Macaluso, Serena Barone, Alessandra Fazzino, Elena Borgogni, Leonarda Saffi and Italia Carroccio are the title characters in “The Sisters Macaluso” at Montclair State University.Life and death, joy and poverty coexist in Emma Dante’s wondrous show about a family in Palermo. And it only costs $20 to see it.

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London Theater Reviews: On Stage, ‘The Exorcist’ Lacks the Movie’s Chills

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:39:26 GMT

From left, Adam Garcia, Clare Louise Connolly and Peter Bowles in “The Exorcist.”Sean Mathias’s adaptation of the 1973 horror film and a David Mamet classic fall flat, but “Big Fish The Musical” gives our critic hope.

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Dressing to Play a Power Woman

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:18 GMT

Michelle Dockery and Douglas Henshall in “Network,” at the National Theater in London. The costume designer An D’Huys said she dressed the actress in bright colors to show that her character is “not a team player.”The National Theater’s “Network” redefines the wardrobe of the modern media executive.

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:23:14 GMT

David Greenspan in Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude.” See listing below.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Modern Love: Modern Love Podcast: Andrew Rannells, Live From Toronto

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:33:10 GMT

On this week’s podcast, the “Girls” star tells the story of one of the most consequential evenings of his life.

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Park Avenue Armory Unveils Its 2018 Season

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:34 GMT

Billie Piper in “Yerma” at the Young Vic in London. The production will open the 2018 season at the Park Avenue Armory.Its vast drill hall will host productions by artists including Ivo van Hove, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and William Kentridge.

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ to Close on Broadway

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:37:59 GMT

Jake Ryan Flynn as Charlie in the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in April.The show, starring Christian Borle as Willy Wonka, opened in April with high hopes after a London production was retooled.

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Three Journeys From South Africa to ‘The Lion King’

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:36:52 GMT

For 20 years, the hit Broadway musical has reserved places in its cast for South African performers. We followed three of them backstage before a show.

Eugene O’Neill and Meredith Monk, in BAM’s New Season

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:20:37 GMT

Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at the Old Vic in London. The production will run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May.Among the highlights of the winter-spring season is a production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” starring Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons.

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Brantley in Britain: Review: ‘Network’ With Bryan Cranston Is Convulsive, Immersive and Still Mad as Hell

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:18:24 GMT

Bryan Cranston, center and on screen, as Howard Beale in Ivo van Hove’s stage production of “Network.”A stage adaptation, directed by Ivo van Hove, confirms the prophecy of a 1976 movie about populist rage and manipulative technology

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Adam Driver’s Nonprofit Seeks Soldiers for the Stage

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:50:21 GMT

Adam Driver, founder of Arts in the Armed Forces, served as a Marine before attending Juilliard.Arts in the Armed Forces, founded by the actor and veteran Adam Driver, will grant $10,000 to a playwright who has served in the military.

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Frank Corsaro, Director Who Shook Up Opera World, Dies at 92

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:32:49 GMT

Frank Corsaro in 1975 at Lincoln Center.In dozens of productions, many for New York City Opera, Mr. Corsaro sought to energize the form, refusing to let his singers just stand and deliver.

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Brantley in Britain: On London Stages, Britain Considers Its Divided Soul

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:56:43 GMT

Victoria Hamilton and Nicholas Rowe as an English couple in the historic garden that gives the play “Albion” its title.New plays from Mike Bartlett and James Graham pose E.M. Forster’s newly urgent question of who inherits England

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