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Film 'Te Ata' Tells Real Life Story Of Prolific Native American Performer

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:55:26 -0400

Te Ata is about the true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a Chickasaw storyteller who was born and raised in the Chickasaw Nation. She became one of the greatest Native American performers ever.



Sword Swallower Makes Triumphant Return As He Battles Severe Health Issues

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:12:00 -0400

For decades, Johnny Fox has been a beloved figure at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Even as he battles serious health problems, Fox is back on stage this fall, thanks to support from friends.



Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:08:00 -0400

The Siege is one of a number of plays depicting a Palestinian point of view that has been cancelled after pressure from American Jewish groups. One esteemed theater in New York reportedly planned the play, then quietly dropped it from the schedule. Now, it's finally getting its U.S. premiere.



Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0400

Jason De León, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Derek Peterson are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, which honors "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals."



Q-Tip Says His New Kennedy Center Role Helps 'Institutionalize Hip-Hop'

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 00:14:00 -0400

A Tribe Called Quest frontman is the first artistic director for hip-hop culture at the Kennedy Center. He discusses the cultural levity of his appointment and the current political climate.



Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:54:00 -0400

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times report alleging that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.



A New Musical — And Its Audience — Grapple With Asian Identity, Through K-Pop

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

The show's plot and very existence provoke larger questions around race, representation and casting.



Bill Murray And Jan Vogler Take Us To 'New Worlds' On Their New Theatrical Album

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:42:00 -0400

After the comedian and cellist met on a flight, the two struck up a friendship and decided to release an album on which Murray sings and reads American classics accompanied by a classical trio.



'Beautiful Things' Revealed In Stage Adaptation Of Cheryl Strayed's Advice Column

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 18:05:58 -0400

Before she was a famous author, Strayed wrote an advice column under the pseudonym "Dear Sugar." Now, it's been adapted into an unlikely off-Broadway play starring Nia Vardalos.



The Theater Development Fund In New York Takes Playing Dress-Up To Another Level

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:17:00 -0400

The largest costume rental business in New York City is not a business at all, but the non-profit organization that runs the city's discount ticket booths.



Like It Or Not, You're Getting A 'Pretty Woman' Musical

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:32:00 -0400

Is it a good idea to make a musical adapted from Pretty Woman? Or is it, just possibly ... a "big mistake — huge!" We have a few details about the new show, coming to Broadway in 2018.



'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:01:18 -0400

In his new one-man show, On the Media host Bob Garfield grapples with questions of identity and belonging. "I've been running from the religious part of my religion for my entire adult life," he says.



Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:11:26 -0400

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can get."



In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:49:00 -0400

The one-woman show centers on a Syrian-American who tells harrowing stories of Syria's civil war as she prepares a traditional dish. It's an intimate experience for both the audience and the actress.



Director Peter Hall, A Champion Of British Theater, Dies At 86

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:59:00 -0400

Hall ran two of the most important theater companies in England — the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He directed Waiting for Godot and Amadeus, among dozens of plays, old and new.