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Review: In ‘Everybody,’ Mortality Loves Company

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:00:17 GMT

Lakisha Michelle May and Chris Perfetti in “Everybody.”Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s take on a stark 15th-century morality play includes characters like Stuff, Death and Love.


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Review: In ‘Fish Men,’ Speed Chess and Weighty Exchanges

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:00:01 GMT

José Joaquín Pérez, foreground, and Gardiner Comfort in the play “Fish Men.”A drama by Cándido Tirado set in Washington Square Park has characters talking genocide and justice while the speed-chess clock ticks.


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When They Met: Before ‘Moonlight’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ a Friendship Born in the Classroom

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:41:47 GMT

Danai Gurira and André Holland in a theater at New York University, where they met in a graduate acting program.André Holland first saw Danai Gurira at New York University, performing a monologue she wrote. Since then, they have acted and written together.


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Review: ‘Leah, the Forsaken’ is an 1862 Drama With Modern Resonance

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:49:32 GMT

Regina Gibson and Jon Berry in the revival of “Leah, the Forsaken” at the Metropolitan Playhouse.In 1700s Austria, a man loves a traveler who can’t stay in his village because she is Jewish. This play’s parallels with current concerns ring clear.


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Hillary Clinton’s in the House

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:25:23 GMT

Hillary Clinton chatting backstage with Glenn Close, star of “Sunset Boulevard.”For Broadway audiences, she’s become a familiar sight — and another reason to applaud.


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Children’s Books: From Children’s Books to Live Theater: Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers Have New Tales to Tell

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:55:17 GMT

Mo Willems, left, and Oliver Jeffers at the New Victory Theater.Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers talk about turning their children’s books into plays.


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Review: ‘On the Exhale’ Addresses Grief and the Attraction of an Assault Rifle

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:00:02 GMT

Marin Ireland in “On the Exhale” at the Roundabout’s Black Box Theater.Martín Zimmerman’s play, starring Marin Ireland, approaches the subject of American gun violence from a startlingly original perspective.


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Why Thornton Wilder Matters in the Trump Era

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:42:32 GMT

From left, Kecia Lewis, Reynaldo Piniella and Fred Epstein in “The Skin of Our Teeth,” a Theater for a New Audience production in Brooklyn.Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” made its Broadway premiere in 1942. It’s back, again, with fresh resonance.


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In Open Letter, 65 Writers and Artists Urge Trump to Reconsider Visa Ban

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:12:11 GMT

Zadie Smith and Patrick Stewart, two of the people who signed the letter.The letter, written by PEN America, reads in part: “Vibrant, open intercultural dialogue is indispensable in the fight against terror and oppression.”


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Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:25:33 GMT

David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2011. The symphony has urged its board members to call their elected representatives about potential budget cuts under the Trump administration.Across the country, orchestras, theaters and operas reacted with alarm that public funding for the arts could be cut under President Trump.


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Inside the Brutal World of Comedy Open Mikes

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:20:57 GMT

The Klimat Lounge, where unknown comedians regularly wander in to try out their material.Basements. Back rooms. Awkward silences and occasionally, a laugh. The lengths to which stand-up comedians must go to test material in New York City.


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Review: In ‘Escaped Alone’ Fears Small (Cats) and Large (Apocalypse)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:00:15 GMT

Linda Bassett in “Escaped Alone.”Fear festers, burrows and blooms in Caryl Churchill’s short and wondrous play that plumbs the depths of 21st-century terrors.


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Review: ‘Evening at the Talk House’ Is Just the Dystopia Next Door

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:00:02 GMT

From left, Matthew Broderick, John Epperson, Wallace Shawn, seated, and Claudia Shear in Mr. Shawn’s “Evening at the Talk House” at the Pershing Square Signature Center.Wallace Shawn excavates moral cowardice in an authoritarian age, with Matthew Broderick as our guide.


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What’s New in NYC Theater

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:26:07 GMT

Max von Essen and Elisabeth Gray in “Yours Unfaithfully,” a Miles Malleson play from 1933.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.


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Review: In ‘A Man of Good Hope,’ a Boy Wonders if America Is His Refuge

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:18:25 GMT

Clockwise from left: Pauline Malefane, Ayanda Tikolo and Siphosethu Juta in “A Man of Good Hope” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.Asad is a refugee whose refuge keeps receding, in this music drama, directed by Mark Dornford-May, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


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Sara Bareilles Will Star in ‘Waitress,’ Her Broadway Acting Debut

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:00:15 GMT

Sara Bareilles, whose score for “Waitress” was nominated for a Tony Award last year, will succeed Jessie Mueller in the lead role.Ms. Bareilles, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics to the hit show, will succeed Jessie Mueller in the lead role on March 31.


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Review: ‘Man From Nebraska’ Delivers a Midlife Crisis of Faith

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:00:14 GMT

From left, Reed Birney, Max Gordon Moore and Nana Mensah in the play “Man From Nebraska,” at Second Stage Theater.In this Tracy Letts play, an Everyman suddenly realizes he doesn’t believe in God and goes about re-examining all aspects of his life.


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Review: In ‘Good Samaritans,’ They Sing and Dance, but This Isn’t ‘La La Land’

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:00:01 GMT

Kevin Hurley and Rosemary Allen in Richard Maxwell’s “Good Samaritans” at Abrons Arts Center.This Richard Maxwell production at the Abrons Arts Center could be described as a sugar-free version of the new Hollywood musical.


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The Carpetbagger: Denzel Washington, the Oscars and Race

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:23:15 GMT

Denzel Washington, accepting his award for best male actor in a leading role, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month.The actor, nominated for “Fences,” discusses bringing more of August Wilson’s work to the screen. And he finds a path to social progress.


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Encounters: Sinister Siblings From ‘The Great Comet’ Go to Fashion Week

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:21:35 GMT

Lucas Steele and Amber Gray at the Tory Burch presentation at the Whitney Museum.At the Tory Burch show, the Broadway actors Amber Gray and Lucas Steele meet a fan in Anna Wintour.


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‘Grease’ in a Nairobi High School: Saheem Ali on His First Time Directing

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:41:25 GMT

Saheem Ali, a theater director, will oversee productions this spring of “Twelfth Night” at the Public Theater, “Nollywood Dreams” at the Cherry Lane Theater and “Kill Move Paradise” at the National Black Theater.The director recalls putting together a version of “Grease” when he was a teenager in Kenya.


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A ‘Hamilton’ Star Is to Replace Josh Groban in ‘Great Comet’

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:30:02 GMT

Okieriete Onaodowan, who played Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton.”Okieriete Onaodowan was Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in “Hamilton.” Next, he’ll play Pierre in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”


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In ‘Everybody,’ a New Angle on Race

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:07:16 GMT

Lakisha Michelle May, left, and Marylouise Burke in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Everybody.”Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s new play is part of the Signature Theater Company’s Residency Five program.


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