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Brantley in Britain: Review: A Souped-Up ‘Dreamgirls’ Roars in London

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:25:22 GMT

Amber Riley’s performance in “Dreamgirls” has London audiences raving.Amber Riley owns center stage without even seeming to try in Casey Nicholaw’s high-octane revival of this Supremes-inspired musical.

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How Danny DeVito Eats an Egg (and Still Says His Lines) on Broadway

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Danny DeVito hilariously eats an egg as Gregory Solomon in Broadway’s newest production of Arthur Miller’s “The Price.”

Review: ‘The Dreyfus Affair’ and the Sound of Anxiety

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:09:37 GMT

Max von Essen and Meghan Picerno in “The Dreyfus Affair.”This production is a hybrid of concert and theater, a combination that has become the signature of the Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

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Review: A Sequel Asks, Who’s Knocking on the Door at ‘A Doll’s House’?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:00:14 GMT

Jayne Houdyshell, left, and Laurie Metcalf in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” written by Lucas Hnath.Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” funny and illuminating, dares to wonder what Ibsen’s Nora Helmer has been up to since she slammed that door.

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Cate Blanchett to Star in ‘All About Eve’ in London

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:33:40 GMT

Cate Blanchett in Chekhov’s “The Present,” on Broadway in December. She will star in a staging of “All About Eve” directed by Ivo van Hove.This stage version of the 1950 film, which will be adapted and directed by Ivo van Hove, is planned for the West End in spring 2018.

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Review: Forced Merriment in a ‘Twelfth Night’ for the Masses

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:10:27 GMT

Danaya Esperanza, in hat, and Michael Bradley Cohen in the Public Theater Mobile Unit’s production of “Twelfth Night.”The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit winds up its five-borough tour of Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identity.

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Lincoln Center to Host Theater Festival for Autistic Audience

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:38:23 GMT

A scene from “Up and Away” at the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center.The Big Umbrella Festival, arriving in April 2018, hopes to make theater a safe space for children on the autism spectrum.

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Ten Years Later, a One-Woman Show is Still One Man’s Work

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:24 GMT

Kris Andersson as his drag alter ego Dixie, the star of “Dixie’s Tupperware Party.”Kris Andersson keeps on touring as Dixie Longate, an indefatigable Tupperware queen.

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Martha Lavey, a Leading Lady of Chicago Theater, Dies at 60

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:13:20 GMT

Martha Lavey at the Steppenwolf Theater in 2010, during the run of the revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”An actress by training, Ms. Lavey was artistic director of Steppenwolf Theater during a period of great expansion.

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:56:21 GMT

Marisa Tomei and Lena Hall (center, from left) in “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage.”Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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James Earl Jones to Receive Lifetime Achievement Tony Award

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:30:30 GMT

James Earl Jones in his most recent Broadway performance, a 2015 revival of “The Gin Game,” opposite Cicely Tyson. He will be recognized this year with a special Tony Award for lifetime achievement in theater.Mr. Jones, 86, has appeared in 20 Broadway plays since 1958 and has won two Tony Awards, for “The Great White Hope” in 1969 and “Fences” in 1987.

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Review: Singing and Dancing the Postwar Blues in ‘Bandstand’

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:47:57 GMT

Corey Cott and Laura Osnes star in “Bandstand,” a new musical set in 1945, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater.Laura Osnes and Corey Cott star in a new Broadway musical, set in 1945, about a musician, a singer, trauma and healing.

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Ex-Theater Agent Admits to Tricking Friends Into Investing in Fake Play

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:00:30 GMT

Roland Scahill, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to tricking friends into investing in a nonexistent play.Roland Scahill pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny and fraud over a scheme built around a nonexistent play he claimed would star the actress Lupita Nyong’o as the opera singer Kathleen Battle.

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Review: To Be or Not to Be? Oh, Who Cares? A Different ‘Hamlet’

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:12:31 GMT

Matt Weiss as a Hamlet who tends to grope Ophelia.Boris Akunin’s take on Shakespeare’s broody prince is full of intrigue, but it often feels like a “Hamlet” highlight reel.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ Is Coming to the Apollo

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:00:01 GMT

Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe work that won the National Book Award will be staged in a multimedia production in April 2018.

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Renée Fleming and Joshua Bell to Unite for Science

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:17:18 GMT

Brian Greene, during “Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks,” at last year’s World Science Festival.The musicians will perform in “Time, Creativity and the Cosmos,” a multimedia spectacle, to open the World Science Festival’s 10th anniversary.

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Taylor Mac Will Take His ‘24-Decade’ Show to West Coast and Beyond

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:00:05 GMT

Taylor Mac, during his “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2016. Audiences in San Francisco will be able to see the show in September and there will be an abridged version at Mr. Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” will be performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with abridged versions staged elsewhere.

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Theater: ‘Happy Days’ for Dianne Wiest

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:40:24 GMT

Dianne Wiest stars in “Happy Days”at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.Ms. Wiest plays the beleaguered but unbowed heroine of this Beckett comedy.

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The Pen and the Trigger Finger: Examining Gun Violence Onstage

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Marin Ireland in “On the Exhale,” one of many recent plays to consider gun violence and its aftermath.Live performance is a most direct way to make the fear and heartbreak palpable.

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Review: A Scam Artist’s Masterwork in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:00:14 GMT

From left, Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and Corey Hawkins in a revival of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation” at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.Corey Hawkins soars as a great pretender in this otherwise earthbound revival of John Guare’s masterwork.

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A Red State’s Arts Blues

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Allyson Boate warming up before a performance of “Hamlet” at the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center in Spearfish, S.D.South Dakota, which voted decisively for Donald J. Trump, is also a prime recipient of grants from the arts agencies the president wants to eliminate.

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Michael Bogdanov, Shakespearean Stage Director, Dies at 78

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:07:42 GMT

Michael Bogdanov directed more than 70 Shakespeare productions in his quest to “pluck out the political, existential heart and mystery of the plays.”Mr. Bogdanov also directed plays by Molière, Goethe, Chekhov, Gogol and Dylan Thomas, as well as musicals and operas. But a contemporary play nearly put him in jail.

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Review: ‘Anastasia,’ a Russian Princess With an Identity Crisis

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:00:14 GMT

Christy Altomare in the musical “Anastasia,” a show filled with internal conflicts.This epic musical about an amnesiac princess suffers from its own identity crisis.

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With Help From City, Soho Rep Will Return to Theater It Vacated

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:16 GMT

Soho Rep had presented a variety of productions at its TriBeCa theater over the past 25 years. Here are Thuli Dumakude and Jonathan Peck in a 2014 production of “Generations.”This company plans to go back to its Walker Street location in TriBeCa next spring now that officials have helped it address issues regarding the space.

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With Clock Ticking, a New Musical Makes Its Final Fixes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:01:24 GMT

The director Andy Blankenbuehler, far right, demonstrating a move to cast members of “Bandstand.”The director of “Bandstand” had to introduce changes — then let go.

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Review: Shakespeare for the Very Young (Sheep Ears Included)

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:41:43 GMT

From left, Stephanie Rutherford, Katharine Gray and Deanne Jones in “In a Pickle,” a children’s theater adaptation of “The Winter’s Tale.”“In a Pickle,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is “The Winter’s Tale” for 2- through 5-year-olds. More emphasis on the sheep, less on the scary stuff.

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Trial for Broadway’s ‘Rebecca’ Scandal Begins

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:10:50 GMT

Posters for the musical “Rebecca” were already up at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theater in the fall of 2012 when the production unraveled because of a fraud scheme.A court case involving one of the most high profile scandals in Broadway history began on Monday.

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London Theater Reviews: Adultery With a Difference on the London Stage

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:58:21 GMT

Ben Chaplin as Edward and Daisy Haggard as Zara in “Consent” at the National Theater in London.Portraying marriages under siege, Nina Raine’s blistering “Consent” and Edward Albee’s “The Goat” aim to shake up audiences.

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Review: Some Sugar but Not Enough Spice in This ‘Chocolate Factory’

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:00:23 GMT

Christian Borle, center, as Willy Wonka in the musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.Christian Borle is the eccentric Willy Wonka in this tentative musical based on the Roald Dahl children’s classic.

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Review: ‘The Antipodes’ and Ambiguous Brainstorming

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:54:08 GMT

From left, Josh Hamilton, Danny McCarthy and Josh Charles are brainstorming — but about what? — in Annie Baker’s “The Antipodes.”In this endlessly fascinating work, Annie Baker, the author of “The Flick,” considers the art and necessity of fabulation.

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