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With a Singing SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Aims for a Broadway Splash

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:25:59 GMT

Danny Skinner as Patrick Star, Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants and Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical” at the Palace Theater.To capture the spirit of its relentlessly cheerful animated hero and his underwater world, a $20 million musical that “explodes off the stage.”

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He Knows Bikini Bottom. Now He Gets to Swim There.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:34:17 GMT

Ethan Slater, pictured here in his Brooklyn neighborhood, said physical comedians had influenced his performance as the title character in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”“It’s a little freaky” how much the energetic actor Ethan Slater seems like the title character he plays in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”

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Review: Who Is ‘Harry Clarke,’ and Why Is He So Appealing?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:45:19 GMT

Billy Crudup stars as a man who reinvents himself in David Cale’s “Harry Clarke” at the Vineyard Theater.Billy Crudup is having a blast as a Midwestern sad sack and his English alter ego in David Cale’s one-man, double-life play at the Vineyard.

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Brantley in Britain: Showgirls, a Monster and a Drag Queen: Singing Songs of Self

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:00:20 GMT

No production of “Follies” has plumbed the depths of its sadness as fearlessly as Dominic Cooke’s interpretation at London’s National Theater.New musicals on London’s stages include a merciless and compassionate “Follies,” a revitalized “Young Frankenstein” and a timely saga of an aspiring drag queen.

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Critic’s Notebook: A Night at the Theater From Your Couch? No Apologies Needed.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:52:02 GMT

Meryl Streep, left, as Mother Courage in “Theater of War,” a documentary about the making of a 2006 production of the Brecht play. It is watchable through the Kanopy streaming service.Streaming services have more stage offerings than ever — from great actors in early roles to recent Broadway musicals, captured live. Plus “Hamlet” in Lithuanian.

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Review: TV Crooners (and Danny Aiello) Head ‘Home for the Holidays’

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:45:19 GMT

From left, Evynne Hollens, Peter Hollens, Bianca Ryan, Danny Aiello and Kaitlyn Bristowe in ”Home for the Holidays” at the August Wilson Theater.Despite the presence of “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, this limp revue of carols and pop songs isn’t likely to bring much Yuletide cheer.

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The Hurricane Hit, but Our Show Went On

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:03:11 GMT

In this snapshot, the playwright Rajiv Joseph captured the flooding outside the Alley Theater, where Hurricane Harvey forced the relocation of his play “Describe the Night.”Rehearsing “Describe the Night” in makeshift space after Hurricane Harvey reminded Rajiv Joseph that theater can help build community. And rebuild it.

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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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Critic’s Notebook: Fool Me Twice? Yes, Please

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:00:24 GMT

Scott Silven performs his dinner show “At The Illusionist’s Table” at the McKittrick Hotel.A pair of magic shows set in unusual sites have even jaded New York audiences happily losing their minds.

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On the Paris Stage, Plays Get Personal and Political

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:58:40 GMT

The cast of “Jusque dans vos bras” by Jean-Christophe Meurisse at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, in Paris.Recent productions in the French capital examine the response to terrorism, deep loss and questions of national identity.

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Public Theater to Hold Town Hall on Sexual Harassment

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:52:01 GMT

The Public Theater is inviting the New York theater community to discuss sexual harassment on Dec. 4.The theater wants New York’s theater community to discuss and change what it calls the pervasive culture of sexual misconduct.

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Ann Wedgeworth, 83, Dies; Tony-Winning Actress Known for ‘Three’s Company’

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:19:50 GMT

Ann Wedgeworth and John Ritter in an episode of “Three’s Company.” She played a flirtatious older woman.Ms. Wedgeworth’s characters were often flirtatious, maternal or a combination of both in plays like “Chapter Two” and films like “Steel Magnolias.”

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Clive Barnes Award Winner and Nominees Are Announced

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:12:29 GMT

Gemma Bond’s “Then and Again” at the Joyce Ballet Festival this year. Ms. Bond is the winner of the Clive Barnes Award for dance.Gemma Bond, the ballet dancer and choreographer, is the winner of this year’s dance award. Theater winners will be announced on Jan. 8.

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What’s That Smell? It’s ‘Festen,’ a Play and Film With Aroma

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:26:47 GMT

The perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, who created three scents for Cyril Teste’s version of “Festen,” which appears in Paris starting Friday.In collaboration with the French theater director Cyril Teste, Francis Kurkdjian helps a new “Festen” along with scents of woods, ash and memory.

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The First Time: Billy Porter: The First Time I Refused to Keep Playing a Stereotype

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:42:14 GMT

The actor Billy Porter is starring in “Kinky Boots,” for which he won a Tony Award in 2013.Seeing “Angels in America” in 1994 was the moment Mr. Porter, the Broadway star, realized he had to rethink his career path and chase a new dream.

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Review: ‘The Wolves’ Are Back in a Rush of Combustible Energy

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:39:36 GMT

Brenna Coates, center foreground, in “The Wolves” at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater.Sarah DeLappe’s remarkably assured first play, a group portrait of a girls’ soccer team, is now at Lincoln Center Theater.

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Review: A Most Opinionated Wedding Guest Returns in ‘Bright Colors’

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:27:58 GMT

Drew Droege wrote and stars in the solo show “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns,” directed by Michael Urie.Overwhelming? Yes. Self-involved? Absolutely. But Drew Droege still makes for hilarious company in this one-person show.

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Review: A Girl’s Kerouac Dreams Go Astray in ‘The Mad Ones’

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:16:48 GMT

Krystina Alabado, left, as a high school student at a crossroads, and Jay Armstrong Johnson as her boyfriend, in “The Mad Ones.”Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s musical is about a high school senior who finds inspiration and danger in “On the Road.”

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Chloë Sevigny on Playing an Addict in ‘Downtown Race Riot’

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:00:18 GMT

Chloë SevignyMs. Sevigny talks about starring in the new play, beating up stuffed animals for Pussy Riot and moving back to Manhattan.

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Review: In ‘Diaspora,’ an Ancient Siege for the Snapchat Age

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:38:39 GMT

Connie Castanzo taking a group selfie in the play “Diaspora” at the Gym at Judson.Toggling between the years 2017 and 73, this play about American Jews on a trip to Israel seems confused about what it is trying to say.

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Review: A ‘Peter Pan’ That Never Takes Flight

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:02:23 GMT

From left, Susannah Millonzi, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Brad Heberlee (kneeling), Kelley Curran (on ground), Edmund Lewis and the director Eric Tucker in Bedlam’s production of “Peter Pan”The Bedlam production of the J.M. Barrie classic is both too childish to tell the story properly and too adult to access its wonder.

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Review: In This ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Love Is a Zero-Sum Game

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:45:13 GMT

In foreground from left, Kate Hamill and John Tufts in Primary Stages’ production of the play “Pride and Prejudice” at the Cherry Lane Theater.An unconventional Primary Stages adaptation of the Jane Austen novel features gags, dance breaks and other cynical silliness.

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

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:12:54 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’

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:20:05 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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