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New York Has Its ‘Jerry Springer’ Moment, With Arias and Dancing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:10:08 GMT

Terrence Mann, as the title character in “Jerry Springer — The Opera,” was lifted up by the cast during rehearsal for a scene about good versus evil.With a reality TV star in the White House and ’90s nostalgia in full flower, the controversial 2003 musical about the famed talk show host arrives.


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Fighting for Native Americans, in Court and Onstage

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:13:55 GMT

Mary Kathryn Nagle at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where her play “Sovereignty” is having its world premiere.In her new play “Sovereignty,” Mary Kathryn Nagle brings together her legal activism and her family history.


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Review: Richard Maxwell Considers Life After Life in ‘Paradiso’

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:33:34 GMT

From left, Carina Goebelbecker, the robot, Jessica Gallucci and Elaine Davis in “Paradiso” at the Greene Naftali gallery.In the bleak and buoyant “Paradiso,” a world beyond human existence is summoned with stark sentimentality and endless eloquence.


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Review: Hipsters Double-Check Their Privilege in ‘Cute Activist’

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:32:52 GMT

David Greenspan, left, as Landlorde in Milo Cramer’s “Cute Activist.” (In the house: Elizabeth Kenny, top, and Annie Henk.)A new comedy at the Bushwick Starr satirizes 20-somethings, gentrifiers, landlords and activists. In other words, Bushwick.


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Review: ‘Undesirable Elements,’ Documentary Theater for Uncivil Times

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:34:19 GMT

From left: Mohammad Murtaza, Syl (Andrea) Egerton, De-Andra Pryce and Rafael Rosario in “Undesirable Elements” at The Duke on 42nd Street in Manhattan.In this gentle, humane show by Ping Chong + Company, young New Yorkers share their real-life victories and fears.


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Critic’s Notebook: Can Art Change the World? With Song, Dance and Cowboy Clichés Two Shows Offer Different Answers

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:52:21 GMT

Bence Mezei (rear, in mariachi costume) steps out of the ensemble in “Pursuit of Happiness” to deliver a surreal monologue about a dance troupe’s visit to war-torn Iraq.“Parable of the Sower” is an earnest call to action, while the irreverent “Pursuit of Happiness” finds a Slovenian dance troupe in unfamiliar territory.


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Review: A Fantasy Town Builds a Wall Against Time in ‘Ballyturk’

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:45:22 GMT

Mikel Murfi, left, and Tadhg Murphy in the play “Ballyturk” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.Enda Walsh’s wild cosmic farce, in which two men act out the life of a fantasy village, finds the aching emptiness in words, words, words.


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Study Finds Increasing Diversity on Broadway

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:41:12 GMT

From left, Zainab Jah, Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand and Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed” at the Golden Theater in 2016.The Asian American Performers Action Coalition found that in the 2015-16 season, 35 percent of all roles went to minority actors — up from 30 percent the year before.


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Review: Without Singing, the Moth Hits the High Notes in ‘The Echo Drift’

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:23:52 GMT

Blythe Gaissert portrays a prisoner and John Kelly provides the voice of a moth in her cell in “The Echo Drift,” a multimedia chamber opera.Stark, intricate and often exciting, the two-character chamber opera finds a prisoner tormented by the insect in her cell.


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Russian Theater Director’s House Arrest Is Extended

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:26:54 GMT

Kirill S. Serebrennikov, a theater director who is accused of embezzling money meant for his theater company.Kirill S. Serebrennikov has been under suspicion of embezzling a sum equal to $2.3 million.


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City Center to Honor Michael Friedman

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:44:48 GMT

Mr. Friedman, who died of complications from HIV/AIDS last year, performing his work in 2010 as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. His 2003 musical “Gone Missing” will be staged at City Center’s Off-Center series in July.The theater’s Off-Center series, which Mr. Friedman led until his death last year, will stage his 2003 musical “Gone Missing” in July.


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For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:43:03 GMT

Lorraine Hansberry was the first African-American woman to have a play produced on Broadway, with “A Raisin in the Sun.”The new documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” explores a more complex and complicated playwright than the civil rights figure known to most people.


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Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:20:03 GMT

Valois Mickens in “Panorama,” a multimedia production from the Italian troupe Motus, at La MaMa.In this multimedia, multidimensional performance piece, the boundaries of race, gender and ethnicity blur into a shifting pageant of identity.


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Critic’s Notebook: How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:42:52 GMT

Erik Jensen plays Lester Bangs in “How to Be a Rock Critic,” part of the Under the Radar festival at the Public Theater.Rock is underexplored onstage, but two Under the Radar shows, “How to Be a Rock Critic” and “The Hendrix Project,” grapple with its transformative power.


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Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:45:24 GMT

John Lithgow in his one-man show “Stories by Heart” at the American Airlines Theater.In a touching tribute to his father and the tradition of reading aloud, Mr. Lithgow recites two classic tales of deception and comeuppance.


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What’s New in NYC Theater

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:18:27 GMT

From left, Jon Jon Briones, Samuel Li Weintraub and Eva Noblezada in “Miss Saigon” at the Broadway Theater.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.


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5 Shows to See if You’re in New York in January

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:30:54 GMT

Two of the performers in “Panorama,” part of the Under the Radar festival.For the new year, productions that aim to shake up your senses and challenge your assumptions. Plus: ’80s jargon and hair.


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Three Journeys Under the Radar: Trippy, Unsettling and Affectionate

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:32:29 GMT

Alicia ayo Ohs, center, and Andrew Schneider in “After” at the Public Theater.Audiences at the Public Theater’s festival of experimental theater can hallucinate, watch a Cuban “Antigone” or get nostalgic with a New Yorker writer.


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Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham to Depart London’s Donmar Warehouse

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:21:04 GMT

Josie Rourke, left, and Kate Pakenham, in 2013Ms. Rourke, the artistic director, will leave in 2019 and Ms. Pakenham, the executive producer, will leave in June.


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