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Review: ‘Hit the Body Alarm’ Finds Satan in a Jumpsuit

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:26:03 GMT

Winsome Brown in “Hit the Body Alarm,” at the Performing Garage.The play, by Winsome Browne and Brad Rouse, also samples a bit of Milton as it tells its tales.

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Review: In ‘A Taste of Honey,’ She’s Having the Baby. How Quaint.

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:20:02 GMT

Rebekah Brockman and John Evans Reese in “A Taste of Honey,” a revival of Shelagh Delaney’s play at the Pearl Theater Company.Shelagh Delaney’s play, once a hit in the West End and on Broadway, is revived by Pearl Theater Company.

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Liev Schreiber, the Reluctant Rake

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:36:42 GMT

Liev Schreiber at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He will star in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” which opens Oct. 8 at the Booth Theater.Starring in the revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” Mr. Schreiber doesn’t see himself as a womanizer: It’s “an awkward, uncomfortable mismatch.”

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Body Image Issues? Lisa Lampanelli Knows the Feeling

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:23 GMT

Lisa Lampanelli at the dessert bistro Sugar and Plumm. Her drama “Stuffed,” which explores women, food and body image, opens Oct. 7. The play centers on four women with different perspectives, including one who is unfazed by being overweight.The insult comic has channeled anxieties about food and body insecurities into her first play, “Stuffed.”

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Review: In ‘The Undertaking,’ Considering the End With Some Laughter

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:41:23 GMT

Irene Lucio and Dan Domingues in “The Undertaking,” at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Space.The thought-provoking new show from the Civilians is a collage of testimonials drawn from people with a particular point of view on, or relationship with, mortality.

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Review: In ‘Dead Shot Mary,’ a Pioneering New York Cop Walks the Beat

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:19:18 GMT

Rachel McPhee plays one of the first women to become a New York City police detective in “Dead Shot Mary.”Mary Shanley, the subject of this play by Robert K. Benson, was one of the first women to become a New York City police detective.

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Behind the Poster: Making Manhood in ‘The Hairy Ape’

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:29:16 GMT

An illustration by Miguel Covarrubias is featured in artwork for a production of Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Hairy Ape” at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.An illustration by Miguel Covarrubias underlines themes of masculinity in Eugene O’Neill’s play.

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‘Frozen’ Musical Zeros In on Michael Grandage as Director

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:36:28 GMT

The British director Michael Grandage.Disney is expected to hire Michael Grandage to direct the musical version of its hit film “Frozen.”

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Theater Listings for Sept. 23-29

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:38:22 GMT

Jennifer Lim and Louis Ozawa Changchien in “Caught,” closing on Saturday at La MaMa. See listing below.A critical guide to productions in New York City, including shows in previews.

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A Lost Art on Broadway: Sneaking In for Act 2

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:24:03 GMT

Ron Fassler, an actor, director and author, said he last sneaked into a show at intermission about 15 years ago. “There is much greater pressure on theater owners now,” he said.Slipping in with crowds during intermission, known as second-acting, was once a rite of passage for students and starving actors. But theaters no longer turn a blind eye to the practice.

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Review: Sagas, Swashbuckling and Scheherazade in ‘1001 Nights’

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:44:43 GMT

From left, Donovan Mendelovitz, Derek Christopher Murphy, Caitlin Donohue and Ben Schrager in the Atlantic Theater Company’s “1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories.”Robert Lopez, a songwriter for “Frozen,” and Adam Koplan created this Atlantic for Kids adaptation, an exuberant musical with both actors and puppets.

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Cirque du Soleil Brings Steampunk to Randalls Island

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:00:23 GMT

A scene from “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.”“Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities” will play under a big top in a pop-up space.

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Theater Review: In Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land,’ Actor-Knights Wield Their Words

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:52:44 GMT

From left, Ian McKellen as Spooner, Patrick Stewart as Hirst and Owen Teale as Briggs in “No Man’s Land” at Wyndham’s Theater in London.Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart star in a new London production of the play at Wyndham’s Theater.

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MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:01:22 GMT

The playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one of this year’s 23 fellows.The 23 winners of this year’s fellowships, awarded for “originality, insight and potential,” include writers, visual artists, scientists and lawyers.

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Critic's Notebook: Forget Twitter. I’d Rather Binge Theater.

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:05:45 GMT

Kristin Worrall, whose life is recounted in the multi-installment “Life and Times,” from the experimental company Nature Theater of Oklahoma.Our critic Charles Isherwood prizes epic theater. Here’s his take on two inspired long-form works coming to an end in New York at roughly the same time.

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Review: Melissa Errico Laughs, but Can’t Let Go, at 54 Below

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:28:29 GMT

Melissa Errico, at Feinstein’s/54 Below in “Funny, I’m a Woman With Children.”“Funny, I’m a Woman With Children” at Feinstein’s/54 Below was full of Ms. Errico’s humor, though she was unable to fully let go in some numbers.

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‘Hand to God’ to Have 13 Productions This Season

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:00:02 GMT

The irreverent play is being embraced by artistic directors in American nonprofit professional theaters, American Theatre magazine says.

Critic's Notebook: When Life’s a Crazy Mess, Try Going Onstage

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:19:46 GMT

Sonya Kelly and Paul Curley in Ms. Kelly’s play “How to Keep an Alien,” at the Irish Arts Center.Brian Quijada and Sonya Kelly are performing in plays they have written that illustrate the hoops people go through when they join another culture.

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Review: A ‘Hamlet’ That Wants to Get Closer

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:24:18 GMT

Chukwudi Iwuji, the lead in the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit production of “Hamlet.”The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit took on the challenge of presenting this play in a nontheatrical space in Harlem; now the cast will continue it in a theatrical one.

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Review: Between Disbelief and Despair, Lewis Black’s ‘Black to the Future’

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:49:20 GMT

In his latest show, at the Marquis Theater, Lewis Black sounds not so much angry as defeated during this election year.In his latest show, at the Marquis Theater, the comedian sounds not so much angry as defeated during an election year in which fiction and reality intersect.

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About New York: In a Fictional Pub, a Tale of a Bombing. A Block Away, a Very Real Explosion.

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:18:18 GMT

La Guardia Airport after an explosion in 1975. Not many city residents can remember that in the late 1960s and into the early ’70s, an extraordinary number of bombs were set off or planted in New York City.As two characters talked about a bombing onstage in “Quietly,” at the Irish Repertory Theater on Saturday night, a tremendous bang echoed through the theater.

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Review: ‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Tests a Priest and Boundaries

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:05:25 GMT

Hannia Guillen and Raúl Méndez in “Bathing in Moonlight.”In this Nilo Cruz play, Father Monroe grapples with the intimate feelings he shares with a woman whose family attends his church.

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Review: In ‘Empathitrax,’ the Side Effects of Knowing Too Much

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:32:15 GMT

Jimmi Simpson and Justine Lupe play a couple trying to reinvigorate their relationship in “Empathitrax,” at Here.This Ana Nogueira play centers on a pill that allows a couple to know each other’s deepest feelings. Complications ensue.

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For Confucius and His Descendants, a Cultural Comeback

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:58:43 GMT

A scene from a 2014 production of “Confucius” at the National Center for the Performing Arts.A flashy show staged by a 77th-generation descendant underscores the enduring cachet of the ancient philosopher.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Me and Prof. Edward Albee

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:14:54 GMT

Edward Albee in 2007.A meditation on family and legacy from my teacher and friend, Edward Albee.

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Theater Artists Protest Cancellation of Black Lives Matter Benefit

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:00:01 GMT

The actress Kathleen Chalfant, who signed a letter of protest over 54 Below’s action. “I was very distressed to discover that, in order to support one movement I thought was important, there was some kind of peculiar political test,” she said.More than 50 people signed a letter condemning Feinstein’s/54 Below for canceling the concert event, “Broadway Supports Black Lives Matter.”

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Charmian Carr, Liesl von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ Film, Dies at 73

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:08:52 GMT

Charmian Carr, with Daniel Truhitte, in the “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” number from the 1965 film “The Sound of Music.”Ms. Carr was a big fan of “The Sound of Music” singalongs, calling them “a kind of therapy.”

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Review: In ‘What Did You Expect?,’ a Potluck of Election-Year Anxiety

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:51:39 GMT

From left, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Roberta Maxwell, Amy Warren (back to camera), and Lynn Hawley in “What Did You Expect?” at the Public Theater. The play is part of Richard Nelson’s cycle “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family.”Richard Nelson portrays life in a political season as a bewildering mirage for an extended family that finds itself in reduced circumstances.

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