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Critic's Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:16:23 GMT

From left, Jessie Shelton and Jonathan Groff, who play the “36 Questions” podcast’s characters, and the composers Ellen Winter and Chris Littler.The new podcast “36 Questions” sets a standard for the future of musical theater.

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Critic's Notebook: The Drag Queen Overshares, but the Guru Has Something to Hide

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:53:10 GMT

Brian Charles Rooney in “Miss Blanche Tells It All,” part of the New York Musical Festival.Questions of identity are explored through song in three shows at the New York Musical Festival.

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Theater: He Spent His Life in Theater. Here’s What He Left Behind.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:09:01 GMT

James Houghton died last summer. Now his daughter is sharing his collection of theatrical treasures.

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Tina Howe Copes With Caregiving and Other Late-in-Life Storms

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:28:46 GMT

The playwright Tina Howe with her husband, Norman Levy, in their Upper West Side home.Looking after her ailing husband, and the perils of climate change, are inspirations for her new play, “Singing Beach.”

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What I Love: Andy Blankenbuehler, ‘Hamilton’ Choreographer, at Home in Harlem

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:09:53 GMT

When the choreographer finally got his dream house, it was during a nightmarish time in his life.

What’s New in NYC Theater

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:32:47 GMT

Alana Bridgewater, center, and members of the cast of the musical “Spoon River,” a Soulpepper production at the Pershing Square Signature Center that is closing this month. See listing below.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Review: ‘Romeo Is Bleeding,’ and Shakespeare Is Relevant

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:18:18 GMT

Donté Clark in the documentary “Romeo Is Bleeding.”A documentary finds a group of young people in violence-plagued Richmond, Calif., staging their own version of Romeo and Juliet’s romantic tragedy.

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Review: In ‘While I Was Waiting,’ a Man and a Country in Limbo

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:41:21 GMT

Mustafa Kur as a victim of government repression in Syria in “While I Was Waiting” at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.In Mohammad Al Attar’s new play, a 20-something Syrian is beaten nearly to death. Will his family and friends (and his country) ever recover?

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A Bill Funding Arts and Humanities Endowments Passes House Committee

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:21:04 GMT

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts helped the Dallas Museum of Art buy this Chris Burden work, “All the Submarines of the United States of America” (1987), shown in 2013 at the New Museum in New York.Months after President Trump proposed eliminating the N.E.A. and the N.E.H., a bill to finance them was approved by the appropriations panel.

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Tony Kushner Plans a Trump Play, and a New ‘West Side Story’

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:19:20 GMT

The playwright Tony Kushner, who told The Daily Beast he was working on a new play about President Trump.Mr. Kushner said in an interview with The Daily Beast that he was working on a play set two years before the 2016 election.

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Review: Surviving War With a Sense of Humor in ‘Pity in History’

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:50:16 GMT

Kaitlynd Collins and Jonathan Tindle in the Potomac Theater Project production of Howard Barker’s “Pity in History.”Howard Barker’s BBC teleplay is being professionally staged for the first time, thanks to Potomac Theater Project, which has regularly mounted his work.

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Joe Pera and Julio Torres Help Bring Comedy Back to Union Hall

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:35:46 GMT

The comedian Joe Pera will perform for two nights at Union Hall.This Park Slope venue was shut down after a fire in March, but it has a strong slate of stand-up the week it reopens.

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De Blasio, With ‘Cultural Plan,’ Proposes Linking Money to Diversity

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:39:13 GMT

Images from museums and others in the Cultural Institutions Group, which will continue receiving financial support under New York City’s first cultural plan for arts organizations across the five boroughs.The Metropolitan Museum of Art and other major institutions escape city budget cuts, while smaller arts groups outside Manhattan may receive new resources.

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La MaMa to Host Belarus Free Theater Next Season

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:00:14 GMT

The Belarus Free Theater performing “Trash Cuisine” at La MaMa in 2015.La MaMa has announced its 56th season, which includes a visit from Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, and a Tennessee Williams production.

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Review: ‘A Pink Chair’ Explores a Polish Playwright, but Finds Little

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:10:22 GMT

From left, Danusia Trevino, Enver Chakartash, Gareth Hobbs, Erin Mullin and Jim Fletcher in “A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique),” at the Bard SummerScape festival. This Wooster Group production, inspired by Tadeusz Kantor and his play “I Shall Never Return,” is an esoteric project that fails to connect with its audience.

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Review: ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Diluted by Too Many Experiments

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:32:21 GMT

From left, Attilio Rigotti, Kayla Asbell, Justin Nestor and Corey Sullivan in “Death of a Salesman” at BAM Fisher.It’s almost always a good time to resurrect Willy Loman, Arthur Miller’s desperate Everyman, but Theater Mitu’s staging at BAM Fisher saps the play’s power.

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Harvard’s Graduate Theater Program Halts Admissions for 3 Years

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:30:02 GMT

Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater, is among the officials who run Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute graduate theater program.A new setback for a school that has ties to the acclaimed American Repertory Theater, but from which students leave with enormous debt.

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A New Mike Bartlett Play and a ‘Twilight Zone’ Adaptation Are Planned at Almeida

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:48:33 GMT

The playwright Mike Bartlett, whose “Albion” will be part of the Almeida Theater’s 2017-18 season.Highlights of the Almeida Theater’s 2017-18 season, announced Monday, include “Albion,” a new work by Mr. Bartlett, the author of “King Charles III.”

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Critic's Notebook: When Women Won’t Accept Theatrical Manspreading

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:22 GMT

A scene from Paula Vogel’s play “Indecent,” which was about to close but had its run extended at the Cort Theater.Gender inequality remains a problem, but it’s heartening to see playwrights and performers argue for more opportunities.

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London Theater Reviews: Birth Pangs, Royal and Otherwise

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:33:41 GMT

The cast of “Queen Anne” at Theatre Royal Haymarket.Surrogacy brings challenges, a childless queen is upstaged by her dearest friend, and two writers vie for supremacy — all on London stages this summer.

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Review: What the Singing Dead Remember in ‘Spoon River’

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:00:27 GMT

Brendan Wall, center left, and Raquel Duffy in the musical “Spoon River” at the Signature Theater.This exuberant musical out of Toronto, adapted from the poems by Edgar Lee Masters, presents an all-souls hootenanny.

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For Syrian Actors, a Maddening Road to America

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:48:21 GMT

Mohamad Alrefai in “While I Was Waiting.” The play, based on a true story, will be performed at Lincoln Center this week.The cast and crew of a Syrian play to be performed at Lincoln Center are scattered across the world, so just getting to the United States was a dramatic ordeal.

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Review: ‘Martin Denton, Martin Denton,’ Off Off Broadway Hagiography

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:21:40 GMT

Chris Harcum and Marisol Rosa-Shapiro in “Martin Denton, Martin Denton.”This Chris Harcum play tells how a theater enthusiast funneled his passions.

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Review: ‘Hi, Hitler’ and Other Tales From a Lively Household

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:59:51 GMT

Trying to find herself: Lucie Pohl in “Hi, Hitler,” at the Cherry Lane Theater.In her one-woman show, Lucie Pohl incarnates a wide range of characters as she tells of her lifelong search for identity.

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