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Australia’s ‘King Kong’ Is Bound for Broadway, a Bit Late but Just as Big

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:00:20 GMT

Esther Hannaford, Chris Ryan and the famous ape in the 2013 production of “King Kong” in Melbourne, Australia.This stage spectacle featuring a 20-foot ape, part puppet and part robot, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 after a series of delays.

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Review: For Africans in America, a Temporary Stay Becomes a New Life

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:00:12 GMT

From left, Lakisha Michelle May and Chinasa Ogbuagu in “Sojourners,” at New York Theater Workshop.Two plays by Mfoniso Udofia, part of a cycle about the members of a Nigerian family, track their migration to the United States.

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Review: Don’t Bother Keeping a ‘Secret’ With Derren Brown Around

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:00:01 GMT

Derren Brown in “Derren Brown: Secret.”This London stage and television star gets inside your head during his enthralling, baffling one-mentalist show.

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Idina Menzel to Return to the Stage in an Off Broadway Play

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:30:25 GMT

Idina Menzel will star in an Off Broadway play, and it’s not a musical.Ms. Menzel, known for her singing on Broadway in “Wicked” and onscreen in “Frozen,” will star in “Skintight,” a nonmusical play by Joshua Harmon.

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The First Time: Tituss Burgess: The First Time I Had to Parent My Mom

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:54:50 GMT

The actor Tituss Burgess, known for his role on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on Netflix, writes about trying to help his mother when she was reeling from grief.A star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” talks about growing up in Georgia and taking a firm stance with his mother as an adult.

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Big Changes Planned for Volksbühne Theater in Berlin

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:11:25 GMT

Chris DerconThe theater’s new artistic director, Chris Dercon, has promised a shift toward interdisciplinary work and international artists.

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Review: ‘Venus’ Recalls a Woman’s Fortune, and Her Ruin

Tue, 16 May 2017 02:00:13 GMT

Zainab Jah, center, in “Venus,” at the Pershing Square Signature Center.A revival of Suzan-Lori Parks’s bio-drama portrays a woman whose form was her fortune, and ruin.

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Review: ‘She’ Brings Stories of Sexual Violence to the Stage

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:06:58 GMT

Jinah Parker in “She.”In this work written and choreographed by Jinah Parker, women detail their harrowing stories as female dancers swirl around them.

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Terrence McNally and ‘Carmen Jones’: Classic Stage Company’s New Season

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:42:03 GMT

John Doyle, the Tony Award-winning artistic director of Classic Stage Company.The Off Broadway theater’s 50th anniversary season is organized into three acts: Shakespeare, Americans and musical theater.

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Front Burner: Dinner and Two Plays at the New York Theater Workshop

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:21:47 GMT

A meal catered by Eat Offbeat at the New York Theater Workshop in the East Village.Eat Offbeat, a catering company that employs refugees, caters a meal served between two Mfoniso Udofia plays.

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Review: Love, Genius and ‘The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein’

Mon, 15 May 2017 02:01:12 GMT

From left, Mia Katigbak (Gertrude Stein), Grant Neale (Ernest Hemingway) and Alyssa Simon (Alice Toklas) in “The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein.”What makes the insight fresh in Edward Einhorn’s play is the absurdist language (and Dada style) in which it’s told.

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Paula Vogel to Host Free Playwriting Workshop

Sun, 14 May 2017 20:28:50 GMT

Paula Vogel at her playwrights’ “boot camp” at the Second Stage Theater in 2012.The workshop will be on May 22 at the Vineyard Theater in New York, and will be open to the first 30 people who sign up.

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James Comey, Fired by Trump, Goes to a Musical

Sun, 14 May 2017 04:45:28 GMT

James B. Comey visited backstage after seeing the musical “Fun Home” in Washington on Saturday.Mr. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, and his wife saw “Fun Home” in Washington. “They were wiping away the tears as they came backstage to meet the cast,” a producer said.

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Rhinebeck Retreat Announces New Musicals for Development

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:30:25 GMT

Andrew Keenan-Bolger, left, and Sarah Charles Lewis, in “Tuck Everlasting,” by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen — two winners of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat summer residency.This year’s class for the summer residency include 19 artists who will work on nine musicals.

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Critic's Notebook: ‘All the President’s Men?’ Is a Starry C-Span Supercut with Bite

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:54:20 GMT

Alec Baldwin as Rex Tillerson undergoing Senate confirmation hearings for the post of secretary of state in “All the President’s Men?” at Town Hall.A staged reading at Town Hall revisited confirmation hearings for President Trump’s cabinet nominees, with charismatic stars as the politicians.

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Vows: In the Theater, an Unexpected Match for a Reluctant Bride

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:00:33 GMT

Easter Sunday of this year was the wedding day for Martha Donaldson, left, and Sharon Wheatley, who were married in a ceremony in the Duke Ellington Room at the Manhattan Plaza.“I was good as a single person,” Martha Donaldson said. Then she met Sharon Wheatley while working on a play in California.

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Brantley in Britain: On London Stages, That Cozy Battlefield Called Marriage

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:25:17 GMT

Halina Reijn and Jude Law in “Obsession,” based on a James M. Cain novel and directed by Ivo van Hove.Some of this season’s biggest West End hits are devoted to the blurring of the marital and the martial.

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Tony Awards: Tony-Nominated Actresses Sing Live

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:25:30 GMT

Five Tony nominees performed songs from their shows as part of our Tonys In Performance concert.

Tony Awards: The Hats That Crowned Broadway

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:24:02 GMT

Does anyone still wear a hat? For designers on Broadway this season, the answer was yes, actually, they do.

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:09:37 GMT

From left, Joe Mantello, Madison Ferris, Finn Wittrock and Sally Field in Sam Gold’s nontraditional “The Glass Menagerie.”Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Review: A Game Effort at Polishing Up ‘The Golden Apple’

Fri, 12 May 2017 23:46:35 GMT

From left, Barton Cowperthwaite and Lindsay Mendez in the Encores! production of “The Golden Apple.”Encores! makes a marvelous if last-ditch case for the cult musical based on “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.”

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Denée Benton, Tony Nominee, Embraces Her Inner Natasha

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:04:49 GMT

Denée Benton, who has been nominated for the Tony for best actress in a musical for her role in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”Ms. Benton, a star of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” talks about proving that women who look like her can play the girl who saves the day.

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Just How Great Was That ‘Comet’? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:11:15 GMT

Josh Groban, center, in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” at the Imperial Theater.Our critics debate a varied, and divisive, Broadway season.

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The Tonys 2017: Who Will Win (and Who Should)

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:55:02 GMT

Bette Midler making her grand entrance at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant for the title number of “Hello, Dolly!”Our chief theater critics predict the winners of this year’s ceremony (on June 11) and offer their ideas for who should have been nominated.

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Robert Kelley to Retire After 50 Years at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:00:12 GMT

Robert Kelley in 2010 at the 40th anniversary gala for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.Mr. Kelley developed the theater in Palo Alto, Calif., from a center for local talent into an incubator for new work that has helped foster major playwrights.

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Review: The Private Dystopias of ‘Arlington’ and ‘Rooms’

Thu, 11 May 2017 02:09:03 GMT

Hugh O’Conor in Enda Walsh’s play “Arlington.”In the drama “Arlington” and the installation “Rooms,” the Irish playwright Enda Walsh conjures a subversive throng of unreliable narrators.

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‘Rebecca’ Lawsuit Verdict Falls Far Short for Broadway Producers

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:19:42 GMT

Ben Sprecher sought nearly $11 million in damages against the former publicist of the ill-fated musical “Rebecca,” but received far less in a jury verdict on Wednesday.As the bizarre “Rebecca” case came to a close, a jury awarded the plaintiffs $90,000, a fraction of the $10.6 million they had hoped for.

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Review: Too Much Blame to Go Around in ‘Seven Spots on the Sun’

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:15:12 GMT

Sean Carvajal and Flor De Liz Perez in “Seven Spots on the Sun.”In numerous subplots set against a vicious civil war, Martín Zimmerman’s play explores the contagion of culpability.

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Broadway at Midnight: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at an Unusual Hour

Wed, 10 May 2017 21:23:05 GMT

Jayne Houdyshell, left, and Laurie Metcalf, right, in “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” a new Broadway play that will have a rare midnight performance next week.The new play will hold a late show next week to raise money for the Actors Fund — and perhaps to attract Tony voters.

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Seeing ‘Oslo,’ Remembering Hope

Wed, 10 May 2017 21:08:23 GMT

From left, Daniel Oreskes, Anthony Azizi and Michael Aronov in “Oslo.”For a former foreign correspondent, the play by J. T. Rogers conjures that vanished moment in 1993 when Israelis and Palestinians seemed on the road to peace.

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#SpeakingInDance: In This Musical, Paris Woos His Helen With Groovy Moves

Wed, 10 May 2017 19:14:45 GMT

Our latest installment in the Instagram series #SpeakingInDance features Barton Cowperthwaite in "The Golden Apple," at City Center this week.