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Monday, April 15, 2024

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: SUNDAY TO MONDAY, 4/7/2024 – 4/15/2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week on the international stage, innovative productions and captivating performances continue to grab the spotlight. Here are 6 highlights for the theatre aficionado: GLOBAL VOICES …

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‘SUNSET BOULEVARD’ WINS BIG AT OLIVIERS AS CELEBRITY TALENT LARGELY OVERLOOKED (COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS FROM THE GUARDIAN—LINK) by Robert Shuman

(Lanre Bakare’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/14; Photo of Nicole Scherzinger, from True Story.) Jamie Lloyd’s revival takes home seven awards including for Nicole Scherzinger but …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:01AM
Sunday, April 14, 2024

HENRY IV, PART 2 (LISTEN NOW ON BBC DRAMA ON 3–LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

Henry IV, Part 2 Listen Drama on 3 by William Shakespeare Introduced by Toby Jones Cast: KING HENRY IV ….. James Purefoy PRINCE HARRY …..Luke Thompson SIR JOHN FALSTAFF …..Toby Jones L…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:38PM

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED, 4/8–4/14, 2024 by Robert Shuman

Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off and Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upco…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:34AM
Saturday, April 13, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP (APRIL 6th – APRIL 14TH, 2024) by Robert Shuman

Something’s coming, something good . . . On Broadway: Lempicka (Play): Opens Sunday, April 14th at the Golden Theatre. This captivating play by Elaine May explores the life and art of Tama…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:12PM

ABSOLUTELY EVERY SHOW IN THE NEW YORK CITY 2024 IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL, 4/29-5/13! by Robert Shuman

(via Emily Owens) The 11th annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival, NYC’s premiere festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13. Performanc…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:22AM
Friday, April 12, 2024

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, April 5-April 12 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate within th…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:48PM

‘SHAKESPEARE’S SISTERS’ BY RAMIE TARGOFF REVIEW – FOUR WOMEN WHO WROTE THE RENAISSANCE by Robert Shuman

(Stephanie Merritt’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/8;Photo: Child prodigy Elizabeth Cary, the author of the first published play by a woman in English. Photograph: Magite Historic/A…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:44PM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

‘LYSISTRATA’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4–IN OUR TIME–DISCUSSION PROGRAM) by Robert Shuman

‘LYSISTRATA’ Listen In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aristophanes’ comedy in which the women of Athens and Sparta, led by Lysistrata, secure peace in the long-running war be…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:11PM

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (165) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: (For a role) add a whole series of contingencies (using the idea of if ), based on your own experience in life, and you will see how easy it …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

PHYLLIS WHEELER: ‘SECRET OF THE LOST DRAGONS’–SELAH AWARD FINALIST! by Robert Shuman

(from Phyllis Wheeler, friend of Marit Literary and Stage Voices) In the news! Secret of the Lost Dragons, Book 2 of my Guardians of Time series, has been named a finalist in the prestigiou…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:33PM

COLE PORTER’S “RED, HOT AND BLUE” CLOSES ON BROADWAY (A DAY IN THEATRE) by Robert Shuman

On October 29, 1936, the Broadway musical “Red, Hot and Blue” made its highly anticipated debut at the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre) in New York City. The production was the…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:22AM
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

SHAKESPEARE PLAYED JEALOUS HUSBAND IN 1598 BEN JONSON DRAMA, SCHOLAR’S ANALYSIS FINDS by Robert Shuman

(Dalya Alberge’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/7/2024; A 1610 portrait of William Shakespeare. Darren Freebury-Jones said that Shakespeare, ‘being a genius, takes another dramatist…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:02PM

KOSOVO’S ‘FIRST ASHKALI ACTOR’ FIGHTS PREJUDICE TO BUILD DREAMS by Robert Shuman

  (Bekim Bislimi’s, Arben Hoti’s, and Kosovo Unit RFE/RL’s Balkan Service’s article appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 2/9/2024.) Ergjan Mehmeti says he’s the first acto…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:42AM
Monday, April 8, 2024

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED, 4/2–4/8, 2024 by Robert Shuman

Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off and Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upco…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:41PM

SPEAK FOR THEM: ARTISTS THEY CAME FOR (March 25th, 2024 – April 8th, 2024) by Robert Shuman

Since our last report, the silencing of artistic voices continues around the world. Here are some of those targeted in the past two weeks: Tsang Ka-Ying (Hong Kong): A renowned cartoonist kn…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:21AM
Sunday, April 7, 2024

‘OPENING NIGHT’ REVIEW – SHERIDAN SMITH’S BOOZY MELTDOWN SHAKES UP MUSICAL THEATRE by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/26; Photo: Sheridan Smith in Opening Night.  Photograph: Jan Versweyveld.) Gielgud Theatre, London Smith plays a Broadway star in the mi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:25PM

THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, ON STAGE VOICES: SUNDAY TO SUNDAY, 4/1/2024 – 4/7/2024 by Robert Shuman

The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Gemini  and Perplexity, provided information, insights, and materials for this art…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:57AM
Saturday, April 6, 2024

NOW ON BROADWAY: NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP (MARCH 21ST – APRIL 6TH, 2024) by Robert Shuman

The recent arrival of a powerful new production: On Broadway: The Who’s Tommy (Rock Musical):  Opened Thursday, March 28th, 2024 at the Nederlander Theatre. This new production of the ico…

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Friday, April 5, 2024

RALPH FIENNES’ ‘MACBETH’ ON-SCREEN–2 DAYS ONLY IN AREA CINEMAS (MAY 2 AND MAY 5) by Robert Shuman

      A rare cinematic event is coming to New York theatres for only two days: Ralph Fiennes in Macbeth. The Daily Telegraph calls the film, “full-voltage visceral,” while The Times o…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:23PM

THE RUB: THEATRE CONFRONTED, MARCH 29 – APRIL 5, 2024 by Robert Shuman

A look at current issues, challenges, and controversies spilling beyond the proscenium. The following three stories, discussed by prominent stage journalists, provided tension and debate wi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:00AM
Thursday, April 4, 2024

VINNIE NARDIELLO: ‘RUBBER’–AS SEEN ON CBS NEWS (OPENING NIGHT N.Y.C. IS TONIGHT!) by Robert Shuman

Delve into the challenges faced by educators in ‘Rubber,’ a gripping drama by Vinnie Nardiello. Set in a “rubber room” where teachers await uncertain futures, this production at Thea…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:56AM

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (164) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: To achieve . . . kinship between the actor and the person (he/she) is portraying add some concrete detail which will fill out the play, givin…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:41AM
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

UNVEILING THE BRILLIANCE OF ‘SAY, DARLING’ (A DAY IN THEATRE) by Robert Shuman

On April 3, 1958, the ANTA Theater in New York City set the stage aglow with the debut of “Say, Darling,” a comedic tour de force that provided an intimate glimpse into the whirlwind wor…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:11PM

NAVALNY TRIAL TAKES CENTER STAGE IN SWEDISH ROYAL THEATER by Robert Shuman

(Austin Malloy’s article appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, March 30, 2024.)  Navalny: The Trial by the Royal Drama Theater in Stockholm brings the late Russian opposition leade…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:01AM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED, 3/25-4/2, 2024  by Robert Shuman

Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upcoming per…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:15PM

IBSEN: ‘WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN’ (LISTEN ON BBC RADIO, DRAMA ON 3–LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

DRAMA ON 3 Listen BY HENRIK IBSEN, ADAPTED FOR RADIO BY IAN MCDIARMID FROM THE TRANSLATION BY MICHAEL MEYER. IN IBSEN’S FINAL PLAY, ARNOLD RUBEK, A CELEBRATED SCULPTOR, RETURNS TO NORWAY W…

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Monday, April 1, 2024

AN ENEMY OF CHANGE/ THOMAS OSTERMEIER’S ‘AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’ (U.K.) by Robert Shuman

(Ruby Harbour’s article appeared in the Ecologist, 3/13/2024. Photo: production PR.) Thomas Ostermeier’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ puts one of the most important messages of our time …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:48PM
Saturday, March 30, 2024

‘THE KALEVALA’  (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4–IN OUR TIME–DISCUSSION PROGRAM) by Robert Shuman

THE KALEVALA Listen now In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Finnish epic poem that first appeared in print in 1835 in what was then the Grand Duchy of Finland, part of the Russia…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:51PM
Thursday, March 28, 2024

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (163) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: All action in the theatre must have an inner justification, be logical, coherent, and real. Second, if acts as a lever to lift us out of the …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:33PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

DREAM UP–THE DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL FOR SUMMER THEATER    by Robert Shuman

New York’s vibrant downtown theater scene ignites once more, under the direction of Crystal Field, with the Dream Up Festival, a haven for groundbreaking works taking center stage at Theat…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:33PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards