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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED (TRU) PRESENTS WRITER-PRODUCER VIRTUAL SPEED DATE: THE ART OF THE PITCH SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021 AT 2:30PM by Robert Shuman

(via Michelle Tabnick.) Theater Resources Unlimited presents Writer-Producer Virtual Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:30pm Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 15…

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Monday, April 5, 2021

ARTHUR KOPIT, WHOSE ‘OH DAD’ SHOOK UP THE THEATER, DIES AT 83 by Robert Shuman

(Anita Gates’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/3; via Pam Green. Photo: The playwright Arthur Kopit with the cast of his play “Wings” in 1978. Constance Cummings, second from…

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

TERESA DEEVY AND THE SECRETS OF THE GREEN SUITCASE by Robert Shuman

(Caoilfhionn Ni Bheachain’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 4/3; Photo:  Teresa Deevy: in recent years, critical attention has turned to her radio drama. The Irish Times.) BEST KNOWN…

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

ROBERT DWYER & AUSTIN WRIGHT’S ACE IN THE HOLE: “THE SHERIFF” FROM TWODOT BOOKS (INTERVIEW, Part 1) by Robert Shuman

  Robert Dwyer & Austin Wright posse up with SV’s Bob Shuman to talk about big ideas, big landscapes, and tackling the biggest questions–like what it means to be human. Robert Dwyer…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

KURT WEILL’S PATH FROM EUROPE TO BROADWAY WAS A STRAIGHT LINE by Robert Shuman

(Joshua Barone’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/15; via Pam Green; Photo: When the composer Kurt Weill was a teenager in Germany, as seen here in 1919, he was already showing si…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘SHAKESPEARE WALLAH’: MERCHANT IVORY’S BITTERSWEET TALE OF BOLLYWOOD AND THE BARD by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/30/2021; Photo: Shashi Kapoor and Felicity Kendal in Shakespeare Wallah, the second feature by Merchant Ivory Productions. Photograph: …

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Monday, March 29, 2021

IRELAND: AFTER A YEAR OF ABSENCE, THE GATE THEATRE IS BACK WITH THE PREMIERE OF FRANK MCGUINNESS’S NEW COVID-THEMED PLAY THE VISITING HOUR by Robert Shuman

(Deirdre Falvey’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 3/27.) There’s a gulp when you see it. Outside, the audience doors into Dublin’s Gate Theatre from Parnell Square, before ascendi…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

‘WHY ARE WE STUCK?’ STAGE ACTORS CHALLENGE THEIR UNION OVER SAFETY by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/23; Photo: The Dallas Theater Center actors (from left) Chris Ramirez, Sally Vahle and Tiffany Solano took issue with their uni…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED (TRU) ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TRU COMMUNITY GATHERINGS VIA ZOOM by Robert Shuman

(via Michelle Tabnick.) Theater Resources Unlimited Announces Upcoming TRU Community Gatherings via Zoom  3/26 – A Conversation with David Armstrong (and the Podcast Pivot)  4/2 – Br…

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Friday, March 26, 2021

SOUTH AFRICA: BAXTER, PLAY HOUSE JOIN FORCES WITH STATE THEATRE FOR THE BIGGEST KUCHEZA AFRIKA FESTIVAL by Robert Shuman

(from the Cape Times, 3/26; Photo: FESTIVALKucheza Afrika Festival. Picture: Sanmari Marais.) Arts and theatre lovers are in for a special treat this Easter as the 2021 edition of the Kuche…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

THEATER ACTORS STEP UP PUSH FOR UNION TO ALLOW THEM TO WORK by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/19; via Pam Green.) Nearly 2,000 performers have petitioned Actors’ Equity for guidelines that will speed up a return to the …

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

‘AN ACTOR’S REVENGE’: KON ICHIKAWA’S PHENOMENAL KABUKI THRILLER by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/23; Photo: Kazuo Hasegawa as Yukinojo in An Actor’s Revenge. Photograph: TCD/Prod.DB/Alamy.) In this stylish Japanese classic, a per…

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A CULT-CLASSIC SONDHEIM FLOP GETS AN ESSENTIAL NEW RECORDING by Robert Shuman

(from NPR, 3/22; via Pam Green; Photo: Even after brutal reviews for the short-lived Anyone Can Whistle, Stephen Sondheim continued to create provocative and form-shattering musicals. Stephe…

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Monday, March 22, 2021

RASHAD* MANN* LICHTY* MCDERMOTT* MAXWELL* PENDLETON* WILLIAMS: ‘THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA’ by Robert Shuman

(via Joe Trentacosta)  PHYLICIA RASHAD joins EMILY MANN “In Conversation” with  La Femme’s JEAN LICHTY to kick-off  TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’S 110th Birthday Celebration  followed by …

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (114) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: I had dreamed that the actor who grew up in [our studios] would make his first timid steps in a small room which was built so as not to viola…

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

IRELAND’S LEADING WRITERS CHAMPION LITERARY TREASURES THAT DESERVE TO BE UNBURIED by Robert Shuman

(Martin Doyle’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 3/20.)  The great Irish books you may never have heard of It is all too easy for a good book to disappear into obscurity. Books slip b…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

THE RSC AT 60: THE GLORIOUS PAST AND VITAL FUTURE OF A THEATRICAL REVOLUTION by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/19; Ambitious … Jonathan Slinger in Richard III by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Roundhouse, London, in 2008. Photograph:…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK (NY) IS BACK by Robert Shuman

(via the Public Theater) The Delacorte isn’t empty… It’s full of HOPE, PURPOSE, PROMISE… and what it needs now is YOU. We have spent the last year getting ready. We have been produci…

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

WHERE IS HOLLYWOOD WHEN BROADWAY NEEDS IT? by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/10; via Pam Green. Illustration: Credit…Antoine Cossé.) A critic writes a plea to the film and TV stars who got their s…

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JAMES LEVINE, MET OPERA CONDUCTOR FOR FOUR DECADES, DIES AT 77 by Robert Shuman

(Laurence Arnold’s article appeared on Bloomberg, 3/17; Photo:  James Levine leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2010. Photographer: Hiroyuki Ito/Hulton Archive/Get…

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

DIXON PLACE ANNOUNCES SPRING 2021 PRODUCTION SEASON WITH FOUR COMMISSIONED PUPPETRY PREMIERES–IN-PERSON AND ONLINE by Robert Shuman

(Via Michelle Tabnick Public Relations) Dixon Place announces Spring 2021 Production Season With Four Commissioned Puppetry Premieres In-Person and Online   Dixon Place announces its Sprin…

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‘STAGE FRIGHT’: HITCHCOCK THRILLER MAKES THEATRE A CRIME SCENE by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/16.) A long-lost London playhouse and Rada’s headquarters feature in this 1950 caper starring a showstopping Marlene Dietrich Abraha…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

BROADWAY’S ‘COMPANY’ ONE YEAR AFTER COVID SHUTDOWN: PATTI LUPONE, KATRINA LENK AND A DOZEN CO-STARS CHRONICLE A 12-MONTH PAUSE IN BEING ALIVE by Robert Shuman

(Greg Evans’s article appeared on Deadline, 3/12; via Pam Green.) To hear the cast of Broadway’s Company tell it, the industry’s shutdown one year ago today was perhaps more shockin…

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‘SOLIDARITY IN EUROPE’: MARIA ABERG’S INTERNATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY LOOKS AHEAD by Robert Shuman

(Afrifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 3/15; Photo: Maria Aberg in the south of Sweden where she grew up. Photograph: Hanna-Katrina Jędrosz.) The acclaimed Swedish director’s…

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

BROADWAY IS A ‘BELLWETHER,’ ITS REOPENING SENDS A POSITIVE SIGN: ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT by Robert Shuman

(Alexis Christoforous’s article appeared on yahoo.com, 3/13; via Pam Green.) One year after theaters went dark because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s finally some light at the end of …

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CORMAC MCCARTHY, BRUTAL BUT BRILLIANT by Robert Shuman

(Chilton Williamson, Jr’s article appeared in the Spectator, 7/25; Photo:  Editorial use only. No book cover usage. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Professor Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock (5878987c…

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

SHAKESPEARE IN THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE by Robert Shuman

(L to R) Swingin’ the Dream, 1939; Moms Mabley; From Macbeth, 1936 (Courtesy New York Public Library); Rose McClendon, 1936 (Courtesy Library of Congress American Memory Collection); …

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Friday, March 12, 2021

WHEN BROADWAY WILL REOPEN AND WHAT SHOWS YOU CAN SEE FIRST by Robert Shuman

(Lauren Steussy’s article appeared in the New York post, 3/11; via Pam Green.) It’s been almost exactly a year since Broadway went dark due to the coronavirus pandemic — but now ther…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

TRU (THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED) MARCH PANEL VIA ZOOM by Robert Shuman

(via Michelle Tabnick) TRU (THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED) MARCH PANEL VIA ZOOM THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED   RETHINKING MARKETING STRATEGIES TO REACH THE WIDER VIRTUAL AUDIENCE THURSDAY, MAR…

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WHEN EUROPE’S THEATERS REOPEN, WILL FANS RETURN? by Robert Shuman

(Thomas Rogers’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/5; via Pam Green; Photo: La Scala in Milan in July  2020. Credit…Antonio Calanni/Associated Press.) People from across the con…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

FRENCH THEATRES OCCUPIED AS PROTESTERS DEMAND REOPENING by Robert Shuman

(Rana Moussaoui’s article appeared on Yahoo.com, 3/10. Photo: A march in Paris ended with around 50 protesters forcing their way into the Odeon Theatre and refusing to leave.) French prot…

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Sep 14, 2021: BROADWAY REOPENS
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre