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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The New York Times Reviews Neil Simon by Erik Piepenburg and Jason Bailey

Mr. Simon was a prolific chronicler of New York City life. Here’s a look at reviews of “Barefoot in the Park,” “The Odd Couple,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and other plays and ad…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Behind the Poster: An ‘Our Town’ Image as Sturdy as a Chair by Erik Piepenburg

The designer Paula Scher talks about her artwork for a revival of the Thornton Wilder play at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

On the Front Lines of Ohio’s Heroin Crisis: Playwrights by Erik Piepenburg

New plays are portraying and exploring opioid addiction, using the theater industry’s response to the AIDS epidemic as a model.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Shows to See in New York This Summer by Erik Piepenburg

From “The Three Musketeers” to “Macbeth,” here’s our guide to summer theater that won’t cost you a dime.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

For Disabled Actors, Memorizing the Part Is Only the Beginning by Erik Piepenburg

A peek backstage at the play “Cost of Living” shows how two performers prepare physically for their roles.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Is the Time for Stretching by Dave Itzkoff, Erik Piepenburg, Laura Collins-Hughes and Sophie Haigney

These writers and performers are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Tonya Harding, Tragic Muse? More Works Explore a Skating Scandal by Erik Piepenburg

A new play and a coming film are joining the various projects that have reconsidered the class dynamics of the Olympics figure skating controversy from 1994.

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The Best (and Worst) of the 2017 Tony Awards by Erik Piepenburg and Scott Heller

Bette Midler didn’t sing, but talked (and talked). Russians partied in the aisles. And Ben Platt’s heartfelt speech was one of the most inspiring moments.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

What’s Your City’s ‘Newly Annoying’ Neighborhood? Ask Hedwig. by Erik Piepenburg

How hyperspecific material makes local residents laugh on the national tour of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

‘The Band’s Visit’ to Open on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The critically acclaimed musical about an Egyptian band in a small Israeli town will start performances in the fall.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

tony awards: Tony-Nominated Actresses Sing Live by Erik Piepenburg and Emma Orme

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

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the tony awards: The Hats That Crowned Broadway by Erik Piepenburg and Tony Cenicola

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

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

‘I’m in Love With Everybody’: Tony Award Nominees React by Michael Paulson and Erik Piepenburg

Josh Groban, Lynn Nottage, Ben Platt and others talk about how it feels to be nominated.

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Tony Awards 2017: Full List of Nominations by Erik Piepenburg

The complete list of shows, actors, designers and others.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

With Clock Ticking, a New Musical Makes Its Final Fixes by Erik Piepenburg

The director of “Bandstand” had to introduce changes — then let go.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

How to Get Cheap Theater Tickets (Including ‘Hamilton’) by Erik Piepenburg

From lotteries to apps, there are several easy ways to score inexpensive tickets to a show. Even one about a certain former Treasury secretary.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

An Industrial Hellscape With You at the Center by Erik Piepenburg

How a set designer conceived an evolving, revolving new look for “The Hairy Ape.”

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

From Trump to Grieg, a ‘Terrifying’ Soundscape by Erik Piepenburg

The sound designer Ben Williams talks about the sonic elements that inspired his work on the play “The Terrifying,” at the Abrons Arts Center.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A $5 ‘Snow Special’ for Dance, and Plenty of Theater Discounts by Michael Cooper, Randy Kennedy, Michael Paulson and Erik Piepenburg

Check out the theater, dance and museum deals we found for snow-drenched tourists and families with cabin fever.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Beware, a Notorious Broadway Bomb Is Ticking Again by Erik Piepenburg

From the disco-era — “Rachael Lily Rosenbloom and Don’t You Ever Forget It!” — is getting a new turn in the spotlight at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

5 Shows to See in New York When You Only Have an Hour by Erik Piepenburg

Visiting New York and crunched for time? Each of these shows will take an hour of your time, more or less.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Now That’s a Play I’d Like to See by Erik Piepenburg

For the New Group’s production of “Evening at the Talk House,” Monique Carboni designed original posters for 30 fictional shows that line the walls of a bar.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Gay Histories, Close Enough to Touch. (But Don’t.) by Erik Piepenburg

Theater companies are resurrecting gay history by taking the axiom “you had to be there” literally in new immersive shows.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Behind the Poster: Who’s That on the Grill in ‘Barbecue’? by Erik Piepenburg

Sean Higgins, the designer of artwork for the play “Barbecue,” is a vegetarian who knows how to make a meaty poster.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Behind the Poster: Tears or Laughter? For This Play’s Poster, It’s Your Call by Erik Piepenburg

How a photo shoot for a theater poster promoting the drama “Baby Screams Miracle” became an emotionally raw experience.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

When Gun Violence Takes Center Stage by Alexis Soloski and Erik Piepenburg

Three writers talk about representing gun violence onstage and their own experiences with firearms.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Inside the ‘Jitney’ Set: Picturing Pittsburgh Onstage by Erik Piepenburg

This August Wilson show takes place in 1977 in the city’s Hill District. Among the highlights: Pirates memorabilia, Iron City beer and classic cars.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Hudson Theater Is Back on Broadway by Erik Piepenburg

The Hudson Theater, one of Broadway’s oldest, has been renovated and is reopening to a revival of “Sunday in the Park With George,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Fans and Phantoms Galore at BroadwayCon by Erik Piepenburg

Thousands of theater fans, many dressed as their favorite characters from Broadway shows, descended on the Javits Center for a weekend of fan fun.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Poster Perfect: The Art of James McMullan by Erik Piepenburg

Mr. McMullan unearths some of his never-before-seen theater posters to demonstrate how he created each work, from early studies to final versions.

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