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Thursday, July 22, 2021

‘Hamlet’ Review: Ian McKellen’s Greatness Shines Intermittently in a Rudderless Production by Gordon Cox

Skeptics puzzling over the logic of watching 82-year-old Ian McKellen playing student prince Hamlet need only look as far as the play’s second scene in which Hamlet rebukes his mother. “…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:18PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

How ‘Pass Over’ Is Making ‘Precedent-Level Changes’ on Broadway by Gordon Cox

When the Broadway production of Antoinette Nwandu’s play “Pass Over” opens on Broadway, it’ll incorporate significant changes — both on stage and behind the scenes. Listen to this …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:44PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How ‘What to Send Up When It Goes Down’ Blurs the Line Between Ritual and Theater by Gordon Cox

Aleshea Harris’ “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” isn’t a traditional play, but audiences shouldn’t come away with the mistaken impression that the show — a play, a ritual, a p…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:43PM
Friday, July 2, 2021

Shakespeare in the Park’s Return Reflects How New York City and Its Theater Institutions Are Changing by Gordon Cox

As the New York Theater industry pulls itself out of the COVID era, every baby step feels like a milestone. But perhaps no other reopening will carry the same symbolic weight as the return o…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45PM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

‘Bach & Sons’ Review: Miscasting Mars Nina Raine’s Fascinating Play by Gordon Cox

“The whole point is to combine two complementary or contrasting thoughts in the same moment. Two feelings in the same moment.” Johann Sebastian Bach, the 18th century’s uncontested gen…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:24PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Review: Taking Orthodox Theater Outdoors Without Defiling the Soul by Gordon Cox

Who knew iniquity could feel so pulsating and immensely purifying? “Seven Deadly Sins,” New York City theater’s newest unholy outdoor experience, tests the limits of how far live theat…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘Under Milk Wood’ Review: Michael Sheen Stars in a Tender but Fitful Reimagination of Dylan Thomas by Gordon Cox

“We are paying you to stay awake and care.” That sounds like an admonition to the audience at the National Theatre’s new production, “Under Milk Wood.” But in fact it’s sensible …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:01PM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

How the Revolution of ‘Rent’ Came to Cuba by Gordon Cox

The enduring musical “Rent,” celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, didn’t just revolutionize Broadway. It had an impact all over the world — and the new documentary “Revoluti…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:07PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

‘After Life’ Review: London Stage Adaptation is a Fascinating Idea That Never Comes Alive as Drama by Gordon Cox

Remembrance of things past is not just a preoccupation of Proust. From King Lear’s terrifying fear of losing his mind to Pinter’s interlocked threesome in “Old Times” hotly contestin…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:51PM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

‘In the Heights’: The Cuts, the Updates, the Ropa Vieja by Gordon Cox

For the creators of the Tony-winning Broadway musical “In the Heights,” the new, big-budget movie version wasn’t just a chance to go big with splashy song-and-dance numbers. It was als…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:50PM
Saturday, May 29, 2021

‘Walden’ Review: An Ambitious West End Debut That Grapples With Big Ideas by Gordon Cox

Producer Sonia Friedman returns to the post-pandemic West End not with a safe revival but with a succession of brief runs for three socially-distanced world premieres by young writers, and i…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:00PM
Friday, May 28, 2021

Broadway’s Hottest Marketing Tool: Streaming Shows by Gordon Cox

Should we go to a Broadway show tonight, or should we stream it? That’s a question that people could be asking about more than just “Hamilton” when Broadway gets back up and running. I…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:45PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

How a New Initiative Aims to Launch Broadway’s Future Black Leaders by Gordon Cox

Broadway has long known that Black professionals are underrepresented backstage and in leadership positions in the commercial theater industry — but now a new initiative from a group of Br…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:02PM
Friday, May 21, 2021

‘Cruise’ Review: West End Reopens Exultantly With Jack Holden’s High-Energy, Impressive Solo Debut by Gordon Cox

As the U.K. begins reopening in the wake, fingers crossed, of the pandemic, the idea of the reopening the West End with a new solo show written and performed by a debuting playwright is some…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:27PM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

How Heather Christian’s ‘Animal Wisdom’ Transformed From a Theater Tour to a Boundary-Blurring Movie by Gordon Cox

The composer-performer Heather Christian describes her new movie “Animal Wisdom” as a “theater-concert-hybrid-séance-performance.” And maybe after months of lockdown, that’s what …

SOURCE: Variety at 05:27PM
Saturday, May 8, 2021

‘Waiting for Godot’ Review: Starry Tramps Like Us and Their Existentialist Dilemmas Make for Daring, Delightful Streaming Theater by Gordon Cox

For this smart, lockdown-era, streaming iteration of Samuel Beckett’s show about nothing — and also everything, perhaps, and electric alienation for sure — director Scott Elliott and h…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:24PM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Why Making Digital Theater Is Like Shooting ‘Star Wars’ by Gordon Cox

Think producing digital play readings is as simple as getting a few actors together on Zoom? Think again. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: For the starry Spotlight o…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:48PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

‘Two Sisters and a Piano’ Review: Jimmy Smits and Daphne Rubin-Vega Bring Passion and Poetry to Digital Theater by Gordon Cox

For Cuban American playwright Nilo Cruz, every line is poetry, and every couplet speaks to the socio-politics of his roots. That could mean the lyrical “Anna in the Tropics,” the play th…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:15PM
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

How Theater Community Mobilized to Stop Asian Hate by Gordon Cox

In response to the shooting in Atlanta and the rise in hate crimes it underscored, Asian American theater artists took action, organizing support and self-care programs for the Asian America…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:08PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Meet Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the Gonzo Journalist Preserving Broadway History by Gordon Cox

Theater historian or gonzo journalist? Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the author of “The Untold Stories of Broadway” series of books, thinks of herself as both. “Because I put my own discover…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:08PM
Friday, March 19, 2021

As COVID-19 Restrictions Start to Ease, What Will It Take for Broadway Shows to Reopen? by Gordon Cox

Nobody – literally nobody – knows when or how Broadway will reopen. But now, a year into a shutdown that began March 12, 2020, the road map to recovery has begun to take shape. The pace …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

How NY PopsUp Aims to Get the Performing Arts Industry Back to Work by Gordon Cox

In recent weeks, New Yorkers might have stumbled upon a socially distanced pop-up performance by Jon Batiste at the Javits Center, or one by Patti Smith at the Brooklyn Museum. They were bot…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:52PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

How Blair Underwood Found New Colors in ‘Paradise Blue’ by Gordon Cox

In the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s new audio version of “Paradise Blue,” Blair Underwood gets the chance to revisit to a role he’s been wanting to get back to since he first play…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:10PM
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Case for a New Federal Theater Project by Gordon Cox

The $15 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant — the federal program formerly known as Save Our Stages — isn’t exactly a new Federal Theater Project. But according to Nataki Garrett, …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:05PM
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Jake Gyllenhaal Has Always Been a Theater Kid by Gordon Cox

Jake Gyllenhaal is nominated for three Tony Awards, one as an actor in the play “Sea Wall/A Life” and two as a producer (with his company Nine Stories) of “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Sl…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mike Nichols Got His Juiciest Backstage Stories From Broadway by Gordon Cox

There are plenty of juicy backstages tales from both Hollywood and Broadway in “Mike Nichols: A Life,” the new biography of director-producer-performer Mike Nichols. And the juiciest of …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:32PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

How John Ridley Is Helping Bring Off Broadway to Screens by Gordon Cox

After winning an Academy Award for his screenplay of “12 Years a Slave” and creating the ABC series “American Crime,” John Ridley has a lot going on — from an upcoming Blumhouse pa…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:40PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

From Off Broadway to Marvel Superhero: Teyonah Parris on Her Journey to ‘WandaVision’ by Gordon Cox

Teyonah Parris waited seven years between theater gigs — but she wishes she hadn’t. “That is too long!” the “WandaVision” actor declared on the latest episode of “Stagecraft,…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:51PM
Monday, January 11, 2021

‘Ratatouille’ Musical Raised $1.9 Million: Here’s Where The Money Will Go by Gordon Cox

The rat really raked it in — for a good cause. Inspired by social media and co-produced and co-created by Broadway pros including Lucy Moss (“Six”), Jeremy O. Harris (“Slave Play”)…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:23PM
Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘One Night in Miami’ and the NYC Native Who Found Playwriting Success in L.A. by Gordon Cox

The new film “One Night in Miami” began life as a successful play — but New Yorkers might not know that, because despite accolades in Los Angeles and London, the play never got a produ…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:23PM
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Meet the August Wilson Expert Who Wrote ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ for the Screen by Gordon Cox

Audiences won’t see Ruben Santiago-Hudson on screen in the new Netflix adaptation of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” but theater fans can rest assured that the writer-actor-director — …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:17PM

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