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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Digital Theater Isn’t Theater. It’s a Way to Mourn Its Absence. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The industry’s show-must-go-on smile masks a harder truth: that there is no substitute for the live interaction between performer and audience.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A 1978 Play Plucked From the Slush Pile Gets a Timely New Reading by Laura Collins-Hughes

With its themes of white privilege and black rage, Kermit Frazier’s “Kernel of Sanity” resonates powerfully today. That’s why Paula Vogel is giving it a boost.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Theater Kids Trade a Big Stage for Highlight Tapes and Heartache by Laura Collins-Hughes

Thousands of students should have been gathering to cheer on the year’s best shows. But this isn’t a typical year.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Four Black Artists on How Racism Corrodes the Theater World by Laura Collins-Hughes, Michael Paulson and Salamishah Tillet

A playwright, a director, an artistic director and an actor share their experiences — and prescriptions for change.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

‘Anno Domino’ Review: Long Married, but Open to Adjustment by Laura Collins-Hughes

In his new audio comedy, Alan Ayckbourn does more than write: He and his wife, Heather Stoney, portray several couples in disarray.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

On Second Viewing, First Impressions Don’t Always Hold by Laura Collins-Hughes

Watching familiar plays online can be a comfort — and sometimes a revelation.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Can Physical Comedy Work on Zoom? Bill Irwin Wants to Find Out. by Laura Collins-Hughes

His 10-minute, two-character play will test the possibilities of a new form that puts faces, more than bodies, at the center of the action.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Thousand Goodbyes for McCarter Theater’s Emily Mann by Laura Collins-Hughes

A virtual send-off for the artistic director and playwright drew more attendees than could have fit under a tent. “I liked this better,” she said.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

10 Playwrights Script a Web Series. Is It Theater? by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Homebound” is one company’s attempt to give structure and meaning to the worries and what-ifs of the strange new present. But these aren’t plays, the artistic director says.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A Cast Album I Love: ‘Twelfth Night’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

We continue our cast album series with more recommendations for wonderful musicals to listen to at home

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

‘The Addams Family’ Musical Was Panned. Then It Became a Hit. by Laura Collins-Hughes

A rare show that retooled and flourished after its New York debut, the musical, a decade later, has endured in schools and through international productions.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Missing the Theater? Trade Playbills for These Novels by Alexis Soloski and Laura Collins-Hughes

Two theater critics suggest some of their favorite books about the theater, giving us portals to a world that is now forbidden.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

As Theaters Stare Down Uncertainty, Ars Nova Buys Itself Time by Laura Collins-Hughes

In committing to paying its people during a three-month shutdown, the theater gives itself breathing room to prepare for when it can open again.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Fourth Wall Is My Laptop Screen by Laura Collins-Hughes

When theaters closed by the pandemic stream their shuttered plays online, watching sharpens the longing for the real thing.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Where to Celebrate Sondheim in New York by Laura Collins-Hughes

What’s a birthday celebration without tribute concerts, new commissions and revivals of three classics? Here’s how to join the party, live.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

‘Conscience’ Review: The Woman Who Stared Down the Red Scare by Laura Collins-Hughes

The hero of Joe DiPietro’s new comic drama is Margaret Chase Smith, a U.S. senator who had the rare courage to stand up to McCarthyism.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: A Crisis of Borders in ‘72 Miles to Go…’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Hilary Bettis’s play, a family separated by deportation wants to live regular American lives but discovers how mercilessly difficult that is.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Review: In ‘Mr. Toole,’ Trying to Remember Teacher by Laura Collins-Hughes

Vivian Neuwirth’s play is a fictionalized recollection of the life of the novelist John Kennedy Toole, who died before his Pulitzer-Prize winning classic “A Confederacy of Dunces” was …

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

In a Battle for Female Personhood, These Plays Are on the Front Lines by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Grand Horizons” and “Dracula” assert the full humanity of women, a matter not as settled as we might like to think.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

How They Learned to Drive. And Why They’re Driving Again. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The writer Paula Vogel, the director Mark Brokaw, and the actors Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse on returning to a wrenching play two decades later.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

‘She Persisted’ Review: A Musical About Women Who Triumphed by Laura Collins-Hughes

The feminist rallying cry inspired Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book about the likes of Harriet Tubman and Sally Ride. Now it’s a cheerful stage adaptation.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

‘Mack & Mabel’ Review: Lights! Camera! Passion! by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jerry Herman’s buoyant score is the highlight of this Encores! production about a troubled silent-movie-era romance.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘Spamtown, USA’ Looks at a Bitter Strike Through Children’s Eyes by Laura Collins-Hughes

Minnesota’s Children’s Theater Company will present a play inspired by little-told stories of the wrenching Hormel strike: from kids on all sides of the dispute.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

‘TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever’ Review: It’s No Valentine by Laura Collins-Hughes

James Ijames’s satire reconsiders a story that reaches back to our shared past, with an eye toward demolishing it in favor of a better future.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Unmasked’ Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber Reveals and Remembers by Laura Collins-Hughes

This multimedia concert and career retrospective forgets that the best way to honor the composer is to have a good time with his music.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

‘House Plant’ Review: A Bizarro Breakup and What Comes After by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Sarah Einspanier’s fever-dream play, one half of a couple heads to Hollywood. The other gets an odd, and oddly familiar, new roommate.

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Lip-Syncing Her Abduction, Matter-of-Factly by Laura Collins-Hughes

Deirdre O’Connell has a peculiar challenge performing the recollections of Lucas Hnath's mother in his play “Dana H.” Give credit to earbuds and Epsom salts.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

‘Darling Grenadine’ Review: A Retro Cocktail With Little Kick by Laura Collins-Hughes

Roundabout Underground presents a flawed but tuneful musical about a young Manhattan couple challenged by addiction.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

‘Thunder Rock’ Review: A Beacon That Fails to Light the Way by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s no surprise that this play about disillusionment, with its message of hope wrapped in warnings about nationalism and isolationism, was a choice for this season.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires a Resident Intimacy Director by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sarah Lozoff is joining one of the nation’s leading regional theaters for all 11 of its productions in its 2020 season.

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