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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Mint Theater’s Summer Stock Streaming Festival: 3 Women-Centric Plays of Yore by New York Theater

The Summer Stock Streaming Festival is a free triple feature online through July 19th from The Mint Theater, which has been unearthing forgotten old plays and making them shine for a quarter…

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Theater This Weekend: 5 Plays To Catch Before They Expire + Bernadette, Kelli and Audra by New York Theater

I’ve seen the five plays below — The Copper Children,  The Mint’s Summerstock Streaming Festival, The Deep Blue Sea, Gloria: A Life, and The Line, in order of expiration date — and …

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Friday, July 10, 2020

The Deep Blue Sea Review and Pics: Terence Rattigan’s Love Triangle Like a Prism, and a Prison by New York Theater

On the surface, The Deep Blue Sea might seem a love triangle, but Helen McCrory’s performance makes it a prism — multifaceted, disorienting, and brilliant – in the National Theatre’s…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Line Review: A devastating look at frontline medical workers by New York Theater

Watch “The Line” below. Alison Pill as Jennifer, a first-year intern in emergency medicine at a hospital in Brooklyn, explains that she chose her profession after listening to the war st…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Unveiled Review: 5 Muslim Women Traumatized But Inspired by New York Theater

Rohina Malik was inspired to write and perform “Unveiled,” her one-woman play about five different Muslim women — which is streaming online one more time this evening  at 7 p.m. at P…

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12 NYC Arts Groups Get $10,000 Each from CARES Act by New York Theater

A dozen New York City arts organizations each received $10,000 grants from the New York State Council on the Arts – including five theaters, such as the National Black Theatre and Ma-Yi …

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Copper Children Review:  “Trial of the Century” child abduction dramatized at Oregon Shakespeare Festival by New York Theater

Katie is a puppet in more ways than one in “The Copper Children,” a play by Karen Zacarias that is based on a horrifying true story. Katie is one of the immigrant toddlers shipped from N…

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Monday, July 6, 2020

#Stageworthy News: RIP Nick Cordero, 41; Carl Reiner, 98. Still High on Hamilton. by New York Theater

Nick Cordero, a Broadway musical theater actor, died yesterday at the age of 41, after a long and horrible struggle with COVID-19 that was chronicled in painful detail on social media by his…

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Les Blancs Review. Lorraine Hansberry’s final play, about reckoning and resistance in Africa by New York Theater

Lorraine Hansberry’s third and final Broadway play, which is being presented online  through July 9 in a dark, expressionistic production directed in 2016 by Yael Farber for the National…

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

4th of July Poll: Your Favorite American History Theater That’s Not Hamilton by New York Theater

My biannual Fourth of July poll: What is your favorite Broadway musical that takes actual American history as its subject? I’ve made a couple of changes this year. Since every poll since 2…

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Hamilton on Disney+ Review: The Third Moment That Feels Like a Movement by New York Theater

  “We have to make this moment last,” Lin-Manuel Miranda sings near the beginning of “Hamilton,” referring to revolutionary fervor but also apparently youthful vigor; then he immedi…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

And So We Come Forth Review. The Apple Family Once Again on Zoom by New York Theater

“There now is such a great sense of urgency, but for what? Where will it end?” Richard Apple (Jay O. Sanders) says in this sixth play written and directed by Richard Nelson in the decade…

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Hamilton 2020 Quiz by New York Theater

As you might have heard, a filmed version of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” — live-captured from the stage of the Richard Rodgers Theater in 2016, and featuring the original Broadway …

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 2020 Online Theater Openings: Hamilton, PLUS. What’s streaming day by day by New York Theater

Click here for July 1 openings Below is the day-by-day calendar of “theater openings”* in July, 2020. The big news is the release of “Hamilton” online at Disney Plus — and (less h…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

New York Theater Quiz for June 2020 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the news and reviews of theater in June? Answer these ten questions to find out.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

#Stageworthy News. Hamilton Hype and Headlines. Watch Act One, Pride Plays, Kernel of Sanity before they expire by New York Theater

#Stageworthy News of the Week With several Broadway producers last week announcing specific rescheduled opening dates in Spring 2021 for their shows — American Buffalo, The Minutes, Music …

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Book Review: Lot Six: A Memoir Of Gay, Yeshiva-Tortured Syrian Jewish Playwright David Adjmi by New York Theater

Playwright David Adjmi’s delightful new book Lot Six: A Memoir (Harper Collins, 388 pages) is the most entertaining theater memoir I’ve read since  Act One, the gold standard of theatri…

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Broadway 2020-2021 Season Guide? by New York Theater

I’ve offered a preview guide to the new shows of the coming Broadway season every year since this blog began in 2012, and I’m continuing the tradition below.   It’s different this tim…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

10 Shows to See Today, Friday June 26: Lungs, Gloria Steinem, #PrideWeekend by New York Theater

Below are a selection of “theater openings” today, including the much anticipated “Lungs” starring the royal leads from The Crown, the Off-Broadway production of Gloria (about Gloria…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Homebound Project 3: Starry new plays about unhinged characters and their champions by New York Theater

“How are you getting through these days?” Thomas Sadoski asks. “At first I felt like Anne Frank but with Amazon Prime,” Jennifer Carpenter answers…”Now I’ve decided my apartmen…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Watch “When.” Mother and daughter try to fix one another in quarantine by New York Theater

Maribel and her daughter Jessie (Kecia Lewis and Antoinette Crowe-Legacy), in quarantine thousands of miles apart, first gossip about “Downton Abbey” —  how Lady Mary had sex with a d…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Theater Blog Roundup: Urgent Politics, Dreamy Nostalgia, and Survival by New York Theater

In a world full of pandemic and podcasts, there is surely still room for theater…and theater blogs. The theater bloggers this month seem focused on one of two themes — either the current…

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Hamilton Online and In The News. Phase 2 Reopening. Pride Week by New York Theater

#Stageworthy News of the Week. Hamilton is in the news five years after it opened on stage: Disney released the first trailer of the Hamilton film, which will begin July 3 online at Disney+…

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Pride Week 2020 Calendar of Events: LGBTQ Theater, Festivals, Festivities by New York Theater

Loud, Proud and Virtual: If the 50th anniversary NYC Pride March has been canceled due to COVID-19, this year’s LGBT+ Pride Week events are as varied as the community, from rallies to part…

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fatherhood in 10 Broadway Musicals by New York Theater

  In honor of Father’s Day, here are songs by fathers, or about fathers, in a range of Broadway musicals – Be More Chill, Kinky Boots, Hamilton…. He Lives in You from The Lion King So…

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun by New York Theater

Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun, (Rutgers University Press, 246 pages) is an exercise in frustration, for two reasons. Charles Mason’s s…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Broadway Black’s Antonyo Award Winners: Tina, BLKS, For Colored Girls… by New York Theater

Here are the winners of the inaugural Antonyo Awards, honoring African-American theater artists on and Off Broadway. The winners were chosen by public vote from nominees announced June 3. Be…

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Juneteenth 2020 Performances Online and Demonstrations In the Streets by New York Theater

Juneteenth, an annual holiday celebrating the end of slavery, will be marked differently this, its 155th year, with Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the nation, including at least th…

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Drama League Award Winners: Danny Burstein and Moulin Rouge, The Inheritance, A Soldier’s Play by New York Theater

In what may well be the last New York theater award of 2020, the 86th annual Drama League Awards have been announced, chosen by the organization’s nationwide membership, from the usual lon…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

My H8 Letter To The Gr8 American Theatre Review. Diana Oh Sounds Off by New York Theater

Theater itself makes an appearance almost halfway through Diana Oh’s “h8 letter” to it, in the person of a middle aged white man (Joshua Young.) “You’re doing so good,” Theater t…

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Watch Pues Nada by Aziza Barnes LIVE by New York Theater

  MCC presents its latest live reading of a play in the LiveLabs One Acts series, written by Aziza Barnes, and directed by Whitney White. “Two black femmes tend bar in East L.A. until the…

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