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Friday, September 25, 2020

Theater To See This Weekend: From Fame Musical to the Belarus Revolution to Vanessa Williams/Renee Fleming Concert by New York Theater

Among the many shows opening this weekend are five that especially intrigue. For more, check out my September calendar of openings And the weekend is a good time to catch up on theater that …

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Book Review. Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat: The Amazing Story of Mary Coyle Chase by New York Theater

Mary Chase wrote fourteen published plays, six of which ran on Broadway, including “Harvey,” about an amiable lush and his invisible rabbit pal, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, …

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Season Announcements from Ars Nova, Bushwick Starr, Red Bull and W.P. Theater by New York Theater

A look at” Black and Desi encounters” in the wake of Kamala Harris; an investigation of  “Othello” through the issues of 2020, a “concert cabaret requiem” for those we have lost…

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The 51st State Review. 11 in DC Confront American Democracy by New York Theater

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg two days after Arena Stage debuted its hour-long “docudrama” online (watch below) gave new urgency to the argument for D.C. statehood. Directed by Molly …

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Broadway at the Emmys. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Father-daughter Ron Cephas Jones and Jasmine Cephas Jones were among the several Broadway veterans to win trophies at the 72nd annual (and first socially distanced) Emmys, including Uzo Adub…

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Theater Blog Roundup: New Yorkers…Pivot. Londoners Experience Socially Distanced Theater. by New York Theater

British bloggers this month swoon over the series of new live, in-person, “socially distanced” theater, “It was wonderful and strange and made me realise how the pandemic has changed t…

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsberg Loved The Arts. Artists Respond to Her Death With Love, Fear, Anger and Action by New York Theater

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died yesterday at age 87, was a life-long lover of the arts, including theater. Her mother introduced her to  the Brooklyn Academy of Music which was “m…

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Watch Bulrusher and Read My Review. An Affectionate Folktale about Racism, Sexism and Homophobia by New York Theater

Watch Bulrusher below written and directed by Eisa Davis through September 20, starring Edmund Donovan, Sydney Elisabeth, André Holland, Tanis Parenteau, Corey Stoll. Kara Young  It feels …

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

This Is Not My Memoir Review. Theater director André Gregory’s improbable life and art by New York Theater

When André Gregory was young, he tells us, his mother had an affair with movie star Errol Flynn. When he was younger, his parents served him caviar so excessively that he was hospitalized f…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Theater Opening Today: Homages to Shirley Chisholm, Greek Tragedy about Covid, a Musical about a Transgender Superhero, a Play about Incels by New York Theater

Today is a Wednesday so full of theater openings  that it signals a Fall season, albeit an unconventional one,  is in full swing. Theater of War for front-line medical providers Theater of…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Black Emperor of Broadway. Charles Gilpin, Eugene O’Neill’s Great Forgotten Actor by New York Theater

In 1920, Eugene O’Neill turned a Black actor into a star by casting him as the lead in his play “The Emperor Jones” — and then fired him for having changed the script during performa…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Watch #Miscast20 and read my review by New York Theater

Joshua Henry, who is the theater world’s most unlikely Annie, sang “Tomorrow” (“The sun will come out tomorrow…”) at Miscast, followed by Heather Headley singing “Endless Night…

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After Six Months, What? #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

To mark the six months of Broadway’s shutdown this past weekend, we could look back, as I did — The Best Theater in Six Months of No Theater — or we could compile suggestions for a ch…

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

X is for Xavier Rubiano, a Broadway casting director who likes Miscast by New York Theater

Casting director Xavier Rubiano loves attending “Miscast,” the annual concert produced by MCC Theater in which Broadway stars perform songs in roles for which they would never be cast. E…

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Theater to See This Weekend September 12-13: From Bette to BD to Baby Jessica by New York Theater

Exactly six months after Broadway was shut down, there is LIVE, in-person theater to go to today — although it’s quite far from Broadway, or from conventional theater. And there’s ple…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Watch Incidental Moments of the Day and Read My Review: The Apples Finally Talk About Race by New York Theater

Things are looking up for the Apple family, but not for me, as the characters talk to one another on a Zoom call yet again. Richard Nelson’s third play in four months about the same set of…

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Paul Rudnick On Coastal Elites, Trash-Tweeting Ivanka, and How Bette Midler and Theater Give Him Hope by New York Theater

You’re getting attention for “Coastal Elites,” which was supposed to be a play at the Public Theater, but launches as a film on HBO September 12th, starring Bette Midler, Kaitlyn Dever…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Lynn Nottage on Theatre for One, and theater for many, and keeping busy during COVID by New York Theater

Lynn Nottage, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Ruined, Sweat), was put on the waitlist to see Theatre for One’s “Here We Are”; ;that should give you a sense of its popularit…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Fall Season. Nick Cordero Tribute. #ArtsWorkersUnite #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

Week in Reviews. Week in Theater News. Week in Theater Videos. #Stageworthy News of the Week. The Fall season has officially begun, but the theater season is shaping up as the most unusual, …

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Z is for Zero Mostel on Broadway. by New York Theater

Samuel Mostel supposedly got his nickname from his mother; if he didn’t do better in school, he would amount to a zero. He did do better — an A student, a linguist who spoke four languag…

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Labor Day and the Pandemic: Will there now be more theater about workers and working? by New York Theater

On past Labor Days, I’ve asked: Where are the American plays about unions, or workers, or even just workplaces? But now that “arts workers” have turned Labor Day into an #ArtsWorkersU…

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Taking Action to Save the Arts: Turning from playwriting to bill writing by New York Theater

Matthew-Lee Erlbach first realized he would become an actor and a playwright when he saw “True West” on Broadway at age 14 – “It was like gods performing rituals to mortals,” he sa…

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Y is for Yul Brynner on Broadway by New York Theater

Yul Brynner starred on Broadway as Odysseus in “Home Sweet Homer,” a musical that opened and closed on the same night.  He had better luck in his 1941 Broadway debut at the age of 21, a…

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Labor Day Weekend Shows to Watch Sept 4-7. Porgy and Bess, The B-Side, Brandon Victor Dixon by New York Theater

The long weekend offers concerts by theater stars (including several in-person), a festival,  and online theater that’s both opening and soon to end, as well as more long-lasting videos t…

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Composers Their Lives and Works. Where are Broadway, Black composers? by New York Theater

Composers: Their Lives and Works (DK, 320 pages) is a richly illustrated coffee table book in which eight authors profile some 160 composers over a thousand years of Western music, starting…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Love in the Time of Corona on FreeForm. A lesson for theater? by New York Theater

There is one moment in particular that struck me in “Love in the Time of Corona,” the first TV series made about, and during, the pandemic, co-produced and co-starring “Hamilton” Ton…

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The Arts Are Reopening! NY Arts Council lists 50 in NYC by New York Theater

Arts and cultural organizations across New York State are reopening, including 50 in New York City, according to an announcement today by the New York State Council of the Arts. In keeping w…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 2020 Theater Openings: What’s streaming day by day by New York Theater

Below is the day-by-day calendar of “theater openings”* in September, 2020, as we enter the sixth month of winging it online — and experimenting back offline. This month will see Brian…

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Monday, August 31, 2020

New York City IS Theater. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Week in Reviews. Week in Theater News. Week in Theater Videos. #Stageworthy News: “Every corner was like a theater production happening right in front of me…” James Altucher recalls ab…

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Theater Quiz for August 2020 by New York Theater

How well were you following theater news and reviews in the month of August? Take this quiz to find out.   Loading…

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

W is for William Shakespeare. The Bard’s Broadway Career in Photos and Video by New York Theater

There have been 66 known productions of Hamlet on Broadway since 1761, the last one in 2009 starring Jude Law; 48 Macbeths (Ethan Hawke in 2013), 36 Romeo and Juliets (Orlando Bloom and Cond…

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