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Friday, August 7, 2020

BRENT CARVER DIES: TONY AWARD-WINNING ‘KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN’ ACTOR WAS 68 by Robert Shuman

(Greg Evans’s article appeared on Deadline, 8/6; via Pam Green.) Brent Carver, a stage and screen actor who won the 1993 Tony Award for his performance in Broadway’s The Kiss of the S…

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

WHAT MAKES THE SILVER AGE OF RUSSIAN POETRY SO IMPORTANT? by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Guzeva’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 7/31; Photo: Russia Beyond the Headlines.) You won’t find another period in Russian literature with such a concentrat…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

FORGOTTEN PLAYS: NO 10 – ‘MARY ROSE’ (1920) BY JM BARRIE by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/2; Photo: Unnerving questions … Leon Quartermaine and Fay Compton in Mary Rose at the Haymarket theatre, 1926. Photograph: Sash…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

BOOK: JOHN B. ROBERTS II INTERVIEW (Pt. 2): INSIDE THE 1984 REELECTION CAMPAIGN’S SECRET OPERATION AGAINST GERALDINE FERRARO by Robert Shuman

DIGGING DEEPER:  JOHN B. ROBERTS II ON THE 1984 REELECTION CAMPAIGN’S SECRET OPERATION AGAINST GERALDINE FERRARO, THINKING OUTSIDE THE BALLOT BOX, AND HIS NEW BOOK  ON MORNING IN AMERICA…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

THE ‘WILDCAT’ EPISODE, OR, DID BROADWAY LOVE LUCY? by Robert Shuman

(Darin Strauss’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/31; Photo: The New York Times;  via Pam Green.) With her sitcom over and marriage finished, Lucille Ball fulfilled an old dream:…

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S PUBLISHED WORKS LITTERED WITH ERRORS, STUDY CLAIMS by Robert Shuman

(Dalya Alberge’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/2; Photo:  The Guardian.) Experts find hundreds of errors in the writer’s works, mostly made by editors and typesetters Ernest Hemin…

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

THE 40 BEST IRISH FICTIONAL CHARACTERS – IN ORDER by Robert Shuman

(Chosen by Rosita Boland, Donald Clarke, Peter Crawley, Martin Doyle, and Hilary Fannin for the Irish Times, 8/1; Photo: The Irish Times.) FROM NIDGE AND CONNELL WALDRON TO GRETTA CONROY…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

THE HOMEBOUND PROJECT ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR FIFTH AND FINAL EDITION AIRING AUGUST 5–9 by Robert Shuman

(Via John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency.) Laurie Metcalf, Kelli O’Hara, Brian Cox, Austin Pendleton, Daniel K. Isaac, and More Premiere New Work by Craig Lucas, Lena Dunham, Sylvia Khoury, …

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE: ‘HENRY IV, PART I’ by Robert Shuman

THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE: HENRY IV PART I   PLAYLIST: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list… SUPPORT THE CAST AND CREW: https://patreon.com/theshowmustgoonline HOMEPAGE: https://robmyles.c…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

FORGOTTEN PLAYS: NO 9 – ‘THE WORDS UPON THE WINDOW-PANE’ AND ‘PURGATORY’ BY WB YEATS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian,  7/27; Above, Yeats’s masterpiece … Peter Cormican as the Old Man in a 2009 production of Purgatory at the Irish Repertory Thea…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

BOOK: JOHN B. ROBERTS II INTERVIEW (Pt. 1): INSIDE THE 1984 REELECTION CAMPAIGN’S SECRET OPERATION AGAINST GERALDINE FERRARO by Robert Shuman

MOB RULE:  JOHN B. ROBERTS II ON THE 1984 REELECTION CAMPAIGN’S SECRET OPERATION AGAINST GERALDINE FERRARO, THINKING OUTSIDE THE BALLOT BOX, AND HIS NEW BOOK  ON MORNING IN AMERICA:  …

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Monday, July 27, 2020

AUDRA MCDONALD INTERVIEW: “THEATRE CAN’T MISS THIS MOMENT” by Robert Shuman

(Michael Schulman’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 7/26; Illustration by Nhung Lê.) Audra McDonald came out of Juilliard in 1993, a twenty-two-year-old with a lyric soprano as pristi…

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OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’ STAR, DIES AT 104 by Robert Shuman

(Tim Gray’s article appeared in Variety, 7/26; photo: Associated Press; via Pam Green.) Olivia de Havilland, one of the last remaining actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, two-time Acade…

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

BLACK PLAYS ARE KNOCKING ON BROADWAY’S DOOR. WILL IT OPEN? by Robert Shuman

(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/22; Photo: Adrienne C. Moore, center, in the Public Theater production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ Whe…

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (87) by Robert Shuman

I felt so pleasantly and comfortably on the stage because . . . [I] centered my attention on the perceptions and states of my body, at the same time drawing my attention away from what was h…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

ENTERING A PARIS THEATER, WARILY, AND FINDING A WEIGHT LIFTED by Robert Shuman

(Laura Cappelle’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/16; Photo:“Ionesco Suite,” directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota at the Espace Cardin in Paris. Credit…Jean-Louis Fernandez; …

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

FORGOTTEN PLAYS: NO 8 – ‘SAINT’S DAY’ (1951) BY JOHN WHITING by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/20;  photo: Pioneer … John Whiting, right, with CE Webber and Enid Bagnold at the Arts theatre in 1951. Photograph: Bentley Arc…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

ALAN BENNETT: ‘AN ORDINARY WOMAN’–A MONOLOGUE by Robert Shuman

(Bennett’s monologue appeared in the London Review of Books, 7/16.)  An ordinary kitchen. Gwen, a middle-aged wo­man, talks to the camera. He​ pulled up his trousers. ‘You are nice…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

FORGOTTEN PLAYS: NO 7 – ‘SKYVERS’ (1963) BY BARRY RECKORD by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/12;  Riveting drama … from left, David Hemmings, Chloe Ashcroft and Phillip Martin in Skyvers at the Royal Court. Photograph: A…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

QUEER KIDS, NERDS AND SWORD FIGHTS: IT’S THE HOT SCHOOL PLAY by Robert Shuman

(from The New York Times, 7/2; Photo: The New York Times; via Pam Green.)   This is a narrative about youngsters who make up tales. This is a narrative through which ladies wield swords, qu…

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Monday, July 13, 2020

DIXON PLACE: THE HOT FESTIVAL—THE NYC CELEBRATION OF QUEER CULTURE by Robert Shuman

JULY 6 – AUGUST 1, 2020   Theater, dance, music, literature and homoeroticism for the whole family! Since 1992, it remains the longest running festival of its kind in the world.    In…

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (86) by Robert Shuman

In Duse, Yermolova, Fedotova, Savina, Salvini, Chaliapin, Rossi, as well as in the actors of our Theatre when they appeared to best advantage in their roles, I felt he presence of something …

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

FORGOTTEN PLAYS: NO 6 – OCCUPATIONS (1970) BY TREVOR GRIFFITHS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/5,) The collapse of the 1968 protests left this incisive political dramatist searching for answers – and his response delved bri…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

HAMILTON REVIEW – BROADWAY HIT IS NOW A BREATHTAKING SCREEN SENSATION by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/30; photo: The Guardian.) Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical is smart, witty, funky and leaves us reflecting on America’s past and future H…

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

BEYOND BROADWAY, THE SHOW DOES GO ON by Robert Shuman

(from the New York Times, 7/4; Photo: The New York Times; via Pam Green.) Inside a former firehouse in Richmond, Va., a lone actor performs “The Picture of Dorian Gray” for audiences as …

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

CARL REINER, MULTIFACETED MASTER OF COMEDY, IS DEAD AT 98 by Robert Shuman

(From the New York Times, 6/30; photo: The New York Times; via Pam Green.) Carl Reiner, who as performer, writer and director earned a place in comedy history several times over, died on Mon…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

FORGOTTEN PLAYS: NO 5 – ‘OWNERS’ (1972) BY CARYL CHURCHILL by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/28; photo: Urge for ownership … David Swift and Jill Bennett starred in Owners at the Royal Court. Photograph: Frank Barratt/Get…

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

MISERY AND MEGALOMANIA: HOW DAVID ADJMI BECAME A PLAYWRIGHT by Robert Shuman

(From The New York Times, 6/24; photo: The New York Times; via Pam Green.) It took David Adjmi 10 years to write his new memoir, “Lot Six” (HarperCollins). The last four months were spen…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

‘ENDGAME’ BY SAMUEL BECKETT: LIFE CONSPIRES TO MIMIC ART … YET AGAIN by Robert Shuman

(Terence Killeen’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 6/15.; Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, directed by Conor McPherson (left) and Michael Gambon at the Beckett Film Project. Photograph: Pa…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

THE ANGLE PROJECT IS INVITING YOU TO SHARE YOUR STORY ABOUT COVID 19 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS by Robert Shuman

The Angle Project is inviting you to share your story. We are creating a storytelling series to showcase humanity behind the COVID 19 pandemic. TAP is seeking partnerships with hospitals,…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A BACKSTAGE WALK THAT’S PURE DRAMA by Robert Shuman

(from The New York Times, 6/11; via Pam Green.) STUTTGART, Germany — Midway through “We Are Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On,” a theatrical walkabout through the Stuttgart State Theate…

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