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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

ANNA DEAVERE SMITH/ ‘THIS GHOST OF SLAVERY’: A SOLO READING by Robert Shuman

(Premiered Jul 8, 2024; Illustration: The Atlantic) Anna Deavere Smith Listen Award-winning actress, playwright, and professor Anna Deavere Smith explores performance as a way of knowing in …

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

HOMEGROWN SHAKESPEARE: ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ (RIVER’S EDGE THEATRE CO) by Robert Shuman

HOMEGROWN SHAKESPEARE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Directed by Jessica Irons Shakespeare never looked so sustainable! Earth conscious actors are assigned their roles 30 days before the perfo…

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Monday, July 8, 2024

RUSSIA AIMING TO DESTROY UKRAINE’S CULTURAL IDENTITY by Robert Shuman

(Jason Jay Smart’s article appeared in the Kyiv Post, 7/7.) Incredibly, due to years of Russian occupation, many Ukrainian soldiers do not recognize some of the “classic” Ukrainian son…

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Saturday, July 6, 2024

O, CANADA! THE BARD IS RIBBED AND REVERED AT ONTARIO’S STRATFORD FESTIVAL by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/28; Photo: God, I hate Shakespeare … Mark Uhre as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten! Photograph: Ann Baggley.) The side-splitting Some…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:58PM
Friday, July 5, 2024

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WORLD’S BIGGEST THEATRE FESTIVAL by Robert Shuman

(Eve Jackson’s, Olivia Salazar-Winspear’s, Marion Cheval’s, Natacha Milleret’s , Solène Clausse’s, and Magali Faure’s report appeared on France24, 7/4/2024.) Culture reporter Ol…

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, 7/2/2024 by Robert Shuman

On 7/2/2024, Director Frank Farrell and playwright Bob Shuman went for a 1:00pm meeting with Dream Up Festival director, Michael Scott-Price, at Theater for the New City (TNC) to have a walk…

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Monday, July 1, 2024

ISMAIL KADARE, GIANT OF ALBANIAN LITERATURE, DIES AGED 88 by Robert Shuman

(Richard Lea’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/1;  Photo: Ismail Kadare, pictured in 2005. Photograph: Murdo Macleod/The Guardian.) His allegorical stories, informed by life under st…

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

DOUBLE BILL DEBUTS: DOGTEAM THEATRE OPENS WITH FORNÉS AND COLLIER (7/9-8/4) by Robert Shuman

(via David Gibbs, DARR Publicity) Dogteam Theatre Project launches its inaugural Off-Broadway season with two world premieres. “La Viuda,” by Cuban American pioneer María Irene Fornés,…

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Monday, June 24, 2024

NEW YORK THEATER VETERAN STAGES STRINDBERG’S “MISS JULIE” IN ROARING TWENTIES SETTING by Robert Shuman

Don’t miss a fresh take on classic drama, June 27 to July 7, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Theater for the New City is presenting August Strindberg Rep‘…

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

‘TONGS AND BONES SHAKESPEARE’ BY BOB SHUMAN:  TALKING WITH . . . by Robert Shuman

In May, when director Frank Farrell began working with playwright Bob Shuman on staging Tongs and Bones Shakespeare–coming to Theater for the New City, as part of the Dream Up Festival (at…

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Friday, June 21, 2024

‘THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR’ OFFERS STRONG EVIDENCE THAT SHAKESPEARE WAS NOT ITS AUTHOR by Robert Shuman

(Jacobi’s and Anderson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/13; Photo/ illustrations: Relentless in his self-satire … Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Photograph: Alamy.) Derek J…

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Monday, June 17, 2024

IAN MCKELLEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER FALLING OFF STAGE DURING WEST END PERFORMANCE by Robert Shuman

(Ethan Shanfeld’s article appeared in Variety, 6/17. Photo:  Ian McKellen plays John Falstaff in Player Kings. Photograph: Manuel Harlanthe Guardian.) Ian McKellen was hospitalized aft…

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TONY AWARD WINNERS 2024: THE FULL LIST by Robert Shuman

(Rachel Sherman’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/17. Photo: Mashable SEA.) The Tony Awards were held on Sunday at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City. Male…

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

FIELDING’S ‘TOM JONES’ (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 4–IN OUR TIME–DISCUSSION PROGRAM) by Robert Shuman

Listen In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss “The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling” (1749) by Henry Fielding (1707-1754), one of the most influential of the early English novels a…

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Monday, June 10, 2024

TRIAL OF RUSSIAN THEATER DIRECTOR ADJOURNED AFTER AMBULANCE CALLED IN COURTROOM by Robert Shuman

(From Radio Free Europe. Photo: Theatre director Zhenya Berkovich, left, and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk are seen in a glass cage prior to a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, …

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Friday, June 7, 2024

5 IN 1: AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 5 PRODUCTIONS, 6/15/24, NYC–INCLUDING ‘TONGS AND BONES SHAKESPEARE’ AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (BY BOB SHUMAN, by Robert Shuman

(6/7/2024) Director Frank Farrell is announcing auditions for five productions – Saturday, June 15 from 2pm – 7pm at Houghton Hall Arts Community, 22 East 30th Street in NYC.  Actors a…

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

***** ‘VIOLA’S ROOM’ REVIEW – PUNCHDRUNK’S GOTHIC TALE OF PUZZLING WONDER   by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/3; Photo: Teenage kicks … an audience member in Viola’s Room.  Photograph: Julian Abrams.) One Cartridge Place, London Helena Bonham…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

ELLA FITZGERALD, BOUND FOR FREEDOM, IN “ELLA THE UNGOVERNABLE” by Robert Shuman

Theater for the New City to present “Ella The Ungovernable,” a play by David McDonald about 15 year-old Ella Fitzgerald’s incarceration in Hudson, NY, in 1933 and the escape that laun…

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Monday, June 3, 2024

FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES: HOW DRACULA WAS MADE IN DERBY (U.K.) by Robert Shuman

(Caroline Butterwick’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/3; Cape fear … Bela Lugosi in a publicity still for the 1931 film of Dracula. Photograph: Universal/Allstar.) The iconography …

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

‘ANTIGONE’ BY JEAN ANOUILH (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 3; LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

Listen Drama on 3 Antigone by Jean Anouilh Translated by Barbara Bray After the deaths of Antigone’s brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, the king Creon, orders that Polynices’s body be le…

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Friday, May 31, 2024

ANNOUNCING: ‘TONGS AND BONES SHAKESPEARE’ AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (BY BOB SHUMAN; DIRECTED BY FRANK FARRELL) by Robert Shuman

Get ready for a theatrical experience like no other, based on characters from the plays of Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and The Tempest)!  The highly anticipate…

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

EXIT, PURSUED BY A PANDA: THE BRITS BRINGING EYE-POPPING SHAKESPEARE TO THE BALTICS by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/27; Photo: Not your traditional Shakespeare … Winter’s Tale at Dailes theatre. Latvia. Photograph: Marcis Baltskars.) The Winter’…

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: **ALL FREE** FULL SCHEDULE RELEASED FOR THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, MAY 24 TO 26 by Robert Shuman

COME ONE, COME ALL, FOR FREE THEATER Theater for the New City has posted the full schedule of performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers appearing …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

CASTING CALL – SHAKESPEARE CHARACTERS PLAY by Robert Shuman

Seeking: Non-union male actors, of any race, aged 45-60 for a play about Shakespeare characters. Experience with Shakespeare plays is helpful but not required. Production: Play to be perfor…

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Monday, May 20, 2024

NEED PROOF WHO WROTE SHAKESPEARE’S PLAYS? SEE THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/20.  Photo Lucy Tregear as Meg Page, Richard Cordery as Sir John Falstaff and Claire Carrie as Alice Ford in The Merry Wives of W…

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Friday, May 17, 2024

NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS’ CIRCLE AWARD WINNERS: ‘STEREOPHONIC’ AND ‘DEAD OUTLAW’ WIN TOP HONORS by Robert Shuman

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle has unveiled its annual awards, and this year’s ceremony promises exciting winners. David Adjmi’s “Stereophonic,” a play that premiered at Playwr…

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

TAKE ME TO THE CIRCUS: THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S OFFBEAT DOUBLE BILL– “PARTY CLOWN OF THE RICH & FAMOUS AND THE HUNGRY MIND BUFFET” by Robert Shuman

The first act, at Theater for the New City, features Stan Baker, a man with a treasure trove of tales from the fringes of fame. Baker’s one-man show, “Party Clown of the Rich & Famou…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

CATHERINE FILLOUX AT LA MAMA: ‘HOW TO EAT AN ORANGE’–5/30-6/16, 2024 by Robert Shuman

FOR THE PAST THREE DECADES FRENCH ALGERIAN AMERICAN AWARD-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT, LIBRETTIST AND ACTIVIST CATHERINE FILLOUX HAS BEEN TRAVELING TO CONFLICT AREAS WRITING PLAYS THAT ADDRESS HUMA…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:25PM
Monday, May 13, 2024

OUT OF THE DARK: REVISITING COMPOSERS SUPPRESSED BY THE NAZIS by Robert Shuman

(Alex Ross’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 5/13; Zemlinsky, once regarded as a weak-willed eclecticist, is attracting modern admirers. Illustration by Romy Blümel.) The Musica Non G…

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Friday, May 10, 2024

“GRENFELL: IN THE WORDS OF SURVIVORS” ON DEMOCRACY NOW!: SURVIVOR RECOUNTS DEADLY 2017 LONDON FIRE THAT INSPIRED PLAY—ONLY THROUGH SUN., 5/12 AT by Robert Shuman

(On Democracy Now!, 5/10.) The play Grenfell: In the Words of Survivors, which is being staged this week in Brooklyn, tells the story of the 2017 apartment fire at Grenfell Tower in London t…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:48PM

‘THEY’RE TEACHING ME’: GREG DORAN ON STAGING SHAKESPEARE’S UNLOVED TWO GENTS WITH STUDENTS by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/10;  Photograph: Geraint Lewis.)  The theatre director, now teaching at Oxford after years running the RSC, thinks The Two Gentl…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:29AM

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