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Sunday, January 17, 2021

ROBOTS TURN 100—AND STILL ENTHRALL US by Robert Shuman

(Adam Kirsch’s article appeared in The Wall Street Journal, 1/16.)  The intelligent, human-like machines long promised by science fiction still don’t exist, but they’ve played an impo…

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NEW DAWN:  THEATRE AFFIRMATIONS by Robert Shuman

I am worthy of success in the Theatre, and I am successful.   My path is important to myself and our community.   I am most truly successful, as an artist and otherwise, when I am my most …

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

FREE INAUGURATION MUSICAL: “A DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE” BY VIN MORREALE, JR. AND ERIC B. SIROTA (LINK BELOW) by Robert Shuman

Vin Morreale, Jr. (book & lyrics) and Eric B. Sirota (music) are pleased to announce the release of their new full-length musical comedy, “A Day at the White House,” on podcast and …

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THE DELIGHTS OF SEA-CHANTEY TIKTOK by Robert Shuman

(Amanda Petrusich’s article appeared in The New Yorker, 1/14.  Photo: After nearly a year of solitude and crushing restrictions, chanteys are providing a glimpse into a more exciting way …

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Friday, January 15, 2021

LET’S PLAY ‘BEAT THE BARD’ (28) by Robert Shuman

Can you beat the Bard? Questions by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D.  All rights reserved.

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TIM RICE: ‘EVITA WAS A BONKERS IDEA’ by Robert Shuman

(Rob Walker’s article appeared in the Guardian, 1/14; Photo: Dynamic duo … Tim Rice, right, and Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1970. Photograph: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images.) As the …

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

ILLUSIONIST SIEGFRIED FISCHBACHER OF SIEGFRIED & ROY DIES by Robert Shuman

(Paul Davenport’s article appeared on the AP, 1/14; via the Drudge Report; Photo: Sigfried, left, with tiger: Reviewjournal.com.) Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the magic d…

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CUOMO OUTLINES PLANS TO ‘BRING ARTS AND CULTURE BACK TO LIFE’ by Robert Shuman

(Sarah Bahr’s article appeared in The New York Times 1/12; via Pam Green.  Photo: “New York City is not New York without Broadway,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Tuesday in unveiling p…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (107) by Robert Shuman

Gordon Craig dreamed of a theatre without men and women, without actors. He wanted to supplant them with marionettes who had no bad habits or bad gestures, no painted faces, no exaggerated v…

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IRELAND: LIVE THEATRE WAS GETTING INTERESTING. THEN COVID ARRIVED by Robert Shuman

(Chris McCormack’s article appeared in The Irish Times, 1/13; Photo: When the curtain came down on Our New Girl, did it come down on innovative programming along with it? Credit: Ros Kavan…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

BELARUS THREATENS TO KILL TWO UK DISSIDENTS by Robert Shuman

“We will definitely find you … and we will hang you, side-by-side,” the main Belarusian government newspaper, Sovietska Belarus, wrote on 27 December 2020.reetheatre.com) “Death thre…

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MORE THAN THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: 8 ACTORS ON EMILY IN ‘OUR TOWN’ by Robert Shuman

(Laura Collin-Hughes’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/6; via Pam Green.  In a Broadway production of “Our Town,” Helen Hunt, right, played Emily Webb with Jason Gedrick, le…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

HERE ANNOUNCES IN-PERSON AND ONLINE PROGRAMMING FOR WINTER AND SPRING 2021 by Robert Shuman

(via John Wyszniewski, Everyman) Highlights include 9th Annual PROTOTYPE Festival, Soundwalks in Harlem and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Online Premieres The OBIE-winning HERE (Kristin Mar…

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LET’S PLAY ‘BEAT THE BARD’ (27) by Robert Shuman

  Can you beat the Bard? Questions by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

FAUCI SUGGESTS THEATERS COULD REOPEN ‘SOME TIME IN THE FALL’ by Robert Shuman

(Julia Jacobs’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/9; Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, right, speaking with Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Founda…

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

NEW DAWN: THEATRE AFFIRMATIONS by Robert Shuman

I am most truly successful, as an artist and otherwise, when I am my most authentic self, openly and honestly.   I adapt my vision to the new theatrical reality—and it has all positive ou…

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Friday, January 8, 2021

ROBOT WARS: 100 YEARS ON, IT’S TIME TO REBOOT KAREL ČAPEK’S ‘RUR’ by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 1/17.  Photo:  Satirical … a sketch for Karel Čapek’s RUR by Bedřich Feuerstein. Photograph: Dea Picture Library/De Agostin…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

LEE BREUER: ON ‘THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS’, ‘PATAPHYSICS PENYEACH’, AND  ‘LA DIVINA CARICATURA, PART 1: THE SHAGGY DOG’ by Robert Shuman

(Photos: Mabou Mines) By Bob Shuman Some of us had never seen Lee Breuer working, without a stocking cap—but what is probably most surprising is that we saw a playwright, so hands-on, at a…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

LOST IN 2020: EPIC SHAKESPEARE, AND THE THEATER THAT PLANNED IT by Robert Shuman

(Maya Phillips’s article appeared in The New York Times, 12/29/2020 Photo: Brendan Edward Kennedy, center, in the title role of “Henry V” at Brave Spirits Theater in Virginia.Credit……

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

LET’S PLAY ‘BEAT THE BARD’ (26) by Robert Shuman

Can you beat the Bard? Questions by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

LEE BREUER, REST IN PEACE (1937-2021) by Robert Shuman

(from Mabou Mines)  Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mabou Mines co-founder Lee Breuer on January 3, 2021. He died peacefully at home surrounded by l…

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (106) by Robert Shuman

Maeterlinck is a charming, kind, and joyful host and companion. For days at a time we spoke about art, and he was very glad to know that actors were entering so deeply into the very being, m…

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

NEW DAWN:  THEATRE AFFIRMATIONS by Robert Shuman

I adapt my vision to the new theatrical reality—and find deeper understanding and wider horizons. Theatre comes back strong in 2021—and heals us.  

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Friday, January 1, 2021

JAMES GRAHAM REVEALS COVID CRISIS ACCELERATED ELTON JOHN MUSICAL COLLABORATION by Robert Shuman

(Mark Brown’s article appeared in the Guardian, 12/31; Photo: Tammy Faye Messner with Jim Bakker. Photograph: Associated Press.) Writer says singer’s cancelled farewell tour resulted in…

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NEW DAWN: THEATRE AFFIRMATIONS by Robert Shuman

Theatre comes back strong in 2021—and heals us.

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (105) by Robert Shuman

The hardest thing of all is to begin creative work, to find a goal, a foundation, a ground, a principle, or even a simple scenic piece of hokum and to be enthused by it. Enthusiasm, even the…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM? THE TROUBLE WITH UTOPIAN DRAMAS by Robert Shuman

(Natasha Tripney’s article appeared in the Guardian, 12/30; Photo: A mirror on the world … Mark Rylance in Jerusalem at the Royal Court. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/the Guardian. ) Whil…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

ROGER BERLIND, 90, DIES; BROADWAY IMPRESARIO WHO AMASSED 25 TONYS by Robert Shuman

(Berlind played a role in producing more than 100 plays and musicals. And while he kept an eye on the bottom line, he could be seduced by sheer artistry; Photo: Even as he experienced flops,…

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Monday, December 28, 2020

BEYOND THE SILK PYJAMAS: THE STYLE OF NOËL COWARD by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 12/28. Photosgraph: Debonair … Noël Coward. Photograph: Everett/Rex/Shutterstock .) A new exhibition is devoted to the visual fl…

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

LET’S PLAY ‘BEAT THE BARD’ (25) by Robert Shuman

Can you beat the Bard? Questions by Joyce E. Henry, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

HOW DOLLY PARTON BECAME THE WORLD’S BEST-LOVED CELEBRITY by Robert Shuman

(Dorian Lynskey’s article appeared on the BBC 12/7; Photo, Getty Images, BBC.com; via Pam Green. She gives little away about her private life, and touts a cartoonish public image: how did …

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