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Thursday, October 14, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (128) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: Much in creativeness is incumbent upon us all, the young and old, men and women, the gifted and giftless. All men are forced to put food in t…

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

FORTY DAYS A SLAVE: SUZAN-LORI PARKS ON HER INCENDIARY NEW PLAY ‘WHITE NOISE’ by Robert Shuman

(Alexis Soloski’s interview  appeared in the Guardisn, 10/12; Photo:  ‘I was basically ripping the face off of civilisation’ … Ken Nwosu as Leo and Helena Wilson as Dawn in White N…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 11:45AM
Monday, October 11, 2021

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/MABOU MINES LIVE, IN REHEARSAL: ‘THE TWO-CHARACTER’ PLAY (FRIDAY, 10/22 AT 7:30 PM ONLY) by Robert Shuman

the two-character play by tennessee williams ____________________________ OCTOBER 22 at 7:30 an open rehearsal with Greg Mehrten and Maude Mitchell directed by Dana Greenfield, sound desig…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:53PM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

STORYTELLING MAKES HEARTS BEAT AS ONE by Robert Shuman

(Susan Pinker’s article appeared in The Wall Street Jouranl, 10/9; Illustration by Thomasz Walenta; via the Drudge Report.) Research shows that listening to the same narrative leads our he…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:05AM
Friday, October 8, 2021

JOURNALISTS FROM RUSSIA AND THE PHILIPPINES WIN NOBEL PEACE PRIZE by Robert Shuman

(Jake Cordell’s article appeared in the Moscow Times, 10/8/21; Photo: Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, BBC.) The editor of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper won the prestigious award …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:57AM
Thursday, October 7, 2021

AGE OF ANTIGONE: SOPHOCLES’S ARRESTING TALE OF THE DEBT WE OWE THE DEAD by Robert Shuman

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 10/4; In fatal thrall … Christopher Eccleston as Creon and Jodie Whittaker as Antigone in the National theatre’s 2012 production…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:13AM
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

HERODOTUS (ON BBC RADIO 4) by Robert Shuman

(from BBC 4) HERODOTUS In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Greek writer known as the father of histories, dubbed by his detractors as the father of lies. Herodotus (c484 to 425 B…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:44PM
Monday, October 4, 2021

VÁCLAV HAVEL, DISSIDENT PLAYWRIGHT TURNED STATESMAN, BORN 85 YEARS AGO by Robert Shuman

(from Radio Prague, 10/3/2021; Photo: Václav Havel|Photo: Filip Jandourek, Czech Radio.) Born into a prominent wealthy family, Václav Havel came of age after the Communist coup of 1948, wh…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:02AM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

10 RUSSIAN OPERAS BEING STAGED AROUND THE WORLD IN THE NEW 2021–22 SEASON by Robert Shuman

Damir Yusupov/The Bolshoi Theater (Valeria Paikova’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the headlines, 10/21/2021.) Russia gave the world not only ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘War and …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:56PM
Saturday, October 2, 2021

***** ‘DRACULA: THE UNTOLD STORY’ REVIEW – A WILD GOTHIC THRILL RIDE by Robert Shuman

(Nick Ahad’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/30; Photo:  Hi-tech horror … Riana Duce as Mina Harker. Photograph: Ed Waring.) Leeds Playhouse For a tale of the undead, Imitating the…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:29PM
Thursday, September 30, 2021

BROADWAY’S “ALADDIN” SHUTS AFTER ONLY ONE PERFORMANCE SINCE “RE-OPENING NIGHT” DUE TO BREAKTHROUGH COVID CASESNNAN by Robert Shuman

(This story is from CBSNewYork.com, 9/30.) Just two weeks after celebrating the return of Broadway, one of the most anticipated shows has been shut down. Wednesday night’s performance of…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:51PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

IRINA BROOK’S STAGE OBSESSION: ‘IT’S BEEN 50 YEARS – THEATRE, THEATRE, THEATRE!’ by Robert Shuman

(Andrew Dickson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/28; Photo: The sunshine that blasts away the shadows… Irina Brook, director. Photograph: Amanda Lane.) She grew up in an artistic d…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:54PM
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

RUSSIAN BALLET THROUGH THE EYES OF NINA ALOVERT (PHOTOS) by Robert Shuman

(Alexandra Guzeva’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 9/25.) An Emmy-winning Russian-born photographer shows her view of the magnificent world of Russian dance and its most …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:16PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

TONY AWARDS 2021: ‘MOULIN ROUGE!’ ‘THE INHERITANCE,’ ‘A SOLDIER’S PLAY’ BIG WINNERS IN EMOTIONAL SHOW by Robert Shuman

(Brent Lang’s article appeared in Variety 9/26; Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy.) ‘Slave Play’ Shut Out Despite Record Number of Nominations. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a stage …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:57PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

RUTH STAGE PARTNERS WITH THE CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA FOUNDATION FOR GALA TO BENEFIT BILE DUCT CANCER–AND MAJOR THEATER ANNOUNCEMENT–PLANNED FOR OCTOBER by Robert Shuman

New York, New York: Off Broadway actor and producer Matt de Rogatis has announced that his non profit theater organization, Ruth Stage, has formed a partnership with the Cholangiocarcino…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:02PM
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

JOE KINNISON’S IMPROV—CATCHING THE ANGLER WITH HIS NEW HOW-TO BOOK: ‘NEXT-LEVEL BASS FISHING’ FROM SKYHORSE by Robert Shuman

JOE KINNISON is on the hook for our latest interview, talking with SV’s Bob Shuman about getting started in bass fishing, enjoying the peace, beauty, and intellectual challenge of the spor…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:07PM
Sunday, September 19, 2021

AUSTRALIA: CABARET STARS TURN TO GAMERS AND INFLUENCERS FOR STREAMING TIPS by Robert Shuman

(Stephen A. Russell’s article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 9/20.   Photo: Sydney Morning Herald.) The word ‘cabaret’ conjures images of intimate, candlelit spaces with audi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:24PM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

GERMANY: CULTURE IN THE CONSTITUTION – A BASIC RIGHT? by Robert Shuman

(from DW, 9/18.) Are arts and culture essential? In Germany, many who work in the sector say they are. During the pandemic, which threatened many people’s livelihoods, they launched the …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:53PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

CHRISTO GETS HIS FINAL WISH AS PARIS’S ARC DE TRIOMPHE IS WRAPPED by Robert Shuman

(from France 24, 9/17.) It was the dream of the late artist couple, Bulgarian-born Christo and his French wife Jeanne-Claude. As they gazed out of their window in the early 1960s, they ima…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:01PM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN ITALLIE, ‘AMERICA HURRAH’ PLAYWRIGHT, DIES AT 85 by Robert Shuman

(Neil Genzlinger’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/15; Photo: The playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie in 1999 introducing a reading of “America Hurrah,” his best-known play. A…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:38PM
Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘WEST SIDE STORY’ DROPS GRANDIOSE TRAILER FOR SPIELBERG REMAKE by Robert Shuman

(Ryan Parker’s article appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, 9/15;   The 20th Century film is due in theaters Dec. 10. West Side Story dropped its official trailer Wednesday, and the Stev…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:19PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

CHEERS GREET THE REOPENING OF THREE MEGA-HIT BROADWAY SHOWS by Robert Shuman

(Mark Kennedy’s article appeared pm the AP, 9/14; via the Drudge Report;  Photo: Kristin Chenoweth; credit: AP.) NEW YORK (AP) — Theater royalty — in the form of Kristin Chenoweth, Ju…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:42PM
Monday, September 13, 2021

***** ‘MASTERCLASS’: A MAGNIFICENT SEND-UP OF THE ANXIETIES OF THE AGE (SV PICK, IRELAND) by Robert Shuman

(Chris McCormack’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 9/13; Materclass: Adrienne Truscott plays opposite Feidlim Cannon.) Dublin Fringe Festival 2021: Brokentalkers and Truscott’s frui…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:44AM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

ARTISTS AND ARTS WATCH: THE WRITING’S ON THE WALL FOR KABUL’S STREET ART SCENE by Robert Shuman

(Amy Kazmin’s article appeared in the Financial Times, 9/9; street painting depicting Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old woman who was lynched by a mob in Kabul in March 2015 © Yaghobzade…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:28PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

ARTISTS AND ARTS WATCH: PUSSY RIOT’S ALYOKHINA GIVEN ONE YEAR OF ‘RESTRICTED FREEDOM’ AS ANOTHER RUSSIAN OPPOSITION FIGURE IS CONVICTED IN ‘SA by Robert Shuman

(Johnny Tickle’s article appeared on RT, 9/11; Photo: (t0p) Russian political activist and member of the punk band and activist group Pussy Riot Maria Alyokhina. © Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP.; …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:36PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

REVIEW: ‘COME FROM AWAY’ LOSES NONE OF ITS FOLKSY CHARM ON SCREEN by Robert Shuman

(Charles McNulty’s article appeared in the Lost Angeles Times, 9/9; Petrina Bromley, from left, Emily Walton, Jenn Colella, Sharon Wheatley, Astrid Van Wieren and Q. Smith in the musical …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:36PM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

***** ‘FROZEN’ REVIEW – STUNNING MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA CREATES ITS OWN MAGIC by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/8/2021; Photo: Dazzling coups de theatre … Samantha Barks as Elsa in Frozen. Photograph: JohanPersson.) Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Lond…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:03PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

CHICAGO: THEATER AND OPERA FOR FALL 2021: WITH OUR TOP 10, A CAUTIOUS RETURN TO DRAMA by Robert Shuman

(Chris Jones’s article appeared in the Chicago Tribune Theater Loop, 9/8; Photo: Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood star in the Tracy Letts play “Bug” at Steppenwolf Theatre. (Michael Br…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:07PM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (127) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: I have told you how we were educated in our childhood and youth. Compare our life with the life of the present generation of youth brought up…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:40PM
Monday, September 6, 2021

ICONIC FRENCH NEW WAVE ACTOR JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO DIES AGED 88 by Robert Shuman

(from France24, 6/9; via the Drudge Report; Photo: French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo poses at the 23rd Lumières awards ceremony in Paris on February 5, 2018. © Francois Mori, AP.) Actor Jea…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:28PM
Sunday, September 5, 2021

COLUMN: ACTORS, GET VACCINATED OR GET OFF THE PUBLIC STAGE by Robert Shuman

(Charles McNulty’s article appeared in the Los Angeles Times, 8/19; “Hamilton’s” Javier Muñoz, shown in 2016, had a thoughtful response to a performer’s Instagram post concerning …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:02PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre