Monday, August 2, 2021

August begins with Broadway excitement and COVID uncertainty. Mask and vaccination mandates. #Stageworthy News of the Week. by New York Theater

August, usually a downtime in the theater, is this year a month of excitement, anticipation…and uncertainty. Excitement: August theater events include not just play openings Off-Broadway, …

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

August 2021 Theater Highlights: Homecoming Excitement by New York Theater

Below is a selective list of theater that is opening in August*, usually one of the relatively fallow months for theater, but now full of excitement…and anticipation. Although no shows are…

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Theater Quiz for July, 2021 by New York Theater

Humanitarians, honorees, money and masks made the theater news in July. How well were you paying attention? Take these 10 questions (plus a bonus question) to find out.     Loading…

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Book Review: Working Backstage by New York Theater

At a time when playwrights and actors are demanding to be treated as “arts workers” crucial to the economy, along comes this new book by Christin Essin, a former professional stagehand t…

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Why I Resent “Come From Away” by New York Theater

I did not react well to the news that the musical “Come from Away” would commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by giving a free concert of the musical at the Lincoln Memorial in Wash…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

#Stageworthy News of the Week: Covid isn’t over. Andrew Lloyd Webber: Why can’t Britain be more like Broadway? Marge’s a Star. by New York Theater

Last week, the Public Theater canceled three performances of its production of “Merry Wives” in Central Park after learning a production member had tested positive for the coronavirus. T…

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992. Anna Deavere Smith’s Startling, Timely Documentary Theater 30 Years Later by New York Theater

It’s just 35 minutes long, and available only until Sunday, but the free online excerpt from Signature’s forthcoming new production of “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” is startling, in …

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:20PM
Friday, July 23, 2021

Last Chance Theater to See This Weekend: Seven Sins, Godot, East to Edinburgh… by New York Theater

The following five works — three festivals, one play, and one virtual preview of a future in-person production — are all ending Sunday, July 25, 2021. Those I’ve seen and especially re…

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Zoom With A View Review: Interviewing the Coronavirus and other Plays from the Pandemic by New York Theater

Marylouise Burke is one of the secret weapons of this collection of five original short plays. The familiar 80-year-old character actress appears in four of them, albeit just a brief cameo i…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 03:28PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Judgment Day Review. Jason Alexander’s sleaziness redeemed. by New York Theater

How can you go wrong with Jason Alexander as a sleazy lawyer, Patti LuPone  as an avenging angel, and Santino Fontana as a conscience-stricken priest? The stellar cast of “Judgment Day…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 09:58AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Classic Theater Posters by New York Theater

The art of theater poster design is inextricably linked to its commercial appeal:“I must distill a two-and-a-half hour stage production into an image that is memorable and eye-catching, bu…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:59PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Off Broadway in the Limelight: Cherry Lane sold, Classic Stage’s Doyle retiring, Vineyard goes Broadway, Immersive Returns! #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

Off Broadway, like Broadway, is in transition. It’s also returning with a flourish. It also (unlike Broadway) has already opened! The Lucille Lortel Foundation announced today it has purch…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:11PM
Sunday, July 18, 2021

Broadway from Edwin Booth to Meryl Streep: Photographs from the Museum of the City of New York by New York Theater

The photographs of Edwin Booth as Iago in “Othello” in 1871 and Meryl Streep with John Lithgow in “Secret Service” 105 years later are among some 30,000 photographs that chronicle so…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:12PM
Saturday, July 17, 2021

East to Edinburgh 2021 Reviews: Testament. Static. Democracy Sucks. by New York Theater

Each of these three plays from 59E59 Theater’s “East to Edinburgh Goes Virtual 2021,”  a festival running through July 25, takes its inspiration from a familiar source — “Testame…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:49PM
Friday, July 16, 2021

Schmigadoon! Review. Sweet and stuck musical TV series parodying Broadway musicals by New York Theater

Being stuck is not necessarily a bad thing inside the world of “Schmigadoon!”, the star-studded musical series parodying Golden Age musicals, the first two episodes of which launched on …

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Endure Review. Marathon Theater in Central Park. by New York Theater

In “Endure,” a performer named Casey Howes ran through Central Park for more than an hour while we small band of theatergoers listened over earphones to an audio recording of her inner t…

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

#Charlottesville Review by New York Theater

Priyanka Shetty, the writer and performer of this one-hour solo play about the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, tells us early on that she decided to intervie…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:58PM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Red Bull Short New Play Festival 2021. Zoom classics? by New York Theater

The seven new plays presented this year in Red Bull’s annual festival are odd hybrids that mimic the past, reflect our strange present, and suggest the future, perhaps inadvertently posing…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:25PM
Monday, July 12, 2021

Tenacious New Yorkers Weather Outdoor Theater. Broadway Ups to 43. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Heat waves? Downpours? This week demonstrated that New York theatergoers are as tenacious as postal couriers are supposed to be, stayed by neither rain nor heat nor gloom of night — not ev…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 11:32AM
Sunday, July 11, 2021

Seize the King Review: Seizing the Night, Rain Be Damned. by New York Theater

The evil, power-hungry Richard appeared on stage for the first time just a few minutes into “Seize the King,” which the Classical Theater of Harlem bills as playwright Will Power’s mod…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 12:00PM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Book Review: Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created “Sunday in the Park with George” by New York Theater

“Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created ‘Sunday in the Park with George’” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 416 pages) is an eccentric, valuable and entertaining book, whi…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 05:24PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

Lines in the Dust review. The New Segregation and its Discontents by New York Theater

“Lines in the Dust,” which New Normal Rep is streaming online through August 8th, is Nikkole Salter’s three-character play about a vexing side effect of modern-day segregation. It was …

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) Review by New York Theater

“Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings),” at the Cell Theater through July 25, begins as an affectionate poke at theater folk, offering nearly everything theatergoers returning to live, in-p…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:03PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Theater Etiquette Revisited by New York Theater

Six years ago this month, theater etiquette made headlines. Patti LuPone confiscated a cell phone from an audience member who was texting during her performance of “Show for Days,” then …

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Theater Blog Roundup: Are Theater Screens Here to Stay? Will Audiences Need Etiquette Reeducation? by New York Theater

As theater stages begin to reopen, theater artists aren’t through with theater screens — as some of the theater bloggers make clear. Terry Teachout discusses “hybrid theater” aka “…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 10:58PM
Monday, July 5, 2021

42 Dates on Broadway! The Fight for Digital Theater!! Hamilton Needs Help?!!! #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Every work of theater I saw this past week was live and in person – which would have been an impossibility a year ago, and an insane thing to say two years ago…because what else was ther…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 01:19PM
Sunday, July 4, 2021

For the 4th of July: 25 Plays and Musicals about American History by New York Theater

Some of the best-known plays or musicals about American history actually depict the Fourth of July; one of them, “1776,” is entirely about the events leading up to it. But most of the th…

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Enemy of the People Review. We are all complicit! by New York Theater

“Enemy of the People” at the Park Avenue Armory remakes Ibsen’s drama into a striking one-woman show starring Ann Dowd that forces us to realize our complicity in the lead poisoning of…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 06:06PM
Friday, July 2, 2021

Theater for 4th of July Weekend: 10 Shows To See, Online or On Stage by New York Theater

Below is an alphabetical list of ten shows you can catch up on over the July 4th weekend, about half of them live in person.* I’ve put a √ next to those I’ve seen and especially recom…

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Watering Hole Review: Theater as a Sacred (Depressing) Water Ritual by New York Theater

“The Watering Hole,” an art installation that takes over nearly every nook and cranny of The Pershing Square Signature Center, is meant to be healing and calming…like water. That’s t…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 07:28PM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Theater Quiz for June 2021 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the theatrical doings in June? Answer the dozen quiz questions below to find out. (Clockwise from top left: Scenes from “In The Heights,” “Hot Win…

SOURCE: New York Theater at 06:26PM

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