Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Was Their Ticket. Then 2020 Happened. by Michael Paulson

It was a Broadway smash with big plans until 25 company members took ill and a shutdown put everybody out of work. Inside a tumultuous year, in the words of those who lived it.

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‘Bridgerton’s’ Approach to Race and Casting Has Precedent Onstage by Matt Wolf

There’s been much discussion about the presence of Black actors in Regency England on the Netflix show, but performers of color have been playing historical roles in London theaters for de…

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Theater to Stream: Jerry Herman’s Tunes; Marisa Tomei, Twice by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Pasadena Playhouse has a new tribute to Herman, the composer of “Hello, Dolly!,” and Tomei turns up in “Beirut” and “Three Hotels.”

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Trump-Shakespeare Comparisons by Jesse Green

Pundits have likened the president to Lear, to Hamlet, to Macbeth, to Coriolanus. That may have been four years of wishful thinking.

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‘Overflow’ Review: The Bathroom Battleground by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Travis Alabanza’s monologue starring Reece Lyons examines agency and safety, here inextricably intertwined with identity.

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Basil Twist in Paris: When Puppets Meet Baroque Opera by Laura Cappelle

Before his directorial debut in France, with Mondonville’s “Titon et l’Aurore” at the Opéra Comique, the virtuoso puppeteer discussed the challenges of working in a pandemic.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

How Theater Stepped Up to Meet the Trump Era by Laura Collins-Hughes

As artists saw liberties threatened and inequities exacerbated, the stage became more thrillingly urgent than it had been in decades.

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Paging Through Broadway While the Stages Are Dark by Maya Phillips

As she packs her things to make a move, a critic lingers over her memories, many slickly packaged, some not.

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A Theater Serves as a Courthouse, Provoking Drama Offstage by Alex Marshall

Black artists and activists in Birmingham, England, say the city’s largest playhouse has sold out by leasing its auditoriums to the criminal justice system.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Trip Into the Otherworldly With Adrienne Kennedy as Guide by Maya Phillips

A digital four-play retrospective, capped by a world premiere, illuminates this writer’s fascination with doubling, violence and Black identity.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

A ‘Marvel Universe’ for Musicals? Meet the Makers of Averno by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The shows have not been staged, but three concept albums are at the center of a sprawling fictional world created largely by teenagers.

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Philip J. Smith, a Power on Broadway, Is Dead at 89 by Robert D. McFadden

As head of the Shubert Organization, he was one of New York City’s most influential real estate and cultural entrepreneurs.

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‘Tiny Pretty Things’ Falls for Big Ugly Ballet Stereotypes by Gia Kourlas

Why is it so hard to show the dance world as it is? This Netflix series about students at a ballet school is yet another cartoonish depiction.

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Regina King on 'One Night in Miami' and Her Art by Salamishah Tillet

The actress-turned-director of “One Night in Miami” explains why she sees the fact-based drama about a meeting of four icons as a companion piece to “Watchmen.”

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Siegfried & Roy: Magician Siegfried Fischbacher Dead at 81 by Christine Hauser

Mr. Fischbacher’s partner, Roy Horn, died last May of complications of Covid-19. “There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried,” Mr. Fischbacher said at the ti…

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Siegfried Fischbacher, Magician of Siegfried & Roy, Dies at 81 by Christine Hauser

Mr. Fischbacher’s partner, Roy Horn, died last May of complications of Covid-19. “There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried,” Mr. Fischbacher said at the ti…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 9 Ways to Honor His Legacy by Alexis Soloski

Marches and parades are on pause this year. But streamed events and exhibitions are still commemorating King’s achievements.

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A Playwright’s New Subject: Her Husband, the Pandemic Expert by Thomas Fuller

Prolific and widely-produced, Lauren Gunderson didn’t have to look far to create “The Catastrophist,” a play about risk that’s both timely and personal.

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Behind Closed Doors, Paris Theaters Carry On by Laura Cappelle

Rather than let finished productions go to waste in the locked-down city, exasperated artists are continuing with closed performances for others in the industry. If everyone’s “working,…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

How 8 Countries Have Tried to Keep Artists Afloat During Panemic by Alex Marshall

Governments around the world have tried to support the arts during the pandemic, some more generously than others.

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The Arts Are in Crisis. Here’s How Biden Can Help. by Jason Farago

The pandemic has decimated the livelihoods of those who work in the arts. How can the new administration intervene and make sure it doesn’t happen again? A critic offers an ambitious plan.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

My Ears Have Been Opened by the Audio Play Explosion by Maya Phillips

Short, sharp and often funny, the work featured in the “Playing on Air” series can even make vacuuming a pleasure.

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Cuomo Outlines Plans to Revive Arts and Culture Industries by Sarah Bahr

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that New York urgently needs to bring the arts back — not only to help jobless artists, but to make sure that New York City survives.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Songs of Separation, and Lessons in Persian Cooking by Alexis Soloski

The Under the Radar Festival entries “Capsule” and “Disclaimer” explore intimacy, isolation and identity. Bring your own fenugreek.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Exhuming a Monster of a Flop by Jennifer Schuessler

Dissecting the failure of “Frankenstein,” which closed on Broadway on opening night 40 years ago, came with its own set of reporting challenges.

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Things To Do At Home by Katherine Cusumano and Emma Grillo

This week, learn about the basics of perfume, listen to a string quartet or catch Regina King’s directorial debut.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Fauci Suggests Theaters Could Reopen ‘Some Time in the Fall’ by Julia Jacobs

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci told performing arts professionals that if the vaccination program was a success, performances could resume with relatively few restrictions.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Conspicuous Consumption, Getting More Conspicuous Onstage by Jesse Green

Forget tragic lovers. At the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, fast cars and other luxuries fuel tragedies about the love of things.

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Side Hustles and Handouts: A Tough Year Ahead for U.K. Theater Workers by Alex Marshall

With playhouses closed for the next few months, actors and backstage crews are looking for new ways to make ends meet.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Mean Girls’ Won’t Return to Broadway by Michael Paulson

Adapted by Tina Fey from her 2004 film, the musical played 834 performances. A national tour is expected to resume when theaters reopen.

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Shakespeare, Swing and Louis Armstrong. So What Went Wrong? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Three theaters are exploring “Swingin’ the Dream,” which tanked on Broadway in 1939, but opens a window on the racial and artistic dynamics of its time.

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