Thursday, April 22, 2021

Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Cut in Half and Twice as Good by Jesse Green

Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as the star-crossed lovers in a compelling stage-film hybrid adaptation.

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Staatsballett Berlin and Dancer Reach Settlement Over Bias Allegations by Roslyn Sulcas

The dancer, Chloé Lopes Gomes, spoke out about racism last year after her contract was not renewed, and she will stay on, after arbitration.

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'Living Newspaper' at the Royal Court Theater Stirs Up Stories of Our Time by Matt Wolf

Tired of reading the headlines? You can watch artistic interpretations of the stories of our era by trailing actors in a Living Newspaper production, section by section.

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‘I Wish I Got Pregnant in March!’ Inside the Dance Baby Boom. by Gia Kourlas

Many dancers have taken advantage of a byproduct of the pandemic — time away from performing — to try out a new role: motherhood.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

How a Multimedia Whiz Seized Digital Theater’s Big Moment by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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Dark. Messy. Assaultive. Inscrutable. Even From Your Couch. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Without international tours, streaming high-concept, director-driven European theater is the next best thing to being there.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Netflix’s Dominance Starts to Slow as Rivals Gain by Edmund Lee

The streaming service reported the addition of four million new customers for the first quarter, below the six million it had forecast.

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Bradley Whitford Finds Inspiration in the Theater (and Dog Park) by Kathryn Shattuck

The star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” talks about the magic sauce of Yo-Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin, and is ready to do some Ken Burns voice-overs.

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Ephrat Asherie, Frederick Ashton and a Solemn Memorial by Roslyn Sulcas

Our recommendations for dance to stream online, whether from your couch or your yoga mat.

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Why Is It So Hard to Show Black Women’s Musical Genius Onscreen? by Salamishah Tillet

Oscar-nominated performances this season put the emphasis on the trauma, not the artistry, of Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey. The most insightful movie might just be “Soul.”

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Monday, April 19, 2021

A Tireless Actress, Back at the Scene of the ‘Crime’ by Darryn King

Before the pandemic, Catherine Russell had missed only four performances of an Off Broadway perennial since 1987. She was onstage for its reopening.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Taking Over Victory Gardens to Make a ‘Theater for All’ by Mark Caro

Ken-Matt Martin, the esteemed Chicago theater’s first Black artistic director, is going in with his eyes open.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Scott Rudin to Step Back From Broadway Amid Bullying Reports by Michael Paulson

The powerful producer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Book of Mormon” regrets “the pain my behavior caused” and says others will directly run his shows.

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Liam Scarlett, Acclaimed British Choreographer, Dies at 35 by Roslyn Sulcas

He rose to fame in the dance world with remarkable speed. His subsequent downfall, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, happened just as abruptly.

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How Helen McCrory Shone, Even in a Haze of Mystery by Ben Brantley

She was unforgettable onstage playing seemingly serene women who rippled with restlessness.

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After Bullying Reports, Scott Rudin Will Step Away From Broadway by Michael Paulson

The powerful producer of “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Book of Mormon” regrets “the pain my behavior caused” and says others will directly run his shows.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

‘In the Heights’ Will Premiere at the Tribeca Festival by Matt Stevens

The movie musical is set to play the United Palace in Washington Heights, the neighborhood where the story is set. It will also screen outdoors in all five boroughs.

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Helen McCrory, British Star of Stage, Film and TV, Dies at 52 by Roslyn Sulcas

She was acclaimed for her work on the TV series “Peaky Blinders” and in three Harry Potter movies, but she first gained notice in the London theater.

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Head of New York Theater Workshop to Depart in 2022 by Eric Grode

James C. Nicola, who balanced provocative programming with shows aimed at Broadway, will have served 34 years as artistic director.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

With ‘Dramazon Prime,’ Streamed Theater Goes Head-to-Head With TV by A.j. Goldmann

A German playhouse realizes it’s no longer competing merely against other local venues for audience attention.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Karen Olivo Won’t Return to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ by Michael Paulson

Citing recent reports of abusive behavior, including by the powerful producer Scott Rudin, the actress said advocacy matters more than a lucrative role.

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The Brief, Brilliant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Parul Sehgal

Soyica Diggs Colbert’s “Radical Vision” situates the playwright of “A Raisin in the Sun” as a writer who offered “a road map to negotiate Black suffering in the past and present.…

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This Ain’t No Disco: Alone in a Crowd at the Armory by Siobhan Burke

At times, the experience of “SOCIAL! the social distant dance club” felt no more freeing than dancing by myself in my cramped living room, our critic says.

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Review: Close Quarters and Distant Love in ‘The Last Five Years’ by Maya Phillips

Casting Black actors and filming in a claustrophobic New York apartment revitalizes Jason Robert Brown’s popular two-character musical.

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Miami Outdoor Theater Hit Announces a New York Arrival by Peter Libbey

“The Seven Deadly Sins,” a theatrical anthology series, will start off on June 23 at a series of storefront windows in the Meatpacking District.

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A Choreographer Diving Into Grief Looks to Whales by Gia Kourlas

In a haunting new digital work, “Whale Fall,” Mayfield Brooks mourns Black bodies.

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25 Free Performances Come to Bryant Park Starting in June by Ben Sisario

The park will host events for live audiences of 200 with institutions including the New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub and the Classical Theater of Harlem.

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Theater to Stream: ‘Assassins’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Highlights include a virtual production of Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” and a new reading series by Roundabout Theater Company.

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Put Down Your Book. It’s Time to Act Out. by Alexis Soloski

With playhouses closed, theater fans have taken drama into their own hands and mouths, forming play reading groups online and off.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Review: A Perfect Storm of Weather and Racism in ‘shadow/land’ by Jesse Green

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play about Black women struggling to survive Hurricane Katrina gets an ear-tingling podcast production.

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Mary Ellen Moylan, ‘First Great Balanchine Dancer,’ Is Dead at 95 by Roslyn Sulcas

The celebrated choreographer created roles for her. The critics hailed her. Yet her death a year ago went largely unnoticed in the dance world.

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre