Sunday, May 22, 2022

Review: ‘Belfast Girls’ Set Sail, but This Isn’t a Pleasure Cruise by Alexis Soloski

A historical drama revisits a 19th-century scheme in which Irish girls of “good character” were encouraged to immigrate to Australia.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Kenneth Welsh, Memorable as a Villain on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 80 by Jordan Allen

In a long career onstage (including Broadway), in movies and on television, he ranged across genres, from sketch comedy to science fiction.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

‘Islander’ Review: Two Young Women Lost and Found at Sea by Alexis Soloski

This gentle musical, a hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, combines Scottish folklore and live looping technology.

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Chun Wai Chan Promoted to Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet by Rachel Sherman

Chan, a former principal with Houston Ballet, entered the company as a soloist in 2021 and now becomes its first Chinese principal.

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With the Volt Festival, the Playwright Karen Hartman Comes Home by Alexis Soloski

59E59 Theaters is putting a spotlight on a midcareer artist whose work has seldom been seen locally.

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Broadway Theaters Will Require Masks at Least Through June 30 by Michael Paulson

The decision comes at a time when New York City has declared a “high Covid alert.”

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lorraine Hansberry Statue to Be Unveiled in Times Square by Sarah Bahr

A life-size likeness of the pioneering playwright will be unveiled in June as part of a new initiative to honor her legacy.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at 40: The Plant That Conquered the World by Sarah Bahr

Members of the cast and creative team from the original production, as well as the current Off Broadway revival, look back on how the show came together and discuss its enduring influence.

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Review: Looking for a Hero? Hold on to These Dancers by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Donna Uchizono presents “Wings of Iron,” a subtle, virtuosic exploration of the art of perseverance.

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Broadway Set Designers on Their Appealing Sets by Laura Collins-Hughes and Vincent Tullo

Live theater summons energy no digital performance can match. Set designers for five of this season’s plays explain how they built eye-catching environments that crackle with it.

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‘A New Old Play’ Review: Even the Clown Show Must Go On by Austin Considine

Qiu Jiongjiong’s absurdist epic of 20th century China is both a movie and a play, both tragedy and farce.

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Meat Loaf, Britney and a ‘Cancel Culture’ Musical by A.J. Goldmann

At Theatertreffen, an annual celebration of the best in German-language performance, music plays a profound, and intelligent, role.

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Myles Frost Stars as Michael Jackson in ‘MJ’ on Broadway by Michael Paulson

Just five years after he performed as Michael Jackson at a high school talent show, Myles Frost is making his debut in a Broadway musical about the King of Pop.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Review: In ‘Exception to the Rule,’ Detention Is Sinister by Naveen Kumar

Teenagers bond after school in a sort of classroom purgatory. And, where is the teacher?

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Broadway Deal Over Rudin Shows Will Limit Nondisclosure Agreements by Michael Paulson

Performers and stage managers were released from agreements they signed to work on four shows that were produced by Scott Rudin after their union, Actors’ Equity, filed complaints.

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Review: The Stephen Petronio Company Reconnects by Brian Seibert

The group returns to the Joyce with a program that includes a new work, a Trisha Brown revival and a 2006 Petronio dance.

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A Neil Diamond Musical Is Coming to Broadway, After a Stop in Boston by Michael Paulson

“A Beautiful Noise” will start at Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston next month and transfer to Broadway’s Broadhurst Theater in November.

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Against All Odds, Broadway Rose to the Occasion. Mostly. by Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

Decoding the Tony nominations, our critics review a season of bold productions that met audiences often craving the familiar.

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Tony Awards 2022: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Jesse Green

A critic’s picks in a hard-to-predict Broadway year, plus nods to shows from Off Broadway and other, odder corners.

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The Twisting Trail to the Tonys: ‘Can You Believe That We’re Here?’ by Michael Paulson

At times it felt like a game of survival. But during a Broadway season unlike any other, productions showed their resourcefulness while learning how to live with Covid.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Review: ‘Golden Shield’ Is an Exercise In Miscommunication by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Anchuli Felicia King’s play about an internet firewall belongs to multiple genres all at once.

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‘Will You Come With Me?’ Review: Love in the Age of Revolution by Naveen Kumar

Set around protests in Istanbul that began in 2013, this play follows a couple as they circle, approach and retreat from each other over the years.

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Revealing the Labor of Dance Through Constant Motion by Gia Kourlas

The choreographer Abby Zbikowski brings her raw, genre-bending “Radioactive Practice” to New York Live Arts after a two-year delay.

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Why the Tonys Need an Award for Best Ensemble by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theater has always been a team sport. But this Covid-stalked Broadway season has made clear that a prize for the entire cast should be added.

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LaChanze, a Tony Nominee, Is Casting Herself in New Roles by Dodai Stewart

The veteran actress, nominated for her work in “Trouble in Mind,” is championing Black artists, producing on Broadway and relishing being cast as the love interest.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Review: Breathing, Dancing Art at the Met Museum by Brian Seibert

Bijayini Satpathy, a MetLiveArts artist in residence, pushed the borders of her Odissi classicism to meet the art around her.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Broadway Guide: What to Know About Tickets, Shows and Covid Protocols by Laura Collins-Hughes

From new shows like “Macbeth” and “A Strange Loop” to long-running Tony Award winners, a rundown of everything you need to know.

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to Close on Broadway, a Month After Reopening by Nicole Herrington and Michael Paulson

The musical, which shuttered temporarily in January as the Omicron variant spread, has struggled with the slow return of tourists to the theater.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Susan Nussbaum, 68, Who Pressed for Disability Rights in Her Plays, Dies by Annabelle Williams

In a wheelchair after being hit by a car in her 20s, she became an advocate for people with disabilities in her writing for the stage and as a novelist.

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A 9-Hour Play? Sit, Eat, Drink, Even Fall Asleep to ‘One Night.’ by Alexis Soloski

Target Margin Theater stages an enchanting riff on “One Thousand and One Nights” inside an old Brooklyn garage. Tea and pastries included, blankets welcome.

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Bruce MacVittie, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies at 65 by Barry Singer

A co-founder of the Naked Angels troupe in New York, he was a familiar face in Off Broadway theater, in movies and on TV, often playing tough guys with tormented souls.

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