Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Obies Honor ‘A Strange Loop’ and ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning’ by Michael Paulson

The annual awards show for Off and Off Off Broadway theater was prerecorded and streamed after the coronavirus led to cancellation of a live ceremony.

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‘Gotham Refuses to Get Scared’: In 1918, Theaters Stayed Open by Laura Collins-Hughes

With an influenza pandemic and a war on, New York’s health commissioner took an unorthodox stand, declining to shutter public entertainment.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Pop Smoke and ‘Hamilton’ Shake Up the Billboard Chart by Joe Coscarelli

The posthumous debut album by the Brooklyn rapper landed at No. 1, becoming one of the biggest releases of a slow summer in music.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Theater Artists of Color Enumerate Demands for Change by Michael Paulson

A 29-page document released this week amounts to a call for wholesale restructuring of the system, onstage and backstage, on Broadway and beyond.

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Review: A Legal Battle Over Adoption in ‘The Copper Children’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s streaming series begins with a “historical fable” about Catholic orphans and their new families in 1904 Arizona.

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Debating ‘Hamilton’ as It Shifts From Stage to Screen by Stephanie Goodman

Five critics wade into the controversies (like its treatment of slavery) and examine the performances (especially Lin-Manuel Miranda’s) five years after the show debuted.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

7 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch.

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Review: Covid Responders Have Their Harrowing Say in ‘The Line’ by Jesse Green

A documentary play based on interviews with New York doctors, nurses and paramedics underlines the inequities of a medical system “flawed from its root.”

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How André Holland and Company Brought ‘Richard II’ to Radio by Sarah Bahr

What was meant to have opened Shakespeare in the Park’s season has found new life as a four-part audio play with resonance in the wake of Black Lives Matter.

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Review: ‘P-Valley’ Has All the Right Moves by James Poniewozik

Sex may sell this Starz strip-club drama, but at heart it’s a potent, lyrical story about hard work.

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Theater Review: 'Staged' and 'Talking Heads' by Matt Wolf

“Staged,” a six-episode sitcom, and “Talking Heads,” a remake of a group of vaunted monologues, show what good can come of a bereft theatrical scene in Britain.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and the Problem With Colorblind Casting by Maya Phillips

Animated shows are finally moving away from letting white actors play characters of color. But even well-intentioned efforts at increasing diversity create complications.

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Theater’s Next Act? A Show That’s All in Your Head by Alexis Soloski

Immersive theater, timed and ticketed, has arrived in virtual reality. Is this a brave new pixelated world for live performance? Or just another app?

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Digital Theater Isn’t Theater. It’s a Way to Mourn Its Absence. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The industry’s show-must-go-on smile masks a harder truth: that there is no substitute for the live interaction between performer and audience.

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This Is Theater in 2020. Will It Last? Should It? by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

Our critics discuss the last four months, which thanks to Zoom (and Meryl Streep) have been full of experimentation and playfulness.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

New List of Unproduced Plays Tallies Those Disrupted by Pandemic by Sarah Bahr

This year, the Kilroys collective turned a spotlight on work by female and transgender writers whose productions were canceled or postponed.

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‘P-Valley’ Dances to a Different Tune by Alexis Soloski

This new Starz drama is set in a strip club but “pulses with the female gaze,” said the creator, Katori Hall. Its premise is that sex work is as worthy of exploration as any other kind o…

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Hoping for a Theater Bailout? Better Head to London. by Jesse Green

The British government has promised $2 billion to save its cultural institutions, while the American theater, lacking meaningful leadership, is left to fend for itself.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

‘Hamilton’ and the Historical Record: Frequently Asked Questions by Jennifer Schuessler

The Disney+ filmed version has fans wondering what’s accurate. Historians are fans, too, and they have answers, along with caveats.

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Actors’ Equity Signs Off on Live Theater in the Berkshires by Michael Paulson

Theaters in the Berkshires are planning live shows, “Godspell” and “Harry Clarke,” with limited audiences and virus-related protocols in place. One will be indoors, and one outdoors.

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Broadway Actor Nick Cordero Dead at 41 of Coronavirus by Michael Paulson

The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

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U.K. Announces $2 Billion Bailout to Help Keep the Arts Afloat by Alex Marshall

After a weekslong campaign, artists in Britain welcomed the move, which will provide support to recipients like “local basement” music venues and museums.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Nick Cordero, Tony Nominated Broadway Actor, Dies at 41 from Battle with Coronavirus by Michael Paulson

The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

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Nick Cordero, Nominated for Tony as Tap-Dancing Tough Guy, Dies at 41 by Michael Paulson

The Broadway actor’s battle with the coronavirus was followed closely by many as his wife chronicled his experience on social media.

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Review: ‘Les Blancs’ Is an Anguished Play for an Anguished Moment by Alexis Soloski

This Lorraine Hansberry play, set in the 1960s in a fictional African country, speaks incisively to the American present.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Beyond Broadway, the Show Does Go On by Michael Paulson

Watching through windshields. Audiences of two. An elbow bump instead of a kiss. Theaters across the country find novel ways to play in a pandemic.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

We Got ‘Hamilton.’ Why Can’t We Stream Every Broadway Show? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Even in lockdown, it’s still hard to cut a streaming deal for a professional show. Here’s what viewers can expect, for now.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and Disney +: A Timeline by Michael Paulson

Disney+ is streaming a live-capture film of “Hamilton.” It’s just the latest chapter in a deepening relationship between the company and the musical’s creator.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

8 Things to Do This Fourth of July Weekend

Our culture writers offer suggestions for celebrating Independence Day, and what to watch or listen to without leaving your home.

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Review: Apple-Picking Time Again, in ‘And So We Come Forth’ by Jesse Green

Richard Nelson’s fictional family returns, but for the first time this drama of connection in the age of American bewilderment feels smaller than life.

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Queer Kids, Nerds and Sword Fights: It’s the Hot School Play by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“She Kills Monsters” is hugely popular in high schools and colleges. Even in lockdown, performers have found novel ways to make the battles come alive.

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