Friday, August 16, 2019

Barry Manilow’s Original Musical Is (Finally) Making It to New York by Nancy Coleman

After more than two decades and three out-of-town runs, “Harmony” is scheduled for early next year.

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A New Festival Shows Off Creators Ready to Launch by Jose Solís

If the eclectic clutch of productions in its first week is any indication, the Rave Theater Festival is off to a promising start.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: In ‘Make Believe,’ Four Children Meet Their Inner Adults by Jesse Green

Bess Wohl’s daring, mysterious new play is a comedy of underparenting and a tragedy of selfishness. Or is it the other way around?

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Onstage in Edinburgh, the Mood Is Grim by Matt Wolf

Theatrical productions at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe give the impression of a world coming apart at the seams.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Show Their Sensitive Sides by Ben Widdicombe

Plus, Cate Blanchett attends a screening of her new film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

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Who Calls the Shots on Broadway? She Does by Michael Paulson

Female producers, migrating from nonprofit theater and the entertainment industry, are bringing new skills and values to the commercial stage.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

‘How I Learned to Drive’ Is Finally Coming to Broadway. With Its Original Stars. by Michael Paulson

Mary-Louise Parker will reunite with her original co-star, David Morse, in the spring for the Broadway debut of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play.

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Libraries’ Culture Pass Signs Up 70,000 in First Year by Nancy Coleman

The Queens, Brooklyn and New York libraries’ initiative has partnered with 17 new cultural institutions since its inception, bringing the number of participants up to 50.

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Campbell Scott to Star in Broadway ‘Christmas Carol’ by Michael Paulson

The film and TV actor will portray Scrooge in Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Dickens, which has been a London holiday hit since 2017.

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On Adjacent Stages, Two Haunted Houses, Circa 1882 and 2019 by Jesse Green

A sumptuous Ibsen revival starring Uma Thurman and a knockout premiere by Adam Bock close the Williamstown season with a metaphysical “boo!”

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Bachelorettes, Brawls and Body Cameras: A Night at the Theater in London by Alex Marshall

Some West End theaters are fitting staff members with recording devices to deal with alcohol-fueled bad behavior.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Hot Priests and Wayward Libidos Run Wild on London’s Stages by Ben Brantley

Andrew Scott, John Malkovich and Clive Owen are among the West End actors portraying men hopelessly in thrall to erotic impulses.

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‘Diana,’ a Musical, Is Heading to Broadway by Nancy Coleman

The royal new musical with an American creative team will open at the Longacre Theater in March.

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‘The Lightning Thief’ to Open on Broadway in September by Katie Van Syckle

The beloved Percy Jackson musical will have a limited run at Longacre Theater.

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Audible Shows by Margaret Trudeau and Diana Nyad Coming to New York by Sara Aridi

Mrs. Trudeau, the former first lady of Canada, and Ms. Nyad, the endurance swimmer, will perform in three-night limited engagements at the Minetta Lane Theater this fall.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: In ‘Bat Out of Hell,’ Paradise by the LED Light by Alexis Soloski

A post-apocalyptic Peter Pan story with book, music and lyrics by Jim Steinman is a masterpiece of overstatement. But try not to sing along.

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‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Review: Quiet Tragicomedies of Love and Loss by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a tender pair of monologues, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal portray young fathers shaken out of complacency.

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Their Shows Flopped. Here’s What These 7 Actors Did Next. by Laura Collins-Hughes

With plays and musicals folding left and right, Broadway stars impart wisdom they gained when it happened to them.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Restorative Power of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by Ben Brantley

The trapezes disguised as bedding may encourage you to trip the enchanted glade with the frisky cast of this London production. Feel free.

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A Performance Artist Testing the Limits of Her Own Endurance by Antwaun Sargent

In deeply personal works such as the acclaimed “Bronx Gothic,” Okwui Okpokwasili explores ideas of cultural memory through poetry and visceral body-wringing choreography.

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‘Fairview’: Watching a Play in Black and White by Jesse Green and Salamishah Tillet

How does who you are affect how you see this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama? Two critics finally have the talk.

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Panic in Times Square After Motorcycle Is Mistaken for Gunshots by Alex Marshall

Frightened bystanders stormed at least one theater, while others cowered in bars.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review: From Last Rites to Marriage Vows in ‘Filomena Marturano’ by Jose Solís

Resetting the Italian drama on an unnamed Caribbean island, Repertorio Español allows two rich performers to shine in a twisty romance.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War by Ben Brantley

Jonathan Cake finds the cracks in the macho surface of Shakespeare’s strangest tragic hero in Daniel Sullivan’s fiery production in Central Park.

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Review: Home Is No Haven in ‘Rinse, Repeat’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Domenica Feraud’s potent drama, hard-driving parents don’t recognize the examples they set for a daughter with anorexia.

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‘Native Son’ Review: A Big Story Made Smaller by Alexis Soloski

This fluid and nonlinear adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel is brisk, but its theatrics upstage its implications.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Review: In 3 Short Plays, the Art of Making Up and Breaking Up by Alexis Soloski

The second program of “Summer Shorts 2019,” at 59E59 Theaters, is a patchy evening including a contribution by Neil LaBute.

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At These High-End Dinner Theaters, Classics Come With Crudités by Alexis Soloski

An adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” makes a picnic of pentameter, and decadent dining accompanies William Blake in “The Devouring.”

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An Onstage Wedding Brings a Broadway Happy Ending to Life by Nancy Coleman

During the curtain call for “The Prom,” a show that celebrates inclusivity, a lesbian couple exchanged their marriage vows.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Venice Has a Biennale for Theater, Too by Laura Cappelle

Despite a history stretching to 1934, it feels like a David to the art exhibition’s Goliath. But its program is all the better for that.

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Remembering Hal Prince: 12 Broadway Luminaries Share Their Stories by Michael Paulson

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Patti LuPone and others recall memorable moments with the longtime director and producer who died this week.

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