Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I am a theater critic in New York. Not a hair salon in Dublin. Let me explain. by Peter Marks

How a comedy of errors on Irish Twitter led to an honorary doctorate in hairdressing.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Washington Ballet loses top executive, cancels ‘The Nutcracker’ and rest of 2020 season by Sarah L. Kaufman

Michael Pastreich’s exit and the season cancellation arrive on the heels of covid-19 cases after the ballet’s June gala.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Kennedy Center cuts nearly 30 percent of its administrative staff by Peggy McGlone

Deborah Rutter says action is needed to close $23 million budget gap from pandemic-related shutdown.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Kennedy Center plans return to large-scale performances in January by Peggy McGlone

The revised schedule includes Broadway, dance, opera and orchestra events built around hope for a new phase of the pandemic.

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This actor and choreographer are on a mission: More black people running Broadway by Peter Marks

Theater vets Warren Adams and T. Oliver Reid have teamed up with a philanthropist to find jobs for young black colleagues.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What NBC’s ‘World of Dance’ gets right about dance by Sarah L. Kaufman

In the absence of live performance, the competition show offers insights into the art — especially its human side.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

This prestigious New York theater has an unlikely season coming. All of the titles are TBA. by Peter Marks

New York Theatre Workshop, the birthplace of “Rent,” puts its faith in artistic “instigators.”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Arena Stage is pinning its hopes on a five-play in-person season beginning in January by Peter Marks

“Celia and Fidel” is set to be the first play on a roster that includes two new musicals.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Shakespeare Theatre Company sheds a third of its staff by Peter Marks

Pandemic losses force more ‘tragic’ cuts, but the company vows to come back strong.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

The Washington Ballet thought a virtual fundraiser was safe. But it still may have put artists at risk. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The fallout is a lesson for other arts groups. They must build trust to reopen.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Washington Ballet director Julie Kent says she is recovering from covid-19 by Sarah L. Kaufman

Kent’s announcement comes in the wake of the ballet’s in-person gala after which multiple attendees were diagnosed with the virus.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

These works by Richard Nelson and Lorraine Hansberry are some of the best plays online now by Peter Marks

“And So We Come Forth” and “Les Blancs” are powerful in very different ways.

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Once more unto the breach: Shakespeare returns to the Shenandoah Valley by Peter Marks

With coronavirus measures on and off the stage, American Shakespeare Center readies a July 25 restart.

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Radio drama makes a small comeback in the age of covid-19 by Thomas Floyd

Area theater students produce audio versions of three classic plays after traditional summer repertory season is canceled.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Some day, we’ll hit the dance floor again. And it will be glorious. by Sarah L. Kaufman

The joy of social dancing is now tempered by the fear of contagion.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

McLean Community Center’s ‘Drive-Thru Drama’ maps out a new route for live theater by Thomas Floyd

The Alden Theatre’s “Small Change” is a hybrid of the drive-in and live performance.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

4 ideas for satisfying your imaginative appetite, online and on the page by Peter Marks

Your fine arts to-do list: Lorraine Hansberry, Michaelangelo, Richard Nelson and Shakespeare.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Broadway will remain shuttered until at least January by Peter Marks

No reopening date is scheduled, though producers are looking at next spring.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens by Peter Marks

Lin-Manuel Miranda says “conventional wisdom is wrong”; now is the perfect time to stream the filmed version of his juggernaut stage musical.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Signature Theatre co-founder steps down amid accusations of sexual assault by Peter Marks

Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer leaves the Arlington company after allegations resurface on social media.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

The future of the performing arts is digital. Marquee TV has a major head start. by Sarah L. Kaufman

To survive this pandemic and beyond, dance, theater and opera need to get online fast, according to the new streaming platform for the arts.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020

What does a theater company do when it can’t make theater? Make a film. by Peter Marks

Arena Stage enlists playwrights, actors and ordinary people to represent one single day in the covid era. “May 22, 2020” debuts online this weekend.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

D.C. area theaters are mixed on reopening this year by Peter Marks

Theater J and Round House will stay shuttered until 2021. But Mosaic may be back this summer.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

With Broadway shut down, these couples face a doubly uncertain future by Ashley Spencer

Theater actors are learning to navigate being together 24/7 and living without a stage.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

The George Floyd protest dance that went viral by Sarah L. Kaufman

Krumper’s in-your-face stomping forges an unlikely connection with the LAPD.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

In wake of George Floyd’s death, black theater leaders want more than sympathetic words by Peter Marks

Yet another police killing galvanizes the theater community, but will it change what they produce?

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Synetic Theater adapts tales written in the face of a 14th-century plague for our modern times by Celia Wren

Stories from Giovanni Boccaccio’s ‘The Decameron’ to be made available online.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

This remarkable ‘Hairspray’ video raises the roof. Even better, it raises money for entertainers in need. by Peter Marks

Through collaborations like “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the Actors Fund has amassed more than $27 million in aid.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Arts groups in distress call on a former Kennedy Center president for help by Peter Marks

Michael Kaiser puts his turnaround skills to work dispensing survival advice for a pandemic.

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