Friday, July 1, 2022

‘9 CIRCLES’ REVIEW – UNFLINCHING APPRAISAL OF A WARTIME ATROCITY by Robert Shuman

(Miriam Gillinson’s article appeared in the Guardian, 7/1.)  Park theatre, London Joshua Collins is magnetic as a US soldier awaiting trial for murder in this hard-hitting drama hamstrung…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:15PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

DONALD TRUMP PLAYED SONG FROM ‘CATS’ TO CALM HIMSELF DOWN IN WHITE HOUSE, HIS STAFF CLAIM   by Robert Shuman

Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker wrote that Donald Trump’s need to be comforted by Broadway music “degrades both the office of the Presidency and a great American institution” (Rachel Hag…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 03:29PM
Monday, June 27, 2022

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (135) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: ​I was ready to turn myself inside out​, to give [the audience] everything I had; yet inside of me I had never felt so empty.  The effor…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:21PM
Sunday, June 26, 2022

A MIGHTY GROOVE: SADLER’S WELLS SETS UP NEW DANCE HOME IN EAST LONDON by Robert Shuman

(Lyndsey Winship’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/26; via Pam Green.) Due to open in Stratford next year, the sibling to the Islington institution will have a special emphasis on loca…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:06PM
Friday, June 24, 2022

PUTTING ON PUPPET SHOWS WITH AN EDGE: DISCOVERING PUPPETEERING CHANGED MARGO LOVELACE—AND THE ART SCENE IN PITTSBURGH. by Robert Shuman

(Susan Orlean’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 6/22.) Puppeteering is rarely an obvious career choice, but how Margo Lovelace (1922-2022) came to be a puppeteer is actually quite logi…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:54PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

OF COURSE THEATRE CRITICS SHOULD SPEAK THEIR MIND, BUT NOT WITH CHEAP SHOTS by Robert Shuman

(Catherine Bennett’s article appeared in the Observer, 6/19;via Pam Green.) One irritating theatre reviewer shouldn’t hide the fact that too many writers pull punches Legally Blonde at R…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:52PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

JAMES RADO, CO-CREATOR OF BROADWAY HIT HAIR, DIES AT 90 by Robert Shuman

(Benjamin Lee’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/22.) The award-winning writer, whose hit musical originally opened on Broadway in the late 60s, died in New York City of cardiorespirato…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:45PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

VERSAILLES CELEBRATES MOLIÈRE WITH A MONTH OF DRAMATIC DELIGHTS by Robert Shuman

(from France24, 6/17.) In this edition we focus on France’s foremost playwright. Molière’s witticisms and deft handling of the French language still dazzle, four centuries after he was…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:11PM
Sunday, June 19, 2022

IN ‘CORSICANA,’ WILL ARBERY PUTS ART, FAMILY AND DOWN SYNDROME ONSTAGE by Robert Shuman

(Jennifer Schuessler’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/15; via Pam Green; Photo:  Will Arbery with Jamie Brewer, one of the stars of his play “Corsicana,” which was inspired…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:30PM
Friday, June 17, 2022

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (134) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: There is a good side to this period of waiting [to go on stage]. It drives you into such a state that all you can do is to long for your turn…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:08PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

IRELAND MARKS BLOOMSDAY WITH PLAY ABOUT ULYSSES OBSCENITY TRIAL by Robert Shuman

(Rory Carroll’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/16/22; Photo: James Joyce in Zurich in 1915. Photograph: Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy.) 1933 trial that vindicated ‘porno…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:44AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

THE KYIV CITY BALLET TO TOUR THE US IN AN AMERICAN PREMIERE…SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2022 by Robert Shuman

  (via Scott Klein, Ken Sherman & Associates; Photos: Kyiv City Ballet.)   www.KCBTheater.com The Kyiv City Ballet (www.kcbtheater.com), under the artistic direction of Ivan Kozlov, …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:42PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

THE IRISH TIMES IRISH THEATRE AWARDS 2022: ALL THE WINNERS REVEALED by Robert Shuman

(Sara Keating’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 6/12; Photo: Best actress: Bríd Ní Neachtain won for her role in Happy Days. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure.) Six months ago Irela…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:26PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

TONY AWARD WINNERS 2022: LIST by Robert Shuman

  (from The New York Times, 6/12, compiled by Rachel Sherman; Photo:  Ben Power accepting the Tony for best new play for “The Lehman Trilogy.”Credit…Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:35AM
Sunday, June 12, 2022

PAAPA ESSIEDU ON GRIEF, DOUBT AND FURY AT BORIS JOHNSON: ‘BIGOTRY IS THE BACKBONE OF HIS CHARACTER’ by Robert Shuman

(Simon Hattenstone’s article appeared in the Guardian, 6/11; via Pam Green; Photo: Paapa Essiedu: ‘Before the first day on a job, I have a nervous breakdown.’ Photograph: Elliott Wilco…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:46PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (133) by Robert Shuman

I went out to the front of the stage and stared into that awful hole beyond the footlights, trying to become accustomed to it, and to free myself from its pull; but the more I tried not to n…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:20PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2022: WINNERS ANNOUNCED (LIST) by Robert Shuman

(via Scott Klein,  Keith Sherman & Associates)   WINNERS ANNOUNCED   Awards will be presented Tuesday, June 14 at Sardi’s Restaurant    www.DramaDeskAwards.com     Winners for t…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 09:20AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

TOM STOPPARD IN NEW YORK, ON BROADWAY: ‘LEOPOLDSTADT’: 2020 OLIVIER AWARD “BEST NEW PLAY”–OPENING SUN., OCT. 2 by Robert Shuman

(Via Michelle Farabaugh, BBB, Adrian Bryan-Brown; Photo: The Original West End Company of Leopoldstadt (Credit: Marc Brenner)   ★★★★★ “Magnificent! Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece.…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:44PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2022

REAGAN REMEMBERS D-DAY—PART OF THE BOOK ‘REAGAN’S COWBOYS’ BY JOHN B. ROBERTS II by Robert Shuman

“Reagan’s Cowboys is something of a memoir of Roberts’s career with the 40th president, and as such, it’s a time machine back to the days of typewriters, hard-line telephones, and Ma…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:25PM

JAMMING WITH JOKERMAN: HOW BOB MARLEY AND BOB DYLAN’S SONGS POWERED HIT MUSICALS by Robert Shuman

(Ammar Kalia’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/31; via Pam Green;  Photo:  Arinzé Kene in Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical and Shirley Henderson with Adam James in Girl from …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:44PM
Monday, June 6, 2022

LOUIS LOVETT AND THE DARK HEART OF CHILDREN’S DRAMA by Robert Shuman

(Chris McCormack’s article appeared in Irish Times, 6/6/22; Photo: Louis Lovett weighs up the challenge of The Tin Soldier: `What a child knows is their own world. So we like to bring in a…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 10:11AM
Saturday, June 4, 2022

HELEN MIRREN: HOW I GOT HERE by Robert Shuman

(Harper’s Bazaar; via Pam Green; Photo: Yahoo Finance)

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 06:03PM
Friday, June 3, 2022

‘OTVETKA’ BY NEDA NEZHDANA (THEATRE OF PLAYWRIGHTS IN KYIV/ POPDIPINGDI PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE—VIEW NOW) by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand, 5/31, the Guardian; Photo: of Neda Nezhdana, Litgazeta.com.ua) Neda Nezhdana’s urgent exploration of war is a collaboration with the Theatre of Playwrights in Kyiv. Otvetk…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 02:06PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

UKRAINIAN THEATER PLAYS TO EVACUEE CHILDREN IN ODESA BOMB SHELTER by Robert Shuman

(via Radio Free Europe, 5/31) It’s billed as an escape from anxiety for kids who have been evacuated from war-torn parts of Ukraine. The Odesa Youth Theater is staging special performances…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 05:35PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (132) by Robert Shuman

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski: To arouse a desire to create is difficult; to kill that desire is extremely easy. If I interfere with my own work, it is my own affair, but w…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:47PM
Saturday, May 28, 2022

‘GIRL ON AN ALTAR’ REVIEW – COOL AND DEADLY VISION OF THE IMPACT OF MALE POWER by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s aicle appeared in the Guardian, 5/26; via Pam Green; Photo: A terrible, startling drama … Eileen Walsh (Clytemnestra) and David Walmsley (Agamemnon) in Girl on an Altar. …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 12:41PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘SHAKE IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS’: THE CONFOUNDING WORLD OF JAMES THIERRÉE by Robert Shuman

(Chris Wiegand’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/25; Photo:  The instrument of the human body … James Thierrée in Room. Credit: Richard Haughton.) The circus star turns singer in …

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 08:48PM
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS’ AT 40: THE PLANT THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD by Robert Shuman

(Sarah Bahr’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/19; via Pam Green; Photo:  The cast and creative team of the original production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” In the front at c…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:36PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

***** TWO PALESTINIANS GO DOGGING REVIEW – DEVASTATINGLY HUMAN PORTRAIT OF CONFLICT SEARS ITSELF ON THE MIND by Robert Shuman

(Arifa Akbar’s aricle appeared in he Guardian, 5/2; Seething with anger … Hala Omran as Reem in Two Palestinians Go Dogging at the Royal Court, London. Photograph: Ali Wright.) Royal Co…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 04:28PM
Friday, May 20, 2022

AUSTIN PENDLETON IS STILL ON BROADWAY, STILL A BABE MAGNET by Robert Shuman

(Henry Alford’s article appeared in the The New Yorker, 5/16; Photo: WFMJ.com.) The actor and director hangs at the lounge of Studio 54, where he is performing in “The Minutes,” to dis…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 01:12PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

‘WE KEPT OUR BEARDS’: OBERAMMERGAU’S PASSION PLAY EMERGES FROM PANDEMIC by Robert Shuman

(Kate Connolly’s article appeared in the Guardian, 5/14/22; Photo:  Frederik Mayet as Jesus Christ in the 42nd Oberammergau passion play. Photograph: Lukas Barth/Reuters.) In 1633 the Ba…

SOURCE: stagevoices.com at 07:02PM