Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FIRST LOOK: Eclipse Theatre premiere The Gift juxtaposes Victorian & modern Britain by Terri Paddock

Janice Okoh's new Black history play The Gift juxtaposes a story from Queen Victoria's 19th-century royal circle with the present day. Just opened at Belgrade Theatre, it now transfers to Lo…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Lonely at the Top: A Review of Top Girls at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company by Ben Kaye

This production of Caryl Churchill's 1982 play attempts to examine the present by looking to the past.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dramaturgs Reflect on the ATHE Dramaturgy Focus Group (DRFG) Part II: The Present by Walter Byongsok Chon

The annual ATHE (Associations for Theatre in Higher Education) conference took place in Orlando, FL, from August 7 to 11, 2019, with the theme, “Scene Changes: Performing, Teaching, and Wo…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

English National Opera announces plans for more inclusive opera industry

The English National Opera has announced today (14 January 2020) a new phase in its diversification strategy aimed at making the opera industry more inclusive, accessible, and representative…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

A jazz memoirist, a Palestinian rocketeer and Mexican myths set to music kick off the Public Theater’s annual festival of adventurous work from across the globe.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Scholar Gertrude Himmelfarb, 94 by Artsjournal

Few families contributed as much to modern conservatism, although they did so in different ways. While her husband helped organize an influential network of politicians, think tanks and medi…

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Denise Marsa’s The Pass by Barry Gordin

A personal musical journey, through the decades, of a talented singer/songwriter.  December 31, 2019: A few weeks ago, on November 26, I saw Denise Marsa perform her solo new musical, Th…

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

What’s Behind Historians’ Arguments Over The New York Times 1619 Project by Artsjournal1

“Underlying each of the disagreements in the letter is not just a matter of historical fact but a conflict about whether Americans, from the Founders to the present day, are committed to t…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

How Hadestown and the underworld came out on top in 2019 by Maureen Lee Lenker

“It’s an old song, and we’re gonna sing it again.” The opening hymn of the hit musical Hadestown offers a promise — not just to the eight shows a week for the folk musical that dom…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

How Toni Morrison Took Her Place In History by Artsjournal

With Playing in the Dark, Morrison changed the rules of the game, effectively recasting what we see when we look back to figures like Woolf and to writers of the present and future like Cols…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Our Traditional Conceptions Of Time Have Been Wrong by Artsjournal

What we do know is that Aristotle viewed the present as something continually changing and that by the year 160, the Roman emperor-philosopher Marcus Aurelius was describing time as a river …

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Call Redialed: NEW Sven Ratzke Interview: "Where Are We Now" at La Mama by Adam Rothenberg

It’s been three years since I last spoke with Sven Ratzke. Last time around we spoke about his David Bowie inspired show Starman. Now, Sven is back in NYC with a brand-new David Bowie them…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

HarperCollins to Launch Native-Focused Imprint by Artsjournal1

“HarperCollins Children’s Books has announced the debut of Heartdrum, an imprint devoted to publishing books by Native creators that introduce young Native protagonists and showcase the …

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Top 5 West End shows led by female powerhouses

Women have come a long way since 1660 when the ban on female actors in England was finally lifted. As many probably already know, at least from Shakespeare in Love, female roles back then …

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Monday, November 18, 2019

The Inheritance writer Matthew Lopez on crafting his supersized Broadway play by Tim Stack

One of the most talked about (and Instagrammed) shows on Broadway this season is Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance. The epic, two-part play is a modern-day adaptation of E.M. Forster’s cla…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Trust Science? We Need To Know Why by Artsjournal

The idea of a monolithic Scientific Method is mythical but it is based on a genuine historical insight. From the early seventeenth century to the present, there are long chains of divergent …

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Catastrophe Club by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Burnam’s futuristic conceit is engrossing and the theme of a repressed figure looking back at a more joyous way of life is potent. The present day portions are amiable but only fitfull…

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Bella Bella by Joseph Pisano

Like a great many history plays, Harvey Fierstein's "Bella Bella" is as much about the present as the past, paralleling everything that's gone wrong now with what went wrong then. Unsurprisi…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Slave Play - An Attempt At Understanding by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander One of the most important aspects in a committed relationship is one partner’s willingness to help satisfy the emotional needs of the other. Even if those need…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Review: ‘Glenn Miller Orchestra’ at The Town Hall by Deb Miller

Performing in New York for the first time since their concert at Lincoln Center 21 years ago in 1998, the Glenn Miller Orchestra (the present incarnation of which was formed in 1956; the ori…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Literary Appreciation: The Late Harold Bloom — Pursuer of “Difficult Pleasures” by Matt Hanson

"What is the function of literary criticism in a Disinformation Age? Read, reread, describe, evaluate, appreciate: that is the art of literary criticism for the present time." -- Harold Bloo…

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Review: ‘Dublin Carol’ at Irish Repertory Theatre by Deb Miller

Now playing a limited Off-Broadway engagement at Irish Repertory Theatre, Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol, which made its debut at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2000, t…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Darryl Reilly

A downer by its nature, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is playwright Chad Beckim’s heartbreaking 95-minute family drama depicting the ravages of rampant opioid addiction in the present day United…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Dublin theatre festival review – gay clubs, glass houses and Greek tragedy by Helen Meany

Marina Carr’s Hecuba probes a mother’s grief, family secrets unravel in The Beacon and audiences are immersed in 80s LGBT+ Dublin in Faultline Questions of interpretation drive Nancy Har…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Decolonizing the Future: museums as agents of generational equity by Artsjournal1

Elizabeth Merritt: “All too often the decisions we make as individuals, companies, or countries are only good decisions if examined in a very short time frame. I call this phenomenon tempo…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

‘Most of the work is done by the actors’: AMSTERDAM – Orange Tree Theatre by Aleks Sierz

New Israeli play Amsterdam about the effect of the past on the present is an open text which owes much too much to Martin Crimp.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

“Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” Just concluded a run on September 15 at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, N.J. by [email protected] (simon Saltzman)

Amie Bermowitz and Steve Brady star in “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” at New Jersey Repertory Company now through Sept. 15. Photo courtesy Andrea Phox I have only once ever before written …

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Orlando review – Katie Mitchell's gleeful celebration of gender fluidity by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Schaubühne, BerlinVirginia Woolf’s promiscuous poet flits between the past and the present in this rousing and spectacularly elaborate show The titular character in Virginia Woolf’s 192…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

“Yasmina’s Necklace” by Simon Saltzman

Playwright Rohina Malik has deployed elements of nearly every dramatic genre for her impassioned play “Yasmina’s Necklace.” From sitcom to agitprop, from farce to soap opera and from r…

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Amsterdam review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘fascinating, multilayered play’ by Rosemary Waugh

The past invades the present in Maya Arad Yasur’s play Amsterdam. A pregnant Israeli violinist living in modern-day Amsterdam receives a mysterious

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Lookback: the function of book blogging…once upon a time by Terry Teachout

From 2009: Patrick Kurp of Anecdotal Evidence and D.G. Myers of A Commonplace Blog are jointly conducting a serial symposium called “The Function of Book Blogging at the Present Time” …

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