Category: Select Blogs
New York Times ArtsBeat Blog
New Plays by Mamet, Shepard at Atlantic Theater Company
David Mamet's one-act plays "Keep Your Pantheon" and "School," and Sam Shepard's play "Ages of the Moon" will be presented in the Atlantic Theater Company's 2009-2010 season.
New York Post Theater Blog
Okay I'm bit late opining on this, but what can I say -- I've been busy.
Time Out New York Upstaged Blog
Will Chase goes into Billy Elliot
A Broadway regular scores a solid new gig
Recession and the Revolution
For Susanna Dalton, a New York–based actor who also works as a voiceover teacher and on-camera coach, the recession has been both boon and bust.
Here for You
The economic recession has taken a bite out of everyone’s wallets, but while the media’s attention has mostly focused on big companies’ losses, Back Stage fully understands that the economy affects the average consumer the most.
* Cabaret, Hair, Pal Joey, et al. to Be Part of Film Society of Lincoln Center's A Musical Marathon
* Terrence Blanchard, Bill T. Jones, Sidney Lumet, Moby, Stew, et al. Set for Summer Scoops Series
* Adam Driver, Florencia Lozano, Maulik Pancholy Set for Swimming in March Reading
* Michael Kadin Craig to Star in Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's High School Musical 2
* Stephanie J. Block and 9 to 5 Cast to Appear at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle
* Jennifer Landon Joins Pericles Redux Cast for L.A. Run
* Birdie Star Stamos, Rock & Roll Jamboree Added to "Broadway in Bryant Park"
* Block, Jones, Peterson and 9 to 5 to Appear at Barnes and Noble
The Seagull On 16th Street: One Theme Too Many
It seems that Theater J’s artistic director Ari Roth, who adapted Chekov's classic The Seagull for the company, knows his decision to infuse the play with a Jewish crisis of faith may be a hard sell. Much of the printed program of The Seagull On 16th Street is devoted to justifying this choice, ...
Stage Banter: The Arena Stage Blog
Playwright Lydia Diamond part of Downstairs Series
Its a fuzzy place where plays are born. The beauty and challenge is that it can be a process of stops or starts, inspiration or obstacles, typing furiously or staring at a blank screen....
After a half-century, a theatre crumbles
Looking Glass Theatre closes
Seacoast Rep has the keys to Business success
Creative Loafing Culture Surfing
Air Loaf: Dad’s Garage
Curt Holman chats about how the demands of age and grown-up responsibility are taking a toll on the Dad's Garage family.
Dallas Morning News Arts Blog
We were there: Dame Edna at Bass Hall
She knows how to make an entrance: Dame Edna hit the Bass Hall stage on Tuesday night swathed in what seemed an acre of cascading hot pink and silver ruffles, all topped by that magnificent coif of Easter-egg purple. The regular Bass Hall drapes had been replaced by purple ones, of course -- and really, you can't help but admire a woman who apparently considers purple a neutral (as do I).
Dallasite Russ Jolly was in "Woody Guthrie's American Song" -- 20-odd years ago!
Russ Jolly, the former Broadway actor now in business in Richardson, frequently has good stories about his days and connections in New York. (He was a prime source about Rent creator Jonathan Larson when I did a feature biography on the late composer some years ago.)
Billy Crystal first theatrical show at Winspear Opera House
The Lexus Broadway Series, the tour presenter for the new Winspear Opera House about to open at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts in October, is scooping its own first show. The Lincoln Center South Pacific is the first ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
'Rumple-Steal-Skin’ plays at Artisan Center Theater
A fun fairy tale
Orange County Register The Arts Blog
Kate Whoriskey goes to Seattle
Kate Whoriskey has hand-picked by red-hot Broadway director Bartlett Sher to take his place as artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. Here’s the Seattle Times story.
NYCeattleties: Mike Daisey & Jean-Michele Gregory
Husband and wife theater team Mike Daisey (the monologist) and Jean-Michele Gregory (the director) met and began collaborating together in Seattle before moving to New York eight years ago. We spent an afternoon in their ground floor Brooklyn apartment, talking about the move, about how starting out in Seattle helped their careers, and what they miss about our town.
Just Shows To Go You
Quick Q&A: John Kelly
Channeling Joni Mitchell in his show Paved Paradise Redux is more than a drag for John Kelly.
NEA New Play Development
By Andy Propst on Jun 24, 2009 | In Select Blogs
About Last Night
TT: Home-style rock
Erin McKeown, the singer-songwriter who has been praised many times in this space, is presenting a series of four live house concerts over the Web in order to raise funds to underwrite the release of her next album, Hundreds of Lions. Says McKeown:
Francis Poulenc, Jacques Février, Georges Prêtre and the Orchestra National de la RTF perform the first movement of Poulenc's Two-Piano Concerto. Poulenc is the pianist on the left: (This is the latest in a weekly series of arts-related videos that appear in this space each Wednesday.)
An Angry White Guy in Chicago
Randism and the Fallacy of the Modern John Galts
In the Book, the Folks in Galt's Gulch Could Actually DO Something
The Artful Manager
A glimpse inside the Obama arts policy
I'm in Austin, Texas, for a two-day conversation on the 'creative ecology' leading to a public presentation/discussion on Wednesday night. So, I'll likely not be posting to the blog this week.
arts + culture at aspen ideas
This sounds exciting – wish I could get there!
Sense of Place III: Richard Florida's View on Creating Arts Communities
Well, not directly. Richard Florida's seminal book The Rise of the Creative Class doesn't particularly speak about the arts as a distinct phenomenon. His book is mostly concerned with the Creative Class, which encapsulates artists, engineers ...
TWEETABLES: Hot. Super hot.
The New York Neo-Futurists will perform TwitterPlays written by Twitter followers this weekend. The TwitterPlays are part of PRIDE Meets the Street, Saturday, June 27 from 3pm to 7pm on 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & Bowery.
Power Curve: Four (Short) Stories About Empowering Audiences
A few years ago arts organizations had the bright idea that they should sell tickets online. Not wanting to invest much in the effort, they turned to the obvious ready-made ticket seller: Ticketmaster. It wasn't an encouraging experience. Orchestras reported mediocre online sales. It wasn't until a customized ticket-selling web application came online that online sales proved their worth.
Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists
empower your money!!
Whatever you think of Mayor Mike one great thing he is doing the Office of Financial Empowerment. (I love the straightforward but kinda touchy feely nomenclature!).
Everything I Know I Learned from Musicals
Blithe Spirit Still a Joy
I was invited to attend a press preview of the Public's star-studded production of Twelfth Night in Central Park over the weekend. Alas, Mother Nature conspired otherwise, and the Sunday night performance was canceled due to rain. Never mind that I had planned an overnight to NYC for the express purpose of seeing the show. Harrumph.
The Fortress of Jason Grote
The Hub Review
Women beware women
The meme that sexism is holding back female playwrights refuses to go away; now a Princeton graduate named Emily Glassberg Sands says her senior thesis "shows that female playwrights are, in fact, discriminated against, which may be one reason why fewer women are writing plays," and she's presenting her findings in New York this week
* Update on Emily Sands's presentation
Jeremy's Green Room
lies like truth
An actress friend of mine in New York who spends most of her time these days teaching voice at prestigious universities, told me a while ago that she had a fansite. She hadn't been in a stage production in some years. But a group of theatregoers were nevertheless enamoured enough with her work that they decided to dedicate a website to celebrating her career.
Live Design Online
Twentieth-Century Stage Design On Exhibit at Morgan
Exhibit features drawings, watercolor illustrations, musical scores, and related material from the Russian avant-garde to 1960s American theatre.
The Mirror up to Nature
The Lecture As Performance
After reading so much about Emily Sands' presentation on her research into gender bias, I was amused to see this item in the Guardian about how lectures attract quite an audience:
Journalists May Want to Talk To Actors
Kris Vire, Theater Editor of Time Out Chicago relays this observation:
The Mission Paradox
The Next Stage
This One Goes to Eleven: Sally Stubbs
Sally is an award-winning playwright and teacher-director of theatre with, by and for young people and a performer who loves to clown. She is completing a graduate degree in writing at the University of Victoria with master playwright Joan MacLeod. Hers is a strong local voice, and a proud addition to the interview series.
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Dear Friend of Global Picket: Fiction by Jeffrey Essmann
Today on the Good News Theater Blog, something very different! The humorous prose piece below is written by Jeffrey Essmann, whom many of you will remember as a stalwart of the indie theater scene in the late 1980s/early 1990s (at La MaMa, mostly, and elsewhere). I had the ...
The Delusion Driving Much of American Theater
The Artful Manager has athought-provoking post up about The Amateur Vs. Professional divide in the arts in the age of the internet. He also quotes Clay Shriky's Here Comes Everybody, which I happen to be reading right now (and really, if you care about blogging or want to understand the internet's impact on society, is a must read). He ends it by asking this question:
Sickness in the royal blood
Helen Mirren sickens in the sunlight, bends double with torment, makes clammy advances to her stepson and scrabbles at herself in remorse. It's quite unlike the starchy home life of our own dear queen, as portrayed in Mirren's previous Oscar-winning performance. But this is a Racine queen - Phèdre, whose toxic desire blights her family in the 1677 French tragedy.
Censorship in Malta
Good news from the Mediterranean island of Malta. At the first court hearing about the censorship of Anthony Neilson’s Stitching (Unifaun), the playwright himself appeared for the defence
Plays and Playwrights
The Producer's Perspective
12 Things I learned about London
About a year ago, I blogged about three of the biggest differences I noticed about the London theater experience. Since I was there for a bit more time this visit, I was able to notice a few more things about the London theater experience that I thought were worth sharing.
Reflections in the Light
The Rob Kozlowski Chicago Theater and Vintage Film Medicine Show
Return of the Playwright
After seemingly ages of not even peeking at the couple of plays I wrote in 2006 and 2007, I printed them again on Tuesday evening. Both full-length plays Calvin Exits and The Soldiers of Truth are alive again, with hard copies freshly printed on my desk. The last time I even spent any time on these two plays was at the end of 2007. Since then, I've pretty ...
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