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Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog
Time Out Chicago Theater Blog
The (re)curse of the Scottish play
No, not the usual one. Blogger Rob Kozlowski is cursing Macbeth for being produced too often. Kozlowski and his commenters add up eight professional productions of Maccers (counting a couple of adaptations) around Chicago in 21 months, from last April’s Greasy Joan mounting through the ...
Theatre in Chicago
Strawdog Stands the Test of Time
When Nic Dimond, current Artistic Director of Strawdog Theatre, first saw a show at this tiny Lakeview Storefront in 1993 he was startled by what he saw as a low production standard surrounding a strong acting ensemble, and he decided to do something about it. With a background in set design, Dimond ...
Steep Theatre Closes 2008-2009 Season with Midwest Premiere of The Hollow Lands
Steep Theatre Company's historic 2008-2009 season, which has already featured the opening of their new space and the most Jeff nominations in the company's history, closes with a bang this month with the Midwest Premiere of Howard Korder's The Hollow Lands, an ambitious 14 actor, 30 character...
An Ordway revival of "Singin' in the Rain" features true fans of the original and a black star.
Robots are soulless night-clubbers -- and humans the wannabes -- in a provocative new play.
On the Boards
NWNW Weekend 2 Mainstage
The NWNW mainstage showcase on June 14 was an exciting evening of dance that raised many questions for me as a viewer. The show made me wonder about the relationship between kinesthetic and aesthetic choices, about abstracting the body, about virtuosity and how it can be both ...
* Gavin Creel, Sutton Foster, Allison Janney, Daniel Reichard, et al. Set for Broadway Bares 19.0 "Click It!"
* Cyrilla Baer, Josh Grisetti, Bobby Steggert, et al. Set for York's Knickerbocker Holiday
* Ars Nova to Offer Live Webcast of Sax & Dixon: We Thee Wed
* Young Jean Lee, Universes, Rhiana Yazzie to Pen Works for Oregon Shakespeare Featival's American Revolutions
* Beth Leavel to Star in St. Louis Muny's Annie
* Jaygee Macapugay to Lead Cast in Pan Asian Rep's New Musical, Imelda
* John Leguizamo to Kick Off Tour at Long Wharf Theatre
* Sheila Callaghan, Julie Hebert, Charles L. Mee Works Set for [Inside] the Ford
* Chad, Danni Smith to Star in The Cousins Grimm at Bailiwick Repertory
* Broadway Grosses: June 8-14
* New Plays by Hebert and Callaghan Will Appear at Hollywood's [Inside] the Ford
* Graceland, a Chicago World Premiere, Gets Seven Extra Weeks; Graeff Joins Cast
* Public Theater Seeking 2010 Emerging Writers Group Participants
* Time After Time Musical and Confluence of Dreaming Will Premiere in Pittsburgh
* God Is Not an American and Chatauqua! Set for CityParks Free Summer Theatre
Review: The Little Foxes
Showbituaries For June Broadway Farewells
After the roar of the Tony Awards comes the Broadway closings of summer. On Sunday June 14, four Tony nominated and even Tony ...
One Dollar Too Many
As the economy slams shut many of the contributed revenue sources the arts relied on, I’m concerned that many of my brethen are trying to get that boatload of cash out of our patrons.
Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists
If you are an artist you are a small business
Business lingo may seem anathema to the arts but we gotta get over that.
Who needs an Artistic Director? Not BoarsHead Theater or so they say…
Times are tough and everyone is worried about what is coming next, but the board at BoarsHead Theater in Michigan has taken a step that might or might not be the start of a trend. My thoughts on this later in the post.
Making Art Pay For Art
I just finished Lewis Hyde's The Gift over the weekend (I also read Paul Hornschemeier's amazing and beautiful and tragic Mother Come Home which you should go out and read right now). In the end, in a new postscript to the 25th anniversary edition, Hyde tries to address himself to the current arts ...
Two Implications of Royalty Paucity
I want to return once again to those statistics I talked about here, specifically w/r/t royalties, largely because I think that what these numbers show is that our entire structure of paying and working with playwrights is based on a collective fantasy. Let's look at those numbers again:
Theatre--Or Your Money Back!
I'm sure it's been tried before, but now some Chicago funder is promoting the idea of "money-back guarantees" as a condition for backing certain "risk taking" productions.
Does Facebook Work?
For promoting your show, that is.
The Producer's Perspective
Why not to be a teenager when selling your show.
When you're a teenager, all that you want to do is fit in.
smArts & Culture
Stars of Vaudeville #22: Cliff Edwards, a.k.a “Ukulele Ike”
Best known today as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the 1940 Disney film Pinnochio, Edwards (June 14, 1895 – July 17, 1971) probably gained his widest popularity on radio. He was also big in vaudeville, ...
Bryony Lavery's Wicked Lady this way comes Paul Allen
Lady Barbara Skelton, the notorious star of Magdalen King-Hall's novel, should steal the show at Newcastle-under-Lyme's New Vic this summer
Playwright Elizabeth Inchbald was a clear voice amid the mob Chris Arnot
Her 1792 work The Massacre, circulated in secret by the author, is finally getting its UK premiere. The play's message about revolutionary violence should reverberate around the world
Theatre in the great outdoors Alexis Soloski
At the Delacorte in Central Park, actors such as Anne Hathaway sometimes share the stage with a raccoon. Which open-air theatres get your vote?
Gossip: Langford's Hart Belongs to Broadway???
Bonnie Langford is returning to Broadway for the first time in over 30 years. The 44-year-old star is reprising her role as Roxie Hart, which she first played in the London run of Chicago back in 2006, for a limited run at Broadway's Ambassador...
Feature: Worth a Read: Theatre Books Round-up - Jun 2009
Whatsononstage.com is excited to introduce its newest monthly feature, a round-up of reviews of the best new theatre books, featuring everything from actor memoirs and director handbooks to essays, scripts, stage notes and lots more besides. ...
Dreamboats & Petticoats Rolls into Savoy in July
Dreamboats and Petticoats, the rock ‘n’ roll musical based around the Fifties and Sixties hits from the two recently released compilation albums of the same name, will transfer to the West End’s Savoy Theatre next month, running for a limited season ...
Gossip: Hodge Reprises La Cage Role on Broadway???
La Cage aux Folles looks set to follow in Billy Elliot's ballet pump-clad footsteps by decamping to Broadway. At a press conference following last week's Tony Awards, where Billy Elliot picked up ten gongs,
Interview: David Harewood On ...Scaling The Mountaintop
David Harewood is best known to theatregoers for his leading roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre (Othello, His Dark Materials) and elsewhere, while his many screen credits include Blood Diamond, Mad Dogs and Englishmen and for...
New York Times
Arts, Briefly: Theater on Ice
Need to get cool this summer? Try the 16th annual Ice Factory theater festival at the Ohio Theater in SoHo.
King of Pain
Robert Falls' violent production of Shakespeare's King Lear is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
Everything I Know I Learned from Musicals
What Are Critics Good For?
What is the job of the critic?
Miami Herald Drama Queen Blog
A pay-for-play reading
Kim William Kerlin will be in the house Monday evening when The Promethean Theatre reads Gun Play, a play about "how ordinary people react when they are confronted with extraordinary situations."
BoarsHead board cites loss of donations as reason for Thatcher firing
Lansing's BoarsHead Theater, one of three professional Michigan theaters this month to announce the termination of its top artistic executive, is restructuring its organization to proceed without an artistic director ...
San Jose Mercury News AEI Blog
‘Porgy and Bess’: A rock critic’s take
Just got home from the thrilling opportunity to check out “Porgy and Bess” at San Francisco Opera — my first trip to the venerable War Memorial Opera House. (It ain’t the...
Ashland: a critic’s notebook
So foul and fair an opening weekend I have not seen for ages in Ashland, Oregon. Woe betides the visitor who doesn’t pack sunscreen and galoshes when attending the opening of the outdoor...
LAist Interview: Rachel Fuller
In the middle of a busy year for British singer-composer Rachel Fuller, what with two original musicals being prepped for world premieres, one of her pet projects from years past is finally getting its wide-scale US release
Cumming, Pryce & Duncan Make Queen's Honours
Actors Alan Cumming, Jonathan Pryce, Lindsay Duncan and Sue Johnston are amongst the stage names singled out for their services to the arts as part of the annual Queen's Birthday Honours list, announced over the weekend. Jonathan Pryce, who is made...
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