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3/25/09 [updated 3:57PM EST]


Digest - Allen, Irons open Impressionism on Broadway - read the reviews
* Review: A Clear Picture Fails To Materialize

Digest - 'Zooman' revival opens - read the reviews
* Review: Revisiting Urban Violence of the Late '70s


New York Times

Arbitration Dates Set in Piven's 'Speed-the-Plow' Case
Actors' Equity Association will hold hearings on June 8 and 9 at which an arbitrator will consider the dispute regarding Jeremy Piven's departure from the Broadway play "Speed-the-Plow."

Mamet to Direct Mamet on Broadway
The coming Broadway production of "Race," a new play by David Mamet, has found itself a director who's well-versed in its author's verbal flourishes and confrontational staging: David Mamet.

'Garden of Earthly Delights' to Close
It's paradise lost, all over again: The Off-Broadway run of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" will play its final performance on Sunday at the Minetta Lane Theater.

Final Preview of 'Hair' Is Canceled
Don't let the sunshine in just yet: the Broadway revival of "Hair" has canceled its final preview performance, scheduled for Monday.

Back Stage - Blog Stage

Theatre Producers Found Guilty of Fraud
Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb, heads of the Tony Award-winning producing company known as Livent Inc., were found guilty of fraud and forgery in a Canada court today, the Toronto Star reports. Drabinsky, who won three Tony Awards as the producer of Fosse, Showboat, and The Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Gottlieb were accused of manipulating their accounts to attract investments.

Hartford Courant Behind the Curtain Blog

Philip Roth, Jacques Pepin Among Guv Award Winners
Culinary master Jacques Pepin, author Philip Roth, Smith Edwards Architects and actor Campbell Scott are the 2009 recipients of the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture & Tourism.

Star-Ledger Entertainment

Access for disabled audiences and artists highlights New Jersey arts council meeting
New Jersey State Council on the ArtsDance facilitator Andrea Kramer and Matheny Arts Access dancer Chet Cheesman perform "Fond Farewell" at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack. Members of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts toured...


* King Lear, with Ian McKellen, Debuts on WNET/Thirteen March 25
* "Theater Talk" to Welcome West Side Story's Laurents April 3


Peter Filichia's Diary: Make It Not Be True
You know who the Jets and Sharks on stage at the Palace seem to be? High school seniors at a priuvate school who for three years straight have begged their drama club director, “Awww, c’mon, Mr. Roberts! Let’s do West Side Story this year! Cummon! Pleaszzze??”

* For Colored Girls... to Become Feature Film
* Jennifer Holliday to Join Clay Aiken, Van Hansis, T.R. Knight, Vanessa Williams, et al. for NYC GLAAD Awards Ceremony
* Edward Hall to Direct All-Male Merchant of Venice at BAM in May
* Alison Arngrim to Present Confessions of a Prairie Bitch at Laurie Beechman
DC Theatre Scene

The Tapioca Miracle Reading at MetroStage
Gone are the days when a producer calls a young Jerry Herman into his office and says ” Kid - Hello Dolly! is yours. Go write it.” Today, getting a new musical written, financed and produced is daunting. Usually DC audiences get their first look at a show in development at a workshop or premiere.

Chicago Tribune Theater Loop Blog

Victory Gardens announces new season and new space

CinStages Buzz Blog

CPI invites new scripts
Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative invites playwrights who are residents of the Tri-State area (OH, KY, IN) or who currently live and work in the Tri-State counties, to submit one full-length, unproduced play script or up to three unproduced one-acts for consideration for public staged readings as part of the New Voices ...


Austin Script Works' Time Steps: Meg Haley [interview]

The Producer's Perspective

Books are like black . . . always in style. So I published one!
Records, 8-tracks, cassettes (and cassingles), CDs and MP3s: I've seen all of these in my lifetime, and only two of those methods of music distribution remain.

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Matt Wolf: Latitude lines up the Bush and the Bard
From promising playwrights to a floating bouquet of Shakespeare, there's something for everyone in this year's programme

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* Broadway's Music Men to Discuss Their Work at Library of Congress Symposium May 6-7
* Symphony Space Gala Set for April 6; Wall to Wall Broadway Concert Is May 16
* Menzel, Neuwirth, Jackson, Rocca, Thoms, Tunie and More Set for 24 Hour Musicals
* March 30 Preview of Broadway's Hair Canceled
* Sikora Replaces Patterson in 92nd Street Y's Sunny Side Up
* Kelly and Anderson to Join Cast of London's Wicked; Khadime to Return


* Cloris Leachman to Host Heritage Pointe Fundraiser, Sign Copies of New Autobiography
* The Museum of Performance & Design to Present Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward

TDF Backstage

Around "Town"
"Adding Machine” director David Cromer takes a fresh, clarifying look at “Our Town.”

Javier Muñoz, who put the “study” in “understudy,” moves on up “In the Heights.”


video of the day: Le Théâtre du Soleil
Apropos of Le Théâtre du Soleil’s upcoming performance of Les Éphémères to the Lincoln Center Festival in July (tix here), here’s a YouTube snapshot of attending the eight-hour show at its original home at La Cartoucherie, an old munitions factory complex in Vincennes.

Plays and Playwrights

Plays and Playwrights 2009 Launch/Celebration
Please mark the date and join us for our Launch/Celebration of Plays and Playwrights 2009 at T. Schreiber Studio. The date is Sunday, April 5 and the doors open at 4:30pm. There's time for some light refreshments and chatting before the presentation of excerpts from three of the plays in this new book. All information can be found here.

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New York Times

Re-enter Ionesco: Broadway Awaits
Geoffrey Rush’s title role in “Enter the King” resonates from childhood.

Problems Persist, but Arts Advocates See Progress Under Obama
The $50 million in stimulus money going to the National Endowment for the Arts is just one of the reasons arts advocates feel encouraged.

New York Times ArtsBeat Blog

A New Billy for Broadway's 'Elliot'
The Three Billys of Broadway are no more — or, to be precise, they've grown by one.

New York Post

Riedel: Director calls for action
Little 'Pretty' about tirade or voice mail

Associated Press

Jamie Bernstein Follows in Father's Footsteps
The daughter of the late Leonard Bernstein is taking after her father.


* Cheyenne Jackson, Idiina Menzel, Mo Rocca, et al. Set for The 24 Hour Musicals
* Ensemble Studio Theatre to Present Series of John Patrick Shanley Plays


Behind the Scenes Video: Rock of Ages

Washington Post

Backstage: Studio Theatre's Season Goes Where the Money Is
Studio Theatre Founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman says she's "trying to address the zeitgeist and elevate the poetic yearnings . . . about how we're feeling right now" in the 2009-10 season. No surprise, then, that three shows take on aspects of American capitalism -- "the money plays," she c...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

August Wilson Center announces first performance at theater
Poet and spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph's "the break/s" -- a challenging, funny and touching multimedia look at the hip-hop generation -- will be the first performance in the theater at ...

PICT lineup includes 'Rock 'n' Roll,' 'The History Boys'
Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre's 2009 season gets under way in May on a high note. It starts with "Rock 'n' Roll," Tom Stoppard's tribute to playwright and politician Vaclav Havel.

Baltimore Sun

Center Stage to change up offerings next season

Berkshire Eagle

Colonial Theatre's season 'designed to please'
The Colonial Theatre rolled out a "designed to please" 2009-10 season Tuesday that includes A-list singer-actors Mandy Patinkin, Jeff Daniels, James Naughton and Andrea Marcovicci

Orlando Sentinel Attention Must Be Paid Blog

Gay-lesbian theater fest starts Wednesday in DeLand
Just a reminder that the Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday at Stetson University in DeLand. Here's all the info you need to make the trip: Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A playwright's journey
New Alliance Theatre production “26 Miles” is the latest leg in the literary odyssey of Quiara Alegria Hudes.

Time Out Chicago

Regina Taylor
The Magnolia playwright builds a bridge to Atlanta.


metaDRAMA: What NOT To Do #2
First off, and this is aimed more at editors than writers, but try to avoid perpetuating errors. (Minuscule is the proper spelling of miniscule, though the former is now as much a variant in the dictionary as irregardless.) However, that's not a serious issue--the reader (especially the casual reader) will still understand your meaning ...


The Death of Print
Business Insider has what is perhaps the most creative "death of print" article I've seen recently with this take on the New York Times titled (and the T really SIA here) "Printing the NYT Costs Twice As Much As Sending Every Subscriber A Free Kindle". Their math seems way dubious to me, but it's a provocative thought.

Creative Loafing Culture Surfing Blog

Is there a Suddenly, Last Summer/Willy Wonka connection?
Could the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' have been quoting 'Suddenly, Last Summer?'

The Guardian

More doubts cast on Bard portrait
Writing in the Times Literary Supplement, Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones pours scorn on Professor Stanley Wells's recent backing of the Cobbe

The Guardian Performing Arts Blog

Charlotte Higgins: Edinburgh international festival: this year's programme unveiled
The Scottish Enlightenment is the starting point for an opera-rich 2009 festival

The Stage UK

Edinburgh International Festival unveils 63rd programme
World premieres of new works from the Traverse Theatre and Scottish Ballet are among the highlights of the programme of the 63rd Edinburgh International Festival, which was launched in the Scottish capital today...

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