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Theater Listings for March 6-12

Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current productions, additional listings, showtimes and ticket information are at A searchable, critical guide to theater is at

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Adelaide Blinc light show unites 'best digital artists in the world' - video


In Performance: Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest of ‘Rasheeda Speaking’

This week’s video features the Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins and the Oscar-winning actress Dianne Wiest as co-workers at odds in “Rasheeda Speaking,” written by the playwright Joel Drake Johnson. In this scene, Jaclyn (Ms. Pinkins), an African-American receptionist, learns that Ileen …


American Ballet Theater and Fired Worker to Go to Trial Over His Temper

At the Metropolitan Opera House, Frank La Mantia was known as a tempestuous, behind-the-scenes man for American Ballet Theater. For years, he helped position the sets, the props and the shimmering backdrops, the scenery that transported audiences from their seats to another world.

“You make a set,” …


Review: ‘Hitting Bedrock’ at La MaMa Taps Into War’s Confusion

When I was first told to leave the theater during the beginning of “Hitting Bedrock,” I grinned, thinking I’d misheard. A repeated request, however, was hard and clear enough to let me know that this was no joke.

That demand was soon made of everyone in the audience, and within a few minutes we were …


Review: In ‘Rocket to the Moon,’ a Dentist Deals With a Midlife Crisis

The Depression is raging, and so is the summer heat. The patients with money have left the city for the beach, and the others can’t afford to have their teeth fixed, anyway.

Clifford Odets’s 1938 “Rocket to the Moon” — a lesser-known work from his Group Theater days — takes place in a dental office …

Midlife Crisis

Rustle, Rattle And Exaggerate

The theatrical magic is in the details, and the details keep changing. Vicky Shick’s “Pathétique, Miniatures in Detail,” which Vicky Shick Dance offers as part of the Harkness Dance Festival, is composed of vignettes showing oddities of behavior.

These scenes flicker to a score by Elise Kermani that …


Hamlet review – breathtaking

Last March, invited to take arms against the Shakespeare scholar Michael Dobson in these pages, I found myself holding the short straw. To the question “Is Hamlet staged too often?” I was to answer “Yes!” This devil’s advocacy was enormous fun, but Michael, of course, had right on his side. His …


Review: David Ives, in ‘Lives of the Saints,’ Mixes Gags and Philosophy

A woman returns from the dead to reveal uncomfortable secrets. A friendship almost founders over a gift gone unappreciated. A boy becomes romantically obsessed with a washing machine. A man runs into a fellow who seems to embody, with eerie specificity, the life he chose not to live.

Do these sound …


Ratmansky’s New ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Looks Back to 1890

“Tremble with your feet!” “Gentle as feathers!” “Carry yourself; don’t just walk!”

Alexei Ratmansky, one of the 21st century’s most celebrated choreographers, was rehearsing dancers in American Ballet Theater’s studios and channeling the most important choreographer of the 19th century: Marius …

Sleeping Beauty

Putting Drama to Work to Soothe

LOS ANGELES — On a recent sweltering day, the actor and writer Daniel Beaty spent six hours at a high school near Watts, showing the students how their pain could turn into poetry. A few hours later, and about 20 miles north, he walked onstage at the Mark Taper Forum to portray the singer Paul …

Michael Eric Dyson

Review: Jennifer Haley’s ‘The Nether’ Explores the Dark Side of the Web

It’s a gray, gray tomorrow that greets us in “The Nether,” Jennifer Haley’s very cunning and equally creepy new play about alternative lives in a future around the corner. When first seen, Laura Jellinek’s fantastical set for this satisfyingly disturbing production, which opened on Tuesday night at …

Dark Side

Review: ‘Brooklynite,’ a Superhero Musical with Matt Doyle and Nicolette Robinson

It’s not easy being a superhero charged with protecting Brooklyn. Making sure all that fresh produce makes it from farm to table. Breaking up fights at the Park Slope Food Co-op. Preventing French tourists from falling into the Gowanus Canal. These and other daily challenges are the responsibility …


Royal Ballet Choregrapher to Open Studio Space in London

LONDON — Wayne McGregor, the resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet who also has his own troupe, Random Dance, will open a new arts space in 2016 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The space, Studio Wayne McGregor, will form part of an ambitious new educational and cultural hub for East …


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Aldwych Theatre, review: 'go see'

Katie Brayben gives a career-making performance as the legendary singer-songwriter Carole King in an otherwise workmanlike production, says Dominic Cavendish

It’s a funny kind of musical in which the leading performance feels like a massive redeeming feature, rather than part and parcel of what …

Carole King

Review: ‘The World of Extreme Happiness,’ About China and Gender

Sunny, the heroine of “The World of Extreme Happiness,” may at times have a cheerful disposition, but there’s a bitter irony in this beleaguered young woman charting an odyssey through contemporary China while carrying the burden of such a hopeful name. Not a lot of sunlight filters down through …


Review: Carmen de Lavallade’s One-Woman Show Comes to New York

What does it mean when an 83-year-old woman says, “Once I was beautiful”? Carmen de Lavallade is 83, and when she speaks those words in her autobiographical one-woman show, “As I Remember It,” their truth is unmistakable. You can see it in the projected photos and videos from her youth as a …

New York

Review: ‘The Insurgents’ Stars Cassie Beck in a Lucy Thurber Drama

Beware, America! Sally Wright, a young woman who spends a lot of time with a shotgun in her hands, is having one whale of a nervous breakdown. It is, you might say, a breakdown as big as a whole country, and it’s been building for centuries.

Played by Cassie Beck with alarmed eyes that belie her …

Harriet Tubman

Juniors Ballets

Les 25, 26, 27 février 2015 au Théâtre de la Licorne puis le 28 février au Théâtre Croisette à 20 heures 30 auront lieu les sixièmes Rencontres …

Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award

Celebrating the next generation of great performers

Hosted by Audra McDonald

Monday, March 2 at 7:00

Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Adrienne Arsht …


From Mark Morris, Seasonal Rituals Lusty and Solemn

Put together, the words “dance” and “spring” may conjure a mental image of barefoot people with flowers in their hair holding hands and skipping in circles. You can find such people in Mark Morris’s 2013 “Spring, Spring, Spring,” which will have its New York debut during his company’s season at the …

Rite of Spring

Review: Ballet Rakatan Delivers Sizzling Cuban Moves

When the Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra named her company Ballet Rakatan, she created a word to sum up her vision. For her, “Rakatan” refers to rhythm, power and movement. But witnessing the dynamic, ardent members of her company in “Havana Rakatan” brings to mind another word: seduction. Her …


Review: ‘Verité’ With Anna Camp, About a Memoir or a Tale Barely Like It

“I doubt my life is so interesting anyone would want to read about it,” says the heroine of “Verité,” a new play by Nick Jones that opened on Wednesday at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. The confession seems radical, even heretical in today’s culture, when a book or three, or several seasons …

Artistic Director

David Ives's ‘Lives of the Saints’ From Primary Stages

The playwright David Ives is all over the place. “The Metromaniacs,” his verse adaptation of an 18th-century play, has just opened at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington. His comedy “Venus in Fur,” seen widely at regional theaters, may get another goose from the movie release of a certain hugely …

Stephen Sondheim

High-Spirited Comedies Rush the Stage

To get the gist of the comedy in the coming Broadway musical “Something Rotten!,” about a playwright competing against Shakespeare in 1595 London, consider this exchange between two characters who happen to be named Shylock and Nostradamus about the most avid theatergoers of the Elizabethan …


Review: Original Leads Return in City Ballet’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’

It was 2007 when Peter Martins unveiled his “Romeo + Juliet.” At the time, the New York City Ballet production — which began a run of nine performances on Friday at the David H. Koch Theater — had one thing going for it: Mr. Martins’s decision to cast his leads, particularly Juliet, young. (His …

Romeo + Juliet

Celebrating the Chinese Lion Dance

Southern Chinese lion dancing comes from an ancient tale: Terrorized by a mythical monster, a horde of villagers descended from the mountains and huddled under an enormous monster of their own in an attempt to repel the beast. Year after year, to the accompaniment of firecracker bursts and drums, …


A Life with The Royal Ballet : Colin Jones Photo Exhibition

A Life with The Royal Ballet by ex-dancer and celebrated photographer Colin Jones

Photographic Exhibition until 1 March 2015 at Proud Galleries

The …


Theater Listings for Feb. 13-19

Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current productions, additional listings, showtimes and ticket information are at A searchable, critical guide to theater is at

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