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The Oresteia, Shakespeare’s Globe, review: 'more silly than sublime'

Earlier in the year, it looked as if there would be a decent stretch of clear water between the Almeida’s new production of The Oresteia and this one at the Globe.

The gods being capricious, though, Robert Icke’s version was lauded to the rafters and has now transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, …

Playwrights

Oscar Wilde’s Play Salome Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley in a Striking Modern Aesthetic (1894)

In William Faulkner’s 1936 Absalom, Absalom!, one of the novel’s most erudite characters paints a picture of a Gothic scene by comparing it to an …

Art

Actors Theatre Gallery Opens MAPS OF THE IMAGINATION Today

Actors Theatre Gallery and Kentucky Women Photographers Network announce Maps of the Imagination-a collection of work that takes you on a visual …

Art

Alfie Boe Is Broadway's Newest Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Beginning Tonight

Alfie Boe Is Broadway's Newest Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Beginning Tonight

Alfie Boe, who famously starred as Jean Valjean in the 2010 Les

Jean Valjean

Stephen Wight on Fashion, Tortured Geniuses & Bringing McQueen to the West End

Stephen Wight came to attention in the plays of Patrick Marber (Dealer’s Choice, Don Juan in Soho) and then moved on to TV and further acclaim. Now, …

Alexander McQueen

Choosing my 101 greatest plays – and why I left out King Lear

Why do it? Why put my head on the chopping-block by writing a book hubristically entitled The 101 Greatest Plays? The answers are many and complex.

An idea that I’d been loosely kicking around as a way of making myself sound more interesting at parties suddenly became a reality when enthusiastically …

Playwrights

Odds & Ends: Kevin Spacey Plans Broadway Return, Kristin Chenoweth Manscapes Conan O'Brien & More

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.
Spacey Plans B'way Return

Kevin Spacey is eyeing a return to the Great White Way in a …

Kevin Spacey

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 8/28; WAITRESS at A.R.T., Signature's THE FIX, RING OF FIRE in Chicago and More!

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Chicago, Ireland and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway …

Ring of Fire

Ccan you tell the difference between the Bard's verses and rap lyrics?

• Royal Shakespeare Company has launched app aimed at schoolchildren• 
It aims to help new hip-hop generation relate to the playwright's work
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10 Witchy Facts About ‘The Crucible’

In 1692, around 150 people were arrested in Salem and imprisoned on suspicion of being a witch. Twenty people were killed, while many more died in …

Cool Stuff

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet Could Usher in an Era of Blockbuster Shakespeare    

Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre.Photo by Johan Persson/Barbican Theatre At times in Lyndsey Turner’s production of Hamlet, the …

Playwrights

Give your regards to Broadway on a New York theater tour

Theatre buffs looking for a boffo way to start the new year will be interested in Ron Scarlata's annual Broadway tour. Scarlata is a theater professor at El Camino College in Torrance.

The six-night tour includes orchestra tickets to three Broadway shows: the innovative new musical “Hamilton,” Tony …

New York City

‘The SpongeBob Musical’ Will Open on Broadway in 2016

In 2015, Bikini Bottom’s most famous resident delivered a successful feature film. In 2016, SpongeBob Squarepants hits the musical theater …

Musical Theatre

Memorial held in New York for Broadway actor who died at 21

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of friends, colleagues and former classmates of a rising Broadway actor who had already made history at just 21 years old gathered in Central Park on Monday to mourn his accidental death.

Clutching flowers at Bethesda Fountain, the tearful group honored Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the …

New York City

Theatre TODAY

‘ Theatre TODAY ‘ takes you on a panoramic expedition, a journey covering more than 30 countries worldwide. Read, what’s happening in the theatre …

The Arts

Theatre review: Murmel Murmel, Edinburgh

Murmel Murmel - King’s Theatre

The expressive cast and dazzling production values combine in fantastic fashion, writes Joyce McMillan

THEY say that …

Edinburgh

'Invasion!' Opens in NYC: Who Is Abulkasem?

Home theater ‘Invasion!’ Opens in NYC: Who Is Abulkasem?

‘Invasion!’ Opens in NYC: Who Is Abulkasem?

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Activist and former

New York City

What Tips would you give a new Playwright or #Writer ?

As part of my ongoing guest post series in this blog, Jane Camens, who co-edited the recently released New Asia Now edition of Griffith Review, …

Writing

Islamic take on Shakespeare's Othello

The secondary girls from Al-Madinah School put on a show called Omar which was based on Shakespeare's Othello but from an Islamic perspective.

An …

Playwrights

Tennessee Williams Short Stories, Now as One-Acts

The Acting Company has commissioned evenings like “Desire” before — a program of Chekhov adaptations in the 1980s, when Spalding Gray and Wendy Wasserstein were among the playwrights; in the 1990s, a slate of short plays inspired by Shakespeare’s sonnets, by writers including Tony Kushner and …

Short Stories

Shall I compare thee to a rap star?

Royal Shakespeare Company launches hip-hop app to attract youngsters

The Royal Shakespeare Company must capture students’ enthusiasm before they conclude the Bard is boring, its director of education has said, as she launched an app teaching Much Ado About Nothing through rap.

Jacqui O’Hanlon said …

Playwrights

Here's How A New Off-Broadway Show Is Opening Minds About LGBT Youth

Matthew Murphy

James Lecesne will forgive you if you think his one-man Off-Broadway show, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey,” is based on a true story.

The actor-author-playwright says it’s the most common question he’s asked by audiences who’ve seen the show, which is currently playing at …

Teens

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21st Century

Edinburgh festival 2015: the six shows you shouldn't miss

O No!
In less skilled hands, this might be teeth-grating whimsy. Instead, Jamie Wood’s blissful show is the fringe at its most surreal, bonkers and heart-warming. Using Yoko Ono’s instruction pieces, this cunning piece of theatre turns into a participatory love-fest. Just sublime. Lyn Gardner
At …

Edinburgh Festival

Butt Kapinski at Edinburgh festival review – playful private-eye curio

A gumshoe in a mac and fedora, lit by the glare of a solitary streetlamp. It’s a familiar image, although Humphrey Bogart never had the lamppost stitched into the lining of his coat. He didn’t speak as oddly as this, either. Butt Kapinski is the alter ego of US-based performer Deanna Fleysher, who …

Edinburgh Festival

887 review – touching, intimate, powerful

Memory and forgetfulness – how do we combine them as we make, remake and unmake our personal and collective histories? 887 is the number of the apartment block on Murray Avenue, Quebec City, where a taxi driver lived with his wife, three children and, for a while, his mother, who had Alzheimer’s. …

Charles de Gaulle

My Edinburgh festival obsession? Watching the audience

What don’t I like about the Edinburgh festival? The person I become. Every day I’m checking sales reports to monitor audience numbers, and see which critics and programmers are coming. A report is sent to my phone at 8am and another at 3.31pm, a minute after the show has supposedly opened. And I’ll …

Edinburgh Festival

Lanark: A Life in Three Acts at Edinburgh festival review – smashes all expectations

Most theatre in Edinburgh in August comes in easily digestible one-hour chunks, so it’s good to be able to sink your teeth into David Greig and Graham Eatough’s almost insanely ambitious staging of one of the most ambitious novels of the 20th century: Alasdair Gray’s Lanark. The novel took 27 years …

Edinburgh Festival

En Avant, Marche! at Edinburgh festival review – mortality tale with a brimming heart

We all eventually march into the darkness, but the elderly former trombone player at the heart of this often exquisitely beautiful piece, created by Frank Van Laecke and Alain Platel, does it with a brass band at his heel. A production that swoops between high and low culture and combines concert, …

Edinburgh Festival