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How Much Do You Know About Fences Playwright August Wilson? | Playbill

How Much Do You Know About August Wilson?<p>This week’s quiz celebrates one of America’s greatest playwrights in honor of his <i>Jitney</i> beginning …

Playwrights

Bill Irwin clowns around in ‘On Beckett’

If only all university lectures could be as enlightening, as engrossing as Bill Irwin’s “On Beckett,” an almost-solo show in a short run at American …

Books

Crowdsourcing for Shakespeare

Around 1675, a woman named Margaret Baker wrote out a remedy for aches whose active ingredient was a puppy. “Take a whelpe that sucketh the fatter the better & drowne him in water till he be deade,” she advised. The reader should then gut the dog, fill its belly with black soap, “putt him one a …

Playwrights

Art and Siobhan Davies Dance: this week’s best UK theatre and dance

Yasmina Reza’s hit play returns, while interdisciplinary art is celebrated. Plus: Mamma Mia!, In a Pickle, Much Ado About Nothing, Amadeus, Russian State Ballet Of Siberia and Blak Whyte Gray<p><b>Theatre</b><p><b>1 Art</b><br>A modern classic or a modish crowdpleaser? That’s the question Guardian critic Michael …

Entertainment

Centre stage: the best theatre of 2017

Hamilton comes to London, Sherlock villain Andrew Scott adds Hamlet to his CV, Damian Lewis falls in love with a goat, and Ivo van Hove directs Jude Law in a tale of lust, greed and murder<p>Manwatching, the anonymous play on female sexual desire Unmissable Dance | Comedy | Pop | Film | Art | …

Playwrights

Beauty and the Beast review – Northern Ballet give their all

Grand theatre, Leeds Dominique Larose’s serene Beauty leads the way in David Nixon’s timely take on the fairytale<p>Northern Ballet’s <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>is a traditional fairy story choreographed by David Nixon, the company’s artistic director. Nixon is a safe pair of hands when it comes to …

Beauty and the Beast

The Present review: Cate Blanchett dares to find truth in Chekhov’s trickiest play

Ethel Barrymore Theater, New York<p>Andrew Upton’s Platonov is set in 1990s Russia, a country between communism and oligarchy. Between them, its star and Richard Roxburgh bring it fully to life<p>Oh to be bored like Cate Blanchett! In The Present, Andrew Upton’s adaptation of an early Chekhov play, her …

Cate Blanchett

What a night! Millennial playwrights pick this century's best shows

From the role-reversal minstrels in The Scottsboro Boys to a post-apocalyptic take on The Simpsons, rising dramatists choose the plays they can’t forget<p><b>Enron</b><p><b>Chosen by Vinay Patel</b><p>I saw Enron on 5 August 2010. I know this because I still have the ticket stuck to my wall. Lucy Prebble’s play charts …

Film (UK)

Cash-strapped theatres must answer difficult questions

As funding for the arts looks increasingly uncertain, the challenge for theatres is to find the right financial model to secure their future<p>Last year, I visited a regional theatre whose work – both on stage and off – I greatly admire. I had a conversation with the artistic director about the …

Money

The Season review – family comedy gives wing to some spirited performances

Pakana writer Nathan Maynard’s impressive debut play is about moonbird people but is rooted in the everyday, with an ability to laugh about itself - hard<p>Once a year in Tasmania, Aboriginal men and women hunt mutton birds to sell for their meat, oil and feathers. According to a Dreamtime story, …

Victoria (Australia)

London international mime festival: 40 years old and still contorting

Trampolines, smashed crockery, ghostly goings-on … the annual gala of physical theatre shows no sign of slowing down<p>At Central St Martins’ Platform theatre, two men – maybe brothers but possibly doppelgangers – run around the stage clucking like chickens and bounce on a trampoline, in the show …

The Arts

Taran Killam Assumes the Throne in ‘Hamilton’

We all know what bullies those musical theater kids are. Is there a cape raid where they steal my cape and dip it in cold water and put it in the freezer the night before my first show? That’s what I would do.<p>On Broadway, at least, everyone loves a pompous, thin-skinned autocrat. It’s why Taran …

TV

The Kite Runner review – loses its grip on Khaled Hosseini’s engaging tale

Wyndham’s, London Matthew Spangler’s workmanlike adaptation of the bestselling novel about Afghanistan does a decent job but reduces it to a series of chronological events<p>It’s an old problem: how do you adapt a novel for the stage? It is especially acute in the case of Khaled Hosseini’s bestseller, …

Literature

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen: a hard search for a new self

Nora Helmer starts out as a perfectly compliant wife and mother in this 1879 drama, but a life-threatening ordeal drives her to break out of convention<p>Compared to the dramas in Ibsen’s 1890 play Hedda Gabler – alcohol abuse, sexual blackmail, destroyed works of art, unwanted pregnancies, suicide, …

Books

From Nosebleed Seats to the Stage, Actors Discuss August Wilson

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: <i>An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of time between John Douglas Thompson’s first seeing the August Wilson play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and when he was asked to star in a production of it. He was asked by</i> …

The Theatre

An opera about Alan Turing of 'The Imitation Game' fame

By Miles Harter, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 11, 2017<p>Theater can be entertaining, but it can also educate us about unfamiliar history. Two recent critically-acclaimed theatrical releases tell the exquisite and absorbing stories of three brilliant African American women who were influential …

Alan Turing

Manwatching: a secret female playwright's liberating look at sex

The author of a hit show about desire explains why she’s staying anonymous – and why her play is only performed by male comedians<p>You’ve written a hit play, it’s been programmed for a run at the Royal Court – and you can’t take a shred of credit for it? You’d forgive the anonymous writer of …

Women's News

Theatre is coming to terms with its diversity problem. Real progress is vital

The outcry over the all-white cast of In the Depths of Dead Love is a sign of shifting attitudes. But the industry still has some way to go<p>The “yellowface” dispute that blew up just before Christmas over the Print Room’s all-white casting of Howard Barker’s In the Depths of Dead Love, a play set in …

15th century

How well do you know these Hamlet sequels and spinoffs? – quiz

Tom Stoppard’s comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is returning to the Old Vic in a 50th-anniversary revival. Test your knowledge of the adventures of Hamlet’s other characters<p>What are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern doing in the opening scene of Tom Stoppard's play?<p>Trying to take off their …

Quizzes

Moriarty's first moves: Andrew Scott's stage roles – in pictures

Before his breakthrough in Sherlock as the Baker Street detective’s nemesis Moriarty, Scott shared the stage with Julianne Moore, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Ben Whishaw in new plays and classics. As he begins rehearsals for Hamlet at London’s Almeida, take a look at his theatrical career so far

The Theatre

How do actors do the same thing every night? Easy – it's never the same

Selina Cadell is playing Madge in Ronald Harwood’s backstage drama The Dresser. Here she gives a glimpse of a night in the life of the production<p>As the audience find their seats they listen to a medley of 1940s music: Gracie Fields, George Formby, Noël Coward. Hidden backstage, less than four …

Royal Family

Bucket List: the play raging against the 'humanitarian disaster' of capitalism

Theatre Ad Infinitum’s new show is about a Mexican girl who turns to revenge in the face of corruption. Director Nir Paldi explains why we’re all to blame for oppression of the poor – and why violence is sometimes the only option<p>Ordinary Mexicans are apparently so fed up with the widespread …

Capitalism

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus review – sing-along-a Sophocles

Finborough, London Tony Harrison’s collision of high and low art fashions a Greek satyr play into a barbed comment on the lack of imagination in contemporary culture<p>My abiding memory of Tony Harrison’s play at the National Theatre in 1990 is of a chorus of clog-dancing satyrs with toweringly erect …

The Theatre

Chocs away: take the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quiz

Wonka bars at the ready! The West End musical ends its run this month before opening on Broadway in March. How well do you know the show?<p>Willy Wonka opens his doors to the golden ticket winners on the first day of which month?<p>January<p>February<p>March<p>Which song features in both the musical and the 1971 …

Quizzes

The Theatre’s Most Unforgettable Quotes of 2016 | Playbill

Theatre: A Counterweight for Heavy Times

<b>Last June I sat among a packed house at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in D.C. for a preview of Mike Daisey’s The Trump Card,</b> another of his funny, …

Politics

Your favorite articles from 2016

We’ve looked back at some fun facts from 2016. We’ve announced the best theatre videos, and revealed our most memorable plays and stage moments. But …

Entertainment

Robert Faires' Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2016

<b>1) ZELL MILLER III</b> In a year when extraordinary tensions made America's political landscape a battleground, no local theatre artist took to the front …

Top 10

Theatre Review: ‘An Irish Carol’ at The Keegan Theatre

Kevin Adams as David in “An Irish Carol.” Photo by Jim Coates.<p>Come in from the cold, grab your pint, and enjoy The Keegan Theatre’s most recent …