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By M A Haridy | Theatre TODAY Worldwide

‘Indecent’ to Remain Open on Broadway, Despite Closing Notice

“Indecent” is not closing on Broadway after all.<p>In a rare, almost unheard-of move, the play’s producers announced late Thursday that the production — which was set to close on June 25 because of poor ticket sales — would in fact stay open through Aug. 6 at the Cort Theater. The play, which was …

Pulitzer Prize

Broadway Review: ‘1984’ Starring Olivia Wilde

<b>The management of “1984,” the lauded West End import playing at Broadway’s Hudson Theater, felt it necessary to ban children under 13 from the stage</b> …

Olivia Wilde

Watch the Steamy, Stripped Down Numbers From Broadway Bares

Broadway Bares Watch the Steamy, Stripped Down Numbers From <i>Broadway Bares</i><p>Broadway’s hottest performers bared it all June 19 at the Hammerstein …

Dear Evan Hansen

Handbagged review at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Moira Buffini’s Handbagged is an antidote to the view of history, common on both stage and screen, that reduces it to palace drawing-room drama.<p>From …

Margaret Thatcher

Beware the rise of the clickbait critic | Opinion

“Bring me the head of Yael Faber, and while you're at it, a side order of whoever commissioned this dross,” was Matt Trueman’s opening line of his …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Watch Footage From Muny’s Little Mermaid, Including Emily Skinner’s Outrageously Costumed Ursula

The Disney musical is currently playing the outdoor St. Louis venue.<p>Footage from the St. Louis Muny staging of Disney’s <i>The Little Mermaid,</i> which runs …

Little Mermaid

A Big Beneficiary of 2017 Tony Awards? ‘Oslo,’ a Play About Diplomacy

The big money and the media attention at the Tony Awards are invariably directed at the musicals and the host, but the biggest short-term beneficiary of this year’s broadcast is a three-hour play about the Middle East peace process.<p>“Oslo,” which won the Tony Award for best new play, had a 22 …

Tony Awards

Review: Specters of the Stage Enchant in ‘Ghost Light’

The glorious ghosts who walk the halls of the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center have greasepaint in their ectoplasm, and they do hope you’ll like what they do. These wandering souls are doomed to an eternity of narcissism, yet there is something they love even more than themselves.<p>That would be …

Formal Wear

Three Daughters and a Fraying Father in ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’

In 2013, a young playwright named Meghan Kennedy wrote a delicate drama about a widow’s grief called “Too Much, Too Much, Too Many,” which the Roundabout Theater Company mounted in its small black box theater. The reviews were encouraging. Now the theatrical behemoth, which runs five spaces on …

Brooklyn

Review: An Immersive ‘Seeing You’ Sends Its Audience to War

<b>BEN BRANTLEY</b> So, Jesse, my first question for you is: How did you avoid the draft? Though I was clearly too old to serve, I was among those recruited for basic training about a half-hour into “Seeing You,” the interactive performance piece in the meatpacking district, set in Hoboken during World …

Costume Design

Best theatre shows: our critics’ picks (June 20)

Natasha Tripney, reviews editor<p>Don’t Miss<p><b>Rotterdam – Arts Theatre, London</b><p>John Brittain’s “sweet, heartfelt and funny” comedy about a trans man and …

Trafalgar Square

Edinburgh Fringe website to charge £50 for reviews

A new website has set out details of a pay-for-review scheme for productions on the Edinburgh Fringe.<p>However, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society …

Web Design

Labour criticises appointment of anti-gay MP as arts minister

The Labour Party has said it is “concerned” about the appointment of a new junior arts minister who voted against gay marriage.<p>John Glen, who is MP …

Labour Party

Sweet Bird of Youth review – hysteria unleashed

Festival theatre, Chichester Jonathan Kent summons arresting moments from Tennessee Williams’s drama but can’t fully rescue a play that fails to meld personal and political<p>Tennessee Williams called himself “the definition of hysteria”. That state reaches its apogee in S<i>weet Bird of Youth</i>. Every …

Film (UK)

Leading playwrights create Brexit dramas for the Guardian

As the Guardian launches Brexit Shorts, a series of online films about the seismic effects of the EU referendum, playwrights David Hare and Abi Morgan assess the UK’s political turmoil<p>Nine leading playwrights from around the UK have written a major new series of online dramas responding to the …

Brexit

Richard Alston Dance Company review – steps into darkness and leaps of the heart

Sadler’s Wells, London Alston’s new work, Chacony, is a charged homage to Benjamin Britten’s wartime experiences, while Gypsy Mixture succumbs joyfully to its Balkan fusion soundtrack and Tangent, by Martin Lawrence, is sexy and fierce<p>Richard Alston has been choreographing for nearly half a …

Music

Go Home, a new play by Charlene James – read the script

When the referendum result came in, Reece’s family were ecstatic but his southern girlfriend was heartbroken. Will Brexit tear them apart?<p><i>A train pulls out of the station. We see the station name sign.</i> <i>Reece, 20, sits in the station cafe drinking a watery hot chocolate. His phone is on the table in</i> …

Trains

Just a T-shirt, a new play by Meera Syal – read the script

Priti voted leave because of the benefit scroungers who give good immigrants like her a bad name. But then she gets a brutal reality check<p><i>Priti, a middle-aged British-born Indian woman, addresses the camera throughout. She is in a nondescript bare room with occasional flickering strip lighting</i> …

Referendums

Permanent Sunshine, a new play by AL Kennedy – read the script

Hit the streets of Glasgow with Chummy to hear how Scotland got BoJoed into a Brexit Britain controlled by Faraging gangsters and President Donald Bawbag<p><i>Ext. night: a suitably grubby alley near George Square, Glasgow. Large skips, wet cobbles, rain.</i> <i>We are facing a young man – close. He looks</i> …

Referendums

Time to Leave, a new play by David Hare – read the script

Like everyone else she knows, Eleanor voted leave. She knew she wouldn’t really get her country back but why hasn’t the result made her happier?<p><i>Eleanor Shaw is in her 50s, well-spoken, Home Counties</i>.<p>I don’t understand why it hasn’t worked.<p>I don’t understand why I don’t feel better.<p>Of course I …

Brexit

Your Ma’s a Hard Brexit, a new play by Stacey Gregg – read the script

Along Northern Ireland’s peace-line, a local mum knows what it means to be divided. Will Brexit bring a referendum for a united Ireland?<p><i>Woman walking with schoolchild, holding their hand. She walks along the peace-line though we mightn’t notice this straight away. She is a Protestant, working-class</i> …

Brexit

Scottish Dance Theatre review – ballet with the spirit of street-dance rebellion

The Place, London Radical hip-hop choreographer Botis Seva liberates his dancers from the strictures of classical dance with a strange new language of movement<p>Ever since Isadora Duncan denounced ballet as sterile gymnastics, a long line of choreographers have used her metaphor, deploying images of …

Dance

US Shakespeare theaters report abuse amid uproar over Trump-like Caesar

Multiple theaters say they have received hateful messages following rightwing protests over a controversial New York City production of Julius Caesar<p>American theaters bearing William Shakespeare’s name have reported a surge of abusive messages from members of the public, following rightwing …

Julius Caesar

Theaters Nationwide Getting Threats Amid Caesar Controversy

Theaters nationwide that perform the works of William Shakespeare are receiving threatening phone calls, messages, and social media posts linked to a …

Julius Caesar

The Barbican Has Turned Into Sci-Fi Heaven

Will robots replace us? A scene from the brilliant Ex Machina. A new commission has been produced based on this filmThe science fiction genre is so …

Science Fiction

Frank Galati adapts and directs The March

Two Protesters Disrupt ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park

A production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park was disrupted on Friday evening by two protesters who objected to the bloody scene in which the title character, played by an actor costumed and styled to resemble President Trump, is knifed to death.<p>A woman who later identified herself on social …

Julius Caesar

‘Julius Caesar’ Isn’t Enough: Why Tasteless Art Will Never Defeat Donald Trump

Charles Isherwood explores the recent controversy surrounding the Public Theater and explains why anti-Trump art needs higher standards.<p>The media …

Julius Caesar

Review: Low-fi ‘King Lear’ holds court in Concord

“King Lear” has a reputation. Sometimes called William Shakespeare’s grandest tragedy, it’s also considered one of the most difficult to pull off — …