Is Audience Participation In Theatre A Good Thing?

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“All theater is immersive, whether we want it to be or not. You need to design your audience’s experience from the moment they set foot in your theater door, or, preferably, as they approach it from the street.”

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The Best Way To Support An Artist

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“You may want your supportive activities to make her happy, but for some artists happiness doesn’t lead to creativity; they do their best work in times of turmoil or struggle – and they know it.”

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How The First World War Destroyed Everything In Europe Faster Than Anyone Thought Possible

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“We think of the First World War as a four-year affair. We forget, though, that Austria-Hungary lost half of its men within the first two weeks of the war — 400,000 men, including 100,000 who were taken prisoner by the Russians.”

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Star Wars Wars, Or, The Problem With Film Preservation

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“To preserve film as a work of art, one has to preserve ‘not just (but also) the strip, not just (but also) the apparatus, not just (but also) the screening space; what needs to be transmitted into the future is the set of relations between them while they are in performance—the working system.’”

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Finally, Starchitect Norman Foster Gets His N.Y. Moment

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These four buildings “come after a few notable setbacks for Mr. Foster, including the New York Public Library’s recent decision to rethink its planned conversion of part of its research flagship into a circulating library using a Foster design.”

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Look, HarperCollins, No Single Publisher Can Take On Amazon And Win

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“Unlike in France, Italy or Germany, where publishers banded together to create options to Amazon, British and American publishers still seem bent on competing with one another, even as Amazon eats into their finances.”

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What Happens When You’re A Memoirist With No Parents?

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“I don’t know that I would be this free. I don’t know that I would be who I am. I don’t know that I would be writing, and I certainly don’t know that I’d be writing about the stuff that I’m writing about.”

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Author Of ‘Up The Down Staircase’ Dies At 103

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Bel Kaufman was “a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, ‘Up the Down Staircase’ — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in an urban school when it was published in 1965.”

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When A Small City Wants Professional Musical Theatre

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“What we’re talking about is everybody is paid, from the top down. …And they’re all paid at as close to (Actors’ Equity) scale as possible.”

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What’s It Like Working With, And Managing, Robots?

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“When the errors crop up–and they always do, in spectacularly catastrophic ways–it sort of feels like a rebellion because I am telling it to do this thing, and it doesn’t follow my instructions. And then it becomes this question of management. Can I convince this entity to do for me what I want it to do and what the entire company is telling it it should be doing?”

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Poetry Is Made For Twitter – Yes, Really

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“What’s on Twitter are not diseased firings of glitchy minds. They’re epigrams, aphorisms, maxims, dictums, taglines, headlines, captions, slogans and adages. Some are art, some are commercial; these are forms with integrity.”

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The Band That Made A Silent ‘Album’ For Spotify Made $20,000 Before The Album Got Pulled

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Who says you can’t make money using the music streaming service?

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What Will Happen To Los Angeles County After Its Most Fervent Arts Advocate Gets Booted From Political Life?

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“Manufacturing in Southern California is history. Big corporate headquarters are history in this town. So what’s the future? The arts are explosive, proliferating like bunny rabbits all over Southern California.”

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The British Author Who Has Sold 10 Million Books Under Other People’s Names

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“The ghost, who starts out as a hybrid of therapist, muse and friend, enters a psychological minefield. Accordingly, the ghost is advised never to forget that, at the end of the day, he or she ranks somewhere between a valet and a cleaner.”

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The Top 10 Artists Lost To The World Because Of World War I

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“The first world war occured at one of the most creative moments in the history of art.”

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The List To End All Lists Of ‘New Yorker’ Stories We Should Read While The Archives Are Open

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Seriously, this is a post compiling all the lists the internet has made about what to read – and it’s complete with links. We’ll see you back here when the archive closes.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Masterful Tenor Who Brought Keen Intelligence To Verdi And Beyond, Dies At 90

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“A lyric tenor of some vocal heft, Mr. Bergonzi lacked the sonic weight and brilliance of tenors in the Wagnerian mold. But what he did possess was an instrument of velvety beauty and nearly unrivaled subtlety.”

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Italy’s Minister For Culture Pledges ‘Revolutionary’ Autonomy For Italian Museums

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“If the proposals go ahead – there is a chance that they will be watered down — 20 museums and archaeological sites deemed of ‘major national interest’ will become self-governing institutions, no longer run by civil servants in the culture ministry.”

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London Needs More ‘Pop-Up’ Theatre – But It’s Hard To Come By In The West End

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“Producers constantly say that West End ticket prices are so high because of the high rents charged by theatre owners, and this would be a way to circumvent those demands – although of course the costs of kitting out a pop-up venue are likely to be very substantial indeed.”

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Silent Film Fans Get Noisy To Help Identify Lost Titles

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“The audience is encouraged to yell out possible settings, actor names and even car models — anything that might help identify the film.”

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So Frank Gehry Is Designing A Campus For Youth Social Services In L.A.

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“The idea is that this will be something special. There are so many messages that people, particularly children, get from their environment. There can be a certain bleakness.”

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Hey Chicago Art Institute, Time To Consider Going Free?

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Around the country, a flurry of high quality art museums have made the switch and reaped financial rewards, but “it is hard to imagine a major museum here going free, especially when the trend in Chicago has been to raise prices and to start charging admission.”

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How Did Amy Adams’ First Movie Become A Cult Classic?

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A deep (very, very deep) dive into the writing, making, directing, editing and producing of “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a film that bombed at the box office but (despite its lack of streaming or even a DVD) became a cult classic.

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Is Italian Film Back In La Dolce Vita, At Long Last?

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“Whereas in Spain, Germany and the UK the proportion of domestically produced movies varies between 10% and 20%, in Italy last year it was 31%.”

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Her One (Overwhelmingly Big) Job? Saving Canada’s Public Radio

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“Last month, while staff were still trying to digest a cut of 657 jobs announced in April, they responded icily as Conway helped unveil an overhaul of the public broadcaster that will axe about another 20 per cent of their colleagues, or 1,500 positions across English and French services, over the next five years.”

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Subbing In At The Last Minute For A Broadway Musician? No Problem

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“As recently as the late 1980s, playing in a Broadway musical was not considered the most desirable gig for a musician. Most professionals sought better-paying work in jingles and recording sessions. But as that work dried up, due in part to samplers and digital-audio software, the ace musicians gravitated toward theaters near Times Square.”

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When Will Broadway Be Able To Deal With A Full-on Hip Hop Musical?

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“It’s inevitable, but not without a certain amount of consideration towards rap’s unique and specific position in the music sphere. Also, I am doubtful of its ability to be successful using the same formulas of other more successful jukebox musicals.”

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The Long, Bizarre History Of Autocorrect (And Damn You, Autocorrect)

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“Some of the calls were quite tricky, and one of the trickiest involved the issue of obscenity. On one hand, Word didn’t want to seem priggish; on the other, it couldn’t very well go around recommending the correct spelling of mothrefukcer.”

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With Lockout Threat Looming, Met Orchestra Musicians Turn Their Anger To Peter Gelb

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“The musicians said they believed that the Met could save millions of dollars by staging fewer new productions each year, performing fewer long operas that run into overtime, rehearsing less and lowering ticket prices.”

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