Theatre

Shakespeare’s Plays Show That His Attitudes Toward Women Evolved

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“Something happened, somewhere around Love’s Labour’s Lost and the early history plays and going into Romeo and Juliet. Either he fell in love or he just grew up, but something happened to him where he suddenly ‘got it’ about women and there was a profound shift in his writing.”

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Cleveland Playhouse Wins 2015 Regional Tony

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“Cleveland Playhouse prides itself on being a longtime champion for new work, having presented Tennesee Williams before “The Glass Menagerie” and, more recently, premiering titles by Ken Ludwig, Lee Blessing and Deborah Zoe Laufer. Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is working on a commission for the company that will bow next season.”

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British Theatre Has Gone Election-Mad

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“It’s a paradox. In TV studios and on Twitter, British politics seem trapped in a spin cycle of claim and counter-claim, carefully massaged soundbites and kitchen-sink (or kitchen-counting) drama for an audience largely looking the other way. But on stage – particularly in the hands of young, experimental theatre-makers – the workings of democracy have rarely seemed so charged with possibility.”

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A Brief History Of Religion On The Stage

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“Religious drama is one of the oldest forms of British theatre, with the incorporation of performance into worship recorded from the time when Christianity was only 500 or so years old.” Mark Lawson gives an overview of the 15 centuries since then, from medieval mystery plays through Murder in the Cathedral and Jesus Christ Superstar right up to The Testament of Mary.

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Cirque du Soleil Is Such A Singular Enterprise. Can Its Creative Spark Survive A Sale Of The Company?

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“Cirque has already played to over 160 million people around the world and I firmly hope it will continue to dazzle us with sights and wonders. But you’ll have to prove to me that a financial group whose major achievement has been the “branding” of J. Crew and Nieman Marcus will understand the impulse that made those crazy buskers from Baie-Saint-Paul become a bright, dazzling comet that streaked so thrillingly across the world entertainment sky.”

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LA Stage Actors Strongly Oppose Wage Increase

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“The new wage could quadruple what actors earn from a typical production. But opponents say a change could backfire on actors by shutting down the most economically fragile theaters and putting the rest under pressures that would drain much of the flavor and adventure from L.A.’s small-theater menu.”

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Second Stage Buys The Helen Hayes Theater, Ending Months Of Discussion And Worry

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“Carole Rothman, the artistic director of Second Stage, said the theater would be used for plays by contemporary American writers, with a particular emphasis on works by women and minority members. She said having a Broadway stage should enable the company to pay higher salaries to writers and actors, to run shows for a longer period of time, and to attract a wider audience.”

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Cirque Du Soleil Is About To Be Sold

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“Co-founder [and owner] Guy Laliberté sent an email to staff on Thursday saying that he had not yet wrapped up the company sale, after CBC/Radio-Canada and other media outlets reported American private equity firm TPG Capital and China’s Fosun will buy majority shares in Cirque du Soleil.”

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A Syrian Civil War ‘Romeo And Juliet’, Performed Via Skype

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“Under the eaves of a hospice for Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan, a wounded young Romeo reaches out to the blurred image of a girl on a screen. From the besieged and bombed-out city of Homs, Syria, Juliet gazes back. Her head is covered because of her religion; her face is masked to protect her identity from the watchful regime of Bashar al-Assad. This is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, performed by young people separated by war and reunited, in real time, via Skype.”

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Let’s Just Drop The Term ‘Fringe Theatre’

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Lyn Gardner: “Ditching the label ‘fringe’ would put all theatre-makers on an equal footing, wherever they work and in whatever form. It would stop the segmentation of audiences into those who do fringe and those who don’t. It would prevent grant-makers and funders from taking refuge in the labels, and saying ‘Well we don’t fund that kind of theatre, we only fund this kind of theatre’.”

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That Newly-Attributed Shakespeare Play? Kinda Bad, But Interesting

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“In short, a mediocre play, at least by Shakespeare’s standards, and in this instance, mediocre is perfect: It’s hard to understand how good Shakespeare could be until you’ve seen him at his worst (and Shakespeare at his worst is still better than most). So imagine how much more some 11th-grader might appreciate Much Ado About Nothing after reading Double Falsehood.”

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The World’s First Transatlantic Performance With No Transmission Delay

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Drama students from Weston College in England and UNLV “will perform the same piece simultaneously, with the overseas actors being broadcast on a screen behind the live action in both locations. The synchronised performance has been made possible by the development of two supercomputers, named ultra grids, which have removed the transatlantic time delay in broadcast.”

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If You Want To See Your Work On Broadway, A New Play Won’t Do

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“‘August: Osage County’ was the last serious drama by an American playwright to become a multiyear hit. Since 2010, the only straight play of any kind to have run on Broadway for more than a year was the Lincoln Center Theater transfer of the London production of ‘War Horse.'” Also, it doesn’t help as much as you might think to cast a TV or movie star.

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