Theatre

Chicago Theaters Want Your Help When You Die

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“The subject is sensitive, awkward and uncomfortable but also, a growing priority for even the most established theater companies in Chicago, many of which are still relatively new at what museums and universities have been doing for decades: discretely shimmying up to cherished, aging supporters and gently wondering if they might leave the theater a little something in their wills some day. But there is an art to the ask.

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PJ Paparelli, 40-Year-Old Director Of Chicago’s American Theater Co. Dies On Vacation

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“Both Paparelli and his theater company — the two were inseparable — were at their creative peak. During Paparelli’s seven-year tenure, ATC produced a slew of highly regarded world premieres, including that of Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” which moved to Broadway and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama.”

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Broadway About To Hit Record Box Office For 2014/15 Season

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“Thanks in part to the box-office drawing power of Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Helen Mirren, Larry David, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and other celebrated performers, Broadway’s on-track to report that grosses and attendance rose by about 8 percent from 2013-14. After 51 weeks, Broadway’s sales of $1.33 billion are already a record. Given that attendance is 12.8 million and exceeds 200,000 a week, it’s almost certain to top 13 million for the first time when official results come out early next week.”

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Protests Over Tony Awards’ Intent Not To Televise Some Awards

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“Creative Arts Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and others such as Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Orchestrations and more, are typically handed out off the air. Clips from winners’ acceptance speeches are then shown during a commercial break, and videos later surface on the Tony Awards YouTube channel.”

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These Are The Songs That Were Cut Out Of The Original “My Fair Lady”

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“The five songs that were cut before rehearsals include a tune called “Lady Liza,” sung by Higgins and his buddy Colonel Hugh Pickering; “Please Don’t Marry Me,” a lament for Higgins; and “Shy,” in which Eliza confesses she has feelings for her professor. The composers decided that wasn’t true to George Bernard Shaw’s original play, so they replaced it with “I Could Have Danced All Night,” where she expresses excitement rather than affection.”

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When A Wacky Fringe Theater Company Starts Granting Real MFAs

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“In the fall, the four-year-old Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training” – operated by Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company – “and the University of the Arts’ Ira Brind School of Theater Arts will launch one of the country’s only accredited graduate degrees in devised performance, which is created collaboratively by performers rather than written by a playwright. That means, among other things, students can take out federal loans to learn to stage intergalactic gay extravaganzas.”

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New York’s New Pop-Up Theatre Built For An Audience Of One

FILE - In this June 7, 2011 file photo, an audience member steps out of the "Theatre for One" performance space in New York's Times Square. Theatre for One, a 4-foot-by-8 foot portable theater, allows one audience member at a time to see one short play performed by a single actor. The theater will be parked in three Manhattan locations for the next two months, offering shows for free. Which show the audience sees is largely the luck of the draw, adding to this unique theatrical event. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

“Many theater owners like to say they offer an intimate show but only one really means it. That would be Theatre for One – a 4-foot-by-8 foot portable theater that allows one audience member at a time to see one short play performed by a single actor. … This year, new plays were commissioned from Craig Lucas, Will Eno, Lynn Nottage, Jose Rivera, Thomas Bradshaw, Zayd Dohrn and Emily Schwend.”

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Bestselling French Author’s Play Pulled From Festival Because Staging Anything By Him Is Too Dangerous

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The Elementary Particles, a new stage work adapted from [Michel] Houellebecq’s own 1998 novel, was set to play at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in July. … A spokeswoman for the festival confirmed by email that the play was canceled following a ‘risk analysis’ carried out by the Croatian Security and Intelligence Agency.”

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Why I’m Building A Pop-Up Globe Theatre

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“It’s the energy of the building that has the potential to bring Shakespeare to life. It’s the shared space, the triple-galleried cockpit, the restless crowd, the direct address. It’s these conditions of performance that create a transformative experience.” Miles Gregory explains why he and colleagues are constructing “a full-scale, temporary, working theatre space that precisely replicates the dimensions of the Globe Theatre. That can quite literally ‘pop-up’ anywhere.”

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Glamour And An Iron Grip: Kevin Spacey’s Tenure At London’s Old Vic

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Michael Billington: “In fact, Spacey … has done everything possible to restore the fortunes of the Old Vic. He has given the theatre stability and, through his presence as an actor, glamour. He has tirelessly raised funds to ensure its future. He has also done a lot of unheralded work to encourage young people through a scheme with the umbrella title of Old Vic New Voices.”

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After Apartheid Fell, Athol Fugard Found (To His Surprise) That He Was Still Relevant

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“I sincerely believed that I was going to be South Africa’s first literary redundancy. But as it is, South Africa caught me by surprise again and just said, ‘No, you’ve got to keep writing, man. There are still stories to tell.’ And, possibly, at this moment in our history, the stories that need telling are more urgent than any of the stories that needed telling during the apartheid years.”

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Software Startup Brings Big Data Analysis To Theatre

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“PatronLink360, offered on a software-as-a-service licensing model, aims to help theaters and producers boil down complex patron data into easily comprehensible nuggets of information, steering them toward customers with similar purchase patterns or toward a promising crossover demographic.”

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Plan To Get San Jose Repertory Theatre Back Up And Running Again

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“Built in 1997, the city-owned $31.6 million facility has been largely dormant, with the exception of pop-up retail ventures, since last June when the Rep announced it was filing for bankruptcy after 34 years. The death of the city’s premiere theater company has been a considerable blow to downtown business such as bars and restaurants which depend on arts patrons.”

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Electra’s Sorrow And Rage, Explored In Cabaret

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“Each major character in Ann Liv Young’s Elektra Cabaret tries to break the tragedy with a different emotional code. All of us at times react sorrowfully like the wounded Elektra, cruelly like the controlling mother Klytemnestra, vindictively like the raging prodigal son Orestes, or vacuously like the denying younger sister Chrysothemis.”

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What’s Actually Happening With All Of The Sudden Departures At Shakespeare & Company?

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“After decades of stability and growth, Shakespeare & Company has — in the last seven months alone — exiled an artistic director and lost an executive director before his first season was produced, actions followed in short order by the resignation of its top trustee. The word ‘interim’ now litters the company’s artistic and administrative flowchart, and the theater’s founder, Tina Packer, seems as befuddled as anyone.”

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Why It’s No Good Blacklisting Theater Critics From Shows (According To A Theater Critic)

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Lyn Gardner: “While the producers of any show may argue that as it’s their party, they can invite whoever they want, the principle of extending invitations across the board to established newspapers and reviewing outlets is a sound one. Trying to exclude particular reviewers is not – if for no other reason that it makes that individual critic seem more important than they are and hints at, if not outright censorship, than at least an over-developed desire to manipulate coverage and ensure good reviews all round.”

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