Theatre

Wondering If The Show You’re Seeing Uses Union Actors? Here’s How To Find Out

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Actors’ Equity has been aiming to educate the consumer and protect its members with an “Ask If It’s Equity” campaign that today expanded to Washington and eight other cities. (It tested earlier in Chicago.) The website www.askifitsequity.com will allow visitors to check touring shows city by city, and the D.C./Baltimore market will be seeing a digital ad and Twitter effort.

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How “Sleep No More” Went From Avant-Garde Theatre Experiment To Thriving Commercial Enterprise

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When the British company brought its immersive adaptation of Macbeth to New York in 2011 and parked it at an old hotel on the far West Side, the project was still experimental and risky, good reviews or no. Four years later, Sleep No More has a merch table, souvenir programs, and an associated bar and restaurant. It is, writes Alexis Soloski, “a case study of the relationship – sometimes cozy, sometimes uneasy – between art and commerce.”

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How Two Theatre Managers Became Impresarios Across The West End And Broadway

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“With backstage space in the 123-year-old building being severely limited, and no spare cash available to rent an office, Ms Squire instead parked the car outside the theatre, and worked from there. So while having to dodge Westminster City Council’s enthusiastic traffic wardens, she would sit in the driver’s seat and do all the paperwork.”

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Carey Perloff: The Big Challenges For American Theatre

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She’s disturbed by the way “many large-scale institutional theaters today have become roadhouses to incubate commercial productions headed for Broadway,” alarmed at the “relative paucity of female voices rising to the top of our profession” and frustrated that funding sources are so heavily focused on new-play development that there is “virtually no support for the training of actors” and not all that much for new approaches to the classics.

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Cirque du Soleil To Be Sold?

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Renée-Claude Ménard, senior director of public relations for the circus, told CBC News the company is searching for a “strategic partner. This is a very long process and [founder and majority shareholder] Guy Laliberté will take the time necessary to evaluate all available options,” Ménard said.

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What Shakespeare Knew About Robert Durst’s Confession-Or-Non-Confession

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Adam Gopnik: “Many people have pointed out the eerie resemblance of Durst’s words to a Shakespearean soliloquy. Actually, only one kind of soliloquy – the villain’s kind – takes this form. Durst’s words are not at all Hamlet-like, as some have said. They recall, instead, the soliloquies of Iago, in Othello, and of Edmund, in King Lear – the moments when an evil man speaks out loud of his own capacity for evil, and then assures us that there’s nothing really shocking there.”

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At Stanford, Musical Theater About The Birth Of Modern Computing

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“In December 1968, the computer scientist Douglas Engelbart … brought together for the first time a mouse, word processing, multimedia communication and networking to demonstrate interactive computing before an audience of a thousand leading computer scientists. His presentation would become known as the Demo.” Ben Neill and Mikel Rouse have now made the Demo into a stage work .

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A Solo Theater Piece About The Israel-Palestine Conflict – By Arafat’s Own Foster Daughter

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After Raeda Taha’s father was killed while hijacking a passenger plane in 1972, she was, in effect, adopted by Yasir Arafat and later worked as his press secretary. In Where Can I Find Someone Like You, Ali, Taha looks at the human costs of the conflict, especially those that Palestinians like her father exact on their families.

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Amazon.com To Be London’s Theatre Ticket-Seller

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A spokesman for Amazon said that, up until this week, the retailer’s theatre ticket offering had been based around “deals” and discounted tickets. “Although that will still be the case for some shows, this is a move to being a genuine ticketer. We are moving away from deals to offering the full range of ticket prices, from bottom to full price.”

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Cabaret Full Of Immigrants, Breastfeeding Moms, Godless Left-Wingers, Gypsies And A Gay Donkey Hits Local Pub Of Britain’s Top Radical-Right Politician

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Nigel Farage is leader of the UK Independence Party, a nationalist group that wants to curb immigration and take Britain out of the EU. Dan Glass took his Beyond UKIP cabaret to Farage’s hometown and briefly confronted him on the street – and it hit the news. Here’s a report from the one journalist who was there.

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Yiddish ‘Death of a Salesman’ Headed Off-Broadway

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“An earlier version of Mr. Miller’s story centered on a salesman named not Loman, but Schoenzeit. An actor, Joseph Buloff, translated the play into Yiddish and put on a small production of his translation in Brooklyn in 1951, titled Toyt fun a Salesman. This new production hopes to draw and expand on Mr. Buloff’s.”

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Why Do Little Girls Think There’s Only One Plot?

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“The girls were terrific. Silly and shy, coy and rambunctious, attention-seeking, wise beyond their years, strikingly immature, they strutted about the room like little heroines in a post-modern novella. … Their monologues, however, were a disappointment. Not because they were poorly written or lacking in style or stingy with words, but because only one girl wrote a monologue that wasn’t about getting a boyfriend, keeping a boyfriend, or losing a boyfriend.”

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Why Are European Theatres Broadcasting But American Theatres Aren’t?

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“Yeah, this is embarrassing. And the Broadway ego takes a shellacking every time a list like this gets published. How are we supposed to uphold our reputation as being the biggest and best producer of live theater if other countries are beating us to the market? The UK and Canada are exporting and distributing better than we are!”

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‘The Human Earthquake Of Modern Theatre’ – Peter Brook At 90

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Michael Billington: “Brook himself hates looking back over his career … [but] the rest of us are entitled to put his 70-year-long career in perspective and the stock idea is that it falls into two distinct parts” – the British period and the internationalist period. “It’s a neat division but, to me, Brook’s career is far more unified than it seems.”

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When ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Conquered Broadway

'That’s the second time in my life I’ve ordered room service' … Tennessee Williams.

In an excerpt from his prize-winning biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr recalls the atmosphere in New York and the rest of America at the time of the play’s Broadway success – the close of World Wat II.

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Plays That Should Be Seen And Not Read

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“The bare dialogue and stage directions give no sense of the unsettling and innovative spectacle that the work becomes in the theatre. Someone … who read the text without seeing it would be in the position of an archaeologist asked to guess the personality of a skeleton.”

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