Theatre

Hugely Successful Theatre With An Unusual Business Model Is Making A Mark On Broadway

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“Playful’s ability to commission and develop new plays is subsidized by an unusual business model: the producers take on the workmanlike roles of general manager on unrelated productions in the West End. The principals deal with contracts, arrange auditions and troubleshoot on shows without producing them, specializing in overseeing London musical imports from the U.S. such as Wicked, Shrek and Kinky Boots. It’s akin to running an international restaurant chain while spreading the risk and covering overheads by providing cutlery and menus to rival eateries.”

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Turmoil At Actors Equity Union (So Now What?)

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“Its heavy-handed approach to the Los Angeles theater community reveals serious flaws both in Equity’s vision of the future and its ability to implement any vision at all. From the beginning, Equity misread the sentiment of its LA membership — perhaps out of a myopic view of LA theater — or simply out of ignorance.”

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How Doing Theatre For An Audience Of One Changes The Experience

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“Acting is often spoken of as a narcissistic pursuit, but it seemed much more humble at Theatre for One. Why crave the attention of multitudes when the most we can ask for is to be seen—fully, if momentarily—by just one person? Being an audience of one started to feel less indulgent, too. When I stepped out of the booth, the line was twenty deep.”

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Ahhhh. So Macbeth Had PTSD?

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“We know from soldiers today coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan that they have these hallucinations,” Michael Fassbender said. “You could be walking down the Croisette here and then it’s Basra. All of a sudden it’s Basra”.

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Australia’s Backward Progress In Indigenous Theatre

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“The use of on-stage tropes to represent colonial oppression has been written about extensively by many scholars in my field of Theatre Studies. The over-arching theme is that non-Indigenous playwrights appear consumed by the desire to exhume, revise, critique or, perhaps, correct a national narrative in which colonial violence, massacre and dispossession has remained concealed in official accounts of history.”

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Dealing With Bad Reviews

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“The poison of a bad review is not the public shame, although that doesn’t feel great. And it’s not the fact that an expert believes you may be an untalented writer or a horrible mother or a sub-standard teacher. It’s that a bad review can confirm your worst suspicions about yourself.”

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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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