Theatre

Seattle Theatres Talk About Raising Wages

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“Despite the outcry from some restaurant and bar owners in the past few weeks, not everyone running small and midsize businesses with razor-thin margins is panicking about the prospect of a $15 minimum wage. Arts organizations large and small say they will do what it takes to increase wages.”

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A Wide Open Race This Year For Tonys’ Best Musical

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“The 12 shows are such a mixed bag that this year’s race for the top prize, the Tony Award for best musical, is wide open for the first time in recent memory. In question is not just that award, but also (and this is truly rare) the four or five nominations for that category, which […]

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Staging The Stories Of Bangladesh’s Shamed And Forgotten ‘War Heroines’

A scene from Birangona: Women of War

The birangona (Bengali for “brave woman” or “war heroine”) were ordinary Bengalis, hundreds of thousands of them, who were abducted and raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Bangladeshi War of Independence – only to be rejected by their families and communities afterward. Leesa Gazi has used their testimony to create a theatre piece now touring […]

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Could A Hotel Help Revive LA’s Theatre Street?

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“The theaters’ fates appear to be turning around, having bounced off rock bottom and ridden (and contributed to) a wave of revitalization in the heart of the country’s second largest city. Perhaps the most promising re-launch is the United Artists Theater, which has been incorporated into the recently opened Ace Hotel.”

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Annie Baker’s ‘The Flick’ Wins Pulitzer For Drama

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A three-hour play “drama that prompted an abundance of head-scratching and some audience walkouts during its off-Broadway run last year,” The Flick “follows the employees of a single-screen movie theater as they clean, converse and otherwise pass the time silently in front of the big screen.”

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London’s Small Theatres Win Big Over The West End

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“Commercial theatre and subsidised theatre feed each other to a mutual advantage. You can’t have one without the other. If subsidised theatre actually dwindled overnight you would find a very depleted commercial theatre.”

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The History Play As Lesson For Today

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“The history play, it is believed, derived from the medieval morality play, and one of the welcome features of its popular return is the instructive example it provides an age badly in need of the long view.”

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What Won Big At The Oliviers? Small Theatre, Not The West End

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“There is something emancipating about doing a show outside the West End where you don’t think you have to hit the jackpot every time. You’re not panicking about whether you can fill the theatre and there’s not a hysterical pressure there sometimes is when you do a show in the West End and there’s a […]

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At Last Minute, ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ Cancels Off-Broadway Transfer

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“The production, built around Mary Bridget Davies’s uncanny channeling of the 1960s diva’s spirit and sound, was to begin performances at the Gramercy Theater, following a short Broadway run that generated a fervent fan base.” But on Wednesday producers postponed the opening indefinitely due to what they called “production issues”.

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The Problems Of Political Theatre In India

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“Theatre played an integral role in India’s freedom struggle – what purpose does it serve in the country today? With elections now under way, two playwrights reflect on censorship, audience expectations and the new voices seeking to be heard.”

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Why I Wrote A Play About Margaret Thatcher

A scene from Handbagged by Moira Buffini

Moira Buffini, playwright of Handbagged: “When she died last year, my children couldn’t believe that people were partying in the street. This poor old lady had been incapacitated with dementia (like their beloved granny). … I tried to explain what it had been like; why people were still so angry. But my words fell over […]

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Are We Ready For Bite-Sized Lunchtime Theatre?

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“I sat next to a woman who told me she had children and normally rushed home after work, but that she liked the idea of seeing a 50-minute show in her lunch hour. Tellingly, as a result of seeing a lunchtime show she was planning to see an evening show later in the month.”

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Tales From Paupers’ Graves

Room of one's own … Ice & Fire's The Nine O'Clock Slot.

“Every year, thousands of paupers’ funerals – for those without the means to pay for burial – take place across the UK. The Nine O’Clock Slot pieces together the stories of those who die alone.”

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Cleveland’s Downtown Rebuilding Using Theatre

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“Today PlayhouseSquare manages more than 2.3 million square feet of office and retail space in northeast Ohio. Just under half of that is in the PlayhouseSquare district, which includes five historic theaters, dating back to the 1920s, that after decades of neglect were renovated as part of a 27-year, $55 million campaign of public and […]

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