Theatre

Should Theatre Have Ratings Like The Movies Do?

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For the most part, live theater — even that mass audience magnet, the Broadway musical — has managed to escape such labeling, with presenters convinced theater audiences tend to be sophisticated enough to do whatever “pre-screening” they might think necessary on their own, especially if they’re planning to “take the kids.”

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Why Performance Art Is Stupid

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“Performance art is a joke. Taken terribly seriously by the art world, it is a litmus test of pretension and intellectual dishonesty. If you are wowed by it, you are either susceptible to pseudo-intellectual guff, or lying.”

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So You Think You Can Be An Actor, Tough Guy?

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Alex Andreou: “I have worked 14-hour shifts in a travel agency, seven days a week, for six months during the Greek tourist season, with no day off. I have handled multi-billion industry investigations as a competition expert, with days and weeks which I thought would never end. None of it compares – not even close […]

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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’

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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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