Religion And Geography Are Destiny For Theatres In Boston

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“There are four factors that Boston’s 300-year-long struggle between censorship and commerce in the performing arts has produced. First, when we talk about theatre in Boston as it now exists, we are talking about a way of doing theatre that is only forty or so years old.”

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A Bill To Give Tax Breaks For Producing Broadway Shows

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“The Support Theaters in America Growth and Expansion Act would mean that shows and live theatrical productions would enjoy an incentive given to film and TV productions for certain costs. Under section 181 of the tax code, they are able to immediately expense up to $15 million when 75% of compensation is paid for services in the United States.”

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British Theatres Are Doing More Plays With Less Funding

British Theatres Are Doing More Plays With Less Funding

“More plays were staged by the UK’s most-subsidised theatre companies in 2014 compared with five years earlier, despite fears about funding cuts, BBC research suggests. A total of 200 full plays and musicals were staged by 20 of the venues and touring production companies with the biggest government grants in 2014. That is up from 163 full plays in 2009.”

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The State Of UK Theatre: Boom Or Bust?

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“A few years ago, the theatre establishment mobilised stars from Danny Boyle to Dame Helen Mirren to warn about funding cuts. New figures suggest theatres have actually increased production levels in recent years. So what is the story behind the stats?”

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Double Mastectomy Survivor Tells What It’s Like To Do Major Stand-Up Comedy Gig Topless

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“But nothing could prepare the audience for set at New York City’s Town Hall last November, where [Tig Notaro] stunned attendees by removing her shirt and performing the rest of her set topless. … We asked her how she came up with the idea, how it felt to perform without a shirt on, and whether the venue had any idea what was coming.” (video)

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Is Suburban Theatre Mounting A Comeback?

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“The suburban musical houses are fighting tooth and nail for the rights to major hits, and I suspect the publishing houses are finding it hard to choose. They’re very competitive with one another, and with any theater in the country.”

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The Hurdles Of Left-Wing Performance (Especially In The Circus World)

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“The circus is traditionally a populist form attracting performers who have been marginalized by society. ‘It’s a language that can speak to all kinds of people on all kinds of levels,’ Miller says. ‘And I certainly knew that postmodern dance wasn’t going to hold them in the parks.'”

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Theatre Too Big To Fail (Perhaps Unfortunately)

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“There does seem something odd about ACE’s long-standing tradition of hurling ever more money at buildings and organisations that lurch from crisis to crisis. There are plenty of small, nimble organisations with absolutely no desire to empire-build by adding another auditorium or indeed any auditorium at all, but who get by on very little funding; who with a little bit more, they could be real power houses, despite, or perhaps because of, their diminutive size.”

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Are We Exiting The Era Of Big Stage Musicals?

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“I think we are in a slight time of shift, in that the sung through musical perhaps is now receding, and the book musical is starting to come back. It’s delicate…you have to have a theme which engages as much as you need glorious music.”

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We’re Losing Our Working Class Actors. And Here’s What We’re Really Losing

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“The important thing is: what do we do about that? Because otherwise we lose all these interesting characters like Richard Burton and Richard Harris, and playwrights like John Osborne who were writing working-class stories. What happens to that? Does that just go? Or do we go back to the 30s when you had incredibly posh people trying to do cockney accents?”

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D.C. Theaters Expand Helen Hayes Awards Into “Helens” And “Hayeses”

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“The split generally falls along professional lines. If most of a show’s performers are Equity (union) actors, that’s a Hayes show. If they aren’t, it’s a Helen, regardless of theater. Got it? … Illustrating how the ‘Helen’ and ‘Hayes’ distinctions really go show by show, not theater by theater, is the case of Arena Stage.”

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Is Washington, D.C. Oversupplied With Serious Theater? Arena Stage And The Shakespeare Worry

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“The town is so crowded … that even voices from the small independent sector have begun to wonder aloud whether the city is oversaturated. Washington also teems with competition for audiences increasingly lured by a burgeoning restaurant scene and the cyber circus of online diversions. All this adds to the special pressure faced by big troupes: They have the most seats to sell, night after night.”

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How “Hedwig” Transformed My Life

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“In Hedwig’s story, I found a message of resilience and self-expression. Keep going, the film screamed at me. Let your freak flag fly, no matter how much shit people throw at you. This experience was shared by millions of queer and trans kids around the world, for whom the movie and stage show became a kind of modern Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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Which Show Pioneered Race-Blind Casting On Broadway? (Hint: It Was In 1944)

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“Bucking Broadway’s trend,” the musical’s creators – all children of Jewish immigrants, and so no strangers to discrimination themselves – “cast African-Americans to play ‘full-fledged citizens who were portrayed equitably with their white colleagues’.” And they cast a Japanese-American as the ingenue – in 1944.

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But This Snowstorm IS Shutting Down Broadway (Blame Gov. Cuomo)

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“Broadway theatres will go dark the evening of Jan. 26 as a major winter weather system bears down on the Northeast, with anywhere from 18 to 24 inches of snow forecast to fall across the New York City area in the next 24 hours. Several productions have already canceled Tuesday performances.”

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Playwrights Need To Belong In Order To Thrive

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“It empowers both the writer and theater to take risks to create the stories not being written. In addition, writing for a particular community––if you truly honor that audience’s needs––produces plays that are more specific, which in fact makes them more universal and ready for other productions elsewhere in the country.”

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