25 Years Of Playing Mayor LaGuardia Onstage

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When Tony LoBianco starred in a one-man show about New York City’s 99th mayor on Broadway in 1989, the production closed after 12 performances. Then the actor started rewriting the script, kept at it, and now has spent a quarter-century taking the piece, now titled The Little Flower, everywhere from Manhattan to Moscow to Milan.

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How Theatre Makes A Difference To An Escaped Child Soldier

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“If others can relate to this story, maybe they will begin to dream about peace on Earth, a planet where no child suffers unnecessarily from a war for greed, or a mania for power. It can be. At the least, the spectators may find some level of emotional detox themselves, from whatever ails them.”

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Actor-Playwright Gets Naked To Give France’s Culture Minister A Dressing-Down On Live TV

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At the award ceremony for the Molières, the country’s top theatre honors, Sébastien Thiéry came onstage completely nude to scold Fleur Pellerin: “Do you know, madame minister, that playwrights are the only ones in the profession not to have the right to receive unemployment benefits? Do you think that’s fair? … Why this discrimination? Is it because we are physically ugly?”

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Athol Fugard Explores Life Of One Of South Africa’s Great Outsider Artists

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“Five years ago, Athol Fugard, the great chronicler of South Africa’s apartheid past and its post-apartheid present, heard a surprising tale. It was about a farm laborer named Nukain Mabuza, who had spent about 15 years, in the late 1960s and ’70s, painting vivid, highly patterned designs on the boulders and stones in arid terrain of the eastern province of Mpumalanga.”

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Musicals Dominate Tony Nominations

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“Three wildly different new musicals, ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ and ‘Something Rotten!’ were showered with Tony nominations Tuesday morning, setting up one of the toughest choices for Tony voters in years.”

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Can L.A.’s Small Theaters Afford To Pay Their Actors Better? Can They Afford Not To?

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Charles McNulty: “Producers have built flourishing shoestring operations on the backs of virtually unpaid actors. If the majority of performers aren’t complaining, why should their union interfere? … That’s not the way I see it. I believe that the union is concerned about the future of Los Angeles theater, recognizing that institutional growth over the long haul is in the best interest of its membership. Only time will tell whether L.A. is capable of such growth.”

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Shakespeare’s Plays Show That His Attitudes Toward Women Evolved

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“Something happened, somewhere around Love’s Labour’s Lost and the early history plays and going into Romeo and Juliet. Either he fell in love or he just grew up, but something happened to him where he suddenly ‘got it’ about women and there was a profound shift in his writing.”

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Cleveland Playhouse Wins 2015 Regional Tony

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“Cleveland Playhouse prides itself on being a longtime champion for new work, having presented Tennesee Williams before “The Glass Menagerie” and, more recently, premiering titles by Ken Ludwig, Lee Blessing and Deborah Zoe Laufer. Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes is working on a commission for the company that will bow next season.”

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British Theatre Has Gone Election-Mad

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“It’s a paradox. In TV studios and on Twitter, British politics seem trapped in a spin cycle of claim and counter-claim, carefully massaged soundbites and kitchen-sink (or kitchen-counting) drama for an audience largely looking the other way. But on stage – particularly in the hands of young, experimental theatre-makers – the workings of democracy have rarely seemed so charged with possibility.”

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A Brief History Of Religion On The Stage

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“Religious drama is one of the oldest forms of British theatre, with the incorporation of performance into worship recorded from the time when Christianity was only 500 or so years old.” Mark Lawson gives an overview of the 15 centuries since then, from medieval mystery plays through Murder in the Cathedral and Jesus Christ Superstar right up to The Testament of Mary.

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Cirque du Soleil Is Such A Singular Enterprise. Can Its Creative Spark Survive A Sale Of The Company?

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“Cirque has already played to over 160 million people around the world and I firmly hope it will continue to dazzle us with sights and wonders. But you’ll have to prove to me that a financial group whose major achievement has been the “branding” of J. Crew and Nieman Marcus will understand the impulse that made those crazy buskers from Baie-Saint-Paul become a bright, dazzling comet that streaked so thrillingly across the world entertainment sky.”

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LA Stage Actors Strongly Oppose Wage Increase

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“The new wage could quadruple what actors earn from a typical production. But opponents say a change could backfire on actors by shutting down the most economically fragile theaters and putting the rest under pressures that would drain much of the flavor and adventure from L.A.’s small-theater menu.”

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