In addition to my regularly scheduled appearances in The Wall Street Journal, I popped up in two of the electronic media this week.
To begin with, the latest episode of Three on the Aisle, the twice-monthly podcast in which Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I talk about theater in America, is now available on line for listening or downloading. In this longer-than-usual episode, Peter, Elisabeth, and I are joined by two guests, Diep Tran, senior editor of American Theatre, which hosts Three on the Aisle, and Lily Janiak, theater critic of the San Francisco Chronicle.
For what it’s worth, I think this is the most exciting Three on the Aisle that we’ve taped so far, and very possibly the most illuminating as well.
If I may quote from American Theatre’s “official” summary of the proceedings, which got extremely lively at more than one point:
Terry, Elisabeth and Peter delve into one of the most controversial issues of the day in the theatre world and the performing arts in general: “whitewashing,” the practice of casting white performers as characters of color. The discussion is inspired by the recent protest at the Muny in St. Louis, where fifteen audience members loudly booed and then walked out of a performance of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. The panelists are joined by Diep Tran…
Janiak fills in the panel on the theatre scene in the Bay Area, talks about how she goes about her job and the need for more women and younger writers in the ranks of theatre critics….
As usual, we wrap things up, joined this time by Lily, with a discussion of recent productions, in New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere, that we’ve seen and liked—or not.
To listen, download the latest episode, read more about it, or subscribe to Three on the Aisle, go here.
In case you missed any previous episodes, you’ll find them all here.
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Peter and I, joined this time by Ben Brantley of the New York Times, also appeared on the latest episode of CUNY-TV’s Theater Talk, the show’s annual theater critics’ forum, during which we talked about most of the plays and musicals that opened on Broadway during the second half of the 2017-18 season. The episode was hosted by Susan Haskins and Jesse Green of the New York Times.
If I may say so, this particular episode conveys with special clarity what it’s like for the five of us to sit in a room and chat about theater. We had fun taping it, and I think you’ll see that we did.
If you didn’t see the episode when it aired, you can view it here:
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Just so you’ll know: Peter, Elisabeth and I will only be taping single episodes of Three on the Aisle in the months of July and August. Our regular twice-monthly schedule resumes in September. Watch this space for details.