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Barry Grove, Who Helped Make Manhattan Theatre Club Into A Powerhouse, Will Step Down After 48 Years

He started with the then-fledgling Off-Off-Broadway company as managing director in 1975. Since then, with artistic director Lynne Meadow, Groves has led MTC to operate two theaters, on and off Broadway, producing works that have won a total of 28 Tonys and seven Pulitzers. - The New York Times

The Play About A New York Apartment Developed In A New York Apartment

A parade of well-known actors participated in the readings on Riverside Drive along the West 80s, including John Leguizamo, Ellen Burstyn and Chris Rock, whose Broadway debut was in a Guirgis play. - The New York Times

Have A Look At London’s “Actors’ Church” In All Its Fabulousness

"The ebullient rector of St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, fondly known as the Actors' Church, carries himself as much like an impresario as a priest. … Theatricality is baked into the building's fabric, a 1631 masterpiece by Inigo Jones, architect and pioneering theatre designer." - The Guardian

Administrators In Florida Cancel A High School Production Of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent”, Which Is About Censoring A Play

"Jacksonville's Douglas Anderson School of the Arts has canceled performances of a play involving censorship and the first lesbian kiss in American theater, triggering a storm of social media debate." The county school administration described Indecent as "inappropriate for student cast members and student audiences." - The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)

Clapping As A Performative (And Meaningless?) Gesture

For the nation’s viewers, I think, this juvenile practice communicates something unserious: Which beaming retinue can clap harder for its standard-bearer? - Washington Post

Making Theatre On The Edge Of A War Zone

With a country in flames across Poland’s eastern border, I traveled to Krakow last month to erase some of that distance. I wanted to see how art is conducted on the outskirts of a combat zone — what a war in progress and the miseries it ignites do to an artistic discipline that must exist vitally in the moment. - Washington Post

After 29 Years In New York, STOMP Comes To An End

The co-producer says foreign tourist ticket money hasn't returned to New York in the COVID era. But the "group of street performers banging stuff" goes on internationally and on tour across the U.S. - NPR

The Sign Language Experts Bringing A Wider Range Of Speech To Theatre

As theatres reckon with racial diversity onstage, some of them are also hiring interpreters who speak Black American Sign Language, or hiring other interpreters who align culturally and racially with productions' speaking actors. - The New York Times

The United States’ Addiction To Applause

What was the point of all that applause in the House? And what's often the point at plays, for that matter? "Which beaming retinue can clap harder for its standard-bearer? It’s an endeavor as empty as that of coercing people into cheering for a dull comedy." - Washington Post

The Hot Topic At This Year’s Avant-Garde Theatre Festival? The Classics

Half a dozen of the main works are deliberately in dialogue with literary classics and ephemera, from sources as diverse as Mark Twain’s satirical monologues, James Joyce’s erotic letters, the Epic of Gilgamesh and “Antigone.” - The New York Times

More Theater Companies Consider Moving Away From The Traditional Artistic Director Model

Lily Janiak looks at the situation in the Bay Area, where small companies in particular have had trouble hiring or retaining ADs — the long hours, heavy demands, low pay, and hesitant post-pandemic audiences are just too much — and are trying joint-leadership models instead. - San Francisco Chronicle

The Stage: 100 Most Influential People In Theatre

The Stage 100 in 2023 is the first ‘traditional’ version of the list since early 2020, pre-Covid. It returns slightly altered. - The Stage

Broadway Notches Best Box Office Week Since 2019

The 33 shows grossed $51.9 million, the most since the final week of 2019. And “The Lion King” notched a remarkable milestone: It grossed $4.3 million, the most by a show in a single week on Broadway. - The New York Times

“The Lion King” Just Had The Most Lucrative Week Of Any Broadway Show Ever

"Last week, Disney's The Lion King grossed $4,315,264 in ticket sales, which is the most any Broadway show has ever made from a single week of performances. The average paid admission was $284.89 and the show played to 99.23 percent capacity at the Minskoff Theatre." - TheaterMania

Study: A Third Of Theatre Directors Are Considering Quitting Over Working Conditions

When asked why, participants’ responses included how "theatre direction just doesn’t pay a living wage", with another claiming "the pay and hours are terrible". The survey found one in 10 jobs was unpaid. - The Stage

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