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Revising Mamet’s “Oleanna” Post-#MeToo

The production can be read as a post-#MeToo critique of the invidious yet slippery ways in which male power exerts itself without being easy to call out as inappropriate. - The Guardian

How The United States Took Shakespeare To Heart

Very, very firmly, that's how — and that goes back nearly to the beginning of the republic. Brooke Gladstone interviews Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro. (audio) - On the Media

Hell And High Water Came: Andrew Lloyd Webber Shutters ‘Cinderella’ Because Of COVID

In June he said that he would open his new West End musical at full audience capacity no matter what. Yet, now that England has lifted all COVID restrictions, Cinderella has halted performances and put the company in quarantine after a member tested positive. - The Guardian

NYC’s Historic Cherry Lane Theatre Bought By Lortel Foundation

The foundation is a few blocks from the Cherry Lane Theater on Christopher Street and has managed the building for the past decade. The sale includes the 179-seat main stage and a 60-seat studio theater. - The New York Times

Is Changing The Name Of The Yale Drama School Worth A Big Donation?

To quote Shakespeare, “what’s in a name?” Quite a lot, it turns out, in these days of societal reckoning. - Los Angeles Times

It’s A Weird Performance Summer

Do you need a mask? Does the venue require social distancing? What about proof of vaccination? It all depends. - The New York Times

Ian McKellen’s Epic “Hamlet” Production Loses Two Actors

The Mail on Sunday reported that the two actors had dropped out because of clashes that had taken place since rehearsals began. It said the row had left McKellen “under strain” and “in tears”. - The Guardian

Career Paths In Theatre Are Messed Up

"Am I, at age 35, five years into my job, just part of the next generation who will stay in their cool theater jobs too long?" - San Francisco Chronicle

Even As Restrictions Are Lifting, COVID Is Still Shutting Down West End Shows

Boris Johnson has insisted that capacity limits and other pandemic measures will end in England on July 19. Nevertheless, as the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus surges, theatres are going dark when a company member tests positive and colleagues have to quarantine. - The New York Times

Is This Really “America’s Oldest Theatre”?

That's what the banner says at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, where performances have been happening since 1808. As protesters demand action on diversity, equity, and inclusion and accountability for the artistic director, Alaina Johns looks at the claim and finds "it ain't necessarily so." - Broad Street Review (Philadelphia)

Washington’s Signature Theatre Picks A New Leader

Matthew Gardiner takes over the 32-year-old company, which operates two performance spaces in Arlington’s Village at Shirlington, at a tumultuous inflection point. - Washington Post

California Budgets $50 Million In Pandemic Relief For Small Theaters

"The subsidy came after intense lobbying from small theaters concerned about their future after a 15-month shutdown. Compounding the effects was the prospect of sharply increased labor costs for many theaters as a result of a new gig worker law that took effect in 2020." - The New York Times

The Play For Our Moment? A Harold Pinter One-Act From 1960

Charles McNulty: "The Dumb Waiter lampoons the subservience to authoritarian power by focusing on the behavior of the stooges. Pinter humorously captures their moral rationalizations, their willingness to answer even the most nonsensical of demands, the way their own brutality suffuses them with fear." - Los Angeles Times

LA’s Theatres Face Big Issues In Reopening

Two issues: Uncertainty as to when theatergoers will be ready to cram into small black boxes, and a 2020 state law that stands to substantially drive up labor costs for many of these organizations. - The New York Times

Broadway Is So Ready To Open Back Up

Wow: "Just two months ago, only one Broadway show had plans to open in the new 2021-2022 season. Now there are 43." - Washington Post

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