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More Than Half Of British Theatres Have Gone Back To In-Person-Only Performances

"Research has found that 56% of publicly subsidised theatres that had at least one online performance during the first 18 months of the pandemic have none scheduled for the autumn season." - The Guardian

How To Explain Trump’s Love Of The Musical “Cats”?

What Trump is soothed by, perhaps, is not the sentimentality of the song alone but a tensile line of steel to which, Betty Buckley thinks, conceivably with undue generosity, he may even be unconsciously sensitive. - The New Yorker

How Julie Taymor Went From Directing Opera And Off-Broadway To Disney

She was reluctant to do Lion King. "I was interested in the avant-garde. I didn’t have any interest in commercial theatre. I hadn’t even seen the animated cartoon, which surprised Tom Schumacher." But then ... the animals called. - Irish Times

A Last Minute Settlement At The Kennedy Center Keeps The Musical Hadestown Afloat

IATSE stagehands at the Kennedy Center voted to strike if a deal couldn't be reached - but at the last minute, the venue and stagehands hammered out a long-term deal, and Hadestown can go forward. But it was painful for everyone. - Washington Post

Black, Queer, And Other Theatre Artists Left The Flea To Protest Racism

Now the Fled Collective artists are back, in collaboration with the theatre, after 18 months of restorative justice work. - American Theatre

Verbatim Drama, Straight From Real Life, Comes To Broadway

Tina Satter, whose Is This A Room is a transcript of the FBI interrogation of intelligence leaker Reality Winner, and Lucas Hnath, whose Dana H. is his mother's account of her months-long abduction, talk about the importance of telling living people's real stories onstage. - The New York Times

Protesters Picket Opening Night At Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre

"The protest is a revival of efforts this summer …(against) what they describe as a toxic culture. … Former employees passed out fliers decrying artistic director Bernard Havard's $745,015 pay and spoke to patrons about the lack of racial representation at the theater." - MSN (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Plagued By Internal Turmoil, American Shakespeare Center Cancels Fall Season

"(With) the Staunton, Va.-based troupe, known for its Elizabethan-style, no-frills approach to the classics, … convulsed by defections and division, it has abruptly canceled its entire fall slate of in-person productions." - MSN (The Washington Post)

San Jose Theatre Posts All-White Cast, Apologizes, Then Cancels

In attempting to defend itself, San Jose Playhousemade more perceived mistakes, including posting, then deleting, a note that was meant to be private; as well as by recasting one actor with multiple others. That only further inflamed opposition. - San Francisco Chronicle

After COVID: NYC Artists Testify About The State Of Things

“The illusion of reopening is that we’re back where we were in February of 2020. The reality is that in the meantime, there’s been incredible damage that has happened.” - New York Theatre

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris Withdraws “Slave Play” From L.A. Run

The 12-time-Tony-nominated play was to open in February at the Center Theater Group's Mark Taper Forum. But the CTG has only one play by a woman in its entire season; in response, Harris suggests filling his slot a work by a female playwright. - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

25-Year-Old New Play Incubator Closes

According to a press release, the decision to shutter the 27-year-old play development mainstay was a “unanimous yet painful conclusion” of the organization’s board after “many long months of responding to pandemic-related crises and seeking paths to sustainability.” - American Theatre

Pondering Masks As Theaters Reopen And Theater Workers Meet Their Colleagues Again

Playwright Sarah Ruhl: "To ask 'How are you?' no longer felt like small talk. We relied on our eyes above our masks to make connections. … If actors have always been avatars for what we cannot express, they seemed even more so now." - The New York Times

As Six Reopens On Broadway, Who’s It For?

The hip, fannish crowd is almost the same as it was at shutdown, with a large fillip of relief joining the giddy thrills. "The color pours down your eye holes right into your serotonin receptors — all that warmth without heat triggers something deep in your lizard brain." - Vulture

Aladdin, Finally Back On Broadway, Halts For Two Weeks After Breakthrough Cases Emerge

"After only one show, Aladdin was paused again because COVID-19 cases were detected within the company." Testing allowed the show to resume for one more performance before multiple new positive tests led to a two-week shutdown. - CBS

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