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Christopher Durang

Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins: "We Went for More is More"

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.14.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Meryl Streep can do anything. In her new movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, she is the title character, a real life self-created diva, Florence Foster Je...

Death and Comedy in The Hummingbird's Tour

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.17.2016 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

Fraught family dynamics enliven The Hummingbird's Tour, a decidedly Southern comedy in which three very different siblings confront their own mortality -- and that of their beloved childhood nanny.

Vanya and Sonia Spotted in Cleveland

Daryl Rowland | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Daryl Rowland

Christopher Durang's Tony Award winning comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, playing now through April 26 at the Cleveland Playhouse, is a delightful literary romp that keeps the audience laughing from the first scene until the curtain drops.

Billy Magnussen Goes 'Into The Woods' and Comes Out a Star

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Chuck Mirarchi

Like the movie, you don't always get what you want and you don't always want what you get, but we're all the better for the occurrences that brought Billy to the project.

Off Broadway: Uncle Vanya at the Pearl Theater and Almost Home at the Acorn

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The Pearl Theater's revival of Uncle Vanya illustrates this fine company's signature charm, and does one better, doing Anton Chekhov the good service of playing his tragicomedy for humor over gravitas.

Jessica Stone as Director: Remounting Vanya and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In March 2002, I watched what would become the most controversial play of the season, the short-lived The Smell of the Kill. I don't really remember what I thought of the show in any detail, but I remember one main thing. Sitting there, I thought: "Wow, Jessica Stone is going to get really great reviews." She was so good.

Liesel Allen Yeager and Shalita Grant from Christopher Durang's 2013 Comedy

Robert Gagnier | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Gagnier

Hello Liesel. With experience in both television and theatre, how do you differentiate the two in terms of the way you go about preparing for a role?

Talking About Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.10.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Durang won his first Tony this past summer for this play, and it's easy to see why: It is ambitious and clever and attention sustaining and hilarious!

A Hilarious Opener for Berkeley Rep: Christopher Durang's Antic Vanya

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.30.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

You don't need to know Anton Chekhov's melancholy classics to giggle and guffaw at Vanya and friends, though some familiarity doesn't hurt. All you really need is the ability to laugh at human excesses, foibles and vanities.

Heavenly Bodies

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

Last week's Supreme Court one-two punch -- Gee, black folks, aren't you over that racism thing yet? Hey, gays, I guess you're kind of like real people...

Tony Winner Emily Mann on Girls Night at the Tonys

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Angela Bonavoglia

If McCarter Theater Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann's acceptance speech at the Tonys for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as best play was gracious, so also were the circumstances under which she came to give it.

Sigourney Weaver's Nose

Ken Fallin | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Ken Fallin

People sometimes ask me what feature on a person's face is the most important in creating a caricature. When I'm drawing a famous face, that's pretty easy, as it would be the feature most people think of when they think of that particular celebrity.

Coping and Laughing With Uncle Vanya

Matt Budd | Posted 06.08.2013 | Entertainment
Matt Budd

Coffee cups crashing to the floor upset a tranquil Bucks County morning at the opening of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike the hilarious new Christopher Durang play now running at the Golden Theatre on Broadway.

Spring Is Here! B'Way Producers Talk About Their Shows

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Speaking of back to Broadway -- Bette Midler is coming. I've been waiting for years, and now she is coming. Midler is starring in one of three one-woman shows on the Great White Way this season.

Sigourney Weaver in Christopher Durang's Whimsical Take on Chekhov

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.17.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Whenever I am blue, I can snap out of it conjuring Sigourney Weaver's image as Snow White. That was the take away when I saw Christopher Durang's Chekhovian mash up, Masha, Sonia, Vanya and Spike.

First Nighter: Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and What Else Is New?

David Finkle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There's a huge difference between sketch-writing and playwriting, but Christopher Durang often seems to have trouble remembering what it is.

Beyond Therapy, Little Fish Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 10.21.2012 | Arts
James Scarborough

Like anyone else, the main characters want a meaningful relationship. The problem is, as this production nicely shows, it's impossible to have a meaningful relationship when everything around them is void of meaning.

Joseph Erbentraut

A Leo-Free, Gender-Bending Take On 'Titanic'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago-based Cock & Bull Theatre company isn't afraid to embrace the avant-garde in the productions they choose to bring to life. Putting up play...

Interview: Playwright Katori Hall Reaches for King's Mountaintop

Lonna Saunders | Posted 12.10.2011 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

Playwright Katori Hall's new play Mountaintop pays tribute to Dr. King's last public appearance at Mason Temple in Memphis where he delivered his historic "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.

All About Me at the Henry Miller Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The brainchild of the stars, playwright Christopher Durang and Lizzie Spender, All About Me, utilizes these talents for what amounts to a high school sing, but is deliciously hilarious.

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare, Morgan-Wixson Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James Scarborough

What's the surprising thing about Christopher Durang's two one-act plays that Jeremy Aluma directed is not their nihilistic plot twists. No, it's that the satire doesn't feel like satire.