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'Merchant of Venice' packs a punch at Lincoln Center Festival

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
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Jonathan Pryce in 'Merchant of Venice' at Lincoln Center Festival. Photo: Manuel Harden By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, July 25, 2016 Jon...

Takarazuka Invades the Lincoln Center Festival with an all-female production of 'Chicago'

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
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Saori Mine (foreground). Takarazuka CHICAGO. Photo by Stephanie Berger. By Joshua Rosenblum, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 22, 2016 One of the be...

Encores! Off-Center Celebrates with a 'Jamboree' at City Center

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
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Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff in Jamboree! Photo: Paula Lobo By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 20, 2016 I looked up the word "j...

'Runaways' Still Packs a Punch Nearly Forty Years Later

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
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Photo: Joan Marcus By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 13, 2016 At the end of the performance, large handwritten letters were held up...

If You See Something, Say Something

Jeremy Gerard | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Jeremy Gerard

Professional relationships are as disposable as goods on the shelves at Walmart in our culture, and so it is an especially happy occasion to report on the flowering of an artistic pairing, in this case of playwright J.T. Rogers and director Bartlett Sher.

'East To Edinburgh' Begins This Week At 59E59 Theaters

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.11.2016 | Arts
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By Don Adkins, Managing Editor with Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, July 11, 2016 The clever folks at 59E59 have developed a bit of July programming t...

'Sense & Sensibility' is a pure Bedlam delight

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts
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By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, July 8, 2016 I confess: I'm a Jane Austen junkie. I've read every book at least four or five times, and s...

The 'New York Spectacular' Lives Up To Its Name

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
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Photo: Carl Scheffel/MSG Photos By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 7, 2016 I assumed that the New York Spectacular, known to be fami...

'The Greatest Love Story Never Told' Comes To The New York Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.28.2016 | Arts

A new off-Broadway musical wants audiences to check almost everything they’ve gleaned about one of the twentieth century’s most influential author...

Five Questions for Brooke O'Harra

Tanya Selvaratnam | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Tanya Selvaratnam

Brooke O'Harra and Sharon Hayes, photo by Andrea Geyer Brooke O'Harra's I'm Bleeding All Over The Place: A Living History Tour is at La MaMa from Jun...

The Iceman Experimenteth: Part 1 of a Series On Target Margin Theater's Iceman Lab

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
Bess Rowen

The Iceman Cometh is one of those plays from the American canon whose name evokes a pretty specific theatrical mood and style.

My Mental Illness and Explaining the Inexplicable

David Toussaint | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

There was a pattern developing. I began to realize that any obsession took over for a few weeks, clogged my brain like red-horn-blaring cement, took away freedom of mind, and then dissipated, like when a fever breaks.

'Utility': Four Characters and a Power Outage

Jed Ryan | Posted 02.15.2016 | Arts
Jed Ryan

There's something markedly incongruous about watching Utility, the new play by Emily Schwend, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The theater is located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, one of the most lively neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan.

Who Lose, Who Thrives When White Creatives Tell Black Stories

Tonya Pinkins | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
Tonya Pinkins

Twice this year (but too many times in my career) my perspective as a Black woman was dismissed in favor of a portrait seen through the filter of the White gaze. Regrettably, I have exited Classic Stage Company's MOTHER COURAGE as a result.

Infinite Variety Productions' New Play, Insignificant Reveals the Untold Stories of Early Female Astronomers

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 12.18.2015 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

Infinite Variety Productions, a New York theater company "dedicated to telling the untold stories of women throughout history," presents a new, original production, Insignificant by Sean Michael Welch, the story of a few early American female astronomers at The Kraine Theater.

Show Tackles Dating While Gay and Disabled

Christina Paschyn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christina Paschyn

How many able-bodied gay men would ask out a disabled gay man? That's the question actor Ryan J. Haddad, 23, has struggled with for most of his young adult life.

'Cult Model': A Conversation with 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy' Star, Steven Fales

Court Stroud | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Court Stroud

Recently I had the chance to speak with the former LDS missionary about the New York City premiere of Cult Model, as well as about his philanthropic work creating the Possibility Foundation.

Broadway Is Cool Again

Sarah Bidnick | Posted 10.05.2015 | Arts
Sarah Bidnick

More and more A-list Hollywood celebrities are crossing the country to star in limited-run productions, and film studios are putting more focus on their live entertainment divisions. The thrill of seeing an actor in a live moment is something that only gets more unique as screens get smaller.

How Millennials Achieve Their Dream of Making Theater Off Broadway In New York City

Tim Ranney | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Tim Ranney

Most children have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, but as they face reality sometimes that dream isn't always attainable. Young adults often find that dreams become out of reach and day jobs must be attended to. That is unless you're Phil Blechman and his team of producers.

Aisle View: The Voice of God (?)

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Plays about religious philosophy can be mighty dry and uninvolving, not only to outsiders but to people of the faith in question as well. Playwrights Horizons' newest offering -- The Christians, which is about, well, Christians -- is anything but uninvolving.

'Drop Dead Perfect' Is the Perfect Twisted Homage To Classic Film and Television

Tim Ranney | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tim Ranney

"You have to have a point of truth -- an emotional center. Without it won't work and it's just over the top nonsense. It has to be broad, over the top and real. It's high style comedy. A lot of people try to do it but they don't quite get there."

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

Trans-Genre Artist Justin Vivian Bond on Performance and Vulnerability

BOMB Magazine | Posted 07.10.2016 | Queer Voices
BOMB Magazine

Sometimes drunk straight people come up to me and want to lecture me about sexuality and gender. Do they really think they're going to deliver any profound illuminations? So I just act a little drunker than them and say something ridiculous and scare them off. It's the kindest way.

Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub in Happy Days, at the Flea Theater

Isa Freeling | Posted 07.06.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

I always like going to the Flea Theater, since they bring to fruition off beat, experimental and genius pieces such as Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by Andrei Belgrader and playing now to packed audiences with Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub.

Ira World Premiere Benefits Shrunken Shakespeare and the Actors' Fund

Tim Ranney | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Tim Ranney

The plucky Shrunken Shakespeare Company has had some pretty big scores for their productions and parties considering they've only been around since 2012.