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Maggie Smith in 'The Lady in the Van': An Interview with Alan Bennett, Nicholas Hytner, and Alex Jennings

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.15.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

With Downton Abbey back in its final season, Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham is back too, in all her vinegar wit and finery. She's also back in the movie of Alan Bennett's stage play, The Lady in the Van.

Singular Sensations

George Heymont | Posted 07.12.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

On January 29, 1966, when Sweet Charity opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre, the song which became one of the show's biggest hits was "Big Spender." The number featured a lineup of bored, jaded, and cynical taxi dancers offering their bodies to prospective customers.

First Nighter: Stoppard's Hard Problem Neatly Solved, Last of the De Mullins Deftly Revived, Homer's Odyssey in 60 Minutes

David Finkle | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Almost immediately after Tom Stoppard's new and intellectually thrilling play, The Hard Problem, at the National Theatre's Dorfman, begins, the just-about-peerless playwright has his characters discourse on the title's reference. It's a good thing he does.

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Othello," "Strange Interlude," August Strindberg, Peter Nichols

David Finkle | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If you don't mind an Othello (Adrian Lester) and an Iago (Rory Kinnear) policing Cyprus in desert fatigues and a Desdemona (Olivia Vinall) who arrives...

First Nighter: London Consumer Report on "Sweet Bird," "Merrily," Worthwhile Others

David Finkle | Posted 08.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

By 1959 when Tennessee Williams got around to presenting Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway, as directed by Elia Kazan and starring Geraldine Page and Pa...

Intrigue And Betrayal At The Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Verdi's Don Carlo, back on stage at the Metropolitan Opera, has more intrigue, double-crossing betrayal, and doomed love triangles than a whole season...

Stage Door: One Man, Two Guvnors, End of the Rainbow

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.21.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

One Man, Two Guvnors is simply the funniest play on Broadway. From its stupendously silly one-liners to its outrageously silly plot, the show is a triumph of slapstick and satire. End of the Rainbowis also a tour de force.

Culture With a Side of Popcorn

Tom Teicholz | Posted 06.20.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

One could do worse than to abide by these resolutions: Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD. Be lazy. Stay local. Be frugal. Travel the world without ever leaving home -- see theater, opera and ballet in HD.

Going For Baroque With Handel's Xerxes

George Heymont | Posted 01.25.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Opera's company premiere of Xerxes included several instruments rarely heard in operatic ensembles: the arch lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo (a long-necked lute sometimes referred to as a chitarrone).