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Dear New York Tourists...

David S. Simon | Posted 07.08.2016 | New York
David S. Simon

First of all, I want to welcome you to New York. Despite what you may have heard, New Yorkers are the most generous, kind and passionate people on the planet earth and we are genuinely happy to have you experience us. But there are some things you should know.

Father Loss And More

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Conclusion: The father plays a major role in who we are and who we become; his absence may occupy the center stage of a person's life.

Storytelling by omission in 'Mary Page Marlowe'

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Robert Loerzel

The new play by Tracy Letts, Mary Page Marlowe, presents a narrative where the omissions are especially noticeable.

Lupita Nyong’o Isn’t Here For What Society Says Women ‘Need To Do'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women

Lupita Nyong'o knows what society expects her to do, but that doesn't mean she's going to do it. In an essay featured in Tuesday morning's edition of...

Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal Star in the Play 'Love Letters', Set For a Limited Run at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.07.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

(Photo Credit: Austin Hargrave) In 1970, Ali MacGraw would hit stardom alongside Ryan O'Neal in the film Love Story. Over 45 years later, the two ar...

If You Can, You Must: Creating Diversity in the Arts

Karen Musey | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
Karen Musey

Diversity is the hot topic in the performing arts world right now. From film to stage, there are calls for creating equal opportunity for employment, and for new stories and perspectives to be told. J

This Theatre Group Performs Shakespeare, Only Drunker

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts

The Bard bequeathed his fans and scholars with tomes and tomes worth of questions to pick apart: Was “The Taming of the Shrew” a patriarchal play,...

The Power of the Limbic Brain

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Feelings and emotions that motivate or paralyze us lie within the limbic system. Our awareness that our emotional life colors our performance can liberate us from some brain chains.

Becoming Mike Nichols, an HBO Master Class in Theater, Film and TV

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.11.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

On February 22nd, HBO will air Becoming Mike Nichols, a conversation between actor/director/producer Mike Nichols and his friend and colleague Jack O' Brien, which was Recorded only four months before Nichols' death in 2014.

This Is a Story About a Girl Who Saved a Play

Christopher Lamb | Posted 02.06.2016 | Parents
Christopher Lamb

I sat on a folding chair a week ago waiting for the play, "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," to begin at the Indianapolis school where my wife te...

Top Ten 2015 L.A. Theatre Productions

Brad Schreiber | Posted 12.29.2015 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

Zayd Dohrn begins his play with a strange peek into a little-known world, that of making realistic baby dolls

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Reinventing Ibsen for The Daughter

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Henrik Ibsen's work is all about ghosts from the past that somehow find their way back into our lives and alter it. These days, his plays feel very contemporary, because this idea that those hurting then go on to hurt others is a concept we are surrounded by, especially in the Arab world.

Diversity: The New Lead Role on Broadway

Haley Besser | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
Haley Besser

When attending live theatre, I expect to learn something new in addition to being entertained. There are so many stories begging to be told through th...

What I Found at a Yard Sale Sent Me on a Mission

Al DeLuise | Posted 12.04.2015 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

When all is said and done, do you think you could fit your entire life into three cardboard boxes? I don't mean your belongings, but your life; your ...

Why Are They Translating Shakespeare?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare's plays to make them more comprehensible. Why?

I'm With Stupid: Why I'm Hoping to Break a Leg Next Week

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.20.2015 | Denver
Todd Hartley

In my life, I've written four plays. Of those, only one -- my fifth-grade class's Christmas pageant -- has ever been produced, and I have to admit it wasn't very good.

10 Things I Loved About the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.28.2016 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Here's a question for you Angelenos: What has a 2000 person workforce, puts on more shows than any other theatre festival in the country, runs for over three weeks in June in dozens of theaters, and is probably Hollywood's longest party of the year?

Sean Pomposello On Photography And Writing

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.18.2016 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs (c) Sean Pomposello Sean Pomposello attracted my attention because he is both a photographer and a writer - like me! The lines betwee...

...And Waiting And...

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.09.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Did They Ever Tour the Playhouse's Interior?

Tom Falco | Posted 05.12.2016 | Miami
Tom Falco

R.J. Heisenbottle Architects, has successfully restored Miami Freedom Tower, Miami City Hall, Miami Woman's Club, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and Vizcaya Village. They wish to be a big part of the Coconut Grove Playhouse renovation.

Big Voices in Small Theater -- Part 2

Susie K Taylor | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Susie K Taylor

Small theater is one of the most welcoming places for fresh new voices. In this series I will begin to prove why.

First Nighter: 'Living on Love' Proves Insufficient, Even With Renée Fleming

David Finkle | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

What do you get when you cross Noel Coward's Private Lives with the Cole Porter-Samuel Spewack-Bella Spewack Kiss Me, Kate? You get cross. That's what you get.

Theater: Kelli O'Hara Delights (Again) In "King And I"

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Western superiority has never seemed more charming than in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The King And I. This handsomely mounted revival helmed by Bartlett Sher boasts a clutch of great songs.

A Bunch of Guys, A Few Dolls Make Dated Yet Enjoyable Theatre

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.15.2015 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

It's sexist, dated, it's simplistic, and stereotypical; and by many of today's standards, it's actually politically incorrect given the women-as-property tone. Yet, it's good fun, it's sing-along tunes, it's big numbers, flashy clothes and timeless love songs. It's Guys and Dolls.

What Are The TL;DR Versions Of Shakespeare Plays?

Quora | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Quora

Antony and Cleopatra: Pretending to be dead to make your lover sorry doesn't work.