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Mark Dendy Explores Social Issues at Joe's Pub

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan's mold. It's a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown.

Finding New Fathers

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Hamilton, written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Thomas Kail, is the most breathtaking show of its kind that the world has seen in a long time. It ended its world premiere run at the Public on May 3, and is scheduled to open on Broadway on July 13.

First Nighter: Lemon Anderson's 'Toast' Looks at Attica Up Close and Personal

David Finkle | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Lemon Anderson's Toast, printed some places as Toast, takes place in an Attica Correctional Facility cellblock during late summer 1971. The year isn't immediately specified, but it's mentioned in due time and, when it is, gives the play, at the Public Theater, a dramatic boost and a dramatic crimp.

First Nighter: Trash Cuisine Scrutinizes Man's Inhumanity to Man

David Finkle | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

It's been said that theater emanating from repressed societies is the most pungent. You certainly believe it's the god's honest truth at Trash Cuisine, which the Belarus Free Theatre -- free only by some definitions -- is presenting at La MaMa.

The Buzzer's Broken

Kerri Allen | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Kerri Allen

"Buzzer" weaves a pretty implausible plot in which Suzy, a tightly-wound Harvard grad and inner-city teacher, puts up with unceasing street harassment as well as her boyfriend's in-recovery pal Don crashing in their new pad for six months. That such a successful man as Jackson would endure this tests the limits of believability.

Aisle View: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Alexander The Great

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

The show has been impeccably staged by Thomas Kail, Miranda's colleague from In the Heights, with choreography from that show's Andy Blankenbuehler. For theatergoers who admired but didn't love In the Heights, be advised that Hamilton is nothing like it.

Straight to the Point: Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men

Bess Rowen | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Leave it to Young Jean Lee to get straight to the point, by saying: okay, now what? Straight White Men doesn't give us the answer, but I think it does very important work by challenging us to confront three-dimensional characters that we can't easily dismiss.

The Business of The Band Wagon at Encores!

Barry Singer | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

News that Encores! here in New York is mounting a "new stage adaptation" of The Band Wagon as a "Special Event" beginning Thursday filled my girls with wonder, and not a little moral outrage. "Why?" they cried! All I could think to reply was: Why not?

Here Lies Love: Imelda Marcos Back at The Public Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Early on in this exuberant immersive dance extravaganza, the young Imelda Marcos in a tattered frock sings of a time when she had no shoes. Of course,...

First Nighter: Hollywood Expat Soderbergh Stages The Library

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Soderbergh may have left Hollywood behind, but he hasn't entirely abandoned the craft of filmmaking.

Can a Play Change the Planet?

Suzy Evans | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Thus began the journey to The Great Immensity, which will premiere at the Public Theater in New York on April 11 and is scheduled to run through May 1.

David Byrne's Disco Musical Is Back!

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — David Byrne's splashy disco musical "Here Lies Love" is coming back to the Public Theater — but with a twist. The Talking Heads f...

First Nighter: The Public Theater's Under the Radar Plusses and Minuses

David Finkle | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The annual event -- this is the 10th year -- is supposed to focus on the new and experimental. Maybe yes, maybe no, but certainly there are helpful hints about whom and what to look for in the future and about whom and what to take a wait-and-see position.

New Co-Director Meiyin Wang on the 2014 Under the Radar Festival

Jody Christopherson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Meiyin Wang Co-Director of the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival. Photo by Eric Ting Congratulations on becoming the Co-Director of t...

Ten Theater Companies That Made My 2013

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Another year of theater has come and gone. In celebration, here are the theater companies that made some of my favorite 2013 shows possible.

First Nighter: Bruce Norris's Domesticated Yay, Wallace Shawn's Grasses of a Thousand Colors Nay

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

We may never know what Hilary Clinton was thinking during the 1998 Monica Lewinsky episode or how Silda Wall Spitzer was reacting when Eliot Spitzer strayed or whether Huma Abedin was severely stand-by-your-man-tested over Anthony Weiner's vigorous sexting. We might never know any of this, but Bruce Clybourne Park Norris has some ideas.

Sting: The Guy Who Has It All Figured Out

Donna Labermeier | Posted 12.02.2013 | Celebrity
Donna Labermeier

As Sting took the stage with several other musicians and singers, he explained how this entire project began and how it became what it is today.

Brave New World: The Tempest's Dancing Youngsters

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

There was an infectious spirit at the Public Theater's free Public Works' production of The Tempest -- so much of it was joyous it was hard not to just go with it.

Tempest in a Teapot

Francis Levy | Posted 11.09.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

All that was missing from the 200 member cast of the Public Theater's just completed three day run of The Tempest, at the Delacorte, was the old Parti...

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

First Nighter: "The Designated Mourner" Still Wallace Shawn's Masterpiece, Only More So

David Finkle | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Wallace Shawn's darkly sublime three-hour play--and worth every devastating minute of it--The Designated Mourner was done initially in a 1996 staged r...

Why Sting's Performing At The Same Place 10 Times

AP | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Sting will hold 10 concerts in New York City this fall to benefit The Public Theater arts organization. The singer announced Tuesday...

Shakespeare in the Park -- Another Year of Spreading the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My love of Shakespeare in the Park is sort of limitless, which is odd because my love of Shakespeare is not. Every year, even years when I don't have a fond affection for the play being performed (like this year's Comedy of Errors), I look forward to going.

Aisle View: Venice Under Siege With Hip-Hop

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There's a cutting-edge, politically provocative, modernistic new-style musical at the Public Theater that will have you literally dancing in the aisles.

Celebrities Talk Money And Shakespeare At NYC's Public Theater

AP | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — An all-star line-up including Matt Damon, Alan Alda and Vanessa Redgrave will be featured in a night of readings and a town hall disc...