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First Nighter: Ayckbourn's Small Family Business Large and in HD

David Finkle | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Alan Ayckbourn is the chronicler of the middle class. Up in Scarborough, England, where he turns his plays out and puts them on -- or has done for many years -- he looks at people from every angle. He effortlessly gets their foibles and peccadilloes down with accuracy. Depending on his mood, he can shift from melancholy to hilarity and often back again.

First Nighter: Check Out 'Hellman v. McCarthy,' 'Red Velvet,' 'Heathers'

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

On January 20, 1980 Mary McCarthy, never known to mince words in print or in person, was asked on Dick Cavett's PBS talk show whom she considered overrated writers. After a moment's thought, Lillian Hellman came to her mind.

A Conversation With New Zealander Baritone, Hadleigh Adams

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.

Aisle View from London: A Curious and Altogether Astonishing Incident

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Six days in London bring the opportunity to catch up on seven shows that have opened since my last visit. I could have more industriously caught nine by juggling the schedule, but one does have other obligations.

Problems in England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?

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...

National Theatre's Fresh Start

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 07.31.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — The oldest continuously operating theater in the nation's capital that has drawn top performers dating back decades before the Civi...

LOOK: The Life Of An Explorer, In Photos

Posted 02.04.2013 | Arts

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is an explorer with a conscience; the photographer documents indigenous people with the aim to help protect their ancestral home...

Notes on London Theater

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

As a playwright, I relish the abundance of serious drama on offer in what many consider the theater capital of the world; I also admire how seriously Londoners take their theater.

First Nighter: Lisa d'Amour's Motor City Tragi-Comedy Detroit Needs Bodywork

David Finkle | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)

Comedy Bang Bang At Howard Theatre: HuffPost DC Top 5 For August 8

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 08.08.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 1. Comedy Bang Bang At Howard Theatre Tonight will be D.C.'s comedy nerd prom. Favorites from the podcast and televi...

Surprises Streb: One Extraordinary Day (VIDEO)

Crane.tv | Posted 09.15.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

Yesterday morning started like any other Sunday in central London, with the welcome exception of rays of sun instead of the usual driving rain. But at...

First Nighter: Tony Nominees Attend Press Meet-and-Greet

David Finkle | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced early Tuesday morning, which can only mean that the annual press meet-and-greet erupted -- or something like that -- not quite so early Wednesday morning.

First Nighter: Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman Unleashes Acting Blizzard

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

John Gabriel Borkman is one of the rarely revived Ibsen works, which may be a reason to see it now. On the other hand, this treatment won't serve as a strong argument for its being brought back more often.

Did A Sibling Rivalry Kill Abraham Lincoln?

Nora Titone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nora Titone

The killer's passionate devotion to the South was undeniable, but his singular family history, and the years he spent contending with his brother's greatness, presented other keys to his character.

THEATER: 'After The Dance's' Bright Young Things Party On In London

nytimes.com | BEN BRANTLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

I spent the better part of Wednesday night nursing a hangover. (Vicariously, I mean. I have had exactly two martinis -- oh, all right, and one bloody ...

London Theater on my Mind

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Barbara Isenberg

Every year, I go to London to get my theater fix. My small group of fellow theater lovers in tow, I hit six shows in eight days, and it never seems too much.