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Utah Shakespeare Festival Offers Unique Experience

John M. Eger | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is truly unique. Founded in 1961 and presenting its first season in 1962, the organizers wanted to create something special. And they have.

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall

John Feffer | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

The German playwright Bertolt Brecht frequently used this "alienation effect" to jolt his audiences from their complacency. Edward Snowden is the Bertolt Brecht of the surveillance age.

A Stravinsky Vaudeville with Claws: The Feather Gatherers

Jody Christopherson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

If the Devil had a band that doubled as a theater production company, that company might the The Drunkards Wife, for nothing this delightfully experimental could be considered holy.

'YO' I'm Not Impressed

Jamie Silverman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Technology
Jamie Silverman

Next time you're contemplating sending a "Yo" to a person in the hopes of a positive response, take a step back and consider what yo doing.

Venus in Fur: The Master and the Muse

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Camila Gibran

The first time I ever saw Emmanuelle Seigner I was a 15 year old grunge kid, and she was the gorgeous vulnerable seductress Mimi, intertwined in her husband Roman Polanski's fatally passionate love story Bitter Moon.

Kenneth Branagh and Macbeth in Manhattan

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Now, for a measured review of the new production of William Shakespeare's brief, brutal, beautiful tragedy of Macbeth, on through June 22 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

Theater: The Mad Ones Navigate The Straight & Narrow

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.26.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's telling that there's no writing credit. The show was "created by the Mad Ones in collaboration with the ensemble." That may be why The Essential Straight & Narrow has a clutch of great characters but a sagging and vague structure.

Fast and Furious: Novels, the Media and Our Changing World

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

While the blending of genres and multiple technologies is fine, some elements of experience seem to suffer. Things are being dumbed (and numbed) down.

Theater: Casa Valentina Half Delights; Act One Fully Exhausts; Mary Martin Mild

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Yes, I know, the next scene lets Moss make peace with his father and it's lovely in the book. But you've got to know how to cut away the underbrush. Kaufman knew. Hart learned. Lapine here, blinded by love, clearly forgot.

Knighthood for Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language.

In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friends are never very excited about new plays. What is The Realistic Joneses and why did celebrities want to be in it? Is Casa Valentina an atmospheric production where they treat us like we're in a resort?

On the Town: Hobnobbing With High Society at the Mothers and Sons Opening

Suzy Evans | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

The generally spacious, multi-level restaurant was jam-packed with everyone from Nathan Lane to Bernadette Peters, and everywhere you looked, you couldn't help but lock eyes with Victor Garber or rub shoulders (literally) with F. Murray Abraham.

Goodman's Venus in Fur: A Power Play With a Twist

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Where to start with David Ives' twisting, tantalizing and tawdry dark comedy? This is the kind of work that delights and surprises in the moment, yet following the event you begin to look past the intoxicating veneer to unravel the underlying puzzle.

Making Sondheim Sing: Interview with Michael Mahler, Music Director of Chicago Shakespeare's Road Show

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The show returns, in yet another revised format, to Chicago, and I had the chance to speak with the production's Music Director, Michael Mahler, about the show's evolution and musical language.

2013 Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions

Brad Schreiber | Posted 03.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Brad Schreiber

You'll see no numbers next to these exemplary, Los Angeles-area theatre productions, for they all deserve the greatest respect.

Aisle View: Four Bites of the Apples

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is a portrait, in four slices, of an American family. Not a typical American family, mind you. These are upper middle class, New York liberals: Baby Boomers dealing with life, family, death, and politics sixty years after the Boom.

The Life and Death of Nytheatre.com: An Interview With Martin Denton

Jody Christopherson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Somehow I still did not believe that this goliath could close up shop and quietly slip away. It seemed time to write about Martin and his site which has served so many in the New York indie theatre community.

Clinton and Cruz: Peacocking Because They Can

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Alan Kelly

Hillary's is a sideshow that will be countered later. But Cruz's circus is playing now and it's being panned, not only by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but by Barack Obama and top Democrats.

The Shadow Knows: Four Plays That Define Obama's Syria Strategy

Alan Kelly | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Alan Kelly

When in 2003 President George W. Bush told his fellow Americans that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction were lurking, he was surely running a play. I...

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.

Theatre Review: One Night in Miami...

Brad Schreiber | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

Playwright Kemp Powers takes a historical incident about which little is known in the world premiere of One Night in Miami...at Rogue Machine in Theatre/Theater.

Who Will Take the Tony on Broadway This Year?

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

It is that time of year when the Broadway community in New York City shines their bright lights on the 'best of the best' with the annual Tony Awards ceremony.

Broadway Season 2012/2013

Ken Fallin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts
Ken Fallin

2013-05-31-Screenshot20130531at2 Here is my drawing of the 2012/2013 Broadway Season.

Amy Glazer On 'Abigail's Party' And Other Creative Passions

Greg Archer | Posted 07.20.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

photo by Lisa Keating It's hard to walk away from a Mike Leigh production and not appreciate the brilliance in the Brit's wit and ability to make...

The Hero's Journey Meets the Screenwriter's Journey

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Loren-Paul Caplin

Why the F*%K do we do it? Money? Fame? Love of the process? What is it? Why do we continue to write screenplays when aside from the outrageously arduous task of getting it even remotely right, the odds of then getting it sold and then made and then becoming a hit are...well doubtful.