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Regional Theater

Are NYC Theaters Truly Like Other Regional Theaters? Debatable.

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

There has been talk throughout my career of allowing NYC theaters to get the Regional Theatre Tony. They've wanted it. I've always thought it was sort of a ridiculous, greedy desire.

There's No Plays Like Home

Howard Sherman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

British arts journalist Matt Trueman wrote an intriguing piece for the Financial Times this past weekend, about the relative scarcity of new plays fro...

Move Over Sopranos, There's a Tenor in New Jersey

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts
Gregory G. Allen

The play definitely has the feel of witnessing something from years gone by, when famous comedic teams head-lined the stage and screen and physical humor was the rage. It is no wonder theater companies turn to this show instead of pulling out an old chestnut when looking to add a farce to their line-up.

Repairing The Arts, After The Storm

Howard Sherman | Posted 12.30.2012 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Life and safety are most important. A place to live comes next. Then jobs, business, livelihoods. In the wake of the storm that just slammed New Jerse...

When Listening to the Audience Goes Too Far

Howard Sherman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Arts
Howard Sherman

For those who traffic in the language of grants, or for that matter the universe of arts blogs concerned with mission and marketing, it is quite common to read about the necessity of serving one's community, one's audience. I certainly support that sentiment, but serving does not mean servant.

In a City Near You...

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2012 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

There is work worth seeing at regional theaters throughout the country. All throughout the country new plays are being produced, old ones revived. I can't properly express how important I think it is to support local theater.

Shock For Nation's Largest Black Theater

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.07.2012 | Arts

The Penumbra Theater Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, announced on Thursday that it was suspending all its programming due to a lack of overall funds. ...

Show Set In China Features Barely Any Asian Actors

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.19.2012 | Home

A new workshop production of "The Nightingale" by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater at the historic La Jolla Playhouse in California is striking nerves in...

Are Revivals Inhibiting New Broadway Musicals?

Howard Sherman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

With an average of only nine new musicals a year, and of course fewer which succeed, the pool of musicals worthy of being revived is growing awfully slowly.

Rocco Landesman: Too Many Theaters?

Scott Walters | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home
Scott Walters

Looking at the facts, exactly where does Landesman see too many theaters? Everywhere in the U.S.? I live in Bakersville, N.C. (pop. 357), and I haven't noticed the place crawling with actors and directors.

There's No Place Like Home

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

Despite protestations to the contrary, America does have a national theatre. We simply don't restrict it to the work of a single company. America's national theatre exists across the country.

Theater's Audiences Are Mostly Female: Why Not the Roles?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Theater should be in the complex and necessary business of illuminating the human condition, of inspiring empathy and community. You know what helps that? Telling everyone's stories.

Movie Review: Carnage

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Carnage refocuses itself in this film. Unlike the play, it is not simply about the breakdown of civilization -- or at least, of civilized behavior. It's about the very untwining of the ties that shelter civilization from the dominance of self-interest.

The Pulitzer Debacle?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hoyt Hilsman

Rather than simply dismissing the Pulitzers as old-fashioned or irrelevant, isn't it worth a further discussion of how the Committee goes about making its choices -- especially when it ignores the nominees of its own Jury?