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First Nighter: Hollywood Expat Soderbergh Stages The Library

David Finkle | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.08.2014 | 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...

First Nighter: Workplace Woes Scrutinized in Three Plays, One Musical

David Finkle | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps it's this reviewer's imagination, but it seems that more than the usual number of plays set in the workplace are cropping up. Take Mike Bartl...

Neva Say Neva: Guillermo Calderon's Neva at The Public Theater

Bess Rowen | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Bess Rowen

A single light, a chair, and three actors are on a raised stage. This minimalism belongs to Chilean director and playwright Guillermo Calderón's Neva, currently playing at The Public Theater.

David Bryne And Questlove Get Together To Talk Music

Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Katherine Brooks

The Public Theater has a knack for bringing together opposing forces from the world of fine and performing arts, placing giants like Tony Kushner and ...

First Nighter: London Chorus Line Yay! London Dear World Nay!

David Finkle | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If there's any evidence that A Chorus Line doesn't remain one of the great musicals, it's nowhere in view at the Palladium. Meanwhile, Jerry Herman's musical Dear World begs the question: Why?

Ten Theater Companies That Made My 2012

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 03.02.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

It was a joy to see these actors -- every movement was a sort of dance. I'll be looking forward to whatever they bring to New York next, especially if Cate Blanchett is starring.

An Interview With Meiyin Wang on The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival

Jody Christopherson | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

The best, the strange and the relevant from all over the world gather at this world's fair of experimental theater known as the Under the Radar Festival. 2012-12-17-tptpull.jpg

'All Artists Are Activists'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts

This week, the Public Theater in New York played host to an impressive group of artists and writers including Salman Rushdie and Carl Bernstein. "Thou...

Stage Door: The Twenty-Seventh Man, Annie

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Literature and memory are essential to a culture's survival. For Jews, that literature is Yiddish -- 26 of its greatest writers and poets were murdered in a 1952 Stalinist purge. As Zunser (Ron Rifkin) explains to his four jailed comrades: "We are all here because of the fifth line on the form: Jewish."

The Masochist's Profession: An Interview With Giant's Bookwriter, Sybille Pearson

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Shoshana Greenberg

Even if you love musicals, you might not know the name Sybille Pearson. But you should.