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‘Lilies’ Review: A Queer Romantic Drama That Wilts Quickly
Culture, Yesterday

Michel Marc Bouchard’s melodrama, about an illicit gay love affair in 1912, displays a lot of kookiness and little self-awareness.

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Jack Terricloth, Punk Rocker With a Cabaret Air, Dies at 50
Obits, May 16

As the devilishly smarmy vocalist and ringleader of the World/Inferno Friendship Society, he melded punk defiance with decadent theatricality.

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‘Woman’s Party’ Review: At War With Inequality, and Each Other
Culture, May 13

In Rinne B. Groff’s historical comedy, the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1947 looks awfully familiar today.

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As Broadway Plans Its Return, ‘Hamilton’ Will Require Vaccines Backstage
Weekend, May 13

With 23 shows setting Broadway reopening dates, audiences can expect full crowds, masks and flexible ticketing policies. But not lower prices.

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When Does the Curtain Rise on Your Favorite Broadway Shows?
Weekend, May 13

Here are the plans for 23 productions so far, including old favorites, brand-new musicals and some that were just getting started.

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Billie Hayes, Memorable Witch on ‘H.R. Pufnstuf,’ Dies at 96
Obits, May 13

Ms. Hayes had quite a cackle, and it served her well in a number of witchy roles, beginning in 1969 on a short-lived but much remembered TV series.

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Volver a Tegucigalpa y redescubrir el teatro hondureño
en Español, May 13

De regreso a Honduras por primera vez en una década, un crítico encuentra esperanzas en la efervescencia cultural de la ciudad, incluida una enérgica compañía de teatro.

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In This Trippy Family Drama, Trauma Runs Deep
Culture, May 13

After two canceled Paris runs, a highly awaited production of Robert Walser’s “The Pond,” starring Adèle Haenel, finally made it to the stage in Switzerland.

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Theater to Stream: Stars Gather for ‘Miscast’ and More
Weekend, May 12

Other highlights include a new show by Kristina Wong, Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews” and “Broadway by the Year.”

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Everything Was Canceled in 2020. What About 2021?
Express, May 12

From the French Open and the Tokyo Olympics to New York Pride, a look at which global events are canceled, postponed or moving ahead (with altered plans) in 2021.

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When Covid Dropped the Curtain on Broadway Actors, TV Kept the Lights On
Arts & Leisure, May 12

New and returning TV series like “The Gilded Age” and “The Good Fight” have been a lifeline for celebrated theater actors during the pandemic. Will TV, or theater, ever look the same?

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For West End’s Return, Cleansing Spirits and an Aching for Change
Arts & Leisure, May 12

On May 17, after two failed tries, London’s theaters hope to reopen for good. Meet a director, a producer, an actor and a costumer, nervously raring to go.

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What to Know About Vaccinations for Children 12 to 15 in N.Y.
Metro, May 12

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus shot could be cleared for the younger age group as soon as Thursday.

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Norman Lloyd, Associate of Welles, Hitchcock and Others, Dies at 106
Obits, May 11

He was seen in movies and on TV shows like “St. Elsewhere” and worked with some of the biggest names in show business, even though his own name was little known.

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Come to the Cabaret, Old Chum. Or at Least Stream It.
Culture, May 11

New concerts from Sutton Foster, Jeremy Jordan and Marilyn Maye offer examples of what the most intimate art form can and can’t do.

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A Surprising First Live Show, in the Hometown I Once Fled
Culture, May 11

Back in Honduras for the first time in a decade, a critic finds hopefulness in a city’s cultural ferment — including an energetic theater troupe.

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Broadway Shows Announce Reopening Plans
Interactive, May 11

This morning, three of the biggest recent hits on Broadway — “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked” — announced plans to resume performances on Sept. 14.

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Covid, the Musical? Jodi Picoult Is Giving It a Try.
Culture, May 10

Working with a playwright, the best-selling author has turned the symptoms of illness into songwriting prompts for a new musical called “Breathe.”

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‘Mary Stuart’ Review: A Battle Royal in a Brooklyn Apartment
Culture, May 9

With four actors and a contemporary setting, Bedlam offers an audacious, if half-baked, take on the Schiller play about the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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‘Scott and Andy and All the Boys’ Review: Ripped From the Headlines
Culture, May 9

Mike Daisey takes sluggish aim at juicy targets: the disgraced Broadway producer Scott Rudin and the New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.

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Cirque du Soleil’s Return Could Be Its Most Challenging Feat Yet
Foreign, May 9

After shuttering dozens of shows and shedding most of its work force, the vaunted Canadian circus faces an uphill struggle to bounce back.

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‘Waiting for Godot’ in the Bleakest Zoom Room Ever
Weekend, May 7

Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo star as Beckett’s tragicomic tramps — minus the comic part.

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Paulo Gustavo, Comedian Who Lampooned Brazilian Mothers, Dies at 42
Obits, May 7

Weeks before falling ill, he urged his countrymen to consider laughter “an act of resistance.” One of the country’s most beloved actors, he died of complications of Covid-19.

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Milva, Redheaded Italian Diva of Many Artistic Hues, Dies at 81
Obits, May 6

One of Italy’s best-known singers, she song pop songs and political anthems, and appeared at festivals and on theater stages.

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A First Look at Lincoln Center’s Outdoor Spaces
Interactive, May 6

I visited the new outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces at Lincoln Center where there will be all kinds of art this summer.

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‘Zoetrope’ Review: And You Thought Your Apartment Was Small?
Weekend, May 6

Exquisite Corpse Company’s clever choose-your-own-adventure play has a handful of viewers peek in on a Brooklyn couple in really close quarters.

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Sharon Pollock, Playwright Who Explored Canada’s Identity, Dies at 85
Obits, May 6

Ms. Pollock was best known for dramas inspired by historical events that examined racial tensions and other volatile issues.

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Online or In-Person? Soon, British Theatergoers Can Decide
Culture, May 6

Live theater is set to return in England starting May 17, but many online offerings will remain.

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Vaccination Rate Lags in N.Y.C. as Disparities Persist
Metro, May 6

The number of daily doses administered has fallen from more than 100,000 on some days in April to below 40,000 on some days this month.

Quotation of the Day: Broadway, Baby? Curtains Go Up in September, and the Box Offices Open Soon.
Summary, May 5

Quotation of the Day for Thursday, May 6, 2021.

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Broadway Is Reopening. But Not Until September.
Culture, May 5

Even as New York City begins to reopen this summer, Broadway will not resume performances until Sept. 14. Here’s why.

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A Rare Peek Inside a Semi-Secret ‘Secret Garden’
Culture, May 5

The 2018 workshop for a possible revival of the lush musical was never meant to be seen by the public, but will now stream as a benefit this weekend.

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N.Y.’s governor outlines new seating rules for vaccinated baseball fans, and says Broadway will start to reopen Sept. 14.
Culture, May 5

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said that fully vaccinated people will be able to sit in areas of Yankee Stadium or Citi Field without social distancing, and that people who get a shot at a game will get a free ticket.

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These Four Stage Directors Know Just What Needs to Change
Arts & Leisure, May 5

The pandemic pause has prompted a prizewinning cohort to ask hard questions about salaries, working in other media and choosing collaboration over “scarcity.”

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Back in the Girdle Again: Getting Fitted After a Year Untouched
Culture, May 4

Confessions of an actress seeking reassurance — and sleeves — as she steps before a live concert audience again.

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‘Pass Over,’ About Black Men Trapped by Dread, Heads to Broadway
Culture, May 4

The play, by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, has previously been staged at several prominent theaters and filmed by Spike Lee for Amazon.

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‘Pass Over,’ About Black Men Trapped by Dread, Heads to Broadway
Culture, May 4

The play, by Antoinette Nwandu, has previously been staged at several prominent theaters and filmed by Spike Lee for Amazon.

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The Play Is Coming From Inside the House
Culture, May 3

Three new virtual productions, set in haunted homes and an interactive hotel, give you the excitement of exploring spaces that are off limits.

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With Her Final Album, Rebecca Luker Bids a Fond Farewell
Culture, May 2

The much-loved Broadway soprano, who died in December, had one more miracle up her sleeve.

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Olympia Dukakis, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89
Obits, May 1

A veteran of the stage who also had a long list of film and TV credits, she was best known for playing characters who were worldly wise and world-weary.

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In a Pandemic, Finding Comfort in the Arts
Letters, May 1

Watching “Gilmore Girls,” campily performing play readings and writing poetry have been therapeutic for readers.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer
Culture, April 30

A lusty new production is both an enticement and a warning as we tentatively explore intimacy after a year of forced solitude.

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‘Black Feminist Video Game’ Review: Pixels and Polemics
Culture, April 30

Live performances via Zoom mix with actual game footage in this well-intentioned but preachy play by the poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

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At the Final Curtain Call, a Proposal
Styles, April 30

Christopher Jones and Marissa Follo Perry, who met in kindergarten, became engaged onstage at the closing night of a production of “Sister Act,” which she directed.

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Anthony Powell, Oscar-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 85
Obits, April 29

He was honored for “Travels With My Aunt,” “Death on the Nile” and “Tess.” He was also renowned for the outlandish outfits he created for Glenn Close as the evil Cruella de Vil.

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‘Fat Ham’ Review: A Queer, Black ‘Hamlet’? Ay, There’s the Spice Rub.
Weekend, April 29

Set at a Southern barbecue, James Ijames’s hilarious update on Shakespeare sees a recipe for liberation in the story of family disaster.

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Paul Kellogg, New York City Opera Impresario, Dies at 84
Obits, April 28

He had no opera experience when he was chosen to run the Glimmerglass Opera in upstate New York; 17 years later, he took on City Opera during a difficult period.

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‘Taxilandia’ Review: The Mouth is Running, but Not the Meter
Culture, April 28

Modesto Jimenez, known as Flako, has turned cab theater into a genre, and his latest show takes place on a ride through Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Theater to Stream: A Musical Throwback and ‘The Normal Heart’
Weekend, April 28

Highlights include concerts by Melissa Errico and Sutton Foster, and an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves.”

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‘Great Gatsby’ Musical Sets Creative Team
Culture, April 28

The production will feature lyrics by Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and a book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok.

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Renée Fleming Was Back Onstage. Here’s What Happened First.
Arts & Leisure, April 28

To pull together a 85-minute indoor concert at the Shed with the opera star and three musicians, everything had to go according to plan.

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Rediscovering France’s Early Female Playwrights
Culture, April 28

A growing movement within French theater is reclaiming the work of forgotten female artists, and reviving a lost concept: le matrimoine.

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Sondheim Musical, in Development for Years, Looks Unlikely
Culture, April 27

The 91-year-old composer told the Public Theater last year that he was no longer working on a show based on the films of Luis Buñuel.

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The $16 billion grant fund for event businesses finally opens.
Business, April 26

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‘Block Association’ Review: Yes, in Your Backyard
Culture, April 25

In this clever show, audience members join a “neighborhood” and lobby for how its discordant residents should to spend a chunk of community money.

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Volatile and Vengeful: How Scott Rudin Wielded Power in Show Business
Culture, April 24

For decades, the producer has cultivated and castigated people at all levels of entertainment. Now his past is catching up with him.

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What Happens to Aspiring Actors When Hollywood Is Closed?
Interactive, April 23

They came to L.A. with a dream, but then came the pandemic.

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‘Romeo and Juliet,’ Cut in Half and Twice as Good
Weekend, April 22

Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as the star-crossed lovers in a compelling stage-film hybrid adaptation.

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News of Our Age Comes to Life in the Rooms of a Theater
Culture, April 22

Tired of reading the headlines? You can watch artistic interpretations of the stories of our era by trailing actors in a Living Newspaper production, section by section.

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5 Things to Do This Weekend
Culture, April 22

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually.

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How a Multimedia Whiz Seized Digital Theater’s Big Moment
Culture, April 21

The projection designer Jared Mezzocchi has become a go-to guy for ambitious virtual productions. Next up: Starring in his own haunted house play.

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Dark. Messy. Assaultive. Inscrutable. Even From Your Couch.
Arts & Leisure, April 21

Without international tours, streaming high-concept, director-driven European theater is the next best thing to being there.

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Jim Steinman, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Songwriter, Dies at 73
Obits, April 20

The rocker Meat Loaf’s interpretations of Mr. Steinman’s songs became one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

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A Tireless Actress, Back at the Scene of the ‘Crime’
Culture, April 19

Before the pandemic, Catherine Russell had missed only four performances of an Off Broadway perennial since 1987. She was onstage for its reopening.

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Taking Over Victory Gardens to Make a ‘Theater for All’
Culture, April 18

Ken-Matt Martin, the esteemed Chicago theater’s first Black artistic director, is going in with his eyes open.

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Reanimating ‘Cabaret,’ One Frame at a Time
Interactive, April 14

A first look at extraordinary images from the groundbreaking 1966 musical turns Broadway history into something that’s (literally) moving.

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What Happens to Theaters When They're Closed?
Interactive, April 9

A peek inside the performance spaces shuttered during the pandemic.

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Sawing Someone in Half Never Gets Old. Even at 100.
Interactive, January 29

The classic illusion is still with us, a century after its first performance.

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A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids
Interactive, January 21

To keep your little ones occupied, look no further than the world of podcasts. Here are a few ideas for kids ages 2 to 6.

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This Year’s Standout Moments in the Arts
Interactive, December 29

Though museums, theaters and galleries were closed, and concerts and festivals canceled, many artists continued creating indelible work.

Our Critics’ Top Picks of 2020
Interactive, December 11

The great film, TV, performance, art and books that emerged in a not-so-great year.

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Miss Live Theater? You’re Not Alone.
Interactive, October 15

We miss theater. And we know you do too. So we asked you to share some memories with us.

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Performing in a Pandemic
Interactive, September 23

Most professional theater in America has been shut down since March. So how did this production of “Godspell” come together?

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The Creative Circles Defining the Culture
Interactive, April 13

Whether united by outlook or identity, happenstance or choice, these communities have shaped the worlds of art, fashion, film and more.

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How the 2005 Revival of ‘Sweeney Todd’ Inspired a New Wave in Theater
Interactive, April 13

A minimalist staging by John Doyle of the tale of the barber of Fleet Street emphasized the raw talents of its cast.

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Why ‘Hair’ Has Endured
Interactive, April 13

An appreciation of the 1967 love-rock musical, which, against the odds, won over audiences across the world.