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What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Living With Pandemics
Opinion, Yesterday

Plague erased social, gender and personal differences. Shakespeare responded by emphasizing people’s unique and inerasable difference. His work is a narrative vaccine.

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Stuart Gordon, Whose Films Reanimated Horror, Dies at 72
Movies, March 27

His low-budget movies, notably the cult favorite “Re-Animator,” combined grisly body horror with a mordant sense of humor.

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Turn the Living Room into a Stage: Read Plays Out Loud
Theater, March 27

It’s a tradition this drama critic would highly recommend to those looking for ways to find magic in empty hours.

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Mark Blum, a Familiar Face Off Broadway, Is Dead at 69
Theater, March 27

Mr. Blum, who died of coronavirus complications, was also seen on Broadway; in “Crocodile Dundee” and other movies; and on numerous television shows.

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New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Gets New Director
Arts, March 27

Jennifer Schantz, an executive at the New-York Historical Society, will lead the library, which is home to more than 8 million items relating to music, theater and dance.

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Spring Culture Fell to Virus. In Oregon, Summer Theater Now Succumbs.
Theater, March 27

As nonprofits around the country cancel all spring programs, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival halts performances through Labor Day, and will lay off 80 percent of its staff.

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The Fourth Wall Is My Laptop Screen
Theater, March 26

When theaters closed by the pandemic stream their shuttered plays online, watching sharpens the longing for the real thing.

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‘I Never Knew Anyone Less Jaded’: Admiring Terrence McNally
Theater, March 26

Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joe Mantello on a versatile collaborator who came to know “he didn’t have to repeat himself.”

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Online, the Show Goes On. But It’s Just Not the Same.
Theater, March 26

The recorded performances that theaters in Germany have put online while they are closed don’t live up to the real thing, our critic says.

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Tony Awards Postponed Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Theater, March 25

The 74th annual ceremony and television broadcast won’t happen until Broadway reopens. How shows will be eligible remains to be determined.

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Terrence McNally’s ‘Unique Gift’
Opinion, March 25

“Terrence’s life speaks to what is best and bravest in us all,” says a reader who knew the playwright.

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Julia Miles, 90, Dies; Pushed for Gender Parity in the Theater
Theater, March 25

Concerned that female directors and playwrights were underrepresented in New York theaters, she founded Women’s Project in 1978 to cultivate their work.

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Broadway Is Shuttered but Its Buildings Sing: A Virtual Tour
Arts, March 25

David Rockwell, the architect and Tony-winning show designer, talks about the stories and history behind his favorite theaters.

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Mister Rogers Song and Dr. Dre Added to National Recording Registry
Arts, March 25

The Library of Congress designates 25 recordings for preservation, in what it is billing as “the ultimate ‘stay at home’ playlist.”

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Terrence McNally as Seen By Critics in The New York Times
Theater, March 24

He was furious, despairing, yet inescapably entertaining, often in the same show. And he offered memorable roles to Nathan Lane, Zoe Caldwell and more.

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Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81
Theater, March 24

Mr. McNally, who died of coronavirus complications, introduced audiences to characters and situations that most mainstream theater had previously shunted into comic asides.

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To Help Performers in Need, Funky Videos at Your Fingertips
Theater, March 23

The performer Taylor Mac and the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks have signed on to a video-sharing subscription service to raise money for New York colleagues in crisis.

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Rosie O’Donnell Returns, With Guests in the Basement and the Bathtub
Theater, March 23

For over three hours online Sunday night, the Broadway superfan schmoozed, fund-raised and gave stars a chance to share their music.

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At a Murder Mystery Weekend, Whodunit? Everyone
Theater, March 23

A critic disguised as an actress who is also a suspect in the death of the Great Merlini. Her team didn’t use “Cats” to break the case, though.

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Broadway, Shuttered by Pandemic, Reaches Short-Term Pay Deal
Theater, March 20

Hundreds of theater workers will receive wages and benefits for a few weeks during the shutdown, which has already led two plays, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Hangmen,” to close before they even opened.

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Great Theater, Dance and Classical Music to Tune Into While Stuck at Home
Arts, March 20

“The Rosie O’Donnell Show” returns for a night with streaming and the Metropolitan Opera will have a week of Wagner starting on Monday. Here is a list of digital content.

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What Happens When We Lose the Art That Brings Us Together?
Arts, March 20

Going online is one answer, but it’s not so simple.

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What Happens When We Lose the Art That Brings Us Together?
Arts, March 20

Going online is one answer, but it’s not so simple.

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In ‘Viral Monologues,’ Theater Mutates Into Online Deliverance
Theater, March 20

Funny, scary and necessary, this series of taped soliloquies contemplate the way we live now, in isolation.

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In ‘Viral Monologues,’ Theater Mutates Into Online Deliverance
Theater, March 20

Funny, scary and necessary, this series of taped soliloquies contemplate the way we live now, in isolation.

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Oberammergau Passion Play Canceled as Coronavirus Locks Down Germany
Theater, March 19

Over 400 years ago, villagers swore to stage the play every decade, as long as God spared them from the plague.

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Last Nights on London’s Stages, Before the Lights Went Out
Theater, March 19

While the city’s theaters were still open, several plays seemed to have relevant messages for our troubled times.

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Straining From Shutdowns, Theaters Ask Playwrights to Return Payments
Theater, March 18

The Pulitzer Prize winners Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker are among those who said they had been asked to give back advances because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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54% of the People. 12% of the Plays. Atlanta, Do We Have a Problem?
Arts, March 18

One of the country’s most racially diverse cities struggles, nicely, with representation and inclusion on its many bustling stages.

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54% of the People. 12% of the Plays. Atlanta, Do We Have a Problem?
Theater, March 18

One of the country’s most racially diverse cities struggles, nicely, with representation and inclusion on its many bustling stages.

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No Theater? No Problem. Plays and Musicals Switch to Streaming.
Theater, March 17

As bans on public gatherings have proliferated nationwide in response to coronavirus, shows and special programs are announcing streaming plans daily.

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It Was Their Big Debut. Then a Pandemic Hit.
Arts, March 17

Artists, actors, dancers and authors search for a silver lining as openings are disrupted by the virus outbreak.

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London’s Cultural Landmarks Shutter Amid Coronavirus Threat
Theater, March 16

The city’s West End theater district, Royal Opera House and other premier venues closed Monday after the prime minister warned patrons to avoid the theater during the outbreak.

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When a Pandemic Arrives at the Playhouse Door
Theater, March 16

From the bubonic plague to the AIDS crisis, theater and public health have a long history of shaping each other, our critic writes.

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Ticketholders Seek Refunds as Coronavirus Prompts Mass Cancellations
Business, March 14

For many events, it’s not too late to get your money back.

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Broadway Is Closed, but London’s Theaters Carry On
Theater, March 13

Britain has taken a more relaxed approach to coronavirus prevention than the rest of Europe and the United States.

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New York Events at Smaller Venues Go On
Arts, March 13

Some places have decided to remain open: movies and theater for smaller audiences, galleries by appointment, comedy clubs, jazz, zoos and the Statue of Liberty.

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What Are the Stephen Sondheim Songs Close to Your Heart?
Theater, March 13

What is your favorite Sondheim song and why? 

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Broadway, Other New York Arts Events, Canceled Because of Virus
Arts, March 12

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera are among other institutions that have suspended their programs. Here’s a list of closures and cancellations.

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7 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend
Theater, March 12

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Broadway, Symbol of New York Resilience, Shuts Down Amid Virus Threat
Theater, March 12

Facing restrictions on audience size and concern from actors and audiences about health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, the industry announced that shows will be shuttered through April 12.

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New York’s Major Cultural Institutions Close in Response to Coronavirus
Arts, March 12

The Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and New York Philharmonic announced temporary closures.

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It’s Not the Music. It’s Not the Lyrics. It’s the Drama.
Theater, March 12

Let’s not underrate Stephen Sondheim any longer: Theater’s greatest songwriter is also one of theater’s greatest playwrights. Here’s why.

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Stephen Sondheim, the Man Who Felt Too Much
Theater, March 12

Why did it take so long for the composer to be unambivalently embraced? Maybe because ambivalence is what he’s embraced most of all.

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From ‘South Park’ to ‘Knives Out,’ Pop Culture Is Steeped With Sondheim
Theater, March 12

The sophisticated composer and his snappy songs have migrated from stage to screens. Give us more to see? Here’s how.

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Where to Celebrate Sondheim in New York
Theater, March 12

What’s a birthday celebration without tribute concerts, new commissions and revivals of three classics? Here’s how to join the party, live.

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Now You Know: A Critic’s Guide to Sondheim
Theater, March 12

An opinionated take on the songwriter’s major works, from a delayed debut to a Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.

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Barbra Streisand, James Corden and More on Their Favorite Sondheim Song
Theater, March 12

We asked Stephen Sondheim’s admirers, some of them also his collaborators, to reflect on the songs that have stayed in their hearts.

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Broadway Usher Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Theater, March 11

The employee worked in recent days at “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Six,” prompting a scramble to inform the public and clean the theaters.

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‘Conscience’ Review: The Woman Who Stared Down the Red Scare
Theater, March 11

The hero of Joe DiPietro’s new comic drama is Margaret Chase Smith, a U.S. senator who had the rare courage to stand up to McCarthyism.

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‘About Love’ Review: Turgenev With Songs and Heartbreak
Theater, March 11

Despite charming performances, a Culture Project production works too hard bringing a delicate novella to the stage.

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Broadway, Seeking to Stay Open, Suggests Stars Keep Their Distance
Theater, March 11

Actors are being asked to suspend the tradition of greeting fans at stage doors, one of several steps that theaters are taking to limit the coronavirus threat.

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A Crisis of Borders in ‘72 Miles to Go…’
Theater, March 10

In Hilary Bettis’s play, a family separated by deportation wants to live regular American lives but discovers how mercilessly difficult that is.

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Lies of Love and Memory Swirl Through ‘Unknown Soldier’
Theater, March 9

This thoughtful, history-spanning portrait of elusive identities testifies to the versatility of its composer, Michael Friedman.

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In ‘Endlings,’ the Pain of Swimming Between Worlds
Theater, March 9

What do Korean divers and Manhattan playwrights have in common? A new play looks for the connection.

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Bringing Plague Tales Into Modern Times
Theater, March 9

The Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov is free from house arrest but isn’t allowed to leave Moscow. So actors from a Berlin theater went there to create his latest work.

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Mart Crowley, ‘Boys in the Band’ Playwright, Dies at 84
Arts, March 9

When it opened in 1968, the play broke new ground in its depiction of gay characters.

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Podcasts Worth a Listen
Arts, March 8

A fictitious Kevin Bacon (played by Kevin Bacon), an improvised space opera and a Midwestern gothic horror story are audio dramas you might want to add to your queue.

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Notes of Joy and Fear Fill This ‘Fandango’
Theater, March 8

“Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes),” an En Garde Arts production, invites audiences to experience a musical gathering popular among immigrants, this one under the threat of a raid.

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In ‘Skinfolk,’ the Joys of Blackness Burst From the Earth
Theater, March 6

On a set that transforms the Bushwick Starr into a cave beneath a tree, Jillian Walker tells a story of her family, and of blackness in America, that aches with hope.

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With a 7-Hour Saga, Robert Lepage Returns to Safer Ground
Theater, March 6

The Canadian director’s “The Seven Streams of the River Ota” is set for a world tour, after his most recent productions were embroiled in debates about cultural appropriation.

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From Coughing Fits to Closings, Cultural World Girds for Coronavirus
Arts, March 6

Museums, theaters and concert halls in the United States are steeling themselves for fearful patrons, lighter crowds and possible government shutdowns.

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‘Girl From the North Country’ Review: Bob Dylan’s Amazing Grace
Theater, March 5

This ravishing and singular musical, written and directed by Conor McPherson, hears America singing — Dylan — during the Great Depression.

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In ‘Mr. Toole,’ Trying to Remember Teacher
Theater, March 5

Vivian Neuwirth’s play is a fictionalized recollection of the life of the novelist John Kennedy Toole, who died before his Pulitzer-Prize winning classic “A Confederacy of Dunces” was published.

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These Women-Led Works Are the Right Plays at the Right Time
Theater, March 5

France’s movie business is consumed by debates about gender inequality. Onstage, female theatermakers are bringing women’s stories to the fore.

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You’ve Got the Wrong Idea About Martin McDonagh
Theater, March 4

Yes, his new Broadway play is called “Hangmen.” Sure, he writes about violent people doing violent things. But at heart, he said, he likes a good laugh.

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In ‘Sideways: The Experience,’ Bros Run Amok in Wine Country
Theater, March 4

The stage adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel about two friends on a last-hurrah wine tour preserves the white male wish fulfillment of the original.

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In ‘The Perplexed,’ Moral Gridlock on Fifth Avenue
Theater, March 3

Richard Greenberg’s overstuffed new play about family feuds and ethical choices turns a wedding comedy into a crisis.

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‘Coal Country’ Review: Songs and Stories in a Disaster’s Aftermath
Theater, March 3

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s show at the Public Theater, with live music by Steve Earle, is based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy.

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London’s ‘Cyrano,’ With James McAvoy, Is Headed to BAM
Theater, March 3

The postmodern take on the classic, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will have a limited run in May.

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‘Incantata’ Review: An Elegy in Words, Video and Potatoes
Theater, March 3

A solo stage adaptation of Paul Muldoon’s poem considers whether making art can offer solace in the wake of grief.

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‘& Juliet,’ a Jukebox Musical, Leads Olivier Award Nominations
Arts, March 3

Though panned by critics, a show based on the songs of the pop producer Max Martin is up for nine awards at Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys.

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The Bard of American Privilege
T Magazine, March 3

The playwright Richard Greenberg has dedicated himself to chronicling urban elites. With his two new shows, he’s re-entering the theater in a heightened cultural moment.

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Lucy Prebble’s ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ Wins the Blackburn Prize
Theater, March 2

Prebble won the annual prize for female playwrights, for her work about a Russian assassination on British soil.

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Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker Spend the Night Together
Theater, March 2

In Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” they are playing three different couples — and are seeing more of one another than ever.

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‘Tumacho’ Review: The Strange Delights of a Supernatural Horse Opera
Theater, March 2

Ethan Lipton’s delirious Western comedy features a pigtailed gunslinger, a soul-sucking demon and singing puppet cactuses, among other inspired flights of fancy.

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How Much Does a Play Change During Previews? Just Ask ‘The Perplexed’
Theater, March 2

Tweaks to dialogue, costumes and lighting cues came daily, as the cast and crew of Richard Greenberg’s new play prepared for opening night.

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Aaron Sorkin on How He Would Write the Democratic Primary for ‘The West Wing’
Interactive, March 2

“There are grand gestures out there to be had, and no one is going for them. We’re drowning in timidity.”

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In ‘The Hot Wing King,’ a New Recipe for a Family
Theater, March 1

Katori Hall’s genial play, built around a cooking contest in Memphis, uses a sitcom structure to explore black masculinity.

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Gerald Krone, a Negro Ensemble Company Founder, Dies at 86
Theater, February 28

He provided the administrative know-how that got the theater troupe off the ground in 1967. That he was white drew some criticism.