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This Year’s BroadwayCon Raises the Curtain on Mental Health
Culture, Today

The ninth annual fan event will include discussions on topics such as sobriety, self-care and body image. Here are six to look out for.

When the Paris Olympics Begin, the Seine Is His Stage
Culture, Today

To open the Games, the theater director Thomas Jolly has masterminded a spectacular waterborne ceremony depicting 12 scenes from French history.

‘Inspired by True Events’ Review: True Crime Thriller Riddled With Clichés
Culture, Today

The actor Ryan Spahn makes his Off Broadway playwriting debut with an immersive, psychologically shallow dark comedy.

In ‘Pre-Existing Condition,’ a Character Isn’t Defined by Abuse, or One Actress
Culture, Yesterday

Stars like Edie Falco and Deirdre O’Connell bring a communal quality to Marin Ireland’s play about the aftermath of domestic violence.

For Some Old Musicals, Not Just Revival but Reappropriation
Arts & Leisure, July 22

How a Black lieutenant, a gay kiss and a catless ballroom are helping reclaim Broadway classics.

‘Hello, Dolly!’ Review: Imelda Staunton Has the Wow, Wow, Wow Factor
Culture, July 19

The veteran British actress shines in a new revival that is the musical theater highlight of the West End summer.

At ‘Slave Play’ in London, a ‘Black Out’ Night Emerges From Controversy
Culture, July 19

Critics slammed the idea of “restricting audiences on the basis of race,” but at a recent performance, Black spectators praised producers for creating a safe space.

Kennedy Center Honorees Include Francis Ford Coppola and the Apollo
Culture, July 18

The renowned Harlem theater will be the first institution to receive the honor. Artists being recognized are Bonnie Raitt, Arturo Sandoval and the Grateful Dead.

The Broadway Actor Who Designs Dressing Rooms Inspired by Her Characters
T Style, July 17

Krysta Rodriguez has found an avid audience for her new side business: creating dramatic interiors.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Approach EGOT After ‘Only Murders’ Nod
Culture, July 17

The hit Hulu comedy moved the action to Broadway for Season 3, which in turn helped the songwriting duo inch closer to joining the exclusive club.

‘Ain’t Done Bad’ Tells a Familiar Gay Story in Dance
Weekend, July 17

Jakob Karr, from “So You Think You Can Dance?,” has conceived and choreographed a show set to songs by the country musician Orville Peck.

With a Killer Onstage and a Body Part in a Bag, the Show Went On
Weekend, July 16

The creators of “Inspired by True Events” wanted their new immersive theater piece to convey ominousness, not a haunted-house riff on “Noises Off.”

Do You Know These Movies Based on Shakespeare’s Plays?
Interactive, July 15

Try this short quiz on modern films that drew their inspiration from classic works written for the stage hundreds of years ago.

In ‘Life and Trust,’ the Details Are in the Devil
Arts & Leisure, July 15

A new immersive piece of theater from the producers of “Sleep No More” transports visitors to the Gilded Age through a retrofitted skyscraper in Manhattan.

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, July 12

A selection of entertainment highlights this weekend, including “Eno,” a generative documentary on the musician Brian Eno.

For This Drama, Some Actors Returned to Prison by Choice
Culture, July 12

Alongside Colman Domingo and Paul Raci, ex-inmates shot “Sing Sing” in a decommissioned correctional facility. Then came the screening in the actual prison.

What Makes ‘Oh, Mary!’ One of the Best Summer Comedies in Years
Weekend, July 12

Cole Escola’s dragtastic White House farce asks the immortal question: Besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Review: Sprinkling Magic Under a Night Sky
Culture, July 10

Fun is the main point of Carl Cofield’s stylish outdoor staging of Shakespeare’s comic fantasy for the Classical Theater of Harlem.

A Queer Mountain Lion Leaps From the Page to the Little Island Stage
Culture, July 10

Henry Hoke’s 2023 novel, “Open Throat,” narrated by an animal in peril in the Hollywood Hills, is adapted for a staged reading.

A Red-Carpet Star Is Born
Styles, July 10

Cole Escola is dressing the part of fashion plate after achieving a new level of fame with the play “Oh, Mary!”

2 Russians Found Guilty of ‘Justifying Terrorism’ in Their Play About ISIS
Foreign, July 8

A theater director and playwright were sentenced to prison, a stark indication of the increasing suppression of free speech since Russia’s attack on Ukraine, their lawyers and critics say.

At Avignon Festival, Theater’s World Gets Wider
Culture, July 8

Under its new director, the event is shining a spotlight on countries and performers rarely represented on the biggest European stages.

The Five Women Who Started a Secret Theater Society
Arts & Leisure, July 8

Years before they ascended to influential leadership roles, they worked at the Public Theater and became cheerleaders for each other’s professional dreams.

Brooke Shields se prepara para su nuevo papel como dirigente sindical
En español, July 7

La actriz y empresaria es la nueva presidenta de Actors’ Equity. En una entrevista, explicó cuáles son sus planes en este nuevo rol.

Resisting the Far Right at a Festival of French Theater
Culture, July 5

Tiago Rodrigues said the Avignon Festival, which he leads, would become “a festival of resistance,” juggling activism with the premiere of a new play.

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, July 5

A selection of entertainment highlights this weekend, including Ti West’s new film, “MaXXXine.”

15 Summer Theaters for That Nearby, Out-of-Town Experience
Culture, July 2

Easygoing days of drama and comedy are just a few hours away (or even closer) in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Shay Youngblood, Influential Author and Playwright, Dies at 64
Obits, July 1

She wrote memorably about her upbringing by a circle of maternal elders and the life lessons they imparted, and of her yearning for the mother she lost.

‘Starlight Express’ Review: The Gravy Train Rolls On
Weekend, July 1

Nostalgia will undoubtedly lure many to a London revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. It has more in common with a theme park than with theater, our critic writes.

‘Dämon: El Funeral de Bergman’ Brings Electricity to Avignon
Culture, July 1

The Spanish director and performer Angélica Liddell elicited a standing ovation at the Avignon Festival in spite of her attacks on critics.

Brooke Shields Has Worn Many Hats. Now She’s a Labor Boss.
Culture, July 1

The model-turned-actress-turned-businesswoman is the new president of Actors’ Equity. In an interview, she explained what she’s doing there.

Where Can Sondheim’s Operatic Musicals Find a Home?
Culture, June 28

Jonathan Tunick, Stephen Sondheim’s longtime collaborator, unveiled a grand orchestration of “A Little Night Music” that deserves more than a concert.

5 Things to Do This Weekend
Interactive, June 28

A selection of entertainment highlights this weekend, including Season 3 of “The Bear.”

Experimental Films Fuel ‘Slave Play’ Documentary
Culture, June 28

The playwright Jeremy O. Harris’s “Slave Play. Not a Movie. A Play.” wears its intellectual references on its sleeve.

‘N/A’ Review: For Nancy Pelosi and A.O.C., It’s a House Divided
Weekend, June 28

Is moral leadership possible without parliamentary power? Two very familiar congresswomen battle it out onstage.

Second Stage Becomes First Broadway Nonprofit in Decades to Name New Leader
Weekend, June 27

The organization, which won this year’s best play revival Tony Award for “Appropriate,” has chosen Evan Cabnet as its next artistic director.

Betty Boop Time Travels to New York, and Broadway, Next Spring
Weekend, June 27

“BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical” had a run in Chicago last year. It is slated to open at a Shubert theater in April.

Bill Cobbs, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Night at the Museum’ Actor, Dies at 90
Obits, June 27

He was not a Hollywood household name. But his face was one anyone who watched TV or movies over the past several decades could recognize.

After a Brief Run, ‘Tommy’ Revival to Close on Broadway
Culture, June 25

“The Who’s Tommy,” which has a rock score by Pete Townshend, will end on July 21. A national tour is in the works.

‘I Might Be Real-Life Good at This’: Shooting for Broadway at the Jimmy Awards
Culture, June 25

The awards, which celebrated excellence in high school musical theater on Monday, have become a launchpad for future stars and Tony nominees.

A ‘Ulysses’ That Squeezes Bloomsday Into 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
Culture, June 25

Elevator Repair Service’s staged reading of the huge James Joyce novel retains much of its humor, pathos and bawdiness.

In ‘Find Me Here,’ Sisters Grapple With a Father’s Will, and His Legacy
Culture, June 25

A family gathering fuels Crystal Finn’s new play, in which an excellent cast teases out the many complications of inheritance.

Leslye Headland’s ‘Cult of Love’ to Open on Broadway in the Fall
Culture, June 25

The play will be produced by Second Stage, which is also planning an Off Broadway production of a two-character drama by Donald Margulies.

What to See on London Stages This Summer
Culture, June 25

British theater recommendations for visitors and residents of all ages — and inclinations.

Does a Smash Hit Like ‘Lion King’ Deserve a $3 Million Tax Break?
Metro, May 17

Broadway is still recovering from the pandemic. A state tax-credit program has helped, but watchdogs say it aids some shows that don’t need a boost.

Audience Snapshot: Four Years After Shutdown, a Mixed Recovery
Culture, March 12

Covid brought live performance to a halt. Now the audience for pop concerts and sporting events has roared back, while attendance on Broadway and at some major museums is still down.

Is Earlier Better for Theater Start Times?
Culture, February 14

In an effort to entice audiences back after the pandemic, Britain’s National Theater is testing a 6:30 p.m. curtain.

Off Broadway, a Vital Part of New York Theater, Feels the Squeeze
Culture, December 5

The small theaters that help make the city a theater capital are cutting back as they struggle to recover from the pandemic.

Luring Theater Audiences Back After Covid
Letters, September 10

Readers discuss the decline in theater subscribers after the pandemic. Also: Northern Ireland; food allergies; a Covid playmate; anti-China bias.

72 Regional Theaters, One Shared Crisis
Insider, July 28

Michael Paulson spoke with producers and artistic directors at nonprofit theaters across the country about the crisis their industry is facing.

A Crisis in America’s Theaters Leaves Prestigious Stages Dark
Culture, July 23

As they struggle to recover after the pandemic, regional theaters are staging fewer shows, giving fewer performances, laying off staff and, in some cases, closing.

In ‘Plays for the Plague Year,’ the Soundtrack of Our Lives
Culture, April 19

Suzan-Lori Parks wrote one play a day for 13 months during the pandemic. Those stories come to life onstage in the form of monologues, dialogues and songs at Joe’s Pub.

As Presenters Cut Back on Streams, Some Disabled Arts Lovers Feel Left Out
Culture, April 14

When shuttered venues embraced streaming during the pandemic, the arts became more accessible. With live performance back, and streams dwindling, many feel forgotten.

‘Covid Vortex Anxiety Opera’ Review: Gloom, Zoom and a New Bloom
Culture, April 11

The veteran performance artist Karen Finley leads the audience through the troubles that plagued New York City at the peak of the pandemic.

Obie Awards Honor ‘English’ as Best New Play
Culture, February 24

A ceremony for the awards, celebrating work Off and Off Off Broadway, will be held Monday, but organizers decided to announce the winners in advance.

Broadway Bounces Back With ‘Best Week Since the Before Times’
Culture, January 4

Broadway shows grossed $51.9 million during the holiday week, the most since 2019, and “The Lion King” set a record for the most earned by any show in a single week.

‘Broadway Rising’ Review: Surviving the Pandemic
Weekend, December 27

Stakeholders including Patti LuPone and Lynn Nottage share their real-time reactions to New York theater’s shutdown and reopening in Amy Rice’s documentary.

Onstage, It’s Finally Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Again
Culture, December 21

After one holiday season lost to the pandemic and another curtailed by Omicron, seasonal staples including “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Messiah” are back in force.

Lynn Nottage’s ‘Clyde’s’ Is the Most-Staged Play in America
Culture, September 23

An annual survey, suspended during the pandemic, resumes and finds theaters nationally doing fewer shows and torn between escapism and ambition.

Did Fauci Lead America Astray on Covid?
Letters, September 16

Responses to an essay that criticized Anthony Fauci’s handling of the pandemic. Also: Migrants as props; abortion rights; David Milch; theater’s lessons.

To Mask, or Not to Mask: Theaters and Concert Halls Face a Dilemma
Culture, September 5

Some audience members are turned off by mask mandates. Others won’t attend indoor performances without them. Arts presenters are taking different approaches this season.

‘It’s My Tradition Too’: A Town’s Centuries-Old Passion Play Evolves
Culture, August 24

After a two-year pandemic delay, villagers in the German town of Oberammergau are once again re-enacting the story of Jesus’s life and death, with some changes.

On Broadway, One Show Decides to Keep Masks. No, It’s Not ‘Phantom.’
Culture, June 24

“American Buffalo,” at Circle in the Square, is sticking with masking till it closes, July 10, citing the “proximity of the audience to the actors” and “the staging in the round.”

You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman
New York, June 24

Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.

You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman.
Metropolitan, June 24

Beginning in July, Broadway will no longer require audiences to mask up. Actors and theater workers aren’t loving the idea.

Broadway Will Drop Mask Mandate Beginning July 1
Culture, June 21

Most theaters stopped requiring proof of vaccination this spring. Now they are going “mask optional.”

‘A Strange Loop’ Wins Best Musical as Tonys Celebrate Broadway’s Return
Culture, June 13

“The Lehman Trilogy” won best play, “Company” won best musical revival and “Take Me Out” won best revival of a play at the 75th Tony Awards.

‘Come From Away’ to Close, the Latest Broadway Show to End Run
Culture, June 8

The musical, which opened in 2017, is the third to announce a closing in two days, as many shows struggle in a pandemic-softened marketplace.

Broadway theaters will continue requiring patrons to wear masks at least through June 30.
Culture, May 20

The decision comes at a time when New York City has declared a “high Covid alert.”

The Twisting Trail to the Tonys: ‘Can You Believe That We’re Here?’
Arts & Leisure, May 18

At times it felt like a game of survival. But during a Broadway season unlike any other, productions showed their resourcefulness while learning how to live with Covid.

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ to Close on Broadway, After Reopening
Culture, May 13

The musical, which shuttered temporarily in January as the Omicron variant spread, has struggled with the slow return of tourists to the theater.

Your Monday Evening Briefing
N Y T Now, May 9

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Most Broadway theaters have ended vaccination checks as coronavirus cases are rising.
Culture, May 9

Most of Broadway Ends Vaccine Checks as Cases Rise in New York
Culture, May 6

While for-profit theater owners and operators agreed to stop checking proof of vaccination this week, several nonprofit Broadway theaters continue to require it.

Manhattan Springs Back to Life
Travel, May 5

Broadway enthusiasts, art aficionados and food lovers will find new offerings in and around Times Square and in neighborhoods below 42nd Street, heralding the promise of a vibrant recovery.

‘For Colored Girls’ to Close on Broadway, Reflecting Tough Season
Culture, May 3

The revival, directed by Camille A. Brown, received strong reviews but struggled to attract audiences and overcome challenges posed by Covid.