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Trump Deletes Angry Tweet Attacking ‘Hamilton’ Actor

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It’s a day ending in “y”, and so it is that President-Elect Donald Trump continues to demonstrate the gravitas and presidential restraint for which he is well known. Today’s example, the former host of The Apprentice fired off a series of angry tweets in response to the hostile reception that greeted his VP Mike Pence last night at a performance of Hamilton. At first limiting his comments to defending Pence, who was booed by the crowd but was only implored politely not to… Read

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Jason Sudeikis Charms The Boys Of Welton Academy In Live ‘Dead Poets Society’ – Review

Jason Sudeikis as John Keating with his students in the staged versoin of 'Dead Poets Society.'

Jason Sudeikis has enough mischief in his eyes to make John Keating a credible non-conformist hero in Dead Poets Society. You’ve heard of this secret club of pubescent prep-school pishers, who meet in a cave near “the finest preparatory school in the United States,” according to its headmaster. That was the club and this the fictional setting of the 1989 film starring an atypically sedate Robin Williams as Keating, the prodigal alumnus who has returned to snooty Welton to… Read


Charlotte Riley To Play Kate Middleton In ‘King Charles III’ For BBC, Masterpiece

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Peaky Blinders alum Charlotte Riley is set to play Kate Middleton in BBC/Masterpiece co-production, King Charles III. Adapted by Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster) from his own Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated stage play, the future-history story is produced by Drama Republic. Shooting begins this month on the 90-minute drama in and around Leeds for air in 2017. BBC Two carries it in the UK. Written in blank verse, the one-off telefilm is an imagining of Prince… Read

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Tributes Set For Edward Albee, Circle Repertory Company

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? playwright Edward Albee will be remembered December 6 beginning at 1 PM at the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street), according to a group of Albee's friends and associates who are organizing the memorial. Albee died at age 88 on September 16. A limited number of seats will be available to the general public, on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 12:30 PM. Albee wrote more than 30 plays, including The Zoo Story; The… Read

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Athol Fugard’s Searing ‘ “Master Harold” … And The Boys’ & Charming ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ – Review

Leon Addison Brown, Noah Robinson and Sahr Ngaujah in "'Master Harold' ... And The Boys" at the Signature Theatre.

Great performances are rare, great ensembles even more so. One brilliant turn can salvage an otherwise mediocre evening, but when a company of actors clicks, as do the three men who make up the entire cast of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and The Boys, a great play becomes ineffable, or nearly so: transporting, transfixing and transformative, all at once. That was the impact of this South African playwright’s devastating roman à clef when it opened on Broadway in 1983… Read

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Don’t Get Trump’s Appeal? See Riveting ‘Sweat’, About The Human Cost Of Downsizing – Review

Khris Davis and  Will Pullen  in 'Sweat' at the Public Theater.

Yes, I thought long and hard about the headline above this review. But no play in recent memory has  shed more light on the crises and tribulations of America’s great retrenched working middle class than Lynn Nottage’s new play, Sweat, which has opened at the Public Theater after previous productions in Oregon and Washington D.C. And here’s another anomaly to chew on: It’s a brilliant play from the author and director of the Pulitzer prize-winning Ruined, spectacularly… Read


David Tennant Takes On ‘Don Juan In Soho’; Joanna Strevens Joins Carnival – Global Briefs


Marking a return to the West End, David Tennant has taken on the title role of Patrick Marber’s Don Juan In Soho. The erstwhile Doctor Who will begin previews at Wyndham’s Theatre from March 17, 2017 with a limited run ending on June 10. Marber is directing the “savagely funny and filthy” modern update which moves the action to contemporary London and follows the final adventures of its debauched protagonist — a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure. A veteran of… Read


DDI Gets ‘Ripped’; Alex Lawther Joins ‘Ghost Stories’; More – AFM Briefs

Russell Peters performs at Punch Line, Philadelphia, USA - 08 Jul 2016

EXCLUSIVE: DDI has acquired worldwide sales rights to comedy feature Ripped. The directorial debut of Brad Epstein, producer of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Dan in Real Life and About a Boy, the film stars Russell Peters (The Jungle Book, Chef), Faizon Love (Couples Retreat), Kyle Massey (That's So Raven) and Alex Meneses (Telenovela). It’s based on an original screenplay by Epstein and Billiam Coronel about two free-spirited stoners in 1986 who, after smoking some… Read


Howard Davies Dies; Helen Mirren Lauds Acclaimed British Theater Director

FILE - This March 13, 2011 file photo shows British director Howard Davies at the Olivier Awards in London. Award-winning British theater director Howard Davies has died at the age of 71.His family said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 that Davies died of cancer Tuesday. He was active for many years in both London and New York, directing a series of well-received plays. In Britain he won the coveted Best Director Laurence Olivier Awards three times for his work on “The Iceman Cometh,” “All My Sons” and “The White Guard.” (Ian West/PA via AP, file)

UPDATED with Helen Mirren statement, 8:45 AM:: Howard Davies, a highly regarded director known for his work at several of England’s most prominent theatrical venues including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 71. Davies staged 36 productions for the National Theatre, which called him, in a statement to the BBC,  “one of the very greatest theatre directors of his generation.” “Howard was one… Read

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Jake Gyllenhaal Fills The Canvas of Sondheim & Lapine’s ‘Sunday In The Park With George’ – Review

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Sunday In ThePark With George' at new York City Center.

Who knew? Jake Gyllenhaal can be brooding (Brokeback Mountain), intense (Nightcrawler, Zodiac) and weird (Enemy). But who knew he could out-Mandy Patinkin Mandy Patinkin? Yet that’s exactly what he does in the outstanding concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday In The Park With George. The last of its too-brief run of performances is tonight; slated as a fundraiser for New York City Center’s invaluable concert series… Read

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Glenn Close Will Resurrect Norma Desmond In ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Revival On Broadway This Spring

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'Sunset Boulevard' musical, Press Night, London, Britain - 4 Apr 2016

UPDATE, noon with more information throughout. EARLIER: As if she never said good-bye, Glenn Close is ready for her close-up — again. After weeks of rumors, Close announced today that she’ll reprise the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway in the wake of knockout reviews for a London revival by the English National Opera. The 16-week engagement of the ENO production is slated to begin performances February 2 at the Palace Theatre, with opening night… Read

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‘Burn This’ Broadway Revival With Jake Gyllenhaal Postponed Until 2017-2018

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'Nocturnal Animals' photocall, 73rd Venice Film Festival, Italy - 02 Sep 2016

Burn This, the Broadway revival of the Landford Wilson play that was to be a starring vehicle for Jake Gyllenhaal and the first production in the refurbished Hudson Theatre after five decades, has been postponed. Producers Stacey Mindich and Jessica R. Jenen just made the announcement, citing “scheduling conflicts with the show's star.” Gyllenhaal is set to co-star next week with Annaleigh Ashford in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday In The Pa… Read