Review: Thrilling Talent In ‘The Homecoming Queen’ & Michael Weller’s Coney Island Carousel Spin In ‘Jericho’
It’s all well and good to have great seats for Bruce Springsteen and assured seats for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Denzel Washington’s Hickey. It’s a privilege, to be sure. Still, I believe most of my colleagues would agree that what really revs our motors is the all-too-rare discovery of a new talent. That’s the case with Ngozi Anyanwu’s The Homecoming Queen, which is having its world premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company’s smaller space in New York’s… Read
Goodspeed Opera Cancels Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’
UPDATED with Woody Allen response: The Goodspeed Opera House, the storied Connecticut nonprofit that launched Annie and has been a prominent showcase for musical theater talent for more than four decades, announced this afternoon it was canceling an upcoming production of Bullets Over Broadway in response to the resurgence of allegations that Woody Allen had inappropriate sexual contact with Mia Farrow’s daughter Dylan.
Allen has denied the allegations and insisted that… Read
Long Wharf Theatre A.D. Fired In Wake Of Harassment Allegations
UPDATE Wednesday: Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre since 2002, was fired Tuesday night and barred from the premises of the New Haven, CT company. The Long Wharf board acted one day after on-the-record revelations of sexual assault and harassment were published in a blistering New York Times report. Managing director Joshua Borenstein has been appointed interim artistic and managing director while the board determines how to… Read
‘Padmaavat’ Stokes More Violence In India; Laura Linney To Make West End Debut – Global Briefs
Bollywood epic Padmavati, now titled Padmaavat, will see its worldwide release beginning tomorrow. The Deepika Padukone-starrer has throughout production and to today sparked a furor in India, inciting violence and death threats. It finally cleared censors last week after a December date was delayed amid escalating tensions. Those tensions have not abated. At least 16 people were reportedly arrested on Tuesday in Ahmedabad as they protested the release of Sanjay Leela… Read
Amy Sherman-Palladino Tells Women Stage Directors ‘Broadway Is Heaven’ – But Some Demur
Amy Sherman-Palladino couldn’t have been more tickled to host a panel titled “Women in Theatre: Resetting the Stage.” The creative force behind Gilmore Girls and this season’s hotter-than-hot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sherman-Palladino co-produced the Broadway run of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Violet, and may not have fully recovered from the experience. Hence her appearance in a tight subterranean space hosting prominent women directors, among them Ka… Read
Broadway Review: John Lithgow’s Evocative ‘Stories By Heart’
How well we know John Lithgow’s satisfying face, his agreeable body: The eyes narrowed quizzically above a smile slimmed by secrets (or is it menace?); the frame softly hulking, lacking intimidation. It has been so familiar it deserves landmark cultural status. Who else has a resume as varied as this, from the transexual Roberta Muldoon in The World According to Garp and Debra Winger’s milquetoast lover in Terms of Endearment, the crazed preacher daddy of Footloose, and… Read
An American ‘Reckoning’ With Sexual Assault Crosses Over Into Canada
When Toronto’s celebrated theater company, Soulpepper, was preparing to spend a monthlong summer residency in New York, I warned artistic director Albert Schultz that he was playing against long odds. Absent a London pedigree, I said, New York City can be cruelly hostile to interlopers. We may not be partial to Maple Leaf interpretations of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and W. Somerset Maugham’s buzzkiller Of Human Bondage.
Schultz forged ahead, raising the… Read
Ben Vereen Apologizes For “Inappropriate Conduct” During 2015 Community Theater Production
Tony-winning actor Ben Vereen has apologized for “inappropriate conduct” toward female cast members in a 2015 Florida community theater production of Hair.
His tweeted apology originally was provided to the New York Daily News for the paper’s report today that Vereen forced kisses and other physical contact on women in the cast; made lewd propositions; and “made degrading comments about their weight, sex appeal and personal lives,” often while invoking the free-spirited… Read
Dramatists Guild’s Horton Foote $25K Award Goes To James Anthony Tyler
Author James Anthony Tyler has won the third annual Dramatists Guild of America’s Horton Foote Playwriting Award, which carries $25K purse underwritten by the Richenthal Foundation. The runner up is Fernanda Coppel.
Named for the late playwright, screenwriter and memoirist whose many accolades include the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (for The Young Man From Atlanta) and two Oscars (for To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies), the award goes to a dramatist whose work, in the… Read
Philip Seymour Hoffman $45K Tribute Award Will Go To Playwright Gracie Gardner
Pussy Sludge, Gracie Gardner’s play about a young woman who also is an oil well, has earned the writer $45,000 and extensive development opportunities, courtesy of the American Playwriting Foundation’s “Relentless Award” prize.
The award was established in honor of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and “his pursuit of truth in the theater,” according to the foundation’s executive director, Emmy nominee David Bar Katz. A playwright, screenwriter and director, Bar Katz was a… Read
‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Sets Stage Debut In Geffen Revival Of Neil LaBute’s ‘Fat Pig’
Chrissy Metz, a key ensemble player in NBC’s popular series This Is Us, will make her stage debut this spring in a Geffen Playhouse revival of Neil LaBute’s disturbing 2004 drama Fat Pig.
The production will replace LaBute's The Way We Get By, with preview performances beginning May 16 and opening night May 23. The production closes Sunday, June 24. Additional casting will be announced.
The play follows what happens when a young man falls in love with a smart, sexy… Read
N.Y. Stage Review: ‘A Room In India,’ ‘Hundred Days’ & ‘Downtown Race Riot’
Ariane Mnouchkine has spectacle, and exile, in her DNA. Her father, the Russian-born French film magnate Alexandre Mnouchkine, produced Jean Cocteau’s Les parents terribles, Philippe de Broca’s Cartouche, Alain Resnais’ Stavisky, Bertrand Blier’s Get Out Your Handkerchiefs and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s The Name of the Rose, among others.
And if you’re of an age to remember the summer of 1984, when Los Angeles hosted the remarkable Olympics Arts Festival, his daughter’s name… Read