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Transatlantic Sessions 2016, Royal Festival Hall, London

A wonderfully diverse set of artists and material, including surprise appearances of Bowie and Pink Floyd songs, made this year's Transatlantic Session a joy.

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August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Gets a Vibrant National Theatre Revival

Charismatic performances from O-T Fagbenle and Sharon D Clarke ignite Dominic Cooke’s major revival of August Wilson’s play at the National Theatre.

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David Mamet and Al Pacino’s ‘China Doll’ Rat-a-Tats Without the Tat

There's an interesting play somewhere in the thin structure of China Doll, but not even a dutiful performance by Al Pacino can bring it to life.

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice Goes Digital in the Ambitious New Musical ‘wonder.land’

Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini’s musical is set in the contemporary world of social media, RPGs, and mean-girls, with results that veer from ingenious to awkward.

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Edouard Bourdet’s Lesbian Play, ‘The Captive’, Was Certainly Captive of its Time

Alison Bechdel's Fun Home isn't the first lesbian themed work of art to garner acclaim and controversy; 90 years ago, The Captive set the precedent.

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In ‘Theatre of the Unimpressed’, Failure Is the Great Subversion

Jordan Tannahill's book is full of provocative insights and exciting examples of theatre that is striving to resist the mediocrity that bores audiences the world over.

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Acting Connects Us All, Which Is ‘Why Acting Matters’

Through memorable, entertaining stories about actors and a brief history of acting in Britain and the United States, David Thomson reveals why acting matters so much to us all.

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‘Wendy and the Lost Boys’ Is Catnip for Wendy Wasserstein’s Fans

If you don't share Wendy Wasserstein's obsessions you may wonder what all the fuss is about, but Julie Salamon demonstrates how Wasserstein learned to dramatize her vulnerability to make people like both her and her plays.

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Despite many bright notes, theater in New York seems to be having an identity crisis

Broadway has had a good year by most accounts. Box-office receipts have just been tallied, and it turns out that this has been the highest-grossing

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Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We’d Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.

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22 Apr 2011 // 8:30 AM

Robin Williams tackles a role of a different stripe

NEW YORK — Long before Robin Williams was in an Iraq war play, he was very close to the Iraq war. Sitting in his dressing room

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The PopMatters Video Interview: Greg Allen of the Neo-Futurists

"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" is the longest running show in Chicago history, despite the fact that it completely changes every week. PopMatters sits down with Neo-Futurist founder Greg Allen for a one-of-a-kind discussion ...

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‘The Collected Plays of Paul Rudnick’: Seven Plays by One of Theatre’s Sharpest Wits

At his best, Paul Rudnick writes plays which are hilariously funny while dealing seriously with issues like personal identity, life and death, and religion and morality. At his worst, he’s still pretty damn funny.

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‘The American Stage’ Is Best Enjoyed As Theatre As Literature

A collection of 200-plus years of writing about the American theatre betrays a clear preference for the past over the present.

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Reading the Plays of Wendy Wasserstein by Jan Balakian

The works of Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein encapsulated the concerns of a generation of American women.

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The Play That Changed My Life by Ben Hodges

What may have been intended as a collection of essays about how certain playwrights got their start winds up turning into an infectious, joyous love letter to all things theatre.

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The Playbill Broadway Yearbook

With generous helpings of both vital information and insider tidbits, this is an impressive resource for the theatre journalist or fan.

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15 Jun 2008 // 3:00 AM

Sunday in the Park With George Producers of tonight’s Tony Award telecast (8 to 11 EDT on CBS) are planning, somehow, to sell Broadway with scenes

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My temptation is to protect political theater. Every time I hear someone groan “oh, no, not another play about Iraq” or “ho, hum, another docudrama

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22 Jan 2008 // 2:43 AM

Broadway play spotlights man who brought radio to the masses

In Broadway’s “The Farnsworth Invention,” broadcasting pioneer David Sarnoff is celebrated as the earliest and most fervent backer of a new technology: television. Long

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

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"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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