Union suggests no ‘stage-dooring’ once live performances resume

The areas around stage doors could look as deserted as the one above if theaters implement a union’s guideline prohibiting autograph seeking following live theater productions.     If you loved seeking autographs and taking backstage tours following stage productions, new safety guidelines may disappoint you. A theater union suggests...

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Obie winners include esteemed Black theater company

NBT founder Dr. Barbara Ann Teer     NBT Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory NBT CEO Sade Lythcott   One of the oldest Black theater companies in the country has received its first Obie Award. This is an honor recognizing excellence Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. In fact, the Obie recognition came a...

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Play finalists for Primus Prize focus on aftermath of violence

  By AARON KRAUSE How do we cope ahead in the aftermath of large-scale violence? A group of plays answer that question in ways that make the pieces stand out, said the chairwoman of a committee that recognizes the outstanding work of emerging female playwrights. From 2019, Ripe Frenzy, Benevolence,...

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Excellence in South Florida theater to be honored in August

                                    Caryl Fantel                                                             ...

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Drama Desk Awards winners announced

      The winners are in for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards. This annual ceremony honors the best in Broadway, off and off-off-Broadway theater for the year that just passed. This year, the presentations took place virtually during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage, hosted...

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In unsettling times like these, ‘Hairspray’ is a balm…and a call to action

  Photo courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Tracy Turnblad (Adee David), center, introduces herself as the newest dancer on the “Corny Collins Show” in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of Hairspray. I saw and reviewed the production at the Indianapolis theater last fall.   By AARON KRAUSE My...

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This theatrical experience allows you to safely ‘travel’ around the world.

  Photo by PopUp Theatrics June Romero awaits you in Miami.   By AARON KRAUSE In a matter of hours, you can laugh in Miami, sing “Happy Birthday” in Paris, and kick some butt in Singapore. To zoom from one destination to another, you don’t need a passport, a suitcase...

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Online exhibition showcases the lone artist, performer

Self Portrait in Barber Chair, 1989 © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org     There is an art to being alone. And at least when it comes to the theater, few have captured that art on paper better than the legendary Al Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was an...

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National award-winning play shows “How the Light Gets In.”

  By AARON KRAUSE “It’s about finding the courage to reach each other during the darkest and most difficult times,” said the winner of a national new play award for her piece, How the Light Gets In. From her description, it sounds like playwright E.M. Lewis penned her award-winning play...

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The show goes on with the Drama Desk Awards

While the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing have yet to announce a new date for the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards will air at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31. However, due to the pandemic, this year’s edition will not feature a traditional ceremony. Instead, the public will...

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