GableStage seeks to engage through multi-media

  By AARON KRAUSE While GableStage has decided to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 season of live theater due to COVID-19, the company’s current endeavor might offer snapshots of what theater could, at least partially, look like in a post-pandemic world. Specifically, to replace the remainder of the 2019-20 season,...

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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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Ohio teens performing ‘The Crucible’ safely and in person

Photo courtesy of Toledo Repertoire Theatre Two cast members from Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep group rehearse a scene in person and with social distancing in mind.   By AARON KRAUSE Several Toledo teenage thespians who are performing in person Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible, are viewing masks and social...

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Artist and advocate during the AIDS crisis dies at 84

Larry Kramer Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons   Larry Kramer, a fiercely passionate playwright, screenwriter, and advocate whom many credited with jump-starting the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in America, has died in Manhattan. He was 84 and less than a month from his 85th birthday. His husband,...

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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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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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‘It’s theater in your living room’ — and it’s live

      Photo by Brian Love Jason Weiss, founder and artistic director of No Pants Theatre Company.   By AARON KRAUSE “Shhhhhh! It’s about to start!,” someone commented in eager anticipation of No Pants Theatre Company’s production of Samuel Garza Bernstein’s drama, If You Are Reading This. Most likely,...

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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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Theater is continuing through the pandemic

While most theaters are shuttered due to the pandemic, there are many opportunities to watch plays and musicals virtually. Here is a list of such opportunities.         “This fall, with all the political upheaval and anxiety, we could think of no better way to face our country’s...

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Creating scenes of intimacy safely, seamlessly and convincingly on stage

  Photo by Kiaa Janell Spencer Landis as Usnavi and Lauren Horgan as Vanessa appear in a scene from Measure for Measure’s production of In the Heights. Obviously, the scene required a moment of intimacy, which Intimacy Choreographer Nicole Perry staged.   By AARON KRAUSE Even before the current strain...

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