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New York Dance Companies Merge

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Bill T. Jones, co-founder, artistic director and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones-Arnie Zane Dance Company, discusses the merger.


A Panda Bear Punching Bag Comes to Brooklyn

Friday, November 19, 2010

Have a rough week at work? Did your significant other do you wrong? Has your cat run away or head to that big farmhouse in the sky? Well, for the next 24 hours you can call someone in Brooklyn who cares. For a penny, Performance Artist Nate Hill will take a punch in the belly while dressed as a cute, adorable, 6'3" wide-eyed panda bear. Until Saturday night, you can even set up a house call to vent at a time best suited to your schedule.


Terrance McKnight Interviews Ntozake Shange and M. Nahadr about 'For Colored Girls'

Friday, November 19, 2010

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Opera in New York City Takes on a Spanish Accent

Monday, November 15, 2010

Opera companies, ballet troupes, orchestras and film festivals focusing on Spanish-language material are increasingly filling seats in teatros across the city.


Theater Review: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Friday, November 12, 2010

Though Bartlett Sher has created a spectacle with a lot of splash and vigor at the Belasco Theater, the musical version of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” is missing the momentum and focus needed to avoid what seems to be a colorful but forgettable breakdown.


The WOW Café Theater in the East Village: Surviving and Still Surprising at 30 Years

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

In a city where artsiness—and even meta-artsiness—manages to be its own cliche, the WOW Café Theater is a relic and a stronghold in uncertain times. WOW celebrates its 30th year as a non-commercial women’s theater this year.


Celebrating Hollywood Legend Doris Day

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hollywood legend Doris Day is one of the few top-ranking female box office stars who is still alive to talk about what it was like to break into Hollywood in the 1940s. Day recently spent time talking about her life and career with WNYC Music Host Jonathan Schwartz.

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Three to See: Catch These Plays Closing This Week

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

As the days get shorter and the nights cool off, catching a play is a great fall activity. Here are three plays to see before they close.


Listening to the Dark: The SITI Company Stages Welles

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WNYC reviews a double bill of two “radio plays”: a reenactment of "War of the Worlds," and an unsettling, deconstructed "Macbeth" using Welles’ original play script.


Theater Review: Lawrence Wright's "The Human Scale"

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Lawrence Wright brings his almost painfully visceral journalism to the stage in his nonfiction one-man show, "The Human Scale." WNYC's Julia Furlan reviews the play.

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Queens Theatre in the Park Director Announces Resignation

Monday, October 04, 2010

After 21 years with Queens Theatre in the Park, founding Executive Director Jeffrey Rosenstock announced he'll be step down in June, after the company's 2011 season. Rosenstock has been with the theater since 1989 and oversaw the recent completion of a $27 million renovation.


New York Musical Theater Festival Kicks Off at City Stages

Monday, September 27, 2010

Whether you like to admit it or not, chances are that you have a soft spot for musicals. If so, you're in luck: the New York Musical Theater Festival will present 30 independent musicals from Monday, Sept. 27 to Sunday, Oct. 17.


A New York Fall Theater Primer

Friday, September 24, 2010

At least 11 new musicals are scheduled to open on Broadway this year. Some critics say this will be the fall of the has-been and the rehashed. But others say that's true only if you stick to Broadway plays.

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Broadway's Bike Valet Used Little, So Far

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's week two on a three-week free bike valet experiment in the theatre district and the verdict is: Not exactly a hit.

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LaBelle Takes the Stage in 'Fela'

Monday, September 13, 2010

On Tuesday night, singer Patti LaBelle takes the stage at the Eugene O'Neil Theater. But this time she won't be performing her own hit songs. LaBelle is taking over the role of Fela Kuti's mother, Funmilayo, in the Broadway hit, Fela!


Three to See: Catch These Plays Closing This Week

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In addition to the languorous picnics and beach volleyball games you want to get in before the end of summer, you can add three plays to your to-do list. Macbeth, The Punishing Blow and Sex in Mommyville are all closing this weekend, so get to it!


Pulling Back the Curtain on Broadway's Cast Changes

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last month, two hit Broadway shows—the revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal—changed up their lead casts. The lower ranks of Broadway shows swap cast members with the regularity of a revolving door, but recasting marquee names is a bit more complicated.


Broadway to Dim Lights Tuesday in Memory of Actress Patricia Neal

Monday, August 16, 2010

Tuesday evening, August 17, at 8 p.m., Broadway theater marquees will dim their lights for one minute in memory of Tony Award-winning actress Patricia Neal, who passed away on August 8 at the age of 84. “As the last surviving winner from the first Tony Awards ceremony,” says Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, “her presence at subsequent Tony telecasts represented Broadway’s singular history.”


Patti Labelle Joins Cast of 'Fela!'

Friday, August 13, 2010

Singer Patti LaBelle is joining the cast of the Broadway play Fela!


Stepping On Stage from the Fringe

Friday, August 13, 2010

New York City is the kind of place where you can witness a mariachi love song, beat-boxing acrobats or an African drum circle on your morning commute.  But if you want to catch even more of this kind of performance, on stage, the New York International Fringe Festival kicks off this Friday. It features nearly 200 staged off-Broadway plays over the next two weeks.