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'Buzzer' Confronts Neighborhood Dynamics in Brooklyn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The new Off Broadway play “Buzzer,” by Tracey Scott Wilson, tackles the sometimes fraught subject of urban gentrification.

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Around Broadway

Off Broadway, Silence Is Golden

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The latest Off Broadway hit is set at a weeklong silent spiritual retreat — which would seem to pose a dialogue challenge.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

'Rasheeda Speaking' on Race and Office Politics

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tony Award-winning actress Tonya Pinkins and Cynthia Nixon, the actress, director and activist, talk about The New Group's production of the play "Rasheeda Speaking." 

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Around Broadway

A Very Important List

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"Every Brilliant Thing" was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and now North American audiences are getting their first chance to see it in an Off-Broadway production.

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WNYC News

In Defense of Straight White Men

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Playwright Young Jean Lee asks: What's a do-gooder liberal guy to do?

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Around Broadway

Fall Theater Previews and Picks

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some new shows that are likely to pique the interests of Broadway and Off-Broadway patrons.

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Around Broadway

This Beauty Contest is a Drag

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Your usual beauty contest features a lot of the same elements as the Off-Broadway musical Pageant, except these hyper-feminine contestants are all men.

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Around Broadway

Art Imitates Scandal in The Commons of Pensacola

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

A playwright’s art imitates a financier’s life in a work about the reverberations of corruption and public scandal by actress-turned-playwright Amanda Peet.

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Around Broadway

Bryan Cranston in 'All the Way'

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Fans of “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston can see him up close at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.

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Around Broadway

Exploring Stereotypes in 'Fetch Clay, Make Man'

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A relationship between two prominent African-Americans with markedly different profiles is at the heart of "Fetch Clay, Make Man," a new play by Will Power at New York Theater Workshop.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“The Weir” At the Irish Rep

Monday, July 08, 2013

Director Ciaran O'Reilly and actor Dan Butler discuss the revival of Conor McPherson's “The Weir.” Set in a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. Then Valerie reveals a startling story of her own. It's playing at the Irish Repertory Theatre through September 8.

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Around Broadway

'War and Peace' – with Music and Tableside Service, Too

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Imagine turning Tolstoy’s famously epic novel "War and Peace" into a musical. Just such an experiment is happening in the Meatpacking District, explains critic Charles Isherwood.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

La Ruta: A Play About Immigration

Thursday, April 25, 2013

La Ruta, a site-specific play about immigration, takes place inside a 48-foot trailer. Playwright Ed Cardona talks about its message, his process, and what it reflects about the real-world immigration debate.

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WNYC News

Tony Cutoff Crunch: Shows Crowd Broadway Stages

Friday, April 19, 2013

"I always look at April as sort of Broadway's clown car; the producers always see how many shows they can cram into that last two or three weeks." — Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz.

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WNYC News

Richard Pryor's Daughter on Growing Up Biracial

Sunday, April 07, 2013

WNYC

Richard Pryor, one of the most influential comedians of all-time, gained pop star status in the 1970's with his incisive storytelling about issues including race.  Now, his daughter Rain is sharing her take on growing up biracial in '70s and '80s Los Angeles, the child of the African-American comic genius and a Jewish go-go dancer.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Annie Baker

Monday, March 25, 2013

Playwright Annie Baker was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the off-Broadway production of her play, "The Flick." She also told us what she's been reading and listening to recently.

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Features

Critics' Picks: What's Worth the Buzz (And What Isn't) on Broadway

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A handful of performances, both on and off Broadway, are making headlines this month — for reasons both good and bad: Of one of the newest shows on the Great White Way, one critic fumes: "It's one of the worst things that I've seen on Broadway in I don't know how long."

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Soundcheck

Ethan Hawke On 'Clive'; National Grammar Day; That Was A Hit!?!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ethan Hawke talks about and sings selections from the off-Broadway production of Clive. Happy National Grammar Day! To celebrate the occasion, we diagram and dissect some of music’s least grammatically correct lyrics with “Grammar Girl” Mignon Fogerty and Soundcheck regular Faith Salie. And Our series That Was a Hit!?! continues with a look back at the 1974 chart topper “The Streak.”

The Leonard Lopate Show

Daisy and Hallie Foote on "Him"

Monday, October 15, 2012

Daisy Foote talks about writing the play “Him,” which stars her sister Hallie Foote. “Him” explores the institution of the American family. Two siblings struggling to keep the family store afloat must decide which is a priority: their father’s final wishes or their financial stability. It’s playing at Primary Stages through October 28.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Uncle Vanya" at the Soho Rep

Friday, July 20, 2012

Annie Baker, who adapted Chekhov’s classic “Uncle Vanya,” discusses the play, along with Reed Birney and Michael Shannon, who star in it. Variety critic Marilyn Stasio called Baker’s version “a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind.” “Uncle Vanya” is playing at the Soho Rep, and has been extended through August 26.

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