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'Shesh Yak' Explores A Society Torn Apart By The Syrian Civil War

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The off-Broadway production is the work of a Syrian playwright trying to sort out the fear and distrust that have torn his country apart. It's written for audiences who only know Syria from the news.

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WNYC News

The Daily Indignities of Racism

Friday, February 13, 2015

The new Off-Broadway play "Rasheeda Speaking," starring Tony Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, is a stunning example of how racism can thrive on a micro level in everyday interactions.

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For John Cameron Mitchell, Midlife Crisis Means Returning To 'Hedwig'

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.

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WNYC News

Syrians in Trouble

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Syrian uprising of 2011 is a ripe topic for theater. But a new Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production doesn't do it justice.

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All Things Considered

Much To His Chagrin, On Broadway Larry David Has To 'Wait And Talk'

Friday, February 06, 2015

"I like to interject, and there's no interjections here," says the comedian behind Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's "very unnatural for an interrupter." David makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark.

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WNYC News

Give me Three, Four, Five Hours… and I Will Give You One Play

Friday, February 06, 2015

Two new productions that run for over four hours promise to test an audience's patience —  while some are already complaining about the standard 2.5 hours for a Broadway show. 

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WNYC News

This Stripped-Down 'Into the Woods' Stands Out

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Disney film version used lavish sets — but a scrappy little theater is bringing this musical to life with 11 actors and a piano.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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All Things Considered

One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

Friday, January 30, 2015

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Could Go Wrong in a Vegas Wedding?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tony Danza and Rob McClure star in "Honeymoon in Vegas." A commitment-phobic man tries to elope with his girlfriend in Vegas, but has to battle it out with a gambling widower.

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The Takeaway

New Musical Captures Great Migration & Journey Towards American Dream

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The new musical "Stagger Lee"  features songs that tell the stories of the goodbyes and farewells that came with the Great Migration, a journey made by millions that reshaped our nation.

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WNYC News

The 'Golden Toad' Is Not — Well, Golden

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.

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Fishko Files

Trouble in Tahiti

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In this Fishko Files WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers Leonard Bernstein’s atypical opera, Trouble in Tahiti. (Produced in 2010)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Looking into the Future of Abortion Debates and Neuroscience

Friday, January 23, 2015

Manoush Zomorodi guest hosts. Researching the future of the brain. John Tiffany has a vampire play. Katha Pollitt reframes the abortion debate. Megan Amram on Science...for Her!

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Coming of Age Vampire Romance That Isn't Twilight

Friday, January 23, 2015

When a series of mysterious killings plagues a neighborhood, two young misfits forge a deep connection, in John Tiffany's production of Let The Right One In.

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Studio 360

Staging “Rent” in Cuba

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The first musical to go from Broadway directly to Havana since the Revolution, “Rent” is perfect for Cuban audiences.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Sandra Bernhard on Carol Channing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sandra Bernhard’s breakout role was as an obsessed fan in “The King of Comedy,” but her real-life obsession with Carol Channing changed her life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Short, Back on Broadway

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Martin Short co-stars with Matthew Broderick in "It's Only a Play."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Stage To Film and Back Again with Al Pacino and Martin Short

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Joy Behar guest hosts. Al Pacino on a life of huge roles. Martin Short on his new Broadway role. Faiza Patel on the future of free speech. And a year in the life of Andy Cohen.

Around Broadway

Boy Meets Girl, to Infinity and Beyond

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood examines Nick Payne’s 2012 play, “Constellations.” 

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