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Rentheads Excited for the Return of 'Rent' Off-Broadway

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The 1990's musical "Rent" opens on Off-Broadway in previews on Thursday night at the New World Stages theater. The rock opera is a loosely adapted version of Puccini's "La Boheme" set in the tenements of the 1990's Lower East Side in the throes of the AIDS epidemic.

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Talk to Me

Shakespearean Sages: Peter Brook and Michael Boyd in Conversation

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peter Brook was a legendary director with the Royal Shakespeare Company (R.S.C.) in the 1960s and 1970s; Michael Boyd is the current Artistic Director. The two were recently brought together in the first of a series of discussions being presented by the Park Avenue Armory in conjunction with the R.S.C.’s summer residency.

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The Takeaway

Skeleton in Harvard's Closet Comes to Light in 'Unnatural Acts'

Monday, July 11, 2011

In 2002, a Harvard University sophomore found evidence in the university's archives of a court that sough out and punished gay students. This scandal is the backdrop for "Unnatural Acts," a new play at the Classic Stage Company in New York. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Summer: The Shakespeare Season

Friday, July 08, 2011

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Features

New Yorkers Take the Boat to France With Henry V

Thursday, July 07, 2011

All it takes is a wristband to head to medieval France for a few hours. The New York Classical Theater's production of Shakespeare's Henry V moves the audience from Battery Park to the battle of Agincourt - staged on a field in Governor's Island, that is. 

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Features

City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sleep No More

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, from the British troupe Punchdrunk, discuss creating the interpretive, interactive theater piece “Sleep No More.” Over 100 rooms are on display in a renovated space in New York’s Chelsea gallery district, and accompanied by an eerie soundtrack, masked audience members walk at through the rooms, where performers re-enact scenes from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

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Features

Once More Unto the Bard: The Royal Shakespeare Company Takes New York

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The RSC has transported seven productions and a frame-by-frame replica of its theatre to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The occasion is the company’s 50th anniversary, and it is celebrating by coming to the city for a six-week residency that starts on Wednesday.

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Studio 360

The Normal Heart: The Story of AIDS for a New Generation

Friday, July 01, 2011

Six years before Tony Kushner grabbed the nation’s attention with his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, Larry Kramer had staged The Normal Heart, about the AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on the gay community. The Normal Heart premiered...

Slideshow: The Normal Heart on Broadway

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Features

Royal Shakespeare Company Comes to NYC with Its Own Theater

Thursday, June 30, 2011

At a theater built inside the Park Avenue Armory, the RSC will perform five repertory plays. See images of the Stratford-upon-Avon replica here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Larroquette on “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Thursday, June 30, 2011

John Larroquette, who just won a Tony Award for his performance in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” talks about his role in the new Broadway production of the musical. It’s playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Theater of War

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bill Irwin and Bryan Doerries, artistic director of Outside the Wire, discuss their very recent trip to Guantanamo Bay, where a four-star general there has made Prometheus Bound mandatory reading for detention workers. Outside the Wire uses theater and a variety of other media to address public health and social issues. Its most widely known project, Theater of War, has presented more than 150 readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes at over 50 military sites throughout the United States, Europe, and Cuba.

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Features

Epitaphs Come to Life in Green-Wood Cemetery Play

Friday, June 24, 2011

In the center of Brooklyn's vast Green-Wood Cemetery, actors are bringing characters to life in the moonlight, only to have them die among the gravestones.

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Features

Theatre for a New Audience Gets a Home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shakespeare will soon have a new home in downtown Brooklyn. The Theatre for a New Audience broke ground on its new space in the BAM Cultural District on Friday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Little Journey

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Samantha Soule and Laurie Birmingham talk about their roles in Rachel Crothers' Pulitzer Prize-nominated comedy, “A Little Journey.” Set on a westbound train leaving New York City, the play transports us to another world. A proud but heartsick young woman feels like she’s come to the end of the line until she realizes that a second chance for happiness is just across the aisle. It’s playing at the Mint Theater Company.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

All’s Well That Ends Well at Shakepeare in the Park

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Daniel Sullivan, director of “All’s Well That Ends Well,” one of the two plays that’s in repertory at Shakespeare in the Park this summer, and John Cullum, who plays the King of France, talk about the production, the challenges and rewards of performing in the park in the summer, and the enduring popularity of Shakespeare. “All’s Well That Ends Well” is running June 6 through July 30 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

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Features

New Nitehawk Cinema Brings the Silver Screen Back to North Brooklyn

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Roll out the red carpet: the big screen is officially back in North Brooklyn. On Friday, the new Nitehawk Cinema lifts the curtain on its three-screen movie theater in Williamsburg.

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Features

Cast of 'Sister Act' Prepares to Perform at Obama Fundraiser

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

President Barack Obama comes to the city Thursday evening to do some fundraising. In addition to appearing at an LBGT gala hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris, the president will stop by the Broadway Theater to speak after a show of "Sister Act."

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Features

Broadway Theaters Get Served with Health Department Violations

Monday, June 20, 2011

Even though they're not cooking any food, Broadway theaters are getting letter grades from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Broadway venues, along with Off-Broadway and movie theaters, are included in the city's restaurant grading program because they operate concession stands. Many of the stands aren't performing very well.

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Features

Read All About It: 'Spider-Man' Opens on Broadway, Warts, Webs and All

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

After 183 preview performances, the $70 million production "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" opened officially on Tuesday night. The show is part circus, part pop concert and part video game.

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