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Theater Reviews: 'In the Pony Palace/Football' at the Bushwick Starr

Monday, February 14, 2011

"The Pony Palace/Football" at the Bushwick Starr brings audiences back to high school.

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Studio 360

Spark: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Art

Friday, February 11, 2011

This month we're celebrating 360's first decade on the air with the publication of the book Spark: How Creativity Works, by long-time Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein. In the book, scores of America's greatest filmmakers, writers, musicians and artists give readers an inside look at their creative processes and inspiration.

This week, Kurt and Julie discuss three different artists who confronted unique challenges and turned them into art: photographer Joel Meyerowitz, poet Donald Hall, and playwright Lynn Nottage.

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Studio 360

Spark: More Stories About Art in Hard Times

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Donald Hall, Joel Meyerowitz, and Lynn Nottage.

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The Takeaway

'The Great Game: Afghanistan' Performed for the Pentagon

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The audience at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. usually buys tickets for Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. But today’s performance — and the audience in line to see it — is completely different. In 2009, London’s Tricycle Theater performed “The Great Game: Afghanistan,” a seven-hour series of twelve plays commissioned by the theater’s director, Nicholas Kent. Last October, the Pentagon requested that Kent bring the play to Washington for two special performances. "The Great Game: Afghanistan" opens today for an audience that includes Pentagon staff, Afghan war veterans and President Obama’s advisers on Afghanistan

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Reviewers Pan 'Spider-Man'

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Theater critics filed their reviews on Julie Taymor's troubled musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" on Monday night and Tuesday morning, ahead of opening night on March 15.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Other Desert Cities

Friday, February 04, 2011

Stacy Keach and Elizabeth Marvel discuss their roles in the play "Other Desert Cities." Elizabeth Marvel plays Brooke Wyeth, a novelist, who returns home to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents,: former members of the Reagan inner-circle. When she tells them she's about to publish a memoir about an explosive chapter in the family's history, family turmoil ensues. "Other Desert Cities" is playing through February 27 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What the Public Wants

Friday, February 04, 2011

Actors Ellen Adair and Rob Breckenridge discuss the revival of “What the Public Wants” by Arnold Bennett and the Mint Theater Company. This 1909 comedy is a sly satire on tabloid journalism—a lively look at life behind the headlines and proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It follows the efforts of media mogul Sir Charles Worgan to boost his newspaper’s circulation as well as his own social standing.

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Features

The Lady Vanquishes: Brian Bedford on 'Earnest,' Bracknell And A Life in the Classics

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Bedford’s last major role at Stratford was King Lear. Lady Bracknell might seem like the extreme opposite of Shakespeare’s world-devouring tragic king. WNYC talked with Bedford about playing Bracknell in the Roundabout Theatre Company's “The Important of Being Earnest.”

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Studio 360

Baitz's "Other Desert Cities"

Friday, January 28, 2011

In Jon Robin Baitz's new play, Other Desert Cities, a novelist returns home to her prominent California Republican parents with the manuscript of a new book — a memoir filled with very dirty laundry. Kurt talks to Baitz about how this combination of tension, comedy, and politics has become the playwright's specialty.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jennifer Carpenter and Pablo Schreiber discuss their roles in Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries.” The play is a dark, romantic saga that explores the cost of wounded friendships. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together. “Gruesome Playground Injuries” opens on Monday, January 31, at Second Stage Theatre.

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Features

City Debuts Winter Broadway Discount Program

Monday, January 24, 2011

Each year, tens of millions of visitors spend billions of dollars on lodging, food and cultural events in New York City. But tourism tapers off in the winter months. This year, the city and a Broadway trade group have cooked up a new incentive to get people to open their pocketbooks and resume spending.

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From Belarus with Love and Pain: The Belarus Free Theatre at Le Poisson Rouge

Friday, January 21, 2011

"From Belarus with Love and Pain." This was the rallying cry of Natalia Kaliada, artistic director of the Belarus Free Theater, at a benefit for the embattled dissident troupe organized by the PEN American Center that was held at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday.

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Studio 360

Belarus Free Theatre

Friday, January 21, 2011

Belarus, Europe’s last totalitarian regime, has been in the news since December’s controversial presidential election. In the protests that followed, members of the Belarus Free Theatre were detained by the Belarusian KGB. With their lives threatened, the company escaped, and recently presented a show in New York called “Being Harold Pinter.” BFT co-founder Natalia Kaliada tells Kurt what it was like to be imprisoned in Minsk, and about her new status as an exile.

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Features

New Yorkers Rally in Support of the Belarus Free Theater

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Yorkers, Belarussians and representatives gathered in support of a small, underground theater company called the Belarus Free Theater on Wednesday.

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Features

Broadway Marquees Dimmed in Honor of Ellen Stewart and Romulus Linney

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday night, as theater goers line up to get their tickets at will-call windows, the marquees of Broadway will go dark for one minute, at 8 P.M.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Lombardi”

Friday, January 14, 2011

Dan Lauria and Judith Light, the two lead actors in the play “Lombardi,” talk about their roles. The play, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by David Maraniss, tells the story of one of America’s most inspirational and mercurial personalities, Hall of Fame football coach, Vince Lombardi. “Lombardi” is playing at The Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Features

Opening Night of 'Spider-Man' Delayed Till March

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" have pushed the opening night of the troubled musical back again—this time to March 15 to allow the cast more time to work on the show and add a new ending.

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Ellen Stewart, Founder of La MaMa ETC, Dies At 91

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The founder of the La Mama etc has died. Ellen Stewart passed away early this morning, according to the theater company that she founded in 1961.

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Features

New Study Shows Touring Shows Big Business for Broadway

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Great White Way is making almost $1 billion...outside New York City.

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Features

Injured Stunt Man Says He Will Fly Again In 'Spider-Man'

Sunday, January 09, 2011

The stunt man injured during a December performance of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" attended Friday night's show at Foxwoods Theater. Christopher Tierney bounded up to the theater's entrance and told the media, ticket holders and fans that he hoped to be flying in "Spider-Man" again soon.

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