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WNYC News

Why Comedies Get Theater Audiences but not Awards

Friday, October 24, 2014

Two theater critics debate which plays are funny, which are not, and why they are often overlooked.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Michael Sheen

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Michael Sheen was on the show October 23 to discuss his revival of "Under Milk Wood" at the 92nd Street Y. He is a fan of Murakami and Neil Gaiman. Find out what else he is a fan of!

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WNYC News

'Angels in America,' the Spare, Dutch Version

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Theater director Ivo van Hove presents Tony Kushner's masterwork on an empty stage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Centennial Celebration of Dylan Thomas' 'Play for Voices'

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The poet premiered “Under Milk Wood” at New York’s 92nd Street Y in 1953, and actor Michael Sheen is directing and starring in a live broadcast reading of it on Sunday at 92Y.

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Fishko Files

Leo Friedman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at photographer Leo Friedman’s place in Broadway history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It's Not 'Only a Play' When Matthew Broderick's in It

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's a bonafide Broadway hit. His current show, "It's Only a Play," has already set an all-time box office record, and Broderick stopped by to talk jokes and NY1.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

DNA, a Play, and Why Fiction Matters

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How DNA and history shape our identities and our futures. Azar Nafisi on why fiction matters in a democratic society. Matthew Broderick and Micah Stock in “It’s Only A Play.”

Morning Edition

'Little Dancer' Musical Imagines The Story Behind Degas' Mysterious Muse

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.

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WNYC News

The Best Place to Spot Women in NYC? Broadway

Monday, October 20, 2014

Almost 70% of the Broadway audience is female, and that percentage is growing. The trend is a deciding factor on what succeeds or not on the Great White Way.

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The Takeaway

Disgraced: A Play About Faith, Family, and the Politics of Both

Friday, October 17, 2014

Opening next week is "Disgraced," a new Broadway play that centers on two couples grappling over issues of faith, family and the politics of both.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Fear of Ebola, The Politics of Oil, And a New Play About Family and Faith

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Takeaway explores our irrational fears surrounding the Ebola virus, a fear of technology, and a new play about faith, family and politics.

Fishko Files

Pins and Needles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.

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Soundcheck

When Music And Politics Collide; Sari Botton's 'Unshakable Love For New York'; Ariel Pink Plays Live

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mario Correa on the intersection of music and politics. Sari Botton on her latest book. And Ariel Pink performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Fresh Air

What's It Like To Be Neil Patrick Harris? He Gives You Options

Monday, October 13, 2014

The actor says he's been able to do a lot of different things in his life, including his role as Doogie Howser. So when he sat down to write a memoir, he made it a "Choose Your Own Adventure."

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WNYC News

Tom Stoppard's Take on Love and Art

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can you ever really know someone else, even if you love them? Maybe, the playwright says — but only if you're an artist.

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All Things Considered

El Teatro Campesino's Mission Remains As Its Stages Grow

Friday, October 10, 2014

The California theater company was born on the picket lines of the United Farm Workers Movement; its mission is to dramatize the struggles of everyday people and bring the stories to a wider audience.

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WNYC News

When a Theater Critic Becomes a Character: A Review

Friday, October 10, 2014

The New York Times's Ben Brantley offers his take on "It's Only a Play," where he appears as a character, plus other productions on and Off-Broadway.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Fiddler on the Roof

Friday, October 10, 2014

How a milkman from a Russian shtetl became a Broadway star and a hero of postwar American culture.

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All Things Considered

Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In the new play Colossal, a former football player, paralyzed after taking a bad hit during a game, reflects on his glory days and his struggles as a gay man in the macho culture of football.

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'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.

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