Interview with Bill Bragin, Curator of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing

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Bill Bragin Bill Bragin Bill Bragin, “curator/presenter” of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, clued into music’s transcendental effects early on. As a teen on Long Island, friends gathered after school in his record-strewn bedroom to hear his latest vinyl discoveries. Before one track had even finished, Bragin would be setting up [&hellip
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The Summer’s Five Hottest Shows

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Best Theater-HARVEY by Andrew Eccles School may be out, but the hardworking kids in the New York theater scene still have homework to do this summer. Below, a list of the five most anticipated events of the 2012 summer season.   Harvey Hot on the heels of last year’s debut in The Normal Heart, two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons (The [&hellip
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Summer Guide to Theatre

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Summer ShakespearPark Downtown Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Tired of waiting in the stifling heat for Shakespeare in the Park to no avail? Fear not; there’s another free outdoor option to view the Bard’s work. The Drilling Company’s LES staple, taking place in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Broome and Ludlow streets, will present [&hellip
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‘Raisin in the Sun’ 50 Years Later, a Worthy Homage

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: Nathan Johnson Caption: Damon Gupton, Annie Parisse, Crystal A. Dickinson and Jeremy Shamos in Clyborne Park. Photo by Nathan Johnson Clybourne Park arrives bearing serious dramatic lineage. Bruce Norris’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama, which, under Pam McKinnon’s adroit direction has already enjoyed a successful run at the Off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons in addition to London and Los Angeles tours, is a direct descendant of Lorraine Hansberry’s milestone work A Raisin in the Sun, set in [&hellip
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‘Proof’ Playwright Turns to Lithgow to Tackle David Alsop

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JOhn Lithgow and Grace Gummer in "The Columnist". Photo by Joan Marcus Is it fair to ascribe the sophomore slump to a Broadway writer whose second play hit the stage nearly 12 years after the first? Because that seems awfully close to what happened with The Columnist, David Auburn’s follow-up to the Tony and Pulitzer grabber Proof. Columnist, a peek into the life of powerful mid-20th-century journalist [&hellip
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Death Be Not Loud

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, NY Press Exclusive, Theater

dubuque2 A new revival of Albee’s forgotten The Lady from Dubuque sheds light on the darkest of topics In his signature work, Edward Albee asked “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” In The Lady from Dubuque, which Signature is reviving following an abortive 1980 New York run, the playwright opens his show with the question “Who am [&hellip
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Clowning Around

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IMG_0620-p Last Saturday night, while the streets were lined with the stench of stale beer and the remains of Kelly green party favors, something magical was taking place in the East Village where a crowd of people were crammed tightly into a small, dark space. Most sat, a few stood. Songs of the old school variety [&hellip
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Begonya Plaza Pledges Devotion to Teresa’s Ecstasy

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Photo: Begonya Plaza, left, and Shawn Elliott. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg By Doug Strassler “Tell me more about you,” is the first thing Begonya Plaza says to me as I meet her in front of the Cherry Lane Theatre, where her new show, Teresa’s Ecstasy, is set to open on Wednesday, March 14. I must be careful here, I think. Should I let her know that [&hellip
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What a Way to Make a Living

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07_Theater-RX When the film adaptation of The Hours came out, my boss at the time said, apropos of Julianne Moore’s character, “You don’t need a reason to be depressed.” That truth kept flashing through my mind during RX, the saddest comedy to come along in quite a while. In Kate Fodor’s world, managing editor at American [&hellip
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