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Audiences Riled Up Over Simon Gray’s “The Common Pursuit”

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

Forget Upright Citizens Brigade or People’s Improv Theater—the current hot spot for audience interaction seems to be the Roundabout Theater Company’s Laura Pels Theater. First, I had the great fortune to hear audience members around me constantly chatter throughout Stephen Karam’s great Sons of the Prophet. And just recently, audience members incongruously, embarrassingly began talking [&hellip
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Australian Ballet Makes Big Impression in New York City

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

Fifty years is a milestone definitely worth celebrating, and the Australian Ballet’s anniversary programming includes its first New York performances since 1999. Now led by former principal dancer David McAllister, the company is bringing two new programs of works to its repertory. The mixed bill, entitled Infinity, includes the latest collaboration with Bangarra Dance Theatre, [&hellip
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Fun For More than Just Children

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

Kevin Del Aguila and Christian Borle in "Peter and the Starcatcher". Photo by Joan Marcus Peter and the Starcatcher is far more fun than this knowingly clever mash-up of children’s theater and English pratfall should have been. Carefully adapted from the Dave Barry- and Ridley Pearson-penned children’s novel, Peter and the Starcatchers, by Rick Elice and directed with aplomb by the team of Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, Peter may [&hellip
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Two Choreographers Come Together at Joyce

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

dancepic If you’re a freelance choreographer, you go where the work is. For Peter Quanz, that has meant trips to Cuba, Siberia and Hong Kong. Jodie Gates’ choreographic assignments have taken her to Berlin and many U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., Denver and Philadelphia. Both have found a home base from which to coordinate and balance [&hellip
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‘Raisin in the Sun’ 50 Years Later, a Worthy Homage

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

: 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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Boylston Lands her ‘Dream Role’ Dancing in ‘Swan Lake’

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

Isabella Boylston. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor. This is Isabella Boylston’s big bird season. The engaging American Ballet Theatre soloist, who has been injecting a vibrant personality and crisp virtuosity into her roles since joining the company in 2007, is taking on two big new assignments: those iconic ballet birds, the Swan Queen and the Firebird. She makes her debut as Odette/Odile [&hellip
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‘Proof’ Playwright Turns to Lithgow to Tackle David Alsop

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

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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Company Highlights Choreographers Who Are Less Well Known

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dance

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet is now at Joyce Theater. Visiting companies coming to town often offer programs featuring what might be termed the usual suspects—works by the same few choreographers tend to appear in many repertories. But one of the youngest local troupes, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, is also one of the most individual in its point of view and repertory choices. In particular, [&hellip
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‘Proof’ Playwright Turns to Lithgow to Tackle David Alsop

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film

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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Company Highlights Choreographers Who Are Less Well Known

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in Arts & Film

cedarlake Visiting companies coming to town often offer programs featuring what might be termed the usual suspects—works by the same few choreographers tend to appear in many repertories. But one of the youngest local troupes, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, is also one of the most individual in its point of view and repertory choices. In particular, [&hellip
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