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Theater Was Anything but Polite

In 1801, Washington Irving wrote of attending the theater in New York City, where he was assaulted by apples, nuts and gingerbread thrown from the “gallery gods” — the people sitting in the cheap seats at the top of balcony — onto the heads of those in the audience below. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 23, 2016 - 11 comments

“To be a jester is, and always has been, a serious matter.”

Italian playwright Dario Fo died this morning at the age of 90. [more inside]
posted by spheniscus on Oct 13, 2016 - 19 comments

Live Broadcast of Midsummer Night's Dream from London's Globe Theatre

Live Broadcast of Midsummer Night's Dream. Right now! "First ever production to be live streamed around the world from The Globe. Sunday's sold-out show is the final Dream performance in the Wonder Season. The Globe says to expect naughtiness of a sexual nature!" The production has gotten some fine reviews: "a glittering, unnerving comic triumph."
posted by storybored on Sep 11, 2016 - 72 comments

The Count

"To me, the great triumph of The Count (the ongoing study, undertaken by The Lilly Awards in partnership with The Dramatists Guild, that asks the question, “Who is being produced in American theaters?”) is that it names and quantifies a reality that without data can be dismissed as speculation. Work by women writers is incredibly underrepresented in the American theater."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 15, 2016 - 8 comments

Threshold of Revlation

An Oral History of Angels in America. Isaac Butler and Dan Kois interview Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis, actors, and other participants in the original production of Angels in America.
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Jun 28, 2016 - 8 comments

Tony Awards That Let Everyone In on the Joke

This year, Mr. Corden said he hoped to open the Tonys with “a song for, like, the theater kid who lives in Michigan or Nebraska, who just dreams of being on a stage. For them,” he continued, “this night being on TV is everything, and I wonder if we can open our show for them." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 10, 2016 - 71 comments

"It was real, because there was a psychopath onstage."

At Profiles Theatre in Chicago the drama—and abuse—is real. For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in non-Equity theaters across the country.
posted by ao4047 on Jun 8, 2016 - 51 comments

It’s so much safer in the world of Alexander Hamilton.

"This is all hilarious, of course — a 14-year-old girl utterly fanatical about the Founding Fathers — that is until you realize that it isn’t going away." Joe Posnanski of NBC Sports on taking his 14 year old daughter, Elizabeth, to see Hamilton.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 30, 2016 - 67 comments

Duel Meaning

Want to See ‘Hamilton’ in a City Near You? Buy a Subscription and Wait Two Years.
posted by plexi on May 18, 2016 - 61 comments

A misunderstood art

In “ ‘Hamilton’ Aside, Where the Real Tony Competition Lies' ", one of your theater critics, Charles Isherwood, says of “Hamilton”: “I do find it slightly puzzling that it was nominated in the book of a musical category, since the show is almost sung-through.” [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 10, 2016 - 84 comments

I have no idea how these cats got wedged into a musical, or why

Cats, the popular musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot), will be adapted as a movie, to be directed by Tom Hooper. Noted for its longevity, Cats ran continuously on Broadway for 18 years, and on London's West End for 21 years. The show will return to Broadway in August, after a 16-year hiatus. Mee wow!
posted by schmod on May 6, 2016 - 98 comments

Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980)

Queer Theatre at La MaMa (1962-1980): This exhibit, which was created by Pooja Desai, a student in NYU’s Program in Archives/Public history, looks at theatrical experiments from La MaMa’s early years (1962-1980) through a queer lens. Using objects from La MaMa’s Archives, Desai reconstructs a history of the plays, production companies, playwrights, and directors who presented work on La MaMa’s stages that either reflected a “queer sensibility” or were relevant to queer/trans/LGBTQA audiences.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 3, 2016 - 3 comments

Wait for it.

Leslie Odom Jr. Is Not Throwing Away His Shot (SL Longform Buzzfeed)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 29, 2016 - 67 comments

People Who Write Theatre Reviews Are Very Easily Provoked

So, you're thinking about seeing a play...
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 15, 2016 - 25 comments

This massive bookcase is hinged and hides a secret closet...

Joe Patten was born in 1927, and he lived until his death last week inside Atlanta's Fox Theatre, which opened in 1929. Over 35 years ago Joe, who was instrumental in saving the theater in 1974, was granted rent-free, lifetime occupancy of a deluxe Moorish-style apartment in a space that used to belong to the Shriners. This is that apartment. [via]
posted by jessamyn on Apr 14, 2016 - 35 comments

Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints

I work with a group of men who aren’t used to seeing themselves in the narrative, unless it’s as the villain, maybe not in your history book, but in a few newspaper articles a few years back and in the hearts of their victim’s families. These men understand that much of America thinks they are monsters, they deserve to be locked in cages. They are the bastard, orphan sons of … every kind of women you can imagine; they are also beloved sons and husbands in close families who come to see them in the visiting room at the prison every week. Maybe they’ve been “livin’ without a family since I was a child. My father left, my mother died, I grew up buckwild.” Many of them know all about impoverished, in squalor, and fathers who split.
Kate Powers, on watching (parts of) Hamilton with prisoners and the power of theatre.
posted by jeather on Apr 2, 2016 - 30 comments

Casting Evita.

"The playing field needs to be aggressively leveled - possibly razed." Chicago theatre artists respond to an open letter to the Marriott Theatre regarding the casting of Evita, which only included one actor of Latin heritage.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 19, 2016 - 49 comments

Six-Time Tony Winner Returns to the Great White(?) Way

Shocking As It Is to Believe, the Theater May Be in a New Golden Age One reason: Audra McDonald, Broadway’s greatest voice, is back.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Mar 9, 2016 - 16 comments

How Inequality Works When You're Not Famous

Bear Bellinger writes about his experiences as a black actor in the Chicago Theatre Scene.
posted by JustKeepSwimming on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 comments

That's what she [redacted]

That'swhatshesaid, a one-person play by Courtney Meaker and Erin Pike, consists entirely of lines and stage directions for female characters in the top 11 most-produced plays of the 2014-15 season. The play opened Thursday night for a four-night run at Seattle's Gay City Calamus Auditorium. An hour before curtain on the show's second night, the publisher of Joshua Harmon's play Bad Jews, which is featured in the production, served Gay City Arts a cease and desist order , and the publisher's VP left Pike a voicemail claiming they'd "go after" Gay City Arts if the show continued. Instead, That'swhatshesaid went on as planned--but with a few last-minute changes. Among them: every time a line from Bad Jews came up, Pike merely mimed the stage directions as someone offstage shouted, "Redacted!" Today, according to Meaker, another cease and desist has been delivered--for a play that was not included in That'swhatshesaid because it featured no women. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Feb 8, 2016 - 120 comments

You could feel the desire.

Remembering Jonathan Larson, who died 20 years ago this week, weeks shy of his 36th birthday. The 20th anniversary tour of the show that began previews the night of his death, RENT, will launch this fall. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 27, 2016 - 9 comments

Why must the Black Mother Courage be delusional?

Actress Tonya Pinkins, on her decision to depart from Classical Stage Company's production of Mother Courage, which was set to open next week.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 31, 2015 - 25 comments

Finished? We're just beginning.

Gypsy Live from the Savoy Theatre (BBC Drama Documentary 2015) SL YouTube
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 28, 2015 - 7 comments

Continuous Until 4 AM

Photos of everyday life in 1950s NYC found in an attic decades later.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 26, 2015 - 41 comments

"The secret of happiness is here"

Off-Broadway's "Daddy Long Legs" musical (based on the novel that inspired the 1955 movie) is livestreaming tonight's 8 pm ET New York performance right now. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 10, 2015 - 20 comments

... I wasn’t really an option, but we got on terribly well.

Ian McKellen gives an hour long presentation featuring some of the amazing women he's worked with over his 50 year acting career.
posted by h00py on Nov 20, 2015 - 8 comments

reading comprehension and good-old scene analysis

Playwright Katori Hall responds to a production of her play, The Mountaintop where the role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been double-cast the role of King with a black actor and a white one.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 10, 2015 - 18 comments

Marie's Crisis

The American Theatre Wing presents, Working in the Theatre: Marie's Crisis
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 25, 2015 - 5 comments

Say no to this.

Comedienne Kathleen Cameron does Hamilton: An American Musical, via Instagram (SL Instagram)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 12, 2015 - 73 comments

Buck up, you melancholy dadbod!

Was Hamlet fat? Isaac Butler (previously) investigates for Slate.
posted by Cash4Lead on Oct 7, 2015 - 24 comments

Not so entertaining

"In the past 12 months, workers in the entertainment industry considered taking their own lives almost seven times more than the general population. Almost one in every 14 performers surveyed admitted to making an attempt on their life. For roadies and technicians, the figures were even more troubling, at almost one in 12. That compares with roughly one on 30 for the wider Australian population."

Unsurprising to anyone in the industry, startling to those outside, a recent study (pdf) sheds light on the sickness within the Australian entertainment industry [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Sep 23, 2015 - 21 comments

#Ham4Ham

Almost twenty years ago, RENT changed the way Broadway shows offered cheap "rush" tickets by introducing the first lottery for $20 front row seats. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer/lyricist/book writer of Hamilton, introduced #Ham4Ham, a lottery show where Broadway actors from all parts of the community perform in front of the Richard Rodgers theatre while waiting to hear their names called for $10 rush seats.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 4, 2015 - 17 comments

Look at the extension on those jazz hands!

Broadway Draft 2015 (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 25, 2015 - 4 comments

I’m going to be part of a different sort of family.

Roger Rees has passed away at the age of 71. Mr. Rees, who most recently starred in The Visit on Broadway with Chita Rivera, won the Olivier and Tony Awards for Nicholas Nickleby. Among his many memorable roles on television, Rees created the roles of Robin Colcord on Cheers and Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He is survived by his husband, and partner of more than 30 years, Rick Elice. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 12, 2015 - 39 comments

Haven’t you heard the word of your body?

Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles has announced it will bring its production of Spring Awakening to Broadway this fall. This will mark the first Deaf West production on the Great White Way for Deaf West since 2003's Big River.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 comments

Shall We Dance (in a second dress)?

Kelli O'Hara's 47-second costume change at last night's Tony Awards. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 8, 2015 - 43 comments

"I no longer believed in the various justifications for our existence"

Wallace Shawn interviewed by Liese Spencer in The Guardian. Wallace Shawn interviewed by Susan Bernofsky for Public Books. Wallace Shawn interviewed by Hilton Als for The Paris Review. Wallace Shawn interviewed by Andrew O'Hehir for Salon. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 1, 2015 - 12 comments

Why do people, when playing CEOs, become tyrants from central casting?

How to turn a liberal hipster into a capitalist tyrant in one evening
The classic problem presented by the game is one all managers face: short-term issues, usually involving cashflow, versus the long-term challenge of nurturing your workforce and your client base. Despite the fact that a public-address system was blaring out, in English and Chinese, that “your workforce is your vital asset” our assembled young professionals repeatedly had to be cajoled not to treat them like dirt.
posted by frimble on Jun 1, 2015 - 32 comments

Theatre should be written on water.

Iain talks about how it feels when a show closes (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 29, 2015 - 3 comments

45 Seconds from Broadway

This past Sunday, Café Edison, affectionately known as the Polish Tea Room, served its last bowl of matzos ball soup and shuttered. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Dec 24, 2014 - 19 comments

An eternity with Tootie

Tor.com presents "As Good As New" a short story by Charlie Jane Anders about a girl, the apocalypse, and making sure those three wishes count.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 13, 2014 - 3 comments

"The road to Manderley lay ahead. There was no moon."

"The du Maurier sisters had, from their volatile, crowded childhood onward, formed this private country they could slip in and out of, where "menaces" and "Venetian tendencies" could be freely discussed. In other words, they found a way to use games of pretend to tell the absolute truth." - Carrie Frye on author Daphne du Maurier and her seminal gothic novel, Rebecca.
posted by The Whelk on Sep 19, 2014 - 13 comments

Well, women are used to worrying over trifles.

Trifles is a powerful, brief, one-act play written by Susan Glaspell and published in 1916. It is for this play (and a short story version of it entitled "A Jury of Her Peers") that Glaspell is best known today, but she deserves to be better appreciated: "Her plays received better reviews than those of Eugene O’Neill, and in 1931 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play Alison’s House [pdf summary]. . . . Glaspell was the co-founder with her husband George Cram Cook of the Provincetown Players (1916-1922), the Little Theatre that did most to promote American dramatists, and her diplomacy and energy held the group together for seven years. It was largely thanks to Glaspell’s intervention that O’Neill’s first plays were performed, and she played a major role in stimulating and encouraging his writing in the following years."
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 18, 2014 - 5 comments

A Lovely Night

Tonight, 21 year-old actress Keke Palmer will make her Broadway debut in the title role inRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, the first African American actress to play the role in any stage production of the show, first mounted as a television production on CBS in 1957, with Julie Andrews. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 10, 2014 - 19 comments

As long as it's not mean, it should come from your heart.

YouTube theater critic Iain Armitage has never given a bad review. He's six years old. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 25, 2014 - 4 comments

"Depressives can fake it better than Meg Ryan"

Broadway's Patrick Page Shares His Personal Struggle with Depression The night I heard that Robin Williams died, I slept very little. And it wasn't just grief keeping me awake. It was fear. I know my depression is lurking just around the corner-waiting. As Harvey Fierstein says, "All it wants to do is get you alone in a room and kill you."
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Aug 19, 2014 - 21 comments

Fallout: New Jersey

"When Dystopia Rising went well, there were moments that felt natural, perfect. My first night was filled with gang warfare and hunts for a cult of radiation-worshipping Social Darwinists, but one of the parts I remember best was sitting next to a busker who played me a song from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, gave a mythologized retelling of the musical, and ended up explaining the origins of a group I believe was called the Church of Daft Punk" -- The Verge on playing in the massively complex post-apocalyptic LARP ( Live Action Role Playing) game, Dystopia Rising.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 9, 2014 - 10 comments

"Friday?" "Friday afternoon, yeah." "Ah... that is *usually* clown work"

The Actors School is a (fake) docu-soap about an acting school, featuring an interesting interpretation of a scene from Friends.
posted by EndsOfInvention on Aug 8, 2014 - 3 comments

To life.

50 years ago tonight, Fiddler on the Roof began performances at the Fischer Theatre in Detroit. Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist, says: "I remember one audition for Fiddler. As people left I heard someone say dismissively 'Oh once they run out of Hadassah benefits there'll be absolutely no audience for it'. At the time I feared maybe they were right." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 26, 2014 - 25 comments

The gods are trying to tell the truth but the truth is hard to say

Brand New Ancients is a spoken word performance (review) by poet, singer and playwright Kate Tempest that won the Ted Hughes Award For New Poetry in 2012. Early this year, to coincide with a wider tour of the show, Kate Tempest and the Battersea Arts Centre produced three short films based on the performance. One. Two. Three (trigger warning, as this one is terrifying).
posted by dng on Jul 9, 2014 - 4 comments

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