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Review: ‘It’s Only A Play’ is wickedly funny

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people might call “It’s Only A Play” a valentine to the theater, but you mustn’t believe them. Terrance McNally’s play is not so much a love letter from a shy, smitten admirer as a mash note sent by a stalker who’s written it in capital letters and smeared it with [...]

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Garry Marshall, the knight of light, goes dark

NEW YORK (AP) — Garry Marshall may turn 80 next month, but it certainly wasn’t apparent as the legendary director led a recent play rehearsal downtown. “Come back! Let’s do it again,” he good-naturedly chided the actors from the dark, empty seats of the Vineyard Theatre, where “Billy & Ray” opens later this month. A [...]

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1619: The diaspora of dance

  by Richelle Hammiel and Antonio Garland Kariamu Welsh, Virginia Johnson and Glendola Mills-Parker witnessed and exemplified the art of dance and music that may have started long ago, but is far from ending. Kariamu Welsh, who is a professor and department of dance chairperson at Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, was [...]

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Carol Burnett returns to Broadway, happily

  NEW YORK (AP) — Carol Burnett doesn’t want to brag, but she’s done it with a lot of famous guys. Her first time was with Leslie Nielsen, then Tony Roberts. She did it twice with Charlton Heston, twice with Cliff Robertson, once with Tom Selleck, and once with John Cleese. “Am I leaving anyone [...]

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Steppenwolf taps Anna D. Shapiro as new leader

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Steppenwolf Theatre Company is fixing up its Chicago home and making a change in its artistic leadership. The respected company said Thursday that Martha Lavey, the theater’s artistic director since 1995, will be replaced by longtime ensemble member and award-winning Broadway director Anna D. Shapiro. Shapiro won the Tony [...]

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Lukewarm welcome for Lindsay Lohan stage debut

LONDON (AP) — It wasn’t a car crash, but there weren’t fireworks, either. Critics writing in Friday’s papers gave a lukewarm welcome to Lindsay Lohan’s professional stage debut, which followed months of hype and speculation about whether the wayward star was up to the job. “Shock news: Lindsay Lohan can act a bit,” wrote Dominic [...]

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‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: “The Lion King” is the top ticket of all time. With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, “The Lion King” stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment [...]

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Review: Broadway’s ‘Love Letters’ is thin missive

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s the minimum requirement for putting on a play? Is it performers? Sets? Memorization? Surely, at a minimum, it’s acting, right? More than a quarter-century after “Love Letters” premiered, A.R. Gurney’s charming ditty of a play has landed on Broadway with virtually none of the characteristics of what you might expect [...]

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Comedy, tragedy mingle for Shakespeare at Fenway

  BOSTON (AP) — Five centuries after William Shakespeare wrote “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” the Boston Red Sox have been deposed as World Series champions, bouncing from last place to first and again to the cellar in a shift from tragedy to comedy that even the revered playwright would appreciate. And [...]

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Actress Mia Farrow reveals her motto: ‘I’m trying’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acting on Broadway is hardly a vacation, but if you’re Mia Farrow, it just might be. Her day job these days, after all, is speaking out about genocide and atrocities. Farrow, 69, has taken a break from international horrors to return to Broadway for the first time in 16 years [...]

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Radford Theatre earns grand prize in contest

    RADFORD, Va. (AP) — The Radford Theatre’s star continues to rise. The classic movie palace on Radford’s Main Street, which nearly closed last year after more than 75 years in business, has won a $25,000 cash award that the theater’s owners will use to re-open the long-closed balcony. The theater was one of [...]

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