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A South Florida Theater Critic Reflects

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Miami is not particularly known for being a theater center for the US which is all the more reason why Christine Dolen’s thoughts on the scene there, after 36 years of watching it as a critic, are particularly compelling. I talked to Tennessee Williams at a table by the water in Key West. I met Edward Albee for the first time in the lobby of ...

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What Would An American National Theater Look Like?

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Playbill believes it knows how an American National Theater should look… and why America needs one: …unlike most nations (the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, and India among many others), the U.S. has no government-sponsored dramatic company and no single building that houses America’s brand of theatre. Why? What would a national theatre look like in America? Or, are we better off without one? Many ...

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How Can Actors Earn on TV?

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Deadline Hollywood:  A sobering look at the “new normal” where roles once billed as “Guest Stars” are now day players.  If actors don’t have television to pay the bills, where will they make up the difference? “Hollywood has become like a third world country,” said veteran actor Kent McCord, SAG’s former first vice president and national recording secretary. “There are a few actors who are ...

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LA Theater Critic Bob Verini’s Best of 2015 Theater

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Time Out:  Long time critic Bob Verini gives his assessment of LA theater in 2015. …a lot of first-class work managed to find its way to LA’s stages… the kind of ambitious, sometimes funky, risk-taking entertainment that regularly graces our vibrant, yet perennially underappreciated, theater scene.  

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Sacred Fools to Move to Theatre Row Hollywood

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ThisStage.LA:  In a year that has been full of surprising twists and turns for the Los Angeles Theater Community, Sacred Fools has announced it will be moving into the space recently vacated by the Elephant Theatre Company on Theatre Row Hollywood.  Sacred Fools’ President, Bruno Oliver, explains the details to Julio Martinez: …we do want Sacred Fools to be actively involved in the livelihood of ...

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Leslie Uggams Drops Theater Role for Television Show

The New York Times:  Actress Leslie Uggams is doing in New York what often happens in Los Angeles: opting for a well-paying gig, a recurring role on television, over a theater role.  

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LA Times Drama Critic McNulty’s Best of 2015 Theater

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LA Times: Charles McNulty reflects on the theater highlights of 2015. Fun Home and Hamilton:  These musicals, both of which began at the Public Theater, have brought new currency to an art form too long enthralled to dopey movie adaptations and jukebox nostalgia.

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Viola Davis and Edie Falco in Candid NY Times Interview

The New York Times interviewed actors Viola David and Edie Falco: New York Times: You’d rather be struggling still? Viola Davis: I look back on those early days in the theater like the beginning of a love affair, when you’re totally in love with the work, and that’s all there is. None of the outside effects, no celebrity or interviews — no offense … Edie ...

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The Theatre @Boston Court at a Crossroads

American Theatre:  The Theatre @Boston Court is profiled in this month’s print issue.  Like all intimate theaters in Los Angeles, its future will be heavily determined by its response to the changes Actors’ Equity wants to make in 99 seat plan.  Unlike many theaters, however, @Boston Court has been proactive in reaching out to Equity even before the new 99-seat plans were proposed. …the perception ...

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Theatre Communications Group Takes Official Position on Color-Conscious Casting

Theatre Communications Group, the publisher of American Theatre, has taken an official position on color-conscious casting.  You can co-sign this letter by going to their web form. December 2, 2015 Over the past several weeks, we’ve witnessed two troubling examples of university productions disrespecting a playwright’s intent in regard to casting. Clarion University in Pennsylvania had to cancel their production of Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in ...

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