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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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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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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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Michael Shannon and Kirsten Fitzgerald Talk Chicago Storefront Theater

In a filmed on-site interview at the Old Town Ale House, Shannon and Fitzgerald talk about the history behind A Red Orchid, the challenges of celebrity and why Chicago storefront theater, in the words of Shannon, “makes Antarctica look like a little playground.”

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2015 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2015 Ovation Awards were held on Monday, November 9, 2015 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s hosts were Vanessa and French Stewart. Best Season LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL CARRIE THE MUSICAL GOOD PEOPLE JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A MUSICAL MARY POPPINS LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER D‘LO: ...

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The 180-Degree Decision to Stage Shakespeare With Only Women

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Playbill: “[Director Phyllida] Lloyd was inspired to direct an all-female production in reaction to the fact that for every job available to a woman in the theatre, there were two available for men. While the statistics were applicable across the industry, she focused on the actors, saying, “I was fed up with the young people – teenagers – being subjected again and again to nights ...

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Need a Weekly Shakespeare Fix?

This Week in Shakespeare is the brainchild of bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss. Beginning in April of 2014, the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth, the pair would perform weekly short scenes under the shadow of Shakespeare’s statue in New York’s Central Park. By June 2015, they had covered the entire canon and have since expanded their body of work to include ...

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The Architecture of Antaeus Theatre Company

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“Theatre isn’t just about us. It’s about serving the community. We are here to serve.” ~John Sloan The room is quiet. Empty. Just myself and Co-Artistic Directors John Sloan and Bill Brochtrup (Rob Nagle was not available) are seated in the atheneum, where everything from meetings to rehearsals to classes are conducted. There’s privacy. So it’s not a normal day. Routine, as both men vividly describe, are laughable, theatrical antics that tend to overlap in the compressed space. How ...

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Video Profile: Ali Stroker, the First Actor in a Wheelchair to Perform on Broadway

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Ali Stroker has been spotlighted in several articles recently.  Here are two very different video profiles of her, the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway:  

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A Conversation with Vanessa and French Stewart

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Vanessa:  French thinks of LA Theater like farming. I think of it like cooking. Both metaphors are about creating something from nothing.  Growing up in the kitchens of Louisiana, I would try one of my mother’s recipes over and over again until I got it right. And getting it right meant people walking away from the dinner table having experienced something special. No wonder that ...

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