Tag Archives: The New York Times

Labor Day for Artists

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There is much in the news these days about how artists, and the personnel infrastructure supporting the artists, need to be appropriately compensated.  Los Angeles theater, of course, has become ground-zero for some of this debate.  Despite claims to the contrary, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stage actor in L.A. who wouldn’t like to be more appropriately compensated.  The issue is defining the term ...

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It’s Raining Hamiltons from Heaven

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what is being done with all those dollars that Broadway’s Hamilton  is raking in.  With weekly grosses of $1.5M in ticket sales, 40% immediately goes to theater rental and other operating costs like salaries.  After royalties are then paid, there is $600,000 a week to pay back the investors until the initial capital outlay of $12.5M is recouped.  ...

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Hollywood Diversity: Real-Life Stories

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The New York Times: The #OscarsSoWhite awareness continues with these stories from the field.  If there are more diverse roles, there would be more diverse Oscars.  Asian, Black, Latino, Female, Gay:  the story is always the same.  There appears to be a desire to use stereotypes to tell stories which only increases the awareness of the stereotype.  The present discussion may help break the feedback ...

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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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John Pollono, Ambi-Coastal Writer

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There are likely few new playwrights today who have more experience with both Los Angeles and New York theater than John Pollono. His raw and dark comedy, Small Engine Repair, was originally staged in Los Angeles by Rogue Machine Theatre in 2011 to great commercial and critical success before making the jump to the Off-Broadway MCC Theater in 2013. And while Small Engine Repair was ...

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Award Winning 99 Seat Show now en route to White House

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Broadway World: It’s been an extraordinary journey for Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening.  First produced in a 99 seat theater, it was then remounted in the larger Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  From there, the production next moved to the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway where it became a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick.  Along the way, both  Los ...

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New Plays Explore Modern Gay Life

The New York Times:  “As a closeted teenager and then as an out adult, [Mark] Gerrard had defined himself by his difference. “I sort of come from the generation where my gayness, at least to me, was the most interesting thing about me,” he said. Suddenly it didn’t seem so interesting. “Who am I now if I’m not an outsider, if I’m not special any ...

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Are Pixels Really that Precious?

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American Theatre:  80 writers protest – in writing, of course – the NY Times decision to cut designer and stage manager credits from play reviews.  Perhaps space is at a premium in a print edition but the Internet is not print media.  Full text of the letter is included in the article.

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Shakespeare in Modern English?

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The New York Times: Many in the theater community have known that this day was coming, though it doesn’t lessen the shock. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has decided that Shakespeare’s language is too difficult for today’s audiences to understand. It recently announced that over the next three years, it will commission 36 playwrights to translate all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English.  http://nyti.ms/1JT3Tdg

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