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REVIEW: The Good Person of Szechwan

Brecht's Epic He/She: Taylor Mac as Shin Te and Shui Ta. Taylor Mac is giving the performance of the year down at La MaMa in The Good Person of Szechwan. And unfortunately most of you will not get to see it. This low-budget revival of...Show More Summary

Playgoer Lives!

Well that was some "hiatus," wasn't it? Where were we...For the few of you that might still be tuning in, welcome back! Sorry for the prolonged, um, "intermission." My excuse is simply lack of time, mainly. I finally completed my PhD in the fall--at the CUNY Graduate Center Theatre Program--and went right into a busy semester of adjunct teaching. Show More Summary

Tony Blogcast 2012

For Twitter followers: additional Tony observations were tweeted at: @theplaygoer11:10 Once for Best Musical. What can I say. I didn't see it coming. And I'm glad they didn't follow my advice to fold. But the reason I was skeptical about...Show More Summary

The Annual Playgoer Tony Live Blogcast on!Yes, sorry we've been absent here a long time. But help nurse Playgoer back to life by visiting and taking part in the traditional Tony Live Blogcast here tomorrow night starting at 8:00 EST.Past blogcast archive--going all the way back to 2005!--here.

Tony Noms 2012

They're out there. Random thoughts:First I recklessly tweet that Once would not even make it to opening night on Broadway, now it leads the pack with 11 Tony nominations. Go figure. (And have I seen it? Of course not.) And given theShow More Summary

Review: The Morini Strad

My latest for Time Out: Willy Holtzman's The Morini Strad at Primary Stages.The takeaway: "Tuesdays with Morrie for the WQXR crowd."By the way, forgot to mention in the review that this is "based on a true story." But I must say I found myself wondering: where's the "story" here???

Correction of the Day

Time we had a little humor in the Mike Daisey affair...A writer named Jason Mick, at the Daily Tech site, criticizes, as I have, the things that Daisey got wrong or made up. Then he adds: Mr. Daisey is married to Deborah Fallows, a Chinese native who wrote the book Dreaming in Chinese.It is true that Deborah Fallows... Show More Summary

Review: The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (Red Tape Theatre)

While Red Tape Theatre's production values and choreography for "Walk Across Americ" are impressive, the script lags where it should snap and the players seem too caught up in their own world to bother including the audience at all. (Read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Drone warfare takes its toll in 'Graveyard of Empires'

Seeing Elaine Romero's "Graveyard of Empires" at 16th Street Theater on the 150th anniversary of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox added a touch of poignancy to this poetic and surprisingly gentle new play. The butcher's bill in an age of drone warfare may be less drenched with blood than...

Haven Theatre announces 2015-16 season

Haven Theatre Company announced its 2015-16 season on Friday. 

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's history to be told in forthcoming book

In its 40-year history, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company has received prestigious honors, garnered an international reputation for its landmark stage productions and nurtured a generation of game-changing actors, directors, set designers and other artists. One thing it has not had is an...

L.A. Now Casting ‘Elevator’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the play “Elevator.” “Elevator” is an ensemble production following seven strangers who get stuck in an elevator—and it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out. All seven lead roles are...Show More Summary

Talking to Dick Gregory: Comedy, Selma and Cosby

Talking to Dick Gregory these days is a chore. Not because the man rambles — he's 82 and has earned the right. Not because every question for the famously philosophical comedian and activist — the self-proclaimed first black satirist — leads down a new rabbit hole of metaphor and irony and...

'The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know': Aging and the next generation

Todd Bauer's "The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know" provides yet another entry in the burgeoning field of plays about grown children confronting the frailties — physical and emotional — of their aging parents. Though it has its formulaic moments, Jonathan Wilson's staging for Raven Theatre also...

Do You Love Satire? Watch This New Web Series!

After sharpening his satirical wit on “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart’s Lead Muslim Correspondent Aasif Mandvi is bringing the Internet a new kind of spoof, the likes of which we’ve never seen, courtesy of Funny Or Die. Starring Mandvi...Show More Summary

'Tiger at the Gates' retains its growl in revival

In a theater landscape littered with productions of Charles Mee's pop culture mashups of Greek tragedies, Jean Giradoux can't get any respect. But Giradoux's 1935 elegant tragicomedy, "The Trojan War Will Not Take Place" (translated and retitled in 1955 as "Tiger at the Gates" by British...

The brass ring for Lyric's 'Carousel' is Broadway

Will "Carousel," which opens Saturday night, be the first of the Lyric Opera of Chicago spring musicals to transfer to Broadway? Revivals being high-risk endeavors, it would have to be a really nice clambake over on Wacker Drive for that to happen. The show's director, Rob Ashford, bats away...

Chicago theater openings for the week of April 10-16

Friday | "An Issue of Blood": Playwright Marcus Gardley tackles issues of race and class in his new play "An Issue of Blood," which is set in 1676, Virginia. Through May 3 at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-871-3000 or

In Support of Gigi, Entertainment & Vanessa Hudgens

I'm not a critic. I've always thought I'd make a pretty bad one -- little things bother me a tremendous amount, or not at all,...

The 10 Best #Broadway Personalities on Twitter

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses waiting in the rush line for “Les Misérables!” If you’re #living on the high of this amazing New York theater season and looking to further connect with your favorite personalities on and around the Great White Way, here are 10 #Broadway Tweeters to liven up your day. Show More Summary

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