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May 24, 2013
Longtime Village Voice Theatre Critic Axed
"Michael Feingold, 67, began writing for The Village Voice in 1970. His columns are known for the erudition and understanding of theatre history, both ancient and modern, and how current plays fit in with that continuum. Aside from John Simon, Feingold probably possesses more first-hand knowledge of New York stage history than any other currently working theatre critic."
British Equity Worries About Increase In Nudity Requests
"Fears have been raised [by the actors' union] about the increasing number of acting jobs that require nudity, and the possibility that actors refusing to take their clothes off at castings are being denied work."
The Stage (UK) 05/22/13
L.A.'s UnCabaret At 25
May 23, 2013
For a quarter-century, "it's been a place to hear unvarnished, rough-edged ideas being tried out ... It brought in funny people from the huge Hollywood talent pool ... and freed them to talk about things in their own lives." Founder Beth Lapides's key instruction to performers: "When you get onstage, do the material that, if you don't do it, your head is going to explode."
NPR 05/20/13 (includes audio)
Scotland's Oldest Theatre is Saved
"The Theatre Royal in Dumfries, which has been in operation for more than 200 years, has been given £455,000 by Dumfries and Galloway Council. The grant ... will allow the theatre to be refurbished and additional facilities installed."
The Guardian (UK) 05/22/13
Casting Directors: The Unknown, The Powerful
May 22, 2013
"They are rarely interviewed. Few people outside theatre, film and TV know who they are. Yet casting directors rank among the most influential operators in show business. ... So who are they, and what do they do?"
The Guardian (UK) 05/21/13
Village Voice Lays Off Theater Critic Michael Feingold After 42 Years
"Feingold, 67, began writing for The Village Voice
in 1970. His columns are known for the erudition and understanding of theatre history, both ancient and modern, and how current plays fit in with that continuum. Aside from John Simon, Feingold probably possesses more first-hand knowledge of New York stage history than any other currently working theatre critic."
A Tie At The Obie Awards
"Because of a tie vote, the judges for the 2013 Obie Awards, announced on Monday night, chose two winners for best new American play: Lisa D'Amour's dark comedy Detroit
and Julia Jarcho's triptych Grimly Handsome
. Other Obies included playwriting awards for Annie Baker (The Flick
) and Ayad Akhtar for Disgraced
, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama."
The New York Times 05/20/13
A Venture Capital Fund For Young Theatre Producers
"How does an independent theatre producer ever get started?" After all, without a track record, why would investors or creative professionals sign on with you? Stage One is a start-up fund that takes a chance on young producers and their projects.
The Guardian (UK) 05/20/13
Making Up Kurt Vonnegut's Mind After 20 Years
May 21, 2013
Vonnegut's play Make Up Your Mind
had only one brief staging in 1993, because the author couldn't settle on a final script. (He left behind a dozen versions.) Now there's finally a performing edition, courtesy of playwright Nicky Silver, who says that Vonnegut "was the perfect collaborator. He is a genius, and he is dead."
The New York Times 05/20/13
How A Theatre Decided To Offer A Money-Back Guarantee
May 19, 2013
"If we're a young, innovative, energetic theatre company that is trying to do the best work that we can, why wouldn't we back our work with something like a money-back guarantee? Are we going to be so afraid of people disliking our work that we will, in fact, lose money on it?"
The Globe & Mail (Canada) 05/22/13
Wait, Why Are Latino Playwrights Writing Asian-American Characters? (Um, Why Not?)
"Latino writers are asked to write 'rice and beans' plays about immigration, drug cartels, and the working class. That expectation assumes we're all the same, and--most problematically for me--it creates a theatrical culture of inauthenticity. There are amazing Latino playwrights writing about these subjects; they're true and important to them. But when you force me to do that, you're perpetuating a lie."
Man Falls From Broadway Window To Marquee
May 17, 2013
"The victim was leaning against a window about 2:50 p.m. when he tumbled out onto the ornate limestone marquee just before the start of the matinee performance of 'The Nance,' starring Nathan Lane, officials said."
New York Daily News 05/19/13
Does Britain Need Any More Theatres?
May 16, 2013
Will new playhouses create new activity and help regenerate their neighborhoods and towns? Will they just be yet more parties in the never-ending scramble for public and private funding? Lyn Gardner starts the discussion.
The Guardian (UK) 05/16/13