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December 10, 2013
What The Ancient Greek Tragedians Knew About Today's Politics
December 8, 2013
In an Out Loud podcast, classicist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn talks with Sasha Weiss about how issues ranging from the arguments over where to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev to Americans' continuing fascination with JFK's presidency and murder are reflected in Sophocles and Euripides.
The New Yorker 12.02.13 (audio)
Off Broadway (By 7000 Miles), Broadway Musicals Reign
December 5, 2013
"Ticket sales to American and European musicals, as well as to a sprinkling of Korean originals, have grown from $9 million in 2000 to an estimated $300 million this year, and a frenzy of licensing deals is underway."
The New York Times 12/07/13
Is This The Golden Age Of Shakespeare?
December 4, 2013
"It is a heck of a lot of activity for a man who has been dead since 1616 and was once consigned to dusty textbooks - and it is a trend that I am not sure anyone would have predicted even in the Nineties when Shakespeare was performed regularly and well, but without generating the same enthusiasm."
The Telegraph (UK) 12/05/13
Donmar Warehouse Settle Suit By Blinded Actor
"Actor David Birrell has received 'substantial' damages after he was blinded in his right eye when a prop gun misfired during an onstage duel at the Donmar Warehouse" in 2010.
The Stage (UK) 12/03/13
How Does An Adapter Cram An Epic Novel Onto A Stage?
December 3, 2013
"Mike Poulton, the man charged with condensing [Hilary Mantel's] Wolf Hall
and Bring Up the Bodies
for the Royal Shakespeare Company" and "Geoffrey Beevers, [who] has hacked George Eliot's Middlemarch
(904 pages) into a trilogy for the Orange Tree theatre in London", try to explain.
The Guardian (UK) 12/03/13
LA Weekly Cuts Theatre Reviews
"The number of capsule theater reviews per week will drop from the current non-holiday norm of seven (allocated) or eight (sometimes allowed) to only two."
Performing The Vagina Monologues In China
In fact, performers and activists have been presenting Eve Ensler's script in the still-socially-conservative People's Republic off and on for a decade now - with widely varying responses from officials and audiences alike.
The Atlantic 11/29/13
Accountant For Princeton's Triangle Club Accused Of Embezzlement
"Founded in 1891, Princeton University's touring musical comedy troupe ... has counted among its members luminaries like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jimmy Stewart and Brooke Shields. But one man involved with the prestigious organization allegedly reached a low point and is now accused of treating the club's purse as a piggy bank to pay off his personal debts."
Broadway Posts Record Thanksgiving Week
"Broadway had its best Thanksgiving week ever at the box office, setting a record of $31.5 million in ticket sales for the 32 musicals and plays running last week."
The New York Times 12/02/13