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Looking Back on 2017: Theater & Performance
Looking Back 2017 Theater

Featuring selections by Bethany Ides, Isaac Pool, Charles Bernstein, Matthew Weinstein, Ivan Talijancic, and more.

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins by Hilary Leichter
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If you’re craving a larger dose of antihero than the typical binge watch can offer, you might turn your gaze back to Sondheim and Weidman’s Assassins

Annie Baker by Elianna Kan
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New York sees two of the playwright’s most recent works performed this fall, The Flick and John. She talks with Kan about her fondness for Chekhov’s plays, writing for certain actors, and the music of speech.

David Korins and Oskar Eustis
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Oskar Eustis, the Public’s Artistic Director, and his collaborator, Hewes Award-winning set designer David Korins. Having recently collaborated on Passing Strange, among other productions, the two discuss how process makes perfect.

Donald Margulies by Romulus Linney
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I first met Donald Margulies at Sundance in the 1980s. An early play, What’s Wrong With This Picture?, was workshopped and given a fine reading. 

A Moon for the Misbegotten by Nicole Burdette

Gabriel Byrne delivers a “painfully raw and ungracefully poetic” performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten, writes reviewer Nicole Burdette.

Kevin Spacey: The Iceman Cometh by Bette Gordon
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Who among us doesn’t harbor pipe dreams? You don’t have to be a down-and-out drunk at Harry’s bar, aka “The No Chance Saloon,” to hang onto the kind of delusions that keep us going day-to-day. 

Zoë Wanamaker by Bette Gordon
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Zoë Wanamaker’s performance in Sophocles’s Electra brought New York audiences to their feet every night in 1999. Catharsis never had it so good. Film director Bette Gordon talks to the legend.

The Best of Broadway, On and Off… by Stuart Spencer

In the old days of theater, when the play was still the thing but movies were already a fast way to make a buck, New York playwrights hightailed it out to Hollywood after the current season had gotten underway. Then by the following summer, having made a killing in the schlock market, they’d be on the train heading back for Broadway to go into rehearsal for the next season.

George C. Wolfe by bell hooks
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George C. Wolfe’s theater accomplishments are too many to list, among them Jelly’s Last JamAngels in America, and Blade to the Heat. He speaks with bell hooks about the various social hierarchies that his work challenges.

Joan Tewkesbury by David Seidner
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Joan Tewkesbury and I met this summer in Los Angeles: Immediately I was struck by the kinky combination of elements that work in rapid fire in this woman’s brain.

Theatre by Cookie Mueller
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As far as theatre goes I wasn’t born yet, at best I am in diapers.

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