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Penny Prince, a professor at Lehman College, has produced and directed musicals at the school for years. She’s written songs, worked with composers, and blocked out where actors would stand on stage. But for the first time this spring, Prince did all that without ever seeing her students’ faces. more
There may be 525,600 minutes in a year, but for many who have had to stay home through the coronavirus pandemic, it might feel more like 525,600 years. Few have probably felt that deeper than the young actors of the Riverdale Rising Stars program who, up until the beginning of spring, were in the final stretch to bring their version of the rock musical “Rent” to stage. more
No one ever said artists have to stop making work simply because of a pandemic. Why would a pandemic stop a filmmaker, after all, let alone an entire film festival visited by thousands of New Yorkers for the past five years? more
Playwright Leegrid Stevens sends us a chiller of a journey in his new play, “A Peregrine Falls.” more
What to make of “Timon of Athens”? Maybe Shakespeare was on the skids when he wrote it. You couldn’t exactly call 1607-09 a hot streak when “Coriolanus,” “Timon,” “Pericles” and “Cymbeline” first hit the boards. more
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter serves up a heaping spread of classic themes in the Lincoln Center Theater production of his new play, “Greater Clements.” Time has overtaken this Idaho mining town and left its inhabitants and visitors at a crossroads, unsure of their way forward. The bonds of family and lost love, youth and maturity, and authority and compromise entangle a band of idiosyncratic characters. more
If you shudder at the thought of sitting through three hours of Shakespeare, think again. If you’re disappointed after witnessing a mediocre production of Shakespeare, rejoice. Or, if you are simply curious and wonder what the fuss is all about, start making plans: A new king is in town. more
Imagine guiding a hero through a journey for treasure while battling deadly foes and exploring a fantasyland. Then imagine getting to create that narrative with a group of friends. more
It’s tough being a teen. That is not news, but it is the starting block for mountains of literature. Shakespeare did a fine job with his attack, as did J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain. more
In unique fashion, the Vineyard Theatre zeroes in on a true story in Tina Satter’s “Is This A Room.” In the timeline of the Trump presidency, this account of a U.S. Air Force veteran with a curious name might get overshadowed by the daily fireworks of the news cycle. But this theatre piece brings Reality Winner’s predicament into tight focus by detailing a wary encounter between two big players — the FBI and the National Security Agency. more
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