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Saturday, January 11, 2014


Critic’s Notebook

Two Plays, Four Actors and One Company

Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols of Bedlam Theater in George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan.”
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Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols of Bedlam Theater in George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan.”

The young company Bedlam Theater is presenting two four-actor plays — Shaw’s “Saint Joan” and Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” — in repertory at the Lynn Redgrave Theater.

Big Break? Well, Eyes Will Be on Him

A brief vacation for the actor Michael Urie is handing Clancy O’Connor the opportunity every understudy dreams of: proving himself to audiences and power brokers.

Theater Review | 'The Record'

Uniting Performers and Audience, Art and Life

Part of the Under the Radar Festival, “The Record,” a dance-theater piece at the Public Theater, calls reverent attention to the shared experience of the stage.

Theater Review | 'An Evening With William Shatner Asterisk'

It’s Bitesize Captain Kirk

The Coil theater festival show “An Evening With William Shatner Asterisk,” at the New Ohio Theater, makes an evening of clips of Mr. Shatner in his “Star Trek” role.


Actors’ Union to Discuss Pay for Touring Musicals

The Actors’ Equity union will hold a town hall meeting to discuss salaries and pay contracts for touring musicals.


Shakespeare Double-Bill to Be Treated as Two Shows for Tony Eligibility

The Broadway double-bill of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III” will be treated as two separate shows for the purposes of the Tony Awards.

Amiri Baraka, Polarizing Poet and Playwright, Dies at 79

Mr. Baraka’s work was widely anthologized, and he was also long famous as a political firebrand, with critical opinion divided in every arena.

Turns Out His Blood Runs Green

John Patrick Shanley drew on his Irish roots — a rare strategy for him — in writing “Outside Mullingar,” opening on Broadway this month.

Vanya and Sonia and Abs and Pecs

Actors playing Christopher Durang’s Spike list the rigors.

Theater Listings for Jan. 10-16

A guide to theater productions in New York, with a special note of shows in previews or about to open.

The Week Ahead

Quite Dead, but Up for Grabs

The Red Bull Theater, which has demonstrated a stylish affinity for Grand Guignol, seems the proper troupe to exhume Joe Orton’s “Loot.”

Show Reviews

Recent Reviews
Theater Review | 'Platonov, or The Disinherited'

Early Chekhov, Framed Anew

The experimental designer and director Jay Scheib is offering audiences two ways to view his raucous contemporary rewrite of an unfinished early Chekhov play.

Movie Review | 'Hamlet'

The Danish Prince and His Family Drama

Bruce Ramsay’s “Hamlet” is set in an upper-class, buttoned-down home in postwar London.

Theater Review | 'Tyson vs. Ali'

A Dream Fight Made Real Onstage

Reid Farrington splices together video footage and live performance to produce a theoretical matchup of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali in “Tyson vs. Ali.”

Theater Review

Connecting With the Classics

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s scaled-down production of “Candide,” the 1956 Broadway musical, offers a fresh perspective; while stars take on two Shakespeare roles.

Theater Review | 'Hip' and 'Darkling'

Seeking Loved Ones, Including Themselves

Two solo shows, “Hip” and “Darkling,” have their author-stars embodying many characters at the IRT Theater in the West Village.

More News and Features
Snapshot | Sheldon Best

Steps of a Stage Career, Taken at a Run

Sheldon Best, the star of Atlantic Theater’s “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,” speaks about his niche as an athletic actor.

A Play Is Set in a Hospital, in Two Ways

A small Brooklyn company is producing Edward Albee’s play “The Death of Bessie Smith,” set in a whites-only hospital, at the Interfaith Medical Center, which serves patients from Bedford-Stuyvesant.


Rylance’s Shakespeare Shows Recoup on Broadway

A double bill of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III,” starring Mark Rylance, has recouped its $3.1 million capitalization, the producers said.

Critic’s Notebook

That Uncertain Muse and Witness, Memory

Several current productions, from Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie” to Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” navigate the malleable landscape of recollection.

A Rite of Sexual Submission: Bed to Book to Off Broadway

The writer Toni Bentley and the actress Laura Campbell discuss preparations for a solo show based on “The Surrender,” Ms. Bentley’s erotic memoir.


In Performance: Bobby Moreno of ‘Year of the Rooster’

The actor performs a scene from Eric Dufault’s cockfighting comedy at the Ensemble Studio Theater.

Opening Soon

Many of these shows are currently in previews.

Maximum Shakespeare

Is This a Video I See in Front of Me?

WordPlay Shakespeare and other programs allow readers to watch or listen to sections of his works as they view the text.

Young Souls Portray the Wit of ‘Hamlet,’ With Brevity

Approximately 500 high school and college students recorded themselves delivering lines from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in 15 seconds or less using Instagram.

In Performance

In this video series, actors perform scenes and songs from their shows.