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The following article ran in the July/August issue of American Theatre in advance of the play’s run at Shakespeare & Company and at the Long Wharf Theatre. The play is now in previews at the Westside Theatre in New York City, and will open on March 4. As theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal, Terry [...]

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TCG’s annual Top 10 Most Produced Plays list is among the theatre season’s most anticipated, and most talked-about, barometers—though, as Gus Schulenburg pointed out recently, the conversation as much as the programming can get stuck in some familiar ruts. One list-inspired discussion that Gus’s story didn’t mention was the one begun by a Terry Teachout [...]

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May Days: The Best of American Theatre’s Facebook Page

by Rob Weinert-Kendt May 31, 2012 American Theatre magazine
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American Theatre has an active and engaged Facebook community, and they’re not just using the shared wall to scribble and joke. Yes, there are some wits among our more than 12,000 fans, but there’s a large amount of wisdom among them, as well. So when we ask a substantive question, either about a nuts-and-bolts theatrical [...]

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“Proud” To Be Canadian

by Rob Weinert-Kendt May 9, 2012 American Theatre magazine
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In early February, Canadian theatres felt a chill quite apart from the nip in the winter air: It was then that Michael Healey, a leading Canuck playwright best known for his three-hander The Drawer Boy, resigned from his residency at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, taking with him a play called Proud, which Tarragon had refused to [...]

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Holland in Texas

by Rob Weinert-Kendt November 21, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Pictured: Holland Taylor. Photo by: Linda Matlow) Ann, Holland Taylor’s one-woman show about late Texas governor Ann Richards, opened recently at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. American Theatre wrote about the show in its first iteration in Richards’s home state, when it had a more colorful title, in our May/June issue. After our recent post [...]

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Shanley Remembers Tennessee Williams

by Rob Weinert-Kendt February 1, 2011 Playwrights
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Next month marks the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, but the whole year is his, with revivals of his work all over the country, including one of Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway in the fall with Nicole Kidman and James Franco. American Theatre will cover this theatrical giant’s 100 years in various ways throughout [...]

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Update On Belarus Free Theatre

by Rob Weinert-Kendt January 18, 2011 Advocacy

UPDATE: In a turnaround as dramatic as any that fiction could imagine, the Belarus Free Theatre just announced over the weekend that after it leaves New York, it will go to a place that’s safe from the repression back home in Minsk—namely, to Chicago, where Being Harold Pinter will play at the Goodman Theatre, Feb. [...]

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BFD About BFT

by Rob Weinert-Kendt January 14, 2011 Advocacy
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(Photo of Belarus Free Theatre from May/June 2009 issue of American Theatre.) When members of the Belarus Free Theater head back to Minsk next week, it won’t be an ordinary homecoming. For one thing, they’ll have a trunk full of rave-review clippings for the New York run of Being Harold Pinter, their searing testament to life [...]

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Baby Dreams

by Rob Weinert-Kendt November 22, 2010 Theatre for Young Audiences
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(Photo by: Rob Weinert-Kendt. Pictured: Oliver Weinert-Kendt) Last fall, I attended a “Scottish festival” at the New Victory Theater in New York City, and was intrigued in particular by a piece I saw there, Andy Manley’s My House, which was created for very, very young audiences—as young as one-year-old, in fact. As a new father [...]

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Condition:Critical

by Rob Weinert-Kendt November 11, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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I was recently invited to speak on the panel “Condition: Critical,” Monday, Oct. 25 at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Present at this wide-ranging discussion among my colleagues and myself was avid theatergoer Martha Wade Steketee, who wrote a version of this post on her blog. We’re reprinting it here [...]

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The List, Continued

by Rob Weinert-Kendt September 16, 2010 American Theatre magazine

As promised earlier this week, here is the list of the 10 playwrights scheduled to receive the most productions at TCG member theatres in the 2010-’11 season: 1. Patrick Barlow: 26 productions 2. Tracy Letts: 20 3. Sarah Ruhl: 19 4. Lynn Nottage: 17 5. August Wilson: 17 6. Annie Baker: 17 7. Tennessee Williams: [...]

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What’s In A List?

by Rob Weinert-Kendt September 14, 2010 American Theatre magazine
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Among the things TCG is best known for—its annual national conference, its far-reaching artistic and management programs, its lovely Manhattan conference room—arguably its most popular yearly feature is American Theatre’s “Top 10 Plays” list, which each October gives a snapshot of which shows are slated to receive the most productions in the coming season. Apart [...]

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Gotta Have Faiths

by Rob Weinert-Kendt August 20, 2010 Uncategorized
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(Cross-posted on The Wicked Stage) On Sept. 9, 2001, I went to the downtown L.A. offices of Cornerstone Theater Company for a sort of mutual interview/audition process with several theater makers who’d been enlisted for a “festival of faith,” a series of short, limited-run theater works that would be created with various local communities of [...]

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Stars Align with Stage Work

by Rob Weinert-Kendt June 30, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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There’s been a lot of talk since the Tony Awards broadcast, with its Glee production numbers, its Green Day performance, and its high celebrity quotient, that Broadway stages have been invaded by interlopers. Actor Hunter Foster has even started a Facebook group, “Give the Tonys Back to Broadway,” which has garnered nearly 9,000 members fired [...]

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This Was the Conference That Was

by Rob Weinert-Kendt June 24, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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TCG’s National Conference in Chicago last week was a record-breaker, with upwards of 900 attendees crowding more than 50 breakout sessions, 17 affinity groups, four plenaries and 16 “manifestos.” One of America’s most vibrant theatre cities proved an ideal host, not only for its theatre-friendliness—epitomized by Mayor Daley’s Saturday morning speech on the value of [...]

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In the Trenches: Meet Reader Rik Deskin

by Rob Weinert-Kendt June 3, 2010 In the Trenches
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Today we’ve decided to turn the tables a bit and focus on one of our faithful Facebook, Twitter and blog followers. The TCG Circle proudly introduces -> Rik Deskin Rik Deskin wasn’t born in Seattle, but there’s no question that the Emerald City is his hometown now. An actor from Ohio, raised mostly in Northern [...]

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In the Trenches: William Yellow Robe

by Rob Weinert-Kendt May 13, 2010 In the Trenches
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*Update (05/17/2010)  — Click HERE for a wonderful article on Mr. Yellow Robe from American Theatre magazine in 2005. The Story Is His Audience Those who follow American Theatre’s Facebook page (and if you don’t already, what are you waiting for?) may have noticed that one of the most lively and persistent commenters is Bill [...]

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The Regional Tony

by Rob Weinert-Kendt May 5, 2010 American Theatre magazine
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The Tony Awards are famously circumscribed in their purview: Only productions that played in the past year in theatres of a certain size within about a dozen city blocks on the island of Manhattan are eligible (but there are no guarantees even then). What could be more provincial than that? Actually, of course, theatre may [...]

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Lynn Redgrave Remembered

by Rob Weinert-Kendt May 4, 2010 American Theatre magazine
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Lynn Redgrave touched many lives in the intersecting worlds of theater, film, and television, and on two sides of the ocean, from the film Georgy Girl to her recent Manhattan Theatre Club show Nightingale. And though she came from acting royalty, she wore her status with a common touch and democratic aplomb. Her death over [...]

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More American History Musicals, Please!

by Rob Weinert-Kendt April 8, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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The ecstatic reception for the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at New York’s Public Theatre, which depicts our 7th president as a tight-jean-wearing “emo” rock star, made me realize that it represents a vastly under-explored genre: the American history musical. Apart from the Founding Fathers tuner 1776, the field is pretty clear of shows that [...]

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But Some of My Best Friends Are Critics

by Rob Weinert-Kendt April 1, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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Should playwrights review theatre, the way authors commonly review each other’s books? That’s the simple question posed by Time Out New York theatre editor David Cote in a recent blog post for the Guardian, and it reminded me of a contentious reader talkback that New Yorker critic John Lahr did last year, in which Lahr—who’s [...]

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Fear of a Brit Planet

by Rob Weinert-Kendt March 26, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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The New York Times‘ Charles Isherwood raised some hackles with a perfectly reasonable piece back in February positing that New Yorkers should not only welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company’s upcoming 2011 residency at the Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival but use the momentum, and the venue, to inspire Stateside efforts [...]

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Slap Happy or Sappy?

by Rob Weinert-Kendt March 1, 2010 Critics & Reviews

Something tells me that L.A. Times critic Charles McNulty doesn’t much care for musicals: “When the two singing ghosts of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s new indie-spirited chamber musical “Whisper House” deliver the opening number, “Better to Be Dead,” the show tips its hand that it has no intention of playing by conventional rules. A [...]

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