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Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are DeadImageMikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.CreditAleksandr GalibinBy Sophia Kishkovsky June 8, 2018MOSCOW — In the early 2000s, Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina, playwrights who were husband and wife, were lamenting that Russian theater had grown ossified and distant from society’s problems a decade after the fall of the Soviet empire. Then, sparked by an encounter with the Royal Court Theater of London, they set about trying to change that. As part of a cultural exchange with the Londoners, they learned about documentary theater — the use of interviews, oral history and journalistic sources to create works for the stage. Ms. Gremina and Mr. Ugarov embraced the technique, brought it to Moscow and in 2002 established Teatr.doc, a theater company that presented shockingly..

Off Broadway Theater Cuts Ties With Neil LaBute

Advertisement Neil LaBute, a prominent American playwright and screenwriter known for his portraits of misanthropic and misogynistic men, has been abruptly cut off by one of New York’s leading nonprofit theaters. MCC Theater, a prestigious Off Broadway company, announced Thursday that it was canceling an upcoming production of Mr. LaBute’s latest play and terminating his tenure as its playwright-in-residence, effective immediately. The theater’s leadership repeatedly declined to explain the reason for its action, but on Friday, Blake West, its executive director, said, “We’re committed to creating and maintaining a respectful and professional work environment for everyone we work with.” Mr. LaBute did not respond to a request for comment. The action is a startling development in the 15-year relationship between the nonprofit theater and the polarizing playwright: MCC has been a longtime champion of Mr. LaBute’s work, which often raises uncomfortable questions about sex and power and le..

Theater Plays ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Instead Of ‘Black Panther’ And It Didn’t Go Well

“Black Panther” is bar-none the most anticipated movie of the year. “Fifty Shades Freed,” meanwhile, is the most anticipated movie of the year with an ice cream sex scene, so make of that what you will. Moviegoers at Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station were in for a surprise on Thursday night when the theater mistakenly played the final installment of the erotic drama franchise instead of the superhero flick. Fans around the country came out in droves for the Marvel movie’s debut, with many dressing in traditional African garb or clothing inspired by the film’s Afro-futurist aesthetic. “Black Panther” is already breaking records, and is predicted to have an enormous opening weekend. Twitter user @ChefWaites was apparently in the Atlanta theater when it all went down, and live-tweeted his disappointment and the hilarious reaction from the crowd when the first thing they saw was a wedding, not Wakanda. LMMFNFNDNDNDNDNDN DAWG THEY PLAYING THE WRONG MOVIE — The Chef (Steve) (@ChefWaites) ..

New Chazen Art Museum director brings industrial Midwest …

Amy Gilman has lived in Madison only a few months — but will likely become one of the more visible faces in the city’s art world. Gilman became the director of the Chazen Art Museum of UW-Madison in September, succeeding longtime director Russell Panczenko, who retired last summer. Formerly deputy director of the Toledo Museum of Art, Gilman now commutes to work by bus from her home in Madison’s Faircrest neighborhood, where she lives with her husband, Doug Patterson, a stay-at-home parent, and 3-year-old son Brice. One of the city’s cultural gems, the Chazen Museum of Art has a bold presence at 750 University Ave. The museum’s collection consists of some 20,000 works of art, from ancient to modern. Admission is free. The Chazen also hosts events such as live music, tours, community events and classic film series. Gilman, 48, spent her initial months in Madison mostly meeting people and getting input on the Chazen and its relationship to the community. Those conversations will help her..

Flashback Friday: Remember Carole King's First Trip to Beautiful on Broadway?

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical celebrated its Broadway opening exactly four years ago today, officially bringing the music of Carole King into the musical theater lexicon. And yet, it took almost another four months for the show's namesake to come see the musical about her legendary life and career. On April 3, 2014, Carole King reneged on her vow to abstain from seeing the show, and took a trip to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to surprise the Broadway cast — particularly Jessie Mueller, who ended up winning a Tony Award for her portrayal of the singer-songwriter. King joined Mueller and the rest of the original cast in a rendition of "You've Got a Friend," while also raising $30,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It remains one of the most Beautiful days in the show's Broadway history, so we're flashing back to this emotional surprise to celebrate the production's impressive four-year milestone. [embedded content]For tickets and more information ab..

On Theater: A full-bodied 'Fiddler on the Roof' in Westminster

Who could be ambitious enough — and courageous enough — to mount a full-scale production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in a venue of limited dimension such as the Westminster Community Playhouse? The Millers, that’s who. Director Patricia Miller and her husband, Bradley, who tackles not only the key role of Tevye but the intricate choreography as well, have used the relatively small horseshoe stage to their advantage, bringing an oft-overlooked dimension of intimacy to the 50-year-old musical from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. The tightly knit Jewish community of Anatevka, an obscure village in Imperial Russia, spills out across the Westminster stage, coming from all four offstage directions in rousing harmony in this impressive and inspiring production. And it’s all there, the only apparent casualties being two of the three bottles in the Russian dance number. Tradition, under which every villager knows his or her place, comes under a frontal assault in “Fiddler” as Tevye strives vainly ..

John Lithgow Set for Carnegie Hall Candide Benefit Concert

John Lithgow is set for Candide at Carnegie Hall. (© David Gordon)Carnegie Hall has announced that its one-night-only benefit concert performance of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on April 18 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will star Paul Appleby in the title role of Candide alongside Erin Morley as Cunegonde, Patricia Racette as the Old Lady, William Burden as Governor, and John Lithgow as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit providing support for the artistic and music education programs of Carnegie Hall. Gary Griffin (Honeymoon in Vegas) directs the concert production with Rob Fisher as musical director, conducting Orchestra of St. Luke's and Mansfield University Concert Choir, and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Remaining cast members will be announced at a later date. Additional creative personnel include costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Alan ..

Ann McDonough Replaces Dana Ivey in Joshua Harmon's Admissions

Josh Harmon is the author of Admissions. (© David Gordon)Ann McDonough (Dinner at Eight) has replaced the previously announced Dana Ivey in Joshua Harmon's Admissions, which is set to begin previews February 15 and open on March 12 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. The new play is directed by Daniel Aukin. In addition to McDonough, the cast will feature Ben Edelman (Significant Other), Andrew Garman (Salome), Jessica Hecht (The Price), and Sally Murphy (August: Osage County). In Admissions, Sherri Rosen-Mason (Hecht) is head of the admissions department at the Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband (Garman), the school's headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the 21st century. But when their only son (Edelman) sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values. The show will have sets by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lightin..

DC Theater Friday: Tony winner 'The Humans' arrives at Kennedy Center

Julieta Cervantes “The Humans,” winner of the 2017 Best Play Tony Award, now at the Kennedy Center with Richard Thomas, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan, Luis Vega and Therese Plaehn. The weekly feature of what’s on Washington stages. One third of the city’s Women’s Voices Theater Festival’s 24 shows will have begun by next Thursday, including Theresa Rebeck’s new take on Congreve’s “The Way of the World” at Folger Theatre and “The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s 2017 Pulitzer finalist about a girls’ soccer team, at Studio Theatre. READ MORE:Women’s Voices 2.0 arrives during #MeToo Want DC Theater Friday delivered to your email inbox Thursday evening? Subscribe here. PREVIEWING “45 Plays for 45 Presidents.” Two-minute plays, one per Prez, performed by five women. Through Feb. 4 at Next Stop Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Dr., Herndon. Tickets $20-$55. Call 866-811-4111 or visit “4,380 Nights.” A drama by D.C.’s Annalisa Dias about a prisoner held at Guantanamo Bay...

City arts grants fund art, music, theater, dance projects

More than $70,000 in city funding has been granted to local arts groups to fund a wide variety of community-based art programs and projects “that foster excellence, diversity and vitality in the arts,” a city news release said. With the Community Arts Grant awards going to dance, visual and performing artists, 2018 tops all previous years, both in the dollar amount and the number of recipients, the city said. The cast of “The Three Musketeers” prepares for their performances last summer as part of the Davis Shakespeare Festival, which has received a city of Davis community arts grant. Courtesy photo Eligible applicants included Davis art groups, organizations and galleries, members of the university community who extend on-campus activities into the city, nonprofit organizations that want to sponsor an art-related program in Davis, and individual artists and arts educators who live in Davis or the surrounding unincorporated area, or whose primary artistic activity is in Davis. All proj..

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