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2017: A year of turmoil on local arts scene

A community theater that attracts more attention for what's happening off-stage than on-stage is a community theater in turmoil. For most of the spring and summer, the Civic, as a rebranding effort now labels the venerable theater, dealt with sexual harassment allegations against the theater's artistic director and was embroiled in a dispute with a group of volunteers. Along the way, the theater's popular artistic director, Greg Miller, was let go, adding another layer of unrest. The summer show was canceled and ticket sales for initial shows in the season have lagged. Then, the Civic had to go to the City Council and ask for an $80,000 funding advance to meet expenses. The show must go on, however, and somehow the Civic righted the ship enough to launch the season with the musical "Urinetown" in September. Since then, the Civic has carried a normal main stage schedule, thanks to guest directors, fresh talent, a dedicated staff and a cohort of returning and new volunteer..

Σαν σήμερα: Το 1967, το φιλμ «ο Πρωτάρης» κάνει διάσημη την Duetto

Στις 21 Δεκεμβρίου του 1967, η ταινία «The Graduate» κάνει πρεμιέρα σε δύο αίθουσες στη Νέα Υόρκη: Στο Coronet στη Third Avenue και στο Lincoln Art Theater στο Broadway. Το φιλμ, βασισμένο στη νουβέλα του CharlesWebb του 1963, βασιζόταν σε μια απλή υπόθεση: Όπως εξήγησε ο σεναριογράφος, «αυτό το παιδί αποφοίτησε από το κολέγιο, έχει μια σχέση με την καλύτερη φίλη των γονιών του και στη συνέχεια ερωτεύεται την κόρη της». Και πρόσθεσε ότι «ήταν ό,τι καλύτερο είχε ακούσει». Με άλλα λόγια, «Ο Πρωτάρης» ήταν μια ανησυχητική εξερεύνηση του τι σήμαινε να είσαι νεαρός και άβγαλτος σε μια εποχή εξαιρετικής σύγχυσης και αναστάτωσης. Η ταινία έγινε χιτ: Ο New Yorker το χαρακτήρισε «η μεγαλύτερη επιτυχία στην ιστορία των ταινιών», ενώ το The Saturday Review έγραψε ότι ήταν «όχι απλώς μια επιτυχία, έχει γίνει ένα φαινόμενο». Οι εισπράξεις έφτασαν τα $35 εκατ. κατά τους πρώτους έξι μήνες που προβαλλόταν, ενώ αντίθετα κόστισε μόλις τρία εκατομμύρια για να γυριστεί, και έγινε η υψηλότερη εισπρακτικήεπ..

My favorite things in 2017 theater

By Peter MarksThe Washington Post Herein, a few of my favorite people, places and things in the theater of 2017. "Omar Sharif" The Broadway song of the year in the Broadway musical of the year is by David Yazbek, and it is sung to enthralling effect by Katrina Lenk, as an Israeli woman whose chances for happiness are passing her by, in "The Band's Visit." "And we dance with them on a jasmine-scented wind," Lenk sings in this sultry memory song, about the romance of movies. And darned if we don't all want to get up and dance forever with her. "The Niceties" In a venerable summer theater festival in the West Virginia panhandle, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, I encountered Eleanor Burgess' barnburner of a play, which exposes the racial and generational fissures on an Ivy League campus. A white politically liberal professor and a student of color face off over the student's paper about slavery and the Revolutionary War, in one of the best plays I've..

The Sorceress Closes Off-Broadway

PHOTO FLASH X Share via EmailThe operetta was the first piece presented in in National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's Global Yiddish Theatre Restoration Project. Jason Zednick • Off-Broadway • Jan 2, 2018 Stephanie Lynne Mason stars as Mirele in the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production of The Sorceress. (© Victor Nechay)The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's limited run of Abraham Goldfaden's operetta The Sorceress closed as scheduled yesterday, January 1, after beginning performances December 25, 2017, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Rachel Botchan and Gera Sandler share a scene in The Sorceress. (© Victor Nechay)Inspired by last season's revival of Joseph Rumshinsky's The Golden Bride, another lost operetta of the Yiddish theater canon, The Sorceress was the first piece brought to life under the Folksbiene's new Global Yiddish Theatre Restoration Project. Directed by the associate artistic director Motl Didner, with music direction by artist..

Cruel Intentions: The Musical

Lauren Zakrin and Constantine Rousouli star in Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble's Cruel Intentions: The Musical, directed by Rosin, at (le) Poisson Rouge. (© Jenny Anderson)Get ready to party like it's 1999. That was the year that Cruel Intentions, Roger Kumble's movie about teens behaving badly, became a surprise hit at the box office. With the help of Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin, Kumble has now adapted his screenplay into a new jukebox musical at (le) Poisson Rouge. Featuring a slew of radio hits from the late '90s, Cruel Intentions is by no means the next great American musical, but it is off-Broadway's newest guilty pleasure. It tells the story of stepsiblings Sebastian Valmont (Constantine Rousouli) and Kathryn Merteuil (Lauren Zakrin), two Manhattan rich kids who amuse themselves by playing sexual and psychological games. Sebastian has his eye on the virginal Annette Hargrove (Carrie St. Louis), sure that deflowering her will solidify his lo..

Which movie theater subscription service is right for you?

Cinemark's new Movie Club scores you a slight discount on tickets. Cinemark Movie theaters are hurting. According to a late-August Los Angeles Times story, this summer's box office hit a 25-year-low, while theater chain stocks have taken a beating. Could a Netflix-style subscription service come to the rescue? At least three are trying: Movie Club, MoviePass and Sinemia. Although they share same basic promise -- discounted ticket prices -- they take very different approaches to the movie theater pass model. Let's take a look at what each service offers and see which one -- if any -- deserves your dollars. Cinemark Movie ClubPrice: $8.99 per month What you get: One ticket per month; 20 percent off concessions; additional tickets for $8.99 each; unused tickets can roll over Limitations: Cinemark theaters only; 2D movies only Summary: Announced earlier in December by theater chain Cinemark, Movie Club offers little compared with MoviePass and Sinemia. You're basically..

Jamie Tan on Art, Baking for Rojas' 'Theater of Disappearance'

Designer and animator Jamie Tan (Film/Video BFA 15) started baking cakes and fancy French pastries as a meditative practice to help her balance the 20 credit semesters she was taking as a student at CalArts. Tan says the baking process and more specifically, “the relationship between textures, flavors, and memory and feeling” naturally started informing her art practice. One of Tan’s earliest projects at CalArts, “Anatta,” included hand-drawn animations projected through gelatin. “Since then,” she said, “I’ve created a visual language between my art and my cakes, as the processes have become very much intertwined.” Her experimental approach interested renowned artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who happened to be in search of a local cake artist to help with his most recent exhibition “The Theater of Disappearance,” now on view at the Geffen Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The environmental site-specific installation is a culmination of a three-part global project that questions ou..

Nicholas Christopher To Star In Hamilton Tour

Bermudian actor Nicholas Christopher continues his impressive career, with his next role to see him starring in the national tour of the hit musical Hamilton, playing the role of Aaron Burr. Christopher currently plays John in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon and played George Washington in Hamilton on Broadway. The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first treasury secretary, according to Theatermania. The musical won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, and Orchestrations. The tour gets underway in San Diego, California, and will visit a number of cities including Seattle, Denver, Portland, St Louis, Salt Lake City, Houston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Boston, Charlotte and more. Related StoriesRead More About#GoodNews#NicholasChristopher#Theatre Category: All, Entertai..

Gracie Gardner Receives the American Playwriting Foundation's 2017 Relentless Award

Gracie Gardner receives the 2017 Relentless Award, presented by the American Playwriting Foundation in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. (© Tristan Fuge)The American Playwriting Foundation has selected Gracie Gardner as the recipient of the 2017 Relentless Award. The largest annual cash prize in American theater presented to a play, the award was established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater. This year's Relentless Award winner, Pussy Sludge, is about a young woman who is also an oil well. The play is described as "a tender exploration of questioning authority, suspending shame through intimacy, and very bad advice." The playwright, Gracie Gardner, will be awarded $45,000 and the play will receive a national rollout in American theater, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country. The eight women named as winner, finalists, and semifinalists were selected through a blind judging process from 1,000 submissions by..

A Christmas Story Live! Airs Tonight

Chris Diamantopoulos, Maya Rudolph, Andy Walken, and Tyler Wladis in a promotional image for A Christmas Story Live! (© Tommy Garcia/FOX)Fox's A Christmas Story Live! hits the airwaves tonight, December 17, beginning at 7pm. The three-hour live television event is inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Joseph Robinette's Tony Award-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical. It is directed and executive-produced by Scott Ellis and Alex Rudzinski. Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary serving as coexecutive producers and writers. The company includes Andy Walken as Ralphie, Maya Rudolph as Ralphie's mother, Matthew Broderick as the narrator, Jane Krakowski as Miss Shields, Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Schwartz, Chris Diamantopoulos as the Old Man, Ken Jeong as both a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner, and David Alan Grier as Santa Claus. The band P..

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