The Show Must (Not) Go On: Saying Goodbye to “The Band’s Visit”

  A singular trait of theatre is its own ephemerality. Every performance is unique, never to be repeated again, only to be reported on and remembered by those who were there to witness it. The same goes for productions. All shows, regardless of their success, must eventually close (except The Phantom of the Opera, which […]

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Big White Painting, Little White Lies

Friends. “What are they?!” That’s the question posed in Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play ‘Art,‘ dramatically re-imagined in a recent off-Broadway production at FIAF‘s Florence Gould Hall. Co-produced by the Netherlands-based experimental theatre collectives tg STAN and Dood Paard, the revival transferred to New York as a part of FIAF’s annual Crossing the Line Festival, which presents international (primarily French […]

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The Critical State of Criticism: A Critical Analysis of Critics Being Criticized

Do you hate critics? You’re not the only one. As the field of theatre criticism continues to shrink, the remaining theatre critics (and by critics, I don’t mean bloggers) are now under intense scrutiny. However, while theatre reviews have been met with increased skepticism over the past few years, they can still wield enormous power […]

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Don’t Crucify Jesus Christ Superstar. Don’t Worship It, Either.

Jesus Christ Superstar, a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, that conflates the story of Jesus’s last days with modern celebrity culture. On April 1st, NBC broadcasted its acclaimed live concert performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. Despite some technical flubs, the production has been unanimously praised, overcoming the ambivalence that audiences usually have for […]

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