Critical Confabulations

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Theatre Week In Review: March 29, 2013

A sampling of theatre news, reviews, and humor for the week.


South Portland High School in Maine
, seen as competition for Broadway, is denied musical licensing. Classy, Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library. Classy.

Tilda Swinton‘s nap time is considered art at MOMA; playwright David Lindsay-Abaire hilariously thinks otherwise.

Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams! (March 26)

Despite quite-good reviews, patrons walk out of Annie Baker‘s three-hour The Flick,  causing quite an internet stir, and Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Tim Sanford considers enforcing internal cuts. Until he doesn’t.  I don’t often agree with Charles Isherwood, but… I agree with Charles Isherwood.

40 years after his death — on March 26 — we’re still mad about Noël Coward. 

Time Out gives us 50 Reasons to Love NYC Theater. (I’m especially nerding out over Edwin Booth’s bedroom, pristine and untouched, in the Players Club.)

The Telegraph declares this the New Golden Age of the Musical, based almost solely on the existence of The Book of Mormon. Right.

Playwrights, this is why your play was rejected.

Beloved stage actor and star of Harry Potter, Richard Griffiths, passed away today.

This meme, which comes from the bottom of my heart:


(The lady looks a bit like a young Angela Lansbury, am I right?)


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