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25 Photos of Patrick Stewart Being Adorable

Happy birthday to Sir Patrick Stewart. The English actor has done it all. He brought a newfound respect to the Star Trek series as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. There aren’t many actors who can balance a long-running role in a comic book franchise (the X-Men film series) alongside a prolific stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. And Stewart just wrapped a critically acclaimed Broadway run of Waiting for Godot with dear friend Ian McKellen. Since Stewart joined Twitter we’ve been treated to a number of fabulous photos that reveal the star’s sillier side — and his heartfelt relationship with McKellen and wife Sunny Ozell. In honor of the esteemed actor’s birthday, we’re celebrating with a series of pics that showcase Stewart at his most adorable. … Read More

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The Best Moments From the 2014 Tony Awards

There was a lot of television to choose from last night: a beauty pageant, a big battle on Game of Thrones, and even, I’m told, some basketball game. But if you’re like me, you enjoyed a liter of white wine and the Tony Awards, the annual celebration of a relatively minor industry within New York that is broadcast on national television to millions who will likely never see any of the shows featured or even know who most of the people in attendance actually are. But, on the plus side, Broadway for once looked a lot less whitewashed than usual! … Read More

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Is the Shakespeare Resurgence Killing Serious Contemporary Theatre?

This fall, four new productions of Shakespeare’s classic tales hit the Broadway stage. The first, Romeo and Juliet, features Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad leading a mixed-race cast that adds a racial reading to the tale of the star-crossed lovers. Next month, Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry lead an all-male cast in Richard III and Twelfth Night, which will be performed in repertory. Later in October, Ethan Hawke steps into the title role in Macbeth, the second production of the Scottish Play to be on Broadway in 2013 (Tony winner Alan Cumming starred in a one-man production earlier this year). With a new film version of Romeo and Juliet due this out this fall and a modern-day version of Cymbeline (also starring Hawke) currently filming in New York, it seems that Shakespeare’s back! But did he ever go away? … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Paige Evans of the Claire Tow

In this ongoing featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

So you want to see the new stuff? We recommend checking out the Claire Tow (pronounced like “tao”). The theater is built on top of the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, and home to rising LCT 3, which fosters rising theatre creatives. Paige Evans is the artistic director of LCT 3, tasked with feeding this creativity. … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Paige Davis and Operation Backpack

In this ongoing featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans. 

Paige Davis is the star of TV’s Trading Spaces and Broadway’s Chicago. But she’s also the face of Operation Backpack, Volunteers of America’s annual campaign to distribute backpacks to New York City’s homeless youth — just in time for a new school year. We chatted about her involvement.  … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Neil LaBute’s ‘Reasons to Be Happy’

In this weekly featureWCBS culture critic Jim Taylor shares 30 seconds with the theatre stars and upstarts of NYC. From Broadway to Off-off, Jim tracks down the talent and gets them to spill just enough for our collectively shortened attention spans.

Playwright Neil Labute is a busy guy. With two productions going in two different cities, how could he have time to chat with us? Given his most recent lashing out at a critic who gave a less-than-kind review (essentially calling him a portly eunuch in the comment section), maybe we’re fortunate. Anyway, LaBute’s latest is Reasons to Be Happy, the companion piece to his cringingly good reasons to be pretty… Read More

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