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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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30 Seconds With… Bruce Vilanch

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.

Whew. We can finally settle down from all that Tony-Award madness. We only hope Neil Patrick Harris can take a breath or two. Greatest show opening ever? We’re going with “yes.” Let’s take a break this week and head to the ritzy speakeasy cellar that is Broadway’s cabaret: 54 Below. Jim Taylor is with our favorite double-chin blondie… … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Tom Hanks and Other Tony Nominees

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.

As we’re just days away from the Tony Awards, in the New York theatre community it’s one party after another. At a recent gathering we had the opportunity to chat up a few nominees, including Judith Light, Tom Hanks, and Rob McClure, who gave one of the most well-crafted performances of the year as Charlie Chaplin. He’s enjoying all the pre-Tony buzz and hype. … Read More

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30 Seconds With… ‘Murder Ballad’ Composer Julianna Nash

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.

Murder Ballad is the in-your-face rock opera about love and sex and the choices we make. And sometimes regret. We talk about it with composer Julianna Nash.  … Read More

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30 Seconds With… Laura Benanti

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.

Laura Benanti won a Tony a couple of years back for her inspired performance in Gypsy. You may know her more recently as the rather inept group therapy leader in the ill-fated Matthew Perry TV project Go On. All this week Benanti is performing at Broadway nightclub 54 Below. … Read More

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