Taking a peek inside Caitlin Cisek’s bright closet is sort of like looking at the wardrobe of a theater production. There are delicate vintage bathing suits, piles and piles of costume jewelry, and retro prints for days. But her range isn’t surprising, considering Cisek is a professional costume designer for stage and…
A never-printed or produced play from Peter Pan writer J.M. Barrie was unearthed this week by The Strand magazine.
Pussy Riot, the Russian protest group and punk band, have announced that they will stage an eight week-long, biographical theater piece titled “Inside Pussy Riot” starting in November.
When it comes to diversity in theater, women and minorities are unsurprisingly underrepresented in the industry.
On Tuesday a Change.org petition created by the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition called on theaters to stop inviting longtime Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss to productions because “she is not willing to work with us to create a positive environment.”
A conversation I find myself having over and over: What is the future of the Broadway musical? As each theater season, plays and musicals included, becomes more and more varied, I wonder if what drew me to Broadway is the same thing that will keep me there.
Attention, lovers of the stage! The 71st Tony Awards are being held tonight, and this open thread is your place to discuss everything from Cate Blanchett’s performance in The Present to Kevin Spacey’s monologue to why Andrew Rannells is perfect.
Earlier today a casting director named Michael Streeter wrote in a Facebook post that the Edward F. Albee Foundation allegedly tried to force him to fire a black actor and replace him with a white actor.
Today is author J.K. Rowling’s 51st birthday! She’s celebrating with the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the news that—sorry pals—she has finished writing about Harry Potter. This eighth, theatrical installment concludes his narrative.
For all its apparent issues with regards to celebrating the silencing of women (at least at face value), there is no denying that Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a succinct lesson in the easy way misunderstandings and stereotypical gender dynamics translate to humor. What other reason could explain its many…
Following a Chicago Reader investigation that alleged that Profiles Theatre had turned a blind eye to the abusive behaviors of artistic director Darrell W. Cox, and had created an unsafe culture for actors for decades, the theater announced late Tuesday night that it was shutting its doors after almost 30 years.
The walloping success of Broadway musical Hamilton has, unsurprisingly, enticed a host of sneaky enterprisers to buy tickets in bulk and resell them at exponentially high markups. But now the producers have taken measures to hamper this practice.
The Theater for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, NY has announced that Oscar Isaac—actor and smokin’ hot babe—will step into the slippers of Denmark’s broodiest prince in a Summer 2017 production of Hamlet.
Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom (and owner of the most puzzlingly tiny eye glasses in show business) is slated to write To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. But how will he manage to Sorkin it up and turn this time-honored classic about systemic racism and social injustice into a scathing…
We’ve known for a while that testosterone is associated with aggressive behavior. But a fascinating new experiment reveals that these hormones are a two-way street: Simply acting aggressive can also raise levels of testosterone, in both women and men.
Harvard University’s historic all-male drag and burlesque troupe Hasty Pudding Theatricals may begin to accept women after two college seniors decided it was unacceptable for a college theater society to bar females from performing.
Benedict Cumberbatch, the dreamy personification of an English accent, is currently starring in a production of Hamlet at London’s Barbican Centre. When movie stars take to the stage, theaters often see an influx of people (read: teenagers) who wouldn’t usually view plays and musicals as worthwhile sources of…
The Tony Awards red carpet looked a leeeeetle different than it may have in recent years: it was filled to the brim with A-list models and fashion designers, so many their presence threatened to overshadow the theatre stars themselves. Why the sudden shift? Why, Anna Wintour, of course.
RIP my annual ritual of passing Mama Mia! on Broadway and thinking, “Huh, that show’s still running?” Because Mama Mia!’s 14-year Broadway run is finally coming to an end. Cram your girls’ weekend trips in while you can!