Phylicia Rashad

Familiar but Powerful Skeleton Crew

When patrons enter the Samuel J. Friedman Theater for Manhattan Theater Club’s Broadway premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, they are greeted with prominent signage as part of Michael Carnahan’s ultra-realistic industrial set. The paper admonishments and placards to abide by the theater’s COVID safety protocols blend in with the play’s written rules for the …

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Senior Moments: Midsummer Night’s Dream and Singing Beach

An elderly woman in a nightgown slowly walks across the back of the stage like a ghost in a vision or a lonely soul wandering the halls of a nursing home. This is the haunting final image of Lear deBessonet’s unexpectedly fresh production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Shakespeare’s comedy …

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Ma Rainey Lives!

[alert type=alert-white ]Please consider making a tax-deductible donation now so we can keep publishing strong creative voices.[/alert] Sometimes, we need to be reminded of the creative miracles that now and then light up our stages, and Center Theatre Group at The Mark Taper Forum has not always done enough to spur such recollections. But in …

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