Tuesday, July 7, 2020

VIEWS

Opinion: I’m tired of being the token Black friend

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with friends over dinner and drinks. OK, mostly drinks. As we discussed our experiences working in theatre, I breezily made a joke about being the...

Opinion: It’s time for critics to step in

“Crrrritic!” Estragon sneers as the trumping put-down in the battery of insults he trades with Vladimir in “Waiting for Godot.” You might say that for theater critics, it’s been downhill ever since. And when...

Opinion: What people of color experience at the theater

“I’m running 10 minutes late, can you leave my ticket at the box office?” Who hasn’t received the exact same text message while waiting for their companions in New York City? I chuckled, sighed...

Opinion: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ sticks to its Off-Broadway roots

For a typical producer, the phrase “somewhere that’s green” — to quote one of the best-known ballads from “Little Shop of Horrors” — refers to one place, and one place only: Broadway. If a...

Opinion: The best of the West End on Broadway this season

Never mind a land-based wall that Donald Trump may or may not erect with Mexico, or American trade tariffs being imposed on China; forget, too, the soon-to-cease free trading between Britain and its nearest...

Opinion: The indomitable legacy of Hal Prince

The Prince is dead, long live the King. Is that too glib? Perhaps, yet it is no overstatement. Hal Prince is gone, and with him passes not just an era but several eras in...

Opinion: Publicizing goats, puppets and Founding Fathers on Broadway

Some shows pose a greater challenge to a press agent than your run-of-the-mill Broadway musical or boulevard comedy. One might feature copulating puppets with an irrepressible urge to sing, for example; another might focus...

Opinion: The great reckoning on Broadway

The official report from the Broadway League at the end of the 2018-2019 season couldn’t have been more upbeat.  “For the 2018-2019 season, total attendance reached 14,768,254 and Broadway shows yielded $1,829,312,140 in grosses, making...

Opinion: How Cora Cahan transformed 42nd Street

An oversized, disembodied gold hand greets me as I enter Cora Cahan’s office. Its fingers, which dangle over Madame Tussauds across the street, appear to be stirring something — possibly the milling crowds lining up...

Opinion: A bland Tony Awards telecast with moments of sincerity

Terrence McNally has a history of getting cut off by the Tonys telecast. The first time was in 1995, when his drama “Love! Valour! Compassion!” won the Tony Award for Best Play. CBS pulled...