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Review: ‘Kinky Boots’ at the Academy of Music

Drag queens save the day and light up the stage in Kinky Boots, making its return to Philadelphia for a limited run this week at the Academy of Music. Presented in the Broadway Philadelphia series by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization, the national tour of the 2013 Tony Award-winning […]

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Review: ‘Finding Neverland’ at the Hippodrome Theatre

Those who’ve forgotten Peter Pan are destined to repeat it in Finding Neverland. The U.S. national tour now at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre until July 2 makes for a dreamy midsummer night’s entertainment, with the added value of a great-looking production and an opportunity to reacquaint oneself with the charms of long-time musical star John Davidson. […]

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Review: Beethoven’s ‘Leonore’ at Washington Concert Opera

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) concluded its 30th anniversary season with a rare performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore on stage at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium (“Lisner”). Artistic Director & Conductor Antony Walker selected this original version of the 1805 opera. The overarching dark and somber tone of the work reflects Beethoven’s own failure […]

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Reviews: ‘All the Way’ and ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida

As a way of plugging in to the national conversation addressing issues of change in the United  States, this highly regarded regional not-for-profit theatre has put several plays in to its current season. Beginning with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Schenkkan political drama All The Way, which deals with racially charged issues confronted by President Lyndon […]

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‘Memphis’ at The Warner Theatre

Hockadoo! After a few toe-tapping hours at The Warner Theatre with the cast of Memphis and their inspired singing and dancing, I still have no idea what “Hockadoo” means, but I know—without a doubt—that it’s absolutely infectious. With music and lyrics by David Bryan and lyrics and book by Joe DiPietro, Memphis is a riotous […]

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Reporting From the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) Conference & Stage Expo-Part 4: You Used What? Plastic Sheeting as Inflatable Set Elements

Two-or three-mil plastic tube sheeting cut into a single thickness can be taped together with clear packing tape or two-sided carpet tape to make huge, bubble-like structures, some 200 set designers learned at the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) Conference & Stage Expo. A Helsinki designer described how he keeps them inflated with a […]

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Reporting From the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) Conference & Stage Expo-Part 3: Free Software for Theaters on a Budget

There is a lot of free software available to theaters to design everything from sets to lighting, sound, and projections. If you have the processing speed and RAM on your computer, you can even make a feature-length movie using essentially the same software they use in Hollywood. The entertainment industry wants young people to play […]

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Reporting From the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) Conference & Stage Expo-Part 2: Immersive Production: Audience and Performance Blending

Have you wanted to break the fourth wall but don’t know how to immerse your audience into a performance? About 200 members of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) Conference & Stage Expo exchanged ideas in an inter-generational discussion between mid-career panelists and an audience full of millennials. “Most of our generation thinks that […]

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Reporting From the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) Conference & Stage Expo-Part 1: How to Set up a Rental Program for Costumes, Props, and Lighting Equipment

Does your theater company have an untapped wealth of supplies that you could loan out in order to make money on your inventory of costumes, props or lighting? Perhaps you just want to loan out a few pieces in hopes of getting a dusty costume drycleaned or a broken prop fixed by a grateful borrower. […]

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