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    Scalpel, Sponge, Magic Beans: When Doctors Moonlight as Actors

    Scalpel, Sponge, Magic Beans: When Doctors Moonlight as Actors


    The fourth-year medical student Nicole Curatola, center, rehearsing for her role as Jack’s Mother in the Bard Hall Players’ production of “Into the...

    The Bard Hall Players, a theater company made up of Columbia University medical students, is marking its 50th season with a production of “Into the Woods.”
    New Flight for a New ‘Butterfly’

    New Flight for a New ‘Butterfly’


    Clive Owen as a French diplomat in the Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s “M....

    David Henry Hwang has reworked his gender-blurring, career-launching Tony-winning play to assure that it feels “resonant with the culture today.”
    Critic’s Notebook: Bodies in Pain, Protest and Resistance

    Critic’s Notebook: Bodies in Pain, Protest and Resistance


    Maria Alyokhina, left, a member of Pussy Riot, and Kiryl Masheka in the Belarus Free Theater production of “Burning...

    Works from the Belarus Free Theater and the Freedom Theater explore the drama of confronting authority.
    Review: Hello, Hodor! A ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Spoof

    Review: Hello, Hodor! A ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Spoof


    Mandie Hittleman, center, is Daenerys, surrounded by fellow cast members in “Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical — An Unauthorized...

    This spirited riff on the long-running HBO hit displays affection for its subject, tempered with a keen eye for its shortcomings.
    Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist

    Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist


    Stephen Sondheim at home in...

    Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.
    Critic’s Notebook: Making Shakespeare Their Own, Serious and Silly

    Critic’s Notebook: Making Shakespeare Their Own, Serious and Silly


    From left, Peter Saide, Emma Degerstedt and Conor Ryan in “Desperate Measures,” an Old West musical riff on “Measure for...

    Two productions that draw on the Bard: an “As You Like It” with echoes of the refugee crisis and a goofy musical based on “Measure for Measure.” In this case, fun wins.
    Heard the One About Asia’s Comedy Scene? First, You’ll Need a Permit

    Heard the One About Asia’s Comedy Scene? First, You’ll Need a Permit


    Storm Xu, a Chinese comedian from Shanghai, gave up a career as an engineer to become a stand-up comedian. In order to tell jokes, he must first submit his scripts to government...

    Comedians in some Asian countries must have their scripts approved while finding creative ways to joke about sex and politics so as not to offend the government.
    Encounters: Waiting for Bruce

    Encounters: Waiting for Bruce


    Bruce Springsteen leaving the Walter Kerr Theater with his wife, Patti Scialfa, after his opening night debut on...

    Bruce Springsteen has a triumphant night for his Broadway debut, but leaves his fans at the Hard Rock Cafe to party on their own.

    Decipher James Thierrée’s Entangled Dreams at BAM


    Step onstage with James Thierrée and Compagnie du Hanneton as they return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival with “La Grenouille Avait Raison” (“The Toad...

    Step onstage with James Thierrée and Compagnie du Hanneton as they return to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival with “La Grenouille Avait Raison” (“The Toad Knew”).
    Harvey Weinstein May Get Kicked Out of the Oscar Club

    Harvey Weinstein May Get Kicked Out of the Oscar Club


    The headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. The academy’s 54-member board will hold an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss Harvey Weinstein’s...

    The academy has long insisted that professional achievement is what counts, but now it stands at a precipice, and Harvey Weinstein could change everything.

    Festival Moves Event After Church Objects to Gay-Themed Content


    A human rights festival slated for a church hall has moved to a new venue after archdiocese officials expressed their disapproval of some...

    A human rights festival slated for a church hall has moved to a new venue after archdiocese officials expressed their disapproval of some parts.
    Jewish Center Faces Backlash After Canceling Play Criticized as Anti-Israel

    Jewish Center Faces Backlash After Canceling Play Criticized as Anti-Israel


    Dan Fishback, whose play “Rubble Rubble” was to be seen in a program sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society. The reading was canceled after criticism by right-wing...

    The American Jewish Historical Society is facing charges of censorship after it canceled a play and a panel that had been targeted by right-wing activists.
    What’s New in NYC Theater

    What’s New in NYC Theater


    Michael Braun and Saycon Sengbloh in Suzan-Lori Parks’s “In the Blood.” See listing...

    Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
    Review: A Richard III Who Steps Straight Out of the Land of Id

    Review: A Richard III Who Steps Straight Out of the Land of Id


    Playing “Richard III” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lars Eidinger is a bogeyman guaranteed to haunt the audience’s nightmares for weeks to...

    An astonishing Lars Eidinger is a hunchback to remember in Thomas Ostermeier’s Halloween treat of a production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.