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    Theater Review: A New Theater Opens in Paris. Another Faces Closure.

    Theater Review: A New Theater Opens in Paris. Another Faces Closure.


    Marina Keltchewsky in “Fais que les étoiles me considèrent davantage,” directed by Jacques Allaire at Le...

    La Scala Paris opened with a production in which the playwright Yasmina Reza also acts. But a theater focused on new writing in French from abroad faces an uncertain future.
    Review: Raúl Esparza Becomes a Very Familiar Fascist in ‘Arturo Ui’

    Review: Raúl Esparza Becomes a Very Familiar Fascist in ‘Arturo Ui’


    Raúl Esparza learns to embrace the nefarious powers of persuasion in the title role of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo...

    John Doyle’s inventive revival of Brecht’s 1941 satire about Adolf Hitler is more impressive for theatrical ingenuity than topicality.
    Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ to Continue Its Run at Stage 42

    Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ to Continue Its Run at Stage 42


    Steven Skybell, center, as Tevye in the Yiddish production of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The show is moving to Stage...

    The unexpectedly popular production has already been extended four times at its original home, the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
    Waterwell Names Lee Sunday Evans as Artistic Director

    Waterwell Names Lee Sunday Evans as Artistic Director


    The director Lee Sunday Evans will succeed Tom Ridgely as artistic director of the downtown theater company...

    Ms. Evans succeeds Tom Ridgely, one of the downtown theater company’s two founders.
    ‘Fleabag’ to Make New York Debut Next Year

    ‘Fleabag’ to Make New York Debut Next Year


    Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag.” The one-woman stage show, which led to an Amazon Prime series, is coming to New...

    The one-woman play by Phoebe Waller-Bridge will have a five-week run at SoHo Playhouse in the spring.
    Mike Birbiglia Sounds Off on Cellphones in His Theater

    Mike Birbiglia Sounds Off on Cellphones in His Theater


    Mike Birbiglia has been unafraid to deal with interruptions to “The New One,” his solo show on...

    Four times recently he’s stopped his solo Broadway show to make his feelings known — gently but firmly. Getting too angry can backfire.
    You Can’t Spell Cher Without Her (and Her and Her)

    You Can’t Spell Cher Without Her (and Her and Her)


    Teal Wicks, Stephanie J. Block and Micaela Diamond, who star as different incarnations of the title character in “The Cher...

    How three Broadway actresses capture the essence of one superstar: Thank the costumes, “Burlesque” — and white teeth.
    Douglas Rain, 90, Shakespearean and Voice of Computer Named HAL, Dies

    Douglas Rain, 90, Shakespearean and Voice of Computer Named HAL, Dies


    Douglas Rain as King Henry IV in “Henry IV, Part 2,” at the Stratford Festival in Ontario in 1979. Mr. Rain played numerous Shakespeare characters onstage but was perhaps best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the rogue computer HAL 9000...

    Mr. Rain was a regular on the stage at the Stratford Festival for decades, but he was perhaps best known for his chilly voice in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
    How ‘A Chorus Line’ Veterans Pass It on to a New Generation

    How ‘A Chorus Line’ Veterans Pass It on to a New Generation


    Tony Yazbeck, center, in rehearsal as the director Zach in “A Chorus Line,” which opens at New York City Center on...

    New York City Center’s gala production of the musical is being staged by Bob Avian and Baayork Lee, who have been with the show since its inception.
    Portrait of a Marriage, Onstage and at the Barricades

    Portrait of a Marriage, Onstage and at the Barricades


    Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, around 1946, in a photograph included in their joint...

    The archive of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, now at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, traces more than 60 years in the theater, in the movies and at the front lines of social activism.
    Review: Michael C. Hall Probes the Despair of ‘Thom Pain’

    Review: Michael C. Hall Probes the Despair of ‘Thom Pain’


    In “Thom Pain (based on nothing),” Michael C. Hall is best in relaxed moments of semi-improvised interaction with the...

    In Oliver Butler’s revival, Will Eno’s reputation-making monologue of masochistic bleakness suddenly feels a lot less shocking.
    Jay O. Sanders on How an ‘Oak Tree’ Became Uncle Vanya

    Jay O. Sanders on How an ‘Oak Tree’ Became Uncle Vanya


    “My aim when I come onstage is to not know what I’m saying next,” says Jay O. Sanders about maintaining immediacy in theater...

    Mr. Sanders, a veteran of four decades of stage and screen work, is giving the performance of his career in his first appearance in Chekhov.
    Review: In ‘Natural Shocks,’ a Storm Is Coming

    Review: In ‘Natural Shocks,’ a Storm Is Coming


    “Did I mention this is a tornado?” Pascale Armand plays a woman who has sought refuge in her basement in Lauren Gunderson’s...

    In Lauren Gunderson’s issue play, Pascale Armand plays an insurance agent in a risky scenario.
    No Waiting to Play This ‘Godot’

    No Waiting to Play This ‘Godot’


    “His physicality is obviously at the essence of his talent,” the director of “Waiting for Godot” says of Aaron Monaghan, who portrays...

    The highly physical Irish actor Aaron Monaghan came late to Beckett, and is young to portray Estragon. But the role fits (even if the shoes don’t).
    Kurt Vonnegut’s Vietnam-Era Play Lands With a Gasp

    Kurt Vonnegut’s Vietnam-Era Play Lands With a Gasp


    Kurt Vonnegut’s “Happy Birthday, Wanda June” has found a new life — and unexpected resonance — in a Wheelhouse Theater Company production directed by Jeff Wise (center), starring Kate MacCluggage and Jason...

    The novelist’s first play, “Happy Birthday, Wanda June,” is proving its resonance — and some nights, too much so — in a timely new revival.
    Jacob G. Padrón to Lead Long Wharf Theater

    Jacob G. Padrón to Lead Long Wharf Theater


    Jacob Padrón, the founder and artistic director of the Sol Project, will take on the Long Wharf post in...

    The theater had fired the previous artistic director, Gordon Edelstein, over sexual misconduct accusations.
    Review: ‘King Kong’ Is the Mess That Roared

    Review: ‘King Kong’ Is the Mess That Roared


    Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow with the title character in the new musical “King...

    The one-ton, 20-foot marionette is impressive, but the $35 million musical he stars in doesn’t even succeed as camp.
    After Strife in Berlin, Chris Dercon Is to Run the Grand Palais in Paris

    After Strife in Berlin, Chris Dercon Is to Run the Grand Palais in Paris


    Chris Dercon in Berlin in 2016. On Thursday, France’s culture ministry announced that Mr. Dercon would lead the Grand Palais in Paris starting in January...

    The former head of Tate Modern had to resign from his last job after protests. France’s culture ministry said he will take over one of the country’s largest exhibition spaces.