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    ‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Branded Gay Propaganda in Hungary; Cancellations Follow

    ‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Branded Gay Propaganda in Hungary; Cancellations Follow


    The Hungarian State Opera’s production of “Billy Elliot,” previously popular, was attacked before its summer revival by a columnist in a pro-government newspaper. The article said that the musical’s message of “Dare to be yourself” referred...

    An article in a pro-government newspaper attacked a previously popular production at the Hungarian State Opera, which has dropped 15 performances of the show.
    British Plays Are Better. There, I Said It.

    British Plays Are Better. There, I Said It.


    Danny Kirrane, left, as Davey and Mark Rylance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s...

    A London journalist takes pity on his New York colleagues and the “unadventurous” work they ended up championing.
    Berlin Theater: Books Spring to Life Onstage in Germany

    Berlin Theater: Books Spring to Life Onstage in Germany


    Laurenz Laufenberg, left, and Renato Schuch in “History of Violence” at Schaubühne...

    From Édouard Louis’s novel “History of Violence” to Boccaccio’s 14th-century “Decameron,” German theaters love to mount literary adaptations.
    11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend


    Denzel Washington stars in “The Iceman Cometh” with, from left, Reg Rogers, Dakin Matthews, Neal Huff, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Tammy Blanchard, Michael Potts. The play closes on July 1 at the Bernard B. Jacobs...

    Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
    Review: In ‘American Weather,’ the Heart is a Lonely Voter

    Review: In ‘American Weather,’ the Heart is a Lonely Voter


    The musicians in Chris Green's puppet theater piece "American Weather," at Here, also serve as bunraku-style...

    If Chris Green’s puppet theater piece is a work of political theater, it is abstract and unemotional in a time that seems anything but.
    5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Away From the Mainstream

    5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Away From the Mainstream


    NYC Pride’s biggest events, including the flagship March, return this...

    NYC Pride can easily overwhelm even the most extroverted people. Here are five ways to take part away from the crowds.
    This Angel in America Takes Wing With Help From 5 Shadows

    This Angel in America Takes Wing With Help From 5 Shadows


    In the current revival of “Angels in America” on Broadway, the Angel takes flight with the help of Angel Shadows — one of the most remarkable elements about this Tony Award-winning...

    Using intricate choreography and cues, the Angel Shadows — dancers and puppeteers — propel the Angel into the air and operate her heavy wings.
    For ‘Mary Page Marlowe,’ Six Actresses Share One Role

    For ‘Mary Page Marlowe,’ Six Actresses Share One Role


    The many faces of “Mary Page Marlowe,” clockwise from top left: Mia Sinclair Jenness, Kellie Overbey, Emma Geer, Susan Pourfar, Tatiana Maslany and Blair...

    They portray the title character in this play by Tracy Letts. In a conversation, they talked about their work and the production.
    Poetry and Puppets Are Part of La MaMa’s Coming Season

    Poetry and Puppets Are Part of La MaMa’s Coming Season


    The world premiere of Kevin Doyle’s “THE AЯTS” will start off the coming season at La MaMa in...

    Several world premieres are part of the 2018-19 season at La Mama Experimental Theater Club, which won the 2018 regional theater Tony Award.
    Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Developing a Broadway-Bound Bio-Musical

    Michael Jackson’s Estate Is Developing a Broadway-Bound Bio-Musical


    Michael Jackson’s estate is developing the bio-musical with Columbia Live Stage, aiming for Broadway in...

    The book is to be written by Lynn Nottage, a playwright who has won two Pulitzers, and the show is to be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
    Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’

    Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’


    Jon Michael Hill (kneeling) and Namir Smallwood as the main characters and Gabriel Ebert as a police officer in Antoinette Nwandu’s play “Pass...

    A new play by Antoinette Nwandu puts the epidemic of violence against young black men in a theatrical and historical context.
    Falling for the Lure of the Stage. The Backstage.

    Falling for the Lure of the Stage. The Backstage.


    Natalie Soto during a walk-on role as a part of the stage crew in “Dance Nation” at Playwrights...

    Natalie Soto and her brother, Christian, joined a training program at Roundabout Theater Company that aims to diversify the ranks of theater workers.
    Review: Theater as Sabotage in the Dazzling ‘Fairview’

    Review: Theater as Sabotage in the Dazzling ‘Fairview’


    Getting ready for a birthday party: Heather Alicia Simms and Charles Browning in “Fairview” at Soho...

    Jackie Sibblies Drury’s ruthless comic drama about perceptions of race artfully plays the cat to an audience of white mice.