Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.
These recommendations highlight plays which may not be on your radar, often from new writers or new companies. Whenever possible, there are links to previous productions and reviews, to give background to her choices. These are made with no commercial interest, as a service to both audiences and the productions.
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Theatre in the Time of Corona | August 7, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Sorry to have been out of touch, but I imagine you've heard that millions have lost power and the Internet since the hurricane blew through earlier this week, affecting Northern New York, as well as Connecticut, New Jersey and much of the East Coast of the U.S. I'm limping along with terribly slow… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | July 29, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Here we are in the last days of July, when I'd ordinarily be marking up my weighty Edinburgh Fringe program(me) and getting in shape for the deluge of plays I'd be seeing-- often four or five each day!One venue, The Space UK, has produced over 80 shows, in lockdown, to stream beginning August 8th.… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | July 20, 2020 Dear theatre friends,What plans do you have for tonight? You may want to change them to "attend" these two events:At 7pm, Project Sing Out is a virtual benefit starring Chita Rivera and Whoopi Goldberg among many other Broadway stars, in support of the Educational Theatre Fund. Its mission is ensuring the arts education programs in schools continue… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | July 13, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Another late bit of theatre news:In Edinburgh, I was delighted to see the work of two funny, insightful women-- despite being vaguely dissuaded by the name of their company, Sh!t Theatre.. Several years ago, they explored London's housing crisis in their messy, highly original way-- "Letters to Windsor House." Now, until the 20th, you… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | July 11, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Sorry for this last minute alert: New York's own very fine Rattlestick will be streaming previous well received productions, starting with Samuel D. Hunter's "The Few" tonight at 7:00-- tickets sales, from Play-Per-View, will be for the benefit of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. When seen in 2014, it was a New York Times' Critic's Pick. While on… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | July 7, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Wonderful news-- for the U.K., at least. The British government has pledged about $2 billion for the Arts. Read about the entire investment here. If you know how to pressure our government to follow suit ,in these perilous times--- please get in touch, and I'll share that information.Several have asked why I hadn't… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | July 1, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Finally-- I have some new plays to share with you, and a bit of a nudge for a couple I've previously recommended.From New York's own treasure hunter, Jonathan Banks of Mint Theatre, are archived HD videos of three of their past plays:These shows begin July 6th and will be available until the 19th. … Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | June 19, 2020 Dear theatre friends, I'm happy to begin this letter with good news-- Edinburgh Fringe has been given a "lifeline" of funds to ensure it will survive this cancelled year to return in full force in 2021. This would have been the 72nd year of continuous August joy. Aaah well-- good things come to those who wait! Other… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | June 12, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Perhaps you've already heard the good news-- National Theatre Live has announced their summer program, available on National Theatre At Home.Open your calendars:Beginning June 18th-- "Small Island," an adaptation of Andrea Levy's Orange Prize-winning novel, being streamed to coincide with Windrush Day-- the U.K.'s recent recognition of the extensive Caribbean migration seventy years… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | June 9, 2020 Dear theatre friends, The theatre community is truly an inclusive one, making theatre for everyone. Here's an example-- Flute Theatre adapts Shakespeare for autistic audiences and their families, worldwide. From June 22nd to July 18th, they will be performing "Pericles," designed as a series of fairground games and rides offering different sensory experiences. If you're curious… Read More