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 | October 20, 2020 Dear theatre friends,One of last year's multi-Award winning shows, "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" will be streamed beginning tomorrow--- five live readings, only until the 24th. The Playwrights Horizons production, with the original cast, is being presented by Jeremy O. Harris. It's come to my attention that Paines Plough--- a mainstay of the Edinburgh Festival presenting some… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | October 16, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Another weekend, another chance to catch up plays you may have missed.Beginning tonight, TDF is presenting "A Wendy Weekend," in honor of beloved playwright Wendy Wasserstein's 70th birthday. At 8pm, please buy a ticket for "Uncommon Women and Others;" then tomorrrow night, "Isn't it Romantic?" and Sunday night at 7, "The Heidi Chronicles." Each rehearsed… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | October 12, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Happy Columbus Day! Guess what? Theatres are closed...However, you can tune in tonight at 7:30 for Red Bull's benefit reading of "American Moor"-- described as an African-American's reaction to Shakespeare's "Othello." Please read the New York Times' review, if you're intrigued by the subject. You can register for free tickets, but of course, contribute to this… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | October 7, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Whoops-- almost missed this one-- at 1pm today, register for Theater of War Production of readings from Sophocles, featuring Frances McDormand and Frankie Faison.And starting tonight at 8pm, from The Public Theatre, "Under the Greenwood," a documentary about the making of their highly-praised production of "As You Like it."There aren't many advantages to living during this plague, but… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | October 1, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Another month, another missive! Here are some last minutes events for your streaming pleasure: Miss seeing live plays? You've got company-- tonight at 7pm, join Hillary Clinton and several notable Broadway actors at New York Times "Offstage" -- for a conversation about the meaning, absence and future of our beloved theatre. If that sounds somewhat… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | September 27, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Don't miss Glenn Close playing Roy Cohn in scenes from "Angels in America"-- a benefit performance for AMFAR's fund to fight COVID. Mark your calendar-- October 8th, 8:30 pm, on Broadway.com's Youtube station. You can watch for free, but do give if you can.Longing to be in an actual theatre? You might want to book Food… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | September 20, 2020 Dear theatre friends,You're invited to a "marvellous party"--- beginning in just a couple of hours. Needn't dress for this occasion presented by Broadway on Demand and the Noel Coward Foundation. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of Sir Noel's West End debut. You'll want to join Dame Judi Dench among other notables-- see you there!The general public can… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | September 10, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Yes, the Fall "season" has now arrived. Inundated by so many companies' announcements, I almost missed a play beginning this afternoon.One of the finest tiny London theatres, Jermyn Street, is kicking off with an archival video of Esther Freud's "Stitchers." Sinead Cusack stars in this purportedly true tale of a woman who teaches embroidery … Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | September 3, 2020 Dear theatre friends,I hope you're reading this early today so you'll have time to see "The Oedipus Project UK" at 2pm. I wrote about this this previously, but this stellar cast is worth a second mention and a none too subtle nudge-- do register.I'm overjoyed to report that the next Old Vic in Camera is "Faith Healer," by… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | August 28, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Today, I would have been giving my Award for the best play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2018, it went to "Mouthpiece," by Kieran Hurley, which sadly hadn't finalized plans to transfer to New York. This year, the Traverse Theatre has produced an online version, "Declan," with text taken from the original play. Get… Read More