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.
Previous Speaking of Theatre Newsletters
Theatre in the Time of Corona | December 2, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Here we are-- the last month of annus horribilis, with several ideas to make it a bit less horribilis.No time to lose-- Irish Rep is having a reading tonight at 7pm of "Plaguey Hill," a new play by Paul Muldoon, read by Liev Schreiber.While at the irish Rep site, be sure to book for "Meet Me in St. Louis." Not… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | November 23, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Now that Thanksgiving has been effectively cancelled, we need some good theatre to raise our spirits. I try to find plays which will have real substance-- unlike a "Critic's Pick" in today's New York Times, which was described as "flimsy." I hope my choices will be engaging and memorable-- I do love getting… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | November 19, 2020 Dear theatre friends,With Thanksgiving arriving next week, we'll officially be entering the holiday season-- albeit a very, very different one from years past! Keeping that in mind, I'd like to ensure you have at least one extraordinary pleasure in store--- Emma Rice's "The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk" will be streaming from December 11th through the… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | November 1, 2020 Dear theatre friends,The death of Sean Connery yesterday reminded me of a sighting in Edinburgh in 2006:On a rainy afternoon, I was in a queue for the play "Black Watch," at the new-to-me venue, Drill Hall. A tall man in a red sweater was ushered past into the theatre. When I took my seat, I saw I… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | October 28, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Here's something wonderful to look forward to:"The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk," which won my Award in Edinburgh in 2017, will finally be seen here! This was Emma Rice's final production for Kneehigh ("Brief Encounter"). Emma's new company, Wise Children, along with Kneehigh and the Bristol Old Vic, have collaborated on a production to… Read More
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