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 | 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
Theatre in the Time of Corona | June 5, 2020 Dear theatre friends,It's with a heavy heart that I write. Please forgive if these sentiments seem inappropriate in a theatre news column; my frustration and rage have overwhelmed me.The events of the last few days have highlighted my relative inertia-- my lack of a real response to the inequities in our society. Is it enough… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | June 3, 2020 Dear theatre friends, I've been accused of giving short shrift to New York theatre, in favor of British, so I'll start with those to stream from my dear city, albeit recently hobbled. Beginning Friday, June 5th, 8pm, you can see Lincoln Center's production of "Carousel," accompanied by the New York Philharmonic-- for one week. Entitled… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 29, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Another weekend to look forward to-- have you noticed how different they are from "workdays"?? Beginning today at 3pm and available for at least a week at CirqueConnect, you can see the latest 60-minute special from Cirque du Soleil. I'm intrigued by the number of viewers of their last special-- they report… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 26, 2020 Dear theatre friends,Among far too many obituaries of late was that of Rene Buch, founder of Repertorio Espagnol. I had written earlier about streaming "Boxcar" ("Vagon")-- perhaps after reading about his remarkable life and devotion to Spanish language plays, you'll give it a try.Last year, I went to Repertorio for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" with my… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 21, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Finally- I have enough new news to warrant another letter: Just a reminder, the memorable National Theatre Live production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," begins today for one short week on their YouTube station. You'll never forget Gillian Anderson in the role of Blanche. The Jermyn Street Theatre's rehearsed reading of Tony… Read More