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 | 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
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 16, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Since we've gotten to know each other so well-- I'll share some of my best sources! Do subscribe to What'sOnStage to browse many online possibilities, on both sides of the Atlantic. There's now a special category, WhatsOnStage At Home-- for...The site will also send updates as more shows become available-- there are many, many… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 12, 2020 Dear theatre friends,I wasn't planning on overwhelming you with choices, but too many is better than too few-- correct?Here's an opportunity to visit the Stratford Festival without traveling to Canada-- see their 2014 wonderfully reviewed production of "King Lear"-- on until this Thursday, the 14th. Also part of Stratford's 12-play Festival is "Coriolanus," directed by superstar, Robert Lepage, until the… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 10, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Yes, it's Mother's Day! If you're not planning to dress for the occasion, I have a good alternative-- "Love, Loss,and What I Wore," by the eternally exuberant (although sadly departed) Nora Ephron and her sister, Delia. It comes to us from the 92nd Street "Y" and requires a donation of a mere… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 7, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Do you have a culturally and intellectually stimulating evening planned for tonight? If not, you can spend it with John Turturro, Frances McDormand and many other brilliant actors. They'll be performing a dramatic reading of scenes from Sophocles '"Oedipus the King," a Theatre of War production. There will also be a discussion… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 5, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Did you know that today, Tuesday, May 5th, has been named "Giving Tuesday" in a rather recent tradition (since 2012) created by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation? A perfect reminder to go through your list of favorite non profit theatres and send them all a donation. Whenever it… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 3, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Here's another resource, which I've belatedly discovered, listing shows to view online-- mostly Broadway. It's BroadwayDirect.com. Browse through-- I found some, such as "Springsteen on Broadway," which you can see on Netflix. It's a filmed version of his actual performance. Another, "Sweeney Todd," is a 2007 movie version of the play. "American… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | May 1, 2020 Dear theatre friends, Hooray, hooray, the first of May, celebrate with Cirque du Soleil! Pardon my venture into verse, but from 3pm today you can see a 60 minute program of highlights from their past shows through Cirque Connect-- available for the next week, too. Another delight is "Ghost Quartet" by Dave Malloy. This video was recorded at… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | April 29, 2020 Dear theatre friends, An embarrassment of riches! The Guardian just published a listing of the "hottest" theatre and dance you can watch online. Several I've written about before, but there are many more here.You may find that printing out the entire article will aid in remembering those you don't want to miss. I'm looking forward… Read More
Theatre in the Time of Corona | April 25, 2020 Dear theatre friends, In celebration of Shakespeare's birthday (April 1654), the long established, tremendously creative theatre company, Cheek by Jowl, is offering a free viewing of "Measure For Measure," available for just a month.Described as "vivid and uncommonly moving" by The New York Times ,this production is well worth your time and effort-- it's performed in… Read More