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Hillary and Clinton review Laurie Metcalf on winning form in solid drama

The Tony award winner dominates as the politician in a 2008-set work of speculative stage drama with John Lithgow as her supportive husband Remember when Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire? This isnt revisionist history. She lost the state to Bernie Sanders in 2016. But in 2008, after an embarrassing finish in Iowa, she beat out Barack Obama. Suddenly, her campaign had momentum. For a while anyway. Lucas Hnaths play, Hillary and Clinton, slight and not especially timely, returns HRC to that contest, nearly a decade before…

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The little musical that could: how Be More Chill became a teen sensation

After its humble run at a regional theater in New Jersey, Joe Iconis sci-fi musical comedy grew legs on the internet, resulting in its improbable run in New York When high school-set musical Be More Chill finished its month-long run at New Jerseys Two River Theatre three summers ago, composer Joe Iconis was already familiar with the sinking disappointment of putting a show to bed. Many times before, he says, a musical of his had enjoyed a solid run off-off-Broadway, or at a regional theatre, and failed to gain traction…

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Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance If Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the Faye Dunaway in Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station. With nothing to lose, the anchor goes rogue…

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Sir Peter Hall, theatre, film and opera director, dies aged 86

Founder of Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director dies surrounded by his family in London Sir Peter Hall, the former director of the National Theatre and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died aged 86, the theatre said. He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, with his family at his bedside. During a career that spanned more than half a century he staged the English-language premiere of Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot, and the world premiere of Harold Pinters Homecoming. In a statement, the…

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Bill Murray goes to see Groundhog Day again

The star of the 1993 classic movie went to see the Broadway musical version on Tuesday and then returned Wednesday for another show Tuesday: Bill Murray, star of Groundhog Day, a film famously about reliving the same day over and over, is spotted at the Broadway show based on that film. Wednesday: Bill Murray, star of Groundhog Day, a film famously about reliving the same day over and over, is spotted at the Broadway show based on that film. So far hes seen it twice. It is not known if…

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2017 Tony awards winners: full list

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 led the way with 12 nominations, but it was Dear Evan Hansens night here is our complete list of winners Best musical Dear Evan HansenNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Best revival of a musical Hello, Dolly!Miss Saigon Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical Christian Borle, FalsettosWar PaintPatti LuPone, War PaintWINNER: A Dolls House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath Sweat by Lynn Nottage Best choreography WINNER: Andy Blankenbuehler, BandstandPeter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog…

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A Dolls House, Part 2 review sophisticated sequel offers vibrancy and wit

Laurie Metcalf gives a thrilling performance in a speculative follow-up to Henrik Ibsens defining 1879 masterwork There are sofa plays and dinner table plays. Plays about beds and bathtubs, armchairs and kitchen sinks. Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House, the 1879 masterwork and shocker, is a drama about a door. So is Lucas Hnaths A Dolls House Part 2, a brisk and brainy sequel, directed by Sam Gold, which has entered Broadway at the close of the season. A Dolls House ends with Nora Helmer walking out her front door, leaving…

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