Power play: Papal aide’s manhole act angers Italy’s Salvini

Europe 05/13/19, 11:47

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a government-owned building, pitting Pope Francis' humanitarian priorities against far-right Italian politics.Salvini was incensed by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski's actions. A rising force in Europe's far-right politics, ...

Santa Fe Opera announces plans to stage world premieres

Entertainment 05/08/19, 18:12

World-premiere operas derived from the gender-bending Broadway hit "M. Butterfly" and from meditations on Victorian-era repression in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" are coming to the Santa Fe Opera and its open-air stage in the high desert.Opera General Director Robert Meya on Wednesday announced upcoming productions for 2020 that include retooled staples ...

Daniel Radcliffe to return to London stage in Beckett play

Entertainment 04/30/19, 09:09

Daniel Radcliffe is returning to the London stage in a Samuel Beckett double bill.The Old Vic Theatre says the former "Harry Potter" star will appear alongside Alan Cumming in a production of Beckett's bleak comedy "Endgame" that opens in February. It will be performed along with Beckett's rarely produced short ...

‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Entertainment 04/24/19, 20:22

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79.Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica ...

Winners of 2019 Olivier Awards for London stage productions

Europe 04/07/19, 16:31

The winners of the 2019 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance:New Play: "The Inheritance"New Musical: "Come From Away"Actor Kyle Soller poses for photographers backstage with his Best Actor award for his role in the play 'The Inheritance at the Olivier Awards in London, Sunday, April 7, ...

Update: Musical about town post-9/11 wins London award

Entertainment 04/07/19, 15:19

The Latest on the Olivier Awards honoring London stage productions (all times local):9:10 p.m."Come From Away" has been named best new musical at Britain's Olivier stage awards.Actress Sally Field, from left, actors Kyle Soller and Bill Pullman pose for photographers backstage at the Olivier Awards in London, Sunday, April 7, ...

Flint water crisis takes center stage in new play

Entertainment 04/04/19, 14:49

The Flint water crisis has been the subject of several documentaries and even a network drama, but now the issue is taking center stage in a new play at the University of Michigan.Playwright Jose? Casas spent nearly three years interviewing more than 80 people in order to create his new ...

John Leguizamo to tour with his ‘Latin History for Morons’

Entertainment 04/01/19, 07:01

John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road.The comedian will kick off a 12-state U.S. tour of his "Latin History for Morons" with a two-night stand at the Apollo Theater in New York starting June 20.He'll then visit New Jersey, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, ...

After ‘Gotham,’ Ben McKenzie goes from hero to movie bad guy

Entertainment 03/19/19, 15:10

Ben McKenzie is looking forward to his next career chapter after "Gotham," both on-screen and behind the camera.During the five years he's starred as Gotham City police detective and future commissioner James Gordon in the Batman prequel, McKenzie also wrote two episodes and directed three others.Writing and storytelling are family ...

James Corden returns to host the 2019 Tony Awards

Entertainment 03/19/19, 10:20

James Corden is returning to host the 73rd annual Tony Awards.The American Theatre Wing on Tuesday announced that the host of CBS' "The Late Late Show" will preside over Broadway's biggest night which honors the season's best plays and musicals. Corden previously hosted the 70th annual Tonys.Corden won a Tony ...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ compromise offered to small theaters

Entertainment 03/02/19, 16:32

The dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. forced to abandon productions of "To Kill a Mockingbird" under legal threat were offered an olive branch in the form of Aaron Sorkin's script for the Broadway version.Scott Rudin, producer of the New York adaptation of Harper Lee's novel, had ...

Sedaris, Rankine among new arts academy inductees

Entertainment 02/26/19, 09:32

David Sedaris, one of the new class of inductees into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has a story to tell."The academy sent a letter to my house in West Sussex (England), and we hadn't been out there because we didn't have any heat. When we finally saw the ...

Kenneth Lonergan wins inaugural PEN/Mike Nichols award

Entertainment 02/25/19, 11:54

Filmmaker-playwright Kenneth Lonergan is the first recipient of a prize named for the late Mike Nichols.PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, announced Monday that Lonergan has won the PEN/Mike Nichols Writing for Performance Award. The $25,000 prize is given for works which "enlighten and inspire audiences" in the ...

British actor Albert Finney dies at 82

Entertainment 02/08/19, 10:33

Albert Finney, the charismatic Academy Award-nominated British actor who starred in films from "Tom Jones" to "Skyfall," has died. He was 82. Finney's family said Friday that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side." He died Thursday from a chest infection at ...

Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival

World 01/30/19, 11:28

A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory.But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances ...

Lin-Manuel Miranda: Shakespeare theater fire ‘heartbreaking’

Entertainment 01/14/19, 15:51

Investigators sought the cause Monday of a fire that destroyed the historic American Shakespeare Theatre, whose stage has been graced by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer and James Earl Jones.Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," tweeted Sunday that the loss of the theater was "heartbreaking."The ...

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