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Tony Awards
Features

74th Annual Tony Awards — Our Predictions, Thoughts, and All That Jazz

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September 23, 2021

As we near this Sunday and the 74th Annual Tony Awards, which celebrates the Broadway season of almost two years ago, we at Theatrely got together to try and rack our brains and reflect on the 19/20 season. Editor-in-Chief Kobi Kassal, Chief Critic Juan A. Ramirez, and Contributing Writer Meg Masseron recently sat down to discuss this year’s Tonys and see the results of the Theatrely team’s ballot. We had 20 of our staff members fill out their picks and our conversation followed.

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On Screen
Reviews

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, You Missed Your Chance — Review

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September 22, 2021

Critic Juan A. Ramirez reviews Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the musical which will hit theatres on September 24.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! They Nearly Tore the Balcony Down!

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September 18, 2021

In Juan's column this week, he was on the ground at Chicago's opening night on Broadway and it was certainly a night for the books.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Triple-texting THE LAST OF THE LOVE LETTERS — Review

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September 13, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez reviews "The Last of the Love Letters” which plays through September 26 at the Linda Gross Theater at the Atlantic Theater Company on 20th Street in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Y mi mamá también: NI MI MADRE — Review

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August 26, 2021

Arturo Luís Soria’s Ni Mi Madre plays at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater through September 19. Our review for Theatrely.

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Broadway
Reviews

A New Dawn with PASS OVER — Review

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August 25, 2021

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's PASS OVER is now open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre. Read Juan A. Ramirez's review for Theatrely now.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! A Soulless Tribute to the Queen of Soul

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August 18, 2021

Juan dives deep into "Respect" with Jennifer Hudson and debates why this biopic wasn't quite what he was hoping for in this week's AND...SCENE!

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On Screen
Reviews

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE: Twinky Boots — REVIEW

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August 14, 2021

Max Harwood stars as Jamie New in Everybody's Talking About Jamie film which lands on Amazon on September 17. Juan A. Ramirez reviews for Theatrely.

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New York
Features

Getting Personal with Amber Iman

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August 12, 2021

About midway through the first night of her Feinstein’s/54 Below residency, Amber Iman, a performer perhaps best known for her roles in Shuffle Along and Hamilton, said she “hates musical theatre, but loves not being homeless.” She was (sort of) kidding but, with a setlist that barely even touched the Broadway songbook, proved her talents brighter than a midtown marquee.

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New York
Reviews

MERRY WIVES: Falstaff & Chill — Review

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August 10, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez reviews Jocelyn Bioh's adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor currently playing at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park — a celebratino of the joyful pan-African spirit.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Concerts, Cabarets, and Causes Célèbres

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August 4, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez spent the past weekend jumping from concert to concert and seeing stars from Adrienne Warren to Larry Owens. He reflects in this week's AND...SCENE!

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New York
Features

Larry Owens: All Sondheim, All the Time

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July 30, 2021

Tomorrow, actor Larry Owens will take the final (for now) bow for his sold-out one-man cabaret, Sondheimia, at Feinstein’s/54 Below, where it premiered last month. An intimate blend of personal history and finely-tuned musical performance he began developing in July 2020, it is the logical outlet for a lifelong obsession with the work of Stephen Sondheim.

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AND...SCENE!

AND… SCENE! Jagged Little Tina

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July 23, 2021

Who will take home the Best Actress Tony this year, Juan A. Ramirez thinks it's between Elizabeth Stanley with Jagged Little Pill and Adrienne Warren in Tina. Only time will tell.

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Virtual
Features

Phillipa Soo on Audible's THE STAND-IN and Representation

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July 21, 2021

Phillipa Soo, the actor best known for her work in musical favorites like Hamilton and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, has lent her Tony-nominated vocals to a more intimate avenue. In The Stand-In, an Audible Original by Lily Chu, she narrates and performs the story of Gracie, a Chinese-Canadian woman who becomes a Chinese star’s secret body double after a series of mistaken identities.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Lillias White’s Parade

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July 16, 2021

In this week's column, Juan dives into Tony Winner Lillias White and all of her roles from Dreamgrils to Hercules.

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New York
Reviews

FRUMA-SARAH Ready For Her Close-Up — Review

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July 15, 2021

In E. Dale Smith’s new one-act play Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings), Jackie Hoffman stars as Ariana Russo, an embittered actor playing the ghost Fruma-Sarah in a community theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Who is Flying Me Out To See ANYTHING GOES?

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July 13, 2021

Will Anything Goes even be understood by Gen Z? Juan is READY to fly to London and see Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney and talks all about it in his latest And Scene!

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On Screen
Features

John Benjamin Hickey on SUBLET and Gay Representation

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June 26, 2021

John Benjamin Hickey recently starred in Sublet, a film by Yossi & Jagger director Eytan Fox about a gay travel writer who strikes up a friendship with the young owner of the Tel Aviv apartment he rents for an assignment.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND...SCENE! Sweet, Sweet, Charity

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June 18, 2021

In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan talks more about Sweet Charity.

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On Screen
Features

Krysta Rodriguez Talks Liza Minnelli and Messy Women

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June 16, 2021

Krysta Rodriguez has spent much of her career playing ambitious, off-beat women. From Wednesday Addams, to Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Megara in the Public’s Hercules, her characters have often reflected her own scrappy, can-do spirit.In the Netflix miniseries Halston, about the fashion trailblazer’s life, she has found a perfect match playing Liza Minnelli. The EGOT recipient was a close friend of the fashion icon, and their Studio 54-heavy lifestyles closely mirrored each other in their highly publicized mix of brilliance and self-destruction.

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On Screen
Features

REVOLUTION RENT Brings America to Cuba and Back Again

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Juan A. Ramirez

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June 15, 2021

Revolution Rent airs on HBO and HBO Max on June 15. We spoke with Andy Señor Jr. on how the film came to be.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND... SCENE! Suddenly Screaming

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June 11, 2021

In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan dives deep into stanning a new diva, the one and only Ellen Greene!

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Virtual
Features

THE NICETIES Finds Focus in New Virtual Production

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June 10, 2021

The Niceties, Eleanor Burgess’s play about the explosive fallout between a white American History professor and one of her Black students, is now a free, online production.

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New York
Features

THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP is Reopening! Thomas Kail and David Korins Chat The Importance of This New York Landmark

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June 8, 2021

The Drama Book Shop—a storied purveyor of scripts and other theatre-related products—will open its doors in a new location on West 39th Street. Owners Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and theatre-owner James L. Nederlander are excited to share it with New York once more.

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On Screen
Features

IN THE HEIGHTS’ Daphne Rubin-Vega on the Power of Representation

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June 8, 2021

Theatre royalty Daphne Rubin-Vega stars in IN THE HEIGHTS, we caught up with Rubin-Vega via Zoom to talk about her career, and why she thinks the film is a landmark for movie musicals and Latinx representation. 

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Orville Peck, Born His Way

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Juan A. Ramirez

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June 4, 2021

It is almost entirely confirmed that Orville Peck was in the cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong on the West End and possibly other stage shows.

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New York
Reviews

Immersive PERSOU In Chelsea Leaves Room For More — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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June 3, 2021

"Persou" is currently running at The Cell Theatre in Chelsea until June 12th.

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On Screen
Reviews

CRUELLA, The Joker Wears Puppies — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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June 3, 2021

Emma Stone and Emma Thompson star in "Cruella" which is currently in theatres and streaming on Disney+.

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Industry
Features

MARQUEE DIGITAL is Changing Theatre One Program At A Time

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 24, 2021

Marquee Digital––a paperless alternative to print theatre programs––has the potential to revolutionize the way we engage with the performing arts. 

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Everybody’s Disappointed About Jamie (and Evan)

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 22, 2021

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that the film adaptation of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" is headed to their streaming service, and Juan A. Ramirez has some thoughts in this week's AND...SCENE!

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On Screen
Reviews

IN THE HEIGHTS Lives Up To Its Name — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 21, 2021

See what our chief critic thought of IN THE HEIGHTS which hits theaters and HBO Max starting June 11.

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Virtual
Reviews

The ANIMAL WISDOM of Ghosts and Catfishes — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 20, 2021

A new filmed adaptation of her 2017 Bushwick Starr “musical seance”, ANIMAL WISDOM is co-produced by the American Conservatory Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

LILIES Is No Fresh Bouquet — Review

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May 19, 2021

We sent our chief critic to one of the first indoor performances in the city, see what he thought of "Lilies" - currently playing at The Theatre Center Off-Broadway.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Who’s Gonna Rouge Their Knees in September?

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 15, 2021

It's dream casting season now baby...In this week's AND...SCENE! Juan ponders who might be in Chicago once it reopens in New York City this September.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND...SCENE! Anything Went

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 8, 2021

Juan dives deep into his obsession of Sutton Foster and explores her new pre-recorded concert special "Bring Me to Light" at New York City Center in this week's AND...SCENE!

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Local Street Gangs Dance Again

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May 1, 2021

In this week's AND... SCENE!, Juan A. Ramirez caught the official teaser for Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story", and he has some thoughts...

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! The TikToker’s Frug

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April 23, 2021

Continuing with his love of Gwen Verdon, in this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan A. Ramirez explores the latest TikTok trend using the "Rich Man's Frug".

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On Screen
Features

Billy Magnussen Talks Stage, Screen, and Toxic Masculinity

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 20, 2021

Star of stage and screen Billy Magnussen chats with Juan A. Ramirez on his latest performance in HBO Max's "Made For Love" and his love of the theatre.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! Whatever Verdon Wants...

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April 16, 2021

No thoughts this week, just Gwen Verdon. In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan A. Ramierz dives into his deep love of Ms. Verdon.

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New York
Reviews

SHADOW/LAND a Stunning First Entry in Public’s ‘Katrina Cycle’ — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 16, 2021

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play shadow/land, presented as an audio production for the Public Theater, is a tremendous new work. As the first installment of an epic 10-play ‘Katrina cycle,’ it signals the beginning of what promises to be a staggering achievement in theatre which concerns itself with race, ecology, queer feminism, and human displacement.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

And...Scene! John Cullum and the Broadway Divo

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 9, 2021

We all love a good Broadway Diva...but what about the leading men?! Juan A. Ramirez explores this very topic in this week's AND...SCENE!

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Virtual
Reviews

ROW floats along on Audible — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 8, 2021

Williamstown Theatre Festival ends its season with Audible with a new musical "Row" from Daniel Goldstein and Dawn Landes.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

BLINDNESS In the Lonely Dark — REVIEW

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 6, 2021

"Blindness" at the Daryl Roth Theatre is the first indoor theatrical experience available to New Yorkers since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virtual
Reviews

RICH KIDS: A Crash of Revolution and Wealth at Woolly Mammoth — REVIEW

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 5, 2021

Javaad Alipoor's "Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran" is streaming now through April 18 from Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND... SCENE! As If We Never Said Goodbye

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 2, 2021

In this week's AND SCENE!, Juan looks to how the industry will react as New York slowly starts to reopen for in-person performances.

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Virtual
Reviews

“Call Her Zari” - Williamtown’s WISH YOU WERE HERE on Audible — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 2, 2021

Once again, Williamstown flaunts an astute ear for material that lends itself beautifully to audio adaptation in partnership with Audible for "Wish You Were Here".

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On Screen
Features

Bailee Madison and Kevin Quinn talk A WEEK AWAY — Netflix’s Latest Movie Musical

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Juan A. Ramirez

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March 30, 2021

Bailee Madison and Kevin Quinn, who star in "A Week Away", chat with Juan A. Ramirez about the new movie musical now on Netflix.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND... SCENE! A Word on Jessica Walter’s Legacy

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March 25, 2021

In this week's And...Scene!, Juan reflects on his love of actress Jessica Walter and the incredible moments she gave us on stage and screen.

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Virtual
Reviews

PARADISE BLUE Finds Its Grace Note on Audible — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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March 24, 2021

Dominique Morriseau’s "Paradise Blue", directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson is now available on Audible, from Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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New York
Reviews

ROMEO Y JULIETA Gets Lost in Translation at Public Theater — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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March 18, 2021

In Romeo y Julieta, the Public Theater’s latest foray into audio plays, she proves that a rose in any other medium (and language) smells and sounds as sweet. Unfortunately, her rose is surrounded by the thorns of misguided intentions.

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Virtual
Features

THE WANDERING Finds Queer Realities in Schubert

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Juan A. Ramirez

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March 17, 2021

"The Wandering" is a new, four-day immersive experience that features augmented reality, online interactions, outdoor missions, film, drag, and Schubert.

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Boston
Reviews

TIGER STYLE! Redeems Itself as an Audio Play - Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 5, 2021

The first episode of "Tiger Style!" from the Huntington Theatre Company and Boston's GBH dropped this week, Juan A. Ramirez reviewed it for Theatrely.

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New York
Features

Scott Siegel's NIGHTCLUB NEW YORK Brings the Cabaret To Your Home

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 31, 2021

Scott Siegel, the producer behind the “Broadway by the Year” and “11 O’Clock” cabaret series in New York, has taken a turn towards the digital. His latest venture, a paid subscription service called “Nightclub New York,” streams select archival performances by dozens of singers taken from his past nightclub productions.

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Social Media
Features

Bernie: On Broadway

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 19, 2021

In a matter of minutes, memes featuring Sanders as being part of everyone’s favorite musicals were racking up retweets.

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Virtual
Features

FAKE FRIENDS Don't Let Fake Friends Make Bad Theatre

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 12, 2021

An in-depth conversation with Fake Friends, the group behind the new digital hit "Circle Jerk" which is now streaming on-demand through January 17.

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Virtual
Reviews

CHONBURI is a Welcomed Oasis on Audible — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 28, 2020

With a cast of thirteen, it is the most ambitious of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s audio-only season, and the cast and crew pull it off brilliantly.

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Virtual
Reviews

Audible’s ANIMALS Need To Be Tamed — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 17, 2020

Critic Juan A. Ramirez explores Stacy Osei-Kuffour's world premiere play "Animals", part of Williamstown Theatre Festival's Audible season.

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Virtual
Reviews

PHOTOGRAPH 51 is Better Heard Than Seen on Audible — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 8, 2020

Tony winner Susan Stroman directs a talented cast including Anna Chlumsky, David Corenswet, Stephen Kunken and more in Anna Ziegler's "Photograph 51" on chemist Rosalind Franklin.

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Virtual
Reviews

Audible's STREETCAR Stops Just Short of Desire — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 4, 2020

In socially-distanced lieu of a staged production, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has released what was to be the crown jewel of their season as what is, essentially, a radio play, produced in tandem with Audible.

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On Screen
Reviews

"A Christmas Carol" Like You Have Never Seen Before

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Juan A. Ramirez

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November 26, 2020

Arden and Mays make a dynamic duet of the material, and that’s enough to warm the coldest heart.

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New York
Features

Broadway's Michael Arden Wants to Create "Socially Distant" Theatre

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Juan A. Ramirez

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May 26, 2020

Michael Arden, the two-time Tony Award nominated director and actor, is using his COVID-19 self-isolation as an opportunity to devise a “socially distant” piece of immersive theatre in Philmont, New York

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Boston
Features

Importance of the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards during Covid-19

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 21, 2020

Due to the social distancing practices precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 38th annual Elliot Norton Awards will be presented virtually this year.

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Features

A Chat with Playwright Will Power on Detroit Red

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 4, 2020

The play, titled after X’s Boston nickname, zeroes in on the formative years the civil rights’ leaders spent living in Roxbury, which Power believes few people acknowledge.

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