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5 theatre headlines you may have missed last week

5 theatre headlines you may have missed last week

The stories theatre lovers have been talking about this week.

1. James Franco in Of Mice and Men, plus more theater buzz by Matt Windman [Newsday.com]
March 12, 2013

While promoting his new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful on The Colbert Report last week, James Franco announced that he plans to come to Broadway in a revival of the stage version of John Steinbeck's Great Depression novel Of Mice and Men. Franco, who would play the farmhand George, offered Colbert a small role. ...

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2. Corgi fired for disobeying Helen Mirren in The Audience by David Ng [LATimes.com]
March 11, 2013

One of Helen Mirren's four-legged co-stars in the new play The Audience apparently has been fired after it failed to obey the actress' royal commands in her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Britain's Telegraph reported that a female corgi by the name of Lizzy was let go ...

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3. All Hyde, all night in this over-the-top pre-Broadway revival by Chris Jones [ChicagoTribune.com]
March 15, 2013

Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde was never a subtle night of theater — more of a guilty, sexy pleasure, really, with high-wattage, hook-heavy power ballads that might not have had much of a connection to Robert Louis Stevenson's London ...

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4. Unnerved, Like All of Us, by Life's Strangeness: _Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time _in London by Ben Brantley [Theater.NYTimes.com]
March 13, 2013

LONDON — You need blinkers to navigate a big city, something to screen out the teeming surplus of ambient sights and sounds. Christopher Boone — the 15-year-old hero of the thrillingly staged adaptation of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Apollo Theater — has no such apparatus at all. ...

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COMMENTARY

5. Not-For-Profit Arts Are Grossing Me Out by Howard Sherman [Blog.ArtsUSA.org]
March 14, 2013

I have made no secret of my disdain for the practice of announcing theatre grosses as if we were the movie industry. I grudgingly accept that on Broadway, it is a measure of a production’s health in the commercial marketplace, and a message to current and future investors. But no matter where they're reported, I feel that ...

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