Hamilton, Riverside and Crazy. Curious Incident Win Theater Awards. Theater Changes the World. The Week in New York Theater

This might as well be called the Week in New York Theater Awards. In chronological order: HamiltonandRiverside The New York Drama Critics Circle gave their awards to Hamilton and Between Riverside and Crazy Fred and Astelle Award announced their nominations for best Broadway dancers and choreographers. (Winners announced June 1.)

Theatre World Awards went to 12 performers making their Broadway or Off-Broadway debuts, plus special awards to Leanne Cope and Chita Rivera. 2015ActorsEquityawardwinners Actors Equity gave its Derwent Award for promising performers to Josh Grisetti of It Shoulda Been You and Philippa Soo of Hamilton. It gave its Richard Seff Award for established performers to Julie Halston of You Can’t Take It With You and Brad Oscar of Something Rotten. Hamilton8 Hamilton sweeps the 2015 Lucille Lortel Awards for Off-Broadway, with a record-breaking 10 awards. CuriousIncident8 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tops the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards — Meanwhile, in preparation for Hamilton’s move to Broadway in July. (Thomas Kail is the director)

Twenty-one theater artists, all of them nominated for 2015 Drama Desk Awards, are asked: Can theater change the world? https://youtu.be/CjW58c2w99E (Article on Howlround)

The Week in New York Theater Reviews

TrashCuisine7  My review of Belarus Free Theater’s Trash Cuisine The two executioners are casually talking shop while dining on strawberries and cream. As they compare how they work—one is paid per day, the other per killing—a man and a woman downstage of them are hooded, stripped naked, pushed onto a piece of black plastic, and pelted with apples and pineapples. Then the man, the woman, the apples, and the pineapples are wrapped in the black plastic as if they are garbage, and carried off. Oblivious, the two executioners, one from Thailand, the other from Belarus, keep talking; they mention, for example, their envy of the executioners in China: “They have a few thousand executed a year—we would’ve retired as millionaires there.” It’s just another startling scene in Trash Cuisine, a sensuous work at LaMaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre through May 17 by Belarus Free Theatre, which promotes their piece as an exploration of capital punishment. But Trash Cuisine seems something more, and maybe also something less, than that. It provokes a huge number of questions, not the least of which is: What’s with the apples and the pineapples—and all the other food featured in the show? Full review of Trash Cuisine

Update: The show has closed, but to see a video of it, go to Howlround.tv here

The Week in New York Theater News

Dr Zhivago for Twitter Kelli Barrett, Tam Mutu - Photo by Matthew Murphy Doctor Zhivago closed Sunday, after just 26 previews & 23 regular performances

BrookeAdamsandTonyShalhoub Married couple Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub will star in Beckett’s “Happy Days” in June at The Flea Theater under new artistic director Niegel Smith. National tours have been announced for: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time The King and I If/Then with Idina Menzel     It’s not just ticket prices that are keeping poor and uneducated Americans away from the arts: Report from Create Equity

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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