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Theater Ink by John Rowell

Squeal like a pig!” Everyone who was around in the 1970s remembers the jokes that stemmed from the enormously popular 1972 film Deliverance, jokes that were usually set up with the yukmeister humming a few bars of the movie’s famous theme song, “Dueling Banjos.”

If you’ve ever ridden the Metro North rail to privileged Connecticut, you have seen an unusual cross section of New York classes.
Karen Finley first achieved fame as a performance artist back in the 1980s. She was one of four performers who sued the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 for withdrawing grants based on the grounds that her work was deemed indecent.
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This opening sentence of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina sets the tone of “The Country House,” the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Margulies...
She is one of the world’s most prominent—and controversial—performance artists—which is to say, she is always worth seeing. And beginning in October, the legendary Karen Finley returns to Off-Broadway in the World Premiere of Written in Sand, based on pieces she wrote about the emerging AIDS crisis between 1983 and 1994.
Wacky bookworms, menacing bullies and up-and-coming ‘tween fashionistas can all be found in The Love Note, an inspiring new musical for pre-teens (and, of course, the young at heart) by Boston-based playwright/composer Gail Phaneuf.
Writer/director Van Dirk Fisher (founder of the Black Experimental Theater) takes an infamous 1997 NYC police case as inspiration for his play Code of Silence, which begins performances August 20 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s, as a production of The Riant Theatre Company,
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How to Succeed in
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Ten tips that will help you go from open call to callback

By Diane Snyder

Navigating the world of musical theater auditions can be an exasperating and time-consuming task even for veterans. When you’re just starting to make the rounds, it’s easy to drown in the deluge of things to consider (i.e. what to wear, what to prepare, what to say).