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BWW Review: STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY, Bridge Theatre Photo BWW Review: STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY, Bridge Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Mar 25, 2022

Nicholas Hytner can't quite sustain the verve of the first half of a play that says as much about the 21st century as it does the last

Photos: See Ralph Fiennes & More in Rehearsals for STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY Photo Photos: See Ralph Fiennes & More in Rehearsals for STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2022

Joining Ralph Fiennes (Robert Moses) in the world premiere of David Hare‚Äôs Straight Line Crazy are Alisha Bailey (Mariah Heller), Samuel Barnett (Ariel Porter), David Bromley (Stamford Fergus), and more. Directed by Nicholas Hytner at The Bridge, performances are from 16 March ‚Äď 18 June 2022 with opening night on 23 March 2022.

Casting Update Announced For STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY at The Bridge Photo Casting Update Announced For STRAIGHT LINE CRAZY at The Bridge
by Stephi Wild - Jan 27, 2022

Joining Ralph Fiennes (Robert Moses) in the world premiere of David Hare's Straight Line Crazy are Alisha Bailey (Mariah Heller), Samuel Barnett (Ariel Porter), David Bromley (Stamford Fergus), Al Coppola (Walter McQuade), Siobh√°n Cullen (Finnuala Connell), Ian Kirkby (Lewis Mumford), Alana Maria (Shirley Hayes), Dani Moseley (Carol Ames), Guy Paul (Henry Vanderbilt), Helen Schlesinger (Jane Jacobs), Mary Stillwaggon Stewart (Nicole Sawyer) and Danny Webb (Governor Al Smith).

BWW Review: RARE EARTH METTLE, Royal Court Theatre Photo BWW Review: RARE EARTH METTLE, Royal Court Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - Nov 30, 2021

Rare Earth Mettle doesn’t need any more publicity. Headlines started talking about Al Smith’s play before its previews were cold in the grave, and reviews have flocked in agreement of its generally disappointing outcome. An exploding controversy, a hasty statement from the top floors of the Royal Court, and even quicker name-change later, the production remains a cutting critique that unfortunately loses itself in its search for style and forceful sarcasm.

Cast Announced For RARE EARTH METTLE at Royal Court Theatre Photo Cast Announced For RARE EARTH METTLE at Royal Court Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Oct 7, 2021

Carlo Albán, Marcello Cruz, Arthur Darvill, Jaye Griffiths, Lesley Lemon, Racheal Ofori, Ian Porter and Genevieve O'Reilly have been cast in the world premiere of Rare Earth Mettle written by Al Smith and directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie. With set design by Moi Tran, lighting design by Lee Curran, composition by Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga, sound design by Ella Wahlström, movement direction by Yami Löfvenberg, dialect coaching by Carter Bellaimey and assistant direction from Camila Ymay González. 

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Six 2021 Sloan Playwriting Commissions Photo Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Six 2021 Sloan Playwriting Commissions
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2021

Since 2001, MTC has awarded a total of 100 commissions through the Sloan Foundation Program. Learn more about this year's commissions here!

Royal Court Theatre Announces Reopening Programme Photo Royal Court Theatre Announces Reopening Programme
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021

The Royal Court Theatre has announced its reopening programme, which will run from 16 June to 18 December 2021.

Queens Public Library Announces Dr. Robert Chiles, Dan Zuccarello and More for LITERA Photo Queens Public Library Announces Dr. Robert Chiles, Dan Zuccarello and More for LITERARY THURSDAYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 28, 2020

Queens Public Library launched 'Literary Thursdays,' a series of virtual programs - ranging from author talks to panel discussions to poetry readings - dedicated to examining various aspects of literature and writing process.

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiat Photo Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative Commissions
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2020

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced this year's six recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commissions. The commissioned writers are Kate Attwell, Mia Chung, Noah Diaz, Julia Izumi, Ife Olujobi, and Stacey Rose.

Arthur Darvill and Genevieve O'Reilly Will Lead RARE EARTH METTLE at the Royal Court Photo Arthur Darvill and Genevieve O'Reilly Will Lead RARE EARTH METTLE at the Royal Court
by Stephi Wild - Mar 2, 2020

Carlo Albán, Ashleigh Castro, Marcello Cruz, Arthur Darvill, Lesley Lemon, Giselle Martinez, Racheal Ofori, Genevieve O'Reilly, Golda Rosheuvel and Rick Warden have been cast in the world premiere of Rare Earth Mettle written by Al Smith and directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie. With set design by Moi Tran, lighting design by Lee Curran, composition by Pablo Drexler, sound design by Helen Atkinson, movement direction by Yami Löfvenberg, dialect coach Kara Tsiaperas and assistant direction from Camila Ymay González.

Al Smith Videos

VIDEO: John Oliver Offers Donald Trump Emmy If He'll Accept Election Results
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 24, 2016

This week's topics included the third and final debate of the 2016 Presidential Election, the Al Smith dinner, and America's epidemic of opioids addiction.

STAGE TUBE: First Look - 'Moment of Truth' Video From Disney's LET IT SHINE
by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2012

Disney has just released the video 'Moment of Truth' featuring Tyler James Williams and Brandon Mychal Smith from the soundtrack of the original Disney Channel movie LET IF SHINE. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: First Look: Video for Disney's LET IT SHINE Soundtrack
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 12, 2012

Disney Channel's original movie LET IS SHINE is premiering on Friday June 15th. . Watch the videos to 'Guardian Angel' by Tyler James Williams and Coco Jones, 'What I Said' by Coco Jones and the LET IT SHINE official on air spot below!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Disney Channel's Original Movie LET IS SHINE, Premiering 6/15
by Caryn Robbins - May 23, 2012

A rousing, modern day story inspired by the ghostwritten love letters of Cyrano de Bergerac, LET IT SHINE is set in the world of hip-hop, rap and gospel music and expresses the importance of staying true to oneself. The movie premieres June 15, 2012 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) as part of the popular Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.