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New York — The Public Theater unveiled its four-year, $40 million face-lift on Thursday with a celebration that had some Shakespeare, some singing hippies and some veteran stage stars including Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber and Mandy Patinkin.
The speakers, which included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, took turns reading snippets of Shakespeare verse and the 45-minute event ended when the recent cast of "Hair" serenaded the crowd with a rendition of "Let the Sun Shine In." The musical "Hair" was the first show produced in the building when the Public took it over in 1967.
The nonprofit's 158-year-old headquarters in Astor Place now has a new exterior, refurbished lobby, ramps, a new lounge, staircases, upgraded dressing rooms and expanded restrooms, which received the biggest applause from the guests at the ceremony.
"Have you gone to the bathroom here in the last 50 years? Then you know why it got a cheer," joked Patrick Willingham, the Public's executive director. »
Is The Mentalist issuing a new Red alert? What interesting persons are returning to Person of Interest? What would a Private Practice spin-off look like? Read on for answers to those questions plus other teases from hot shows.
The Mentalist | Unknotting and opening the reader mailbag (it’s made of burlap, Fyi), Erin is “dying to know” what fans can expect this season with Lisbon, played by Robin Tunney. As it turns out, our Vlada Gelman just got off the horn with show boss Bruno Heller, who revealed that “Lisbon, apart from having to deal with Jane and Lorelai (played »
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This project -- in which all of George Bernard Shaw's works will be performed in staged-reading format -- continues May 21 with "In Good King Charles's Golden Days," described as "an outrageous comedy about Isaac Newton, King Charles II, Nell Gwynn, and the whole gang." The cast includes Tony winners Cady Huffman and Maryann Plunkett, Sean Dugan ("Smash"), Jay O. Sanders ("Titus Andronicus"), Daniel Jenkins ("Mary Poppins"), and Christine Pedi ("Forbidden Broadway"). The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, NYC. 7 p.m. $30. (212) 352-3101 or www.projectshaw.com. »
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On TV this Tuesday: NCIS welcomes back Jamie Lee Curtis, Cougar Town drops a baby bombshell, New Girl Jess meets a new, older guy, Southland stages its season finale and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), we’ve carved out nine programs you may want to check out tonight.
8 pm NCIS (CBS) | The Secretary of the Navy partners Gibbs with Dr. Samantha Ryan (returning guest star Jamie Lee Curtis) after top-secret information is leaked by someone on the inside. Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings) also guest-stars.
8 pm 90210 (The CW) | Expect a lot of hospital »
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Quite the rave from Roberta Smith in the New York Times:
One of the best Whitney Biennials in recent memory may or may not contain a lot more outstanding art than its predecessors, but that's not the point. The 2012 incarnation is a new and exhilarating species of exhibition, an emerging curatorial life form, at least for New York.
Possessed of a remarkable clarity of vision, a striking spatial intelligence and a generous stylistic inclusiveness, it places on an equal footing art objects and time-based art — not just video and performance art but music, dance, theater, film — and does so on a scale and with a degree of aplomb we have not seen before in this town. In a way that is at once superbly ordered and open-ended, densely structured and, upon first encounter, deceptively unassuming, the exhibition manages both to reinvent the signature show of the Whitney Museum of American »
5 items from 2012
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