September 12, 2013 A former Saturday Night Live writer and an alumnus of 30 Rock, the comic hosts a weekly stand-up night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, where surprise guests have included Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman. When he's on his game, you're sometimes not at all sure why you're laughing.
September 10, 2013 The New York City Opera, nicknamed the "people's opera" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when it was founded 70 years ago, has always been a low-cost alternative to the more upscale Metropolitan Opera. The company may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
September 5, 2013 A confluence of epic stage projects, from Lucy Thurber's Hill Town Plays to Mike Daisey's monthlong, 29-play New York portrait, gives the lie to the notion that a dicey arts economy has theater-makers thinking small. Mark Blankenship reports.
August 26, 2013 Actress Patina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act. This year, she won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Pippin. She portrays Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. Miller speaks with host Michel Martin about the intense physical training and personal sacrifices that went into recreating Pippin.
August 24, 2013 Bread and Puppet Theater has been a familiar presence at political demonstrations since the anti-war protests of the 1960s. Its giant puppets and raucous brass band also marched against wars in Central America, Afghanistan and Iraq. The troupe marks its 50th anniversary this year.
July 28, 2013 Shawn has made a living playing comic, downtrodden characters like Rex, the green dinosaur in Toy Story. But in his free time, he has written a handful of intellectually demanding plays. New York's Public Theater is showcasing two of his works this year.
July 23, 2013 For the first time since the Tony Award-winning adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona in 1972, New York's Public Theater is presenting a brand-new musical as part of the Shakespeare in the Park series. The team behind the hit Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson have adapted Love's Labour's Lost.