The past week’s international stage highlights, brought to you via the world’s foremost journalism.  Gemini  and Perplexity, provided information, insights, and materials for this article (facilitated by Bob Shuman).

  1. UKRAINE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Source: The Guardian, April 3, 2024, by Sarah Hemmings

The Story: The National Theatre in London stages a benefit reading of “Whirlwinds of Revolution,” a powerful Ukrainian play written by playwright Oleksandr Dovzhenko. The play explores the country’s fight for independence. Proceeds go towards humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

Where: The National Theatre, London.  Playing until April, 10, 2024.

  1. NATIVE AMERICAN VOICES RISE

Source: Chicago Tribune, April 2, 2024, by Chris Jones

The Story: Chicago’s Goodman Theatre premieres “The Council of Elders,” a new play by acclaimed Native American playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle. The production tackles themes of cultural identity and self-determination, with lead actors delivering powerful performances. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune praises the play’s insightful writing, saying “Nagle’s work is a vital addition to the American theatrical landscape.”

Where: Goodman Theatre, Chicago.  Playing until April 28, 2024.

  1. PARIS GETS EXPERIMENTAL

Source: Le Monde, April 4, 2024, by Ariane Bérard

The Story: Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris wows audiences with “Echoes,” a multimedia performance piece in which the the production blends dance, music, and visual projections, exploring themes of memory and loss in a hauntingly beautiful way. Ariane Bérard of Le Monde calls it “a truly immersive experience that stays with you long after the curtain falls.”

Where: Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.  Playing until May 5, 2024.

  1. DRAMATEN UPDATE

Source: Expressen, April 6, 2024, by Maja-Stina Svensson

The Story: Dramaten, Stockholm’s prestigious theatre, continues its successful run of Henrik Ibsen’s classic, “A Doll’s House.” Lead actress, Sofia Helin, receives high marks for her portrayal of Nora, the play’s iconic protagonist. Maja-Stina Svensson of Expressen says “Helin’s performance is nuanced and powerful, capturing both Nora’s desperation and her strength.”

Where: Dramaten, Stockholm.  Playing until June 24, 2024.

  1. BERLINER ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCEMENT

Source: Berliner Zeitung, April 4, 2024, by Andreas Berger

The Story: The renowned Berliner Ensemble announces its upcoming production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children,”  the anti-war masterpiece.

Where: Berliner Ensemble, Berlin. Opening Night: April 15th, 2024.

  1. CONTROVERSY IN DUBLIN

Source: The Irish Times, April 2, 2024, by Peter Crawley

The Story: The Abbey Theatre in Dublin faces criticism for its casting choices in a new production of “Hamlet.” Director opts for a gender-blind interpretation, sparking debate about tradition versus innovation.

Where: The Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Playing until May 31, 2024.

  1. YOUTH THEATRE DELIGHTS

Source: Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2024, by Charles McNulty

The Story: “The Secret Garden,” a charming adaptation of the classic children’s novel, opens at LA’s renowned Mark Taper Forum. This production is lauded for its vibrant set design and engaging performances, perfect for introducing young audiences to the magic of theatre. Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times calls it “a delightful production that will capture the hearts of children and adults alike.”

Where: Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.  Playing until June 30, 2024.

Remember, this is just a glimpse into the international theatre scene. Keep exploring and discovering new voices that will inspire and challenge you!

 

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