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New York Magazine on Collected Stories: “Two Terrific Actors, Lavin & Paulson, Tear Up The Stage”

COLLECTED STORIES opened last night at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play by Donald Margulies, directed by Lynne Meadow featuring Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

Below is the New York Magazine’s rave review of the production:
The Theater Review 

The Devil’s Disciple
Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson tear up the stage, All About Eve style, in Collected Stories.

By Stephanie Zacharek 
Published Apr 28, 2010

Early in Donald Margulies’s Collected Stories, the acclaimed and crotchety short-story writer played by Linda Lavin asks her eager, obsequious fiction-writing student (Sarah Paulson) why she ends every declarative sentence with a question mark. “I’m not absolutely certain, but I think more young women speak this way than young men. And there’s something almost poignant about it, all these capable young women somehow begging to be heard, begging to be understood. ‘Can you hear me?’ ‘Are you with me?’ ‘Am I being heard?'” She’s an exacting teacher making the ultimate demand of her student: The young woman needs not only to find her voice, but to make sure it’s a declarative one.

By the play’s end, her voice is declarative all right; in fact, it’s so big you can’t miss it. Collected Stories digs into some complex and mildly intriguing ideas: Is a writer entitled to ownership of his or her experiences, or is it okay for another writer to appropriate them? And although Margulies wrote the play in 1996 (it was a Pulitzer finalist in 1997), many young people—particularly women—are still putting that questionable question mark at the end of all their sentences.

But the real value of Collected Stories lies in the challenge it presents its two terrific actors, who spend the play parrying and sparring and cuffing each other, first with mother-and-cub affection and later with venomous resentment. Both Lavin and Paulson—under the direction of Lynne Meadow—give their all to the contest, and by the play’s end, you can see what it costs them. Lavin plays this grand-dame writer as a down-to-earth diva. She may be sharply critical of her young disciple, but she’s not inhumane. And in a confessional and vulnerable moment, when she shares the details of a youthful affair, her demeanor suddenly turns charmingly, disarmingly girlish.

Paulson is the real terror here: Her performance is brittle and precise, which is what makes it so effective. Collected Stories is essentially a high-toned All About Eve, although Paulson’s character is both less overtly devious and more horrifying than the infamous Eve Harrington. When we first meet her, she’s a perky but insecure prepster in a cotton dress. Eventually she’ll become a highly polished and ambitious performer who relishes addressing an adoring 92nd Street Y audience in a sleek black dress—not simply a writer, but something far more dreadful to behold: a literary figure. 

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET featured in NY Magazine

Band of Gold
A mythological rock-and-roll moment becomes a Broadway show.



Lewis, Perkins, Presley, and Cash at Sun Records in December 1956. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


Excerpted from New York Magazine

By Chris Willman

Colin Esott, an author of rock-history books who is now the book writer for a Broadway musical, had a game plan in mind for Million Dollar Quartet, which dramatizes a historic day in the life of Sun Records in the mid-fifties. “We wanted to find an event that caught the brawling and anarchic character of early rock,” says Escott, “the spirit of the Beatles on the Reeperbahn in 1962.”
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Roundabout’s SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM in the news



featured in
Vanity Fair, The New York Times and New York Magazine
Sondheim on Sondheim begins previews March 19th, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway
This is a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim has recently been featured in the news.

Vanity Fair Magazine

Featured in the April issue with an original portrait of Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat.

On Stands Now!


The New York Times, Arts & Leisure

Beowulf Boritt and Peter Flaherty discuss the set design and projection design in Sondheim on Sondheim.

The Screen’s Now Setting Many a Stage <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/theater/07projection.html?ref=theater>

New York Magazine
Vanessa Williams discusses her return to Broadway in this new musical.
Making her entrance again with her usual flair… <http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/64653/>

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Sondheim on Sondheim. Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine return to Studio 54 with Sondheim on Sondheim, a new original Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat, Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Euan Morton, Erin Mackey & Matthew Scott.  Music & lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and the production is conceived & directed by James Lapine.

Sondheim on Sondheim will begin previews on March 19th, 2010 and open officially April 22nd, 2010 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).  This will be a limited engagement through Sunday, June 13th, 2010.
Sondheim brought us Into The Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, West Side Story and Gypsy (to name a few). By writing songs that reflect the complexity of his characters, he has changed the way we define a great musical. But even though millions of fans know his songs by heart, few know much about Stephen Sondheim himself. Until now. Roundabout presents Sondheim On Sondheim, an intimate portrait of the famed composer in his own words… and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, you’ll get an inside look at Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process. An ensemble cast of Broadway’s best will perform brand-new arrangements of over two dozen Sondheim tunes, ranging from the beloved to the obscure. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, this unique experience will take you inside the life and mind of an ordinary New Yorker… with an extraordinary talent.

Sondheim on Sondheim creative team includes David Loud (Music Direction & Arrangements) and Dan Knechtges (Musical Staging).  The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (Sets), Susan Hilferty (Costumes), Ken Billington (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound) and Peter Flaherty (Projections).

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  To become a Roundabout subscriber visit http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/>  or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300.  Ticket prices range from $36.50-$126.50.
Sondheim on Sondheim
will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.  

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THE MIRACLE WORKER Featured in Vanity Fair and New York Magazine



The 50th Anniversary production of William Gibson’s Tony Award® winning play THE MIRACLE WORKER is in Vanity Fair and New York Magazine this week, leading up to its first preview on Friday, February 12 at Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50 Street).
VANITY FAIR – March 2010 issue
Little Miss Miracle

After a 49-year absence, William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker, about the afflicted young Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is returning to the Great White Way.  The revival, directed by Kate Whoriskey, who last year directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined, by Lynn Nottage, stars Abigail Breslin, the 13-year-old Academy Award nominee from Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Alison Pill, a ripe 24, who received a Tony nomination for her work in The Lieutenant of Inishmore in 2006 and is best known in film for her performance as the young activist Anne Kronenberg in Gus Van Sant’s Milk (2008).
To see the Vanity Fair portrait of the young stars and read the rest of the feature, pick up a copy of the March “Hollywood” issue, on stands now.

NEW YORK MAGAZINE – February 15, 2010 issue, currently on stands
Looking for a Fight: Alison Pill on playing Annie Sullivan–fiercely

You won’t hear anyone accusing the Tony-nominated actress Alison Pill of chewing scenery. But destroying it? Definitely. Piper Perabo still vividly remembers the first rehearsal of reasons to be pretty, the 2008 Neil LaBute play in which the two co-starred, when a stage direction called for Pill’s character to slam a door in the midst of an argument. “It was one of those prop doors in a frame,” Perabo says. “She pulled the thing off its hinges. That told me something about her right off the bat.”

“I’ve broken a lot of sets,” the actress—who is about to start previews as Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, opening March 3—admits with a shrug, recalling her handling of a breakaway ashtray in pretty that “got obliterated. I mean, it was dust. And they’re like, Maybe we can just give you a normal ashtray. I guess I don’t know my own strength.”

To read the rest of the profile, CLICK HERE <http://nymag.com/arts/theater/features/63639/>  
Directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined), THE MIRACLE WORKER stars Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as Helen Keller and Tony Award® nominee Alison Pill (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Annie Sullivan, along with Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominee Matthew Modine (“And the Band Played On,” Short Cuts), Jennifer Morrison (Fox’s “House MD,” Star Trek), Tony Award® winner Elizabeth Franz (Death of a Salesman), Tobias Segal, Daniel Orsekes, Michael Cummings, Simone Joy Jones, Yvette Ganier and Lance Chantiles-Wertz.

will be staged in the round for the first time at Circle in the Square Theatre, where is will open officially on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.
Get a special behind-the-scenes sneak peek of THE MIRACLE WORKER with the new teaser trailer, featuring interviews with the stars and director: http://www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com/.
Set in Tescumbia, Alabama in the 1880s, THE MIRACLE WORKER tells the story of the young Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf after a childhood illness, and the extraordinary woman, Annie Sullivan, who taught her to communicate with the world.
THE MIRACLE WORKER is produced by David Richenthal, Eric Falkenstein, Randall L. Wreghitt, Barbara & Buddy Freitag/Dan Frishwasser, Joseph J. Grano, Jr., Mallory Factor, Cheryl Lachowicz, Martha Falkenberg, Bruce J. Carusi & Susan Altamore Carusi, Lynn Shaw, David & Sheila Lehrer; in association with Connie Bartlow Kristan, Jamie deRoy/Remmel T. Dickinson and associate producers Rosalind Productions, Inc. and Patty Baker/Anna Czekaj.

For tickets and schedule information visit http://www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com <http://www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com> .

http://www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com <http://www.miracleworkeronbroadway.com/>

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