Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast.
Buckle your seatbelts, everyone, because the editors of American Theatre are about to go off! The Tonys were last weekend and boy, do Rob Weinert-Kendt, Suzy Evans and Diep Tran have opinions about who won and the speeches that got left out of the broadcast (and about whether we should talk about the Tonys at all). Also, L.A. theatre website Bitter Lemons is now letting theatres buy reviews, which raises obvious questions of journalistic integrity, not to mention the more troubling matter of who actually reads theatre reviews anyway.
This week’s guest is actor/Suzuki teacher Kameron Steele, who talks about how he discovered Tadashi Suzuki’s work through his original book The Way of Acting, and has now translated a new book of the master’s writings, Culture Is the Body.
This week’s recommendations:
- Daniel Okrent’s seminal op-ed about the Tonys for the New York Times: “There’s No Business Like Tony Awards Business.”
- Matt Zoller Seitz’s blog post for RogerEbert.com: “Please, Critics, Write About the Filmmaking.”
- The tech-themed play 10 Out of 12 by Anne Washburn at Soho Rep.
- The latest episode of This American Life, #528: The Radio Drama Episode where Philip Glass, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others created theatrical versions of This American Life stories.
- The performance and speeches from this year’s Tony Awards.
- This video of Kelli O’Hara doing the worm. Preview below: