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Three on the Aisle: David Cromer Can’t Quit Chicago

The Tony-winning director visits the critics and breaks down his artistic process on ‘The Waverly Gallery’ and ‘The Band’s Visit,’ and explains his love affair with the Windy City.

Twice a month, critics Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of The Washington Post get together to talk about what’s going on in the American theatre.

From left, Therese Plaehn, David Cromer, and Derrick Trumbly in Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Our Town.” (Photo by T Charles Erickson)

In this episode, Terry is out but Elisabeth and Peter are not alone: They are joined by Tony-winning director (and sometime actor) David Cromer. They chat with him about working alongside Elaine May in The Waverly Gallery, how he straddles the director-performer divide, and the concepts that informed some of his most famous productions, from Our Town to The Band’s Visit.

The critics also talk about the best performances they’ve seen lately, including The Secret Life of Bees musical at the Atlantic Theater Company and highlights from the 2019 Tony Awards.

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