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Three on the Aisle: The Critics Go to Summer Camp

Regina Castellanos and Larry Owens (‘A Strange Loop’) stop by the studio to talk about their time at the theatrical summer camp, Stagedoor Manor.

Twice a month, 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.

First, the critics are joined by Regina Castellanos, a recent graduate of the legendary performing arts summer camp Stagedoor Manor, to chat about her experiences there and what theatre means to her and her peers more generally. Then, they turn to fellow Stagedoor alumnus Larry Owens, who’s now starring in A Strange Loop at Playwrights Horizons. They discuss the classic musicals that first cemented his love of the genre, his own time at Stagedoor (including one particularly memorable summer performing alongside Beanie Feldstein), and how  those experiences have informed his art ever since.

Finally, Peter, Terry, and Elisabeth reflect on the best and worst shows they’ve seen lately, including Halley Feiffer’s Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, George Brant’s Tender Age, and David Auburn’s production of The Skin of Our Teeth at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

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