NPR’s latest on the performing arts

The avant-garde theater director and actor pairs up with writer-director Todd London to present the story of his multi-faceted life, full of dramatic ups and downs — and celebrities.
Author: Heller McAlpin
Posted: November 18, 2020, 11:22 am
The Journey is an ingenious use of a virtual performance space. Silven invites 30 audience members to travel to his childhood home in Scotland where they interact in amazing feats of magic.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: November 15, 2020, 12:52 pm
Viewers worldwide are responding to a moving video of Marta C. González, a former dancer afflicted with dementia. But critics are questioning whether González is who the clip makers claim she is.
Author: Anastasia Tsioulcas
Posted: November 10, 2020, 5:39 pm
Champion, who died Oct. 21, danced with her husband Gower in the movie musicals Till the Clouds Roll By, Showboat and Lovely to Look At. Originally broadcast in 2001.
Author: Terry Gross
Posted: November 6, 2020, 6:38 pm
As arts workers continue to struggle, they're trying their hand at something new — a piece of legislation that would keep their industry alive through the pandemic.
Author: Cardiff Garcia
Posted: October 30, 2020, 7:52 pm
Playwright Celine Song is transforming Anton Chekhov's The Seagull into something avant-garde — by adapting a version that will be presented in The Sims 4 video game and streamed on Twitch.
Author: Jennifer Vanasco
Posted: October 27, 2020, 8:11 pm
The work is much more like reading a book-length poem than reading a play, though few poems or poetry collections come filled with charming illustrations of trees, dancers, and party-hatted dogs.
Author: Lily Meyer
Posted: October 26, 2020, 2:22 pm
A new play — directed and performed via Zoom — imagines workplace life at Russia's Internet Research Agency, a real life troll-farm indicted for its interference in the 2016 election.
Author: Jeff Lunden
Posted: October 23, 2020, 8:16 pm
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Heidi Schreck, creator of the one-woman play, What the Constitution Means to Me, about the film's release on Amazon Prime ahead of Election Day.
Posted: October 18, 2020, 9:06 pm
Irving Berlin's classic musical turns 85 this year, and a group of artists are paying tribute with a brand-new video version of one of its songs, "Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)?"
Author: Elizabeth Blair
Posted: October 16, 2020, 9:40 pm