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May 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Like the Oscars, the Tony Awards are preceded each year by a bevy of award shows that renders the main event something of a foregone conclusion. This Broadway season, many of the front-runners have become clear relatively quickly, with the big-top-themed revival of "Pippin" and the new play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang expected to prevail on Tony night. Both productions took home the top honors in their categories on Sunday at the Drama Desk Awards, held at Town Hall in New York.
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February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles premiere engagement of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has been extended by one week at the Mark Taper Forum. The production, which stars Christine Ebersole, will run through March 16. Durang's play is directed by David Hyde Pierce, who acted in the New York production. Center Theatre Group's staging, which began performances on Jan. 29, features Ebersole in the role of a movie star (originated by Sigourney Weaver)
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August 29, 2012 | By David Ng
One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being honored in the field of mid-career playwrights. This year's drama honors were decided by a panel comprised of producer Robert Brustein, New Yorker critic John Lahr and director Stephen Wadsworth. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Oct. 23. (The full name of the drama honors is the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Awards.)
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February 1, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
NEW YORK - A few years ago, playwright Christopher Durang began wondering "what if" a bunch of Anton Chekhov's characters lived in Bucks County, Penn., as he did. And what if two of the older ones lived in a nice stone farmhouse like his for not just in midlife, as he does, but for their entire lives? "Even when I studied Chekhov's plays in college, I felt empathy for his older characters, often regretful and unhappy," says Durang. "Now that I'm older, I wanted to do something triggered by Chekhov but put in the present day. My farm house, which is on a little hill, made me think of a lot of the sets I've seen in 'The Seagull.'" The result of such musing is "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
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October 26, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Now is the time to see "Laughing Wild" by Christopher Durang. Two years after it opened in New York, most of its laugh lines are still funny. But its specific cultural references are rapidly dating. In a few years, its shelf life will expire. So, Long Beach's Studio Theatre has done Durang-watchers a favor by finally bringing "Laughing Wild" to Southern California--and doing justice to it. It's a two-person comedy routine as much as it is a play.
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September 2, 1998 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a maker of rudely angry plays disguised as comedies, Christopher Durang has done better than "Laughing Wild." He may never surpass the disarming, poison-pen satire of "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" (1981), and "Laughing Wild" (1988) seems to be much in the shadow of that comedy's black reach. Durang is rudderless without a target (in "Sister Mary," the target was Catholicism).
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April 28, 1996 | Jan Herman, Jan Herman is a Times staff writer
'A Mess of Plays," the new compilation of a dozen short theater pieces by Christopher Durang, opened Friday at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. It is directed by David Chambers, who describes the production on the SCR Second Stage as "the weaving together of a mad cabaret-video-variety show whose subject happens to be America." The pieces span the playwright's career: The earliest was begun in 1973, though it has been revised since, and the latest was written for this production.
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May 8, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Durang Goes On Stage: Christopher Durang will step into the production of his play "Laughing Wild," which opens May 12 at the Tiffiny Theater. He replaces the previously announced Harry Groener, who left the production due to artistic differences. Durang plays the role he created in New York.
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November 14, 2009
A public feud between Broadway stars Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein turns out to have been a publicity hoax surrounding their costarring roles in a new production of "All About Me," Variety reports. The trade reports that it will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Robert G. Bartner and Ambassador Theatre Group, with previews slated to start March 6 before opening March 23. The pair had been issuing combative press releases about each another ostensibly over the coincidence of their plans to put on shows with similar titles: Dame Edna's "It's All About Me" and Feinstein's "All About Me."
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June 9, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's dysfunctional-family dark comedy, was named best play at the 67th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. The show stars Durang's longtime muse Sigourney Weaver, along with David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant. Durang blended Chekhov's 19th century characters and themes in this 21st-century production about sibling rivalry set in rural Pennsylvania. PHOTOS: Tony top nominees and winners This is the first time one of Durang's plays has won a Tony.
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June 9, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's dysfunctional-family dark comedy, was named best play at the 67th Tony Awards, presented Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. The show stars Durang's longtime muse Sigourney Weaver, along with David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Billy Magnussen and Shalita Grant. Durang blended Chekhov's 19th century characters and themes in this 21st-century production about sibling rivalry set in rural Pennsylvania. PHOTOS: Tony top nominees and winners This is the first time one of Durang's plays has won a Tony.
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June 9, 2013 | By David Ng
The 67th annual Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. That's the same on both coasts, with the show airing live on the East Coast and three hours later on the West Coast. This year's Broadway season featured big musical blockbusters ("Matilda," "Kinky Boots"), critically acclaimed playwrights (Richard Greenberg, Chistopher Durang) and a handful of celebrities (Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, Scarlett Johansson). LIVE BLOG: Follow the 2013 Tony Awards Sunday's program will feature an impressive list of presenters that will include the aformentioned stars as well as: Jesse Eisenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sally Field, Zachary Quinto, Jon Cryer and Anna Kendrick.
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June 6, 2013 | By David Ng
Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York has created a financial news empire, sustained a successful political career and amassed a personal fortune in the billions. Will he add a Tony to his list of accomplishments? Tony Award organizers haven't made any official announcement, but New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel wrote on Wednesday that Bloomberg will be presented with a special honor at the annual Tony ceremony on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  The Post reported that Bloomberg will receive a special Tony "honor," not an "award," in recognition of the city's record tourism levels.
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May 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Like the Oscars, the Tony Awards are preceded each year by a bevy of award shows that renders the main event something of a foregone conclusion. This Broadway season, many of the front-runners have become clear relatively quickly, with the big-top-themed revival of "Pippin" and the new play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang expected to prevail on Tony night. Both productions took home the top honors in their categories on Sunday at the Drama Desk Awards, held at Town Hall in New York.
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May 20, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
“Chuck” star Zachary Levi will make his Broadway debut opposite stage and screen alum Krysta Rodriguez in "First Date,” a musical romantic comedy with a book by “Gossip Girl” writer Austin Winsberg. Previews will start July 9 at the Longacre Theatre, with the opening scheduled for Aug. 8. Music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Levi, who sang in Disney's “Tangled,” will play an uptight banker on a blind date with an artist and serial-dater (Rodriguez)
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November 14, 2012 | By David Ng
When some actors hit it big in Hollywood, they leave behind the theater world where they honed their craft. Such is not the case with Sigourney Weaver, who has made a point of doing plays in between more lucrative screen projects such as the "Alien" movies and more recently, "Avatar. " Weaver is back on stage this month in a new Chekhov-inspired comedy written by her fellow Yale Drama School alum -- and frequent collaborator -- Christopher Durang. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," playing at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, is a contemporary comedy that borrows character names and themes from some of the Russian playwright's best-known dramas.
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May 20, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
“Chuck” star Zachary Levi will make his Broadway debut opposite stage and screen alum Krysta Rodriguez in "First Date,” a musical romantic comedy with a book by “Gossip Girl” writer Austin Winsberg. Previews will start July 9 at the Longacre Theatre, with the opening scheduled for Aug. 8. Music and lyrics are by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Levi, who sang in Disney's “Tangled,” will play an uptight banker on a blind date with an artist and serial-dater (Rodriguez)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles premiere engagement of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" has been extended by one week at the Mark Taper Forum. The production, which stars Christine Ebersole, will run through March 16. Durang's play is directed by David Hyde Pierce, who acted in the New York production. Center Theatre Group's staging, which began performances on Jan. 29, features Ebersole in the role of a movie star (originated by Sigourney Weaver)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By David Ng
One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being honored in the field of mid-career playwrights. This year's drama honors were decided by a panel comprised of producer Robert Brustein, New Yorker critic John Lahr and director Stephen Wadsworth. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Oct. 23. (The full name of the drama honors is the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Awards.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2009
A public feud between Broadway stars Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein turns out to have been a publicity hoax surrounding their costarring roles in a new production of "All About Me," Variety reports. The trade reports that it will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Robert G. Bartner and Ambassador Theatre Group, with previews slated to start March 6 before opening March 23. The pair had been issuing combative press releases about each another ostensibly over the coincidence of their plans to put on shows with similar titles: Dame Edna's "It's All About Me" and Feinstein's "All About Me."
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