Monthly Archives: February 2013

‘Much Ado’ in The New Yorker

Written on February 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm, by

“The director Arin Arbus and her excellent players in the Theatre for a New Audience present a bold, bifurcated version of the Shakespeare comedy. Before intermission, the show, stuffed as it is with nonstop banter and wordplay, is wonderfully airy and nimble. But in the second half, the mood is palpably altered, as the consequences…Read More »

Time Out gives ‘Much Ado’ 4 Stars!

Written on February 27, 2013 at 9:36 am, by

“Sigh no more, ladies (and gents), sigh no more. Instead, you should rejoice—and then nip out tobuy tickets from Theatre for a New Audience. In a masterstroke, Arin Arbus’s frequently charming production of Much Ado About Nothing has cast Jonathan Cake as Benedick, and his agile, gleeful performance drives out any possibility—any thought at all—of woe. Deceptions…Read More »

The New York Shakespeare Exchange

Written on February 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm, by

The New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX) is a New York-based theatre organization that combines Shakespearean text with contemporary themes and urban settings.  They offer a variety of programs that are not only accessible but also a lot of fun.  One of these programs, “The Sonnet Project,” is ambitious theatre venture that involves film and theatre…Read More »


Written on February 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm, by

NEW YORK (AP) — William Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” benefits from a lighthearted approach and an evenly-matched pair of verbal jousters to conduct a battle of the sexes. An accomplished, zestful production by Theatre for a New Audience that opened Sunday at The Duke on 42nd Street contains all that and more. Directed…Read More »

NY Times: ‘Seeking Love When It’s In Front of You’

Written on February 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm, by

“There are occasions when the title of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” seems all too apposite. Such is the unhappy case with theTheater for a New Audience production that opened on Sunday night at the Duke on 42nd Street, spreading mirth only sporadically, thanks primarily to a stylish performance by the British actor Jonathan Cake as…Read More »

Julie Taymor to Direct ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Written on February 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm, by

In January, Julie Taymor announced that she will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the inaugural production in our first Brooklyn home.  She was recently featured in the New York Times, as well as the Guardian. To read either article, please click the links below: The New York Times The Guardian  

Julie Taymor on Charlie Rose

Written on February 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm, by

For the full interview, click on the photo below

Spotlight: Maggie SIff

Written on February 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm, by

  Maggie Siff, celebrated actress known for her work in Mad Men and Sons of Anarchy as well as for her prestigious career in the theatre, returns to the Theatre for a New Audience stage this season.  Siff, who last year performed the role Kate in the Theatre’s production of The Taming of the Shrew…Read More »

Arin Arbus’s ‘Much Ado’ in the New York Times

Written on February 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm, by

“‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (previews start on Saturday; opens on Feb. 17) Fans of no-frills, shrewdly conceived, elegantly presented Shakespeare have learned to circle their calendars for Arin Arbus’s annual Theater for a New Audience productions. This one, her fifth in as many years, features a love-hate relationship not unlike that in last year’s “Taming of…Read More »