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A play about Boris Johnson tries to find humor in Brexit

May. 16, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Is Brexit a tragedy, a comedy — or is it too soon to tell? A new play running in London tries to grapple with the unfolding Brexit drama, and wring laughs from it at the same time. "The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson " centers on a key figure in the saga: Britain's rumpled,...

Power play: Papal aide's manhole act angers Italy's Salvini

May. 13, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a state-owned building, pitting far-right Italian politics against Pope Francis' humanitarian agenda. Salvini was incensed by the take-charge...

Santa Fe Opera announces plans to stage world premieres

May. 8, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — World-premiere operas derived from the gender-bending Broadway hit "M. Butterfly" and from meditations on Victorian-era repression in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" are coming to the Santa Fe Opera and its open-air stage in the high desert. Opera General Director Robert Meya on Wednesday...

What's next for Venezuela after days of tumult?

May. 3, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate. In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó are unable to deliver a knock-out blow as Venezuela spirals deeper into neglect, isolation and...

More than 200 top female hockey players announce they will not play professionally in North America next season

May. 2, 2019 11:01 AM EDT
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — More than 200 top female hockey players announce they will not play professionally in North America next season.

'Hadestown' leads Tony Award nominations with 14 nods

Apr. 30, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Hadestown," singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical "Ain't Too Proud," built around songs by the Temptations, which received a dozen nominations. The musical "Hadestown," which intertwines...

Daniel Radcliffe to return to London stage in Beckett play

Apr. 30, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe is returning to the London stage in a Samuel Beckett double bill. The Old Vic Theatre says the former "Harry Potter" star will appear alongside Alan Cumming in a production of Beckett's bleak comedy "Endgame" that opens in February. It will be performed along with Beckett's...

Tony Award nominations Tuesday promise plenty of nail-biting

Apr. 29, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unlike in previous years, Tony Award nominations will be announced Tuesday morning amid plenty of uncertainty, at least in the top category for the best new musical. Will the exuberant but youthful-skewing "Be More Chill" lead the pack? Or will the adult "Hadestown," with a fresh twist on...

'Children of a Lesser God' writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Apr. 24, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose "Children of a Lesser God" won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica Bunchman....

British stage director Peter Brook awarded Spanish prize

Apr. 24, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish foundation has awarded one of the country's most prestigious awards to British theater and film director Peter Brook for opening "new horizons in contemporary dramaturgy." The jury that awards the Princess of Asturias Awards said Wednesday that the 94-year-old Brook "continues to...