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The Mousetrap at 66: why is this the world’s longest-running play?

Quentin Tarantino came to see The Mousetrap two years ago. I wish I hadn't been told this, because when I recently caught the play, which this week clocks up its 60th year in London's West End, I couldn't help wondering what he might do with Agatha Christie's creaky old detective story. Blood, gore, black humour, circuitous chatter. It could [...]

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The golden age of murder: Agatha Christie and the Detection Club

Almost everyone has heard of crime novelist Agatha Christie, and many have likely come across the term 'the golden age of detective fiction'. But until now, little has been known about the Detection Club, the mysterious social network to which Christie and other major 'golden age' writers belonged  The Detection Club was founded in 1930 [...]

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The mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie

On Friday 3 December 1926, the English crime novelist Agatha Christie vanished from her home in Berkshire. It was the perfect tabloid story, with all the elements of one of Christie's own 'whodunnit' mysteries. So what was the truth behind her disappearance? Here, historian Giles Milton explores the author's 11 missing days, and the unprecedented [...]

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Why Do Holiday Songs Make Us Happy?

There is a reason that you hear Holiday music wherever you go as soon as November rolls around. A big part of this is due to the joy that comes with it. But why do these feelings emerge? Music and Our Brains: The relationship between sound and our brains is unique and complex. After Sound [...]

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Keely and Du: The Mystery of Jane Martin

  When Jon Jory founded Louisville's Festival of New American Plays (now the Humana Festival of New American Plays) in 1976, he was already a playwright himself, having written the dialogue and lyrics for three musicals. But Jory's greatest success as a playwright may have come under a pseudonym. He is reputed to be the [...]

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Cast and creators recall the birth of ‘Avenue Q’

What's an unemployed puppet to do? The question takes on cosmic — and very real significance — when "Avenue Q," the funny, often raunchy musical tribulations of twentysomethings, closes Sept. 13 on Broadway after a six-year run of more than 2,500 performances. For Kate Monster, a teacher by trade, maybe a return to education. "This [...]

By | November 22nd, 2017|Blog, Shows|Comments Off on Cast and creators recall the birth of ‘Avenue Q’

Brownsville Song Auditions

Stageworks Theatre is holding Auditions for Brownsville Song (b-side for tray) Thursday, November 16th 6pm, Stageworks Theatre Email: stageworkspad@gmail.com Set in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, "brownsville song (b-side for tray)" is a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy. Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Blog, Press, Shows|Comments Off on Brownsville Song Auditions

A note from Director Karla Hartley

Some months ago I ran across a quote. ‘Grief is the feelings you have and mourning is what you create from those feelings’ The Year of Magical Thinking is a prime example of beauty  created from grief. It has been described as a story “about death, about illness, about probability and luck, about good fortune [...]

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What’s on stage this week: ‘The Year of Magical Thinking,’

STAGEWORKS: MINING GRIEF FOR HEALING The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion’s no-frills memoir of loss and recovery, opens at Stageworks Theatre this weekend. The essayist and screenwriter adapted the one-woman stage play herself. Didion wrote the piece while mourning the loss of her husband, fellow novelist and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne, and a daughter, [...]

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