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Joey Sims

Joey Sims has written at TheaterMania, Exeunt NYC, and Extended Play. He is an alumnus of the National Critics Institute and runs a theater substack called Transitions.

How the Flea Become the Fled

The racial uprisings of this past summer rippled throughout the theater world, where Off-Off-Broadway’s the Flea Theater was slammed for its history of racial and economic injustices that long left its artists unsupported and, now, unmoored: in a recent letter, the Flea has decided to dissolve its artistic programs, leaving those who fought for change without titles, but not without community.

Write Me Back: P.S. Offers a Unique Window into Pen Pals’ Isolation

Mid-COVID, many theaters pivoted to digital programming. To create something more singular (and tangible), Ars Nova commissioned a durational theater piece with handwritten letters as its vessel. Now, audiences can both listen to the old-friends-turned-pen-pals’ exchanges online and also experience the culmination of their relationship at an in-person play this fall.

“We’re Always Skirting That Breaking Point”

Online performance series Theater in Quarantine created a two-hander about bed bugs, which broke new ground for the company but nearly broke them in the process.

As the World Slowly Reopens, Theaters Remain Closed, Leaving Furloughed Employees Uncertain About Their Futures

Weeks of order cancellations. Mounting dread. The March 12 shutdown of all Broadway theaters. Then the following Monday, Mollie Thoennes was told to collect her things and stay home. There was no return date.


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2021

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