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Worldwide Chaos Greets Travelers at Airports Ahead of Major Travel Periods

Across the globe, passengers were greeted at airports and by airlines with chaos and meltdowns. Post-lockdown staff shortages and passenger unrest are blighting what was once a tolerable, if not pleasant, experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indeed, just when travelers are returning in droves to the skies, they are finding that the skies suddenly can’t handle the increased demand.
The end of coronavirus test requirements and isolation periods should have …

Broadway Theaters to End Face Mask Mandate at End of Month

Broadway theaters will end a requirement for theater patrons to don face masks when attending performances, adopting what, without a hint of irony, it termed a “mask optional” policy.
The Broadway League, the group that represents theater owners, said that the policy would remain in force until at least July 31, 2022 and said that the group would continue to “monitor the science,” adding that, if necessary, the mask policy would …

T-Mobile Announces Free Worldwide and In-Flight Data, 25 Cent Shell Gas Discount, and Free Roadside Assistance

T-Mobile Announces Free Worldwide and In-Flight Data, 25 Cent Shell Gas Discount, and Free Roadside Assistance

At its Uncarrier event on Thursday, T-Mobile USA announced free high-speed data for virtually all countries, free in-flight data with major U.S. airlines, a free year of AAA membership including roadside assistance, and a $0.25-per-gallon discount at Shell filling stations, all as part of its new “Coverage Beyond” suite of enhanced benefits for mobile subscribers.
The self-proclaimed “Uncarrier” also added a new travel hub in partnership with Priceline offering up to …

Germany Introduces €9 Monthly Ticket for Local and Regional Travel

Germany Introduces €9 Monthly Ticket for Local and Regional Travel

The German government announced a €9 ($9.65) monthly public transport ticket that will be valid throughout the country.
Dubbed the “9-Euro-Ticket,” the heavily discounted travel pass will be sold starting in June and available through the end of August.  It can be used on local and regional transport, such as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, as well as on Straßenbahnen, and trams, but not on long-distance buses or trains such as the …

The Lehman Trilogy Leads 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Six Wins Best Musical

The Outer Critics Circle award winners for the 2021-2022 Broadway season were announced Tuesday morning. The awards encompass 27 categories and include both Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
“Six” and “The Lehman Trilogy” were awarded Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Broadway Play, respectively, while “Take Me Out” and “Company” took home honors for Outstanding Revival of a Play and a Musical, respectively.
“Prayer for the French Republic” was recognized as Outstanding …

Some Broadway Theaters End Proof of Vaccination Requirement, But All Maintain Mask Mandates

Sunday marked the first day since the reopening of Broadway last summer that many theaters will not require theatergoers to present proof of vaccination to attend a show, although all Broadway houses will continue to mandate that they don face masks.
The change came as New York City raised its Covid alert from low to medium, amidst a high number of new cases clustered in Manhattan.
The Broadway League, the group that …

‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ ‘Harmony’ Lead 2022 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

The 2022 Outer Critics Circle award nominations were announced Tuesday, although, due to continued pandemic disruptions, there was no formal ceremony at the storied Oak Room in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel this year to mark the pronouncements.
Leading the nominations was “The Lehman Trilogy,” a three-act play by Stefano Massini that follows the lives of three immigrant brothers who founded what becomes a successful investment, their descendants, and the firm’s …