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Monster Mash: Breaking arts news and headlines

October 21, 2008 | 10:04 am

Tobeornottobe • The critically panned Broadway production of "To Be or Not To Be" will close its doors Nov. 16, after playing a little more than one month.

• The Sundance Institute Theater Program in Beverly Hills was one of several performing arts groups selected to receive a total of $10 million in grants this week from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

• The global economic downturn could have a salutary effect on the arts.

• Architect Zaha Hadid's traveling Chanel Pavilion made its U.S. debut Monday in New York's Central Park. The structure is designed to display art that was inspired by Chanel’s 2.55 handbag.

• Artist Suzanne Opton’s controversial billboard project depicting American soldiers returning home from Iraq will finally go on public display. In August, the project was banned in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area during the Republican National Convention.

• Al Pacino will accept an honor on behalf of the Actors Studio at the Rome Film Festival tomorrow. The New York-based Actors Studio trains theater artists and playwrights and has launched many film careers. The festival will also screen John Walter's documentary "Theatre of War," about the 2006 Central Park staging of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage," starring Meryl Streep.

— David Ng

Photo: Steve Kazee (left), Jan Maxwell (center) and Kristine Nielsen in a scene from "To Be or Not To Be."

Photo credit: Joan Marcus / Associated Press