Creating Costumes in a Giant Ape's Shadow
Thursday, November 08, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Tony-winning designer Roger Kirk returns to Broadway with King Kong --- Costume designer Roger Kirk didn't have to worry about dressing the title character for King Kong on Broadway. Apes don't wear clothes, even when a massive animatronic one is the star of the show. But the Tony winner faced many other challenges crafting the hundreds of costumes...
This Play Dares You to Leave… or Stay
Wednesday, November 07, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Nov 7, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
After 13 years, Will Eno's funny and unnerving monologue Thom Pain returns with Michael C. Hall --- Although dramatists are not necessarily the characters they write, there are many compelling reasons the title figure in the monologue play Thom Pain (based on nothing) seems like a Will Eno self-portrait. Eno and Pain are both dryly funny fellows,...
Why 'Daniel's Husband' Resonates More Than Ever
Tuesday, November 06, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 6, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Actor Ryan Spahn on why he's starring in this play a third time --- Over the past three years, Ryan Spahn has portrayed the same part in three separate runs of the same play. And yet, due to major political upheavals during that time, each successive mounting of Michael McKeever's emotionally charged Daniel's Husband has felt more urgent. Spahn plays...
Why a Lawyer Felt Compelled to Write 'American Son'
Monday, November 05, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown makes his Broadway debut with the racially charged drama --- The new Broadway play American Son explores the notion of justice (or lack thereof) by chronicling a fraught night in the life of a Florida family whose teenage son has gone missing. His parents, an interracial couple played by Scandal's Kerry Washington...
It May Not Be True, But It Feels Real
Friday, November 02, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 2, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Ngozi Anyanwu stars in her new play Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre --- Media depictions of black folk frequently flatten out their complexity. The relentlessly chipper black neighbor on that sitcom, or the magically wise black teacher in that movie only exist onscreen. In the New York premiere of Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre, playwright...
These Puppet Shows Aren't for Kids
Thursday, November 01, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 1, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
La MaMa kicks off a monthlong festival of provocative puppet productions --- Food for the Gods is about the killing of black men; Exodus addresses the current refugee crisis; Blind is a solo work about disability. These may not sound like typical subjects for puppet shows, but little about the La MaMa Puppet Festival fits most audiences' preconceptions...
Meet the Big Apple Circus' New Female Ringmaster
Wednesday, October 31, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 31, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Stephanie Monseu became the ruler of the ring at the 41st edition of the show --- This may be the first year that Stephanie Monseu is standing in the spotlight at the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center, but she's been training for the job for more than two decades. A veteran variety and neo-vaudeville performer, she cofounded the Bindlestiff Family...
He Doesn't Design Sets, He Creates Environments
Tuesday, October 30, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Tony nominee Dane Laffrey completely reconfigured the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater for Lewiston/Clarkston --- "You said you needed space; I gave you space," a drug-addicted mother tells her estranged gay son in Lewiston/Clarkston, two plays by Samuel D. Hunter presented as one evening at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The mother's comment...
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