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Using 'The X-Files' to Talk About the Things That Haunt Us
By JOSE SOLÍS
Friday, March 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 8, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' new experimental play Recent Alien Abductions is an engaging enigma --- Few television shows have haunted the collective imagination as much as The X-Files. The sci-fi series -- which ran on Fox for 11 seasons and spawned two feature films -- centered on the paranormal adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully, played...
Singing the Praises of Chick Flicks on Stage
By CAREY PURCELL
Thursday, March 07, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 7, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A new musical comedy celebrates an unfairly maligned genre --- Fans of so-called chick flicks -- cinematic stories centering on romance, family and female friendships -- often defend their penchant for these films by dismissing them as "guilty pleasures." But according to Suzy Conn, who wrote the book and songs for Chick Flick the Musical at the Westside...
Finding Inspiration in Ballet, Spirituals and Prison Songs
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, March 06, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 6, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Dancer-choreographer Silas Farley debuts Songs From the Spirit at the Metropolitan Museum --- Last July, Silas Farley spent a day at California's San Quentin State Prison listening to music composed by inmates. The setting was a stark contrast to the grand stages on which Farley, an elegant 24-year-old member of New York City Ballet, usually performs...
Is American Assimilation a Dream or a Nightmare?
By CAROLINE CAO
Tuesday, March 05, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 5, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright-performer Kristine Haruna Lee examines the duality of immigrant identity in Suicide Forest --- Intergenerational and cultural tensions, misogyny and trauma are the entangled themes explored in Suicide Forest, an experimental play interrogating Asianhood and assimilation. Currently running at Brooklyn's The Bushwick Starr in association...
The Recipe Behind the Scrumptious Set for 'The Cake'
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Monday, March 04, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 4, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning scenic designer John Lee Beatty dishes on his decades-long collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club --- Scenic designer John Lee Beatty says he learns something new from every show he works on at Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). For his 71st production with the venerable company, The Cake, he got schooled on the nuts and bolts of baking....
We Need More Nuanced Depictions of Black Women on Stage
By KELUNDRA SMITH
Friday, March 01, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Mar 1, 2019  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
An African-American critic calls for an end to endless suffering --- As a theatre critic, I see wide variety of shows about a multitude of subjects. But as a black woman, I am constantly confronted by the fact that the art form I adore often does not honor the experiences of people who look like me. Of the dozens of shows I've seen over the past six...
How Being a Dad Helped Tom Kitt Write His New Musical
By CAREY PURCELL
Thursday, February 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 28, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
The co-creator of Next to Normal debuts Superhero Off-Broadway --- Superhero at Second Stage Theatre is a homecoming for Tom Kitt. The composer's breakthrough musical with lyricist Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal, about a family struggling with mental illness, premiered at the venue 11 years ago before transferring to Broadway and picking up...
Friendship Is the Key to This 'Merrily We Roll Along'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, February 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 27, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Fiasco Theater reinvented Stephen Sondheim's most cherished flop --- Even though Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along premiered back in 1981, every major revival feels like a new musical. That's because the songwriter and a few of his trusted collaborators have revised the show multiple times over the decades, hoping to perfect...
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