Dancing Across the Political Aisle at 'The Prom'
Thursday, November 15, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Two stars of the new Broadway musical comedy talk about its healing properties --- Prom has long been a rite of passage for American teens, a celebration of impending adulthood and, overwhelmingly, heterosexuality. That last part presents a problem for Emma in the new Broadway musical The Prom since she wants to bring her girlfriend. The PTA in her...
Raúl Esparza Returns to His Stage Roots
Wednesday, November 14, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 14, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
The lauded actor leads Classic Stage Company's revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui --- Raúl Esparza's vibrant and diverse characterizations have earned him four Tony nominations in both musicals (Company, Taboo) and dramas (Speed-the-Plow, The Homecoming), while his Off-Broadway work runs the gamut from Jonathan Larson to Shakespeare....
Twyla Tharp Works You've Never Seen
Tuesday, November 13, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 13, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
The legendary dance-maker reflects on her early years in Minimalism and Me --- In 1965, a very brief, rather odd dance performance took place in a Hunter College art studio. The choreographer was an unknown named Twyla Tharp, who had graduated from Barnard College two years earlier with an art history degree, and danced briefly with Paul Taylor's...
How Neil Diamond Inspired a New Musical Comedy
Monday, November 12, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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The BFFs behind The Other Josh Cohen chat about their revamped show --- Longtime pals Steve Rosen and David Rossmer have two rules when collaborating: 1. No jerks allowed; 2. The best idea always wins. That seems to be working for them because their musical comedy The Other Josh Cohen, which they wrote and star in, is back for its third NYC run at...
One of America's Most Popular Playwrights Finally Gets a NYC Premiere
Friday, November 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 9, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks debuts at the WP Theater --- Lauren Gunderson had wanted to write a play about women and guns in America for decades, ever since her activist days in high school and college. But the inciting idea didn't take hold until earlier this year. In what she describes as "a flurry of about a week," she churned out the first...
Creating Costumes in a Giant Ape's Shadow
Thursday, November 08, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 8, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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...
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