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How the 'Gay Play' Is Evolving
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, June 21, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Dramatists are exploring LGBTQ life in uncharted ways --- To judge only from Broadway, New York theatre is experiencing a Renaissance of old gay plays, with starry revivals of three landmark dramas that are now period pieces: The Boys in the Band from the '60s, the soon-to-open Torch Song from the '80s and Angels in America from the '90s. But Pride...
Reviving Groundbreaking Musicals While Honoring a Friend
By DAVID COTE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside Encores! Off-Center's bittersweet new season --- Quick: What do Encores! Off-Center's three summer revivals Songs for a New World, Gone Missing and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope have in common? If you answered that they're all bookless musicals, you're right. Each is a revue, a song cycle around an idea, whether that's new beginnings, types...
After Four Decades, Molissa Fenley Is Still in Her Prime
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, June 19, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 19, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
The sexagenarian dancer-choreographer performs new and old work at Danspace Project --- At an age when many of her peers are flirting with retirement, Molissa Fenley continues to be a vital force in dance, not just as a choreographer but as a performer, too. The 63 year old has been the foremost interpreter of her own work since she burst onto the...
Yes, There Were Gay Slaves
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, June 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Donja R. Love explores queer love in the Civil War South --- In the opening scene of Sugar in Our Wounds, Donja R. Love's lyrical world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, a young plantation slave stands under a gigantic tree and hears it call his name: "James." That fantastical moment recalls the inception of the Civil War South-set play....
Addressing Theatre's Gender Parity Problem
By REGINA ROBBINS
Friday, June 15, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 15, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Parity Productions is helping female creatives get ahead --- Ludovica Villar-Hauser has been developing, directing and producing shows on both sides of the Atlantic for more than three decades. So she understands firsthand the challenges of being a female theatre-maker in an industry with an ingrained gender parity problem. The lack of women in...
Increasing Opportunities for Actors with Disabilities, Including Himself
By NICOLE SERRATORE
Friday, June 15, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Gregg Mozgala stars in Teenage Dick --- Two years ago, when I first interviewed Gregg Mozgala, a performer with cerebral palsy, he said he was typically called in to audition just a few times annually. But he noted an encouraging milestone: 2016 was the first year that he had been acting professionally when he had two auditions in one week. However,...
Who's Allowed to Tell This Story?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, June 14, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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En Garde Arts' new show about the Rwandan genocide asks who owns history --- On the empty ninth floor of an office building in downtown Manhattan, En Garde Arts has conjured two wildly different worlds: the under-construction headquarters for a Manhattan nonprofit, and the rural Rwandan countryside. Those are the settings for Red Hills, the troupe's...
Creating the Writing on the Wall, Literally
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, June 13, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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How This Is Modern Art brings graffiti culture to the stage --- Graffiti and theatre make uneasy bedfellows. Case in point: When Jessica Burr, the artistic director of experimental physical theatre company Blessed Unrest, decided to mount This Is Modern Art at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, the venue gave her one rule: no spray painting....
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