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How Do You Write a Kung Fu Musical?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Tuesday, June 25, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 25, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
How Hollywood screenwriters worked with an international team to create Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise at The Shed --- The two screenwriters of the Kung Fu Panda movies, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, were confused when they got a call several years ago from Alex Poots, the artistic director of The Shed, an arts center in New York that didn't yet exist....
Why David Cale's New Musical Memoir Is His Most Personal Work Yet
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Friday, June 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The Obie-winning solo artist digs into his traumatic past for We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time --- Ever since his auspicious 1986 New York debut The Redthroats, about an unhappy gay kid growing up in a working-class English town, writer-performer David Cale has mined his life for his solo shows. But only a few close friends knew his full...
5 Theatres You Need to Know: Puppet Theatres in NYC
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, June 20, 2019  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 20, 2019  •   5 Theatres to Know  •    0 comments Share This
Where to see marionettes and other puppets on stage, including cutting-edge shows for grown-ups --- The heyday of the year-round, brick-and-mortar puppet theatre may have passed with the closing of Greenwich Village's Bil Baird Marionette Theater, where I got my first job, at age 11, as an usher. But you can still find plenty of puppets on NYC stages....
How Would Uncle Vanya Act If He Were Alive Today?
By CAROLINE CAO
Wednesday, June 19, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 19, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Aaron Posner continues his series of Chekhov reinventions with Life Sucks. --- You can play a fun drinking game figuring out how many plays by Russian master Anton Chekhov have been reimagined by contemporary dramatist Aaron Posner. From Three Sisters, he wrote No Sisters. From The Seagull, he penned Stupid Fu**ing Bird. And from Uncle...
What Changes Did Your School Make to Shows So They'd Be Less Controversial?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, June 18, 2019  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    10 comments Share This
Tue Jun 18, 2019  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    10 comments Share This
Whether staff cut swearwords or swastikas, or asked for script rewrites, we want to hear your stories --- Last fall, when I read that the principal of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts demanded that swastikas be scrapped from a student production of The Sound of Music, I was reminded of my own experience...
Meet Toni Stone: The Most Important Baseball Player You've Never Heard Of
By REGINA ROBBINS
Monday, June 17, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 17, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play puts the first woman to play big-league professional baseball alongside men center stage --- If you've never heard of Toni Stone, don't worry -- you're in good company. Playwright Lydia R. Diamond didn't know her name either until she was asked to pen a show about the African-American athlete, the first woman to play big-league professional...
Plan Your Next Summer Getaway Around Theatre
By SANDY MACDONALD
Friday, June 14, 2019  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 14, 2019  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
17 shows to see at lauded out-of-town venues in Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and beyond --- While there are still plenty of productions to see in New York over the summer, this is the season when regional theatre heats up. The Northeast proves to be a mecca for talented artists to revive beloved classics and debut new works. So peg your next weekend...
She Loves Doing New Work, Even Though It's Fraught with Disappointment
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 14, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jun 14, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Megan Hill stars in the world premiere of Open, her third new play in six months --- It's fitting that Megan Hill is currently playing a magician of sorts because over the past six months she's pulled off quite the hat trick. After almost a decade of being a busy character actress in under-the-radar black boxes, she landed two profile-boosting Off-Broadway...
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