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Autism and Other Disabilities Don't Stop These Actors
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Tuesday, May 29, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 29, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Meet EPIC Players, a "neuro-inclusive" theatre company mounting The Tempest --- "Oh brave new world that has such people in't," declares Miranda toward the end of The Tempest. For the EPIC Players, who are performing the Shakespeare classic at the Flea Theater, that line has a special resonance. Of the 20 cast members, 16 have developmental disabilities,...
WATCH: Highlights from the TDF Irene Sharaff Awards
Tuesday, May 29, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 29, 2018  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Last month at our 24th annual TDF Irene Sharaff Awards, which honors costume designers, we did something we never had before: recognized four artists from the world of dance. On April 20 at the Edison Ballroom, legendary designers including Bob Mackie, Jane Greenwood and Susan Hilferty, and our TDF Costume Collection staff helped fete four fabulous...
How Do You Make a Dance Play?
By ERIKA GOULD
Friday, May 25, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Fri May 25, 2018  •   Musicals  •    1 comment Share This
Writer David Thompson on how he helped build The Beast in the Jungle --- When Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman said that the protagonist of The Beast in the Jungle was "waltzing through life," everything clicked. Stroman, Tony-winning composer John Kander and Tony-nominated book writer David Thompson had been talking about adapting...
When a Role Hits Incredibly Close to Home
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, May 24, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 24, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
How J. Smith-Cameron drew on personal experience for her part in Peace for Mary Frances --- In the New Group's intense world-premiere drama Peace for Mary Frances, Obie winner J. Smith-Cameron portrays Alice, a middle-aged mom tending to the family's dying 90-year-old matriarch (Lois Smith). It's a role Smith-Cameron recently played off-stage,...
What Are Your Favorite TKTS Memories?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, May 24, 2018  •   Broadway  •    11 comments Share This
Thu May 24, 2018  •   Broadway  •    11 comments Share This
Growing up in New York City, I went to see Broadway shows frequently with my family. And while full-price tickets were certainly much more affordable last century, we still took advantage of the Times Square TKTS Booth. Standing in line with our fellow theatre-loving bargain hunters was always an incredible bonding experience, and I have many wonderful...
What Happens When You Can Go Home Again?
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Tuesday, May 22, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 22, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Hill Harper channels a dissatisfied deejay in Our Lady of 121st Street --- Although the priest taking Rooftop's long-overdue, long-winded and profanity-peppered confession in Our Lady of 121st Street eventually cuts him off, Hill Harper can't get enough of the character's street poetry. The actor was in Vancouver shooting his TV series The Good Doctor...
WATCH: Shamel Pitts at Gibney Dance Center
By LAUREN PHOENIX KAY
Tuesday, May 22, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 22, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Attention modern dance lovers: Brooklyn-bred dancer, choreographer and teacher, Shamel Pitts, is bringing his multimedia piece Black Box: Little Black Book of Red to Gibney Dance Center May 31 to June 2. It's a raw and personal work about the search for identity that incorporates spoken word, video and evocative lighting. We chatted with Pitts about...
What Are They Really Wrestling With?
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, May 21, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 21, 2018  •   Borough Play  •    0 comments Share This
Experimental theatre-maker Erin Markey explores the nature of intimacy in Singlet --- Erin Markey's Singlet is a wrestling match, both literally and figuratively. It features headlocks and takedowns aplenty, but it's the psychological grappling that propels each of the duets in the performer-playwright's daring world premiere at Brooklyn's Bushwick...
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