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Putting a Face on the Refugee Crisis
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, December 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Dec 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
How The Jungle recreates life in a migrant camp --- "When does a place become home?" asks one of the displaced characters in The Jungle, currently at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. It's also the central question of Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy's play about refugees from multiple countries scraping by in a real-life camp in Calais, France nicknamed...
Why This Play Has a New Star Every Night
By GERARD RAYMOND
Wednesday, December 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The singular structure of Nassim Soleimanpour's new play  --- At every performance of Barrow Street Theatricals' Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour, a new guest star performs the script unrehearsed, embarking on a journey into the unknown guided only by instinct and instructions from the author. For both the actor and the audience, surprise is key,...
A Lynn Nottage Play That Makes You Laugh
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, December 18, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 18, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Cherise Boothe on starring in the comedy Fabulation at Signature Theatre --- The first time actress Cherise Boothe appeared in a Lynn Nottage play, it was Ruined, about brutalized women in civil-war-torn Congo. Almost a decade later, she's starring in another Nottage work, but Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine is more hilarious than harrowing....
Do We Really Need to Watch Shows in Silence?
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, December 17, 2018  •   Broadway  •    15 comments Share This
Mon Dec 17, 2018  •   Broadway  •    15 comments Share This
A Latinx theatregoer makes the case for loosening up audience "rules" --- Growing up in Honduras, I picked up my knowledge of theatre etiquette from the movies (thank you Pretty Woman and Citizen Kane). I learned that I shouldn't talk, that I should unwrap my candy before the show and that I should sit as still as possible and wait for my cues to...
Can a Septuagenarian and a Tween Get Along?
By DIANE SNYDER
Thursday, December 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 13, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Veteran character actor Richard Masur on the intergenerational bonding in The Net Will Appear Initially, Richard Masur thought bringing The Net Will Appear to 59E59 Theaters would be a breeze. After all, he had starred in the world premiere of Erin Mallon's two-hander about the unlikely friendship between an elderly curmudgeon and a spunky 9-year-old...
Why It's Awesome When Characters in Straight Plays Dance
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, December 12, 2018  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Dec 12, 2018  •   Geek Out Freak Out  •    1 comment Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things --- This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out with fellow Drama Desk nominator and journalist, Doug Strassler. Today's topic: dance sequences in straight plays Linda Buchwald: I came up with the idea for this GOFO when I saw Teenage Dick, Mike Lew's...
How Do You Create a Drama About Peace?
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 11, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs --- In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas Truce of 1914, an unofficial ceasefire that brought troops from opposing sides of World War I together on December 24 for a night of caroling and companionship....
Getting a New Identity for Christmas
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, December 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons --- Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conservative" and blonde American who spoke English with a flat Midwestern accent. Then, at age 20, the Gulf War changed her identity. She became an Iraqi-American...
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