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A Radical New Look for 'Miss Saigon'
By DOUG STRASSLER
Wednesday, March 22, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 22, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The Broadway revival's set changes everything --- The way the design team of Miss Saigon sees it, they will only have done their jobs correctly if the audience doesn't notice their work at all. "People shouldn't sit back and go, 'That was a great piece of scenery!'" says Totie Driver, the co-set designer for the current Broadway revival of the 80s...
Pay Attention to the Furniture in This Broadway Play
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, March 02, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 2, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How the set enhances the story in The Price --- In the current Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's play The Price, a family's history is literally hanging over their heads. But before we get to metaphors, let's start with the story: Running at the American Airlines Theatre in a production from Roundabout Theatre Company, the show is set in an attic...
Why Does a Play About the Internet Have a Realistic Set?
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Tuesday, December 13, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 13, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The meaningful space of Tiny Beautiful Things --- It might be about strangers communicating on the vast and anonymous internet, but Tiny Beautiful Things is a play of personal moments and intimate environs. Now playing at the Public in their Shiva Theater space, the show adapts the online advice columns that Cheryl Strayed wrote under the pseudonym...
Your Phone Can Take You to Oz
By JOSH AUSTIN
Thursday, December 08, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 8, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside a high-tech spin on Dorothy, Judy Garland, and more --- Unlike every other show in town, when you get to your seat for Elements of Oz, step one is to turn your ringer on and the volume up. At this production from the Builders Association, which is running through December 18 at 3LD, your phone or tablet is a principal character. At any rate,...
Creating the Wild World of 'Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, November 11, 2016  •   Design  •    5 comments Share This
Fri Nov 11, 2016  •   Design  •    5 comments Share This
Inside the design of the new Broadway musical --- In the most literal sense, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 doesn't have a set design at all. An electro-pop opera based on a scandalous romantic subplot in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace, the show follows young Natasha as she gets seduced by a married man named Anatole, breaks off...
Evoking the Past Through a Modern Lens
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, October 25, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 25, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Designer Tom Scutt tackles his first period piece with Broadway's Les Liaisons Dangereuses --- Set and costume designer Tom Scutt has an enviable resume, which is even more impressive when you consider his young age. At just 33, he's already racked up a Tony nomination (for last season's King Charles III); worked with a slew of major theatre companies...
At This Broadway Play, Your Seats Are Supposed to Surprise You
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, October 06, 2016  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Oct 6, 2016  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Inside the startling design of Heisenberg --- Heisenberg doesn't start like a typical show, with the lights going down (or the curtain coming up) to indicate the performance has begun. Instead, Simon Stephens' play, which is now on Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, slides quietly into the room. While a stage manager...
At Broadway's 'The Encounter,' A Sound Is Worth a Thousand Pictures
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 29, 2016  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 29, 2016  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
How Gareth Fry's special aural effects help conjure the Amazon rainforest in this new show --- There are very few shows where sound is in the spotlight. In fact, veteran British sound designer Gareth Fry says that usually, if he's doing his job well, theatregoers might not note his contribution. "Sound is used emotionally, and frequently I'm sort...
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