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How Do You Design a Dystopian Future?
By DAVID COTE
Monday, June 19, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 19, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
In 1984, an Orwellian universe is reimagined for the stage --- George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is so iconic, it inevitably conjures vivid images -- even for those who have never read the 1949 classic. Gray coveralls, grayer faces, grim ministry buildings, lots of English weather, and Big Brother: a mustachioed man glaring from a monitor....
A Tree (Sort Of) Grows Off-Broadway
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, May 11, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 11, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the magical set design of The Whirligig --- The script calls for an actor to climb a tree and join another character on a large branch as they peer into a friend's bedroom. They remain up there for much of the play. That was the assignment Derek McLane faced when he began designing the set for The Whirligig, the new play by Hamish Linklater...
I'm Glad My Son Fell for Stage Crew
By ROBIN GORMAN NEWMAN
Wednesday, May 03, 2017  •   Design  •    5 comments Share This
Wed May 3, 2017  •   Design  •    5 comments Share This
Though I initially pictured him in the spotlight, I'm glad he found his calling backstage --- In high school I played an Angel in Anything Goes. I vividly recall wearing my mother's retro, form-fitting, olive green, sleeveless gown with baby-pink detailing. I felt like a showgirl prancing about, strutting my stuff. Although singing was not my strength,...
Do You Really Know the Hooker With a Heart of Gold?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 26, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Axis Company rejuvenates a classic play --- You've probably seen pictures of a slum. But what would it feel like to live in one? Director Randy Sharp raises this question in her revival of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, a 1935 hit on Broadway that later became a Humphrey Bogart picture. Originally, Sharp says, the drama felt necessary because it...
Turning 'Casablanca' Into Experimental Theatre
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
A new show stages the film's chaotic history --- Did you know that little people were used during the final scene of Casablanca? Or that fog had to be brought in to make that scene's iconic airplane appear more convincing? If so, then the new show CasablancaBOX might be for you. And even if you didn't know those obscure facts, this production...
How Ghosts and Trees Come to Life in 'Anastasia'
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside this Broadway's musical's projection design --- Near the end of the first act of the Broadway musical Anastasia, three characters, filled with hope and excitement, take a train out of Russia heading for Paris. It's quite a ride for them – and for the audience – in a production that highlights the latest in projection design....
On Broadway, His Designs Make Paris Magical
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, April 06, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 6, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Amelie's Whimsical Set and Costumes --- Even if you moved to the Left Bank, you'd never see the Paris that's onstage in Amélie, and that's entirely the point. Based on the Oscar-nominated French film from 2001, this new Broadway musical follows a young woman whose imagination imbues every moment with magic. Whether she's a child...
The Perfect Set for This Trashy, Classy Story
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, April 05, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 5, 2017  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The design of Pearl Theatre's Vanity Fair --- Yes, of course, the Pearl Theatre Company's production of Vanity Fair is set in a series of high-society homes and schools in the early 19th-century. After all, Kate Hamill's play is adapted from William Makepeace Thackery's classic satirical novel about Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, two women from vastly...
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