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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...
You See Their Apartment, But What Are You Missing?
By LYNDA PAUL
Wednesday, May 25, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 25, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
A new play digs into apartment envy --- A Better Place takes audiences into the world of NYC apartment living, where fantasy and reality collide in a clash of socially coded cabinets, artfully decorated living rooms, and the watchful, curious, and potentially critical eyes of neighbors and realtors. In this new play by Wendy Beckett, now at the...
This Is Not the 'Streetcar' You Think You Know
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, May 19, 2016  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
Thu May 19, 2016  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
A production in Brooklyn blows our expectations apart --- Even if you've never seen it, A Streetcar Named Desire manages to seep into your brain. Without even trying, you end up knowing quotes and stage pictures simply because pop culture references them all the time. As you probably know on some level, the show follows a southern belle named Blanche...
Reading the Light in 'A Long Day's Journey Into Night'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, May 10, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 10, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Natasha Katz's Tony-nominated design --- We know James Tyrone is happy because the light around him changes. Telling his son Edmund about the time Edwin Booth -- the great actor! -- praised his talents, he gets so lost in the story that he rises from his chair in his dilapidated summer home. He moves to the front of the stage and basks in the...
Does Making Art Help Us Grieve?
By JACK SMART
Thursday, April 14, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 14, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The quest for legacy in the Assembly's new play --- In the Assembly's I Will Look Forward To This Later, now at the New Ohio Theatre, visual art and live performance are inextricably bound. A sculptor mixes clay and water in a bucket onstage. A widow and her late husband's lover taxidermize birds for an installation. Characters talk as one creates...
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