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It's a Levis Commercial, But It Might Tell the Truth
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, March 31, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 31, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
In William Burke's new play, commercials and poetry collide --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond The playwright William Burke gives off an averse-to-advertising air. His unruly beard existed long before face fuzz was trendy, and he has been known to sport Tevas unironically. (His wife, the actress Julia...
The Sound of the Wood is the Soul of the Play
By NAHUEL TELLERIA
Wednesday, March 23, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 23, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The subtle design of Anne Washburn's new play at Playwrights Horizons --- A wooden kitchen island – anchored to wide, rough-hewn planks – floats amid a sea of black. Above it, skeletal rafters are entangled with verdant branches. Two niche-like entrances stare out from the upstage wall, and a handful of tall grass lurks at the foot of...
His Body Tells the Computer What to Do
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, March 16, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 16, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The profoundly human technology of YOUARENOWHERE --- Multimedia artist Andrew Schneider's first love isn't technology; it's performance. In fact, he was trained as an actor and later taught himself how to create videos. "In grad school, I was the performer who was trying to do tech," he recalls. Later, however, when he was hired to create video for...
Jane Austen's Characters: Living, Breathing, Sweating
By MARISA COHEN
Thursday, February 04, 2016  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Feb 4, 2016  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Inside Bedlam's lively take on Sense & Sensibility --- The creators and stars of Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility are well aware that Jane Austen fans, a notoriously devoted and opinionated group, are going to bring a very critical eye to their adaptation of her beloved novel. As points of comparison, there are already plenty of other interpretations...
How Fitz Patton Feels the Sound
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, January 19, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 19, 2016  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside his sound design for three major new plays --- Fitz Patton hears things differently than most people do, but that's his job as a theatrical sound designer. "There's a thing called 'reduced listening' where you just hear sounds for what they are and you don't think about the source," says the Tony Award nominee. "But after you design enough...
The Unforgettable Smell of 'A View From the Bridge'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, December 07, 2015  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Dec 7, 2015  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
Sometimes, a scent defines an entire production --- Weeks later, I can still smell A View from the Bridge. Granted, the current revival of Arthur Miller's classic play, which is on Broadway in a production from director Ivo van Hove, left quite a few deep impressions. I was lucky enough to see it from the stage, perched on a seating bank that was...
Can a Sweatshirt Travel Through Time?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, November 23, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 23, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wardrobe jokes in Important Hats of the Twentieth Century --- You can almost capture the spirit of Important Hats of the Twentieth Century with a single image. A little past the halfway point of Nick Jones's new comedy, which Manhattan Theatre Club is presenting at City Center's Stage II, we see a man bent over a worktable, wearing a welder's mask...
I'm Glad I Saw 'Matilda' From the Front Row
By MARISA COHEN
Friday, November 20, 2015  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Fri Nov 20, 2015  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
How seeing Matilda from the front row made it even more magical --- My 12-year-old daughter is one of the biggest Matilda The Musical fans on the planet. She has memorized the entire score -- not just Matilda's songs, but every single lyric (go ahead and ask, she'll sing it all for you). She has dressed as Matilda for Halloween. She scoured the internet...
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