Category: Design
Reading the Light in 'A Long Day's Journey Into Night'
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?
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...
It's a Levis Commercial, But It Might Tell the Truth
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
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
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
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
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'
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...
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