Category: Design
I'm Glad I Saw 'Matilda' From the Front Row
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...
Humanity's Future Depends on a Bamboo Dome
Tuesday, November 10, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 10, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Buckminster Fuller inspires a loopy new comedy --- Welcome to Borough Play, our series on theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Director Chad Lindsey recalls cringing as he watched his fellow members of the Hook & Eye Theater rehearse a pivotal scene in their new piece, God Is A Verb, a play inspired by the life, theories, and works of the...
What Makes 'Misery' Seem Scary On Stage?
Thursday, November 05, 2015  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Nov 5, 2015  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
Inside the design of the Broadway adaptation --- Genuinely frightening an audience is a bit like catching lightning in a bottle – or maybe that's thunder. "I keep saying, 'Just turn all the thunder up. It'll be really scary,'" quips Will Frears, who's directing Misery, the new Broadway stage adaptation of Stephen King's novel (and the subsequent...
Arthur Miller Has Never Looked Like This Before
Wednesday, November 04, 2015  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Nov 4, 2015  •   Design  •    2 comments Share This
The piercing design of Broadway's A View From the Bridge --- Just a little over five years ago, Scarlett Johansson won a Tony Award for her performance in a revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, so it might seem surprising that the family drama set in 1950s Red Hook is already back on Broadway. Except this new production, a transfer...
Scarred Inside and Out
Monday, October 26, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 26, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How amazing prosthetics reflect a soldier's internal anguish --- Some shows featuring disfigured characters eschew complicated makeup in favor of asking viewers to imagine how they look (see The Elephant Man and Violet). But for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Ugly Lies the Bone -- Lindsey Ferrentino's heartrending play about a severely burned vet...
Taking it from the Streets
Wednesday, October 21, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 21, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Why designer Doss Freel used trash to create his latest set --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. The cliché of the NYC starving artist is almost as old as the city itself. But what's it really like these days for an aspiring artist in this ever-gentrifying town?...
This Play Should Look Like It Feels
Monday, October 05, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 5, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How to design an experimental comedy like Cloud Nine --- Sometimes a playwright gives designers specific instructions about how a show should look, filling the script with details about the quality of the light or the style of the clothes or the color of the furniture. And then sometimes a playwright is Caryl Churchill. Her classic 1979 comedy Cloud...
What Does an Emotional Vortex Look Like?
Thursday, September 24, 2015  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Sep 24, 2015  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
How stars, ice, and lava influenced the set for Broadway's Old Times --- Set designer Christine Jones didn't take Harold Pinter's scripted stage directions literally when she was conjuring the visual world of the new Broadway production of his play Old Times. She digested them with a gut instinct. "The design was a direct result of a very strong...
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