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Killer Sharks and Flying Trapezes
By KENNETH JONES
Tuesday, August 04, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Aug 4, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Fight or Flight Theater puts an aerial twist on Jaws --- "You're gonna need a bigger boat" – that memorable line from Jaws – gets a fresh twist this summer under the captainship of off-Off-Broadway's Fight or Flight Theater Company. For starters, the phrase is spoken a few feet off the ground. That's because Fight or Flight is a troupe...
Which Theatre Sets Absolutely Blew Your Mind?
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Thursday, July 23, 2015  •   Design  •    5 comments Share This
Thu Jul 23, 2015  •   Design  •    5 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things. This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out (via Gchat) with Liz Richards, a stage manager who runs fyeahgreatplays.com and is a frequent cohost of the podcast Maxamoo. Today's topic: jaw-dropping sets --- Linda Buchwald: Hi Liz. I'm so glad to...
You'll Never Guess Where the Shipwreck Came From
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, July 13, 2015  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
Mon Jul 13, 2015  •   Design  •    3 comments Share This
The surprising inspiration for Amazing Grace's pivotal scene --- Of all the musicals currently on Broadway, Amazing Grace seems the least likely to be influenced by experimental German theatre. Yet the Berliner Ensemble, the company co-founded by Bertolt Brecht, is the direct inspiration for one of the show's most memorable moments. Here's...
It Takes a Lot of Clothes to Dress a Court
By ERIC GRODE
Wednesday, June 17, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 17, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Wolf Hall's Tony Award-winning design --- "Stuff that touches the skin deteriorates the fastest." Susan Checklick is calling from backstage at the Winter Garden Theatre. That evening's performance of Wolf Hall is under way, and she is staring at 12 laundry baskets full of fabric scraps. Before the week is over, possibly before the...
How Do You Feel About the Woman in the Walrus Mask?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, June 01, 2015  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jun 1, 2015  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
The emotional logic of Rady & Bloom's latest play --- Given what we've learned about the characters in The Upper Room, it's incredibly moving when one of them wears a walrus mask. It's equally powerful when two of them stand on ladders and toss tiny pieces of tissue paper in the air, which flutter to the ground while a woman sings a mournful...
The Belle of Belfast Needs to Rock
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, May 11, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 11, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The Irish Rep's latest play creates the rough energy of 1980s Belfast --- If you know the folk song "I'll Tell Me Ma," which is also called "The Belle of Belfast City," then it might conjure images of a joyous Irish community. Or it might remind you of that one Chieftans album everyone had in junior high. Chances are, however, it won't make...
Meet Renowned Costume Designer Jess Goldstein
By ELLEN LAMPERT-GREAUX
Wednesday, April 29, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 29, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
On May 1, TDF will host its annual Irene Sharaff Awards, which honor the best and brightest in theatrical costume design. This year's honorees include the renowned Jess Goldstein, who will receive the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design. Recently, Ellen Lampert-Greaux interviewed Goldstein for an extensive profile...
Dressing the Kids in The King and I
By ERIC GRODE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Apr 22, 2015  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
Notes from the costume designer and wardrobe supervisor --- Any parent – and anyone who has been parented in their lives – knows that keeping kids' clothes off the floor and free from stains is a full-time job. Now picture more than a dozen children, each changing their (rather expensive) outfits every half hour for three hours...
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