Category: Design
Scarred Inside and Out
By RAVEN SNOOK
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
By DOSS FREEL
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
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
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?
By KENNETH JONES
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...
Embrace Your Inner Drag Queen
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, August 31, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 31, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
The Legend of Georgia McBride delivers a how-to of drag --- The most fabulous presence in The Legend of Georgia McBride isn't the straight man who becomes a drag queen, his pregnant wife, or his drag mother (though all three are pretty awe-inspiring). No, that honor goes to a clothing rack. Usually a tool that's kept backstage, this particular...
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...
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