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Just Move the Car and Stage the Play
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, February 13, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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By MARK BLANKENSHIP It's no accident that The Groundling takes place in a guy's garage. Marc Palmieri's new comedy, now at Axis Theatre, follows Bob Malone, a landscaper who's so moved by an outdoor performance of Love's Labour's Lost that he decides to write his own play about his marriage. He mostly casts his friends and family---though...
Are You Sure You Want to Do That?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, January 14, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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Director Michael Longhurst isn't big on naturalism---at least not for the shows he helms. That's part of why he and playwright Nick Payne work so well together. Over the past three years, the British compatriots have collaborated on a number of thought-provoking productions. Now they're both making their Broadway debuts with Manhattan Theatre Club's...
Anything Can Make Music In The Woods
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, January 13, 2015  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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By LINDA BUCHWALD In Fiasco Theater's production of Into The Woods, now at Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, the handle of a suitcase flopping back and forth can make music. So can the chime of a grandfather clock.  This scaled-down production of Stephen Sondheim's 1987 musical, which follows a group of fairy tale characters past the end of...
Professional Costumes, Shipped to Your Door
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Thursday, December 04, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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How TDF's Costume Collection works with out-of-state designers --- Earlier this year, designer Joe Kucharski had to costume a production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia in a hurry. "I was to just show up for a week, do fittings, immediately go into tech, and leave," he recalls, and since the show was being produced at Maryland's Washington College,...
Did You Notice the Tiny Fireflies?
By Mark Blankenship
Friday, November 14, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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By MARK BLANKENSHIP There's no way to see the entire set of Lost Lake. A slightly surreal cabin in the woods, it's packed with so many objects that it would take hours to absorb them all. And besides, some elements are only visible to the actors---props and pictures tucked behind curtains or just past the edge of the stage. But even if some of...
How Do You Make Two People Look Like One Person?
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Wednesday, November 12, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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Emily Padgett and Erin Davie aren't identical, not even close. But when they take the stage in Side Show, it's easy to believe they're conjoined. That's largely thanks to Charles G. LaPointe and Paul Tazewell, whose wig and costume designs (respectively) for the entire ensemble of this Broadway musical employ sophisticated theatrical illusions to...
Turning an Elevator into an Entire World
By Jack Smart
Monday, November 03, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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Two days into rehearsals for Lift at 59E59, director John Marshall III got stuck in an elevator. Most people entombed in a metal box might feel alarmed, claustrophobic, or at the very least, concerned. Instead, Marshall was thrilled. "I think the people running the building probably thought I was crazy," he says. "I'm like, 'Don't hurry, it's ok! It's...
This Caftan Tells a Hundred Stories
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, October 27, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 27, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Cynthia Nixon's caftan is a fabulous fashion statement, yes, but it's also an emblem of how costumes enhance the storytelling in Roundabout's current Broadway revival of The Real Thing. The caftan---a glorious black-and-white number with a paint-splatter pattern and matching shirt underneath---operates on several layers at once. For one thing,...
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