Category: Design
How Do You Make Two People Look Like One Person?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 12, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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
Mon Nov 3, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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
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,...
The 400 Year-Old Tour
Wednesday, October 01, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
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New York City is having a King Lear moment. The production of Shakespeare’s tragedy that runs through October 12 at NYU’s Skirball Center is one of several iterations to play the city this year, following stagings at Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre for a New Audience, and BAM. For a certain type of Shakespeare fan, however, this latest...
Behind the lyrical design of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"
Tuesday, September 30, 2014  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Sep 30, 2014  •   Design  •    1 comment Share This
By Mark Blankenship There could, of course, be a very literal production of  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. As our teenage hero, Christopher Boone, investigates the death of a neighbor's dog, he could certainly inhabit a realistic world. As clues lead him on an improbable adventure from suburban England to the busy streets...
She Tore Up the Theatre to Build a New World
Tuesday, September 23, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 23, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
by Suzy Evans Rachel Hauck drew the line at live chickens. Director Lisa Peterson wanted “at least three” birds to create the authenticity of a poultry factory, where South American immigrant women work in Lisa Ramirez’s play To the Bone. However, Hauck knew she could create that environment without a real animal in sight. “What...
When Do You Stop Seeing the Barbed Wire?
Monday, August 18, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 18, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
It’s always there, stretched across the stage. For the entire 70 minutes of The Good and the True, a play based on the recollections of Holocaust survivors Hana Pravda and Milos Dobry, barbed wire hangs between us and the actors. Even after the characters survive Auschwitz and death marches, the wire is there. Even when they go on to have families...
These Tragic Puppets Are Hilarious
Wednesday, August 06, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 6, 2014  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Drunk Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, the Accidental Shakespeare Company: the Bard's plays are constantly being reinterpreted in unusual ways. Even in this offbeat company, however, the Puppet Shakespeare Players stand out. In Puppet Titus Andronicus, now at the Beckett Theatre, one of Shakespeare's most notoriously bloody tragedies is...
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