Plan Your Next Summer Getaway Around a Show
Monday, July 09, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 9, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Here are highlights at lauded out-of-town theatres in Hudson Valley, the Berkshires and beyond --- While there are still plenty of productions to see in New York over the summer, this is the season when regional theatre really heats up. The Northeast proves to be a mecca for talented artists to revive old chestnuts and debut new works. So peg your...
How to Decide What to See at the New York Musical Festival
Friday, July 06, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 6, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Our guide to the 15th annual event --- The New York Musical Festival kicks off next week with a slew of tuneful offerings in Midtown. Since its founding in 2004, NYMF has helped launch more than 400 new musicals, many of which have gone on to bigger stages, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. This year's edition features a dozen shows...
Where Do You Fit When You're Black, Queer and HIV Positive?
Thursday, July 05, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jul 5, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Timothy DuWhite's Neptune has its world premiere at the HOT! Festival --- Throughout July, avant-garde hot spot Dixon Place hosts its annual HOT! Festival: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture. Since 1992, HOT! has pushed the envelope of LGBTQ performance through eclectic programming that embraces a range of titillations, from good old-fashioned show...
Finding Current Comedy in an Old Tragedy
Wednesday, July 04, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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David Carl uses Shakespeare to skewer politicos in Trump Lear --- Late-night talk-show hosts write fresh bits every day to satirize the state of the union. But solo performer and playwright David Carl decided to poke fun at the current POTUS by going back to a 400-year old script: Shakespeare's King Lear. The result, Trump Lear, is much cleverer than...
Who Else Misses Old-Fashioned Theatre Tickets?
Monday, July 02, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
Mon Jul 2, 2018  •   Broadway  •    2 comments Share This
One veteran theatregoer pays tribute to a lost tradition --- At least I didn't have to worry about forgetting the tickets. In my many decades of theatregoing, that had only happened once. But now, so much else could go wrong. For Disney's Frozen, my phone was my ticket. Technologically challenged as I am, I only chose this new-to-me option because...
How Do You Act When You Don't Know How the Audience Will React?
Friday, June 29, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 29, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
MaYaa Boateng talks about the challenges of her role in Fairview --- Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview starts out like a naturalistic family dramedy, as a well-to-do African-American woman named Beverly (Heather Alicia Simms) prepares to host a birthday party for her mother. As her kin arrive, including her teenage daughter Keisha portrayed by MaYaa...
How Classic Musicals Are Being Reimagined Off-Broadway
Thursday, June 28, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jun 28, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
See fresh takes on Fiddler on the Roof, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Carmen Jones --- Off-Broadway is often a destination for adventurous theatre, free from the commercial constraints of keeping a production running on the Great White Way. So it's intriguing that this summer, three nonprofit companies have chosen to revive classic Broadway...
How Much Do You Know About the Little Rock Nine?
Wednesday, June 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jun 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Writer-director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj dramatizes a critical moment in our nation's history --- It's long been said that history is written by the winners. But when those victors are people of color, they often don't get to tell the heroic parts of their past. That may be why playwright Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj never heard about the Little Rock Nine...
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