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Two Plays, One Searing Message
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, September 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Signature Theatre mounts a pair of shows by Suzan-Lori Parks --- During In the Blood -- the first of Suzan-Lori Parks' two plays inspired by The Scarlet Letter -- the main character Hester remarks, "I don't think the world likes women very much." That's the brutal takeaway of Blood and its sister work Fucking A, which are being produced in tandem...
Looking for the Roots of Rape Culture
By DIANE SNYDER
Thursday, September 07, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 7, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Playwrights Realm's new show examines the aftermath of a high school sexual assault --- You don't expect a play dealing with rape to contain much humor. But little about The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias is conventional. Produced by Playwrights Realm, a theatre company devoted to early career dramatists, the show uses satire and dark...
Which Female Playwright Has Been Called the Irish Chekhov?
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, July 31, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 31, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the Mint Theater continues to champion Teresa Deevy --- As the producing artistic director of the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in mounting neglected plays from the past, Jonathan Bank is in the business of revitalizing forgotten dramatists. But he admits he's unlikely to find another "lost" scribe like Teresa Deevy. "She is the most...
What Do These Plays Have In Common?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Friday, July 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why PTP/NYC is presenting Arcadia and Pity In History in rep --- On the surface, Howard Barker and Tom Stoppard make an incongruent pair. With vastly different styles and temperaments, the two contemporary British playwrights seem poles apart. Barker's work is typically dissonant, muscular, and politically charged, while the better-known Stoppard...
What Did Park Slope Sound Like in 1960?
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, July 06, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 6, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama explores how one Brooklyn family faces a changing world --- Although New York City continues to be a melting pot, there's one element that's becoming increasingly homogenized: its accents. Not too long ago, residents' cultural backgrounds were evident from the moment they spoke. That was certainly the case in Park Slope in 1960, which...
Getting Schooled in Education Inequality
By JACK SMART
Wednesday, July 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why directing Pipeline is so personal for Lileana Blain-Cruz --- Dominique Morisseau's new play Pipeline explores the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon, which disproportionately impacts young male students of color. The drama frequently reminds viewers that we are all part of the problem. The house lights rise slightly whenever Nya -- an African-American...
What's It Like to Spend Your Life Dying?
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Wednesday, June 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 21, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Roundabout's revival of Marvin's Room explores timeless topics --- Scott McPherson's 1990 play Marvin's Room, now enjoying its Broadway premiere courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company, can turn on a dime -- not in its plot, but in its sensibility and emotions. Just take the first scene of this darkly comic tale of family dysfunction and health crises:...
Has Sibling Rivalry Always Been the Same?
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Monday, June 05, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jun 5, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Mint Theater's revival of a 98-year-old play makes a strong case --- The old adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same" is always on dramatic display at the Mint Theater Company, which is dedicated to resuscitating lost or neglected plays from the past. Though industry, fashion, and social mores may transform, human nature remains...
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