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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...
In This Solo Show, Movement Makes the Monologue
By NED MOORE
Thursday, May 18, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 18, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why director Rachel O'Riordan took a physical approach to Iphigenia in Splott --- At times, the solo show genre can feel old hat. Yet every now and then, a director comes along with a knack for slapping it back to life -- and the audience with it. Rachel O'Riordan's staging of Gary Owen's one-hander Iphigenia in Splott is a jolting example. The story...
You Know the Story But Not the Musical
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, May 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
A Queens theatre company puts Raisin in the spotlight --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond Over the past 13 years, Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun, about the struggles of an African-American family in segregated Chicago, has enjoyed two starry Broadway revivals: in 2004...
Finding the Personal in the Political
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Monday, May 01, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 1, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How one social justice theatre company uses real-life stories to inspire its art --- Last summer, Houses on the Moon, a socially focused, community-committed theatre company, began developing a pair of projects about gun violence. Now, with the subject seemingly in the zeitgeist on stage (On the Exhale, Church & State, and When It's You are just...
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