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The Hidden Mysteries of 'Six Degrees of Separation'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In this Broadway revival, laughter leads to serious ideas --- Six Degrees of Separation delivers a complex kind of fun. On its surface, John Guare's 1990 play is all clever jokes and fast-moving action, telling the story of Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, wealthy Upper East Siders who are conned by Paul, a young man pretending to be Sidney Poitier's...
You Can Believe This Play's a Disaster
By JOSH AUSTIN
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Mar 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    3 comments Share This
The authentic farce of The Play That Goes Wrong --- According to Mark Bell, farce is a high theatrical art. And he should know: As the director of The Play That Goes Wrong – a raucous new Broadway comedy – he spends his days treating the genre with the respect it deserves. "What we're doing is what I call 'clown,'" says Bell. "Which,...
Can These Friendships Survive Factory Layoffs?
By JACK SMART
Friday, March 17, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 17, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A Broadway play probes a working-class community --- Kate Whoriskey describes herself as "someone who loves jury duty." The director is referring not to the civic obligation that most Americans dread, but to the notion of interacting with strangers and new points of view. "I love these things that are more about being in a room with people you'd...
Finding the Comedy in His Drug Addiction
By EMILY OWENS & HOLLIS JAMES
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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A performer (and his wife) put his sordid past onstage --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. When writer/comedian/DJ Hollis James sat down to pen his first play, he had no idea how it would turn out or if it would even see the spotlight of day. But when he showed...
In This Musical, No One Is Waiting for Applause
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, February 09, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 9, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Liesl Tommy is the ideal director for Kid Victory --- Eclectic isn't a strong enough word to describe Liesl Tommy's directorial resume. At the same time she became the first woman of color to be nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play (she helmed the Liberian Civil War-set drama Eclipsed on Broadway), the South African native was prepping...
Is He Acting Like a Man? Is His Father?
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, January 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A surreal play brings a father and son closer --- According to director Dustin Wills, it was crucial to cast a trans actor in Basil Kreimendahl's play Orange Julius, which is now at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. "I don't think it would have been done if we didn't have a trans performer for that role," says Wills. "We were fortunate to have...
Putting Martin Luther on Trial
By ELIZA BENT
Friday, December 16, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 16, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new play interrogates the religious giant's legacy --- In Martin Luther on Trial, the iconic religious leader is prosecuted for the greatest sin of all – blasphemy against God. "It's a fairly straightforward courtroom procedural play," says Michael Parva, who is directing the show for Fellowship for the Performing Arts. "That's terrific...
Inside the Art of Getting Laughs
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, November 28, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 28, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A comedy expert directs a commedia classic --- How do you make the centuries-old techniques of commedia dell'arte work on stage in 2016? "The trap of it is to think of it as something that has an antique style, something that isn't alive anymore," says Christopher Bayes. And he should know. He has a long history with professional clowning and movement-based...
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