Category: Directing
'Summer and Smoke,' Stripped-Down and Sexy
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, May 04, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 4, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Jack Cummings III took a minimalist approach to the Tennessee Williams classic --- At first Classic Stage Company's revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke looks a little curious. Pent-up Mississippi maid Alma (played by Tony nominee Marin Ireland) talks about her handkerchief, but her fingers are empty. Her lifelong crush, bad boy Dr....
Robert O'Hara's Radical Makeover of 'Henry V'
By JOSE SOLÍS
Wednesday, May 02, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 2, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The director helms a free production of the Shakespeare play at the Public Theater --- When the Public Theater approached Robert O'Hara about doing a Shakespeare show for its Mobile Unit, he immediately suggested Henry V. The Obie-winning director-playwright (Bootycandy, Mankind) had previously done student mountings of the play and the opportunity...
Navigating Through the Darkness in 'The Seafarer'
By CAREY PURCELL
Thursday, April 19, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 19, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Irish Rep revives Conor McPherson's Tony-nominated play --- The Seafarer, Conor McPherson's tale of despair and redemption on a drunken Christmas Eve, is a decidedly male affair. In fact, according to Ciarán O'Reilly, the director of Irish Repertory Theatre's current revival, "This play could be called The Absence of Women." The action takes...
This Elephant Is Always in the Room
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Monday, April 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why director Jo Bonney has a dead animal haunt the characters in Mlima's Tale --- In Lynn Nottage's world-premiere drama Mlima's Tale at the Public Theater, the title character is murdered in the opening scene. And yet Mlima -- a big-tusked African elephant portrayed by Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah -- remains a central presence onstage throughout this...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, April 09, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 9, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Q Brothers give Lysistrata a feminist hip-hop makeover --- Lots of theatre-makers update the classics but only the Chicago-based Q Brothers specialize in "add-rap-tations:" contemporary hip-hop reimaginings of iconic texts. Their playful and inventive takes on The Comedy of Errors, rechristened The Bomb-itty of Errors, and Othello: the Remix both...
Why 'Yerma' Should Always Take Place Now
By DIANE SNYDER
Wednesday, April 04, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 4, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Simon Stone radically reinvented an 84-year-old play --- Initially, playwright and director Simon Stone wasn't sure Federico García Lorca's Yerma would resonate with modern-day audiences. To him, the 1934 tragedy about a Catholic woman in rural Spain whose longing for a child sends her over the edge seemed woefully out of date. "I was like,...
Why 'Pygmalion' Can't Be More Like a 'Lady'
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, March 27, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 27, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Bedlam tackles Shaw's classic downtown while the musical plays on Broadway --- Eric Tucker, the director and star of Bedlam's stripped-down take on Pygmalion, isn't concerned that Lincoln Center Theater is simultaneously mounting a lavish revival of the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play. In fact, he welcomes it. "It's a great thing for people...
Why Are Women Cheering at 'Lobby Hero'? (No, it's Not Chris Evans)
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, March 26, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 26, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Director Trip Cullman explains why this 2001 play resonates more than ever --- Director Trip Cullman had been trying to mount a production of Lobby Hero for years before Second Stage Theater approached him about inaugurating the company's new Broadway home with the 2001 Kenneth Lonergan play. Considering Cullman's history with Second Stage (seven...
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