Category: Directing
A Play for Anyone Who's Lost Someone
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, September 06, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Sep 6, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
In Aubergine, grief is not the end of the story --- A man dies in Aubergine, the Julia Cho play that's now at Playwrights Horizons. Before he goes, his illness (terminal) compels his son (estranged) to come home, talk to a hospice worker, hold a bedside vigil. His impending death also forces his son to call an old girlfriend (estranged), since she...
These Bad Kids Are (Slightly) Grown Up
By MARK PEIKERT
Friday, August 19, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 19, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Leslye Headland and Trip Cullman reunite for their third play --- The last time playwright Leslye Headland and director Trip Cullman collaborated, the show climaxed with a cathartic tap dance. The pair has reunited with The Layover, running through September 18 at Second Stage, and this time things end very, very differently. "When we did our first...
Is a Minor Character the Secret to This Play?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 17, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 17, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Director Austin Pendleton on the quirks in the Mint's latest revival --- The oddest element of a play – the detail that seems weirdly out of place – can be a key to understanding it. In Miss Julie, for instance, it's startling that the taut crisis among three characters in a kitchen is interrupted by a throng of carousing servants. But...
Is This a Game, or Is She Really Out to Get Me?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Aug 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
In the interactive Paradiso, reality and theatre seem the same --- A woman in my group at Paradiso: Chapter 1 seemed perfectly nice, but I never trusted her. Even when the experience was over and we were down on the sidewalk, exchanging pleasantries before we parted company forever, I was still expecting her to admit she was part of the game. I was...
If You Want Dangerous Water, Then It Can't Be Real
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 26, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 26, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Men On Boats isn't a realistic play --- There are no boats in Men on Boats. Sure, there are suggestions of boats – small, boat-ish props that the actors hold as they simulate a journey through the Green and Colorado Rivers. But even while they're "floating," we see the performers' legs planted firmly on the floor. Things get even less...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
This All-Kid Musical Is Anything But Child's Play
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 10, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the York Theatre Company cast young Broadway vets for its revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown --- Clark Gesner's 1967 musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown -- a sweet and whimsical series of songs and sketches inspired by Charles M. Schulz's popular Peanuts gang -- was originally written to be performed by grown-ups. And yet it was...
Irish Rep's New Theatre is Already Haunted
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 31, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 31, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Irish Rep returns to its overhauled Chelsea theatre with a revival of a Conor McPherson ghost story --- Ever since the award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre opened Off Broadway in 1988, cofounders Ciarán O'Reilly (Producing Director) and Charlotte Moore (Artistic Director) have programmed their seasons with incredible care, spotlighting a wide...
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