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You Can Participate in Modern Irish Drama
By JACK SMART
Tuesday, September 08, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 8, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
New Irish plays rely on firing our minds and imaginations --- Donal O'Kelly originally envisioned his newest play, Little Thing, Big Thing, as a film. It would be a noir thriller, in the vein of The 39 Steps or The African Queen, and would follow a nun and an ex-con drawn into the corrupt world of Big Oil companies. But it soon became clear the story...
Something Unsettling Is Happening Upstairs
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, August 03, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 3, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Perfecting the realistic (but creepy) tone in Annie Baker's new play --- There's something a little… off about John, the new Annie Baker play that's now at Signature Theatre. In many ways, it seems like a realistic show about a young couple spending a winter weekend at a Gettysburg bed and breakfast. But then there are these other things....
There Was More to Helen Keller Than You Know
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, July 17, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jul 17, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
A new play uses Keller's own words to tell her story --- Did you know Helen Keller toured the Vaudeville circuit? Did you know she published a dozen books, starred in a silent film about her life, and had a scandalous love affair with a young man who wanted to marry her? Jack Cummings III certainly didn't. Then he began researching Three Days to...
Diane Paulus Finds a New Way to Neverland
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, July 15, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 15, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How the director changed her vision of Finding Neverland --- When Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus signed on to the mega-musicalization of the movie Finding Neverland, currently playing at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, she knew one of the biggest challenges would be figuring out how to conjure the title destination. A magical place...
What Are Your Co-Workers Not Telling You?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, June 10, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 10, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In real life and in their work, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Evan Cabnet explore the boundaries of collaboration -- It's challenging to write about the Vineyard Theatre's new pitch-black comedy Gloria without giving too much away. Like all of rising playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' shows -- including Appropriate and An Octoroon, which together...
This Play Is So Realistic, It Must Be Fake
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, June 08, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
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The secret structure of The Flick --- The Flick is not, in fact, a documentary. Granted, Annie Baker's play – which won last year's Pulitzer Prize and is now at the Barrow Street Theatre after an earlier run at Playwrights Horizons – certainly seems like a slice of life. As three employees of a Massachusetts movie theatre go about their...
How Do You Feel About the Woman in the Walrus Mask?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, June 01, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Jun 1, 2015  •   Directing  •    1 comment Share This
The emotional logic of Rady & Bloom's latest play --- Given what we've learned about the characters in The Upper Room, it's incredibly moving when one of them wears a walrus mask. It's equally powerful when two of them stand on ladders and toss tiny pieces of tissue paper in the air, which flutter to the ground while a woman sings a mournful...
These Ghosts Are Not Metaphorical
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 21, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 21, 2015  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Other Thing is never the play you expect --- It seems so innocent at first. Just three folks outside a barn in rural Virginia. Over in the folding chairs, Kim, a reporter, interviews Carl about his work as a professional ghost hunter, and in the background, Carl's son Brady sets up equipment to test whether the barn is haunted. Clearly,...
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