Category: Directing
Scenic Design, Take Two
Wednesday, September 20, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 20, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mary Jane reunites an Obie-winning director with her favorite set designer --- Laura Jellinek was working as a model maker in set designer Mimi Lien's studio when she first met Anne Kauffman, a celebrated theatre director who had already staged productions for Lincoln Center Theater and New York Theatre Workshop. The artists connected and became fans...
Two Plays, One Searing Message
Friday, September 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Signature Theatre mounts a pair of shows by Suzan-Lori Parks --- During In the Blood -- the first of Suzan-Lori Parks' two plays inspired by The Scarlet Letter -- the main character Hester remarks, "I don't think the world likes women very much." That's the brutal takeaway of Blood and its sister work Fucking A, which are being produced in tandem...
Looking for the Roots of Rape Culture
Thursday, September 07, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 7, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Playwrights Realm's new show examines the aftermath of a high school sexual assault --- You don't expect a play dealing with rape to contain much humor. But little about The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias is conventional. Produced by Playwrights Realm, a theatre company devoted to early career dramatists, the show uses satire and dark...
Which Female Playwright Has Been Called the Irish Chekhov?
Monday, July 31, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 31, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why the Mint Theater continues to champion Teresa Deevy --- As the producing artistic director of the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in mounting neglected plays from the past, Jonathan Bank is in the business of revitalizing forgotten dramatists. But he admits he's unlikely to find another "lost" scribe like Teresa Deevy. "She is the most...
What Do These Plays Have In Common?
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?
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
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?
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:...
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